RYAN TRUEX ADDS
GAMBLER’S CLASSIC ENTRY LIST
New Jersey resident Ryan Truex is returning to his roots for the Gambler’s
Classic TQ Midget/600 cc Micro Sprint event at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk
Hall on January 16-17.
Truex, the 16-year-old brother of NASCAR Sprint Cup start Martin
Truex, will drive an entry owned by Lou Cicconi Jr.
Cicconi, who will try to win his second Gambler’s Classic, has
several TQ Midgets in the field for drivers Bobby Santos III, Chris Stockham
The entry list has nearly reached its 100-car maximum limit.
Truex has won numerous Legend Car events over the past years,
including a division title at Wall Twp. Speedway. He made his NASCAR Camping
World Series East debut last September at Stafford Motor Speedway in a Dale
Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet, replacing Jeffrey Earnhardt in the car. He
finished 11th in the race after starting 15th in the field.
“He has some great talent,” said older brother Martin Truex Jr.
last week. “He knows what he wants and he is really hungry to get it.
“I will never forget the first time we took him to practice (in
April) a Late Model at Tri-County Speedway. It was the first time he was in
a big car. He came flying off turn four and was sideways. I thought, ‘here
we go.’ Somehow, he saved it and I am real proud of him.”
Truex is one of many driving stars on the entry lists. Defending
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher, two-time Gambler’s
Classic winner Joey Payne, last year’s winner Mike Tidaback and dirt
Modified track champions Billy Pauch (New Egypt Speedway) and Mike Iles
(Bridgeport Speedway) are entries. Cicconi, a recent indoor race winner in
Indiana over Tony Stewart, and Santos, the USAC Midget Turkey Night winner
in Irwindale, Calif., are among the pre-race favorites.
In addition to the TQ Midgets, the Briggs and Stratton Slingshots
and Senior Champ Carts will be added to card. Dirt Modified racers Rick
Laubach and Ryan Godown are part of the Slingshot entry list.
Friday's nights event will include qualifying races for all three
divisions and a 25 lap feature event for the TQ Midgets. Saturday night's
program is highlighted by feature events for all three divisions including
the 40 lap Gambler's Classic main event for the TQ Midgets.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday night programs are on sale through
Ticketmaster by calling: 1-800-736-1420 or online at:
http://www.ticketmaster.com. They'll also be available the day of
the event at the Boardwalk Hall box office.
Time trials will be held on January 15 for all divisions. While the
grandstand will not be open to the public, fans with tickets for Friday
and/or Saturday (Jan. 16-17) can obtain a restricted Thursday-only pit pass,
which will allow them access to catch all of the pole-night activities.
Gambler’s Classic information is available online at:
The Gambler’s Classic is run in conjunction with the huge Motorsports 2009
Race Car & Trade Show taking place at the Atlantic City Convention Center on
The show offers close to 300,000 square feet of just about
everything imaginable in motorsports along with many famous racers and
personalities signing autographs.
Saxton Communications / Gambler's Classic 2009