Date: 12/3/2016 11:44:00 PM


TRENTON, NJ – December 4, 2016 . . . When Erick Rudolph marches back to New Jersey for Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Auto Racing on Friday and Saturday, December 9th - 10th, he’s hoping for a Battle of Trenton Reenactment.

The driving star from Ransomville, N.Y., won the Indoor Auto Racing 

Series Fueled by VP finale at the Sun National Bank Center in February 

and clinched the championship. Rudolph is hoping for a similar 

victory to start the 2016-2017 indoor season.

Rudolph is coming off a career best outdoor season which included 22 

victories in dirt Modified competition. He heads to Trenton with the 

same winning TQ Midget he drove last year. Mark Lafler, who builds 

many of the top TQ Midgets, will act as Rudolph’s crew chief as he has 

for the past decade.

Over 50 top drivers from eight states and Canada hope to keep Rudolph 

from accomplishing his goals. On top of that list is Len Sammons 

Motorsports series all time winner, Ted Christopher of Plainville, 

Conn. who will debut with a different winning team this season.

Another pre-race favorite is Howell, N.J.’s Jimmy Blewett who nearly 

made the winning pass on Rudolph in February in Trenton to get his 

first win on the series.

Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J., winner of Atlantic City’s Gambler’s 

Classic for the third time last January, will debut as a driver on Lou 

Cicconi’s Super Team at Trenton. Cicconi, a four time series winner, 

has decided not to race the first two Indoor events to concentrate on 

his five car team.

Cicconi’s iconic No. 57 will now be driven by ISMA Super Modified 

series champion DJ Shullick of Avon Lake, Ohio. Other Cicconi drivers 

include Pa.’s Pat Bealer, N.J.’s Ryan Kratchun and N.Y.’s Shawn Nye.

Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C., a member of the Roger Penske team,  

excelled on the Indoor Series last year, but was forced to miss the 

Trenton finale because of a NASCAR Cup event being held that weekend 

in Phoenix, Ariz.  Flores is another candidate to take his first 

indoor series race win.

Other notables includes Modified standouts Earl Paules, Zane Zeiner, 

Richie Pratt and Mike Iles.

As a special preview of the 2016-2017 Indoor Racing Series, general 

admission tickets for Friday’s Battle Of Trenton opening night have 

been priced at just $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The ultra-quick TQ Midgets will headline both Friday’s opening night 

and Saturday’s “Battle Of Trenton” feature event finale.  The Friday 

night race program, which begins at 7:30 PM, consists of 60 TQ 

Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete program of 

heat races and feature event for the Champ Karts is also on the 


Attendees can get a close up look at a TQ Midgets at Fan Zone located 

on the concourse. Top drivers and Ms. Motorsports 2016 Arynne Moody 

will be making an appearance at Fan Zone offering autographs and 

photos free of charge.

On Saturday the “Battle Of Trenton” 40 lap feature event will be held 

after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always 

popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program 

sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Oliver Communications in Bordentown, 

N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J.

Tickets for Saturday’s races are available starting at $22 for adults 

and $7 for children.

Fans can avoid on-line ticketing fees by stopping by the Sun Center 

box office.

Fan Fest will be held inside the speedway one hour prior to the 7 PM 

starting time. The entire field of race cars competing on Saturday 

will be on display during Fan Fest and drivers will be available for 

free autographs and photos by their cars.

The Trenton race is part one of a three-race Len Sammons Motorsports 

Productions (LSMP) Indoor Series.  Other races are scheduled for 

December 30-31 at PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa., and at 

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 27-28, 2017.

When indoor racing ends, Rudolph will head south to Florida where 

he’ll run Randy Chrysler’s Modified at the DIRTcar Winter Nationals at 

the Volusia County Speedway in February. When the northern outdoor 

season opens in March, he’ll be driving for Chrysler, his family owned 

team and for a new team owned by Ed Briggs.

Trenton Indoor Race tickets are available online at

  or by phone at 1-800-298-4200. Tickets may also be purchased at the 

Sun National Bank Center Box Office on Monday through Friday from 10 

AM until 5:30 PM and on Saturday from 12 Noon through 4 PM.

Event and promotional sponsorship information is available at www.

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