Bad Boy Indy Invitational Brings Dirt Racing Indoors to Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Bankers Life Fieldhouse to become the site of Indy’s first indoor
Dirt Midget and Outlaw Kart races on Saturday, December 12
INDIANAPOLIS – History will be made as the first indoor Dirt Midget and Outlaw Kart races in Indianapolis will take place inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse during the Bad Boy Indy Invitational on Saturday, December 12, 2015, as part of a massive motorsports weekend downtown.
After the Indiana Pacers close out their home game against the Miami Heat on Friday, December 11, a dirt-oval track race will be formed inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse overnight using 50 loads of premium dirt and 800 feet of steel barrier and fencing.
40 of the biggest names in Dirt Midget Racing will compete for a $10,000 prize and an opportunity to etch their name in the record books. In addition, an Outlaw Kart race featuring 40 of the most elite competitors in the country will take place with $5,000 awarded to the winner. Competitors will be invited via social media over the coming weeks with an updated list available at www.indyindoors.com.
Tickets start at $20 and go on sale beginning Friday, October 16 at 10 a.m. ET.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE:
ONLINE at www.Ticketmaster.com
VIA PHONE through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000
IN PERSON at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office or any Ticketmaster Outlets
Thomas Claim 11th Annual Meents Memorial, Hagen Seals Championship
Friday, October 2nd
Belleville, IL - Tyler Thomas of Owasso, Oklahoma claimed the 11th Annual Charlene Meents Memorial at Belle-Clair Speedway after a hard fought battle with Zach Daum for his sixth career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory, while Darren Hagen's podium finish sealed the championship.
Earning his first-career pole, and in a brand Spike Chassis with Stanton-Fontana power under the hood, Jake Neuman of New Berlin, Illinois led the field to green with Zach Daum to his outside. At the drop of the green flag Daum would take point coming off turn two as Neuman struggled to keep the front wheels on the ground. With one lap in the books, a nine care pile up would occur off turn four involving Tanner Thorson, Austin Brown, Justin Peck, Daniel Adler, Dereck King, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Eric Fenton, Tim Siner, and Joe B. Miller.
Coming back to green, Tyler Thomas would move to the topside and quickly dispatch of Neuman for second. By lap five Thomas was all over Daum for the lead waiting for the right moment to pounce. Entering turn three, Thomas would make his move sliding for the lead only for the caution to fly for Austin Prock and Justin Peck. Resuming racing with nine laps down, Thomas would be all over Daum going down the back stretch and slide for the lead entering turn three, but Daum powered back around, while Darren Hagen took third from Tucker Klaasmeyer.
With 14 laps in the books, the caution would fly as Jake Neuman slowed on the front stretch with a flat left rear tire. On lap 15, Spencer Bayston would move past Tucker Klaasmeyer for the fourth position, only for the red flag to fly one lap later as Terry Babb tipped over on the front stretch after contact with Austin Brown. Coming back to green, Thomas would dive to the bottom of turns three and four, sliding Daum for the lead, but Daum never flinched and drove right around the outside holding onto control. Entering turn one, Thomas would again slide for the lead and briefly take point down the back stretch, only for Daum to retake control coming to the line.
The action would be slowed on lap 20 as Tucker Klaasmeyer slowed on the back stretch. Coming back to green, Thomas would pounce and again slide Daum for the lead entering turn three, but this time the #5D machine would be unable to return as Thomas would hold the lead down the front stretch. Try as he might, Daum would be unable to get close enough to Thomas to make a move as Thomas would securely cross the line for the 11th Annual Charlene Meents Memorial victory. Darren Hagen would come in third, securely becoming the 2015 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion. Tanner Thorson took fourth, while Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top five.
"When we first started coming here, I was the B-main bandit," said Tyler Thomas. "I've wadded a racecar up here and I never had the best luck here, but man it's really been a good one for us lately. Three wins since SPEED Week last year here. First of all, I've got to thank my dad. He did a really good job setting up the car tonight. It was fun racing with Zach. To race this hard with these guys up here and shake hands about it after the race is pretty awesome."
