WATSONVILLE, Calif. – The Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction season fires off Saturday from Adobe Mountain Speedway in Glendale, Ariz.
It starts the path toward more than $5,000 in cash awards up for grabs at the end of the 25-race schedule.
Drivers will be ranked by their best 12 finishes in the stock-production powered midget series that spans Northern and Southern California, along with Arizona.
Fresno’s David Prickett earned career win No. 11 when the WMR held its first event at Adobe Mountain in February. The non-points paying race saw Prickett chased by Arizona’s Cory Brown and Washington’s Greg Jewett at the conclusion of 20 laps of action.
New Mexico’s Aasa Flores rounded out a diverse top-four from across the west, with California’s Megan Moorhead finishing fifth.
Saturday’s event is expected to attract a growing crop of Arizona pilots for the first of six championship races in the Copper State this season.
A driver must compete in at least two races at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, two races at Ventura Raceway, and one each at Adobe Mountain and Petaluma Speedway to be eligible for the championship. A $1,000 championship will be offered along with $750 for second place and $500 for third.
The tie breakers will be the number of wins followed by the total number of starts. An additional $3,000 in cash prizes will be offered through the new WMR Road Warrior Awards program.
All drivers will earn raffle tickets based on the number of starts they make throughout the year, earning entries into drawings for both cash and contingency prizes.
A grand prize will be offered to the driver who makes the most starts in the series with the Road Warrior Award.
Saturday’s action sees pit gates open at 1 p.m. PT, with the drivers meeting at 4 p.m. Wheel packing will be at 4:30 p.m., with racing to follow.
Pit passes are $30 while general admission tickets are $10. CDC guidelines will be enforced, including social distancing and masking.
Tarps are required under race cars in the pit area. National Open Wheel 600s and Arizona Mini Late Models will be also be competing.