Bell takes "Battle at Belle-Vegas III" Victory
Sunday, July 12th
Belleville, IL - Christopher Bell earned his fifth POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of 2015.
Involved in an incident early one, Bell came from the back to claim the 30 lap event on the high-banked 1/5th mile Belle-Clair Speedway for the National Midget portion of the "Battle at Belle-Vegas III."
Starting on the pole with Darren Hagen to the outside, Bell would narrowly miss the jump on the initial restart as Shane Cockrum would stop in turns one and two, issuing the first caution of the evening, calling back the start. Lined back up, Bell's Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet would get a much better start and take the early lead. As the field started to get sorted out, Kyle Schuett would bring out the second caution of the evening after looping it off turn four. With two laps in the books, Bell would rocket off as Spencer Bayston challenged Hagen for the second position. On lap seven the caution would fly as both Daniel Robinson and Tucker Klaasmeyer's machines sat tangled atop turn two.
Coming back to green, Bell would assert his lead as Bryan Clauson edged into the fourth position. With 11 laps down, misfortune would hit as Christopher Bell came upon lap traffic; cars would collide and collect, including Andy Malpocker, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Kyle Schuett, Daniel Adler, and leader Bell and second place runner, Spencer Bayston. Inheriting the top position, Darren Hagen would lead the field to green in the Austin Brown, Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis entry. Immediately coming back to green, the racing would be slowed as Tyler Thomas stopped on the back stretch. Resuming racing, Hagen headed straight to the top side of the high-banked 1/5th mile, working to put more space between himself and the rest of the field, as Jake Neuman slid Bryan Clauson for second.
On lap 14, Gage Walker would bring out the caution after looping it on the bottom of turns one and two. This time when Hagen showed the way, Austin Brown would steal second from Neuman coming off turn two. Three laps later, Spencer Bayston would stop on the front stretch after contact, while separately, Gage Walker and Ryan Robinson tangled in turn four. Coming back to green, Hagen would check out until Dereck King slowed entering turn three, coming to a stop on the front stretch and bringing out the caution. Coming back to green, Bell would slide for third from the fifth position, causing Jake Neuman running in third to attempt to turn back underneath him, only to spin and bring the caution back out.
With 23 laps complete, Hagen would try his best to hold off Brown, Felker and Bell coming to green, but Bell's head of steam would be too much as Bell slid for the top position off turn four on lap 27 to lead the final three laps. Coming in second was Darren Hagen with Andrew Felker in third. Austin Brown earned fourth and Tanner Thorson took fifth.
"I definitely didn't expect to get up through there," Bell said. "POWRi midget week when I started in the back, I wasn't able to make my way back up there, but I hope the fans enjoyed that one because I did in the racecar."
"I've got to apologize to my teammate," stated Hagen. "On that restart, I got in there and just hit the fence in one and two and got real tight dragging the brake. Totally my fault, but hat's off to Christopher Bell and his team to come from the back."
"Just started too deep and kept catching the cautions wrong," said Felker. "Had another awesome car and salvaged a 13th to third. Definitely felt like we had a car to win. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going."
Feature (30 laps): 1. Christopher Bell; 2. Darren Hagen; 3. Andrew Felker; 4. Austin Brown; 5. Tanner Thorson; 6. Spencer Bayston; 7. Daniel Robinson; 8. Garrett Aitken; 9. Ryan Robinson; 10. Bryan Clauson; 11. Kyle Schuett; 12. Daniel Adler; 13. Andy Malpocker; 14. Gage Walker; 15. Jake Neuman; 16. Tim Siner 17. Shane Cockrum; 18. Dereck King; 19. Jimi Quin; 20. Nick Knepper; 21. Tyler Thomas; 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer; 23. 6B - Andy Baugh
Thomas Steals the Final Night of Illinois SPEED Week
June 8, 2015
Belleville, IL. - Tyler Thomas of Owasso, Oklahoma streaked to his first POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of the 2015 season for the thrilling fourth and final night of Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois. Joe B. Miller of Millersville, Missouri earned his first POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory in 2015, holding off several challenges and cautions.
