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Valley Speedway Prepares for Inaugural Thunder in the Valley

Belleville, IL – For the first time ever, Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri will host a double header show featuring nothing but POWRi Racing.  The Inaugural Thunder in the Valley will showcase the POWRi Lucas Oil National, West, and Allstar Midget Leagues, alongside the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint Car League.  Typically hosting the opening night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, Valley Speedway is usually a once-a-year visit.  However, new for 2017, fans will be treated to a weekend of POWRi Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th after getting their annual dose in early May.  The Thunder in the Valley will be paying a $1000 bonus to any driver who can win both nights in their respective divisions. 
In the most recent battle of the leagues that took place during the Missouri Mid-State Midget  Nationals, Tyler Thomas took point over Zach Daum at Valley Speedway, while Tyler Courtney took the win at Lucas Oil Speedway with Zach Daum settling for his second straight, second place finish, making the weekend a sweep for the National Midget League. 
Looking at the Thunder in the Valley week, Zach Daum leads Logan Seavey in POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League standings while Tucker Klaasmeyer rides in third.  Jake Neuman holds the fourth position over Ryan Robinson.  Grady Chandler holds the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League points lead over Matt Moore and Wesley Smith.  Cannon McIntosh sits in fourth, while Steven Shebester holds fifth.  In POWRi Lucas Oil Allstar Midget competition, Pat Schudy leads Dustin Gilbert and Morgan Frewaldt.  Luke Howard holds the fourth position trailed by Chad Frewaldt. 

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POWRi National Midgets Return to Angell Park for 36th Annual Pepsi Nationals

Belleville, IL – Sunday, July 9th will kick off the 36th Annual Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin highlighting the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, joined by the Badger Midget Series.  One of midget racing’s crown jewels, the historic 1/3rd mile will draw some of the sport’s biggest names for competition.  The 36th Annual Pepsi Nationals will pay $3000 to win, $500 to start for the 30 lap main event, with $200 to non-qualifiers.  At the conclusion of the event, everyone in attendance will be treated to the famous Angell Park fireworks show.

The 36th Annual Pepsi Nationals will also be broadcasted on MAVTV, tape delayed and aired at a later date.  MAVTV is available nationwide.  Check your local listings for MAVTV channel numbers.  2016’s 35th Annual Pepsi Nationals came down to the final laps as Caron Macedo held off teammate Tanner Thorson to become only the fourth driver to win a Pepsi Nationals event in their first attempt at the speedway.  Thorson charged from the 12th position to capture second, while defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion Zach Daum rounded out the podium.

Previous Pepsi Nationals Champions: 2016: Carson Macedo, 2015: Rico Abreu, 2014: Christopher Bell, 2013: Zach Daum, 2012: Caleb Armstrong, 2011: Rained Out, 2010: Tracy Hines, 2009: Josh Wise, 2008: Brady Bacon, 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2006: Rained Out, 2005: Scott Hatton, 2004: Scott Hatton, 2003: Davey Ray, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2001: Tracy Hines, 2000: Jay Drake, 1999: Dan Boorse, 1998: Kevin Olson, 1997: Kevin Olson, 1996: Kevin Koch, 1995: Kevin Doty, 1994: Kevin Doty, 1993: Page Jones, 1992: Marty Davis, 1991: Stevie Reeves, 1990: Kevin Doty, 1989: Kevin Doty, 1988: Kevin Doty, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1986: Kevin Olson, 1985: Rich Volger, 1984: Dan Boorse, 1983: Kevin Olson, 1982: Bill Engelhart.

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2017 POWRi Illinois SPEED Week

Belleville, IL – With the Fifth Annual Illinois SPEED Week on the horizon, fans and teams are hoping that Mother Nature plays nicely after a wet start to 2017 throughout the Midwest. Set to be bigger than ever, the Fifth Annual Illinois SPEED Week will host racing from the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, POWRi Lucas Oil Division II Midget League, the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League, and new for 2017, the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint Car League.

New to the Illinois SPEED Week schedule, the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois will be featured as the opener on Wednesday, May 31st. The Dirt Oval at Route 66 will host the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, POWRi Lucas Oil Division II Midget League, and the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint Car League. The only class running all five nights in addition to the National Midgets, the POWRi Lucas Oil Division II Midget League will pay $400 to win and $100 to start, all five nights. After an early season rainout, teams and fans are eager to see POWRi take to the Dirt Oval at Route 66 for the first time.

