Peck's Second Career Victory Comes at Jacksonville Speedway
Jacksonville, IL - Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana impressed a full house at Jacksonville Speedway, taking his second-career POWRi Luca Oil National Midget Series victory. Pacing the field to start the 30 lap main event, Andrew Felker and Colten Cottle shared the front row. When engines roared to life, it would be Kansas, Illinois' own Colten Cottle jumping to the early lead as freshly crowned 2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion Zach Daum quickly worked his way to the front. However, the action would slow on lap 10 as AJ Burns slowed on the front stretch.
Returning to racing Cottle struggled to deflect Daum's challenges and on lap 14 Daum worked past for the lead exiting turn two. One lap later, the yellow was displayed as Andy Malpocker sat spun in turns one and two. On the restart, misfortune would strike as fifth and six place runners, Brayton Lynch and Jake Neuman would get together in the middle of turns three and four, causing "the big one," collecting Austin Brown, Zane Hendricks, Ariel Biggs, Terry Babb, Andy Malpocker, Dalton Camfield, and Kyle Schuett. With the track blocked, the red flag was displayed.
Under the red, leader Daum's left rear tire went flat and his machine wouldn't re-fire. Entering the work area and eventually getting the issues fixed, Daum re-fired and tagged the back of the field. Inheriting the lead with 15 to go, Cottle took off with Peck in close proximity. On lap 20, Peck capitalized and stole the top position from Cottle, only to have his momentum slowed on lap 20 for Daum's machine in turn two.
Restarting with seven to go, Peck powered back to the top side of the high-banked quarter mile and put distance between himself and Cottle, as Tucker Klaasmeyer moved into the third position. With two laps to go the action slowed again as Dalton Camfield sat spun off turn four. Returning to green flag racing with a two lap shootout to the finish, Justin Peck rode on to collect career victory number two, followed by Colten Cottle and Tucker Klaasmeyer. Brayton Lynch took the fourth position, while Andrew Felker rounded out the top five.
"After the way the season has been going and the way this weekend was going, starting last night and going into tonight blowing the other car up, it's been a long time coming," commented Justin Peck. "We felt like we've been so close so many times and just wasn't able to get the job done. I've got to give thanks to my crew, they gave me an awesome car tonight. Toyota came on board this year and really stepped it up for us."
"I really wanted to win that one bad," said Colten Cottle. "I thought after Zach dropped out, we had a pretty good shot at winning, but Justin was a lot better than me in three and four. I felt like I was a little bit better in one and two, but I just couldn't get a run on him to throw a slider. This is a heck of a lot better than last night."
"Now it's just perfect to finish a race, no matter where it might be," stated Tucker Klaasmeyer. "Hat's off to Justin, he did a heck of a job. I hated to see Zach go out like that again. I kind of got into him last night and ruined his night last night and I hate to see that happen."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Justin Peck 2. Colten Cottle 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer 4. Brayton Lynch 5. Andrew Felker 6. Terry Babb 7. Andy Malpocker 8. Zane Hendricks 9. Kyle Schuett 10. Zach Daum 11. Ariel Biggs 12. Dave Camfield 13. Dalton Camfield 14. AJ Hill 15. Ryan Jamison 16. Jake Neuman 17. Austin Brown 18. Shane Morgan 19. AJ Burns 20. Broc Hunnell 21. Adam Taylor
Neuman Takes Career-First in Front of Hometown Crowd, Daum Seals Championship
Jacksonville, IL - In typical thrilling fashion, Friday night's action at Jacksonville Speedway amazed fans by crowning a first time winner with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. The icing on the cake was that the first time winner was New Berlin, Illinois' own, Jake Neuman. With his third place finish, Zach Daum was able to mathematically secure the 2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series championship.
Neuman started in the seventh position as the field was led to the green flag by Tucker Klaasmeyer and Austin Brown. Getting the jump, Brown was able to take the early lead over Klaasmeyer, Justin Peck and Zach Daum. As Klaasmeyer closed in on Brown, it would be a matter of laps until he made his move for the lead, bringing Daum with him.
Two laps past halfway, Daum appeared ready to make his move for the lead, only for misfortune to strike in turn one as Andy Malpocker collided with a lap car and spun, collecting Andrew Felker and Kyle Schuett, while simultaneously Daum and Klaasmeyer collided in an attempt to avoid the commotion. After the caution was cleaned up, Brown inherited the lead with Neuman running second. At the drop of the green, Neuman went into attack mode and was wheels up on the high-banked quarter mile curb.
Gathering momentum, Neuman slid Brown for the lead and then went unchallenged in route to his first-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature victory. Brown followed in second with freshly minted 2016 champion, Zach Daum recovering to round out the podium. Rookie Ariel Biggs took home fourth, while Tucker Klaasmeyer rebounded to a fifth place finish.
