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The roar of professional auto racing, which has not been heard in New Jersey’s State Capital in over thirty years, will be awakened anew in 2014 with the “Battle of Trenton” on February 7-8. The first ever TQ Midget Indoor Racing Series will be held at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton in a two night special event that features the popular three-quarter size Midget cars driven by top drivers in the Northeast. On Friday night, the TQ-Midgets will be joined by Slingshot racers and on Saturday will share the spotlight with Champ Karts. The events are being promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and are expected to feature drivers from ten different states as well as Canada.
The TQ (three quarter) Midgets are purpose built racecars designed for maximum speed and maneuverability on small indoor and outdoor speedways. Though both the cars and the venue are small compared to outdoor speedways, speeds over 75 MPH have been registered routinely at similar races in recent years. TQ Midget drivers include ‘regulars’ on outdoor TQ circuits such as two-time ATQMRA champion Ryan Tidman and stars from other forms of racing such as 700-time career feature winner Billy Pauch, New England paved track NASCAR Modified specialist Ted Christopher and Wall Stadium and New Egypt favorite Jimmy Blewett.
The Friday night Slingshot cars are identically built cars with aluminum roofs and bodies that resemble the popular dirt Modifieds that race in the area. Because the cars are so similar, a premium is placed on individual driving talent, leading to often spectacular results. The Saturday night co-featured Champ Karts are go-karts with roll cages that surround the driver for protection.