WHO CAN STOP ERICK RUDOLPH INSIDE ALLENTOWN’S PPL CENTER THIS WEEKEND? TOP DRIVERS GET TWO CHANCES TO SCORE INDOOR THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP

Date: 12/24/2016 11:39:52 AM

WHO CAN STOP ERICK RUDOLPH INSIDE ALLENTOWN’S PPL CENTER THIS WEEKEND? TOP DRIVERS GET TWO CHANCES TO SCORE INDOOR THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP

ALLENTOWN, PA December 26, 2016 . . .  Indoor Auto Racing Series champion Erick Rudolph has a 

date with destiny over the Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December

31, 2016 weekend at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. The dirt 

Modified stock car standout from Ransomville, N.Y.  has the opportunity to tie 

and surpass Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., for most Len Sammons 

Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Series Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature wins.

If Rudolph should sweep the Allentown weekend, he would end the season 

second in northeast feature wins with 26 victories! It would also put 

him three-quarters of the way towards a $10,000 bonus offered by Bob 

Hilbert Sportswear of Boyertown, Pa. To pocket the challenge money, 

Rudolph would only then have to win the Indoor Series finale inside 

Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, January 28th to pick-up 

the ten grand!

Rudolph’s victory earlier this month in the series opener on December 

10 at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., was the seventh of 

his Indoor TQ Midget driving career. Christopher has previously 

amassed eight, the most recent of which was two years ago, also inside 

the Trenton arena.

“The car was just about perfect,” Rudolph said after his Trenton 

victory. “It had to be because the competition has never been better. 

It’s the same car we won with here in Trenton in February and in 

Allentown back in January.”

For the 2016/2017 Indoor season, Christopher has parked his own No. 13 

in favor of driving the No. 49 owned by upstate New York whiz Trey 

Hoddick. Christopher moved into second to Rudolph in the feature in 

his debut for Hoddick. But after setting the fastest lap of the 

feature, an oil line detached from the engine erupting it in a fireball.

“I was gaining him,” Christopher said. “I was running just as 

quick or quicker than he was until the car blew up.”

Aside from Christopher, a former NASCAR Modified champion, there are 

at least five strong competitors who are in line to win for the first 

time over the Ironton Telephone/ Avaya Indoor TQ Midget race weekend 

in Allentown.  It's only a matter of time before Ryan Flores, Jimmy 

Blewett, Zane Zeiner or Justin Bonsignore pull into victory lane.

Flores, Cornelius, N.C., finished second to Rudolph in Trenton.  It 

was his fifth second place Indoor Series finish.

“I just need to work on making the car a little better,” a 

disconsolate Flores, a full-time employee of Penske Racing's NASCAR 

Cup Series team.

Blewett, Howell, N.J., was third in Trenton and set the second fastest 

time in qualifying. He's been a factor in every Indoor race he has run.

Two Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania entries, Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., 

and Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa., also have the experience, 

equipment, and talent to challenge Rudolph. Zeiner finished third at 

Trenton and was competitive in the battle up front. Paules couldn't 

overcome several hurdles at Trenton, but the 2015 Mahoning Valley 

Speedway asphalt Modified champion is out to redeem himself in front 

of his hometown area fans.

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY missed the Trenton event to attend 

the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour banquet in Charlotte, NC to collect 

his second place in the standings awards. Proven to be fast last year 

Indoor in his No. 51, Bonsignore is expected to be another pre-race 

favorite to win for the first time indoors.

On Friday, the TQ racing will be supported by a card of Slingshot 

action; on Saturday, Champ Karts are the undercard.

Allentown tickets are available online at www.PPLCenter.com and or at 

the PPL Center box office located at 701 Hamilton Street, Allentown, 

PA 18101.

The finale for the 2016-2017 Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series 

fueled by VP is set for Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on 

Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017, featuring the fifteenth 

running of the NAPA Auto Parts Classic.

Anthony Sesely of Matawan, NJ, who has won four times in Atlantic 

City, is seeking his first Indoor win away from the ocean resort with 

a new car. Sesely, one of five drivers on the Lou Cicconi team, will 

be driving a Lafler built car for him for the first time in Allentown.

Event information, including ticket sales and hotel room deals are 

available at www.indoorautoracing.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.







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