OSWEGO, NY – Michael Barnes made his Indoor Auto Racing Championship debut over the weekend for Jason Simmons Racing, landing a pair of top ten finishes in TQ Midget action inside the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.
Driving the JSR No. 97 as a teammate to Tyler Thompson, Barnes impressed mightily by scoring main event finishes of ninth and tenth in a field of more than 40 racers.
On Friday night, Barnes qualified into the main event through the night’s B-Main and proceeded to charge from 21st to tenth behind veterans Briggs Danner and Matt Roselli.
On Saturday night, Barnes time trialed tenth fastest and finished second in his heat race to earn a re-draw starting position for the A-Main. Prior to main event time, Barnes pulled No. 9 for a starting position, which is exactly where he would finish after surviving several crash scares in the 40-lap weekend finale.
Two top ten finishes have Barnes ranked 11th overall in the current Indoor Auto Racing Championship standings heading to Atlantic City, NJ on January 31.
Teammate Thompson is currently 15th in the standings after taking 12th in Friday night’s main, with a DNF on Saturday.
Following Allentown, JSR will now prepare for the annual Gamblers Classic inside the famous Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on January 31 and February 1.
The TQ Midgets will run a series of qualifying events on January 31 before coming back on February 1 for more heats, B-Mains and the $4,000 to win weekend finale.
The winter series will conclude on March 13-14 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY.
For more information on the Indoor Auto Racing Championship fueled by VP Fuels, visit online at www.indoorautoracing.com.
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If interested in team information, or to contact Tyler, please consult team owner Jason Simmons at (315) 591-4303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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