Thomas Jr. Sweeps Sunshine State Midget Challenge
Ocala, FL - After snagging the opening night of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League's inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge at Bubba Raceway Park, Kevin Thomas, Jr. picked up where he left off, leading all 30 laps of the main event. This was Thomas, Jr.'s third victory with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League.
Feature (30 laps):1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 7. Jake Neuman, 8. Matt Moore, 9. Zane Hendricks, 10. Joe B. Miller, 11. Karter Sarff, 12. Presley Truedson, 13. Aidan Roosevans, 14. Holley Hollan, 15. Otto Scrape, 16. Michelle Decker, 17. Andrew Felker, 18. Sam Johnson.
Lap Leaders: 1-30: Thomas Jr.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. Takes Opening Night of Sunshine State Midget Challenge
Ocala, FL - Kevin Thomas, Jr. claimed the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League's opening night at Bubba Raceway Park in the inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge. Thomas, Jr.'s Florida victory was his second career with POWRi, his first coming back in 2015.
Feature (30 Laps): 1. Kevin Thomas Jr.; 2. Ryan Robinson, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Matt Moore, 5. Zane Hendricks, 6. Jake Neuman, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Aidan Roosevans, 9. Michelle Decker, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Karter Sarff, 12. Presley Truedson, 13. Sam Johnson, 14. Holley Hollan, 15. Tanner Thorson, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Otto Scrape, 18. Chad Boat, 19. Joe B Miller, DNS.
The Countdown Begins for the Inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge
Belleville, IL - The official countdown has begun as the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League prepares to head to Florida in less than three weeks for the Inaugural Toyota Sunshine State Midget Challenge at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Set for Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th, the Inaugural Toyota Sunshine State Midget Challenge will headline sanctioned national dirt midget racing in Florida for the first time in over a decade. Thursday, February 8th is slated to be the practice night, prefacing the double-header weekend.
Hot off a successful 2017 championship run with the Factory Boss Chassis team, Logan Seavey heads to Florida with new backing in 2018 from Keith Kunz Motorsports. After clinching both the 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League championship and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Rookie of the Year honors, Seavey will be looking to defend his championship title.
Tucker Klaasmeyer heads to Florida with new backing for 2018, switching to Keith Kunz Motorsports for the season and hungry as ever to clinch an elusive victory with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League after coming so close in the past few seasons. Zach Daum also plans to attend the Inaugural Orange Cup Midget Nationals with his focus on the 2018 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Championship. After being sidelined for the latter half of 2017 following a hard crash at Spoon River Speedway, Daum's focus in 2018 is expected to be laser-like.
CLARKE CLEAN SWEEPS NSW TITLE
Official release: Speedcar Association of NSW
January 2, 2018
It was a Speedcar race for the ages at Valvoline Raceway on New Year’s Night as Adam Clarke swept to victory in the NSW Speedcar Championship.
The race, which was being held in memory of Rodney Day, was a flag to flag win for Clarke. At the conclusion of the 30 laps, the dominance on paper differed from the race track as it wasn’t an easy race for Clarke. At the finish, second placed Regan Angel got within a whisker in a move that the big crowd really appreciated and applauded.
In the end, Clarke used all of his experience to take a popular win. Second was Angel and third was Braydan Willmington who was fresh out of his Sprintcar to compete in the Title. It was an impressive run by Willmington who has shown great versatility, racing both divisions.
Fourth home was Troy Jenkins who fought his way up from a mid-pack start and fifth was Bob Jackson who fell to as low as fifteenth in the early stages to claw his way back to fifth.
One of the drives of the night would have to be Queenslander Scott Doyle. On lap five Doyle fell back to position eighteen. On lap seven he was fifteenth and on lap eight he was last. After those awful three laps, Doyle got himself in gear and stormed through the pack. At the fall of the chequers the livewire Queenslander came home in sixth.
Seventh was Reid Mackay who, very similarly to Doyle, had to come from the back to claim seventh. Eighth was Dan Biner, ninth was front row starter Gary Rooke and coming home in tenth was Adam Wallis.
Eleventh was Jordyn Mackay followed by Jamie Hall, Matt Hinton, Queenslander Cal Whatmore and Alan Day was the final finisher in fifteenth. Non-finishers were Andy Hassan, Matthew Jackson, Dean Meadows, Don Mackay, Michael Jordan, Victorian Joe Lostitch and Robert Mackay.
Earlier in the night six heats were run with wins going to Robert Mackay, Adam Wallis, Regan Angel, Gary Rooke and Clarke with two heat race wins.