Thursday, June 1st the three divisions will make a short drive south to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. Fairbury’s inaugural thriller with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League was in 2016 with Zach Daum taking the checkers, and is set to host the inaugural Sprint Mania in late 2017 with the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint Car League. FALS will also be televised on MAVTV, tape delayed and aired at a later date. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement regarding the date.
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Thomas Takes Win Number Three of 2017

Macon, IL – Picking up right where he left off from the previous night, Tyler Thomas once again stole the show, earning his third POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory of 2017. Starting fifth on a hammer-down Macon Speedway, Thomas didn’t take the lead until ten to go in the caution-plagued 30-lap feature event.

Immediately on the start, pole sitter Zach Daum jumped into command, repelling repeated challenges from Rookie of the Year candidate, Logan Seavey. The duo battled for position, with Daum holding point for the first two laps, before relinquishing the lead for the following two laps to Seavey and then taking it back. One of the many cautions that filled the show, seven laps in, Tanner Thorson looped it battling for second, setting up the drive of the night as the Minden, Nevada driver was able to claw his way back to a third place finish when the dust settled.

Thomas navigated his way to second by lap eight, but every time he closed in to make a move, the action slowed for cautions. Closing in on the final ten laps, Thomas patiently waited for the right moment, sliding Daum for the lead and never looking back. Jake Neuman and Logan Seavey rounded out the top five.

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Miller Tallies 28th Victory with Speedway Motors Micros

Macon, IL – Taking his 28th career victory with the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League, Joe B. Miller cleaned house in the 20 lap main event at Macon Speedway. Starting in the fourth position, Miller wasted no time quickly getting to the second position by the exit of turn two in the opening lap. Taking the lead out of turn two on lap seven, Miller quickly put distance between himself and Slater Helt, leaving Helt to deal with last night’s winner, Craig Ronk, and Frank Flud.

By lap 11, the top three had entered lap traffic and Flud was within striking distance. Shooting to the bottom of a lap car, Flud bolted to the bottom of turn three, with Miller having the same idea from the outside, resulting in the duo colliding, but Miller retained the lead. On lap 14, it became apparent that the incident resulted in damage to Flud’s machine, as he brought out the yellow and was finished for the evening.

In the remaining six laps, Miller’s pace was slowed with two to go, resulting in a shootout for the win. However, Miller proved too strong as he outlasted the duo of Ronk and Helt for the win. Garrett Duff took fourth and Harley Hollan rounded out the top five.
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Craig Ronk Takes Career-First at Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL – Craig Ronk of Warsaw, Indiana led from flag to flag in the 20 lap POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League feature event at Jacksonville Speedway to claim a career-first victory. By virtue of passing points, Ronk’s sixth to first heat race run was good enough to place him on the pole.

Ronk’s blistering pace was only slowed a handful of times, most notable when Jeremy Camp flipped hard down the backstretch with four laps in the books. Camp was all right, but the damage sustained to his machine was enough to end his night. Returning to racing, Ronk was tasked with placing space between himself and Frank Flud.

As the laps wound down, Ronk proved to be a formidable opponent, beating Frank Flud to the line. Chad Elliott who ran third for a majority of the feature event deflecting several challenges from Harley Hollan rounded out the podium with a career-best league finish. Joe B. Miller took fifth.
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Tyler Thomas Thrills at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, IL – In typical thrilling fashion that fans and drivers love, Friday night’s POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League action at Jacksonville Speedway amazed fans by giving Tyler Thomas his second 2017 win, a hard fought victory over Keith Kunz Motorsports drivers Spencer Bayston and Tanner Thorson. Thomas’s first victory of 2017 came during the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals Weekend at Valley Speedway.

Starting eighth, Thomas immediately took off towards the front at the drop of the green flag. Leading the field for the initial 17 laps was outside pole sitter Zach Daum after getting the jump on pole sitter Tucker Klaasmeyer. After the red flag on lap 16 for Holly Shelton, Daum lined up leading Spencer Bayston, Tanner Thorson, and Tyler Thomas.

