WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA (January 10, 2024) – The sixth season for Western Midget Racing has been announced with six California dirt tracks set to host the grassroots Midget series as drivers compete for the coveted championship. Photo by Top Dawg Photos
An 18-race slate awaits, including the season being bookended by races at Ventura Raceway on March 16 and October 26. Ventura has served as one of the “home tracks” of Western Midget Racing since its inception and will play host to four rounds of the series. The other seaside home for WMR is Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. where the mighty Midgets will hit the dirt on seven occasions including the prestigious Howard Kaeding Classic on July 12 and 13.
WMR will also stage two stops each at Bakersfield Speedway, Marysville Raceway, and Petaluma Speedway. Antioch Speedway hosts the series on July 27 for a single date as well. Divisions such as the NARC 410 Sprint Cars, SCCT 360 Sprint Cars, Ocean 360 Sprint Cars, USCS Sprint Cars, and BCRA Midgets will be sharing the card at most WMR events in 2024.
The 2023 season was topped by Oakley teenager Bryant Bell, earning car owner Tony Boscacci his third consecutive WMR championship. The 2020 season did not crown a championship with a shortened COVID19 season. The inaugural 2019 season saw split championships at Ocean and Ventura with David Prickett and Randi Pankratz winning the two titles.
Surprise, Ariz.’s Drake Edwards led a competitive 2023 season with six points paying wins. Bell won five times in his championship season while his two-time championship winning teammate Blake Bower of Brentwood scored on four occasions. Santa Cruz’ Logan Mitchell finished second in the points in his second full-time campaign, missing out on the crown by just four markers. Linley, New York’s Darin Horton won the Rookie of the Year and finished third, followed by Lodi’s Nate Wait and Bower.
For more information visit www.WesternMidgetRacing.com
2024 WMR Schedule – Subject to Change
March 16 Ventura Raceway
March 29 Ocean Speedway
March 30 Marysville Raceway
April 20 Bakersfield Speedway w/ USCS
May 4 Ventura Raceway
May 17 Ocean Speedway
May 18 Petaluma Speedway w/ BCRA
June 7 Ocean Speedway
June 8 Petaluma Speedway
June 22 Ventura Raceway
July 12 Ocean Speedway Howard Kaeding Classic
July 13 Ocean Speedway Howard Kaeding Classic
July 26 Ocean Speedway
July 27 Antioch Speedway
August 9 Ocean Speedway
August 10 Marysville Raceway
September 21 Bakersfield Speedway
October 26 Ventura Raceway