It took Tyler Thomas until the final night of Illinois SPEED Week to snag a victory, as the Owasso, Oklahoma native had previously started on the pole at both Quincy Raceways and Jacksonville Speedway. Leading the field to green for the Illinois SPEED Week finale, the Bryan Thomas-owned Esslinger-powered #91T Spike Chassis shared the front row with Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada. Coming to the stripe, Thomas would barely edge Thorson for the lead of lap one, only for Thorson to slide Thomas in typical Belle Vegas fashion entering turn number one. As Thorson worked away from Thomas, Tyler Robbins of Collinsville, Illinois would come to an abrupt stop and collect Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illinois. Robbins would be done for the evening, but Schuett's Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis would re-fire and tag the tail of the field.
With seven laps down, Thorson would show the way until the red flag flew for Chett Gehrke who jumped the cushion in turns three and four before flipping and collecting Kyle Schuett. Gehrke would be alright, but done for the remainder of the event. With 10 down, Thorson's lead would be short lived as the field returned to green. Diving to the bottom of turn one, Thomas would throw a slide job on Thorson that would stick coming off turn two. Thorson would attempt to return the favor entering turn three, but the slider wouldn't even faze Thomas. While Thomas focused on placing ground between himself and Thorson, lap traffic would be lurking around the corner.
On lap 19, the red flag would fly as Ryan Robinson would do a 360 on the back stretch collecting fellow Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate and then second place runner Tanner Thorson, sending Thorson into the wall and flipping. Thorson would be alright, but done for the remainder of the event.
Leading the field back to green, Tyler Thomas would lay chase from Abreu as he started working away from the field and towards lap traffic, all the while as Andrew Felker battled his way to towards the top three. Felker would officially take position from Andy Malpocker coming to the stripe on the last lap. Coming in fourth was Andy Malpocker and rounding out the top five was Bryan Clauson.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Tyler Thomas 2. Rico Abreu 3. Andrew Felker 4. Andy Malpocker 5. Bryan Clauson 6. Alex Bright 7. Christopher Bell 8. Dereck King 9. Darren Hagen 10. Spencer Bayston 11. Jerry Coons Jr 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer 13. Austin Brown 14. Daniel Adler 15. Kyle Schuett 16. Tanner Thorson 17. Jason McDougal 18. Ryan Robinson 19. JB Gilbert 20. Brock Maskovich 21. Chett Gehrke 22. Tyler Robbins 23. Derrick Myers
Bell wins Night Two of Illinois SPEED Week
June 6, 2015
Jacksonville, IL. - Christopher Bell of Norman, Oklahoma took his third POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of the 2015 season and his 18th career, for the thrilling second night of Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois.
For the second night in a row, Tyler Thomas of Owasso, Oklahoma started on the pole in the Bryan Thomas-owned Esslinger-powered #91T Spike Chassis, sharing the front row with Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada. As the engines roared to life at the drop of the green flag, Tyler Thomas was barely able to edge Tanner Thorson to lead lap one. As the duo headed into turn one, Thorson slid Thomas for the lead and the control of lap two, just as Andrew Felker's Stanton-powered BOSS Chassis would come to a stop, bringing out the first caution of the evening. As Thorson led the field back to green flag racing, Thomas, Darren Hagen, and Bryan Clauson would battle for positions second through fourth. On lap seven, Tanner Thorson would close on Thomas enough to be able to retake the lead.
With nine laps in the books, Hayden Williams would bring out the yellow as his machine would suffer a flat right front and right rear after contact with the wall off turn two. As the green flew for the restart, Thomas would remain firmly out front on the cushion as Darren Hagen launched his assault for the second position. However, the battle would be short lived as Hagen would spin it around after contact with another car. With ten laps down, Thomas would show the way back to green flag racing while Thorson, Spencer Bayston and Clauson battle for the second position. Five laps later, Brad Mosen of Auckland, New Zealand would bring out another caution as his machine would end up stopped in turns three and four.
