Staff Report | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

You asked, we listened. When drivers strap in for the 2019 Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels, a new, simplistic rule will be set in place for competitors alike.

Beginning this season, cars will only be required to make three starts in order to establish a handicap for the current season. In years past, cars was only eligible to earn a handicap when competing in a minimum of three of the previous five events ran. Starting in 2019, a car’s handicap status will remain the same once three races in the season are ran, regardless of when those races are run.

“We have had a lot of discussion with full time and part time teams throughout the season, and I think this will help with some of the challenges our teams face.  We are one of the most competitive series out there, and in the past I can see where teams would get discouraged knowing that when they show up they will start behind the full time teams.”  stated series President Buddy Sload. 

The Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels is set to begin on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at the Mahoning Valley Speedway, in Lehighton, PA. For more information about the Premier TQ Midget Racing Organization, and like us on Facebook at


An Award Winning Weekend: ATQMRA a HUGE Hit at Motorsports 2019


An Award Winning Weekend: ATQMRA a HUGE Hit at Motorsports 2019

Staff Report | January 24th, 2019 

The annual Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show hosted by Len Sammons Productions has come and gone, however the impact the weekend had on the entire ATQMRA organization will remain for a long time. The highlight of the weekend was the recently announced award for “Best Appearing Booth” in class, which was presented to the ATQMRA on behalf of the entire staff. 

ATQMRA competitor Jeff Kot, owner of Typhoon Digital Studio dedicated much of his personal time over the last month preparing what has become an award winning exhibit, for all show attendees to enjoy. ATQMRA competitor Kyle Taraska and car owner Colin Martin provided much of the framework and content for the booth, to enhance the fan experience throughout the weekend. 

The 2019 Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels schedule was announced this weekend as well. The tentative 17 race season is slated to begin at the Mahoning Valley Speedway on April 20th, 2019. Like 2018, the ATQMRA champion will be crowned at Bethel Motor Speedway, on Saturday November 2nd, 2019. As always, the season will officially conclude for the non-points spectacular, the Turkey Derby, at the historic Wall Stadium Speedway on Thanksgiving Weekend. 

A lot of excitement was built around the recently announced ¼ Midget and ¾ Midget Development Programs. ATQMRA board members worked exclusively with many of the Quarter Midget Club board members who were accessible during the trade show weekend to raise awareness and receive sign ups from soon to be Quarter Midget graduates. A number of racers from multiple disciplines of motorsports also inquired and signed up for the ¾ Midget Development Program as well. As the summer months approach, more specific details involving scheduling and test days will become available to the general public.

Many ATQMRA regulars are set to invade the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series this weekend for the 17thAnnual Gambler’s Classic. Reigning Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA Champion Matt Jansich, winner of the Allentown Indoor Friday Feature, is poised to have a strong outing against some of the best racers in the business. Five time Hoosier Tire-Mid Atlantic Champion Ryan Tidman, who is coming off a solid top-10 run in the Allentown Saturday Feature, is determined to put on a showing for his fans this weekend at Boardwalk Hall. 2018 VP Racing Fuels Checkered Flag Award recipient Joey Bailey will be making is 2019 Indoor Championship Series debut. This will be Bailey’s second career attempt to claim victory in the prestigious Gambler’s Classic.

2018 ATQMRA Feature winners Joey Payne and Cole Mullen will be running in Atlantic City this weekend as well. Payne, a two-time winner of the event will be racing wheel-to-wheel with son, Anthony Payne, another ATQMRA regular. The Gambler’s Classic will be a homecoming for Cole and father, “The Rocket” Ronnie Mullen, who both call the Jersey Shore home. ATQMRA veteran Jeff Kot is looking to make a strong comeback in Atlantic City. While showing great speed, Kot lost a front bumper during contact after working his way up into a transfer position for the A-Main. Expect car #17 to be a contender in the 17th Annual Gamblers Classic at Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk Hall.

Be sure to follow the ATQMRA on Facebook, at Furthermore, check out the official series website, www.atqmra.comto learn everything you need to know about The Premier TQ Midget Racing Organization.





Staff Report | Monday, January 14th, 2019

When the doors open for the 2019 Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show on Friday, January 18th, 2019, fans and attendees alike will be sure to make their way to the newly improved, 20x20 Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA booth. The booth, which has doubled in size, will feature new state of the art graphics, and host many opportunities for personal interactions with the stars who make up today’s ATQMRA.

The highlight of the weekend will be on the Saturday, January 19th portion of the show, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. The ATQMRA will be hosting an autograph and photo session with some of the most fearless race car drivers in the Northeast.

Reigning 2018 Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA Champion, and recent Allentown Indoor Race winner, Matt Janisch, along with several other drivers, will be available to meet with fans and attendees at the booth during the session.

