Hangtown 100 Becomes Richest USAC Midget Race

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 15, 2019 / comments

[Richie Murray]

With the inaugural Hangtown 100 ready to go green next week, event officials have announced a solid contingency program for the doubleheader on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19 and 20 at California’s Placerville Speedway.

Adding in contingency prizes and the overall purse, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets will be racing for upwards of $150,000, which confirms the Hangtown 100 to be the richest two-night midget event ever held.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets/USAC Western States Midget series will have the following contingency prizes up for grabs at the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100:

Stanton Engines ($500 award to quick time driver running a Stanton engine)

Toyota Racing Development ($500 award to quick time driver running a Toyota engine)

Esslinger ($500 certificate good for work in their shop to quick time driver running an Esslinger)

KSE Racing Products (steering gear)

DMI (rear end)

Keizer Racing Wheels (4 wheels)

Stevie Smith (titanium kit)

Bell Helmets (CF helmet)

Factory Kahne shocks (certificate)

MPI (certificate)

CSI shocks (certificate)

Swindell (certificate)

“We want to send a big thank you to all of the companies that have come on board to support the Hangtown 100 at Placerville Speedway,” commented Elk Grove Ford president Matt Wood. “Adding in the contingency prizes, drivers and teams will be competing for upwards of $150,000 at the event. If anyone else would like to donate prizes or awards, please let us know as well. The car count is looking solid and the weather is looking perfect so we can’t wait for next week.”

These bonuses will be added to the season-long sponsors for USAC National competition in 2019, including NOS Energy Drink, the title sponsor of USAC Midget National Championship.

Fatheadz Eyewear will award the fast qualifier with $100 while Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Auto Meter and Indy Race Parts are on-board throughout the entire season as heat race sponsors.

Wilwood Brakes sponsors the driver who finishes 13th in each National feature event.  Saldana Racing Products will boost the spirits of the first non-transfer each night (the driver finishing one position out of the final transfer spot during the night’s semi-feature.  In addition, Saldana will reward any National Sprint and National Midget driver who performs a “sweep” of all the racing events for the night. The driver must record the fastest qualifying time during time trials, win his or her heat race, then conclude the night with a feature victory.

KSE Racing Products will run through the pack to honor each event’s hard charger (the driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot during the night’s main event).  Hoosier Tire serves as the official tire of USAC while VP Racing Fuels is the official fuel and Racing Electronics is the official communications provider.  iRacing is the official motorsport simulation of USAC and Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts is the official trailer of USAC.

As a heads up for race fans, in order to accommodate walk up sales at the Hangtown 100, online ticketing for the event ended on Friday, November 15 at midnight.  After that, tickets will be available only at the gate on race day.

Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party in the concession area with burritos, drinks, music and a lot of fun to be had. All fans and racers are encouraged to attend.

The Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 marks the first ever appearance by the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series to the Placerville Speedway. Co-sanctioning each night with the National Midgets will be the California based USAC Western States Midget Series.

Tuesday’s PureCrop1 main event on November 19 will be 30-laps, $5,000-to-win and features the top-12 cars in combined points inverted.

Wednesday night’s Royal Truck Body A-main on November 20 will be 100-laps around the famed red clay oval with the winner picking up a $20,000 payday. The overall points champion for the two nights will pocket a $12,000 bonus.

Also competing both nights and rounding out the card will be the Wicked Energy Gum NW Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors. The Focus Midgets will contest a 50-lap feature during the Wednesday finale.

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