INDIANAPOLIS – There are bullrings and then there are the extreme bullrings, tracks which are small in stature but big on action.
One of those extreme bullrings, Port City Raceway, is of the eighth-mile variety. It’s a place where space is at a premium and the racing is at its most intense.
Over the past five seasons, the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series has taken on the challenge of eighth-mile dirt tracks on seven occasions, with Nos. 8 and 9 coming May 22-23 to Tulsa, Okla. for the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B&H Contractors at Port City.
The tracks of Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill., and Pennsylvania’s Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway have served as the lone eighth-mile tracks on the series schedule over the past half-decade, the smallest venues on the trail.
A number of drivers expected to take part in the event have experienced a myriad of success on the bullrings, namely Tanner Thorson, a 2016 and 2017 winner at Lanco and second place finisher at Wayne City for good measure.
Thorson was the winner of two of the first three races during the 2020 USAC National Midget season, and has an average finish of fifth on the eighth-milers.
However, Thorson doesn’t own the best average on these tracks.
In four eighth-mile starts, Logan Seavey has only finished outside the top-four once, adding a 2019 series win at Lanco during his championship season, plus another third and a fourth for an average result of 4.25, the top mark in the series on tracks of that size.
Chris Windom, the winner of the second night of this past February’s Winter Dirt Games Midget weekend at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida, has results of fourth, sixth and sixth in his three outings on eighth-mile tracks, while T-Town Midget Showdown promoter Brady Bacon has started all seven previous events and has a 6.95 average finish.
Oklahoma’s own Tyler Thomas will be a threat to win at Port City, coming in with an average feature result of 6.5. He boasts a win at Wayne City, plus another second there and a third at Lanco in his portfolio.
Both nights at Port City will include full series points-paying events, with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature race.
Seating capacity for the T-Town Midget Showdown will be limited to 400 spectators per night and tickets for each night can only be purchased in advance. Tickets are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.
Entries will also be limited and based on a combination of criteria that will cater to both National and Regional teams. A maximum of six pit passes will be available for purchase with each car entry.
Pit passes obtained with entry are for pit entry and pit seating/viewing areas only. A general admission ticket will be required for grandstand seating.
Teams that meet the listed criteria will be contacted by USAC and/or Port City Raceway and given a code which will enable them to register online.
Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be streamed live. For more information on the broadcast, click here.