As the veteran driver Bryan Clauson sat in second position behind Thomas, the field would resume racing and Clauson would make his move for the lead. On lap 17 Clauson would take over the lead from Tyler Thomas, while Colten Cottle would come to slow in turn one bringing out another caution. This time Clauson would show the way with Thomas in tow, while Christopher Bell would cruise in the third position after starting 21st. Comfortably out front, Clauson would start to pull away until Spencer Bayston slowed off turn two with a flat left rear tire. With 18 down, Clauson would power back to the curb, ultimately making contact with the wall through turns one and two, flattening the right rear tire. Coming off turn two, Clauson would slow quickly, almost collecting the second and third place machines of Tyler Thomas and Christopher Bell, bringing out the caution.
With 19 laps down and inheriting the lead, Tyler Thomas would show the way, but Christopher Bell would power into the lead to hold point for lap 20. On lap 21, Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana would slide off the track along the front stretch, but try to keep going, ultimately making contact with the leading edge of the wall entering turn two, sending Peck's machine into a harrowing flip before coming to rest along the outside of turn one. Peck would be alright, but the damage to his machine would force an end to his evening.
With Christopher Bell's Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet holding the lead, Bell's machine would flex its muscles as it took off with teammate Thorson in second and Rico Abreu in third. As Bell pulled away, Rico Abreu would pull off with a flat right rear tire and be done for the night. On lap 26 Tyler Thomas would bring out the yellow after contact with the wall in turns one and two flattening his right rear tire. As the drivers lined up under caution, Tanner Thorson would relinquish the second position to Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illinois as Thorson had also suffered a flat right rear tire.
Coming back to green nobody would have anything for Bell as he clearly dropped off his room key at the front desk and checked out. The battle for second through fourth was hot right up to the finish as Payton Pierce took over the second position from Schuett on lap 29, while Austin Brown attempted to challenge Schuett for third in the final turn, but would be unable to make it stick off turn four. Rounding out the top five was Darren Hagen.
"I just can't say enough about Keith Kunz," said first place finisher Christopher Bell. "Come out here and I struggled all night, spun out in my heat race and almost missed the race there in the b-main. Coming out here, I was just hoping for a top ten. To win was unbelievable. I love coming here."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Payton Pierce, 3. Kyle Schuett, 4. Austin Brown, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Tyler Nelson, 9. Nick Knepper, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Jacob Patton, 13. Jake Neuman, 14. Dereck King, 15. Seth Motsinger, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Tanner Thorson, 18. Brad Mosen, 19. Rico Abreu, 20. Justin Peck, 21. Andy Malpocker, 22. Hayden Williams, 23. Andrew Felker.
Thorson Take Night One of Illinois SPEED Week
June 5, 2015
Quincy, IL. - Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada claimed his third career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory and his first of the 2015 season, for the opening night of Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois. Nathan Benson of Concordia, Missouri earned his first POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory of 2015 and the 11th of his career.
Tyler Thomas of Owasso, Oklahoma started on the pole in the Bryan Thomas-owned Esslinger-powered #91T Spike Chassis, sharing the front row with Alex Bright in the 5ive-6ix, Inc., Great Clips-sponsored Esslinger-powered Triple-X Chassis. At the drop of the green flag, Bright would lurch in to the early lead with Thomas in tow. On the following lap, Andy Malpocker would end up flipping entering turn three after contact with another car and collect Andrew Felker. Malpocker would be alright, but damage to his machine would force him to retire for the remainder of the event.
With one lap in the books, Bright would lead the field to green followed closely by Tyler Thomas in second and Seth Motsinger in third. On lap four, the caution flag would fly as Seth Motsinger's BOSS Chassis entry caught a rut in turn three and spun. Bright would lead the field back to green flag racing as Thomas would attempt to mount his charge while Darren Hagen rode in third. As Bright raced at a harrowing pace towards lap traffic, Christopher Bell had moved up enough positions from 13th to find himself knocking on the door of the top five directly behind Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Thorson.
