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Felker Wins at Belle-Clair
Belleville, IL - Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, Missouri overtook Zach Daum in the final laps of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series feature event to earn his sixth-career victory with the series, on a two-in-a-row victory streak after his win last week at Macon Speedway. Nathan Benson of Concordia, Missouri utilized lap traffic to pick off Slater Helt for his second Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory of 2016, his 17th victory with the series.
In typical thrilling Belle-Vegas fashion, Felker would come from eighth, as Christopher Bell and Austin Brown shared the front row for the start of the 30 lap feature.
At the drop of the green, Bell would take the lead with Zach Daum in tow. Struggling to keep the front wheels on the ground, Daum worked overtime to reel in Bell. The gap between the two drivers would shorten as Bell quickly closed in on lap traffic and the caution flew for Holly Shelton spun at the bottom of turn two.
With 13 laps in the books, Bell would quickly use the two lap cars between himself and Daum to create a large gap between first and second place, all the while as Felker worked his way into the top three. Working lap traffic, Bell would hit misfortune as he found himself upside down exiting turn four, diminishing his chances for victory. He would be alright and would restart at the tail end of the field.
Zach Daum would inherit the lead with 19 laps down, followed by Andrew Felker and the veteran driver Terry Babb of Decatur, Illinois. Coming back to green flag racing, Daum would quickly distance himself from Felker, until Garrett Aitken took a wild ride down the front stretch bringing out the second red of the evening. Dereck King was also involved. Both drivers would be alright, but the damage to their machines was extensive enough to put an end to their evenings.
Returning to green, Felker's Stanton SR-11-powered BOSS Chassis would begin to smoke, but that was not enough to deter the head of steam that Felker had as he took the lead on lap 23 from Daum. Terry Babb would bring home the third position, while Bryan Clauson was fourth. Tucker Klaasmeyer rounded out the top five.
"We're out of sponsorship," said Andrew Felker. "We have to win just to keep showing up. I think this shows how much work we put in over the off season. We have a good package here."
"Turn one killed us tonight," explained Zach Daum. "I kept hitting that hole and we just couldn't find a way to get through it. It cost us the race."
"I had Bryan Clauson all over me. I've got to thank him for running me clean. He gave me room every time. Coming off four that one time, he could have crashed me. That's what you want when you run with a good racecar driver."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. ANDREW FELKER 2. ZACH DAUM 3. TERRY BABB 4. BRYAN CLAUSON 5. TUCKER KLAASMEYER 6. AUSTIN BROWN 7. TANNER THORSON 8. SPENCER BAYSTON 9. CARSON MACEDO 10. CHRISTOPHER BELL 11. RYAN ROBINSON 12. JUSTIN PECK 13. JAKE NEUMAN 14. DANIEL ADLER 15. ANDY MALPOCKER 16. COLTEN COTTLE 17. HOLLY SHELTON 18. BRAYTON LYNCH 19. GARRETT AITKEN 20. DERECK KING 21. KYLE SCHUETT 22. NICK KNEPPER 23. AUSTIN PROCK.
Third Annual Turnpike Challenge
Belleville, IL - The Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series will kick off the 2016 season at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Third Annual Turnpike Challenge. Open practice will take place Thursday night, March 31st, with racing taking place on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd. The 1/8th mile oval will host the POWRi West Midget Series in addition to the National Series for this co-sanctioned event.
Both the inaugural Turnpike Challenge and the Second Annual were captured by Christopher Bell in a dominating fashion. The Third Annual event looks to host a stout field of competition with POWRi regulars Zach Daum, Darren Hagen, and Andrew Felker vying on the National side, while defending West Midget Series Champions Anton Hernandez and Alex Sewell look to capture wins. The always strong five-car stable of Keith Kunz Motorsports led by Tanner Thorson will also be in the mix.
With a field of tough competitors on a tight-quartered track, with great for side-by-side racing, the 3rd Annual Turnpike Challenge is up for grabs, creating an incredible kick off of the 2016 Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series season.
