Early Anderson 400 Midget Classic Entries Announced

Anderson Speedway officials today announced some of the early entries for this weekends inaugural Anderson 400 Midget Classic sanctioned by the United States Auto Club.

Heading the list is 2000 USAC Silver Crown and 2002 USAC Sprint Car champion Tracy Hines. The New Castle, Ind., native currently leads the USAC Mopar National Midget Series standings and is no stranger to Anderson Speedway behind the wheel of a midget. Hines already has one career midget at the world’s fastest quarter mile oval.

Other notables already entered include New Castle’s Dakoda Armstrong and long-time open wheel standout Bobby East, who won the USAC National Midget event in April. Other drivers include Joe Ligouri, and Canadian Driver Alison MacLeod.

But perhaps the biggest surprise is eight-time Pay Less Little 500 champion Eric Gordon. Gordon has dominated the marathon sprint car race at Anderson winning six of the previous eight Pay Less Little 500's and eight overall dating back to his first win in 1993. Recently dubbed 'Mr. Little 500', Gordon will be making his first appearance in a midget at Anderson. He will have his work cut out for him as he gets acclimated to the smaller wheelbase and less horse powered midget racer.

The inaugural Midget 400 Classic week kicks off on Wednesday, July 23 with USAC Regional Midgets, Ford Focus Midgets and Kenyon Midgets. On Wednesday Night, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing program beginning at 7. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get in free.

On Friday, qualifying for the inaugural Midget 400 Classic begins at 12:30 p.m. The field will be set that evening with qualifying races. The Quick Auto Front Wheel Drives in Pro and Figure 8’s along with ThunderCars are part of the Friday night racing program that starts at 7 p.m. Admission on Friday night is $5.

The Midget 400 Classic will take place on Saturday, July 26. Watch the nations top Midget Car drivers compete in this first ever race with live pit stops. Gates open at 4 p.m. with the race beginning at approximately 8 p.m. All tickets are reserved at $22.

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(765) 642-0206.