"We were fast tonight," said first time victor, Jake Neuman. "This is big for me. Over drove it in the last few laps, but we got by Austin and we just made a run and made it up here."
"We didn't really have the car setup to lean against the cushion that much," commented Austin Brown. "It was good the first five or six laps. I couldn't really enter it the way I wanted to after that. But, I have to thank my guys. Congrats to Jake on the first win, I know how special mine was."
"It's nice to clinch the championship, but when you give a win away, it kind of sucks," stated Zach Daum. "But, a championship isn't won with a few races; it's won over a year. We started in March and were consistent and it paid off. Looking at the results, a third place finish isn't terrible."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Jake Neuman, 2. Austin Brown, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Ariel Biggs, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. - Brayton Lynch, 7. Justin Peck, 8. Adam Taylor, 9. Kyle Schuett, 10. Andy Malpocker, 11. Zane Hendricks, 12. AJ Hill, 13. Jeff Beasley, 14. Broc Hunnell, 15. Andrew Felker, 16. Terry Babb, 17. Colten Cottle, 18. Ryan Jamison, 19. Johnny Murdock, 20. Shane Morgan, 21. Tyler Roth, 22. AJ Burns.
TOP AMERICAN MIDGET DRIVERS TO RACE AT LISMORE
By Dennis Newlyn
Leading American Speedcar drivers Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Alex Bright and Andrew Felker will race at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway next January in rounds of the World Midget Championship.
They will make two appearances to co-incide with the Australia Day speedway block buster at the circuit on January 26 and 28.
Abreu, 24, from Rutherford, California, heads to Lismore as the defending and two time winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals – an indoor event held annually at the River Spirit Expo Centre, Tulsa, Oklahoma – while in 2016 he competed in the prestigious NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The other three drivers all hold honours at US Championship level and are winners of some of the most prestigious Speedcar events in the US.
Lismore promoter David Lander said this week the US stars will put on a super show on the tight Lismore Showground bull ring.
“These drivers are professionals and are well suited to racing the tight confines of the Lismore circuit. They learned their trade on some tracks like this in America and will certainly bring their A- game to the table when they contest the world title rounds at Lismore in January,” he enthused.
Abreu also this season won the Chico Gold Cup Race of Champions at California's Silver Dollar Speedway and is the 2014 United States Auto Club National Midget Champion.
Brady Bacon, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is another USAC national titleholder following his victory in the 2014 USAC Sprintcar Championship. He is currently well placed in the USAC National Midget Championship top ten standings in chase of another title.
He is a third generation racer who not only brings a wealth of experience with him but is familiar with Australian racing having previously competed here.
Alex Bright, who hails from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, was recently crowned 2016 American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) Midget Champion.
He is a former winner of the Magic Man 34 at the Perth Motorplex, while he has been a top three placegetter in the Australian Speedcar Championship over the past three seasons.
He was second at Adelaide's Speedway City (2013-14) third the following season at Premier Speedway, Warrnambool and filled third again in the 2016 event at Sydney's Valvoline Raceway.
Andrew Felker, from Carl Junction, Missouri, was runner-up in the 2016 Australian Speedcar Championship to New Zealand's Michael Pickens.
Felker is again enjoying a strong season in America and is placed seventh in the current POWRi National National Midget series. He is a former POWRi Midget Champion, having won the event in 2012.
Former winners Clauson & Coons aim again for Belleville Glory
39th annual running slated for Aug. 5-6
Belleville, Kan., July 20--- Former Belleville Midget Nationals Champions Bryan Clauson and Jerry Coons Jr. head the list of drivers competing in the upcoming "39th annual Belleville Midget Nationals" on August 5-6 at the Belleville High Banks. Both drivers have three career victories in the famed event.
Clauson returns as the defending champion driving the Joe Dooling owned No. 63 Spike/Stanton SR 11. Clauson also won the event in 2009-10. Clauson's season has been highlighted by competing in over one hundred race events already, including leading three laps in the 100th annual Indianapolis 500-mile race in May.
Coons the events first three-time winner (2005, '07, '12) will be driving for the new team formed by Rusty Kunz. The team will utilize a Spike/Stanton SR 11 combination in the No. 1K car. Kunz has two previous wins as a car owner and three as chief mechanic/team manager.
Thursday Night August 4 will feature a Tim Dugger Concert in the infield. Admission is $10 per person, under 14-years old free. Also a free BBQ meal will be provided while supplies last.
On track action kicks off on Friday night for the The USAC National Midget Championship Series with qualifications, preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The popular two-person cruiser stock car division will race on the track's infield quarter-mile track.
Saturday night will feature last chance races for participants to make the 40-lap feature. A check of $12,500 awaits the winner. The United Rebel Sprint Car Series again returns for the "4th annual 305 Sprint Nationals".
Belleville Midget Nationals fast approaching
39th annual running slated for August 5-6
Belleville, Kan., July 13---The 39th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on August 5-6 at the Belleville High Banks is fast approaching! The United States Auto Club (USAC), along with The Belleville High Banks Race Committee will again serve as sanctioning organization .
The USAC Honda National Midget Dirt Series will again be the focal point of one of midget racing's crown jewel events. Action kicks off on Friday August 5 for the midgets with the always exciting qualifications around the 1/2-mile high banked clay oval, preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The popular two-person cruiser stock car division will race on the track’s infield quarter-mile track.
Saturday night will feature last chance races for participants to make the 40-lap feature, midget racing's most grueling event of the season. A check of $12,500 awaits the winner. The United Rebel Sprint Car Series again returns for the "4th annual 305 Sprint Nationals".
Thursday Night will feature a Tim Dugger Concert in the infield. Admission is $10 per person, under 14-years old free. Also a free BBQ meal will be provided while supplies last.
"The Fans of the High Banks" a group of race fans who follow and attend Belleville events went the extra mile this year and raised money through sponsorships and donations to increase the payoff for the midget events.
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. Link to order tickets from Ticket Force can be found by logging onto the tracks website www.highbanks.org.
Macedo Cowboys up to win the 35th Annual Pepsi Nationals
Sun Prairie, WI - Carson Macedo of Lemoore, California overtook Monrovia, Indiana's Justin Peck and held off teammate Spencer Bayston to win the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature event for the 35th annual Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway. Macedo is only the fourth driver to win the Pepsi Nationals in their first attempt.
Pole sitter Justin Peck held the lead from the get go until an early race caution on lap five. On the restart, Macedo was able to stay with Peck and dove to the bottom of turn three for the slide job. Peck crossed over and returned and the battle for the lead ensued until Macedo was able to make a slide job stick off turn two. Spencer Bayston slipped past Peck for second on lap 17, but had to wait for the caution to fly for Kaitlynn Leer before being able to try a chance at the lead.
Restarting the race almost to halfway, Macedo would jump the cushion in one and two and then in three and four allowing Bayston by and a slider-fest to ensue. As the duo exchanged slide jobs for the lead, Bayston would lead laps 26 and 27, but Macedo would slide back by to regain the lead on lap 29. On the same lap, the action would be slowed for Ryan Robinson. Coming back to green, Bayston would jump the treacherous Angell Park Speedway cushion in turn one and take a tumble bringing out the red. Bayston would be alright, but find himself on the business end of the wrecker.
Coming back to green, Macedo had a five lap shootout on his way to becoming the 35th annual Pepsi Nationals champion. Zach Daum would make a last ditch effort on the restart to challenge for the lead, but was unable to make it stick, losing ground and allowing Tanner Thorson to move by for second. Thorson finished second after starting 12th. Daum finished third. Andrew Felker took fourth after running the semi and starting 17th, while Holly Shelton rounded out the top five.
"What an awesome racecar to drive," said Carson Macedo. "It drove itself, really. That cushion got a little treacherous in one and two and Keith made a gesture to me on the yellow and pretty much said get up in the seat or you're going to lose this thing. Awesome effort by our team. They put in a lot of good, hard work in at the shop that makes this possible and shouldn't go unnoticed. Had a great time and I love this track. At this track you just have to enter on it and run it as hard as you can. Pepsi and everybody that supports this event, I really appreciate that."
"We were super good," Tanner Thorson stated. "These guys gave me an awesome car. It's depressing to finish second again, but to a teammate, it wouldn't be any better to finish second to him. Hat's off to my guys, they worked their butts off."
"We had a shot, but that's about all we had," explained Zach Daum. "We just got so tight there on the cushion and part of me leaving in an ambulance here twice kind of figured out that I probably shouldn't go and bang the thing as hard as everybody else was. I kind of babied it into one a little too much there."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 71K - CARSON MACEDO 2. 67 -TANNER THORSON 3. 5D - ZACH DAUM 4. 3 - ANDREW FELKER 5. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON 6. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON 7. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN 8. 1 - SCOTT HATTON 9. 53 - AARON SCHUCK 10. 41 - AUSTIN PROCK 11. 7 - AUSTIN BROWN 12. 77 - KAITLYNN LEER 13. 1K - BRAYTON LYNCH 14. 5X - JUSTIN PECK 15. 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON 16. 57 - CHAD BOESPLUG 17. 32 - GARRETT AITKEN 18. 31 - DAVID BUDRES 19. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 20. 9K - KYLE SCHUETT 21. 20 - CODY WEISENSEL 22. 0 - ANDY BAUGH
Thorson Continues Keith Kunz Motorsports Stronghold
Belleville, IL- With his POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory at Belle-Clair Speedway, Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada continued the Keith Kunz Motorsports stranglehold on the National Midget scene. Thorson's victory at Belle-Clair was his sixth triumph of the 2016 season. Starting in the fourth position for the 30 lap main event, Thorson fell in line third at the drop of the green flag and dispatched Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Spencer Bayston on lap eight, setting his sights on race leader Justin Peck.