Returning to action, Bayston took the lead off turn two leaving Daum to fend off the approaching Thorson and Thomas. With five laps to go and running the second position, Daum looped it in turn two. Setting up a mad dash to the finish, Bayston led Thomas and Thorson to green and Thomas immediately took advantage of the proximity, quickly dispatching of Thorson and then Bayston for the lead.
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Clauson-Marshall Racing Collects POWRi Win

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (May 11, 2017) – The Clauson-Marshall Racing team picked off another feature win with “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney besting the POWRi Nationals Midgets at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night.

The triumph put the wraps on the POWRi Missouri Mid-State Nationals that opened the previous night at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, MO.  Courtney very nearly put theDriven2SaveLives No. 7bc Midget in victory lane at Valley as well, rebounding from an early flip to capture a podium position in third.

“I feel like it’s been a long time coming,” Courtney commented after the Lucas Oil Speedway victory. “I’ve had a couple of chances to win races and just never could follow through on my part.  Last night I flipped on the first lap and salvaged a third.  I felt like we had the car to win there, but these guys did a heck of a job putting this thing back together.”

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POWRi Midwest Season Opener Weekend

Belleville, IL – This weekend the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will be featured at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois Friday night alongside the POWRi Lucas Oil Division II Midget League and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League.  Saturday, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League will venture to the high-banked “Mighty” Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. 
Heading into the Midwest Season Opener Weekend, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League saw a repeat winner and a career-first during the Missouri Mid State Midget Nationals Weekend, with Tyler Thomas taking his seventh-career feature win with the League at Valley Speedway, while Tyler Courtney wheeled his way to win number one with the League at the title sponsor-owned, “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway. 
In most recent POWRi Lucas Oil Division II Midget League competition, repeat winner Tyler Vantoll took the win at Lincoln Speedway on Friday, May 5th holding off Mitchell Davis.  Saturday, May 6th, Ryan Probst claimed a career-first at Sycamore Speedway, resisting Tyler Vantoll’s last lap challenge. 

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Sun Shines at Lucas Oil Speedway

Wheatland, MO – When the dust settled and the cars cleared, it was Indianapolis, Indiana’s own Tyler “Sunshine” Courtney claiming his first-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory in the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League co-sanctioned Open Wheel Showdown at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway for night two of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals.

In an action-packed feature event, Courtney started 11th and set off charging to the front at the drop of the green flag. With a pair of POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Rookie candidates Zeb Wise and Jodie Robinson leading the field to green, Blake Hahn immediately jumped from the fourth position to the lead, gambling on the high-side entering turn one. With one lap down, the racing action slowed for Terry Babb spun on the front stretch. Resuming racing, Hahn’s victory chances escaped his grasp as he looped it exiting turn four.

Inheriting the lead with one lap in the books, Tyler Thomas showed the way for Spencer Bayston, Ryan Robinson, Zeb Wise, and Justin Grant. Grant took to the rim of the banked Lucas Oil Speedway and worked his way to second, on the tail of Tyler Thomas. On lap 11, Grant captured the lead as Thomas faded to third, falling right into the crosshairs of Tyler Courtney and Zach Daum.
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Bell Doubles Down, Sweeps Fourth Annual Turnpike Challenge Weekend in Front of Hometown Crowd

Oklahoma City, OK – In fan-thrilling fashion, Christopher Bell stole the checkers in the opening night of the Fourth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway and then backed it up with a dominant victory for night two, claiming a weekend sweep with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and West Midget Leagues.  Bell’s 23rd career victory moved him solidly into the third position on the all-time win list with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League. 

Starting outside front row to defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion Zach Daum, Bell was simply outpaced on the start by Daum.  Falling in line for second and doing his best to pursue Daum, Bell’s Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Spencer Bayston hounded the duo.  With the top three drivers working every inch of the high-banked red clay track, the action was slowed a total of three times. 

Fending off several advances by Bell, Daum charged towards lap traffic as laps wound down.  It wouldn’t be until less than a dozen laps were left that Bell capitalized on a moment and powered past Daum for the top position.  With the 30 lap feature event coming to a close, Spencer Bayston began to challenge Daum for second.  Coming to the line for all the marbles, Bayston would narrowly edge Daum for the second position by a mere three thousandths of a second. 

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CMR Delivers 1-2 Punch at The Shamrock – Turnpike Challenge Up Next

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (March 22, 2017) – The Clauson-Marshall Racing team launched the USAC National Midget championship effort in grand style by racing to a one-two finish in Saturday’s season-opening Shamrock Classic at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center with Justin Grant holding off teammate Shane Golobic for the win.

