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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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