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1/12/15, 11:58 AM   #1
BMARA engine rules are now D-II
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Badger Midgets Set For New Engine Rules For 2015
Nine events slated for Angell Park
Sun Prairie, Wis., Jan. 11---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA), have announced major rule changes, affecting open wheel racing's oldest active sanctioning organization.
After several recent general and Board of Director Meetings, the new "rules package" will be utilized for the 2015 racing season. The rule changes have been made due to diminishing car count in the Wisconsin and Northern Illinois area.
Badger will implement an OEM set of rules for engines currently in place with several organizations. "These rules will implement cost savings to our competitors for years to come and revitalize Badger's future" commented Quinn McCabe.
The rules allow all production passenger car engines, with a maximum displacement of 2.4 liters (146.457 CID). Engines must be four (4) cylinder inline and have no more than four (4) valves per cylinder to compete.
All production passenger car engines must use the original manufacturer's OEM block, an OEM cylinder head, and an OEM crankshaft combination that was produced from the factory.
All current purpose built "National Type" midget racing engines are encouraged to compete, but will be restricted. A complete outline of rules will be released shortly.
Badger has also reached an agreement with Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.) to run nine events during the 2015 season. The Angell Park dates along with a complete Badger Midget and Badger 600 Micro Series Schedules will be released in late January.
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1/12/15, 12:49 PM   #2
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Is this the start of it all?!?!
 
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1/12/15, 12:52 PM   #3
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C'mon, Badger; go the distance and give the Chain Gang a little love.
Everybody sing like Aretha: "Chain, chain, chain"...
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1/12/15, 12:58 PM   #4
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This is wonderful news. Finally a group stepping forward and doing something about engine rules.
 
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1/12/15, 1:11 PM   #5
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Welcome to the twenty first century! We've put several years into developing our Honda motors and look forward to expanding their use beyond the Illini Racing Series. The Ford Mazda 2.3 liter Duratec, the 2.4 liter Chevy Ecotec, the Dodge/Jeep/Hyundai/Kia/ Mitsubishi "World motor" 2.4 liter, and Toyota 2.4 liter, and Subaru 2.3 liter are all worthy of midget use. Most of these motors have "tuner" support for world rally or drag racing use.
It could be another golden age of midget racing like the early 1980s when people built their own VW motors.
 
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1/12/15, 1:21 PM   #6
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This will be a very interesting test, pending of course what their finalized rules come out to be. Playing devils advocate one could say they are almost alienating their current national engine owning members. But the series definitely needs to move in a direction that is in their best interest.
 
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1/12/15, 1:29 PM   #7
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Finally, the light has come on! Bob
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WOW..... I sure hope they immediately see 30 car fields every time they unlock the gates. Props to Badger for having the sack it takes to make a move like this.
 
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1/12/15, 1:48 PM   #9
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My desire to be able to race my chain-drive relic is genuine if not somewhat tongue-in-cheek. In all seriousness, however, this could either be the start of a grassroots sea-change, or the opening of Pandora's Box, all hanging on the ability of BMARA (and all other D-II organizations, for that matter) to contain costs and preserve the integrity of the spirit of the rules.
My hope is for the grassroots revolution, even if it forces me to eventually straddle a torque tube...
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Looks like them guys up there have been reading IOW, doesn't it. They are just a tad too far away for us to venture but their are quite a few chain drive midgets from up there that would be more than happy to help them fill out their field.

Some people do not realize just how fast some Mini sprints really are. The best example of this would probably be last summer up at Montpelier Speedway. MMSA had gotten rained out one weekend and we wanted to race. Montpelier had posted a $100.00 bonus for the top finishing division II type Midget. We got there late and Doug had to start the tail of the last heat. After passing 5 or 6 cars in his heat they had someone hike all the way over to the Back straight away pits (God's Country) to make sure we had not slipped in with a National Midget Motor.

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