Bright's pace would be slowed on lap 13 as Ryan Robinson slid off the banking of the track to the outside of turns three and four, bringing out the third caution. As the green flew for the restart, Thomas would throw as slide job for the lead entering turn one and come out ahead down the back stretch. As the field dove back into turn one, Brad Mosen would loop it.
This time with Thomas leading the field back to green, Thomas would peel away from Bright as Christopher Bell worked his way into the top three and eventually into second. Looking as though he might be able to threaten Thomas' lead, in a twist of events, Bell found himself sliding off the banking of turns three and four bringing out the fifth caution of the event. Bell would find himself on the business end of the wrecker and not rejoin the field.
With 25 laps down, Thomas would inherit the lead due to Bell's misfortune, but Thomas would hold the position for less than a lap as Tanner Thorson would charge to the lead in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet. On lap 28, Bryan Clauson would take over the second position, but the two laps left would not be enough time for him to mount a charge for the lead. Taking the final podium position was Tyler Thomas and coming in fourth was Spencer Bayston. Rounding out the top five was Hayden Williams.
"It's pretty awesome," said first place finisher Tanner Thorson. "Keith gave me an awesome car all night. I can't thank the whole crew enough. The track promoter definitely put a bad-to-the-bone race track underneath us and it really showed with great racing all throughout the race. I hope we can take some of this momentum into tomorrow night."
"I don't mind finishing second; obviously it's not what we came here to do," said runner-up Bryan Clauson. "But, I'm fairly happy with it there; we weren't that good at all. To be that bad and run second is just a testament to how good this team is. I know Rusty and the boys will go to work on it for tomorrow night."
"We had a really good car tonight," explained third place finisher Tyler Thomas. "Under that last yellow the drag links came loose on me and I feel that cost us the win. We just got to keep everything tight for the feature and we'll get a win soon."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Hayden Williams, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Kyle Schuett, 9. Dereck King, 10. Seth Motsinger, 11. Brock Maskovich, 12. Ryan Robinson, 13. Brett Thomas, 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 15. Alex Bright, 16. Christopher Bell, 17. Colten Cottle, 18. Austin Brown, 19. Brad Mosen, 20. Jake Neuman, 21. Jason McDougal, 22. Andy Malpocker, 23. Ryan Criswell
2015 Illinois SPEED Week Show Coming To Macon
POWRi Heading To Town
Millstadt, IL – With clocks counting down, teams from all over the United States and across the world are putting the finishing touches on their racecars, as they prepare for the third annual POWRi Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota. As has been the case in previous years, drivers from the United States, Australia, and New Zealand will be in attendance. Macon Speedway marks one of this year's stops, Saturday, June 6.
With Kiwi’s Brad Mosen and Hayden Williams set to run in midget competition, along with the Keith Kunz Motorsports team led by Christopher Bell, the stout lineup of drivers is already taking shape to make the 2015 POWRi Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota one of the most awaited events of the year.
“It would be pretty cool to win it again,” said Christopher Bell. “I won the first one, but didn’t get the opportunity to run last year. It’s definitely a really fun event. We go to a lot of really cool racetracks right in a row. It’s just a really fun week.”
With four straight nights of racing on tap, the 2015 Illinois SPEED Week will open at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Thursday, June 4th. Following Quincy Raceway, teams will travel to Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL on Friday, June 5th and then to Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Saturday, June 6th. The Illinois SPEED Week finale will take place at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL on Sunday, June 7th.
Joining the POWRi Midgets and Micros at Macon Speedway will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets.
Pit gates open Saturday, June 6 at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.