The team continues action with this weekend’s POWRi “Turnpike Challenge” at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway.

After picking up a Chili Bowl preliminary feature win and then posting a podium finish in the championship finale, Ione, California native Justin Grant grabbed the early USAC Midget points lead by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 50-lap feature aboard the CMR No. 39bc.

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Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Raceway

Belleville, IL – The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League, and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League will kick off the Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Speedway in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th. Open practice will take place on Thursday, March 23rd.

Always an event that brings out big names and helps fuel a healthy competition between drivers, the Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge will showcase incredible talent, as both defending series champions will be on track. 2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion Zach Daum will be in head-to-head competition with 2016 POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series champion, Steven Shebester. Add in the mix that Jason McDougal and Matt Sherrell will be vying to defend their 2016 Turnpike Challenge victories and the West Series’ honor from sweeping the Turnpike Challenge, creates a recipe for top-notch racing. To top it all off, Inaugural and Second Annual Turnpike Challenge winner, Christopher Bell will be returning to his home track of I-44 Speedway in a Keith Kunz Motorsports entry after most recently adding the 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals win to his lengthening resume.

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MAVTV Set to Air 10 POWRi Events in 2017

Belleville, IL – POWRi Racing has secured 10 races to be aired on the MAVTV Motorsports Network in 2017. Sean Buckley of Jackslash Media will be overseeing production of the events.

Notable events that will be broadcasted include the upcoming show for the POWRi/WAR Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series on Saturday, February 18th for the 360 Wildcat Winter Sprints series at Wildcat Raceway in Tucson, Arizona. MAVTV will also cover the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series, and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series at the Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Speedway.

“MAVTV has been excellent exposure for POWRi,” stated Jason McCord, POWRi Director of Competition. “We look forward to showcasing our talent across the nation for the viewing pleasure of our fans, and getting our drivers and sponsors great recognition.”

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Reveals Jam-Packed 2017 Season Schedule

More than 30 stock car events highlight Asphalt Track and Dirt Track calendars

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has unveiled its 2017 season schedule, boasting the Northeast’s most diverse slate of motorsports events.  Located on Route 22A in scenic West Haven, Vt., and in close proximity to the New York State border, the facility will continue to offer the area’s best and most affordable family-friendly entertainment and the region’s most exciting NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing on two tracks.

Racing at the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl will continue to be primarily on Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. during the summer months, while the 3/10-mile Dirt Track remains a Sunday night show at 6:00 p.m.  Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks will be the mainstays in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program at both tracks.

A total of 15 events make up the Asphalt Track schedule with 16 total events for the Dirt Track.  Each of the local divisions will enjoy top billing at various points throughout the year, and annual holiday extravaganzas on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends will give race fans, even more, reason to celebrate.  In 2017, though, an unrivaled variety of special events will be presented throughout the season on both surfaces.

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POWRi Lucas Oil West Series set to tackle 26 race schedule in 2017

Tulsa, OK (January 5, 2017) Officials with the POWRi West Lucas Oil Series are excited to release the 2017 race schedule which will feature visits to two new tracks and the return of the series to local favorites. The schedule contains 26 races for the upcoming season, including two co-sanction events with the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA), and eight co-sanctioned events with the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets. New racetracks on the schedule include Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma and Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma. Mid-America Speedway will offer the POWRi West midgets a semi-banked 3/10 mile facility, while Red Dirt Raceway features a fast quarter mile racetrack. Both are expected to produce the same great racing that POWRi West fans have become accustomed to.

Kicking off the 2017 season will once again be the Turnpike Challenge featuring the best from the POWRi West and the POWRi National Midgets on March 24th and 25th. The last two Turnpike Challenges have created some of the best racing of the season, with POWRi West drivers sweeping the event last year. Other highlights of the season include the return of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals at Valley Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway on May 6th and 7th and a two-day co-sanctioned event at Valley Speedway on July 14th and 15th, again with the National Midgets. Another exciting event for 2017 will be a return to Airport Speedway in Garden City, Kansas during Memorial Day weekend, when we will go head to head with the best racers from the RMMRA series. POWRi West has also been invited again to participate in the two-day event at I-55 Raceway featuring the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars on August 4th and 5th. The 2017 season will conclude on October 27th and 28th at Creek County Speedway, when the POWRi West Midgets join the ASCS Sprint Cars for the Second Annual Fall Fling.

