Klaasmeyer Claims Career-First in Knepper Memorial
Belleville, IL - When the dust settled, Tucker Klaasmeyer notched two career-firsts in the same night at Belle-Clair Speedway. Adding his name to the lengthy list of Knepper Memorial victors, Klaasmeyer claimed his first-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League win and the 27th Annual Arnie Knepper Memorial.
Starting outside row two, Klaasmeyer immediately jumped into the second position behind Andrew Felker on the initial lap. In what was a marathon of cautions, Klaasmeyer eventually picked off Felker on the restart following the red flag on lap nine. Enduring pressure from teammates Logan Seavey and Ryan Robinson, Klaasmeyer felt Seavey's pressure mid-way. Challenging for the lead on 20, Seavey almost had the lead going into lap 22, only to be caught up with lap car and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Sam Johnson, ending his bid for the lead.
In the final laps, Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Ryan Robinson closely followed Klaasmeyer as Andrew Felker applied pressure from the third position. Joe B. Miller charged from the 11th starting position to fourth, while Grady Chandler came from deep in the field at the 18th starting position to close out the top five.
"It took me way too long to get this," commented Tucker Klaasmeyer. "A lot of nights we came close. A lot of hard work has gone into it and to finally pull it off feels amazing. I really think a lot of it was confidence and these guys have a lot of confidence in the team and they put good racecars together so that's helped a lot."
Feature (30 Laps): 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer 2. Ryan Robinson 3. Andrew Felker 4. Joe B Miller 5. Grady Chandler 6. Zeb Wise 7. Holly Shelton 8. Logan Seavey 9. Kyle Cracker 10. - Zach Daum 11. Jake Neuman 12. Tyler Nelson 13. Ace Mccarthy 14. Tanner Carrick 15. Sam Johnson 16. Daniel Robinson 17. Austin Brown 18. Payton Pierce 19. Karter Sarff 20. David Camfield Jr 21. Trey Marcham 22. Kyle Schuett.
American Racing Drivers Club Reunion Scheduled for September 9, 2018
Warren, N.J.– An American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) Reunion, first suggested on the Back in the Day with ARDC Facebook page earlier this year, has been scheduled for Sunday, September 9, 2018, to be held in conjunction with the annual Warren Township, New Jersey, Car Show.
The Reunion, planned as an informal gathering of participants and fans, will take place alongside the long-established car show on the grounds of the Warren Township Municipal Grounds, located at 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ 07059. Both the car show and the Reunion will take place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, rain or shine.
Spearheaded by past ARDC Presidents Ken Brenn (1969-1970) and Ron Lauer (1986-1989 and 2005-2008), the Reunion will be open to all interested persons, be they drivers, car owners, crew members, officials, or fans. Because the Warren show typically includes a wide assortment of vintage race cars, it is a "natural" for the Reunion, and owners of vintage Midget race cars are encouraged to bring their machines to the event.
No formal activities are planned; just a casual day of socializing with friends and colleagues from the long history of the organization, which was founded in 1939. ARDC counts among its participants through the years a diverse array of racing talent ranging from Formula One World Champion Mario Andretti to Sprint car legend Jan Opperman. A substantial number of ARDC race winners went on to compete at Indianapolis.
Further details, including nearby hotel accommodations for those traveling a great distance, will be announced in the weeks to come. In the meantime, put Sunday, September 9 on your calendar for the American Racing Drivers Club Reunion.