Young Auto Racers Find a Home at Phoenixville’s Quarter Midget Racetrack

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Image via Pete Reis.

Phoenixville’s quarter midget racetrack and racing club – the largest of its kind nationwide – are a welcoming home to young racers, writes J.F. Pirro for Main Line Today.

The Montgomery County Quarter Midget Race Club has more than 330 members and 100 drivers ages 5 to 16. Outside of the pandemic-related closures, races at the Phoenixville track take place on Wednesday nights from May to September. Special events then continue well into the fall.

The sport, which is sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, features miniature cars with single-cylinder engines that are about the size of lawnmowers and circle a dirt track that is only one-twentieth of a mile in length. The cars can reach speeds of around 45 miles per hour with parents and supporters present for the races as “handlers” for the young drivers.

Phoenixville resident Pete Reis, whose son Adam is one of the racers, admits that being a handler is not easy work.

“But it’s manageable, and it helps us grow as a family,” he said, “not just on race day but all week, cleaning and fixing the cars.”

Read more about the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Race Club in Main Line Today here.

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