East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals Tickets
Location: CURE Insurance Arena, Trenton, N.J.
Past Champions: Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, New York won in 2017 and 2019 and Whitey Kidd, III of Staten Island, N.Y. won in 2018
Track Surface: Clay
Series Affiliation: Indoor Auto Racing VP Racing Fuels Series
East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals TicketsThe East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals makes driving on a dirt surface in 600cc Sprint cars or watching the action possible. This regional race is the culmination of races held in the Northeast from December through February. It will attract approximately 100 drivers. Among them are Whitey Kidd and Erick Rudolph. Other drivers in the mix are brothers Alex Bright and Brendan Bright, who are United States Auto Club Midget car specialists from Collegeville, Penn. Briggs Danner of Allentown, Penn., participates in indoor concrete and outdoor Dirt 358 Modified events. A trio of New Jersey brothers, Andrew Locuson and Carl Locuson from Pinegrove and Chris Locuson from Pennsville, participate as well. Other Garden State competitors are Sammy Martz Jr. of Hampton and brothers Lavar Scott and Wayne Scott of Penns Grove. Eddie Strada of Lake Ariel, Penn., is among the other drivers, as are Morgan Rochelle of Hacketstown, N.J. and Jenna Shortz of Milford, N.J., both female entries. Get your East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals tickets at StubHub.
What kind of action can I expect at the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals event?A green light to start the races and yellow flags to slow the action when there are jams or car tumbles will be visible on the track. The turns are a challenge for the driver’s skill and timing, and these obstacles are where a lot of the pileups happen. These cars may be small, but professional racers drive them with abandon and an eye on a championship.
Can you describe the cars at the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals?The cars you'll see on the track are open-wheeled vehicles powered by motorcycle engines that have been adapted for indoor use. They can attain speeds of 75 mph or more, and they weigh approximately 800 pounds.
What’s the format for the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals race?As a spectator at CURE Insurance Arena, you will see plenty of racing action because the competition commences with heats. Car positions are determined randomly by draw. Drivers who start in the back earn points for every car they pass. The top 60 point-getters are divided, and they go into four 20-lap Main-A Qualifiers. The top three in each race go on to Saturday’s 40-lap Main-A event. The others who ranked 61 or lower race in the F-Main, which sends the top four drivers to the E-Main. This progression continues for all letters up to B. At that point, the top six in each of the two B rounds go to the final.
What can you tell me about some of the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals racers?Kidd won by coming from way behind in his December race to pass Alex Bright. To add even more excitement to that race, Brian Carber of New Holland, Penn., came from fifth place to claim third place on the last lap. After the race, Kidd let the public know that he was being treated for cancer. The disease is currently under control, and he continues to compete. Rudolph has had a lot of success at the CURE Insurance Arena. He’s been the champion there in five races, four of them on concrete.
Has the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals event always been held in February?No, in its first two years it was held in December. The change was made so it wouldn’t conflict with the holiday season and other auto race circuit events that some of these drivers also compete in.
What’s the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals arena like?The CURE Insurance Arena has a track level and an upper level. By 2018, there had been a major renovation to optimize the viewing experience for spectators. Clay is used for the track since it holds moisture and makes the track tacky, allowing cars to get a good grip on it. Clay tracks also create less dust. The grounds crew is meticulous. It’s used the same clay for all the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals by re-spreading it every year.
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