"We broke a valve spring or retainer, something in the valve train broke there," said Zach Daum. "Something was wrong from the get go. Kind of in a hard spot there; you're leading the thing and you don't want to pull off. It got to the point where we had to bury the right rear in there to get off and it just wouldn't pull itself back off. It was a fun little Belleville race; I never thought I'd say that."
"This team, without these guys this wouldn't be possible," said newly crowned 2015 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion, Darren Hagen. "All my sponsors, everybody back at the shop, my car owner Austin Brown, my crew Flea and Corey, without their hard work, we wouldn't have pulled off this championship. It's really a testament to how good the car is, and how good our chemistry is as a team."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Kevin Thomas, 8. Andy Malpocker, 9. Dereck King, 10. Kyle Schuett, 11. Terry Babb, 12. Joe B. Miller, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Payton Pierce, 18. Austin Prock, 19. Jake Neuman, 20. Andrew Felker, 21. Justin Peck, 22. Eric Fenton.
Daum "Dauminates" Ford EcoBoost Challenge at Tri-State Speedway
Saturday, September 27th
Haubstadt, IN - Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois claimed his second POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of 2015, "Dauminating" the Ford EcoBoost Challenge at Tri-State Speedway. Recovering from a violent wreck overseas earlier in 2015, Daum was sidelined for a better part of the 2015 season hindering his bid to defend his POWRi championship titles.
Starting on the pole for the 30 lap feature event, Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, Missouri paced the field in the Sixty-Six Truck and Foreign Salvage-Stanton SR-11 powered-BOSS Chassis # 11A, sharing the front row with Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana. At the drop of the green flag, Felker would narrowly lead Peck to turn one as Peck took the lead entering the backstretch, only for the yellow to fly as Darren Hagen and Scott Hatton ended up tangled in turn one. Lined back up for a complete restart, Felker would again get the jump going down the front stretch, only for Peck's Duracoat Products-Esslinger-powered-DRC Chassis to power into the lead coming off turn two and set a torrid pace as Zach Daum moved past Felker for second. As Peck worked the high-side of the high-banked ¼ mile, stretching his lead by the lap, Zach Daum worked to put space between himself and Felker.
With six laps in the books, Ryan Criswell would bring out the caution and bunch the field back up. As Peck led the field back to green, Zach Daum would take advantage of the opportunity and slide Peck for the lead entering turn one, fully taking the position down the back stretch. On lap eight Austin Brown and Critter Malone would move past Felker, as Justin Peck took to the infield one lap later.
Daum craftily worked his way through lap traffic, sticking mainly to the high side and dispatching of cars lap after lap. On lap 20, Critter Malone worked past Austin Brown for second. Daum set a blistering pace, lapping all the way up to seventh. However Daum hit a sticking point as his Daum Crop Insurance-Toyota-powered Eagle #5D came upon the Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis #17 driven by Darren Hagen. Finally dispatching of Hagen on lap 29, Daum captured his second victory of 2015, while Critter Malone took second and Austin Brown, third. Andrew Felker brought home fourth and Dereck King rounded out the top five.
"I freaking love this place," said Zach Daum. "I won my first big midget race here; the Hut Hundred. We did 100 laps on the bottom here and won that, and we put about 25-30 together on the top. This thing ran flawlessly tonight. I'm so happy. This is big right now. We've worked really hard on this team. We stepped our program up; we try to do better every week. I'd like to finish the year out strong."
"We've raced the midget twice in the last ten years and both times have been here and run second," said second place finisher Critter Malone. "I'm not sure what our plans are right now [regarding future midget races]. We were planning on going sprint car racing, but I need to see how bad that was from tonight. We'll see what happens. We might show up there."
"We had a pretty good run," said third place finisher Austin Brown. "Flea and Corey gave me a good car tonight. I think the driver tailed off a little bit at the end. I should have adjusted my line on the track, but Critter wound up getting by us and that was my fault. But, we had a good run tonight and I'm happy to be here. It was an awesome track tonight, so hopefully it was good for the fans. The preparation on this facility is awesome, I always love coming here. It's definitely one of the best tracks to run at."