Fayette County Raceway and Macon Speedway
May 12, 2015
Millstadt, IL - The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series will head to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois on Friday, May 15th. Rained out in 2014, previous winners in the National Midgets at Fayette County Speedway include Brett Anderson (2012) and Michael Pickens (2011). In Outlaw Micros, previous winners include Andrew Felker (2012) and Trent Beckinger (2011). Always a fan and driver favorite, POWRi's solo appearance for 2015 at the high-banked ¼ mile is one not to miss!
On Saturday, May 16th teams will invade Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois as the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Motor Series are set to take the stage. With the weather already claiming the first of six Macon Speedway events for POWRi, fans are anxious to see open wheel racing at its finest at the 1/5th mile high-banked oval. 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. Fans can expect to see plenty of rim-riding and slide-jobs galore as both tracks can be described as hammer down and action packed.
Hagen Goes Two-for-Two, Clean Sweep of Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals
May 3, 2015
Wheatland, MO. - Darren Hagen of Riverside, California doubled down, taking both nights of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, cleaning house at the ¼ mile Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri, and winning at the 3/8 mile Lucas Oil Speedway after a hard fought battle with Tyler Thomas to claim his 14th career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature victory and his second of 2015.
Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pennsylvania started on the pole of the 30 lap feature event, sharing the front row with Tyler Thomas of Owasso, Oklahoma. At the drop of the green flag, Bright and Thomas would begin to battle for the lead with Bright leading lap one by a car length. On lap three, Thomas would make the pass stick off turn two for the lead. One lap later, the caution would wave as Alex Bright would slow atop turn two. Bright would be done for the remainder of the event.
As Thomas led the field back to green, Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, Missouri would jump to the high side and begin to hound Thomas. As Felker would gain momentum, Mark Chisholm would bring out the caution as his spun machine came to sit at the bottom of turn four. Momentarily having the action cooled, Thomas would re-ignite the excitement, taking the green as Darren Hagen would steal the second positon from Felker.
On lap nine, Kyle Keeler would slow along the front stretch bringing out the third caution of the evening. This time Thomas would lead the field back to green flag racing with Hagen in hot pursuit. Coming off turns one and two, Hagen would take the position from Thomas. Entering turn three Thomas would throw a slide job in an attempt to regain the lead, but would be unable to faze Hagen. On lap 12 Kyler Keeler would slow Hagen's momentum by bringing out the caution as he stopped along the front stretch. Coming back to green, Hagen would charge to the top side of the big 3/8 mile Lucas Oil Speedway as Thomas attempted to give chase. As Hagen gained momentum, his stride would be cut short as Alex Sewell would loop it off turn four bringing out the caution and bunching the field back up.
Coming to the restart with 13 laps down, Tyler Thomas would have another opportunity to try something on Darren Hagen. Yet, at the wave of the green flag, Hagen's Austin Brown-owned Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis would pull away from Thomas and the rest of the field. Car lengths behind Hagen and Thomas, the trio of Felker, Justin Peck, and Matt Sherrell would put on a show for positions third through fifth until Peck would lose power entering turn one, coming to rest atop turn two. Halfway there with 15 laps in the books, Hagen would power away, while Felker would clearly start falling back as his engine went sour. In turns one and two, Tyler Nelson would get sideways collecting Nick Bailey before being straightened out to keep going, bringing out yet another caution.
With 24 laps in books, the field would restart with Hagen still firmly holding the lead. Matt Sherrell would pull off coming to the green while running in the third position. Inheriting the final podium position with six laps to go would be Jake Neuman of New Berlin, Illinois. Two laps later, Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illinois would shred a belt on his Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis entering the high side of turn three, bringing out the final caution of the evening. On the final restart, Hagen would be able to hold off Thomas for the win. Rounding out the podium for his best career finish, Jake Neuman would bring home third and Michelle Decker would take fourth. Tucker Klaasmeyer would finish fifth.
