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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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.

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