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74th ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY THANKSGIVING NIGHT!

(Perris, CA, November 24, 2014) Perris Auto Speedway will conclude its 19th season of racing this Thursday night, November 27th, when Oval Entertainment and Agajanian Promotions present the 74th Annual Running of the 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix featuring the USAC Honda National and Western States Midgets.  It will be the third consecutive year midget racing’s longest running and most historical race will stay on a dirt track.  Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM, qualifying will begin at 6:00 and the first race will take the green flag at 7:05.

The race will feature the top Midget drivers in the nation and will include the winners of the 2012 and 2013 TNGP’s at The PAS.  Rising NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kyle Larson, who won in 2012, will be making his first start in a midget since the annual Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January.  Lincoln, Indiana’s Dave Darland, who won the race for the second time in 2013 and who became only the third driver in history to have won it on both the dirt and pavement, will also return in the same Keith Ford Motorsports #73 that he drove to the victory 52 weeks ago.
 
Rutherford, California’s Rico Abreau will come into the event with a slender lead in the USAC National Championship point standings.  Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell, who has won 25-main events in sprint cars, midgets and pavement stock cars this year, heads into the race only 26-points behind Abreau.  If that is not tight enough, Wilkinson’s Indiana’s Tracy Hines is only 10-behind Bell.  That trio will decide who will be the 2014 champion on Thursday night.  

Among the 43 drivers who have stated their intention to contest the race is 2014 USAC/CRA champion Damion Gardner of Concord, California and Norco’s Ronnie Gardner. Damion, who is not related to Ronnie, was leading last year’s TNGP when a left wheel came off late in the race. Ronnie Gardner, the grandson of Indy driver Ronnie Duman on his mother’s side and the famous Gardner racing clan on his father’s side, sewed his second straight Western Midget championship last Saturday in Peoria, Arizona.  

Others slated to compete are Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson, Phoenix, Arizona’s Chad Boat, the son of three-time winner Billy Boat, Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois, Tanner Thorson if Minden, Nevada, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Darren Hagen of Irvine, 5-time CRA champ Mike Spencer of Temecula, 2012 Western Midget champion Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield and World of Outlaws star Brad Sweet of Grass Valley.   

If Clauson, who has already secured a ride in the 2015 Indianapolis 500 driving for car owner Jonathon Byrd, can win on Thursday, he will become only the fourth driver in TNGP history to have won the race on both pavement and dirt.  He already has victories at Irwindale in 2009 and 2010.  Mel Kenyon was the first to do the trick with victories at Ascot in 1963 and Speedway 605 in 1975.  The late Stan Fox was the next driver to do it when he won the last ever race at Ascot on Thanksgiving night in 1990 and followed that up with his pavement win at Saugus Speedway in 1991.  Darland became the third driver to accomplish the feat when he won last year at The PAS.  His initial TNGP win came at Irwindale in 2007.  

The fast qualifier on the night will take home the gorgeous Danny Pearson designed Jason Leffler Fast Time Award honoring 1964 & 1966 TNGP winner and 2014 Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones. The top rookie in the race will take home the “Don Basile Rookie of the Race” award and the $500.00 check that goes with it.

Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and there will be an on track autograph session featuring all of the entered drivers including Larson from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.  From 3:30 to 4:15, legends of the Turkey Night Grand Prix will be signing autographs in the track sports bar.  Dave Darland will also be doing a special signing of his new book, The People’s Champ, A Racer’s Life until 4:00 PM.  

Wheel packing and hot laps will begin at 5:00 PM with qualifying at 6:00 followed by racing at 7:05.

Fans who wish to catch an early glimpse of the competitors can attend the pre-race practice at the track on Wednesday night.  The practice is free for fans in the grandstands and will begin at 5:00 PM.  There will be $2.00 pizza, beer and sodas.

Tickets to the longest running and most prestigious Midget race in the world will be available at the track ticket office on the day of the race.  Advance tickets are available 24-7 by calling 1-800 595-4849 or by visiting the following link online: http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7.  For those wishing to get tickets at the track on race night, there will be plenty available for everyone.

Camping will be available on the fairgrounds for $25.00 per night.  The campground will open at noon on Tuesday, November 26th.  Fans can tailgate in the spectator parking lot on Thanksgiving.

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

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THE TRADITION OF KISSING THE AGGIE TROPHY AT THE TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX

(Perris, CA, November 19, 2014)   It has been a long honored tradition for the winner of the world’s most famous auto race, the Indianapolis 500, to have his photo taken while kissing the famous “yard of bricks” at the start finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Two years ago when the world’s most famous Midget race, the Turkey Night Grand Prix, made it’s much heralded return to the dirt at Perris Auto Speedway, race winner Kyle Larson began a new tradition when he kissed J.C. Agajanian’s bronzed hat on top of the massive Aggie trophy.  That tradition will be carried on this Thanksgiving Night, November 27th, when the famous Riverside County clay oval hosts the 74th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix for the USAC Honda National Midgets and Western States Midgets.

The trophy came about a few years ago when Irwindale Speedway PR Chief Doug Stokes mentioned the possibility of a perennial Turkey Night Grand Prix trophy to J.C. Agajanian Jr.

“Doug suggested we should have a perennial trophy for Turkey Night,” J.C. Jr. said on the phone on Tuesday afternoon.  “We (the Agajanian family) had talked about it, but just had not done it. Stokes said he would work on it and asked it if we still had one of my dad’s hats.”

After talking with Stokes, J.C. Jr. went to see his mom to ask if she still had any of his father’s hats he could put on the trophy.  Anyone who had been around racing for a period of time knew that from Ascot to Indy and everywhere in between, J.C. Agajanian Sr. always had a Stetson on.  

“We (J.C. Jr. and his mom) went into my dad’s walk in closet and there was a hat on the shelf that he had worn at Indianapolis,” J.C. Jr. said.  “I told my mom we were going to make a perennial trophy and I asked her if I could take it to honor dad for his work with the Turkey Night Grand Prix.  She said I could have it so I took it to Stokes.”

Stokes immediately went to work on the large wooden trophy which stands well over three-feet tall.  The trophy has brass plaques with the name and year of every winner of the Turkey Night Grand Prix back to the inaugural victor Bob Swanson who won in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles which is now the site of CBS Studios.

In addition to the plaques with all of the driver’s names on the trophy, J.C. Sr.’s Stetson, which Stokes had bronzed, sits on top of the award and it sits there in a very distinctive manner.

The famous Aggie trophy with J.C. Agajanian’s bronzed hit sitting in the podium during the running of the 73rd Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway last Thanksgiving.  Media feel free to publish this photo and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

“The hat sits on top of the trophy in a way so it looks like J.C. had just taken it off, set it on the trophy and went to his desk to do business,” J.C. Jr. said.  “That was all Stokes idea. A big thanks to Doug Stokes for all of that.  That is how the trophy came about.  He made it happen and we were thrilled with what he had done.”

The kissing of the trophy came about with a very simple suggestion.  It came after Larson won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris in 2012.  It was after the race and the suggestion came from a photographer and longtime dear friend of the Agajanian family named Albert Wong.  Wong has shot Turkey Night for the Agajanian’s for many years.

“We took a photo with Kyle and the trophy and Kyle and his crew with the trophy,” J.C, Jr. said.  “Then the crew was gone and Albert asked Kyle if he could bend over and kiss the trophy.  He explained that it was J.C. Agajanian’s hat.  Kyle said he knew what it was and as he bent over and kissed the hat, Albert got the shot and the new tradition was born right there at Perris Auto Speedway.”

Agajanian further explained about traditions being born at the Turkey Night Grand Prix.  

“Things happen at Turkey Night,” he laughed into the phone.  “A fan out of the stands came up to me at Ventura a few years ago and said it should not be a 100-lap race, it should be a 98-lap race to honor my dad (J.C. Sr.’s cars were always #98). I told him I thought that was a wonderful idea.  I talked to USAC about it and they said it sounded like a great idea.  I talked to the drivers and they agreed.  So, another tradition was born.  And, that is what Turkey Night is known as.  A tradition.”

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NASCAR STAR KYLE LARSON TO RACE AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY ON THANKSGIVING!

(Perris, CA, November 12, 2014)   Young NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kyle Larson will be racing at the 74th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway on Thanksgiving night.  It will be the popular 22-year-old star’s first appearance on a dirt track since racing in the Chili Bowl Midget event in Tulsa, Oklahoma last January.  

The longest running and most prestigious Midget race in the nation, the Turkey Night Grand Prix was first contested in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium, which is now the site of the CBS Studios in Los Angeles.  The race was held at a variety of tracks throughout the years since.  Most notably at J.C. Agajanian’s legendary Ascot Park in Gardena where it was staged all but one year from 1960 until it closed in 1990.  With the exception of being run at Saugus Speedway in 1991, Turkey Night stayed true to its dirt roots until moving to the Irwindale Speedway from 1999 through 2011.  When it made its much heralded return to the dirt at Perris Auto Speedway in 2012, Kyle Larson stood head and shoulders above the competition for a historic win.

“It is huge news throughout the racing industry that Kyle Larson is coming back to his racing roots to race a Midget on dirt for the first time in nearly a year,” Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian said with a huge smile.  “We are ecstatic that his first race back will be at the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway.  He raced here several times over the years, but the most memorable was two years ago when he won the Turkey Night Grand Prix.  The race always draws a lot of buzz from fans and the media.  His inclusion in this year’s race has escalated that buzz to a roar and the race is still two weeks away.”

In his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, Larson has been impressive since the first green flag of the season at Daytona last February.  Heading into Sunday’s finale in Miami, Florida, he has more top five finishes (8) than two of the final four drivers in the Chase!  He also has 17 top 10 finishes.  Only two of the drivers in the final four have more.

On Thanksgiving, Larson will be driving a Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian owned Midget.  He was driving for Kunz when he won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris in 2012.  

“Kyle Larson’s entry makes an already huge event even bigger,” Kazarian said.  “He is teaming up with Keith Kunz again and he has to be one of the favorites for the win and a chance to kiss the Aggie Trophy for the second time.”

 In addition to seeing him compete in the event, fans will also be able to meet him on the track at the autograph session with all of the drivers before the races begin.

They can be obtained at The PAS souvenir stand on a race night, by phone at 1-800-595-4849 or online by clicking on the following link: http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night.  The campground will open at noon on Friday.  Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

2014 Perris Auto Speedway Schedule

November 15         Amsoil Oil Twins PASSCAR Champion’s Night – LoanMart Street Stocks, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

November 26         Turkey Night Grand Prix Practice

November 27         Agajanian Promotions and Perris Auto Speedway Presents the 74th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix – USAC National and Western Midgets
 
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Daum and Benson Repeat, Go Two in a Row for POWRi Championships
 
Millstadt, IL. - Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois and Nathan Benson of Concordia, Missouri are the 2014 POWRi champions, each going two in a row for their respective titles.

Zach Daum, driving the Daum Motorsports #5D Eagle Chassis midget utilizing Toyota power was able to capitalize on his consistency starting with two top five finishes at the series opener Turnpike Challenge at Port City Raceway in Collinsville, Oklahoma. The momentum Daum carried from the start and his consistency throughout the season, including three wins, seven top threes, seven top fives, and eight top tens, helped him capture the 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Championship.

"This means the most for Toyota," stated 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion Zach Daum. "They came on board last year and believed in us. And we delivered last year and they wanted to do the same thing again this year. Hopefully Toyota can continue to sweep the series."  

"We haven't really set a game plan for next year," said Daum regarding the 2015 season. "We bought a wing car to run this year a little bit. But, we didn't get to run it very much. We blew it up a couple nights in with a bad fuel pump, so we only have about five nights in it when we were hoping to run 15 or so. That's something we want to run more next year, so hopefully we can run it a little bit more than we did this year. I'm sure we're still going to concentrate on the midget stuff and hopefully run some more crown races, too."

2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Points: 1. Zach Daum 4440, 2. Darren Hagen 3775, 3. Andrew Felker 3355, 4. Christopher Bell 3130, 5. Tanner Thorson 2970, 6. Tyler Thomas 2970, 7. Parker Price-Miller 2800, 8. Austin Brown 2720, 9. Daniel Robinson 2670, 10. Jake Blackhurst 2305

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Daum Tames Spoon River, Extends Points Lead
 
Sunday, September 14th 2014

Canton, IL. - Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois led the final seven laps, after clawing his way through the field in his Toyota-powered Eagle from the 8th place starting position to claim his third POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series win of 2014 at the 3/8 mile Spoon River Speedway for the 30thAnnual Tom Knowles Memorial.

Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, Missouri started on the pole in the Danny Felker owned, Sixty-Six Truck and Foreign Salvage-sponsored, Fontana-powered Boss Chassis for the 30 lap A-main. At the drop of the green flag, second place starter Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana powered into the lead, barely edging Tanner Thorson at the line to lead lap one. As Thorson's Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' Toyota-powered Bullet began to work over Bayston, the drivers would make contact down the front stretch causing Bayston's Esslinger-powered Spike to slow and come to a stop off turn two bringing out the caution with two laps down. Bayston would head to the work area and damage sustained to the car was enough to force Bayston to retire for the remainder of the event.

When green flag racing resumed, Rico Abreu of Rutherford, California would put pressure on Felker for the second position, while Darren Hagen began to rim ride the high-banked 3/8 mile edging his way closer to the top five. On lap five, Abreu would snag the second position from Felker as Hagen edged his way closer to the top three. Just as Hagen would take the third position from Felker, Abreu would almost lose it off turn four, falling back to the sixth position. With 10 laps down, as Ryan Criswell would slow entering turn three, Cole Wood would loop it to avoid Criswell and bring out the second caution of the evening. Criswell would be done for the remainder of the event.

As Thorson brings the field back to green, Hagen would go right back to the top side in the Five-Six Inc., Great Clips-sponsored, Esslinger-powered Beast to challenge Thorson for the lead, while Zach Daum edged his way into the top three. Action would slow as Cole Wood brought out the yellow, slowing on the front stretch. He would head to the work area, restart and tag the back of the field. With 15 laps down, Thorson would lead the field back to green, with teammate Rico Abreu riding in second. As Rico took back to the high side, Hagen would make his move for second. Entering turn three, Hagen and Abreu would get together resulting in Hagen spinning and sliding off the track in turn three, while Abreu's Toyota-powered Bullet ended up with a flat left rear tire. Both drivers would head to the work area, where they would make repairs to their machines, restarting and tagging the tail of the field.  

With 16 laps in the books, Thorson would lead the field back to green. As Tyler Thomas of Owasso, Oklahoma made his move on Felker for third, Zach Daum would start to edge closer to Thorson. One lap after Daum completed the pass on Thorson, Austin Brown of Millstadt, Illinois would loop it off turn four bringing out another caution. When green flag racing resumed, with 24 laps down, Zach Daum took off down the front stretch as Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana powered past Thorson and into second. As Justin Peck appeared to be reeling in Zach Daum, Nick Bailey of Cabot, Arkansas would spin down the front stretch and tip over his Esslinger-powered Spike, bringing out the first and only red of the event. He would be alright and able to continue racing.

When green flag racing resumed, Peck would again put the pressure on Daum for the lead until Dave Camfield III spun in one and two, bringing out the caution and setting up a dash to the finish. In the shootout for the finish, Zach Daum would lead the field to the line, followed closely by Rico Abreu who worked himself back into the top five before the final caution and coming in third was Tyler Thomas. Bringing home fourth was Tanner Thorson and rounding out the top five was Andrew Felker.

"We actually had a really good car," stated first place finisher Zach Daum. "We could move around. We could go to the bottom. We could go to the top. We could kind of go wherever we wanted to go. Which you don't hit those kind of setups every night. Overall, it was a great night. A great points night for everybody, especially Toyota. Hopefully we can have this thing wrapped up here before the last race."

"Just got in a little trouble there half way through," explained second place finisher Rico Abreu. "Went to the back and made it back up to second. It was unfortunate, just couldn't really catch a break. I just want to thank Keith and Pete and everyone that works so hard on those cars. The cars have been good all year. I wish I had one more lap to do something, but we did have 30 laps to give it a go, so it's not so bad to run second."

"We were pretty good," said third place finisher Tyler Thomas. "We had a really good track to race on tonight. A top, middle, and bottom; I searched everything I could find and finally committed there on the bottom and got to third. It's probably my best year yet, especially without running all the races this year."

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature results (30 laps): 1. 5D - Zach Daum 2. 97 - Rico Abreu 3. 91T - Tyler Thomas 4. 67 - Tanner Thorson 5. 11A - Andrew Felker 6. 5X - Justin Peck 7. 88 - Terry Babb 8. 2 - Seth Motsinger 9. 6B - Andy Baugh 10. 57D - Daniel Robinson 11. 7 - Austin Brown 12. 17W - Cole Wood 13. 87R - Dalton Camfield 14. 15M - Shane Morgan 15. 89 - Nick Bailey 16. 86C - Dave Camfield 17. 3N - Jake Neuman 18. 3D - Dave McKay 19. 16 - Dave Camfield III 20. 9P - Parker Price-Miller 21. 56 - Darren Hagen 22. 11R - Ryan Chriswell 23. 39 - Spencer Bayston

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POWRi Midgets and Micros Head to Jacksonville Speedway and Spoon River Speedway as 2014 Season Begins to Wind Down
 

Thursday, September 11th 2014

Millstadt, IL - 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, September 12th for the Herb Barlow Memorial. The ¼ mile high-banked oval previously hosted one POWRi event this season on April 25th, with Christopher Bell taking the win in the midgets and Joe B. Miller finding victory in the micros. Friday will be an action packed event that fans will not want to miss, as the MOWA Sprint Car Series will also be running at Jacksonville Speedway that night as well.

Following Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway, the midgets will visit Spoon River Speedway on Saturday, September 13th for the Tom Knowles Memorial. POWRi traditionally only visits the 3/8 mile clay high-banked oval once per year. However, drivers and fans look forward to the single trip to the Canton, IL track all year long. Last year, fans saw Christopher Bell become the first driver since 1996 to sweep both the midget and sprint car features at the Tom Knowles Memorial. Fans will get the chance to see if a double-duty driver can pull off the same feat this year, as the MOWA Sprint Car Series will also visit Spoon River Speedway on Saturday night.

Current 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Point Standings (Top 10): 1. Zach Daum (3370) 2. Christopher Bell (2930) 3. Darren Hagen (2905) 4. Tyler Thomas (2610) 5. Andrew Felker (2565) 6. Tanner Thorson (2470) 7. Parker Price-Miller (2300) 8. Jake Blackhust (2300) 9. Austin Brown (2075) 10. Daniel Robinson (1970)

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Daum, Clauson claim POWRi midget wins at Macon Speedway Saturday

MACON – POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series points leader Zach Daum stormed to the victory in the first feature race at Macon Speedway Saturday night in front of a loaded field. Daum, of Pocahontas, Ill., started from the front row and held off Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind., for the victory.

Clauson, the reigning Chili Bowl champion, came back to win the second feature before a packed house at the legendary fifth-mile high banked dirt oval as the POWRi series completed its only races of the season here after rainouts kept them from running or finishing in five previous dates.

The open wheel weekend continues with the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday in Springfield. Grandstands open at 9 a.m. with practice at 10 and qualifying at 11:15. The race it set to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m.

The racing was already thrilling at Macon Speedway. The track was fast, and the POWRi drivers had plenty of room to maneuver. The cushion was pushed toward the wall, and there were three lanes of racing for the final POWRi midget feature.

Clauson pulled away from Darren Hagen and Justin Grant for the victory in the second feature. Clauson is also a 2012 Indianapolis 500 qualifier.

POWRI MIDGETS (Feature No. 1) – 1. Zach Daum, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Justin Peck, 5. Austin Brown, 6. Park Price-Miller, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Daniel Robinson, 9. Andy Malpocker, 10. Robbie Ray, 11. Ryan Criswell, 12. David Budres, 13. Danny Smith, 14. Andrew Felker, 15. Seth Motsinger, 16. Daniel Adler.

POWRI MIDGETS (Feature No. 2) – 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Andy Malpocker, 6. Terry Babb, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Andrew Felker, 9. Daniel Robinson, 10. Parker Price-Miller, 11. Justin Peck, 12. Austin Brown, 13. Seth Motsinger, 14. Chett Gehrke, 15. Spencer Bayston, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Tyler Robbins, 18. David Budres, 19. Jake Neuman, 20. Colten Cottle.

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POWRi to Visit Belle-Clair Speedway for the Final Time of the 2014 Season at the Charlene Meents Memorial
 
Thursday, September 4th 2014

MILLSTADT, IL -
POWRi is scheduled to visit Belle-Clair Speedway on Sunday, September 7th for the 10th Annual Charlene Meents Memorial. This will be POWRi's last visit to the Belleville, IL track this year. Since its inception in 2005, the Charlene Meents Memorial is an event that both fans and drivers look forward to all season. Recent past winners of the Charlene Meents Memorial include Zach Daum in 2013, Austin Brown in 2012, and Brett Anderson in 2011.

The event is held in honor of former Midwest Auto Racing Association President, Charlene Meents. During her years with MARA, Meents was instrumental in keeping midget racing alive in the Midwest, especially the St. Louis area. She also played an important role in maintaining MARA's presence in some of the country's largest and most notable races, including the Belleville Nationals and the Chili Bowl Nationals. Though she passed away in August 2003, Meents is remembered by many as the friendly face who welcomed them to each MARA event. Along with her friends and family, the Charlene Meents Memorial keeps her racing legacy alive.