"I'm very, very blessed to be in the opportunity that I am," stated first place finisher, Darren Hagen. "I couldn't say enough about this race team.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 17 - Darren Hagen ; 2. 91T - Tyler Thomas 3. 3N - Jake Neuman 4. 4M - Michelle Decker 5. 27 - Tucker Klaasmeyer 6. 11C - Chett Gehrke 7. 8 - Alex Sewell 8. 7W - Kory Schudy 9. 14E - Eric Fenton 10. 9K - Kyle Schuett 11. 35 - Matt Sherrell 12. 11A - Andrew Felker 13. 89 - Nick Bailey 14. 88 - Tyler Nelson 15. 5X - Justin Peck 16. 17E - Blake Edwards 17. 7 - Austin Brown 18. 27K - Kyle Keeler 19. 56X - Mark Chisholm 20. 56 - Alex Bright 21. 21 - Ty Hulsey 22. 52 - Anton Hernandez
Hagen Sweeps Night One of Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals
May 2, 2015
Grain Valley, MO. -Darren Hagen of Riverside, California cleaned house at the ¼ mile Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri, winning his heat race and leading every lap of the 30 lap feature en route to his 13th career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature victory and his first of 2015.
Starting on the pole with teammate and car owner Austin Brown to the outside, Hagen would power into the early lead at the drop of the green flag with Brown and Tyler Thomas giving chase. With two laps in the books, Hagen's pace would be slowed as the yellow would fly for the disabled car piloted by Eric Fenton along the front stretch. Fenton, with a flat left rear tire would enter the work area and return to racing.
Leading the field back to green, Hagen would stretch his lead to three car lengths over Brown as Justin Peck would challenge Tyler Thomas for the third position and take it on lap five. On the following lap Jake Neuman and Matt Sherrell would bring out the second caution of the evening as they would both end up spun in the middle of turns three and four. On the restart Hagen's Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis would surge into a comfortable lead over Brown, while Thomas would overpower Peck and begin his move towards the front. Setting his sights on Brown, Thomas would continue to move forward on the bottom and complete the pass for second on lap nine. However, Brown would find a line that would allow him to garner a full head of steam and retake the second position on lap 11.
As Brown's Toyota-powered BOSS Chassis looked to close in on Hagen, the yellow would fly as Alex Bright would slow atop turn four. Simultaneously, Casey Shuman would come to a stop off turn two. Both drivers would be done for the remainder of the event. With 16 laps down, Hagen would again lead the field back to green, but Justin Peck riding in the fourth position would throw a massive slide job forsecond, breaking Brown and Thomas' momentum. As the trio would dice for second, contact would be made sending Brown back to the fourth position with Thomas now in control of second and Peck in third.
With Hagen closing in on lap traffic, Thomas would mount his charge to the front. Whittling away at Hagen's lead and using lap traffic to his advantage, Thomas' Esslinger-powered Spike Chassis would close in on Hagen in the final laps, but he would be unable to challenge Hagen for the lead as Hagen would cross the finish line first. Thomas would settle for second, while Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana would round out the top three. Coming in fourth was Austin Brown and completing the top five was Tucker Klaasmeyer.
"Everyone I surround myself with, they are the best in the business," stated a victorious Darren Hagen. "Austin Brown putting this team together with Kenny, Flea, and Corey and everybody that works hard during the week when I can't be there to help them. Without these guys, I wouldn't be here. This is a testimony to how good these guys are and a testimony to the car."
"I was hoping we would get to lap traffic a little bit sooner," said second place finisher Tyler Thomas. "But, we had a really good car there at the end, we started off there a little bit tight and it just kept getting better and better each lap. Found some different lines, but we just weren't good enough to get around Darren. Congrats to him and Austin Brown. Hopefully we'll get it done tomorrow night."
