OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Supermodified and NEMA Midget veteran Jeff Abold will contend this Saturday in the inaugural Tony Stewart Midget Classic at the Indianapolis Speedrome.
Featuring Midget racing since 1941, the Indianapolis Speedrome has played host to some of the greatest open-wheel drivers in history including Mel Kenyon, Rich Vogler, Tom Bigelow, Bob Cicconi, Bryan Clauson, Kenny Irwin Jr., Larry Rice, and Stewart himself.
Saturday, for the first time, Stewart will host his Midget Classic, paying more than $50,000 in prize money and awards, including $5,000 to the winner in the 100-lap main event.
Abold, currently sitting eighth in the Novelis Supermodified series standings at Oswego Speedway with five top ten finishes this season, will drive the Bob Seymour No. 4 Midget with hopes of reaching victory lane.
The format for the Tony Stewart Midget Classic will see an initial 75-lap segment, with only green flags laps counting, followed by a 20 minute intermission. During the break teams will be allowed to change one tire of their choice, add fuel, or make chassis adjustments – with all work being done in the infield in front of the fans.
At the conclusion of the break, cars will then be realigned based on the running order after 75 laps, for a final 25-lap dash to the finish.
While Abold is known locally as a Supermodified veteran, with a podium finish in the 2007 Budweiser International Classic 200, the young shoe has quite the record in Midget car racing with three consecutive victories in the prestigious Boston Louie Memorial Classic from 2009-2011.
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