The schedule for the 2017 season looks to be another great one and we look to continue our growth in the new year. From our inception just three short years ago, we have now become one of the quickest growing midget series in the country. To celebrate all this growth, the purse for all standalone POWRi West races is also growing! In 2017, all races will pay a minimum of $1,500 to win and $150 to start. The more our competitors support us, the harder we can continue working to give everybody great places to race.
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Allstar Midget Series Joins POWRi in 2017

Belleville, IL – The youthful and thriving Allstar Midget Series based out of the Kansas City, Missouri region will join POWRi in 2017.  The goal of the Allstar Midget Series at its inception in 2014 was to bring midget racing back to the Kansas City area on a regular basis, after a 40-year absence.  This goal has been accomplished and the next task for the Allstar Midget Series is to continue on the trajectory of growth for the series, building on their solid footing in the Kansas City region.

“Sanctioning the Allstar Midget Series is an excellent way to promote the growth of midget racing, while still giving teams the ability to run a local track on a fairly regular basis,” said POWRi Director of Competition, Jason McCord.

Staying true to its roots, the POWRi Allstar Outlaw Midget Series will continue running a Chili Bowl set of rules in which various types of midgets will be allowed to run.  Ray Boyles, current owner of the Allstar Midget Series, will continue as the Director of the POWRi Allstar Midget Series.

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Tony Stewart Joins SPEED SPORT for Broadcast of Jason Leffler Memorial this Thursday

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2016) – Racing icon Tony Stewart teams with SPEED SPORT and Ralph Sheheen to broadcast the Jason Leffler Memorial Race presented by Great Clips, which airs Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET on MAVTV.

The $20,000-to-win special event is co-sanctioned by USAC and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, bringing some of the biggest names in racing to Wayne County (Ill.) Speedway.

Stewart, a multi-time champion across several styles of racing from NASCAR to IndyCar to USAC sprints and midgets, joins Sheheen to call the action with Tony Bokhoven delivering all the news trackside.

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POWRi Partners with WAR Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Comes Aboard as Title Sponsor

Belleville, IL – Performance Open Wheel Racing, Inc. (POWRi) has officially expanded the brand into the non-wing sprint car circuit by partnering with the Kansas City, Missouri-based Wingless Auto Racing (WAR) Sprint Car Series to form the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series. This partnership was formed with drivers and their teams in mind to continue to develop sprint car racing in the Midwest.

“We are very excited about the opportunities and doors that have opened for WAR this offseason now that this partnership is finalized,” said Casey Shuman. “When we entered into discussions with POWRi about this partnership, Brooke and I were concerned about keeping the authenticity of our series intact while holding true to our core values. We were very happy to find that Jason McCord and the whole POWRi team shared our concerns and goals. Therefore, the decision to move forward with the partnership was simple. This allows us to explore options such as increasing the point fund, national television opportunities, and expanding into new regions of the country. We are working on the 2017 schedule and it will be released around the same time as the rest of the POWRi series.”

“POWRi has had their eye on non-wing sprint car racing for quite some time,” said Jason McCord, POWRi Director of Competition. “Casey [Shuman] and the WAR series are the perfect partner for POWRi to expand the brand into the sprint car scene. Casey brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with his successful series. He will continue to run the newly formed Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series as the director. We want to continue the success that Casey has had and build on that.”

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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.

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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.

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Daum, Thorson Look to Jacksonville as Championship Battle Tightens

Belleville, IL – Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th POWRi will invade the high-banked ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway for the final two times of 2016. Displaying talents from both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the POWRi Division II Midget Series, the double header Shaheen’s Super Weekend will be an excellent display of open wheel racing.

With the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series point standings closer than ever for Zach Daum and Tanner Thorson, the points fight is coming down to the wire to decide who will become the champion of 2016. With only three races left and trailing Daum by 760 points, Thorson has an uphill battle to get to the top position. Spencer Bayston holds an 80-point lead over Justin Peck for third, while Jake Neuman trails Peck by 220 points.

In the POWRi Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series, Patrick Bruns holds a narrow 120-point margin over Tyler Vantoll, even with 10 total victories in the 2016 season. Adam Taylor trails Vantoll by 280 points for third. Jack Routson holds the fourth position, while Mitchell Davis rounds out the top five.

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POWRi West Midgets Added to Lucas Oil ASCS Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (October 3, 2016) Already generating plenty of buzz across the “Sooner State” and beyond, the return of the Fall Fling to Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. featuring the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will be a true open wheel extravaganza as the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midgets are set to join the lineup.

