(SAYLORSBURG, Pa. 1-18-15) The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association (ATQMRA) is about to embark on one of its most ambitious schedules in years thanks in part to inking 16 race dates at Borger’s Speedway.
The plan to compete at the paved 1/7-mile oval located in Saylorsburg came after several in-depth discussions over the past few months between track promoter Brendan O’Connor and club officers with the main objective to pair the cars of the ATQMRA with the 600cc/TQ’s that run regularly at Borger’s.
Thus in a mutual agreement it was decided to allow the two classes to race together, marking the first step in the process of bringing the pair into the same fold all with the intent to better grow TQ racing.
The ATQMRA, which runs a 750cc engine, has made concessions to allow the 600cc/TQ’s to race as part of the club provided they run the U6A engine rules. As for the ATQMRA there is no change to their rules package.
Points will be awarded per event. There does remain the thought of crowning duel champions, however that has not been determined yet.
The 600’s are also invited to compete on the road with the ATQMRA.
Not since the days of the former Pine Brook Speedway has the ATQMRA had a track to call home. After closing in 1989 the club became strictly a touring series, competing at a variety of tracks between New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, over the past few seasons car counts have been less than favorable.
When Borger’s was paved a few years ago the club made a handful of appearances but as far as racing on a weekly basis there was always indecisiveness in trying to get both sides to conform to one set of general rules.
Now with the announcement of working towards unity, it stands as a big positive for race teams as well as promoters who now have reason to book a show.
Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton has taken note. The ATQMRA was not originally set to race this year at the popular ¼-mile track where the cars have been clocked as the fastest racers on record. When the word of both groups now working in unison, they have been booked for two shows, April 25 and October 24, with a possible third. Other tracks planning to host the TQ’s in 2015 include Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, NJ and Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY. Additional negotiations at other regional paved tracks are in the works.
Both parties will have a presence at the upcoming 30th Annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2015 Presented by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show January 23-25, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.
-ATQMRA Press Release & Photo