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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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McDougal Captures Victory in Turnpike Challenge Finale

Tulsa, OK — Jason McDougal relentlessly battled with Tanner Thorson before claiming his first Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series victory for the final night of the Turnpike Challenge at Port City Raceway. McDougal came from inside the fifth row of the POWRi West Midget Series co-sanctioned event.

Leading the field to green, Logan Seavey would start from the pole position with Tanner Thorson to his outside. Heading into turn one, Thorson would take the lead with Seavey in tow. On lap three, Justin Peck would work into the mix and slide for second just as the caution would fly for Seavey atop turn two. Returning to green flag racing, Thorson would power off with Peck close behind, only for the yellow to fly again two laps later for Holly Shelton on the front stretch.

Coming back to green, Thorson and Peck would both take to the high side as Jonathan Beason made his way into the top three. On lap 11, Beason would move past Peck, sliding for second entering turn one and taking the position off turn two. As Beason looked to be catching Thorson, the yellow would fly for Austin Shores caught on the berm in turns one and two. Returning to racing, Thorson would take off with Beason in striking distance only for the yellow to come back out for Tucker Klaasmeyer and Harli White in turn two.

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POWRi Third Annual Turnpike Challenge

Belleville, IL – The Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series will kick off the 2016 season at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Third Annual Turnpike Challenge. Open practice will take place Thursday night, March 31st, with racing taking place on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd. The 1/8th-mile oval will host the POWRi West Midget Series in addition to the National Series for this co-sanctioned event.

Both the inaugural Turnpike Challenge and the Second Annual were captured by Christopher Bell in a dominating fashion. The Third Annual event looks to host a stout field of competition with POWRi regulars Zach Daum, Darren Hagen, and Andrew Felker vying on the National side, while defending West Midget Series Champions Anton Hernandez and Alex Sewell look to capture wins. The always strong five-car stable of Keith Kunz Motorsports led by Tanner Thorson will also be in the mix.

With a field of tough competitors on a tight-quartered track, with great for side-by-side racing, the 3rd Annual Turnpike Challenge is up for grabs, creating an incredible kick off of the 2016 Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series season.

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2016 POWRi/ILLINI Division II Midget Series Schedule

Millstadt, IL – The 2016 POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series Schedule has been released. With 29 events on tap for the inaugural season under the POWRi Racing banner, the series known as the ILLINI Racing Series has joined forces with POWRi in their 25th year of operation. The POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series has been created to help sustain a budget-minded racing series across the Midwest. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate our 25 years of racing by combining forces with POWRi,” said LaVerne Spencer, President of the ILLINI Racing Series. “I am looking forward to the excitement and energy we have in store for the drivers and race teams with our new rule package.”

After a successful inaugural showing at Jacksonville Speedway on October 9th in 2015, it would only be fitting the series to kick off 2016 back at Jacksonville Speedway on Friday, April 8th and come full circle with a two-day season finale on October 14th and 15th. With an eventful inaugural schedule, the D II Midget Series will split their time amongst the tracks of Lincoln, Macon, Jacksonville, Belleville and Sycamore with special standout events amongst all tracks, a special fair race at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Champaign, Illinois on Friday, July 22nd and the Illinois SPEED Week event at Quincy Raceways. For the Champaign County Fairgrounds event, the D II Midgets will join the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series on the opening night of the Champaign County Fair.

The most highly anticipated week of racing in Illinois, the Illinois SPEED Week is going on its fifth year of operation. The D II Midgets will be joining Illinois SPEED Week with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series. Starting off Illinois SPEED Week at Belle-Clair Speedway on Wednesday, June 8th, the series will then head to Quincy Raceways on Thursday, June 9th. On Friday, June 10th Illinois SPEED Week will venture to Jacksonville Speedway before making the short jaunt to Macon Speedway on Saturday, June 11th. Illinois SPEED Week will conclude at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday, June 12th, resulting in the first D II Illinois SPEED Week Champion.

