Rochester Hills, MI – The Midwest Indoor Racing Series, the fastest growing indoor racing series in the country looks ahead to the 2016 portion of the winter racing season. The next race is set for Saturday, January 9th, 2016 as Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan will host the 2016 Cereal City Winter Showdown. The traditional new year kick off for Motor City Racing Promotions as the Rochester Hills, Michigan based series will once again invade southern Michigan. The Entry Forms as well as event information for the 2016 Cereal City Winter Showdown are available on the MIRS website.

Quality Inn of Battle Creek (formerly the Comfort Inn) is the Official Hotel of the 2016 Cereal City Winter Showdown. Located at 2590 Capital Avenue Southwest in Battle Creek, Michigan, the remodeled facility is just five minutes away from Kellogg Arena and offers such amenities as a heated indoor pool, free full hot breakfast, free Hi-Speed Internet, a free Newspaper, Guest Laundry Services, a Game Room, a Fitness Center and is also pet friendly. Get a discounted rate of $65.00 per night by using the booking code “Midwest Indoor Racing Series”. To book directly, please call (269) 965-3201 or call the Choice Hotel National Reservation number at: (877) 424-6423. You can also go to the Choice Hotels website at: www.choicehotels.com.

The 600cc Mini Sprints headline the weekend with the 50-lap Cereal City Winter Showdown. In 2014, two-time reigning series champion, Chase Ridenour went to victory lane after taking the lead from two-time winner at Kellogg Arena, Jason Ormsby on lap 15. The Perry, Michigan driver in his #11R Ridenour’s Auto Repair & Towing sprint dominated the rest of the way en route to the third victory of his MIRS career. 16-year-old at the time, Tyler Fitzpatrick finished a career high second while Bill Dunham, Brad Lamberson and Mark Zumbrun completed the top five. Clay Sanders out-qualified the 16-car field with a lap measured at a 7.421 around the 0.091 mile flat concrete oval while Rod Henning won the Dash. Fitzpatrick and Ormsby collected the Qualifier Heat Race wins.

In addition to the Mini Sprints, the Mini Cup Cars and three Lawn Mower divisions of Super Modified, Modified and Stock classes will all join in on the action while seven Go-Karts divisions will all be on hand. The 360, Heavy Clone, Senior Cage, Junior Cage, Gold Plate, Purple Plate and Kid Karts are all racing. If that wasn’t enough, seven Quarter Midget divisions Senior Honda, Junior Honda, Heavy Honda, Senior Animal, Junior Animal, Light 160 and Heavy 160 will all be racing for an action packed night of indoors racing with a full 19-division lineup to complete the traditional opening weekend of racing to start the new calendar year in Southern Michigan.

Also in what was the Welcome to 2015 Race Weekend in Battle Creek, Michigan, the big winner of the night would be Coal City, Illinois invader, Dustin Heath who scored one of the biggest paydays of the night in the Go-Karts 360s division. The $500 to win was courtesy of JVM Racing, Bear Trax Speedway, Your Custom Graphics and MMR Motorsports. Heath would also steer #96 Heath’s Performance entry into victory lane earlier in the evening by winning the Go-Karts Heavy Clones Feature as well for two big wins on the night. There was an all-time MIRS record 27 360s in the building. Other feature winners in the Go-Karts included: Max Stambaugh-Senior Caged, Aiden Williamson-Junior Caged, Hunter Doutre-Gold Plate, Andrew Scheid-Purple Plate and Brodie Wendel-Kids Karts.

Only one other driver picked up more than one Feature Win during the night as Chase Burda collected career victories #18 and #19 on the night in the Quarter Midgets Senior Honda and Senior Animal divisions. Other Quarter Midget feature winners that night included; Casey Smith-Senior Honda, Levi Lux-Junior Animal, Alex Sexton-Junior Honda, Mackena Snyder-Heavy Honda and Bobby Stanley-Heavy 160.

In the Mini Cups, Scott Quaal from Bridgeport, Michigan scored the victory. Jayson Mikula picked up the victory in the combined Super Modified / Modified Lawn Mower division and in the Lawn Mowers Stock class Steve Smith would emerge victorious in his #48 Kalamazoo Speedway lawn mower.

The Midwest Indoor Racing Series (MIRS) is owned and operated by Motor City Racing Promotions (MCRP) based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan and features some of the most exciting racing in the Midwestern United States. MIRS is a revolutionary racing series designed to provide “circle track” auto racing, inside arenas and expo centers across the Midwestern United States. It’s great entertainment for the casual motorsports fan, short track diehards and fun for the entire family. Plus, MIRS helps get motorsports fans through those cold winter months.

To learn more about Motor City Racing Promotions, the sanctioning body for the Midwest Indoor Racing Series and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities available, email or call MCRP/MIRS President, Scott Menlen at: [email protected] and/or the MCRP office: (248) 747-6277. You can also go to the MIRS website located at: www.midwestindoorracingseries.com. The Facebook Fan Page is at: www.facebook.com/midwestindoorracing. Also don’t forget to follow MIRS on Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

-MIRS Press Release.

-Photo Credit: Midwest Indoor Racing Series Photo

Cereal City Winter Showdown Kicks Off New Year for MIRS