Seavey Captures Career-First for Final Night of Illinois SPEED Week
Lincoln, IL - Logan Seavey, the leading candidate for not only the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Rookie of the Year, but also a contender for the championship, captured his first career victory with the league at Lincoln Speedway in the fifth and final night of the 2017 POWRi Illinois SPEED Week. Starting in the 12th position, the Sutter, California native carefully crept his way towards the front, almost appearing out of nowhere to the top three a little past halfway. Trailing Michael Pickens, Tucker Klaasmeyer, and Brad Loyet after a late race caution, Seavey dispatched of Klaasmeyer after Loyet moved into second.
Moving past Loyet, Seavey set his sights on the Auckland, New Zealand driver for the lead. Coming within feet of the driver in lap traffic, Seavey picked the wrong line and faded a few car lengths. Making the ground back up and carrying momentum into the last lap, Seavey made his move entering turn three for the final lap. Diving towards the bottom of the racetrack, Seavey put his slide job into motion. Making contact atop turn four, the slide job resulted in Pickens upside down and the red flag displayed instead of the checkered.
When the field refired, Seavey led the way to the checkered for the final lap, followed to the line by Shane Golobic and Zach Daum. Tyler Thomas took fourth, while Tucker Klaasmeyer rounded out the top five. Even with a 16th place finish, Pickens matched Zach Daum for POWRi Illinois SPEED Week points after five rounds. The tiebreaker for the duo came down to wins and with Pickens holding two, he is crowned the 2017 POWRi Illinois SPEED Week champion for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League. Full statistics and a press release will be available soon.
"I don't know what to say," stated Logan Seavey. "I wore out Michael Pickens. He probably should have won the race. Not a good move on my part. Sorry to him. He outran me in lap traffic. I thought I was a little better in open air, but he just got through lap traffic better. I got close enough and thought I could clear him, but wrecked him instead. I'm sorry about that."
Feature Results (30 laps):1. Logan Seavey, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Brad Loyet, 7. Jimi Quin, 8. Zeb Wise, 9. Jake Neuman, 10. Andy Malpocker, 11. Aidan Roosevans, 12. Andrew Felker, 13. Ace Mccarthy, 14. Chance Morton, 15. Kade Morton, 16. Michael Pickens, 17. Shelby Bosie, 18. Robert Dalby, 19. Dalton Camfield, 20. Austin Odell, 21. Jake Blackhurst, 22. Austin Brown, 23. Cody Weisensel, 24. David Camfield Jr, 25. Devon Camfield.
Pickens Takes Night Four of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week
Macon, IL - Michael Pickens of Auckland, New Zealand proved his versatility by taking night four of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week at Macon Speedway. Pickens won the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Illinois SPEED Week Mesilla Valley Transportation opening feature event at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 on Wednesday, May 31st, a big, sweeping track. Tonight's victory on the tight, high-banked Macon Speedway extended his POWRi Illinois SPEED Week championship points lead.
By virtue of winning his Speedway Motors heat race after starting sixth, Pickens earned the pole position as high point getter of the night. Working the top side of the racing surface, Pickens found the fastest way around and worked the rubber to victory. Enduring multiple cautions and race slowdowns, Pickens had to fend off relentless pressure from Zach Daum. Zeb Wise, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Rookie of the Year candidate, finished third after struggling to put a solid 30 laps together the previous two nights. Former POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion Brad Loyet took fourth, while Shane Golobic finished fifth.
"Huge thanks to my team," said Michael Pickens. "They gave me an awesome car and I wouldn't be here without them. I definitely wouldn't be here without my car owners and everyone that supported us and all the supporters back home and our major sponsors. Once it laid rubber, I didn't want to get off it. It's a matter of who finds the rubber first and we found it pretty quick and went hammer down."
"I just want to apologize to all the fans that had to watch that race there," Zach Daum stated. "I'm sure that wasn't a lot of fun. Rubber races aren't fun for anybody. Michael started up front there and I tried to pressure him to make him make a mistake there at the end and I've raced with Michael a long enough time to know that he isn't going to make a mistake and he's going to run you clean. We had a good race. We started seventh and ran second, so we'll go on to tomorrow."
"I can't thank everyone at Clauson-Marshall and the Driven 2 Save Lives organization, and everyone who supports me enough," commented Zeb Wise.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature (30 laps): 1. Michael Pickens 2. Zach Daum 3. Zeb Wise 4. Brad Loyet 5. Shane Golobic 6. Austin Brown 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer 8. Ace Mccarthy 9. Jimi Quin 10. Robert Dalby 11. Andy Malpocker 12. Chance Morton 13. Aidan Roosevans 14. Jake Blackhurst 15. Shelby Bosie 16. Travis Young 17. Colten Cottle 18. Brad Kraus 19. Tyler Thomas 20. Jake Neuman 21. Terry Babb 22. Andrew Felker 23. Logan Seavey.
Thorson Doubles Down, Takes Night Number Three of Illinois SPEED Week
Jacksonville, IL - Tanner Thorson has hit his stride, doubling down and winning the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature for night number three of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week at Jacksonville Speedway. Winning the previous night's event at Fairbury American Legion Speedway with a last lap, last corner pass, rather than waiting until the final corner to make his move, Thorson took the lead midway and was on the defending side rather than the offensive from the previous night.