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2016 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Schedule Released

Millstadt, IL – The POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series schedule has been released, featuring 29 events on the docket list for 2016. Starting out for the season opener on Friday, April 22nd at Jacksonville Speedway and ending on Saturday, October 1st at Belle-Clair Speedway for the Charlene Meents Memorial, the 2016 season contains plenty of action.

Returning to many of the typical venues raced at in 2015, the Micro Series will head to the favorites of Macon Speedway, Belle-Clair Speedway, and Southern Illinois Raceway, just to name a few. Belle-Clair Speedway and Macon Speedway will make up over half the schedule with 16 events between the two tracks.

New to the Micro Series for 2016, the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Champaign, Illinois will host a special fair race event for the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series on the opening night of the Champaign County Fair, Friday, July 22nd. The POWRi Division II Midgets are also slated to be at the Champaign County Fairgrounds with the Micro Series. Also newly added, the 600 World Championships will fall under POWRi sanction in 2016. Heading to Little Rock, Arkansas, the Micro Series will invade I-30 Speedway on September 14th-17th.

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2016 Angell Park Speedway Schedule Released

Millstadt, IL – 11 events have been scheduled for the 2016 season at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Angell Park’s 2016 season will kick off on Sunday, May 22nd featuring IRA Sprint Cars, Badger Midgets, and Badger Micros.

The following weekend will be the Thiel Memorial on Sunday, May 29th with the historic 1/3rd mile hosting Badger Midgets, Micros and new for 2016, the WIMS Mini Sprint Series. This will be the WIMS Mini Sprint Series solo appearance at Angell Park Speedway.

As has been the case in for the past few years, fans and spectators alike will be treated to an assortment of racing throughout the 2016 season. The Badger Midget Auto Racing Association, Badger 600 Micro Series, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, IRA Sprint Cars, WIMS Mini Sprints, and Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints are scheduled to race throughout the 2016 season.

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2016 POWRi Lucas Oil West Schedule Released, Featuring Over 30 Events for 2016

Millstadt, IL – After a fantastic 2015 season, the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series has 31 races scheduled, starting out the 2016 season with a double header at Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday, March 5th and Saturday, March 6th for the Red River Roundup. The season will come full circle, concluding on October 29th at Red River Speedway.

After the Red River Roundup, the West Midget Series will join the National Midget Series in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Turn Pike Challenge at Port City Raceway on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd. Two of six co-sanctioned events with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, it will be a head-to-head battle as the West Midget Series defends their turf at Port City Raceway.

Out of the 31 events, the West Midget Series will co-sanction a total of six weekends with the National Midget Series including the Turn Pike Challenge, the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals and the Iron Man 55. The Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals will take place on Friday, May 6th at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri before venturing to the title-sponsor owned Lucas Oil Speedway, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” on Saturday, May 7th for the final night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals.

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2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Schedule Released Featuring 30 Events

Millstadt, IL – The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Schedule has been released with 30 races on tap, starting off the 2016 season with the thrilling Turnpike Challenge at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma and ending again with the Fourth Annual Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

After an exciting return to I-55 Raceway in 2015, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will again take to the high-banked 3/8th mile in 2016. Running alongside the World of Outlaw’s Sprint Car Series for all three scheduled events, the National Midget Series will be in action at I-55 Raceway on Saturday, April 30th after making a short drive from Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois the previous night. On Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th, the National Midgets will again be a part of the Iron Man 55 weekend, joined by the POWRi West Midget Series.

Kicking off the first weekend in May, POWRi will make the traditional haul for the two day Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, stopping first at Valley Speedway on Friday, May 6th before venturing to the title-sponsor owned Lucas Oil Speedway, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” on Saturday, May 7th for the final night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals.
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Star-Studded Leffler Memorial Entry List Continues to Grow

Millstadt, IL – The pre-entry list for the Third Annual Jason Leffler Memorial sponsored by Great Clips continues to grow as the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series quickly approaches the highest paying midget event of the year. Set for Friday, October 23rd at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois the Jason Leffler Memorial is expected to produce one of the most memorable races of the 2015 season. Drivers from all across the United States are entered to chase the $20,000 to WIN event in honor of the late NASCAR and open wheel driver, Jason Leffler, with front gate proceeds benefiting Leffler’s son, Charlie Dean. The list of drivers is headed up by none-other-than inaugural Jason Leffler Memorial winner, Zach Daum.

