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Trio holds high hopes for Belleville

Midgets, Silver Crown Sprint Cars highlight July 31-Aug 2 events

Belleville, Kan., July 23---
Drivers Zach Daum, Chris Windom and New  Zealand’s Michael Pickens hope to improve upon their past performances in the upcoming The 37th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on July 31-Aug. 2 at the Belleville High Banks.

Thursday July 31 will see the USAC Honda National Midget Dirt Series run qualifications, preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The USAC Silver Crown Series will hold a practice session during the evening, in preparation for Friday Nights events.

"The Hustle on the High Banks" on Friday Night Aug. 1, will feature a 50-lap feature for the USAC Silver Crown Cars. The JayHusker Mini Sprint Series will compete on the track’s infield quarter-mile track.

Saturday Aug. 2 will feature dashes, and last chance races setting the field for the 40-lap midget feature. A check of $10,000 awaits the winner. The United Rebel Sprint Car Series again returns for the 3rd annual 305 Sprint Nationals.

Daum’s impressive resume already includes victories in two of midget racings “crown jewel events” The Hut Hundred (2011) and The Pepsi Midget Nationals (2013).  Daum who also currently leads the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget series points, hopes to improve upon his career best fifth place finish in the 2012 Belleville Nationals. Daum also will compete in the Friday’s Silver Crown event.    

Windom and Pickens will be teammates piloting the familiar black and gold colored No. 3’s for RFMS Racing.  Pickens has been stateside since April running various midget and sprint car events nationwide. Pickens last appearance on the High Banks was in 2007, when he placed seventh.
Windom is currently sixth in USAC National Midget points, and fourth in Silver Crown points. Windom will again drive for RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in Friday’s Silver Crown race.    

General Admission tickets for all events are sold first-come first-served on race day at the ticket gate. Reserved seating tickets are available for the event. General admission available only if the event is not sold out, and available only on the day of the race at the track ticket office. Special children ticket pricing is being offered this year.  

Tickets can be ordered by going to the tracks website, or logging onto The TicketForce website (direct link to Belleville events) : http:// http://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1271

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Hagen Takes Home Midget Feature
 
Saturday, July 19th 2014

Belleville, IL. -
Darren Hagen of Riverside, California ran away with the feature to take home his fourth career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of 2014 at the high-banked 1/5th mile Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois. Dereck King of Vienna, Illinois stole his 23rd career win in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series.

At the drop of the green flag, pole-sitter Jake Blackhurst of Mapleton, Illinois would take the early lead with Darren Hagen in tow. Driving the Kitchen Cooked-sponsored, Esslinger-powered, DRC Chassis, Blackhurst would attempt to run away from the field, only to have his pace slowed by the tumbling car of Blue Mound, Illinois' Derrick Myers. Myers would be ok, but damage sustained to the car would be enough to put an end to his evening. When green flag racing resumed, with one lap in the books, Blackhurst's lead would be short-lived as Darren Hagen would rim-ride the oval, taking the reins from Blackhurst coming off turn two. As quickly as Hagen dispatched Blackhurst, Austin Brown would take over second in his KBR Performance, Toyota-powered, Boss Chassis.

As Brown began to chase down Hagen, Spencer Bayston would bring out the red as he flipped his Esslinger-powered Spike, coming to rest on top of the Purpose Wrecker, Esslinger-powered Spike Chassis of Andy Malpocker. Both drivers were ok, but would be done for the night. After safety crews untangled the two cars, racing would resume with Hagen leading the field at a blistering pace leaving Brown to continue the chase. With eight laps in the books, the caution would fly as Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois would come to an abrupt stop high in turn four, riding in the fourth position. Daumwould re-fire, but move to the infield on the restart.

With the field lined back up, Hagen would lead Brown and Blackhurst to the green. Just as Nick Knepper, currently in fourth from the eighth position, would make his move on Blackhurst for third, the caution would fly again as Seth Motsinger of Salem, Indiana looped it around in turn four. When racing resumed, Knepper would quickly takeover third from Blackhurst, then sliding Brown for second. But just as Knepper slid Brown for second, Jake Neuman of New Berlin, Illinois would take a wild ride down the back stretch, bringing out the red. Neuman would be alright, but unfortunately done for the evening as he climbed out of his heavily damaged car.

When yellow flag conditions resumed and the field was lined back up, Hagen would jump out to the lead leaving Brown to deal with Knepper. Knepper would slide Brown for second and Brown would try to return, but unfortunately Knepper's K&K Garage, Esslinger-powered Spike would be too strong for Brown to hold off. Aslaps wound down and Knepper's challenge for second complete, with Hagen already lapping cars, it would prove too difficult a task for Knepper to catch Hagen as Darren Hagen would cross the line first, followed by Knepper, and Austin Brown of Millstadt, Illinois in third. Coming home in fourth was Terry Babb of Decatur, Illinois and rounding out the top-five was Jake Blackhurst.

