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Winner Jake Neuman (Mark Coffman, Speed Demon Productions Photo)



NEUMAN STEPS IN, TAKES TEAM RIPPER TO BELLE-CLAIR WIN IN FIRST NIGHT

BELLEVILLE, ILL. (September 13, 2019) - Taking the wheel of the Team Ripper No. 21KS on Friday night at Belle-Clair Speedway, Jake Neuman of New Berlin, Ill. delivered a long overdue first win of the year for car owner Steve Reynolds and crew chief Flea Ruzic. After taking the lead on lap six, Neuman fended off mid-race pressure from Austin Brown and survived a late charge from Logan Seavey to score his third win of 2019 and the fifth of his POWRi National Midget career.

Making his 179th career appearance with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, Friday's attempt aboard the No. 21KS marked the first time in his seven-year career that Neuman drove for anyone other than his father, Jim Neuman. A series of severe crashes and recent motor trouble over the past month in his own No. 3N contributed to the decision to make a one-off appearance, a decision that paid dividends.

For Team Ripper, the eighth time was the charm, as Neuman became the eighth driver to pilot the No. 21KS in 2019, but the first to park it in victory lane. The list of racers before Neuman is simply a who's who of today's motorsports landscape. Up-and-comer Karter Sarff, USAC sensation Jason McDougal, modified driver Nick Hoffman, micro sprint star Joe B. Miller, Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines, USAC Sprint Car points leader C.J. Leary and California gasser Maria Cofer are all among Team Ripper's 2019 pilots, but it was Neuman who got the job done first.

Starting the 30-lap feature from the fourth-spot, Neuman earned his slot in the outside of row two after jetting away to a dominant heat race win from the pole. However, it was Daniel Robinson of Ewing, Ill. who led the field to green after snagging PAC Racing Springs High Point Man honors backed by a seventh-to-second charge in the opening heat.

Leading the charge into turn one, Robinson quickly assumed the point while Neuman went top shelf to jump from fourth-to-second in the first lap. A lap five caution for Holley Hollan, Andrew Felker and Jesse Colwell halted the action and threw a wrench in the championship battle, sending Colwell of Red Bluff, Calif. to the infield with a DNF as he watched his points lead diminish.

Going back to green, Neuman saddled up and drove flatfooted into turn one with a big slider heading for Robinson as he mounted a bid for the lead. Unable to come back at him, Robinson settled into second as Neuman took the point and focused on clear track ahead on the sixth circuit.

While the high side came in and proved to be the prime place to play, the ultra-fast 1/5th-mile surface became tough to manage in the pack as the speed ramped up lap after lap. Essentially a cowboy up atmosphere on the lip, it was slide or be slid to take position, making for intense mid-race restarts.

The final restart roared to life with 13 laps left as Neuman maintained a strong pace ahead of Austin Brown, who won the May showing at Belle-Clair, and Logan Seavey, who was hungry for his tenth win of the season after starting in the tenth spot. While Neuman put his head down and ran away with the lead, Seavey shot by Brown with eight to go and immediately began cutting into Neuman's 2.6 second advantage.

Eating into the gap each lap, Seavey snuck closer and closer to Neuman's rear bumper as the race came to a close. By the time the two-to-go signal was given, Seavey had the No. 21KS in sight and was only behind by one-second, but the time was running out too fast.

Seavey's late-race charge did not come fast enough, as the checkered flag dropped, and Jake Neuman won his fifth career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League main event in his debut in the Team Ripper No. 21KS. Marking his third win of the year, Neuman's big night solidified all of Reynolds and Ruzic's hard work and brought him closer to the third spot in this year's championship chase.

Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. ran out of time in his pursuit of a tenth victory in 2019, settling for a tenth-to-second run aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1, Bullet/Toyota No. 67. Rounding out the podium was local favorite Austin Brown of Millstadt, Ill. in the plain jane No. 17 with a third-place effort.

Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. made a massive gain in the hunt for the title as his fourth-place finish narrowed Colwell's advantage from 350 points to 180 points. 16-year old Cannon McIntosh made a remarkable recovery after spinning on lap 11, going tailback, and storming back to a fifth-place result.

Rounding out the top ten at Belle-Clair was Karter Sarff of Mason City, Ill. in sixth-from-14th aboard the AJ Felker No. 37X, Tanner Carrick in seventh-from-15th with his Walker Filters No. 71K, 14-year old Daison Pursley in the eighth spot driving his Toyota Racing No. 9, Ace McCarthy with hard charger honors from 23rd-to-ninth, and Shelby Bosie in the tenth position.