Upon moving into the second position, it would take Thorson almost a dozen laps to reel in Peck before the duo entered a battle with wild slide jobs and the typical, spectacular curb-banging fashion on the high-banked 1/5th mile Belle-Clair Speedway. As the leaders banged the boards exchanging slide jobs, the action allowed third place runner Zach Daum to close. Thorson would officially take the lead on lap 23 from Peck, with Daum moving into second on lap 25. Enduring two cautions and one race-stopping red in the final laps, Thorson would take the checkers first, followed by Daum for second. Tucker Klaasmeyer would finish third from fifth, followed by Jake Neuman in fourth. Justin Peck would finish fifth.
"It was great," said Tanner Thorson. "This team gave me an awesome car that allowed me to do that. It was a patience game in the beginning, the track was pretty fast. All-in-all, hats off to these guys, they definitely deserve this. We've been really strong here the last two races, and every track we go to, so hopefully we can carry on to tomorrow. I love coming here."
"That's just little Belleville," Zach Daum stated. "It's always a workout. When the racetrack gets like that it's a lot of fun. We've been in contention every night we run here at Belleville, we just got to keep chugging along here and keep moving along. We're kind of close, but we're not quite there either."
"It was actually pretty rough," explained Tucker Klaasmeyer. "The right front mud cover fell off and packed full of mud, so it was shaking a bit. Hat's off to Tanner and Zach. They did a heck of a job."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 67 - TANNER THORSON 2. 5D - ZACH DAUM 3. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 4. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN 5. 5X - JUSTIN PECK 6. 7 - AUSTIN BROWN 7. 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON 8. 71K - CARSON MACEDO 9. 15 - ANDREW FELKER 10. 22 - ANDY MALPOCKER 11. 91 - DERECK KING 12. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON 13. 55 - SHANE COCKRUM 14. 5 - DANNY FRYE 15. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON 16. 41 - AUSTIN PROCK 17. 17 - DARREN HAGEN 18. 9K - KYLE SCHUETT 19. 32 - GARRETT AITKEN
Illinois Midget Week Coming To Macon Speedway June 11
Belleville, IL – The 4th Annual Illinois SPEED Week is shaping up to be one of the largest events for 2016 with a world-wide driver presence set to tackle five straight days of racing. All five nights will feature POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series action, paired with both the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series and the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series. The grueling weeks kicks off on Wednesday, June 8th at the high-banked Belle-Clair Speedway. Thursday, teams will head north to Quincy Raceways, before Friday’s show at Jacksonville Speedway. Saturday, the divisions will invade Macon Speedway and for the fifth and final night, Illinois SPEED Week will conclude at Lincoln Speedway. The five nights of racing will be the ultimate test of endurance for drivers and crews, equipment maintenance, and an excellent display of driver talents.
The Macon Speedway event on Friday, June 11 will not only have all three POWRi classes, the night will also include the UMP Pro Late Model division. In that class, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor has two wins and four straight second place finishes to lead the standings. Jake Little, Guy Taylor, Nick Bauman, and Jose Parga has also taken Macon wins.
Previous Illinois SPEED Week Champions for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series include Christopher Bell (2013, 2015 tie), Tyler Thomas (2014), and Darren Hagen (2015 tie). In the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series, Cale Thomas took the inaugural Illinois SPEED Week in 2013, while Frank Flud was the champion in 2014. Joe B. Miller was the 2015 Illinois SPEED Week Champion for the micros. Newly added in their freshmen year, the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series will be the third division on the roster for Illinois SPEED Week.
Currently atop the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series point standings and still looking for his first victory of 2016, Zach Daum holds an 80 point lead over Spencer Bayston going into Illinois SPEED Week. Andrew Felker rides in third, 100 points out, while Justin Peck sits in fourth, 180 points out of the top position. Fifth place Tanner Thorson has a 240 point disadvantage to overcome in order to reach the top spot.
Pit gates on June 11 at Macon Speedway will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Late Model pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 6:00.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets
1. Zach Daum 2300
2. Spencer Bayston 2220
2. Andrew Felker 2200
4. Justin Peck 2120
5. Tanner Thorson 2060
6. Carson Macedo 1690
7. Holly Shelton 1670
8. Jake Neuman 1620
9. Tucker Klaasmeyer 1570
10. Ryan Robinson 1540