Cars race around a corner at Boardwalk Hall during the 2020 Indoor Races. The races return this weekend after not taking place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Edward Lea, staff photographer


Indoor motor racing and its high-pitched roar will once again take over the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this weekend.

NAPA Know How Weekend takes place Friday and Saturday, and the main event will be the 19th annual Gambler’s Classic, a Saturday night 40-lap race for midget three-quarter (TQ) cars.

Indoor races in Atlantic City were canceled last winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event is the second stop in the indoor motor racing championship series powered by VP Racing Fuels. The first event was held in Allentown, Pennsylvania on January 7-8, and the final weekend will be March 11-12 in Syracuse, New York.

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Racing will be held in three classes on both days at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall racing ring. The qualifying rounds will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and the final rounds and championship races will take place from 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Besides the featured TQ-Midgets, competition will take place in the Slingshots and Champ Karts divisions.

Ryan Flores, a New Jersey native now living in Davidson, NC, and winner of the 2018 Gambler’s Classic, won the Allentown TQ-Midget star race. Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, New York, winner of the last two Gambler’s Classics (2019 and 2020), finished second. Matt Janisch, of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, was third.

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