Tomorrow, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets encounter the "Mighty Macon" Speedway alongside the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micros. Pill draw is from 3:30pm to 5:15pm followed by drivers meeting at 5:30pm with hot laps at 6:00pm and racing to follow. If you can't make it, you can watch the entire program LIVE on www.speedshifttv.com.

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Auto Meter Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 17-Austin Brown, Millstadt, IL (2); 2. 11-Daniel Robinson, Ewing, IL (7); 3. 17C-Devin Camfield, Decatur, IL (1); 4. 44S-Andrew Felker, Carl Junction, MO (8); 5. 55-Nick Knepper, Belleville, IL (5); 6. 20G-Noah Gass, Mounds, OK (6); 7. 5F-Danny Frye III, St. Peters, MO (3); 8. 1T-Thomas Chandler (4).

KSE Racing Products Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 08-Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, OK (2); 2. 9-Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, OK (1); 3. 5D-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (3); 4. 97K-Jesse Love, Redwood City, CA (8); 5. 37X-Karter Sarff, Mason City, IL (4); 6. 103-Broc Hunnell, Eolia, MO (6); 7. 3B-Shelby Bosie, Sherman, IL (7); 8. 21X-Steve Stroud, St. Charles, MO (5).

Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 21KS-Jake Neuman, New Berlin, IL (1); 2. 67K-Holley Hollan, Broken Arrow, OK (2); 3. 67-Logan Seavey, Sutter, CA (4); 4. 71-Jesse Colwell, Red Bluff, CA (7); 5. 71K-Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA (3); 6. 86C-David Camfield, Decatur, IL (6); 7. 5H-Danny Frye, St. Peters, MO (8); 8. 28-Ace McCarthy, Tahlequah, OK (4).

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Main Event (30 Laps):
1. 21KS-Jake Neuman (4); 2. 67-Logan Seavey (10); 3. 17-Austin Brown (2); 4. 5D-Zach Daum (11); 5. 08-Cannon McIntosh (3); 6. 37X-Karter Sarff (14); 7. 71K-Tanner Carrick (15); 8. 9-Daison Pursley (9); 9. 28-Ace McCarthy (23); 10. 3B-Shelby Bosie (19); 11. 11-Daniel Robinson (1); 12. 5F-Danny Frye III (21); 13. 86C-David Camfield (18); 14. 21X-Steve Stroud (22); 15. 5H-Danny Frye (20); 16. 97K-Jesse Love (6); 17. 20G-Noah Gass (16); 18. 1T-Thomas Chandler (24); 19. 55-Nick Knepper (13); 20. 17C-Devin Camfield (12); 21. 67K-Holley Hollan (8); 22. 44S-Andrew Felker (5); 23. 71-Jesse Colwell (7); 24. 103-Broc Hunnell (17).
Lap Leader(s): Robinson 1-5; Neuman 6-30.
Hard Charger(s): McCarthy +14.

UPDATED POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Standings (8 Races Left):
1. Jesse Colwell (5,840 PTS); 2. Zach Daum (-180 PTS); 3. Holley Hollan (-930 PTS); 4. Jake Neuman (-950 PTS); 5. Daison Pursley (1,010 PTS).

Winner Jake Neuman (Mark Coffman, Speed Demon Productions Photo)

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Winner Lagan Seavey (Brendon Bauman Photo)



SEAVEY SOARS TO SPECTACULAR RIM-RIDING WIN AT SPOON RIVER

CANTON, ILL. (September 7, 2019) - Putting an exclamation point on a weekend sweep, Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. continued his winning ways on Saturday night with an exciting late-race rally to take the cake at Spoon River Speedway. Going top shelf, Seavey tiptoed around the outside of the 3/8th-mile and treaded the cushion while rocketing to the lead with five to go and storming off for his ninth POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League win of the year

In a season chalked full of dominance, Saturday's triumph gave Seavey yet another accolade in his booming career. Not only did the 22-year old Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports star sneak closer to Christopher Bell's record of 11 POWRi National Midgets wins in a single season, but he became the all-time leader in a separate category.

Scoring his 17th-career victory in thrilling fashion, the Sutter, Calif. native advanced to eighth on the all-time wins list and surpassed Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. to become the winningest California driver in POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League history.

Before the pageantry of yet another victory lane commenced, a trio of leader commanded the field in what was an all-around enticing 30-lapper. Started by the front row of Tanner Carrick and Jake Neuman, it was Neuman of New Berlin, Ill. who found the top first and led the opening lap aboard his Jim Neuman Racing, Brandt, BOSS/SR-11 No. 3N.

Neuman's advantage was shortlived, however, as Carrick of Lincoln, Calif. came bolting to the lead on lap two and pointed his Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Walker Filters, Bullet/Toyota No. 71K to the top. Bringing his KKM teammate along for the ride, Carrick saw a charging Seavey throw several sliders his way early on but responded to every attempt and maintained command lap-in and lap-out.

