Midget Car Rumble At The Coliseum

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis


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December 31, 2010 Updated Dec 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- "I used to be a bull rider and the doc told me I couldn't do that no more, so this was the next thrill I could go to," said Jim "Timex" Morgan.

It's a small race track, hard to pass, but full of action.

"Best way to pass is to force people into mistakes. It's really tight close racing but it's a lot of fun," said Midget Race Driver, 25-year-old Franklin, Massachusetts native Bobby Santos III.

"I won here both races last year and won a couple other races here. It's a lot of fun coming here over the winter time," said Midget Car Race Driver, 24-year-old Noblesville Native Billy Wease.

Rumble In Fort Wayne organizers made an offer that I could not say no.

Ride shotgun in a two seat modified midget car and experience this race track at the Memorial Coliseum for myself.

After riding 8 laps, going 50 miles per hour on the straightaway and 30 miles per hour on the turns, I thought to myself "this car could fly."

My fastest lap was about 9 seconds. My total ride was about a 1/2 mile.

Timex Morgan was my chauffeur Friday night.

So after our one minute rumble... I said be honest, "how did I do?"

"I don't know if I'm going to let you drive, but you did great, you didn't scream or anything. It was fun wasn't?" said Morgan.

I told Timex, my ride was not as scary as I thought it would be and watching cars racing inside the Coliseum is a sight to see.

"My ultimate goal would definitely be to get back down south to NASCAR or maybe even the Indy 500, Indy cars or Indy lights," said Wease.

Gates open Saturday at noon.

Midget races will rev up about 6:00 or 7:00 p.m.

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