National Dirt
Tuesday, 6 February 2018



Du Quoin, Illinois………The kickoff to the start of the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship season brings the series indoors to the one-sixth-mile Southern Illinois Center dirt bullring in Du Quoin on Saturday, March 10, for the third annual Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts “Shamrock Classic.”

“Shamrock Classic” tickets are on sale now at  Reserved seats are $25 for the highly-anticipated event that brought over 50 of the top midget drivers in the country in each of the past two seasons, and the highest car count of any USAC National Midget points event during the 2017 season.  Fans will receive a free “Shamrock Classic” event t-shirt with their purchase of a reserved ticket.

Adult general admission tickets are $20; kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE!  Pit passes are $30 for USAC Members/$35 for non-members.  Pit passes can be purchased at

Free entry is available for “Shamrock Classic” USAC Midget competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at  Use the coupon code griesemer.  The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 5.  Entries filed after March 5 are $30.

The $3900-to-win USAC Midget purse honors the memory of Bryan Clauson’s success in car No. 39 at the Southern Illinois Center over the years.  The additional $900 added to the winner’s share is courtesy of Stenhouse Jr. Racing.  Factory Canopies has also come aboard to pledge their support to the event.

In addition, micro sprints are on the card with a $700-to-win, $3000 total feature purse.  The format will utilize passing points to lock 12 drivers into the night’s feature through the heat races, with four more from each B-Main to lock in the 20-car lineup.

600cc Performance has posted a $500 hard charger award for the micro sprints.  Speed Shack Performance and Littleton’s Storm & Timber Services are proud supporters of the micro sprint portion of the event as well.  Micro sprint entry is $40 and only the first 40 micro sprint driver entries are eligible to compete by registering at  Entry registration opens 7pm on Thursday, Feb. 8.  No micro sprint entries will be taken at the gate on race day. 

The two previous runnings of the “Shamrock Classic” Midget race have featured a driver winning his first career USAC National Midget race, ironically both making the winning pass on lap 34.  Last March, Ione, California’s Justin Grant powered to victory for Clauson/Marshall Racing.  In 2016, Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic used the outside line to race his Matt Wood Racing machine past Shane Cottle, then led the remaining 17 laps to score his first.

The timetable for the “Shamrock Classic” begins with participant parking on Friday, March 9, from 4-7pm.  Saturday’s raceday schedule begins with pits opening at 8am.  Spectator gates open at 10am, followed by a “pit sweep” at 11am.  The micro sprint drivers’ meeting gets underway at 11:30am, with micro sprint hot laps set for noon and their heat races immediately following.  A public drivers' meeting for the midgets is open to all race fans at 3pm in the turn one grandstand.  Midget hot laps begin at 4pm with racing for both the micro sprints and midget immediately following.  The night concludes with the 50-lap midget feature event.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on

For any questions regarding the event, email “Shamrock Classic” promoter Lauren Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .