INDIANAPOLIS – Former USAC champions and current NASCAR Nextel Cup Series stars Ryan Newman and Jason Leffler will participate in “Ryan Newman Night” in this week’s “Wednesday Night Thunder” at South Bend Motor Speedway for the USAC Regional, Midwest/Indiana Ford Focus and Kenyon Midget Car Series.
Newman, a native of South Bend, will participate in a Keith Kunz mount in the Regional Midgets after meeting with 750 of his Fan Club members at the track. Leffler is also slated to compete in his own Midget.
Newman won the 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series championship after gaining experience in the Midgets. Newman is currently 19th in NASCAR Nextel Cup points heading into Sunday’s “Pocono 500” at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
Leffler, a three-time National Midget Car Series titlist, earlier this season formed a Midget team in which he has already competed in at Concord Motorsport Park in North Carolina. Bud Kaeding, a team partner in Leffler’s Silver Crown team, won the “Knoxville Midget Nationals” Sunday at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa in Leffler's Midget.
Scott Thoman of Indianapolis currently leads the Regional Midget Car Series points by 41 points heading into the event. James Robertson leads the Indiana Ford Focus points and Chris Windom leads the Kenyon Midget standings.