Bob Wente of St. Louis, Mo., started racing midgets in 1953 at the St. Louis Auto Racing Association. He won the Midwest region of the USAC National Midget championship in 1960, and finished second by 9.75 points to Jimmy Davies. Wente won the USAC Indoor Midget championship in 1961. He won his first USAC National Midget championship in 1963 after finishing second for three straight years. Wente is second on the list of all-time USAC National Midget car winners behind Mel Kenyon.Notable races that he won include the "Hut Hundred" in 1963, and the "Night before the 500" in 1969 and 1976.