Rumble in Fort Wayne expands to three days


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News release from the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum:

Rumble in Fort Wayne expands to three days December 26-28 at the Memorial Coliseum

(October 2, 2014) – The “Rumble in Fort Wayne” indoor midget car racing event, featuring top national drivers, will expand to three days December 26-28 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. Separate programs are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the 1/6-mile track I with a matinee on the final day.

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National midget cars and non-winged dirt modified midget cars will compete all three days, joined by winged outlaw modified midget cars on Saturday and Sunday. Karts will be part of the program Friday and Saturday, while quarter midget cars are included Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. each day, with the main portion of the program at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Event promoter Tony Barhorst said the decision to spread the holiday event over three days was made with fans and race teams in mind. Usually, teams practice the day prior to the “Rumble,” forcing five divisions to run on Friday. The new 3-day schedule allows three divisions to run on Friday, and does not require practice on Christmas Day.

“[Another] big reason is that it gives us a more comfortable and enjoyable show for fans who want to see certain divisions,” Barhorst said. “Going to three days also allows us to not run so late on Friday.”

Last year’s event was one for the ages, with veteran Russ Gamester, just shy of his 48th birthday, and high school freshman Justin Peck, 15, becoming the oldest and youngest midget car feature winners, respectively, in Rumble in Fort Wayne history.

Gamester, driving a family-owned car built in 1977, also joined Mike Fedorcak as the only drivers to win at both the Expo Center and the former Coliseum track, which hosted midget car racing from 1953-1989.

In addition to the racing, the Evans Toyota Fan Zone will feature racecars and other displays. Fans may purchase pit passes at the event to see drivers up close as teams prepare their cars.

More information, including the event schedule, ticket prices, entry forms and “racer’s rate” hotels, is available at


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