A Quarter Midget is a scale race car designed for kids from 5-16 years of age. Essentially, you take a Midget, shrink the frame and chassis components down and you get a Quarter Midget! Unlike go-karts, Quarter Midgets have a full suspension and are set-up/balanced in the same fashion as a full-sized Midget. The engine on a Quarter Midget is located in the back of the chassis, with most classes using engines by either Honda or Briggs & Stratton. Like their larger relatives, Quarter Midgets are direct drive and require a push-start. However, instead of using a truck like their full-sized counterparts, the pushing is done by a drivers "handler" (aka mom or dad). Once the driver flips the ignition switch, the car comes to life and your little driver is in control.
Tracks for Quarter Midgets are 1/20th of a mile ovals, constructed of asphalt, concrete or dirt. Like the cars, the size of the track is also shrunk down to 1/4 scale. By ensuring the scale of the track matches the scale of the cars, drivers have to make decisions behind the wheel as though they are going FOUR TIMES faster than they actually are. This is what makes the transition from Quarter Midgets to larger cars on larger tracks seamless for most drivers. The NSQMRA's track is tucked inside turns one and two of the historic New Smyrna Speedway, Other QMA tracks are scattered coast to coast throughout the United States and even into Canada and our members routinely travel out of state to attend national events throughout the country. For a comprehensive list of tracks sanctioned by the Quarter Midgets of America, please click here.
Used cars can be purchased for anywhere from $1,000 to $3,500, depending on how old the chassis is, what type of motor it has and what spare parts come with it. Aside from the car, a tow vehicle and trailer are nice to have, but not required, as the cars will fit in the bed of a pick-up truck, which is how most people get started. Please visit the classified page on this website for cars that are currently on the market, or come on down to the track on a Friday Night when we are racing and any of our members can point you in the right direction!