While Carrick and Seavey were focused on each other, a new challenger came roaring to life as Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. methodically rolled the low line and put his BT Machine, Spike/Toyota No. 91T in contention. With open track ahead, Thomas drove by both Seavey and Carrick to assume the race lead on lap eight.

A lap ten caution restacked the field and bunched them up, but Thomas remained strong out front while Seavey struggled with passing Carrick for the second spot and the back end of the top five continued shuffling with Spencer Bayston, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Ace McCarthy and Zach Daum all battling.

However, that intense fight for position soon turned drastic, as Bayston's No. 19 and Klaasmeyer's No. 27 collided at the entry to turn three, resulting in both cars going for nasty tumbles. Both drivers would climb out of their respective cars, although very gingerly, showing the magnitude of the scary crash.

Going back to green with 11 laps left, fans at Spoon River were treated to a three-way for the top spot as Thomas crept down low, Carrick rolled through the middle and Seavey. Blasted the cushion. Finding the sweet spot up top, Seavey swept around the outside and built his momentum before flying by Carrick and then tracking down Thomas for the lead with five to go.

Clearing the pass at the exit of turn four, Seavey's No. 67 rocketed off the banking and went screaming down the frontstretch as he edged ahead of Thomas' No. 91T to lead the 25th lap. Keeping it close, Thomas kept Seavey honest and made it a close race until a slow lapper on the bottom held him up and essentially handed Seavey the W.

Leading only five laps, Logan Seavey lurked in the late running and capitalized for his ninth POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League win of the 2019 season. Completing a weekend sweep for the Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1, Bullet/Toyota No. 67, Seavey won his first-ever event at Spoon River all the while inching closer to the history books.

Trailing Seavey to the finish line was Tyler Thomas with a close second-place result and Tanner Carrick with a third-place effort. Rounding out the top five was Zach Daum and Jesse Colwell, while top ten finishers included Ace McCarthy in sixth, Jesse Love in seventh, Andrew Layser in eighth, Holley Hollan in ninth and Daison Pursley in tenth.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League resumes next weekend with a trip to Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill. on Friday, September 13 and then a night at Macon Speedway in Macon, Ill. on Saturday, September 14.

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Auto Meter Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 3N-Jake Neuman, New Berlin, IL (3); 2. 91T-Tyler Thomas, Collinsville, OK (4); 3. 9-Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, OK (6); 4. 86C-Dalton Camfield, Decatur, IL (2); 5. 97K-Jesse Love, Redwood City, CA (5); 6. 77-Blaze Bennett, Parker, CO (1); 7. 17C-Devin Camfield, Decatur, IL (7).

KSE Racing Products Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 67-Logan Seavey, Sutter, CA (2); 2. 5D-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (3); 3. 71-Jesse Colwell, Red Bluff, CA (1); 4. 47BC-Andrew Layser, Collegeville, PA (7); 5. 9X-Clinton Boyles, Greenwood, MO (6); 6. 10-Lance Bennett, Parker, CO (4); 7. 16C-Dave Camfield Jr., Decatur, IL (5).

Advanced Racing Suspension Heat Three (8 Laps):
1.19-Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (1); 2. 28-Ace McCarthy, Tahlequah, OK (3); 3. 1NZ-Michael Pickens, Auckland, NZ (6); 4. 72-Sam Johnson, St. Peters, MO (5); 5. 00-Luke Howard, Overland Park, KS (4); 6. 11-Tyler Baran, Joliet, IL (2); 7. 11B-Jeff Zelinski, Joliet, IL (7).

Schoenfeld Headers Heat Four (8 Laps):
1. 71K-Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA (4); 2. 67K-Holley Hollan, Broken Arrow, OK (2); 3. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, Paola, KS (7); 4. 7X-Brock Maskovich (3); 5. 99-Ryan Probst, New Lenox, IL (6); 6. 10A-Ryan Shilkuski (1); 7. 08-Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, OK (5).

Rod End Supply B-Main (12 Laps / 6 Transfer):
1.08-Cannon McIntosh (12); 2. 97K-Jesse Love (3); 3. 86C-Dalton Camfield (2); 4. 16C-Dave Camfield Jr. (11); 5. 99-Ryan Probst (1); 6. 10-Lance Bennett (5); 7. 00-Luke Howard (4); 8. 10A-Ryan Shilkuski (10); 9. 77-Blaze Bennett (9); 10. 11-Tyler Baran (6); 11. 17C-Devin Camfield (7); 12. 11B-Jeff Zelinski (8).

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Main Event (30 Laps):
1. 67-Logan Seavey (4); 2. 91T-Tyler Thomas (5); 3. 71K-Tanner Carrick (1); 4. 5D-Zach Daum (9); 5. 71-Jesse Colwell (14); 6. 28-Ace McCarthy (10); 7. 97K-Jesse Love (18); 8. 47BC-Andrew Layser (11); 9. 67K-Holley Hollan (12); 10. 9-Daison Pursley (6); 11. 08-Cannon McIntosh (17); 12. 72-Sam Johnson (13); 13. 1NZ-Michael Pickens (7); 14. 7X-Brock Maskovich (15); 15. 86C-Dalton Camfield (19); 16. 99-Ryan Probst (21); 17. 16C-Dave Camfield Jr. (20); 18. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (3); 19. 19-Spencer Bayston (8); 20. 10-Lance Bennett (22); 21. 3N-Jake Neuman (2); 23. 9X-Clinton Boyles (16);
Lap Leader(s): Neuman 1; Carrick 2-7; Thomas 8-24; Seavey 25-30.
Hard Charger(s): Love +11.

Winner Lagan Seavey (Brendon Bauman Photo)

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Winner Lagan Seavey (Brendon Bauman Photo)



SEAVEY STAMPS NEW CHAPTER IN MAGICAL SEASON WITH JACKSONVILLE WIN

JACKSONVILLE, ILL. (September 6, 2019) - When you're hot, you're hot; and Logan Seavey has simply been on fire in 2019. The Sutter, Calif. native made it eight victories in 14 starts with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets on Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway. Storming from seventh-to-first, Seavey did so while outlasting a stout field and dangerously dancing on the edge of the cushion aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1, Bullet/Toyota No. 67.

Extending his mark to 16 career victories, eight of which have come in 2019, Seavey inches closer to the record of most POWRi National Midget victories in one season, which is currently owned by Christopher Bell's 11-win campaign in 2014. Now, with ten races remaining, the 22-year old Toyota Racing Development star has a chance to break and potentially shatter Bell's benchmark.

Before he put the stamp on yet another unrelentless run to victory, Seavey had to take the green flag from the inside of the fourth row. Pacing the field out front, 17-year old Ethan Mitchell of Mooresville, N.C. had control of the start in his Bundy Built Motorsports No. 19M. However, it was the outside polesitter who controlled P1 when the opening circuit was recorded, as Jesse Colwell of Red Bluff, Calif. shot out of a cannon and put his IWX Motor Freight No. 71 to the point.

Driving away with ease, Colwell was dominant in the early stages while his KKM teammate, Jesse Love, maneuvered by Mitchell and took his JBL Audio No. 97K into the second slot. Early trouble for eighth-running Michael Pickens and fourth-running Robert Dalby hampered what were once two promising performances and bunched the field up.

While the battle for second turned red hot between Mitchell, Love and Seavey, the craziest moment of the night lurked around the corner. Going red on the tenth circuit, chaos ensued when third-running Ethan Mitchell caught the outside wall in turn two, sending his No. 19M into a frenzy of flips before landing on all four.

However, that was only the beginning. Climbing out of the car with a stuck throttle as the car leaned against the wall, Mitchell escaped the wreckage but his Honda powerplant continued to scream and light up the tires in a harrowing moment for fans and workers. After a few brief seconds of shock, a track worker stepped into the fray and reached into the cockpit, flipping the kill switch, and ending the madness.

Going back to green, Seavey instantly went on the attack, diamonding off turns one and two before rocketing by Colwell down the backstretch and clearing him for the lead with a turn three slider on lap 11. The final stoppage of the race came moments later when Jake Neuman slapped the cushion and went barrel-rolling in turn two on lap 13. He was okay and the race would restart for the final time.

Immediately gapping the field, Seavey pulled away while Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, Calif. hustled by Colwell to make it a 12th-to-second run. Throughout the final half, Carrick did all he could in attempting to track down a blistering-fast Seavey, but fell just short in his quest.

Leading the final 20 laps, Seavey set the Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1, Bullet/Toyota No. 67 on cruise control in his dominating performance. The eighth win of his 2019 season and 16th of his POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League career brings the Sutter, Calif. one step closer to his own slice of history.

Chasing Seavey to the line and completing a Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports sweep of the podium was Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, Calif. in the Walker Filters No. 71K and. Jesse Colwell of Red Bluff, Calif. aboard the IWX Motor Freight No. 71. Behind them and filling out the top five was Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. with a 14th-to-fourth bid and Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. in fifth with the Link-Belt Excavators No. 27.

Also finishing inside the top ten was Cannon McIntosh in sixth, Jesse Love in seventh, Ace McCarthy in eighth, Daison Pursley in ninth and Sam Johnson in tenth.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will be back at it tomorrow Saturday, September 7 for a round at Spoon River (Canton, Ill.) Speedway alongside the Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Cars.

