Midwest Winter Nationals Reignite USAC Season

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Midwest Winter Nationals Reignite
The Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin will host the Midwest Winter Nationals this weekend.

DUQUOIN, Ill. – The USAC season resumes this weekend, Feb. 26-27, with a pair of USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget Series non-point, special events indoors at the Southern Illinois Center as part of the Midwest Winter Nationals.

No spectators are allowed into the event. However, pit passes will be sold the days of the event. Both days of the event will be streamed via a live pay-per-view broadcast. More information on the stream is available here.

Friday’s hot laps will begin at 2 p.m. CT, with racing immediately following. Saturday’s times are pushed up an hour, with hot laps starting at 1 p.m. CT and going directly into the event. All participants and crew must be out of the building 30 minutes after the race.

Masks must be worn at all times, with no exceptions.

Pit passes go on sale Friday morning at 9 a.m. Friday pit passes are $30, and $20 for kids 10 and under. Saturday pit passes are $35, and $20 for kids 10 and under. Two-day pit passes are $60.

Registration and more info can be found at www.midwestwinternationals.com.

The Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget features will pay $300 to win on Friday, $500 to win on Saturday and $50 to start.

Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio, swept both nights of racing last year.

Lightning sprints will be competing with the micro sprints. Micro sprint classes at the event include Winged Outlaw, Non-Wing Outlaw, A-Class (Winged), Restrictor and Junior Sprints.

Indoor pit stalls are not available. Those who didn’t pre-register for the event can register the day of the event for $100. Fuel and tires will be sold at the track. Pit spots are first come, first serve. No fuel is allowed inside the building. All fueling must be done outside.

Cars can only be pushed by hand in the pits.

There will be an engine warm up time in the morning. Other than that time, engines can’t be fired in the building. Racecievers are mandatory, using channel 454.0000.

An approved suit, shoes, gloves, helmets and in-date seat belts are mandatory. For A Class and Restrictors, only the Hoosier ASCS2 tire is allowed.

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