Starting in the sixth position, Thorson didn't come on strong until a lap past halfway, leaving pole sitter Tucker Klaasmeyer to battle for the lead with POWRi Illinois SPEED Week Night One's winner Michael Pickens in the early goings. Leading the initial three laps, Klaasmeyer relinquished the lead to Pickens on lap four. For the following ten laps, Thorson worked on catching back up to Pickens, applying pressure around halfway and taking the lead on lap 17.
For the final 13 laps, Spencer Bayston worked to reel in his Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate and tried trading sliders with him to no avail. As laps wound down, Bayston tried one last shot to break Thorson's momentum heading into turn one of the final lap, throwing a slide job for the lead. Sharply diving back under Bayston and across the track, Thorson would hold on and take Mesilla Valley Transportation feature victory. Michael Pickens rounded out the podium, while Rico Abreu finished fourth and Zach Daum, fifth.
"This is pretty awesome," said Tanner Thorson. "I love coming here. We started off strong and then it started to lay down a bit, but it held on for us, so that's pretty awesome. Like I said last night, there's something to say about racing your own teammates. There's a lot of respect there."
"It was a good race," commented Spencer Bayston. "Hat's off to the Jacksonville and POWRi guys. They kept working on the track and didn't give up on it and gave us a great race track. That was probably one of the best races I've been apart of. I'm just really regretting instead of ripping the top down there, I tried to pinch it off and get underneath him and he obviously beat me."
"We've just got to step it up a little bit," stated Michael Pickens. "We'll go into tomorrow night and try to do one spot better. These tracks are just so much fun. The guys do such a great job with track prep, it's a shame we don't get tracks like these back home to race on. But, it makes coming up here that much more special."
Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Michael Pickens, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Brad Loyet, 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 9. Logan Seavey, 10. Steven Shebester, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Trey Marcham, 13. Jimi Quin, 14. Aidan Roosevans, 15. Tanner Carrick, 16. Nick Knepper, 17. Andrew Felker, 18. Tyler Thomas, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Andy Malpocker, 21. Zeb Wise, 22. Brayton Lynch.
Thorson Takes FALS Last Lap Thriller
Fairbury, IL - After a relatively quiet start to POWRi Illinois SPEED Week for Tanner Thorson, the driver returned to victory lane with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League for his first 2017 win, this time for night number two of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The Minden, Nevada native started fifth and quickly worked his way towards the front, battling early on with Auckland, New Zealand's Michael Pickens, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Rookie of the Year candidate, Zeb Wise, and Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Rico Abreu.
After an early race yellow, Thorson capitalized on the slowdown to snag the lead from Pickens, however Thorson's early race lead was short lived as Zeb Wise took the lead the following lap, holding on just long enough before swapping positions with Abreu. Setting a blistering pace, Abreu led Wise and Thorson for the next 13 laps until Wise brought out the red after catching the turn two wall and taking a tumble while running second.
Inheriting the second position, Thorson had six laps remaining to tackle Abreu for the lead. Patiently waiting until the last lap, Thorson had fans on the edge of their seats waiting to see if he would try to make a move going into turn one or wait until the last corner. Heading down the backstretch, it was apparent that Thorson had saved his best move for last as he dove to the bottom of turns three and four, sliding Abreu for the lead. Trying to return the slide job, Abreu made contact with Pickens, causing Abreu to fall back to fourth, while Thorson went on to win the Mesilla Valley Transportation feature event. Pickens took second, while Spencer Bayston quietly took third, rebounding after a hard flip at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 the previous night.
"My guys just gave me a badass car," said Tanner Thorson. "It started to lay rubber right there and my car was able to hang on the best. I was just waiting for the last lap to see if I could get a run there on Rico. I'd lose it here and there, but we were able to stay there on the last lap and go for it. To be able to win tonight is very rewarding."
"Our car was just better there on the long run," commented Michael Pickens. "It started to lay rubber there and then we got really good. We struggled early and just didn't have enough speed, but we were there at the end."
"It was a tough night last night, but we had a good racecar last night and another good car tonight," Spencer Bayston stated. "It built some rubber there and I was a lot better in the long run, but when we got that caution there on the restart, I wasn't as strong as I needed to be."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Brad Loyet, 9. Jimi Quin, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Terry Babb, 13. Andy Malpocker, 14. Aidan Roosevans, 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 16. Tanner Carrick, 17. Kade Morton, 18. Dalton Camfield, 19. David Camfield Jr., 20. Zeb Wise, 21. Jake Blackhurst, 22. Tyler Thomas, 23. Austin Brown.
POWRi National Standings
1. Zach Daum 1570
2. Logan Seavey 1490
3. Ryan Robinson 1320
4. Spencer Bayston 1260
5. Jake Neuman 1250
6. Tanner Carrick 1220
7. T. Klaasmeyer 1190
8. Tyler Thomas 1150
9. Holly Shelton 1090
10. Andrew Felker 1030