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Auto Meter Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 97K-Jesse Love, Redwood City, CA (2); 2. 08-Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, OK (3); 3. 9-Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, OK (1); 4. 91T-Tyler Thomas, Collinsville, OK (5); 5. 97A-Austin O'Dell, Rochester, IL (4); 6. 3B-Shelby Bosie, Sherman, IL (8); 7. 3N-Jake Neuman, New Berlin, IL (7); 8. 10-Lance Bennett, Parker, CO (9); 9. 37-Tyler Rivard, Woonsocket, RI (6).

KSE Racing Products Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 67-Logan Seavey, Sutter, CA (1); 2. 72-Sam Johnson, St. Peters, MO (3); 3. 4D-Robert Dalby, Anaheim, CA (6); 4. 1NZ-Michael Pickens, Auckland, NZ (7); 5. 71K-Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA (8); 6. 9X-Clinton Boyles, Greenwood, MO (5); 7. 20-Cody Weisensel (4); 8. 17C-Devin Camfield, Decatur, IL (2).

Advanced Racing Suspension Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 19M-Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, NC (6); 2. 71-Jesse Colwell, Red Bluff, CA (8); 3. 5D-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (3); 4. 50-Daniel Adler, St. Louis, MO (5); 5. 57D-Daniel Robinson, Ewing, IL (2); 6. 67K-Holley Hollan, Broken Arrow, OK (7); 7. 56X-Mark Chisholm, Cheyenne, WY (1); 8. 77-Blaze Bennett, Parker, CO (4).

Schoenfeld Headers Heat Four (8 Laps):
1. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, Paola, KS (2); 2. 28-Ace McCarthy, Tahlequah, OK (6); 3. 47BC-Andrew Layser, Collegeville, PA (1); 4. 86C-Dave Camfield Jr., Decatur, IL (7); 5. 00-Luke Howard, Overland Park, KS (5); 6. 103-Broc Hunnell, Eolia, MO (4); 7. 15DJ-David Prickett, Fresno, CA (8); 8. 2X-Matt Linder, Hoschton, GA (3).

Rod End Supply B-Main (12 Laps / 4 Transfer):
1. 3B-Shelby Bosie (2); 2. 47BC-Andrew Layser (1); 3. 67K-Holley Hollan (5); 4. 9X-Clinton Boyles (7); 5. 57D-Daniel Robinson (6); 6. 3N-Jake Neuman (10); 7. 00-Luke Howard (3); 8. 97A-Austin O'Dell (4); 9. 103-Broc Hunnell (9); 10. 15DJ-David Prickett (8); 11. 56X-Mark Chisholm (13); 12. 10-Lance Bennett (11); 13. 77-Blaze Bennett (14); 14. 17C-Devin Camfield. (16); 15. 20-Cody Weisensel (12); 16. 37-Tyler Rivard (16); 17. 2X-Matt Linder (15).

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Main Event (30 Laps):
1. 67-Logan Seavey (7); 2. 71K-Tanner Carrick (12); 3. 71-Jesse Colwell (2); 4. 91T-Tyler Thomas (14); 5. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (5); 6. 08-Cannon McIntosh (8); 7. 97K-Jesse Love (4); 8. 28-Ace McCarthy (3); 9. 9-Daison Pursley (16); 10. 72-Sam Johnson (9); 11. 47BC-Andrew Layser (18); 12. 50-Daniel Adler (15); 13. 67K-Holley Hollan (19); 14. 57D-Daniel Robinson (21); 15. 5D-Zach Daum (13); 16. 86C-Dave Camfield Jr. (11); 17. 3N-Jake Neuman (22); 18. 3B-Shelby Bosie (17); 19. 1NZ-Michael Pickens (10); 20. 9X-Clinton Boyles (20); 21. 19M-Ethan Mitchell (1); 22. 4D-Robert Dalby (6).
Lap Leader(s): Colwell 1-10; Seavey 11-30.
Hard Charger(s): Carrick +10; Thomas +10.

Winner Lagan Seavey (Brendon Bauman Photo)

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Zeb Wise celebrates his victory in Thursday night's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS.
(Rich Forman Photo)



WISE BRINGS THE 39BC HOME TO VICTORY AT BC39

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 5, 2019).........Before he had even laid eyes on The Dirt Track at IMS, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had already occupied a special place within the heart of Zeb Wise.

He'd been triumphant in a quarter midget at the Battle at the Brickyard and also became the first ever winner on The Dirt Track at IMS in 2018, snagging the Stoops Pursuit.

After Thursday night's victory in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, the track became the showcase for a defining moment in the 16-year-old racer's burgeoning career where he led the final seven laps to score the biggest victory, and the richest payday ($15,000), of his young career.

