TULSA, Okla. – Port City Raceway and the River Spirit Expo Center, the home of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, have a few resemblances to one another.
They’re both dirt, they’re both bullrings, and they both produce breathtaking midget racing.
The other part of the equation lies in the fact that the two tracks reside just 15 minutes apart from each other in Tulsa, Okla., a hop, step and a stone’s throw away down Interstate 244.
Port City is where the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will make their debut and their return to racing on May 22-23, during the inaugural Werco Manufacturing T-Town Showdown presented by NOS Energy Drink.
Tickets for the event are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-t-town-midget-showdown.
The Chili Bowl serves as the official start of the dirt track racing season, but who would have thought that on May 22-23, the eighth-mile of Port City just down the road would be the re-kickoff of the 2020 season?
January’s Chili Bowl seems like just a couple races ago, and in actuality it was, even though it’s been four months. But going down the list of Saturday night A-Main participants reveals many of the same individuals trying to match their most recent Tulsa success.
Cannon McIntosh, a Port City star in the micros from Bixby, Okla., won his qualifying night at the Chili Bowl this year, then translated that into a spot on the podium beside winner Kyle Larson and runner-up Christopher Bell as the third-place driver in Saturday’s finale.
Likewise, 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson captured the victory on his Chili Bowl qualifying night, but misfortune befell him on finale night for a 22nd-place result.
Logan Seavey ran fourth on Chili Bowl Championship Night, where the 2018 USAC National Midget Series titlist from Sutter, Calif., finished just ahead of Jonathan Beason in sixth.
Seavey ran fourth on his prelim night, while Beason took second and locked straight into the big show.
Buddy Kofoid’s first Chili Bowl resulted in an impressive third on his qualifying night and seventh in the Saturday feature, while Blake Hahn earned hard charger honors for his 18th to eighth advancement on Saturday. Both ran third on their respective qualifying nights.
Ryan Bernal, a multi-time champion with USAC’s former Western Classic Sprint Car series, ran ninth on the final night, but was second in a thriller behind Thorson on their Chili Bowl qualifying night four months ago.
Tyler Courtney, coming off a NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series championship in 2019, ran 11th in the finale, while Thomas Meseraull took 12th in the event after both finished as the runner-up in their respective qualifying nights.
Past USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Chris Windom advanced from 21st to 14th, while Zach Daum moved up seven spots from 23rd to 16th after each ran in the top five on their qualifying nights at the Chili Bowl.
Perhaps nothing translates, and perhaps it does, but quality drivers in quality rides are certain to do well in most circumstances.
The connection they have is midget success in Tulsa, with the hope to recreate that magic in the coming week.
Both nights at Port City will include full series points-paying events with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event. Cars hit the track each night at 6:30 p.m. CT. A practice night on Thursday, May 21, will precede the event.
Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live on FloRacing.