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A Mid-America Night’s Dream! USAC Midgets Head to the Great Plains July 9-13 – Speedway Digest

A Mid-America Night’s Dream! USAC Midgets Head to the Great Plains July 9-13 – Speedway Digest

For the very first time in precisely in one month, the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season roars its engines again.

USAC Mid-America Midget Week provides Great Plains bullring USAC action in between July 9-13 throughout 3 states with 4 occasions in a period of 5 nights throughout Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

Starting at the southernmost point of the week is Tuesday Night Thunder on July 9 at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway. Then, we point north approximately Beloit, Kansas for the 13th running of the Chad McDaniel Memorial at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, July 10.

Closing out the Mid-America experience is Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway for 2 successive nights on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, for the Midwest Midget Championship, culminating with a 40-lap function paying $10,000-to-win on the last night.

An whole weeks’ worth of enjoyment waits for a trio of racy bullrings. And we’re all set for it! So, here’s 6 stories that need to have your attention heading into Mid-America Midget Week 2024.


Mid-America Midget Week is where Daison Pursley very first burst onto the scene of USAC National Midget racing, winning the 2021 opener at Red Dirt Raceway in his home state of Oklahoma, the very same location which opens this year’s MAMW slate.

Daison Pursley’s stand apart season has actually been highlighted by the reality that he ended up being the very first motorist to win in all 3 USAC nationwide departments in 2024: Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint and NOS Energy Drink National Midget.

Chief amongst his distinctions this year have actually been 3 USAC National Midget function wins in his CB Industries No. 86 at the Belleville (Kan.) Short Track, Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, plus a USAC Indiana Midget Week title.

Now Pursley’s pursuit includes putting the grip on his USAC National Midget point lead which stands at 67 after winning the most current series round at Kokomo on June 9. Each of the last 3 Indiana Midget Week titlists went on to win the USAC National Midget crown later on that very same year. Pursley plans to end up being the next.


Finally, Thomas Meseraull is going back to USAC National Midget action today following a damaged collarbone he suffered in a sprint cars and truck mishap on March 29 throughout the No Way Out 40 at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway.

Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has actually been back behind the wheel in current weeks in a numerous variety of racecars, and simply this previous weekend, swept both nights of POWRi Midget racing at Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway.

A veteran of 186 profession USAC National Midget begins and 10 series success because his 1999 launching, Meseraull will be at the controls of Tim Engler’s #7x. His Mid-America Midget Week experience consists of a 2022 triumph at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds where he began 4th before making his winning carry on lap 10, then continued to lead the last 21 circuits.


Logan Seavey has actually been on a tear in 2024 with his run through the USAC National Sprint Car schedule which reveals a striking similarity to his supremacy of the 2023 USAC National Midget season.

In the midget this year, he’s won two times at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex and Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, which has him ranked 3rd in the existing USAC championship game standings.

He’s discovered his share of success throughout MAMW throughout his profession, winning at Red Dirt in 2019 and at Jefferson County in 2023. Additionally, he owns the one-lap performance history at Jefferson County of 10.685 seconds, likewise embeded in 2019.

With a set of midget wins and 10 in the sprint cars and truck so far in 2024, it’s practically time to put the authorities “watch” on Seavey to see if he can find J.J. Yeley’s record of 23 USAC nationwide wins, which was embeded in 2003. By this point in the year in 2003, Yeley had actually accumulated 14 success. But there’s a whole half-year of racing delegated go, and Seavey is contending to reword the record books.


At the minute, Oklahomans inhabit 3 of the top-four areas in the USAC National Midget point standings with Daison Pursley (Locust Grove) initially, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby) 2nd and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City) 4th.

All 3 have actually currently beautified triumph lane with the series this year. Timms was the very best back in June throughout the Indiana Midget Week opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway and McIntosh topped the field in the season opener at Kansas’ Belleville Short Track in May.

Timms’ very first USAC start with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports produced a Mid-America Midget Week triumph on his home state track of Red Dirt back in 2022.

Meanwhile, McIntosh’s very first profession USAC National Midget start came at Red Dirt in 2018. He’s led at all 3 locations in his profession, however today, he competes for his very first Mid-America Midget Week function rating.


Due to unpredicted scenarios, Zach Daum’s RAMCO Speed Group No. 7p will not be making the journey to complete at Mid-America Midget Week.