One of the main influences on The Dirt Track at IMS becoming a reality was Bryan Clauson, the namesake of the BC39. Angola, Indiana's Wise has carried BC's spirit onward, driving for Bryan's father's Clauson/Marshall Racing team and piloting the No. 39BC on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail which he put into victory lane in front of a large throng of spectators on this memorable late summer night.

Wise's IMS story began earlier this decade when competing at The Battle at the Brickyard. It was there where Tim and Bryan Clauson, already a racing star in his own right, noticed Wise. When the time came, he was hand-picked by the Clausons to become a part of the team, leading him on the path to the biggest win of his career thus far.

"A lot of people don't know this, but Bryan and Tim, the first time they noticed me was at the quarter midget track that they run called Little Brickyard," Wise recalled. "That was the first time they ever got in contact with me. To carry over from the first time they saw me here, and now we're out there winning big races, it's very special not only to me, but probably even more special to the team."

Wise was in a hurry to get things done from his fifth starting spot at the drop of the green for the 39-lap main event. He whittled his way to second past Kevin Thomas, Jr. after the two clipped bumper to bumper off turn four when Thomas snagged the curb. Wise set up shop, went to the bottom and slid up in front of Thomas to pocket the runner-up spot.

Pole sitter Thomas Meseraull remained in control up front, keeping Wise in check a handful of car lengths back until the 18th lap. That's when a four-car quagmire ensued with Tucker Klaasmeyer first getting upside down, followed by Jerry Coons, Jr. plowing into Klaasmeyer and getting on his lid as well while Gio Scelzi and Cannon McIntosh also became entangled in the fray.

That's where it nearly came to a premature end for Meseraull, who made a hard left to avoid clipping the stopped car of McIntosh. Wise, just behind Meseraull, took evasive action as well, narrowly missing misfortune.

On the ensuing restart, Wise gained a full head of steam coming downhill off the top of turn two to zip by Meseraull for the race lead as Jason McDougal and Kyle Larson came in tandem to go to second and third as Meseraull slipped to fourth. A three-car chase at the front saw Larson go topside around McDougal for second and pounce when Wise bobbled atop the fourth turn cushion.

Larson instantaneously pointed his nose to the bottom and used a major run to slide across the nose of Wise into turn one, securing the lead off turn two. Moments later, however, Michael Pickens' car came to a stop in turn four, sending Larson back to second and returned Wise to the head of the field for the restart.

As he had done all throughout the night, Wise was a force on restarts, and was able to stretch it out to a half-straight lead by the back stretch on the lap 21 resumption. Nonetheless, Larson leashed Wise back in in no time and was clamped down on the shadow of Wise with less than 15 laps remaining.

On lap 28, Wise biked in turn three atop the cushion, which was basically be an extension of the outside concrete wall at that point. It was seemingly no harm, no foul, as Larson got on the binders to avoid contact with Wise. Both kept their foot in it and put their wills on the razor's edge in turn one as Larson attempted to slide Wise in turn one. With just enough room to fit the width of a midget and the thickness of two dimes between them, Wise never wavered from the top, kept his right foot on the hammer and escaped through the other side of the needle to hang onto the spot just before early race leader Meseraull flipped in turns three and four, concluding a promising run for the high-point man who led a race-high 18 laps.

On the following restart, all broke loose again, with Larson taking his run at Wise with a slider into turn three. By the time the two arrived at the exit of turn four, nowhere was there room to spare. Larson and Wise made contact, sending Wise ramping up the wall and landing on all fours while defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon snuck by on the bottom from fourth to first past McDougal, Larson and Wise to rip the lead away on lap 29.

Larson then slowed with a flat left rear tire to force a yellow flag, putting Wednesday's Stoops Pursuit winner/survivor out of contention for the win, although he did race back to a ninth-place finish. Meanwhile, Wise's mind was racing with concern over whether his race was in jeopardy, admitting he thought his race was over after the contact.

Following a lap 31 red flag for a McIntosh flip between turns three and four, Wise's curiosity grew stronger as he pondered what could be wrong at the moment with his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven2SaveLives - Sundollar Restoration/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"I knew something was wrong," Wise admitted. "Heck, I couldn't even hold it straight down the straightaways. I knew something was going on. We had a red flag there and the push truck driver came to me and I said, 'Dude, what is wrong with the front end?' He looked it over and said, 'Looks like you have a bent steering arm.' At that point, I knew it wasn't something serious, and that I didn't need to pull off the track because it was going to be a hazard or anything."