The “Jerzy Jet”, Joey Payne, a driver who’s resume speaks for itself, will be in attendance along with ATQMRA competitor, Albany Indoor Race Winner and son, Anthony Payne. Joey Bailey, who led the ATQMRA with five feature wins in 2018 will be on hand to meet fans. Speaking of five-time, Champion ‘Flyin’ Ryan Tidman will be apart of the session along with Turkey Derby XLV Champion Buddy Sload, and ATQMRA feature winner and veteran standout Jeff Kot.

Four, fully prepared ATQMRA TQ Midgets will be on display for fans to get an up close and personal look at what our drivers race week in, and week out. Those cars include the #48 Yuhas Chassis of reigning champion Matt Janisch, and the Alan Mollot owned 51B Yuhas Chassis of Joey Bailey. Furthermore, a pair of Spitfire Chassis including the #36 raced by Buddy Sload, and the newest built Spitfire #55, which is raced by Paul Dodorico.

Also included at the booth will be a raffle for fans to win two free pit passes to a 2019 ATQMRA feature event of choice.

Two new ATQMRA development programs are set to be announced as well. The 1/4 Midget Development Plan which will focus on the engagement with the younger generation of racers. The 3/4 Midget Development Plan, will focus on granting experienced racers the opportunity to strap in and feel the speed of a fully equipped ATQMRA TQ Midget.

Finally, the 2019 Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels schedule will be unveiled Friday morning at the booth, and as well on the official ATQMRA Facebook page.

Various ATQMRA Board Members, chassis and engine builders will be available throughout the action packed weekend, discussing and accepting membership applications for the 2019 season. There has never been a more exciting time to take advantage of the opportunity to join the ATQMRA. With over six decades of history, the leading organization in professional TQ Midget racing is coming off its most competitive season to date, which featured eight different feature winners in 2018.

The 2019 Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania from Friday January 18th - Sunday January 20th, 2019. Hours and admission vary. For more information, visit


Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA Turkey Derby XLV at Wall Stadium Speedway


Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA Turkey Derby XLV at Wall Stadium Speedway

Saturday, November 24th 2018

Track Address:

1803 NJ-34, Wall Township, NJ 07719

Race Day Schedule:

6:30 AM Pits Open

8:30 AM Turkey Derby On-Track Activity Begins

9:30 AM Mandatory ATQMRA Driver’s Meeting

9:30 AM Grandstand Gates Open

10:10 AM - 10:25 AM ATQMRA Open Practice 

11:00 AM Turkey Derby Time Trials (ATQMRA 3rd Group)

1:00 National Anthem 

1:05 ATQMRA 30 Lap Feature

*Schedule Subject to Change 

ATQMRA Turkey Derby XLV Rules Package:

  1. Mandatory wings, specs listed in ATQMRA rulebook 

  2. 2017 Indoor Engine rules will be allowed.

  3. The minimum weight requirement is 850 pounds with driver post qualifying/race.

  4. A maximum width of 55 inches measured at the bulge of the tire from the outside of the right rear to the outside of the left rear will be mandated.

  5. It will be required that all cars run an outdoor RR tire. (LC5 10 inch, USAC 13 inch).

  6. All other rules in compliance with ATQMRA rulebook

Qualifying and Line Up Procedure:

-Group Qualifying (Groups set by practice times)

-Top 2 qualifiers locked into starting in first 3 rows

-Redraw procedure is as follows:

- 13 Cars or less: Top 8 Redraw

- 14-18 cars: Top 10 Redraw 

- 19 or more cars: Top 12 Redraw


$45 ATQMRA Pit Pass

$40 ATQMRA Competitor Registration Fee 

$32 Grandstand Admission 

$10 Grandstand Student (age 10-17)

FREE Age 9 and Under 

*Turkey Derby is a major motorsports event. Please intend on arriving early and allow yourself plenty of time to be prepared for the event*



Banquet and Fall Rules Meeting Announced

November 7th, 2018

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – On Sunday, November 18th, 2018, the Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuel will honor championship winning driver Matt Janisch at the annual year ending banquet. We ask all competitors to come out and celebrate a successful 2018 racing season. Friends and family members are welcomed. 

A full buffet style menu and cash bar will be available for all attendees. The banquet is set to begin at promptly 1:00 PM in the Parkview Ballroom of the Valley Forge Casino, located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. 

Ticket price will remain at $45 per person. To RSVP, please contact Karen Sload, by the conclusion of Friday, November 9th, 2018.

The annual ATQMRA Fall Rules Meeting will take just prior to the banquet, in the Magnolia Room of the Valley Forge Casino Resort. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM. Please contact Buddy Sload if you plan on attending. Please also provide information of any topics that you wish to discuss in preparation for the 2019 ATQMRA season.