PA Midget Week Next For USAC National Midgets

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Zeb Wise (39) battles Spencer Bayston last year during Pennsylvania Midget Week. (Dan Demarco Photo)
Zeb Wise (39) battles Spencer Bayston last year during Pennsylvania Midget Week. (Dan Demarco Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – The NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series returns to the East Coast July 30-Aug. 3 for the fifth edition of Pennsylvania Midget Week.

The week-long expanse features five different venues in five straight nights.

The series begins Tuesday, July 30, at Grandview Speedway for the first series visit to the third-mile track in Bechtelsville since Russ Gamester’s win in 1989.

Wednesday, July 31, marks the debut by the series at Action Track USA in Kutztown.  Thursday, Aug. 1, marks a return to Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, the lone track that’s been on the PA Midget Week schedule all five years.

On Friday, Aug. 2, it’s off to Linda’s Speedway in Jonestown, with the finale set for Saturday, Aug. 3. At Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown.

No driver has won more often in Pennsylvania Midget Week than Chad Boat, with three triumphs in the past two seasons.  His debut victory came at Path Valley in 2017. He followed that up three nights later with his second win in the series debut at Linda’s Speedway.

In the PA Midget Week finale in 2018, Boat once again raced to victory lane, this time at BAPS Motor Speedway.

Tanner Carrick picked up his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in dramatic fashion in the series’ most recent race in Sweet Springs, Mo., on July 14. It was the 2017 series Rookie of the Year’s 54th career start.

Carrick has been solid at Pennsylvania Midget Week, finishing inside the top 10 in all six of his starts.

Jerry Coons Jr. aims to make his first Pennsylvania Midget Week appearance since 2015 where he earned top results of fifth and sixth in starts at Path Valley and Lincoln, respectively.  He won his heat race and led 23 of the 30 laps at Lincoln.

The two-time USAC National Midget champion has had a resurgent season, sitting seventh in the standings following three top-five finishes in his four most recent starts.

Current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney tops all drivers with six feature victories through the first 16 races of the year. He made his Pennsylvania Midget Week debut in 2016 and has been highly successful, although the first victory still awaits for the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.

Tucker Klaasmeyer is another driver making his Pennsylvania Midget Week debut in 2019. He sits ninth in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings with eight top-10s and a single top-five finish to his credit thus far in 12 series starts during his 2019 campaign.

Kyle Larson is one of the most versatile drivers in all of motorsports and he doesn’t jump into a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget very often, but when he does, he makes it count.

In three appearances this year, Larson has won once at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill., back at the end of June.  He recently finished second and seventh in two Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek features to open up the month of July.

The top Pennsylvania prospect running full-time in USAC’s NOS Energy Drink National Midget division this season is Andrew Layser, who’s aiming for Rookie of the Year with the series. However, his Pennsylvania Midget Week experience dates back to 2017.

He had superb results in 2018 with an eighth at Lanco, picking up hard charger honors after starting 19th, and a USAC career-best sixth at BAPS the following night, where he also won his heat.

Jason McDougal is one of three drivers in the top-10 of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings who’s making his Pennsylvania Midget Week debut in 2019.

McDougal just collected his first USAC Midget victory in mid-July at Jefferson County Speedway in Nebraska, just three races after switching over to the FMR Racing team whose car won an USAC Eastern/ARDC Midget race at Williams Grove with Brady Bacon in 2017.

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