Tony Stewart returning to “Rumble in Fort Wayne”

Tony Stewart

After four years away, NASCAR, IRL and USAC Champion Tony Stewart is returning to the “Rumble in Fort Wayne” on Dec. 29 and 30.

The 10-time rumble champion joins a field expected to include a record 10 former winners, along with an all-star line-up of returning veterans and up-and-coming new stars. Headlining the list are defending Rumble and “Little 500” winner Kyle Hamilton, five-time Rumble winner Billy Wease, three-time Rumble winner Russ Gamester, two-time winners “The People’s Champ” Dave Darland and Justin Pec; and single-event winners Jim Anderson, Derek Bischak, Mike Fedorcak and Thomas Briggs who is making his first start since winning in 2003.

Among the other drives will be 2017 USAC Silver Crown Champion Kody Swanson, stock car and winged sprint standout Tyler Roahrig, two-time runner-up Bryan Nuckles, Fort Wayne’s Geoff Kaiser and Cory Setser, Joe Liguori, Nick Hamilton, Matt Westfall, Cap Henry, Taylor Fenske and up to two dozen other hopefuls.

Although they are the headline attraction, the Midgets make up only a fraction of the 15-division show that will see over 300 competitors in the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.

John Ivy of Ohio has dominated the Outlaw Modified Winged Midgets with 13 Rumble wins but has only one since 2009. His main challengers include his teammate Cap Henry, who has won two-of-the-last-three Winged features. Ivy will look to double-up as he makes his first appearance in the Non-Winged 600 Mini Sprints. That field includes three-time winner, Larry Joe Sroufe, defending-Champion Josh Ross and Midget stars Fedorcak and Gamester. Seven divisions of Go-Karts will be in competition, highlighted by the $2,000 to-win John Limbacher Memorial on Saturday night, and the kids will take center stage with five classes of Quarter Midget racing.

Spectator gates will open at 11 a.m. both Friday and Saturday for two rounds of Go Kart and Quarter Midget qualifying heats. Midget, Winged, and Non-Winged 600 qualifying will be at 4:45 p.m. with Go-Kart and Quarter Midget Features starting at 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. followed by the full program of Midget, Winged and Non-Winged 600 heats and features.

Adult tickets cost $20 per day ($24 reserved) with kids ages 2-12 costing $10 ($14 reserved). Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the Coliseum Box Office.