Open practice Thursday night 3/31 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday pit gates open at 12:00pm
Friday and Saturday Pill draw will be from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday and Saturday Driver's meeting at 5:30pm
Friday and Saturday Hot laps at 6:15pm
2016 POWRi Lucas Oil West Schedule Released, Featuring Over 30 Events for 2016
Millstadt, IL - After a fantastic 2015 season, the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series has 31 races scheduled, starting out the 2016 season with a double header at Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday, March 5th and Saturday, March 6th for the Red River Roundup. The season will come full circle, concluding on October 29th at Red River Speedway.
After the Red River Roundup, the West Midget Series will join the National Midget Series in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Turn Pike Challenge at Port City Raceway on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd. Two of six co-sanctioned events with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, it will be a head-to-head battle as the West Midget Series defends their turf at Port City Raceway.
Out of the 31 events, the West Midget Series will co-sanction a total of six weekends with the National Midget Series including the Turn Pike Challenge, the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals and the Iron Man 55. The Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals will take place on Friday, May 6th at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri before venturing to the title-sponsor owned Lucas Oil Speedway, dubbed the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks," on Saturday, May 7th for the final night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals.
The West Midgets will also return to I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri for the Iron Man 55 weekend on Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th, paired up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The Iron Man 55, a can't miss event, will be the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series only visit to the high-banked 3/8 mile in 2016. Also co-sanctioning two events, the RMMRA will join POWRi West at Airport Raceway on Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd in Garden City, Kansas.
Oklahoma Speedweek will return in 2016 with the week kicking off on Wednesday, August 17th at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Oklahoma. On Thursday, August 18th teams will invade Creek County Speedway in Kelleyville, Oklahoma, before venturing to 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas on Friday, August 19th. Dodge City Speedway in Dodge City, Kansas will wrap up Oklahoma Speedweek on Saturday, August 20th.
Fri, March 5th Red River Speedway - Red River Roundup
Sat, March 6th Red River Speedway - Red River Roundup
Fri, Apil 1st Port City Raceway* - Turnpike Challenge
Sat, April 2nd Port City Raceway* - Turnpike Challenge
Fri, April 15th Outlaw Motor Speedway
Sat, April 16th I-30 Speedway
Fri, Apil 29th RPM Speedway
Sat, April 30th Superbowl Speedway
Fri, May 6th Valley Speedway* - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
Sat, May 7th Lucas Oil Speedway* - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
Fri, May 20th Boyd Raceway
Sat, May 21st Abilene Speedway
Fri, June 3rd Creek County Speedway
Sat, June 4th Red River Speedway
Sat, June 18th Springfield Raceway
Sat, June 25th Lawton Speedway
Sat, July 9th I44 Riverside Speedway
Sat, July 30th Port City Raceway
Fri, Aug 5th I-55 Raceway* - Iron Man 55
Sat, Aug 6th I-55 Raceway* - Iron Man 55
Wed, Aug 17th Lawton Speedway - OK Speedweek
Thurs, Aug 18th Creek County Speedway - OK Speedweek
Fri, Aug 19th 81 Speedway - OK Speedweek
Sat, Aug 20th Dodge City Speedway - OK Speedweek
Fri, Sept 2nd Airport Raceway** - POWRi WEST vs. R.M.M.R.A
Sat, Sept 3rd Airport Raceway** - POWRi WEST vs. R.M.M.R.A
Sat, Sept 17th I-30 Speedway
Sat, Oct. 8th RPM Speedway
Sat, Oct. 22nd Boyd Raceway
Fri, Oct. 28th Red River Speedway
Sat, Oct. 29th Red River Speedway
2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Schedule Released Featuring 30 Events
Millstadt, IL - The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Schedule has been released with 30 races on tap, starting off the 2016 season with the thrilling Turnpike Challenge at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma and ending again with the Fourth Annual Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.