"I couldn't do it without these guys," said a victorious Darren Hagen. "I definitely have one of the best crew chiefs in the world, Levi Jones. What an awesome guy to drive for. And Shane Hmiel, what a great car owner. I have to take my hats off to these guys for giving me a great racecar to drive."

"It was really good tonight," mentioned second place finisher Nick Knepper. "But they were just a little bit better obviously, and I needed a caution there at the end. The Spike Chassis is running pretty good right now with Esslinger horsepower."

"We had a pretty rough start to the season," said third place finisher Austin Brown. "We definitely had a good car all night. I kind of got my momentum going there towards the end and I'm glad to bring home a third place finish.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature results (30 laps):
1. 56 - Darren Hagen 2. 55 - Nick Knepper 3. 7 - Austin Brown 4. 88 - Terry Babb 5. 25 - Jake Blackhurst 6. 11A - Andrew Felker 7. 1T - Tony Roney 8. 9P - Parker Price-Miller 9. 91 - Dereck King 10. 39R - Ross Rankine 11. 2 - Seth Motsinger 12. 57D - Daniel Robinson 13. 50 - Daniel Adler 14. 94 - Darren Kingston 15. 31 - Kyle Schuett 16. 79J - Jacob Patton 17. 3N - Jake Neuman 18. 32 - Garrett Aitken 19. 5D - Zach Daum 20. 22 - Andy Malpocker 21. 39 - Spencer Bayston 22. 25M - Derrick Myers 23. 10C - Dalton Camfield

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Belleville Midget Nationals Championship team ready for title defense

Entries filed for Bell, Abreu, Thorson

Belleville, Kan., July 17--
Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports has filed three entries for The 37th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on July 31-Aug. 2 at the Belleville High Banks.

At year’s event the team scored a “podium sweep” on Saturday Night, led by winner Christopher Bell finishing ahead of Rico Abreu, and then rookie driver Tanner Thorson.  Kunz’s previous even victories have come with drivers: Page Jones (1993), Kevin Doty (1994) and Kyle Larson (2011).  


This season the team has scored fifteen midget feature victories with three different sanctioning organizations. Bell currently has eleven midget feature victories, and is leading the National Midget Driver of the Year and Badger Midget Series points.
Abreu who has finished runner-up the past two Belleville Midget Nationals, currently leads the USAC Honda National Midget Dirt Series Points, with nine top three finishes in the first nine events!

Thorson has scored his initial two career midget feature victories this season, including a victory at the famed Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.).
Thursday July 31 will see the USAC Honda National Midget Dirt Series run qualifications, preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The USAC Silver Crown Series will hold a practice session during the evening, in preparation for Friday Nights events.


"The Hustle on the High Banks" on Friday Night Aug. 1, will feature a 50-lap feature for the USAC Silver Crown Cars. The JayHusker Mini Sprint Series will compete on the track’s infield quarter-mile track.

Saturday Aug. 2 will feature dashes, and last chance races setting the field for the 40-lap midget feature. A check of $10,000 awaits the winner. The United Rebel Sprint Car Series again returns for the 3rd annual 305 Sprint Nationals.

General Admission tickets for all events are sold first-come first-served on race day at the ticket gate. Reserved seating tickets are available for the event. General admission available only if the event is not sold out, and available only on the day of the race at the track ticket office. Special children ticket pricing is being offered this year.  

Tickets can be ordered by going to the tracks website, or logging onto The TicketForce website (direct link to Belleville events) : http:// http://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1271

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Due to the Excessive & Continuous Rainfall, Fairbury's July 12th Race has been Cancelled
 
Saturday, July 12th 2014

Millstadt, IL -
Due to the excessive amount of rainfall overnight and continuing into Saturday morning, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway event in Fairbury, IL has been postponed. Officials from Fairbury American Legion Speedway are disappointed, but officials from POWRi and the speedway are working together to reschedule the event.
 
The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros will run their next event at Belle-Clair Speedway Friday, July 18th. After a night of "elbows up" racing at Belle-Clair, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series will be making their famed return to St. Francois Raceway in Farmington, Missouri on Saturday, July 19th. Always fan and driver favorites, the weekend of July 18th and 19th.

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Gehrke Tames Lincoln Speedway, Claims First POWRi Career Win
 
Saturday, July 12th 2014

Lincoln, IL. -
Chett Gehrke of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won a hard fought battle with Zach Daum to take his first career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature win at the ¼ mile, semi-banked Lincoln Speedway. The event at Lincoln Speedway was co-sanctioned by POWRi and the Badger Midget Series.
 
Pole-sitter Parker Price-Miller, the 2013 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Rookie of the Year would lead the field to green with Gehrke on the outside of the front row. The Kokomo, Indiana native would take the lead on the initial restart, but Darren Kingston would spin in turn one, bringing out the first caution and resulting in a complete restart. When Price-Miller would bring the field to green again, his Kami Ronk owned, Toyota-powered Spike would power to the front and lead the first seven laps closely followed by Darren Hagen of Riverside, California.

