Lafler Cars Could Dominate Indoor Events
TRENTON, N.J. – A formerly little-known race car builder in upstate Ransomville, N.Y., has become the most sought after constructor of Indoor Three quarter midget cars based on past performance.
Mark Lafler has built no less than ten new TQ Midgets for the 2014 Len Sammons Motorsports Productions Indoor season which consists of the NAPA Know How Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Races scheduled for Jan. 24-25 and the inaugural Battle Of Trenton Indoor Races presented by PRC Industries/ Angela House Charity planned for Feb. 7-8.
Fatheadz Eyewear will be returning as the series sponsor and will pay bonuses to the top three overall TQ Midget drivers from the two race series. Drivers will receive points based on their qualifying efforts and feature finishes from Friday and Saturday night at both events towards the overall series crown.
“It’s been a busy year,” said Lafler. “I’m a one man shop but I was able to turn out a car a month. I could have done a lot more if I was building cars full time.”
Steering new Laflers indoors for both events will be upstate New York asphalt Modified standout Patrick Emerling, dirt and pavement favorite Jimmy Blewett, NASCAR Sprint Cup team member and former Wall Stadium driver Ryan Flores, multi-time Indoor TQ winner and reigning ISMA Supermodified champion Lou Cicconi Jr., perennial TQ and full size midget great Matt Roselli, 358 Dirt Modified rising star Neal Williams, DIRTcar 358 2013 Sportsman champion Erick Rudolph, veteran TQ driver Jonathan Reid and past multi-time Indoor race winner Joey Payne.
Used Lafler chassis will be campaigned by asphalt Modified star Zane Zeiner and CAN AM Outdoor 2013 TQ Midget champion Rob Neely. Blewett will enter an additional Lafler as a backup.
The NAPA Know How Atlantic City Indoor Race Weekend will be followed two weeks later by the first ever Battle Of Trenton presented by PRC Industries / Angela House Charity two-day, indoor racing event at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J. Both races will feature top drivers from at least ten different States and Canada competing for the Fatheadz Eyewear TQ Midget Racing Series overall title.
Though Lafler has the numbers, other potential favorites are relying on other cars.
Anthony Sesely, the defending champion of the Atlantic City headline Saturday night Gamblers Classic, is seeking a repeat win – and wins in the Trenton events – with a new car of his own design. Billy Pauch, a 700-time career feature race winner and past winner indoors in Atlantic City, has entered both races, driving a car bullt and owned by Colin Martin. Martin has other entries in the field as well.
Canadian ISMA Supermodified standout and past champion Mike Lichty has also filed an entry for both races in a homemade creation. Ted Christopher, who has been the most prolific winner of Indoor racing events since Len Sammons Motorsports Productions brought indoor racing back to life in 2003, has built a new car for 2014 action. He has also returned his mega-winning machine as a back-up.