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RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE ODDS

By Zach Tasker

Tis the season for Christmas joy and indoor midget racing, what a wonderful time of year.  The Rumble in Fort Wayne takes place this weekend, and with the Night Before the 500 becoming a USAC Silver Crown Series race next season, Fort Wayne takes its place as the country’s most prestigious and storied pavement midget race.  Here are the Vegas betting odds I have made for this weekend’s extravaganza which includes three full shows culminating in an overall champion based on the results from all three nights. These are the odds for winning the overall three-day Rumble championship based on my 23 years of existence spent watching racing. These are for entertainment purposes only.

#46 Russ Gamester-Driving perhaps one of the best old school looking cars in the entire field, Gamester was just laps away from sweeping the Rumble last year. He proved experience can still beat youthfulness. Look for him to charge to the front as always-4/1

#5x Justin Peck-This Hoosier teenager shocked the Fort Wayne crowd last season becoming the youngest winner in Rumble history at 15 years old. Not only did he win, he passed Russ Gamester, who had won the night before. With another year of experience on Pecks side, he should be even more of a threat.-5/1

#99 Jimmy Anderson-The three time STARS national midget champion slowed down this year to just run a partial schedule while he helps his sons foray into quartet midgets, however he is fully committed to winning another Fort Wayne thriller just as he did in 2010.-7/1

 

#97 Mike Fedorcak-Fedorcak races the mighty Munchkin chassis that is always popular and competitive indoors. A win would help the spirits of car owner Tony Stewart as he recovers from leg surgery. 8/1

 

#1g Bobby Santos III-Always fast indoors and on pavement. This New England driver had a cup of coffee in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and is a standout in the NASCAR modified Tour, if luck goes his way, he has a strong chance at victory lane-8/1

#31 Derek Bischak-A former winner of the Rumble, it would be hard to count this driver form Indianapolis out-9/1

#27 Kyle O’Gara-One of the most versatile drivers in the field, O Gara can boast he has raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he is also the USAC Pavement national midget champion of 2014, he will be in a Kenyon car though which could prove to be a challenge.- 9/1

 

#99 Billy Wease-Just like Santos, Wease is lightning quick indoors.- 10/1

 

#33 Kyle Hamilton-This national pavement midget ace had multiple wins in STARS competition this year, and finished 2nd to Tony Stewart at the Rumble a few years ago. The Purdue University student will give it his all to score a Rumble win.-10/1

#6 David Gough-Open wheel racing veteran with lots of indoor experience.-11/1

#15 Rich Corson-Corson was the feel good story making his return to racing at last years Rumble after a number of setbacks. This year he’s looking to prove he still has his magic of 2003 and 2005 when he won the feature-13/1

#61 Jimmy McCune-One of the favorites every time the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series hits the track, McCune returns to his roots of midget racing teaming up with the Mel Kenyon team. McCune will most likely drive a smooth and patience race but will it be enough in the rough and tumble indoor track?-16/1

 

#10 Geoff Kaiser-Kaiser and longtime midget car owner Don Moore always prove to be a good match for the Rumble-18/1

 

#19 Austin Nemire-Champion of the USAC HPD midget series this season, Nemire will step up to USAC Silver Crown competition next year, he could make a statement before moving up to the big leagues of dirt track racing.-20/1

#8 Chris Neuenschwander-This winged pavement sprint car driver always pulls out all the stops for the Rumble. However he will be going up against some drivers that race midgets all year. -20/1

#14 Cooper Clouse-another young gun looking to make his mark in the indoor season-22/1

#22 Patrick Bruns-Champion of the Illlini Racing Series midgets this year, Bruns will look to add Rumble in Fort Wayne winner to his resume, however he will have to do so while driving with an old Brayton-Buick motor-25/1

 

#98 Brian Gester-Gester, who holds the fastest lap ever turned at Bristol Motor Speedway in a winged sprint car in 2011 will look to hone that same speed this weekend.-25/-1

 

#1 Nick Hamilton-Racing for Gregg Steele in top notch equipment, however has an underpowered Ford Focus engine -28/1

 

The field-The Rumble in Fort Wayne is one of the most unpredictable open wheel races anywhere, just making the feature is an accomplishment and there are always surprises, someone not even listed here could very well end up in victory lane. -40/1

 

Do you agree or disagree with these odds? Who is your favorite for the overall victory? Leave your comments in the section below!

 

 

The full entry list can be viewed here: http://www.rumbleseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Entrylistasof9p.m.FridayDec192014.pdf

 

 

Tony Tellez

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