Plans are already being finalized for the 2012 edition of "The Rumble" located in the lower level of the Fort Wayne Coliseum beginning with preliminaries on Thursday
December 27 before proceeding with race action on both Friday the 28th and Saturday December 29th. Opening night is mainly for registrations, inspections and a practice
session from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. while complete race programs including time trials and heats fill the Friday and Saturday night cards. While the program has been trimmed
a little from previous years I can't begin to go into all the different classes of small cars who compete over the weekend, from go carts to quarter midgets, all the way up to the
featured Midgets. I can however testify every division is highly entertaining on this 1/6 th mile indoor concrete layout and the program is run at an extremely rapid pace.
The 3 1/2 hour drive from my base location of Wayne County Speedway is pleasant along a flat, straight, and smooth Lincoln Highway broken up by great scenery and a half way
stop for fuel and bite to eat and although you miss a little under card action an arrival time around 6 or 7 in the evening is just fine. On the other end of the night even as 300 small
race cars fill the night with intense action the final laps wind down around midnight and we're out the door and destined for a long ride home with only great stories and good friends
to keep you alert for the long ride home.
The Coliseum couldn't be easier to find as Highway 30 runs right into Rt 930 a few miles East of Fort Wayne, a little city traffic and four lane all the way. It does cost a few bucks
to park but it's a short walk to the doors. The city of Fort Wayne welcomes the racers and fans to this event and nearby hotels offer rooms at great rates, stay at the Motel for only
$32 while top of the line Marriott Hotel begins at $69 a night. Reserved seats to the races are priced at $22.50 a night or $41 for both nights. General admission is $19.50 / $35.00
and there isn't a bad seat in the house. A few years ago I drove out by myself and saw the final race for Mel Kenyon while the following year Blaine Aber went along and we were
treated with special attention by the Hooters girls. Last year Matt Aber joined in on this race and this year eleven of us piled into a big van and all vow to return for the 2012 Rumble.
The way this weekend falls in 2012 I plan on taking in both nights of racing, as do several others and really make this an end of the year racing party to remember. Friday and Saturday
race nights with New Years Eve at home on Sunday. New Years Day follows on Monday and thank goodness a holiday from work to recuperate. One night or both, if you are interested
in checking out some indoor racing be sure to let me know, I can help arrange group reserved tickets so we can sit together and possibly get a discount on the tickets. I know it isn't dirt
and the only dented fenders your going to see is in the parking lot but there is no better way to end the year than with a good race and it would be great to have you along.
Hope to see you for the 2012 "Rumble in Fort Wayne"