On lap eight, Hagen would power past Price-Miller and into the lead in the Five-Six, Inc., Great Clips-sponsored, Esslinger-powered Beast.   On lap 14, the under-powered car of Colten Cottle would slow to a stop in turn four, bunching the field back up, giving Zach Daum and Tyler Thomas an opportunity to steal the lead from Hagen. On the restart Daum would sneak past Hagen on the bottom and into the lead, leaving Hagen, Tyler Thomas, and Chett Gehrke to battle for second.

As Gehrke quickly dispatched Thomas and Hagen for second, he was soon reeling in Daum for the lead. As Daum and Gehrke battled for the lead, Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, Missouri would bring out the third caution of the evening as the RAB Racing, Fontana-powered Spike would spin around and come to rest in turn four.

With 19 laps in the book, Gehrke would lead the field back to the green and as quickly as Gehrke took the lead from Daum, Daum would reclaim the lead from Gehrke on the bottom as Austin Brown would move the #7 Toyota-powered Boss Chassis into the third position. On lap 24, Gehrke would be too tough for Daum to hold off and he would reclaim the lead on the top in turns three and four.

As Gehrke did his best to pull away from Daum, Jacob Patton of Bethalto, Illinois would loop it in the middle of turns three and four, bringing out the fourth and final caution of the evening. When the field took the green, Daum would be unable to reclaim the lead from Gehrke as Chett Gehrke would lead the field to the checkered flag in the Skip and Diana Matteson-owned, Fontana-powered Spike, followed closely by Zach Daum's Toyota-powered Eagle in second, and Darren Hagen in third. Coming in fourth was Austin Brown, and rounding out the top-five for a career-best finish was Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana.

"It's been a long time coming. I didn't know if it was ever going to happen," explained Chett Gehrke. "I run fourth for quite a while and didn't think it was going to happen. I tried just about every line there was and finally made the top work in three and four.

"It's not a win, but it was a good race," said second place finisher, Zach Daum. "He found a line that he made work. He earned it."

"These guys at Great Clips worked their butts off all night to get me comfortable. We had a good race car, a good solid car. These guys worked their butts off and third place is a testament to my crew."


Co-Sanctioned POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series/Badger Midgets Feature results (30 laps):
1. 11C - Chett Gehrke 2. 5D - Zach Daum 3. 56 - Darren Hagen 4. 7 - Austin Brown 5. 39 - Spencer Bayston 6. 9P - Parker Price-Miller 7. 88 - Terry Babb 8. 55 - Nick Knepper 9. 32 - Garrett Aitken 10. 25 - Jake Blackhurst 11. 3X - Joe B. Miller 12. 85 - Shane Hollingsworth 13. 3N - Jake Neuman 14. 3 - Robbie Ray 15. 79J - Jacob Patton 16. 52C - Isaac Chapple 17. 11R - Ryan Chriswell 18. 2 - Seth Motsinger 19. 94 - Darren Kingston 20. 2B - Tyler Thomas 21. 57 - Andrew Felker 22. 5C - Colten Cottle

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POWRi Returns to Illinois for a Weekend at Lincoln Speedway and Fairbury American Legion Speedway
 
Wednesday, July 9th 2014

MILLSTADT, IL -
Coming off the Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway in Wisconsin, POWRi will return to Illinois for two events co-sanctioned with the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association at Lincoln Speedway and Fairbury American Legion Speedway. POWRi has visited Lincoln Speedway one other time in 2014, with Tanner Thorson taking the win. The Friday, July 11th race in Lincoln, IL will bring the POWRi Midgets back to the ¼ mile dirt semi-banked oval.

The POWRi Midgets will then travel to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, IL for $3,000 to win. The Saturday, July 12th event will be POWRi's first ever visit to the 1/3 mile semi-banked oval. The UMP Modified Summer National make-up feature event, in addition to a complete show, will also take place on Saturday night.

After sweeping the Pepsi Nationals, Christopher Bell has reclaimed the number one spot in the point standings. Bell has taken home nine POWRi feature wins so far this season. Zach Daum, the 2013 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Champion, stands only a mere 40 points behind Bell. Bell's teammates Tanner Thorson and Rico Abreu both captured second and third place finishes at the Pepsi Nationals, which moved Thorson up to third and put Abreu back into the top ten where he currently sits ninth. Falling back two spots, Tyler Thomas currently sits fourth. Darren Hagen was able to salvage his fifth place position in the point standings even after a disappointing weekend. However, Andrew Felker and Parker Price-Miller only trail Hagen by 20 and 25 points, respectively. After having a consistent weekend at the Pepsi Nationals, Jake Blackhurst sits eighth and Austin Brown sits tenth.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Points (Top 10): 1. Christopher Bell (2350) 2. Zach Daum (2310) 3. Tanner Thorson (2290) 4. Tyler Thomas (2150) 5. Darren Hagen (1725) 6. Andrew Felker (1705) 7. Parker Price-Miller (1700) 8. Jake Blackhurst (1625) 9. Rico Abreu (1530) 10. Austin Brown (1425)

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