Clarke also won the pole shuffle.
The A-Main will go down in history as one of the best finishes in the title history and rightly so. So with that, the next event on the Speedcar Calendar will be this Saturday, January 6 at the picturesque Nowra Speedway.
POWRi West Midget League Releases 29 Event Schedule for 2018
Belleville, IL - POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League officials have released the 2018 schedule featuring 29 events, with the league returning to several fan favorites, as well as the schedule for the newly created POWRi Lucas Oil West Sooner Region Series. Out of the 29 events, four events are co-sanctioned with the POWRi Lucas Oil RMMRA Midget Series, while 12 are co-sanctioned with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League. The Sooner Region Series will feature 12 shows within POWRi West throughout 2018.
2018 will kick off with the Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway, showcasing the best from the POWRi West and National Midget Leagues on March 23rd and 24th. POWRi West drivers will be on a mission to regain their top spot after Christopher Bell swept last year's show for the National League. Other highlights of 2017 include returning to Valley Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway for the Missouri Mid-State Midget nationals on May 4th and 5th. The POWRi West Midget League will return to Valley Speedway on July 13th and 14th for the Second Annual Thunder in the Valley, running alongside the POWRi National Midgets.
POWRi West will return to the Ironman 55 Weekend at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, running with the POWRi National Midgets, alongside the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. New for 2018, the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League will take to Lake of the Ozarks Speedway in Eldon, Missouri on September 1st and 2nd for a two-day showing alongside the POWRi National Midgets.
Running several solo events, POWRi West will return to fan-favorites of Red Dirt Raceway, Caney Valley Speedway, RPM Speedway, and Humboldt Speedway. Humboldt Speedway's two-day show will be on August 24th and 25th. I-44 Speedway's Twister Nationals is set for October 6th. Creek County Speedway's two-day Fall Fling is set for October 26th and 27th. Also, back on the schedule for 2018 is a single event at the famed Port City Raceway.
Lastly, Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas will host the Season Championship. This event will also be joined by the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League to conclude 2018.
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*S Fri, March 23 I44 Riverside Speedway - Turnpike Challenge
*S Sat, March 24 I44 Riverside Speedway- Turnpike Challenge
S Fri, April 13 Red Dirt Raceway
Sat, April 14 Caney Valley Speedway
S Sat, April 28 I-44 Speedway
* Fri, May 4 Valley Speedway - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
* Sat, May 5 Lucas Oil Speedway - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
S Sat, May 12 Port City Raceway
** Sat, May 28 Airport Raceway
** Sun, May 29 Airport Raceway
S Fri, June 15 Red Dirt Raceway
S Sat, June 16 I-44 Speedway
Fri, June 29 RPM Speedway
Sat, June 30 Kennedale Speedway
* Fri, July 13 Valley Speedway - Thunder in the Valley
* Sat, July 14 Valley Speedway - Thunder in the Valley
S Sat, July 28 I44 Riverside Speedway
* Fri, Aug 3 I-55 Raceway - Federated Auto Parts IRON-MAN 55
* Sat, Aug 4 I-55 Raceway - Federated Auto Parts IRON-MAN 55
Fri, Aug 24 Humboldt Speedway
Sat, Aug 25 Humboldt Speedway
* Sat, Sept 1 Lake of the Ozarks Speedway
* Sun, Sept 2 Lake of the Ozarks Speedway
S Sat, Sept 8 I-44 Speedway
S Sat, Oct 6 I-44 Speedway - Twister Nationals
S Fri, Oct 26 Creek County Speedway - Fall Fling
S Sat, Oct 27 Creek County Speedway - Fall Fling
* Fri, Nov 9 Kennedale Speedway POWRi Championships
* Sat, Nov 10 Kennedale Speedway POWRi Championships
* Co-Sanction - POWRi National
** Co-Sanction - Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Assoc.
S Sooner Series Points Race
RMMRA partners with POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League
Belleville, IL - Debuting in early 2018, POWRi has partnered with the Denver, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) to create the POWRi Lucas Oil RMMRA Midget Series. The goal of POWRi and RMMRA's partnership is to continue the growth of midget racing in the Western portion of the United States. This will also allow the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League to co-sanction more events together, like the two-day weekend at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kansas.
The POWRi Lucas Oil RMMRA Midget Series will continue to operate in similar fashion, with Keith Rauch (President) and Chris Sheil (Vice President) in charge, but this partnership will leverage the tools and resources of POWRi to strengthen their presence in Colorado and the surrounding states. "We are excited to come under the POWRi banner," commented Keith Rauch, President of RMMRA. "This will allow for strengthened support on both sides of the Colorado border."
