Story By: LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS – ALLENTOWN, PA – When the Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP takes the green flag this weekend inside the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, many lingering off-season questions will be answered.
The Ironton Global sponsored two-day event on Friday and Saturday, January 5 and 6 is just one of two race weekends that make up the BELFOR Property Restoration concrete series this year. There is little time for mistakes, mechanical failure or bad luck.
Many believe the favorite to win the TC Cup, the trophy presented to the series champion, this season is Ryan Flores. The Davidson, N.C. driver took the title in 2017 and he’s won multiple times in both Allentown and Atlantic City. Last year he took the checkered flag first at both venues. However, his victory in Atlantic City was taken from him because of a post-race infraction.
Because of his full-time job as a tire changer for Roger Penske’s NASCAR Cup team, Flores has not been able to run the March events in Syracuse. With the event at the New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center not on this year’s schedule, Flores now can chase a second title. This week will be a big first step to see if that is possible.
Good seats remain for the Allentown race weekend. They can be purchased online through a link on the show website, or at the box office on the day of the event. For those who cannot attend, the event will be available on DTD Pay-Per-View for $64.99 for the weekend or $29.99 for Friday, and $39.99 for Saturday.
In Allentown on Friday night racing begins at 7:30 PM with the TQ Midgets headlined in three Ironton Auto Body A-Qualifier main events. The top three in each event locks into Saturday’s main event and the Dash. The winner of each of these races will now receive $1,000 thanks to Ironton Auto Body and the Dash winner another $500!
Saturday’s events, sponsored by Future Homes, begin with FAN FEST when the doors open at 5 PM. Racing begins at 7 PM headlined by a 40-lap TQ Midget feature. The Champ Karts and Slingshots run complete shows with features on both nights.
After Allentown, the series then moves to Atlantic City for the 20th year under Len Sammons Productions. The NAPA KNOW HOW weekend will feature a first-ever “Double Down” schedule, with two Gambler’s Classic races for the TQ Midgets being held, one on Friday night and another on Saturday night.