Enormous amounts of fun can come in small packages like the cars used in Quarter Midget racing. Engines get revved and ready with racers from as many as 13 divisions behind every wheel at most races. The North Georgia Quarter Midget Association is part of the national organization that offers young people from ages 5-17 an opportunity to be involved in a competition sport that challenges the mind and spirit. Quarter Midget racing is fun for the whole family, and Quarter Midget racing can often lead to a giant sized career in motor sports and motor sports management. What looks like tiny cars zooming around and passing each other on the track is actually a detailed strategy for winning in quarter midget racing. It’s a race that includes specific rules for how and when to pass the competition at average speeds of 32 mph. “This is more than just racing because we really have to think about what we are doing. The hardest thing is making that mental decision to pass someone. There are a few rules that have to be followed and thought out in just a few seconds and it is scary that first time,” said Nikki Burger who placed 5th in the Heavy Honda division in Georgia that had a total of 16 racers. “As a female racer, it’s also hard to get respect from the boys,” added Burger who clearly enjoys the challenge.
Quarter Midget racing is a family affair that often includes Dad as Crew Chief and mechanic while Moms can be spotted in the tower scoring the races and making sure laps are accurately counted. Transponder devices are attached to the racecars, counting and recording each lap, but accuracy is double checked to ensure the transponders did their job. Driver skill and ability play a big part in the races and practicing is the best way to get comfortable with the sport. “Members of the North Georgia Quarter Midget Association are provided with a key to the 1/20 mile oval shaped track where they can practice as much as they want,” explained Nikki’s Dad, Crew Chief and mechanic, Tom Burger. The sport can get cost plenty by the time a trailer and tools are purchased for car maintenance, but it’s a safe and fun hobby that can often segue into a variety of careers in the motor sports field. Tom Burger not only manages his daughter Nikki’s racing hobby, but also will soon see his older daughter graduate from Belmont Abbey College holding a business degree with an emphasis on Motor Sports Management. She will work with NASCAR Race Teams grossing $75 thousand annually by her third year. “Who would have thought a weekend hobby would turn out to be a career for a young lady who will spend her life doing something she loves involving motor sports,” said Burger, a proud father and husband whose wife, Cindy works in the tower. The couple seems to have just as much fun as their daughters with the kind of laid back competitive spirit that truly exemplifies the real meaning of family sports activities. The racecars are safe and include features like full roll cages, five point seat harnesses and full-face helmets. Safety features to the smallest details are constantly evaluated by Quarter Midgets of America. Spring devices were recently placed behind pedals to cushion the heel in quick stop situations. Quarter Midget racing is one of the few sports where a trophy is earned for accidentally flipping your car. “It’s really not scary at all. The first time I flipped, I wanted to do it over again,” joked Nikki Burger.
Getting involved in Quarter midget racing is easy because there are so many parents in the club and directors are always willing to help new families get started. Parents and kids start with novice training before they have to buy a car and equipment. Starting this way gives families a chance to see how they are going to enjoy the sport before they have to spend any money. For details in the state of Georgia, visit the
North Georgia Quarter Midget Association on 120 Castleberry Road in Cumming