The POWRi Lucas Oil RMMRA Midget Series is part of the National Midget Racing League and is invited to compete in the Mid-Season and Season Championship races being held at Valley Speedway and Kennedale Speedway, respectively. The top seven in points amongst the National, West, Allstar, and RMMRA midgets will compete in a championship feature event at the Mid-Season and Season Championship events. "This is an outstanding opportunity to promote the growth of midget racing out West," said Eric Fenton, POWRi West Director. "Both of our series already work together and this ensures that we can grow in a mutually beneficial way."
RMMRA has a rich history, formed in 1940 by a group of Denver, Colorado-based drivers and car owners. After a brief gap in history due to World War II, RMMRA picked back up in 1946 and has held strong since. "POWRi is very supportive of RMMRA's rich history," stated Chris Sheil, Vice President of RMMRA. "This mutually beneficial partnership is necessary for RMMRA to continue growing and to reach the next level for the series."
Seavey Crowned POWRi National Midget Champion, Earns Rookie Honors
Belleville, IL - In what has been a banner year for the Sutter, California driver, Logan Seavey captured not only the 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League championship, but also took Rookie of the Year honors with the League. Wrapping up the 2017 season with only two wins, it is clear that it was Seavey's consistency that brought home the championship for the rookie midget driver.
Piloting the Toyota-powered Factory Boss Performance, Rockwell Security/RAM's Racing-sponsored entry, Seavey's first victory of 2017 came in the final night of Illinois SPEED Week at Lincoln Speedway with a last lap pass over Michael Pickens for the win. Seavey again found victory lane, this time at Macon Speedway for the Third Annual Camfield Memorial. With 18 top tens, and nine top five finishes in 23 starts, Seavey was able to garnish 5300 points for the season over runner-up Tucker Klaasmeyer's 5130.
Klaasmeyer's nine top fives and 16 top tens bolstered the Paola, Kansas driver to the second position, but were not enough to overcome Seavey. Jake Neuman finished the season in third with 4730 overall points in 23 starts. Spencer Bayston, the driver with the most victories in 2017 (five) filled the fourth position with 4560 points. Zach Daum, the defending League champion finished fifth with 4490 after suffering a season-ending crash at Spoon River Speedway in the final phase of the season.
Andrew Felker took sixth with Ryan Robinson in seventh. Rookie Aidan RoosEvans finished eighth. Tanner Thorson and Tyler Thomas rounded out the top ten, each tallying four victories with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League in 2017 while running a condensed schedule.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets Slated to Kick Off 2018 in Florida
Belleville, IL - For the first time ever, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will enter into the sunshine state, kicking off the 2018 season at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Set for Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th, the Inaugural Toyota Sunshine State Midget Challenge will headline sanctioned national dirt midget racing in Florida for the first time in over a decade. Thursday, February 8th is slated to be the practice night, prefacing the double-header weekend.
"We have been working with Tom Bean and the Bubba Raceway Park staff throughout the 2017 season to secure the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League's maiden voyage to Florida," stated POWRi Director of Competition Jason McCord. "We wanted to make the awesome news public as quickly as possible, as this will be a historic event for POWRi. We look forward to working with Tom, Bubba, and the Bubba Raceway Park staff to create what will be a marquee event for years to come."
"We are super excited to bring national dirt midget racing back to Florida and feature in our 7th Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals Schedule at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida," said track owner Bubba Clem. "We have made sprint car racing a big focus of our Winter National Schedule and felt that the next logical step was to return national midget racing to Florida. BRP's unique D-shape, high-banked 3/8 mile will make for some unbelievable dirt midget racing, so come enjoy the warm weather, sun, and the most exciting winter racing in America this February with us at BRP!"
3RD ANNUAL USAC MIDGET "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" SET FOR DEC. 16 IN Du QUOIN
Du Quoin, Illinois.........The third running of the "Junior Knepper 55" returns to the USAC Midget calendar on Saturday, December 16 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.
Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.
In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps. In 2016, Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team.
The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.
Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.
"Derek and I are very excited to announce the third running of the 'Junior Knepper 55,'" Nick Knepper said. "The previous versions of this event have been tremendous and we will continue to build upon our past successes. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and USAC for the continued support. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Southern Illinois Center on December 16th."
Cars are scheduled to get on track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups. Event times, ticket prices and additional information will be announced in the near future.