Feature (30 laps): 1. 5D - Zach Daum 2. 7C - Critter Malone 3. 7 - Austin Brown 4. 11A - Andrew Felker 5. 91 - Dereck King 6. 17 - Darren Hagen 7. 3N - Jake Neuman 8. 11C - Chett Gehrke 9. 27 - Tucker Klaasmeyer 10. 9K - Kyle Schuett 11. 41 - Austin Prock 12. 11R - Ryan Criswell 13. 4A - Ted Kirkpatrick 14. 50 - Daniel Adler 15. 1 - Scott Hatton 16. 5X - Justin Peck
Bell Takes Herb Barlow Memorial Victories
Friday, September 11th
Jacksonville, IL - Christopher Bell of Norman, Oklahoma dominantly earned his sixth POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of 2015, taking the lead early on and never looking back, while Nathan Benson of Concordia, Missouri won his fifth POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory of 2015.
Austin Brown of Millstadt, Illinois started on the pole in the Toyota-powered #7 BOSS Chassis, sharing the front row with Christopher Bell. At the drop of the green flag, Brown jumped into the early lead, keeping Bell and Ryan Robinson at bay. But on lap four, Bell would dive the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet to the bottom of the track entering turn one, and slide up in front of Brown to take the top spot. Coming off turn two, Brown would try to challenge, but Bell closed the door on any hopes of a challenge, taking off and setting a torrid pace.
With Bell comfortably out front, eyes would shift towards the Collinsville, Oklahoma native of Tyler Thomas as the he maneuvered the #91T through traffic with the goal of making it to the front. By lap 10 Thomas already piloted the BT Machine Esslinger-powered Spike into the sixth position from 14th. By lap 20 Thomas was knocking on the door of the top three, setting his sights on the duo of Brown and Robinson. Two laps later, Thomas would make his move, attempting a slide job on Robinson, only to fall short and clip Robinson's front end, sending Robinson into the wall, spinning. Robinson would collect Payton Pierce and Dalton Camfield, bringing out the caution.
Coming back to green, Bell would have a comfortable margin of lap cars between himself and Austin Brown. On lap 25, Thomas would move past Brown and work to get within striking distance of Bell, only for action to be slowed as the red flag flew for Gage Walker's upside down machine in turns three and four. Walker would be alright, but done for the remainder of the event. Jake Neuman and Mark Chisholm were also collected in the red flag incident.
After getting the field lined back up, one lap car sat between Tyler Thomas and a five lap assault on Bell. At the wave of the green flag, Bell lurched away from the field as Thomas quickly dispatched of the lap car and tried to work towards Bell, with no luck to catch him. As laps would down, Kevin Thomas, Jr. would move the #67 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet in the third position by lap 28 to round out the top three. Darren Hagen would bring the Austin Brown # 17 Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis home in the fourth spot, while Spencer Bayston rounded out the top five in the Priority Aviation, BCI, Esslinger-powered Spike Chassis.
"This place is so much fun to run on," Christopher Bell explained. "You can only put on a good show if the surface allows you to and that's what's so fun about coming to Jacksonville. You know you'll always get a good racetrack that can produce good racing. I've learned this years ago: that you're only as good as the racecar underneath you. So I'm just really fortunate to be in good rides."
"I've got to give a shout out to my dad and Duane Moore," said Tyler Thomas. "They got me going really good on the cushion here. That was a lot of fun. The car was working really well, thanks to them. I didn't have enough for Bell; he was pretty much on kill. But, 'shoulda, coulda, woulda,' if we would have started up front, I think I could have worked on him a little bit. We'll just go onto tomorrow and try to get a W."
"It wasn't bad," said Kevin Thomas, Jr. "Here these past few weeks, I've wrecked everything in this midget, so tonight I just wanted to finish. We ended up third and got a few cars there at the end."
Features (30 laps): 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Justin Peck, 7. Austin Brown, 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 9. Kyle Schuett, 10. Andy Malpocker, 11. Robby Parish, 12. Mark Chisholm, 13. Dalton Camfield, 14. Brayton Lynch, 15. Devin Camfield, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Jake Neuman, 18. Ryan Robinson, 19. Payton Pierce, 20. Andrew Felker, 21. Dave Camfield, Jr., 22. Andy Huston, 23. Brad Loyet.