Battle Of Trenton Ready To Go Green
TRENTON, N.J. – More than five dozen three-quarter midget drivers have entered the Battle Of Trenton on Feb. 7-8 inside the Sun National Bank Center, led by battle tested racing veteran Billy Pauch.
Pauch, who has with nearly 40 years of driving experience and 700 career feature wins, didn’t let his seasoned age of 56 stop him from winning the 2013 New Egypt Speedway modified driving championship, outracing many drivers half his age.
Among the many entrants Pauch will need to outrun is his son Billy Pauch Jr., whose fast-rising driving career Pauch Sr. has mentored. Sr. and Jr. will both drive three-quarter midgets owned and prepared by Colin Martin of Denver, Pa.
The indoor events, a first for Trenton, are produced and promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions. The Sun National Bank Center’s races are the first in the city of Trenton since Aug. 19, 1979. Rick Mears, who went on to become a four time Indianapolis 500 race winner, was the winner of the final USAC Championship Car race at the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds.
The Battle Of Trenton weekend racing events features for Twin 20 lap races for the three-quarter midgets and a complete program of Slingshots on Friday, Feb. 7 followed by a 40-lap three-quarter midget main event accompanied by Champ Karts on Saturday, Feb 8.
Three-quarter midgets are smaller, lighter powerful versions of sprint and midget cars specially prepared for the rigors of indoor racing.
Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J., heads to Trenton as the overwhelming favorite after sweeping the weekend in Atlantic City two weeks ago, winning the three-quarter midget features on both Friday and Saturday night.
Mike Lichty, one of two Canadians who have entered the three-quarter midget event, finished second to Sesely in Atlantic City’s Gambler’s Classic two weeks ago and was a strong contender on Friday night before a late race crash.
Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., whose shift from asphalt modified to dirt modified racing in 2013 was among the year’s biggest racing stories, is also a popular entry. He came home with a pair of seventh place finish in the two nights of racing in Atlantic City but was a contender for the win each night.
Slingshots are closed cockpit cars that are identically built and purchased from one central source, Speedway Entertainment in Lebanon, Pa. Since the cars are theoretically identical, great emphasis is placed on driving skill.
Simon Egan of Stroudsburg, Pa., winner of the Atlantic City Indoor Slingshot feature two weeks ago, will lead a field of nearly three dozen competitors into Friday’s Slingshot battle.
The Slingers will be competing for the Snyder’s-Lance Snack Bowl 25 title Friday night.
The Champ Karts are lightning fast, caged versions of go-karts that compete regionally and nationwide on both dirt and paved surfaces and on both ovals and road racing circuits. Karts are agile, have no active suspension and require a precise touch.
Anthony Colandro of Long Island, N.Y., the Champ Kart race winner inside Boardwalk Hall two weeks ago, is among more than thirty drivers who will be seeking victory in Saturday’s kart feature. One of his key rivals is likely to be Douglas Stearly, the Trappe, Pa., standout who took the lead on the next-to-last lap in Atlantic City only to spin out, costing him the race.