Fun Night with Intense TQ Midget Racing at Allentown Indoor Event – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

This past Saturday night I made my first trip ever to the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., to take in the indoor races produced by Lenny Sammons and his staff. I am not one who usually attends the indoor shows because I am just not a fan of indoor racing. Too many spins and cautions and due to the fact that it usually takes a bump and run to make a pass. The racing just doesn’t suit me, but not having been to a race since the Mid-Atlantic Championships at Georgetown on the last weekend of October, I thought it would be good to shake off the winter doldrums and take in the Allentown show being that is very close to where I live in Perkasie, Pa.

It was a decision I am glad I made. Although the Champ Kart and Slingshot A-Mains displayed a lot of what I don’t like about indoor racing (each 20-lap feature took over 21 minutes to complete) due to the many yellows and stoppages, the TQ feature made up for it.

The 40-lap TQ A main race was fantastic with some very intense racing. Tyler Thompson took the lead from his pole position starting spot and looked like he was going to be the man to beat early on, leading until lap 24 when Anthony Sesely worked his way by for the lead. One lap later, it was Thompson back in front but wait! Lap 26 and now Sesely was back upfront. These two drivers kept battling hard until a lap 33 caution drastically changed the complexion of the battle for the lead.

Lining up for a double-file restart to battle it out for the win, both drivers knew that getting the jump on the restart would be the key to victory. Unfortunately for Thompson, it was determined that he got too much of a jump on the restart forcing the race officials to penalize him two spots for his aggressive move.




Multi-time Allentown, Pa., winner Ryan Flores was the benefactor of Thompson’s penalty, now putting him alongside Sesely on the front row for the restart. Flores was able to work his way past Sesely on the restart, but Sesely crossed him back on the backstretch to put himself back in front.

Sesely, Flores and Tommy Catalano all battled for the top spot over the final five laps with Flores trying every move he could come up with to win.  To no avail as Sesely was able to stay in front for the win in Race #1 of the 2023 Indoor Series.

All three drivers up front battled hard and clean with minimal contact which is to be expected in this kind of close quarters racing. Afterwards, you could tell the respect that Sesely and Flores had for each other as the two shook hands when Flores went to congratulate Sesely.

TQ Tidbits:

Great third-place podium finish for Tommy Catalano after starting back in the 14th starting spot…

The all-time leader in indoor wins Erick Rudolph had a great run coming from starting 12th to finish 5th…

Ryan Susice who competes with Rudolph weekly at Ransomville Speedway had a rough Friday night but bounced back to qualify for Saturday’s A-main only to have a flat tire end his race early…

Allentown, Pa., driver Briggs Danner had high hopes for a win in his hometown on Saturday night. Starting the A main from the front row Danner ran up front early on but on lap 15 found himself stopped a top the turn three tires to bring out the yellow. Danner battled back for a 9th place finish…

Driver entrance of the night goes to driver Shawn Nye who came out and did a little dance with his daughter. Andy Jankowiak was a close second with his smooth dance moves…

Kudos to Lenny, Danny and Davey Sammons and their entire staff for a well-run show. The track crew did a great job getting cars on and off the track at a fast clip without much lag time between races along with clearing up the many on track incidents. Great job to all involved…

As always, I can be reached at dirtracefan25@hotmail.com or on Twitter @dirtracefan25 for any questions or comments.