Jacksonville Speedway & Macon Speedway - Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th
April 20, 2015
Millstadt, IL - As the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget series gears up for five straight weekends of racing, a test of endurance for even the most experienced teams, the 2015 championship battle has already begun.
With 830 points, defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion (2013,2014) Zach Daum sits atop the charts with a comfortable 110 point margin heading into the double header weekend for Jacksonville Speedway and Macon Speedway. Darren Hagen holds 720 points in second and Andrew Felker rounds out the top three, currently with 690 points. With all three competitors extremely strong at both the ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway and the high-banked 1/5th mile bullring "Mighty" Macon Speedway, spectators will be sure to view excellent shows.
With only the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series season opener at Belle-Clair Speedway in the books, the 2015 championship is still up for grabs. Currently in the lead with 300 points after winning the Belle-Clair event, Dereck King carries his wealth of experience, including 3 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Championships (2007,2008,2009) and being the all-time win leader with 25 victories, into this weekend driving the Josh Kilgore-owned, FTZ-powered BOSS Chassis. Sitting in second place with 290 points after coming up a few feet short at Belle-Clair, Aaron Andruskevitch couldn't feel more comfortable as the series invades the Riverton, IL native's home tracks. Currently in third place, Ayrton Gennetten holds 280 points in the Ozark Barge & Docking Service, Suzuki-powered Pace Chassis. Be on the lookout for the defending POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Champion (2013,2014), Nathan Benson who looks to rebound after suffering a devastating engine failure while leading the season opener at Belle-Clair.
Both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros are scheduled to run at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL on Friday, April 24th. The ¼ mile high-banked oval hosted two POWRi events in 2014. Bryan Clauson and Christopher Bell each took midget feature wins while Aaron Andruskevitch and Joe B. Miller brought home micro feature wins at Jacksonville Speedway last year. The April 24th event will be the first of four times that POWRi will visit the Jacksonville, IL track during the 2015 season.
Following Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway, both the midgets and micros will visit Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Saturday, April 25th. Macon Speedway will host 6 events throughout the 2015 season dishing spectators a full plate of open wheel racing with slide jobs galore. In midget competition, Zach Daum and Bryan Clauson each came out on top in 2014. In the micros, Devin Feger and Nathan Benson claimed feature wins at the track in 2014.
Current 2015 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Point Standings (Top 10): 1. Zach Daum (830) 2. Darren Hagen (720) 3. Andrew Felker (690) 4. Austin Brown (610) 5. Christopher Bell (600) 6. Spencer Bayston (570) 7. Kyle Schuett (570) 8. Daniel Robinson (520) 9. Tanner Thorson (510) 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (500)
Bayston Scores Career First in National Midgets
April 11, 2015
Belleville, IL - Darren Hagen of Riverside, California started on the pole with the defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion Zach Daum to his outside. On the initial start trouble would ensue in turn one as a pile up of cars would occur including Daniel Robinson, Tyler Robbins, Kyle Schuett, and Tucker Klaasmeyer. A complete restart would be called for as Hagen and Daum would again lead the field to green, only for Chett Gehrke to bring out the yellow as he slowed to a stop entering turn one after contact along the front stretch. Hagen and Daum would again pace the field back to green for another complete restart only for the red flag to fly as Justin Grosz would flip wildly in turns three and four, taking down a bill board. Grosz would be alright, but done for the remainder of the event.
Due to multiple attempts to start the race, the field would be lined up single file for this restart as Darren Hagen would lead the field to green. Flexing the muscles right out of the gate, Hagen's Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis would power into the lead rim-riding the 1/5th mile Belle-Clair Speedway. In a matter of 10 short laps, Hagen would rapidly close in on lap traffic. Just as quickly as Hagen closed in on lap traffic, bad luck would strike as Andrew Felker and Dalton Camfield would tangle atop turns three and four, collecting leader Darren Hagen.
Capitalizing on Hagen's misfortune, Zach Daum would inherit the lead on lap 12 and lead the field back to green followed by Dereck King, Nick Knepper, and Spencer Bayston. Entering turn one on the restart, Bayston would dive to the bottom and slide Knepper for third as Daum would take off. On lap 16 Bayston would overtake King for second and set his sights on Daum. As Bayston would try to reel in Daum, Kyle Schuett and Nick Bailey would tangle on the bottom side of turn one bringing out the caution.
With 18 laps in the books, Zach Daum would lead the field back to green followed closely by 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Rookie of the Year, Spencer Bayston. As the green flag would fly, Bayston would dive to the bottom of turn one and slide Daum for the lead and hold off repeated attempts by Daum to regain the lead. On lap 24 Seth Motsinger would slow on the front stretch bringing out the caution, bunching the field back together, and allowing Daum the opportunity to regain the lead.
With five laps left Bayston would lead the field back to green and fend off two more laps of attempts from Daum before gaining enough ground to pull away. Crossing the line first and claiming his first career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature win was the 53rd different feature winner in POWRi history, Spencer Bayston. Crossing in second was Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois and coming in third was Daniel Robinson of Ewing, Illinois. Fourth was Austin Brown of Millstadt, Illinois and Darren Hagen rounds out the top five.
"I'm speechless right now," exclaimed an ecstatic Spencer Bayston. "I'm worn out for sure. Great job by the track crew, the place was hooked up and the car was hooked up. I'm just glad I'm in victory lane right now. I'm pretty happy."
"We didn't have nothing for that thing," stated 2013 and 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion, Zach Daum. "He deserves that one. "
"Thanks everybody for coming and thanks to A.J. Felker for letting me drive his car tonight," said third place finisher Daniel Robinson.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Spencer Bayston 2. Zach Daum 3. Daniel Robinson 4. Austin Brown 5. Darren Hagen 6. Jake Neuman 7. Colten Cottle 8. Dereck King 9. Kyle Schuett 10. Nick Bailey 11. Dave Camfield 12. Seth Motsinger 13. Tyler Robbins 14. Nick Knepper 15. Tyler Thomas 16. Andrew Felker 17. Dalton Camfield 18. Chett Gehrke 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer 20. Justin Grosz 21. Bryan Clauson 22. Ryan Criswell
Belle-Clair Speedway Set to Host "Battle at Belle-Vegas I"
April 6, 2015
As race season at tracks all across the Mid-West begin to heat up, the racing at Belle-Clair Speedway on Friday, April 10th will surely be an event fans will not want to miss. Belle-Clair Speedway's "Battle at Belle-Vegas I" will treat fans to the UMP Kettler & Son's Late Models, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros.
The first "Battle at Belle-Vegas" of three, will not only act as the season-opener for the speedway, but will also be the 2015 season opener for the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series. Serving as the cornerstone for the Friday night event, the UMP Kettler & Son's Late Models will be sure to provide fans with excellent side-by-side racing, while the POWRi midgets and micros are guaranteed to deliver the spectacular slide-jobs that will have the crowd on their feet cheering for more.
Spectator gates will open at 5:00pm. Hot laps will begin at 6:00pm, with racing to follow at 7:00pm. General admission is $20.00 with kids under 12 FREE with adult.