McDaniel Memorial moving to Concordia
The 10th Annual Chad McDaniel Memorial featuring the United States Auto Club (USAC) NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship is on the move to the home of the race’s namesake of Concordia on July 10th when the series makes its debut on the 1/4-mile Concordia High Banks.
For the first nine years, the race had taken place at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, but now the race is back in the hometown of McDaniel, who passed away as a result of injuries suffered in a midget racing crash following a 2009 USAC Midget event at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on May 29, 2009.
McDaniel, a graduate from Concordia High School, was passionate about race car driving, beginning with the 750 Sprint Car, Jayhusker Racing series and then into the Midget car class beginning in 2004. Chad accomplished his dream to race in Belleville at the High Banks at the Midget Nationals, alongside his dream to own his own business.
McDaniel owned and operated Chado's Auto Body & Glass in Concordia for 11 years.
The memorial racing event will be run with the lively backdrop of the Cloud County Fair, which runs from July 9th through July 13th at the Fairgrounds. The race will mark the lone appearance in the state of Kansas for the series in 2019 and the 79th overall.
It’s the midway point of a huge “Mid-America Midget Week,” which brings the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship to the heartland that covers four tracks in four different states for five races in a span of six nights.
Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma kicks off the week on July 9th for “Tuesday Night Thunder.” On Wednesday, July 10th, it’s off to the Concordia High Banks. After a night off, the series travels to Nebraska for two-straight nights of the “Midwest Midget Championship” at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska on Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th. The finale for the week brings the series to its second appearance at the Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Missouri on Sunday, July 14th.