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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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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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Bell Picks Up Hometown Win at I-44 Riverside Speedway

Oklahoma City, OK – After a postponement of the remaining portion of Friday’s show due to rain, it was hometown hero and NASCAR star Christopher Bell charging to the front from the ninth starting position to dominate night one’s POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and West Midget League feature event for the Fourth Annual Turnpike Challenge.  Bell’s opening night win places him tied for third with Brad Kuhn on the all-time win list with 22 victories.  Cutting his racing teeth at I-44 Riverside Speedway, Bell’s return marks his first appearance since 2012.  After cleaning house in the Inaugural Turnpike Challenge and winning night one, Bell looks poised for another clean sweep this weekend. 
With three eventful starts to the feature, the field started single file for the 30 lap main event.  Led by Andrew Felker in the AJ Felker Esslinger-powered FSC and Tucker Klaasmeyer’s Toyota-powered BOSS, the field took to life on the high-banked, red clay-racing surface.  At the start of the race, Klaasmeyer worked to maneuver past Felker, as Bell navigated his way to the front.  With the track widening out, Felker moved to the top of the track as Klaasmeyer meticulously worked the bottom. 
As Bell moved past Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Ryan Robinson for third, he quickly squeaked past Klaasmeyer and set his sights on Felker.  Taking the lead off four, Bell moved into his own time zone approaching lap traffic.  Enduring two yellows in the remaining laps, Bell went unchallenged on his way to the checkers.  Ryan Robinson took home second, while Tucker Klaasmeyer finished third.  

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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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