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USAC’s national quarter midget series added to Daytona Speedweeks schedule

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Daytona’s International Speedway’s 2018 Speedweeks just got a little busier and little younger.

The track announced Monday that USAC’s national quarter midgets series, USAC .25, will begin its season there, marking the first time the series has raced at the track. The series is for kids ages 5 – 13.

The event will be held Feb. 9-11 on a temporary 1/20-mile tri-oval inside the track.

“One of our primary goals for our USAC .25 series is that we offer the kids an experience unfound anywhere else in motorsports,” USAC President Kevin Miller said in a press release. “We want to assure that the investment in time and money the families are making will provide experiences and memories that last a lifetime. What better way to give our competitors and their families the incredible opportunity to race where nearly all of the greats have than beginning our national season at Daytona.”

In 2017, the series’ schedule included Phoenix Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Eldora Speedway.

The 2018 edition of Speedweeks will culminate with the 60th Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.