Thursday's win at The Dirt Track at IMS was Zeb Wise's fourth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory, and his first outside the state of Pennsylvania.
(Rich Forman Photo)

Experiencing a handful with his steering wheel in addition to the flurry of action surrounding him, Wise overcame and persevered, utilizing a lap 33 slide job to overtake Bacon for the lead and bring CMR teammate Chris Windom along with him on the bottom, who cranked down the shocks and lay in wait to capitalize on any mistake by Wise down the stretch.

In a race that changed its complexion frequently and without hesitation, FMR Racing teammates Bacon and McDougal had drifted back to fifth and sixth where they tangled on the front straightaway on lap 35, ending the team's bid for a repeat BC39 victory.

Racing resumed with Wise and Windom continuing their side-by-side joust as Christopher Bell entered the ring and was challenging both for the lead as he followed Wise on the high side of three where he bounced and buoyed his way atop turn three with three laps to go, bouncing the left side of his roll cage off the track surface before springing back up and landing on all fours, putting a premature end to his bid for a win with front end damage.

Wise used another strong restart to gain separation on the lap 37 restart ahead of CMR teammates Windom and Courtney (who started 20th). Windom on the low line and Courtney up top dug in during their proverbial fist fight for the runner-up spot. Windom began a slow fade as the bottom began to slicken and Courtney found the traction up top to pull ahead coming to the white flag.

Wise put an end to the dramatics, stamping his name in Indianapolis Motor Speedway lore on the final lap as he nailed the entry and exit to each end of the racetrack on the 39th circuit to win by 0.372 sec. over Courtney, Windom, Chad Boat and Logan Seavey.

After a beginning to the season that saw mixed results, Wise has won three of the last five in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, but none bigger than the one he earned Thursday night at IMS.

"We've been on such a hot streak lately," Wise said. "It doesn't matter where we go, you know we're a factor. When we came off that hot streak in Pennsylvania, I knew this was going to be the one that would really show what we've got, and we got it done."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at The Dirt Track at IMS were Tyler Thomas (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Zeb Wise (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Christopher Bell (AutoMeter Third Heat Qualifier Winner), Dillon Welch (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Qualifier Winner), Tyler Courtney (B & W Auto Mart/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Michael Pickens (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Cannon McIntosh (Duane & Sonja Alexander Last Transfer), Sam Johnson (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Jesse Colwell (Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Rookie of The Race & ProSource Passing Master).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Kyle Larson (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 8. Jonathan Beason (#21FS Reynolds), 9. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 10. Mark Chisholm (#56x Chisholm), 11. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer), 12. Conor Daly (#35 Petry), 13. Luke Howard (#00 Mounce), 14. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 15. Ryan Hall (#2 Bush). NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. C.J. Leary (#21KS Reynolds), 4. Brady Bacon (#76E FMR), 5. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Cody Swanson (#71s Campbell), 7. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 8. Brent Beauchamp (#43 Arnold), 9. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 10. Alex Bright (#1ST Saucier), 11. Chris Baue (#9 Baue), 12. Ray Seach (#54m Manic), 13. Rich Drangmeister (#3 Drangmeister), 14. Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett). NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 6. Ace McCarthy (#28 Neuman), 7. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 8. David Prickett (#15DJ Neverlift), 9. Colten Cottle (#56AP Young), 10. Chris Jagger, Jr. (#32J Jagger), 11. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 12. Cody Weisensel (#20 Weisensel), 13. Trey Osborne (#61 Kenyon), 14. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Dillon Welch (#81 Tucker/Boat), 2. Spencer Bayston (#19 Hayward), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 5. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 6. David Budres (#23m Manic), 7. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 8. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 9. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat), 10. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 11. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard), 12. Michael Klein (#10A Wallace), 13. Ken Drangmeister (#76 Drangmeister). NT

FIFTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Gio Scelzi (#85 Tucker/Boat), 2. Jason McDougal (#76m FMR), 3. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. J.J. Yeley (#2J Taylor), 5. Tony DiMattia (#50 TDM), 6. Kyle Jones (#7u Trifecta), 7. Steve Buckwalter (#25B Buckwalter), 8. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 9. Dave Darland (#15 Petry), 10. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 11. Matt Linder (#2x Bush), 12. Kevin Studley (#57K Studley), 13. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 14. Blaze Bennett (#77 Bennett). NT

SIXTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS), 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17 Clauson/Marshall), 3. Chase Jones (#1BR SFHR), 4. Matt Westfall (#54 Bordner), 5. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 6. Critter Malone (#7 Seven), 7. Austin O'Dell (#97A O'Dell), 8. Clinton Boyles (#9B Mounce), 9. Shannon McQueen (#15s Garrett), 10. Tommy Kouns (#11T Taylor), 11. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 12. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 13. Robert Bell (#71B Bell), 14. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FIRST D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Jesse Colwell, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Karsyn Elledge, 5. Colten Cottle, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Kyle O'Gara, 8. Chris Baue, 9. Justin Dickerson, 10. Kevin Studley, 11. Kendall Ruble, 12. Ryan Hall, 13. Chris Jagger, Jr., 14. Rich Drangmeister, 15. Clinton Boyles, 16. Blaze Bennett, 17. Ray Seach, 18. Oliver Akard, 19. Brayton Lynch. NT

