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Bell Sweeps, Remains Undefeated in Turnpike Challenge Competition

Oklahoma City, OK – If a name was to become synonymous with the Annual Turnpike Challenge, it would be Christopher Bell. Taking eight of the ten POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget League Turnpike Challenges, Bell remains undefeated in the event. The two he did not win were because he was not present. At that time, he was testing for the NASCAR truck series and was unable to attend the event.

At the wave of the green flag, Bell took off from the sixth place starting position and charged towards the front with one goal in mind: sweeping the weekend for the Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway. Taking over the third position by lap three, Bell settled in behind race leader and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Logan Seavey and second place Jake Neuman.

Taking the second position from Neuman on lap seven, Bell meticulously hunted down Seavey for the lead. Setting up the driver and engaging in multiple sliders, Bell eventually took over the lead on lap 16, just over the halfway mark, by using a lap car as a block. Charging through traffic for the remaining laps, Bell didn’t have an easy feat as Seavey finished second by a car length. Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Ryan Robinson took third for a KKM podium sweep of the finale. Zach Daum took fourth, while Tyler Thomas charged to fifth from 15th.

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Courtney Tackles Turnpike Challenge this Weekend!

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 21, 2018) – With no lucky four-leaf clover to be found in Du Quoin, Tyler Courtney now shifts his attention to this weekend’s season-opening POWRi Midget “Turnpike Challenge” at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway.

It will mark Sunshine’s second visit to the cozy 1/5-mile clay oval aboard the Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven2SaveLives/Indiana Donor Network No. 7bc Midget after taking in the opening portion of the event last year.

Courtney showed speed in last year’s Oklahoma City event, recovering from heat race issues to win the “C” Main and then making a last-corner pass to snare the final transfer position from “B” Main action before the “A” Main was postponed a day by rain.

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POWRi to Sanction Oklahoma’s Port City and I-44 Riverside

Belleville, IL – Effective immediately, Performance Open Wheel Racing, Inc. (POWRi) will be the official micro sanctioning body for all classes at both I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, OK and Port City Raceway in Tulsa, OK. By coming under the POWRi banner, Oklahoma micro racers will have a consistent rule package within the industry standards, enabling growth of car counts at both venues.

“When racetracks work together, everyone wins,” stated POWRi’s Kenny Brown. “We are excited to partner with both Mark and Gloria Banister at I-44 and Mike and Megan Eubanks at Port City Raceway. Fantastic people run both tracks and they will be able to utilize everything POWRi has to offer in the Micro 600 Leagues. POWRi will play a role in supporting both of these tracks to bolster car counts and grow the bottom line.”

I-44 Riverside Speedway will continue to hold the annual Turnpike Challenge, a regular event for the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget Leagues. One of the largest outdoor events of the year, the Turnpike Challenge draws cars from coast-to-coast. The Turnpike Challenge will be broadcast on MAVTV, and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League will co-sanction with the track for their marque events. I-44 Riverside Speedway will continue to host several POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League events.

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Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge, this Friday and Saturday

Belleville, IL – This Friday and Saturday kicks off the Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

With practice on Thursday night, teams will have the opportunity to gear up for what has become one of the largest outdoor events of the year, for both midgets and micros.

With over 60 POWRi Lucas Oil National and West midgets at last year’s event, Christopher Bell was the class of the field, sweeping the annual co-sanctioned weekend. Bell’s sweep places him at the top of the Turnpike Challenge winner’s list, with six event wins to his name. The only other drivers to capture Turnpike Challenge victories include Matt Sherrell and Jason McDougal. Returning to Oklahoma, Bell has a target on his back as drivers look to chip away at his legacy. But, chipping away at Bell’s accomplishments will be no easy feat, as I-44 is one of Bell’s original stomping grounds from his micro-sprint days.

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Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge Preview

Belleville, IL – The time is once again upon us for midget and micro teams to converge upon I-44 Riverside Speedway in the annual trek to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the Fifth Annual Turnpike Challenge.

Kicking off the weekend with racing on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Leagues will be battling to see who comes out on top with bragging rights until the annual Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals weekend.

An event that always brings out big names, the best of the National and West will be on hand serving up exciting action for both nights. Stars the likes of Seavey, Shebester, Daum, and Chandler will be there. In addition, drivers that cut their proverbial racing teeth at the very track will be there including Andrew Felker, Jason McDougal, and Christopher Bell.

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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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