In its stead today, Daum will drive his own No. 5d, which has actually not contended in USAC National Midget competitors because June of 2020. In reality, Daum’s very first 3 USAC National Midget success all was available in his own No. 5d in between 2011-14.

Daum’s potential customers for racing at Mid-America Midget Week were up in the air up until just recently as he looked for an engine to lease or another cars and truck to drive. With time unwinding, Illinois’ Wayne Durbin stepped up to assist the circumstance by offering his Stanton SR-11x for Daum to set up under the hood of his King Chassis.

He’s been a staple on the podium throughout his Mid-America Midget Week profession, ending up as the runner-up 4 times in between 2010-2014 at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds, plus a 3rd at Red Dirt in 2021 and a 3rd at Jefferson County in 2022.  In 2024, Daum seeks his very first MAMW win.


Jerry Coons Jr. is among the indisputable legends of USAC racing.

The USAC Triple Crown champ from Tucson, Ariz. ranks 5th all-time in USAC National Midget begins with 423 going back to 1987. That ranks behind just Mel Kenyon (925), Bob Wente (757), Bob Tattersall (481) and Tracy Hines (452).

Coons runs a shortened racing schedule nowadays as he keeps a careful and encouraging eye over the blossoming profession of his kid, Cale Coons. Nonetheless, when Jerry supports the wheel, he’s constantly a competitor.

The 2006-07 USAC National Midget champ will be in action at all 4 nights of this year’s Mid-America Midget Week, where he’s been all over the podium, and has actually been on the cusp of triumph numerous a time in current summer seasons.

At Red Dirt, he ended up a finest of 3rd in 2020, and was a 3rd location finisher too at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in 2013. In 2022 at Jefferson County, he arrived on the podium both nights, scoring a 3rd on night one and took a narrow second in the ending.

One more triumph would press Coons into the land of the couple of as he intends to sign up with Bobby Unser as the only motorist to win a USAC-sanctioned function occasion in 5 various years. He’s currently among 13 to have actually won a USAC centerpiece in 4 years in addition to Unser, Hank Butcher, A.J. Foyt, Russ Gamester, Mel Kenyon, Ralph Liguori, Wally Pankratz, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Bryan Stanfill, Brian Tyler and Bob Wente.


For Tuesday Night Thunder on July 9 at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway, the program includes the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, plus NOW600 Non-Wing Micros. Pits open at 5pm Central with the grandstands opening at 6pm, the chauffeurs conference at 6pm and vehicles on track at 6:30pm with certifying and racing to follow. General admission tickets are $25.  High school trainees and more youthful are $5.  Tickets are offered online at under the “Buy Tickets” tab and will be offered the day of the program too. All gain access to passes (pit gain access to & basic admission seating) are offered for $40 and offered at the pit gate on the day of the program just.  Pit passes for ages 5 and under are $10. The tailgate location is $120 per carload (approximately 8 individuals per cars and truck).

On Wednesday night, July 10, it’s the 13th running of the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Fairgrounds including the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, plus the NOW600/Jayhusker Non-Wing Micro Sprints. Front gates open at 5pm Central with the chauffeurs conference at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm followed by certifying and racing. General admission tickets are $25 with high school trainees and more youthful simply $5.  All gain access to passes are offered too for $40 and will be offered at the pit and primary grandstand gate on the day of the program just.

To liquidate Mid-America Midget Week on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, it’s on to Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway for two-straight nights of the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship provided by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation including the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, plus the NOW 600/Jayhusker Non-Wing Micro Sprints. Gates open at 5pm Central with certifying at 6:30pm followed by racing. General admission tickets are $20 on Friday and $30 on Saturday with high school trainees and more youthful simply $5. Reserved seating is $60 for a two-day pass and is offered online just at under the “Buy Tickets” tab. All gain access to passes are offered too for $40 ($10 for kids 5 and under) and offered at the pit gate on the day of the program just. A complimentary show will be held after the races both nights at the beer garden.

Practice will be held from 5-7pm Central on Thursday, July 11 at Jefferson County. Pit passes are $20 and grandstands are complimentary. There will be a totally free Shrimp Boil/barbeque at the track camping area at 8pm after practice for all chauffeurs, race groups, fans, and so on.

All 4 races of Mid-America Midget Week can be enjoyed survive on FloRacing at


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