After an exciting return to I-55 Raceway in 2015, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will again take to the high-banked 3/8th mile in 2016. Running alongside the World of Outlaw's Sprint Car Series for all three scheduled events, the National Midget Series will be in action at I-55 Raceway on Saturday, April 30th after making a short drive from Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois the previous night. On Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th, the National Midgets will again be a part of the Iron Man 55 weekend, joined by the POWRi West Midget Series.
Kicking off the first weekend in May, POWRi will make the traditional haul for the two day Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, stopping first at Valley Speedway on Friday, May 6th before venturing to the title-sponsor owned Lucas Oil Speedway, dubbed the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks," on Saturday, May 7th for the final night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals.
For the fifth year, the POWRi National Midgets will again host the Illinois SPEED Week, but instead of the typical four days of racing, a fifth day will be added for 2016. Starting off Illinois SPEED Week at Belle-Clair Speedway on Wednesday, June 8th, the series will then head to Quincy Raceways on Thursday, June 9th. On Friday, June 10th Illinois SPEED Week will venture to Jacksonville Speedway before making the short jaunt to Macon Speedway on Saturday, June 11th. Illinois SPEED Week will conclude at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday, June 12th.
In 2016, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will continue to hold fan-thrilling shows on two of the most talked about 1/5th mile tracks in the Midwest; Belle-Clair and Macon Speedway. The bullring 1/5th miles will compose 11 events on the 30 race schedule. Of those 11 events, three will continue to honor those who have contributed to the rich history of midget racing; the schedule includes the Arnie Knepper Memorial on Friday, July 15th at Belle-Clair Speedway, the Camfield Memorial at Macon Speedway on Saturday, August 20th, as well as the Charlene Meents Memorial on Saturday, October 1st at Belle-Clair Speedway.
Also on the docket for 2016, POWRi will make an appearance at the historic Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 3rd for the 35th Annual Pepsi Nationals. Other standout events include Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois on Friday, May 20th, Saint Francois County Raceway in Farmington, Missouri on Saturday, June 25th, Fairbury Speedway on Saturday, July 16th, and Spoon River Speedway on Saturday, September 10th.
Printable schedules, rules, contingencies, and payouts can be found under the DOWNLOADS link located at the top of POWRi web site.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series 2016 Schedule:
Fri, April 1 * - Port City Raceway - Turnpike Challenge Tulsa, OK
Sat, April 2 * - Port City Raceway - Turnpike Challenge Tulsa, OK
Fri, April 22 - Jacksonville Speedway
Sat, April 23 - Macon Speedway
Fri, April 29 - Belle-Clair
Sat, April 30 - I-55 Raceway - With the World of Outlaws
Fri, May 6 * - Valley Speedway - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
Sat, May 7 * - Lucas Oil Speedway - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
Fri, May 20 - Fayette County Speedway
Sat, May 21 - Macon Speedway
Wed, June 8 - Belle-Clair- Illinois SPEED Week
Thu, June 9 - Quincy Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Fri, June 10 - Jacksonville Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Sat, June 11 - Macon Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Sun, June 12 - Lincoln Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Fri, June 24 - Belle-Clair
Sat, June 25 - St. Francis County Raceway
Sat, July 2 - Macon Speedway
Sun, July 3 - Angell Park Speedway - Pepsi Nationals
Fri, July 15 - Belle-Clair - Knepper Memorial
Sat, July 16 - Fairbury Speedway
Fri, Aug 5 * - I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55
Sat, Aug 6 * - I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55
Fri, Aug 19 - Lincoln Speedway - Springfield Fair
Sat, Aug 20 - Macon Speedway - Camfield Memorial
Fri, Sept 9 - Jacksonville Speedway - Herb Barlow Memorial
Sat, Sept 10 - Spoon River Speedway - Tom Knowles Memorial
Fri, Sept 30 -Belle-Clair - Belleville BASH
Sat, Oct 1 -Belle-Clair - Meents Memorial
Fri, Oct 21 - Wayne County Speedway - Jason Leffler Memorial
Co-Sanction - *POWRi West