“Creek is a great track for Midgets, and we’ve been fortunate to have a great turn out every time we’ve rolled in,” said POWRi West Director, Eric Fenton. “What’s really nice about having the POWRi West Midgets run with the American Sprint Car Series is it gives drivers a chance to get double the racing. A lot these guys run both classes throughout the year and we already have several planning on it for the Fall Fling.”

Taking place Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 the POWRi West Midgets will run two complete nights of racing with Friday’s A-Feature offering $1,500 to win, $150 to start. Saturday will see that amount increased to $2,000 to win, $200 to start. All Non-Qualifiers will get $50 both nights.

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Brown Repeats for Second Meents Memorial Victory

Belleville, IL – In an almost identical, cowboy up 30 laps that were similar to his first-career victory four years ago at the 8th Annual Charlene Meents Memorial, Austin Brown claimed the 12th Annual Charlene Meents Memorial for his third career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory in front of a hometown crowd at Belle-Clair Speedway.

Brown’s Meents Memorial victory was his second win of 2016, with the first coming at Quincy Raceways for night one of Illinois SPEED Week.

Starting third row outside for the 30 lap show honoring one of midget auto racing’s most iconic individuals, Charlene Meents, Brown quickly moved into the third position at the drop of the green flag behind Daniel Adler and Dereck King. Brown’s charge to the front would be slowed three times until the field was able to get a solid green flag stretch. Taking charge on lap 13, King bobbled exiting turn four allowing Brown the chance to pounce.

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Hodges Stops R.J. Johnson Sweep in Freedom Tour Finale at DCRP

DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 20, 2016) – It was very nearly the week of R.J. Johnson entirely.  New Mexico’s Josh Hodges had other ideas though.

After Johnson won the opening two rounds of the USAC Southwest “Freedom Tour” earlier in the week, the Phoenix shoe added a POWRi West Summer Showdown win to kick off Saturday night’s feature action atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park.

And the sweep of the night and “Freedom Tour” was well within reach with Johnson gridding the feature from the pole position.  But, after leading the opening half of the race and then once again recapturing the lead, Johnson surrendered the point to Hodges in the final handful of circuits in the 30-lapper.

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The Dauminator Denies Thorson, “Parks It” at Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL – Current leader of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series points standings, Zach Daum, rallied back against Tanner Thorson at Lincoln Speedway to collect career victory number 17. Daum started on the outside front row and vaulted to an early lead over the pair of Keith Kunz Motorsports entries, Tanner Thorson and Carson Macedo.

Daum held a healthy lead over Thorson until lap 13 when racing was halted for Ryan Robinson who flipped entering turn one. Robinson was alright and able to continue after a quick visit to the work area. Returning to green flag racing, Thorson started to pressure Daum, only to have the action cut short as the red flag appeared for Brayton Lynch who flipped entering turn one and landed on all fours. Lynch would be alright, but damage sustained to his machine would end his night.

Just to the half way point, Thorson again pressured Daum, challenging multiple times before taking the lead entering turn one on lap 26. Daum, not one to give up, persevered and took the lead back from Thorson the following lap off turn four. With three laps remaining, Daum stretched his lead coming to the checkered, and unpredictably his engine burst into flames on the cool down lap. Spencer Bayston finished third, while Holly Shelton took a career-best with fourth. Carson Macedo rounded out the top five.
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National Midgets Head to Federated Auto Parts Raceway for Ironman Weekend

Belleville, IL – The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series will head to the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri on Friday, August 5th for the Prelude to the Ironman and Saturday, August 6th for the Ironman 55. Running in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, this will be POWRi’s first appearance at the high-banked 1/3rd mile in 2016, after the earlier scheduled show was cancelled due to rain. In 2015 fans saw Tanner Thorson take the checkers for the Prelude to the Ironman, while Thomas Messeraul cleaned house in the Ironman 55 finale.

Heading into the Ironman weekend, Zach Daum holds a narrow 60 point lead over Tanner Thorson for the quest to become the 2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion. Spencer Bayston is in third, 120 points out of the lead. Justin Peck holds fourth, while Jake Neuman rides in fifth. Carson Macedo continues to lead over Holly Shelton and Brayton Lynch for POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Rookie of the Year honors.

In POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series competition, Grady Chandler has a slim 10 point lead over Steven Shebester. Blake Edwards is in third, 520 points out of the top spot, while Jason McDougal is in fourth, 80 points behind Edwards. Kade Morton holds fifth.
All midget teams and their families’ member or non-member will pay a reduced pit pass price of $30.00. Please let them know at the pit pass booth that you are with a POWRi midget team.
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Bayston Breaks Through with New Team

Macon, IL- Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana finally broke through to claim his first POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory in 2016 and his first with the new team, Keith Kunz Curb-Agajanian Motorsports. After three third-place finishes in a row, including both nights of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals and Friday night’s show at Fayette County Speedway, Bayston took the checkers leading every circuit of the 30 lap main event at Macon Speedway.

In a caution filled main event, Daniel Robinson led the field to green only to have the start called back after Carson Macedo slowed in turns three and four. Completely restarting the field, Bayston powered into the lead off turn four to lead lap one. With six laps in the books, Daniel Robinson looped his machine off the turn two cushion collecting Zach Daum and Andrew Felker. Returning to racing Colten Cottle and Terry Babb would slide past Kyle Schuett for second and third as Bayston closed in on lap traffic. With 11 laps down, Andrew Felker would bring out the third caution of the evening as his machine sat off turn four. Coming back to green Cottle worked to reel in Bayston only to have the caution fly four laps later as Tanner Thorson sat off turn four.

On the restart, Jake Neuman and Dereck King would collect each other exiting turn two, piling up Carson Macedo and Dayne Kingshott. With the field lined back up, Terry Babb would take a shot at Cottle, but Cottle would return. On lap 21 Carson Macedo brought out the sixth caution as his machine sat spun off turn two. Just as soon as racing returned, the action would be halted as Brayton Lynch sat looped off turn four. On lap 24 the action would be halted again as Tucker Klaasmeyer looped his machine entering turn three, collecting Kyle Schuett. Ryan Robinson was also involved.
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Lucas Oil National Midgets Resume This Friday at Fayette County Along with Speedway Motors Micros

Belleville, IL – This Friday, May 20th the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series will make the annual trip to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois. Known as a driver favorite in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series, the high-banked quarter mile in Brownstown, Illinois always puts on a spectacular show. After Fayette County, both series will make the short distance north to Macon Speedway for Saturday night’s show. Saturday’s appearance at the high-banked Mighty Macon will be the second visit of five throughout 2016 and the last available opportunity for teams to get tuned up for the visit during Illinois SPEED Week.

After sweeping the Missouri Mid State Midget Nationals, Tanner Thorson moved into the second position, 150 points behind Zach Daum. Andrew Felker sits in third after taking wins at both Macon Speedway and Belle-Clair Speedway. Spencer Bayston holds the fourth position, while Justin Peck rounds out the top five.

After bringing home a second place finish at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Illinois, Nathan Benson slightly strengthened his point lead over Slater Helt after Helt took a strong third at the high-banked 1/8th mile. Joe B. Miller tightened the margin between himself and Helt after taking the victory Saturday night at Southern Illinois Raceway. Shelby Bosie moved into the fourth position after bringing home a fifth place finish at SIR, while Carlee Gress sits in the fifth position.

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Felker and Benson Take Wins at Belle-Clair

Belleville, IL – Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, Missouri overtook Zach Daum in the final laps of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series feature event to earn his sixth career victory with the series, on a two-in-a-row victory streak after his win last week at Macon Speedway. Nathan Benson of Concordia, Missouri utilized lap traffic to pick off Slater Helt for his second Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory of 2016, his 17th victory with the series.

In typical thrilling Belle-Vegas fashion, Felker would come from eighth, as Christopher Bell and Austin Brown shared the front row for the start of the 30 lap feature. At the drop of the green, Bell would take the lead with Zach Daum in tow. Struggling to keep the front wheels on the ground, Daum worked overtime to reel in Bell. The gap between the two drivers would shorten as Bell quickly closed in on lap traffic and the caution flew for Holly Shelton spun at the bottom of turn two.

With 13 laps in the books, Bell would quickly use the two lap cars between himself and Daum to create a large gap between first and second place, all the while as Felker worked his way into the top three. Working lap traffic, Bell would hit misfortune as he found himself upside down exiting turn four, diminishing his chances for victory. He would be alright and would restart at the tail end of the field.
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