Prior winners:
2005 -Matt Sandy
2006 - Mike Hess
2007 - Brad Loyet
2008 - Brett Anderson
2009 - Brad Loyet
2010 - Brad Loyet
2011 - Brett Anderson
2012 - Austin Brown
2013 - Zach Daum
 
Current 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Point Standings
(Top 10): 1. Zach Daum (3370) 2. Christopher Bell (2930) 3. Darren Hagen (2905) 4. Tyler Thomas (2610) 5. Andrew Felker (2565) 6. Tanner Thorson (2470) 7. Parker Price-Miller (2300) 8. Jake Blackhust (2300) 9. Austin Brown (2075) 10. Daniel Robinson (1970)
 
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POWRi double features highlight Dana Godfrey Memorial Saturday

MACON, Ill. –
The POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget Series saved the best for last. In the final appearance of the season for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Speedway Motors Outlaw Micros, both divisions will run double features Saturday at Macon Speedway. Originally built as a midget track in 1946, the legendary fifth-mile high banked dirt oval always puts on a great show when the midgets roll onto the track. The fearless POWRi drivers love using every inch of the smooth banking for hair-raising moves that keep the fans on the edge of their seats. With Mother Nature keeping our loyal Macon Speedway fans from watching POWRi take the checkered flag thus far this season, the excitement for these double features already has folks making plans on dropping a blanket on the bleachers early to get a good seat for the action.

Reigning series champion Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., once again leads the standings. Rising stars Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu and Tanner Thorson combined for 13 wins already on the POWRi tour. You might just find The Next Big Thing in auto racing in a POWRi car. NASCAR rookie of the year candidate Kyle Larson won in the POWRi tour last season.

Justin Peck is the polesitter for the POWRi feature lineup set during the April 26 program. The Outlaw Micros will battle with the Beach House Mini-Sprints with a lineup also set on April 26, and a complete racing program for both POWRi series will also be held. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race. Pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands open at 5 while racing starts at 7.

On DMH Night, all employees of Decatur Memorial Hospital with company ID may purchase general admission tickets for $8.

Fans who attend the Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon Speedway may also purchase tickets to the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for just $15 – half of the price for tickets sold on race day.  The 100-lapper for USAC Silver Crown cars is Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. It was rescheduled from mid-August. The Bettenhausen 100 is an 80-year-old national championship race filled with tradition, excitement, thrills and color on the Springfield Mile, billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Practice is set for 10 a.m. with qualifying held before the race at 1:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 9 a.m.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night.

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Keith Rauch Scores His 61st Career Win on Hall of Fame Night

Ft. Morgan, CO (August 16, 2014)
- The RMMRA made their third stop at Butch Speicher's I-76 Speedway of the season and the night was owned by Keith Rauch!

Heat race action started of with Rauch taking the win in heat one followed by Randy Oerter and rookie Collin Reinhart making his first appearance in a midget. Heat race two showed a tight battle between Chris Sheil and Bob Harr on the fast 1/4 mile surface. The heat was won by Sheil followed closely by Bob Harr and Ryan Oerter.

During the night, the 2014 Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductees were announced mid-track. This was a very big night for the RMMRA as they have four members going into the HoF. Past champion Mike Gregg, Gene Pastor, and current points leader/past champion Keith Rauch were announced to the crowd Saturday night. In addition, Mark Matejka was announced as the "Jerry Van Dyke" award recipient for his contribution to motorsports.

After the intermission, the track was reworked and did not disappoint. The surface held moisture and was extremely fast. The field took the green and had tight battles throughout the field. Keith Rauch and Bob Harr took off to commanding leads from the remaining field and battled closely the entire feature. At the checkers, it was Rauch showing why he is deserving of Hall of Fame honors as he captured his 61st career midget win.

The RMMRA would like to thank Butch Speicher for a fast track and an incredible audience as the night featured "Fan Appreciation" night activities during intermission. A special thank you as well to an anonymous sponsor, in addition to Glen Tilton from Napa Auto Parts of Cheyenne, who together boosted the purse by $1,500!!!

The next race is August 23rd at El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, CO

"A" Feature (20 Laps) - Keith Rauch, Bob Harr, Chris Sheil, Mark Chisholm, Greg Schaefer, Randy Oerter, Brad Tilton, Ryan Oerter, Collin Rinehart, Bill Rousch, Doug Bensenberg, Scott Fennell

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POWRi rained out at Macon Speedway Saturday night, returns on Sept. 6

MACON, Ill. –
Despite the best efforts of Macon Speedway personnel and POWRi officials, the racing has been rained out Saturday night. POWRi will return to Macon Speedway on Sept. 6.

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