"We weren't too good at the beginning of the race," said third place finisher Justin Peck. "We were alright, but had the car a little too loose. As the race went on, probably could have gave Darren a bit of a fight."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 17 - Darren Hagen 2. 91T - Tyler Thomas 3. 5X - Justin Peck 4. 7 - Austin Brown 5. 27 - Tucker Klaasmeyer 6. 11C - Chett Gehrke 7. 35 - Matt Sherrell 8. 21 - Ty Hulsey 9. 9K - Kyle Schuett 10. 14E - Eric Fenton 11. 22 - Andy Malpocker 12. 17E - Blake Edwards 13. 89 - Nick Bailey 14. 52 - Anton Hernandez 15. 88N - Tyler Nelson 16. 8 - Alex Sewell 17. 56X - Mark Chisholm 18. 11A - Andrew Felker 19. 7JR - Casey Shuman 20. 56 - Alex Bright 21. 1K - Brayton Lynch 22. 3N - Jake Neuman 23. 4M - Michelle Decker
Clauson Takes 27th Career Victory
April 25, 2015
Jacksonville, IL - Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana earned his 27th career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory after fending off a late race challenge from Christopher Bell, while Aaron Andruskevitch of Riverton, Illinois won the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series feature event with a last lap pass on Nathan Benson.
Darren Hagen of Riverside, California started on the pole in the Esslinger-powered #17 BOSS Chassis, sharing the front row with Jake Neuman of New Berlin, Illinois. At the wave of the green flag, Hagen would power into the lead heading straight for the treacherous Jacksonville Speedway curb with Clauson and Neuman in tow. As Hagen worked the outside rim of the ¼ mile oval, Bryan Clauson would begin to meticulously reel in the driver out of Riverside, California. On lap nine, Clauson would slide Hagen in turns three and four, making it stick to become the new race leader, all the while as Andrew Felker's Stanton-powered BOSS Chassis edged closer towards the duo.
As Clauson entered lap traffic, Andy Malpocker would bike his Esslinger-powered Spike Chassis hard on the treacherous curb in turns one and two, barely saving it, but collecting Jake Neuman who pirouetted into the air before landing rubber side down, bringing out the first caution of the night. Neuman would restart at the tail of the field and continue to race. With 12 laps down, Clauson would lead the field back to green setting a blistering pace. On lap 16, Isaac Schuer would bring out the second caution of the night as he tried to exit the track with a flat right rear tire, but got stuck exiting along the front stretch.
Clauson would again lead the field back to green in the Rusty Kunz Racing/Curb-Agajanian SR-11-powered Spike Chassis with Hagen and Felker still in tow. On lap 17 Felker would slide Hagen for second and make it stick. Upon taking over the second position, Felker's slide job would break the momentum just enough for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports duo of Christopher Bell and Tanner Thorson as both drivers overtook Hagen on lap 17. Bell, not satisfied with third, set his sights on Felker, overtaking Felker on lap 20 for the second position. As Clauson began working lap traffic, most likely unaware that Bell was beginning to close in, try as he might, Christopher Bell would be unable to take the lead away from Clauson. Taking the final podium position was Andrew Felker and coming in fourth was Tanner Thorson. Rounding out the top five was Darren Hagen.
"I got a little tight, especially in three and four," explained a victorious Bryan Clauson. "We were struggling, but fortunately we were able to use lap traffic there. Anytime you can beat those Keith Kunz cars, it's a heck of a night."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 63 - Bryan Clauson 2. 71 - Christopher Bell 3. 11A - Andrew Felker 4. 67 - Tanner Thorson 5. 17 - Darren Hagen 6. 39 - Spencer Bayston 7. 91T - Tyler Thomas 8. 7K - Tyler Courtney 9. 5X - Justin Peck 10. 7 - Austin Brown 11. 22 - Andy Malpocker 12. 56 - Alex Bright 13. 14 - Joey Moughan 14. 18P - Payton Pierce 15. 3N - Jake Neuman 16. 7X - Gage Walker 17. 27 - Tucker Klaasmeyer 18. 97 - Ryan Robinson 19. 9K - Kyle Schuett 20. 2 - Seth Motsinger 21. 5C - Colten Cottle 22. 50 - Daniel Adler
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.