Starting the 2015 season off with a rocky start after being injured overseas, the former POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion was sidelined for a majority of the 2015 season. But it took less than a handful of races for the Dauminator to knock the rust off and return to his winning ways, claiming events at Lincoln Speedway, Tri-State Speedway, and Macon Speedway. Not only running midgets, Daum has dabbled in various open-wheel machines ranging from winged and non-winged sprint cars to micros.

Winning the 2014 Jason Leffler Memorial, World of Outlaws Sprint Car driver Daryn Pittman took home the $10,000 check and bragging rights for the year. Only stepping into a midget a handful of times per year, Pittman’s victory was anything but a fluke, as the Pittsboro, Indiana driver had to hold off Christopher Bell and Bryan Clauson for the victory.
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Thorson Takes Night One of Shaheen’s Super Weekend, Weyant WINS First POWRi DII Midget Event

Jacksonville, IL – Taking the action-packed opening night of the Shaheen’s Super Weekend at the ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway, Tanner Thorson claimed his third POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of 2015. Korey Weyant of Springfield, Illinois won the first ever POWRi Lucas Oil D II-sanctioned midget race.

While Bryan Clauson started on the pole of the 30 lap feature event, it would be Justin Peck from the second position getting the jump off turn four for the initial lead. Setting a solid pace reminiscent of his Spoon River victory, Peck’s stride would be slowed with four laps in the books as Ryan Robinson would get upside down in turn three, collecting Terry Babb. Coming back to green, Peck would take right back to rim-riding the slick quarter mile with Clauson in tow. Entering turn three, Clauson would dive to the bottom as the duo began to exchange the top position, until Clauson would barely edge ahead for lap seven.

One lap later, Austin Prock would get into the turn one wall, resulting in Kyle Schuett making contact and spinning around, collecting Alex Sewell in the process. With both drivers lined back up at the tail end of the field, Clauson would show the way as both he and Peck would rip the cushion. On lap 11 the red flag would fly after Justin Peck went in deep for the slide job, ending with the Duracoat Products-Esslinger-powered DRC #5X hopping up the track and into the #91T driven by Tyler Thomas, sending the BT Machine-Esslinger-powered Spike for a ride, collecting Zach Daum.

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Thorson Takes Night One of Shaheen’s Super Weekend

Jacksonville, IL – Taking the action-packed opening night of the Shaheen’s Super Weekend at the ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway, Tanner Thorson claimed his third POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of 2015.
 
While Bryan Clauson started on the pole of the 30 lap feature event, it would be Justin Peck from the second position getting the jump off turn four for the initial lead. Setting a solid pace reminiscent of his Spoon River victory, Peck’s stride would be slowed with four laps in the books as Ryan Robinson would get upside down in turn three, collecting Terry Babb. Coming back to green, Peck would take right back to rim-riding the slick quarter mile with Clauson in tow. Entering turn three, Clauson would dive to the bottom as the duo began to exchange the top position, until Clauson would barely edge ahead for lap seven.
 
One lap later, Austin Prock would get into the turn one wall, resulting in Kyle Schuett making contact and spinning around, collecting Alex Sewell in the process. With both drivers lined back up at the tail end of the field, Clauson would show the way as both he and Peck would rip the cushion. On lap 11 the red flag would fly after Justin Peck went in deep for the slide job, ending with the Duracoat Products-Esslinger-powered DRC #5X hopping up the track and into the #91T driven by Tyler Thomas, sending the BT Machine-Esslinger-powered Spike for a ride, collecting Zach Daum.

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