SECOND D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tyler Nelson, 5. David Prickett, 6. Mark Chisholm, 7. Luke Howard, 8. Carson Garrett, 9. Aaron Leffel, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Cody Weisensel, 12. Lance Bennett, 13. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 14. Conor Daly, 15. Matt Linder, 16. Tommy Kouns, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Michael Klein, 19. Jeff Wimmenauer, 20. Ken Drangmeister. NT

C-MAIN: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the semi) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Robert Dalby, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Ace McCarthy, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Holley Hollan, 8. Nick Drake, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Brent Beauchamp, 12. Jonathan Beason, 13. Cody Swanson, 14. Alex Bright, 15. David Budres, 16. Critter Malone, 17. Russ Gamester, 18. Austin O'Dell, 19. Andrew Layser, 20. Ethan Mitchell. NT

SEMI: (20 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Chase Briscoe, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Jesse Colwell, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tony DiMattia, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Jake Neuman, 13. Ace McCarthy, 14. Zach Daum, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Steve Buckwalter, 17. Robert Dalby, 18. Matt Westfall, 19. Chase Jones, 20. J.J. Yeley. NT

FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (20), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Chad Boat (16), 5. Logan Seavey (14), 6. Jesse Colwell (24), 7. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (15), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 9. Kyle Larson (12), 10. Justin Grant (11), 11. Dillon Welch (8), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Michael Pickens (4), 14. Gio Scelzi (9), 15. Christopher Bell (17), 16. Brady Bacon (10), 17. Jason McDougal (7), 18. Cannon McIntosh (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (1), 20. Spencer Bayston (2), 21. Tyler Thomas (13), 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (19), 24. Chase Briscoe (21), 25. Jake Neuman (26), 26. C.J. Leary (25). NT
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**Alex Bright flipped during the second qualifying race. Jesse Colwell flipped during the third qualifying race. Robert Dalby flipped during the semi. Tucker Klaasmeyer and Jerry Coons, Jr. flipped on lap 19 of the feature. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 28 of the feature. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 31 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 19-28 Zeb Wise, Laps 29-32 Brady Bacon, Laps 33-39 Zeb Wise.

ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Jesse Colwell

B & W AUTO MART/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (20th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Michael Pickens

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Sam Johnson

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,517, 2-Chris Windom-1,403, 3-Logan Seavey-1,350, 4-Zeb Wise-1,286, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,284, 6-Chad Boat-1,208, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,147, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,129, 9-Jason McDougal-1,069, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,034.

FINAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Jesse Colwell-34, 2-Tyler Courtney-23, 3-Zach Daum-18, 4-Chad Boat-16, 5-Dave Darland-16, 6-Logan Seavey-15, 7-Cannon McIntosh-13, 8-Sam Johnson-13, 9-Chris Windom-12, 10-Thomas Meseraull-12.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 28, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 4-Crown Nationals

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A frenzied crowd goes wild as Kyle Larson drives to victory under the red flag of the Stoops Pursuit on the opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink Wednesday at The Dirt Track at IMS. (Rich Forman Photo)



LARSON THE LAST ONE STANDING IN BC39 STOOPS PURSUIT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 4, 2019).........Kyle Larson literally became the last man standing on the final lap of the Stoops Pursuit during Wednesday's opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS.

On the last lap of the fifth and final segment of the 25-lap event, three drivers remained on track and were in contention for the victory after 22 of the 25 starters had been eliminated from competition in the unique format that sent drivers to the infield if they were passed or were involved in an accident.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) entered the back straightaway off turn two under a proverbial blanket on the last lap. Pickens dove underneath Larson entering turn three on the final lap. As both went for the same piece of real estate at the entrance of turn three, Pickens' right rear tire climbed Larson's left front, sending Pickens flipping wildly and Larson into a 360 spin at the edge of the infield.

Moments later, Grant seemed to have a clear path to victory on the top side, but instead, banged his right rear tire off the turn three wall, sending himself into a series of barrel rolls against the concrete.

Remember Larson? With a cloud of dust kicked up from the infield and his camber askew, he pointed his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Curb Records/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota in the right direction, tip-toed around the bottom of the fourth turn and gassed his way back to the finish line as the winner.

The unpredictable turn of events was reminiscent of a combination of both the 1976 Daytona 500 finish between Richard Petty/David Pearson as well as Danny Sullivan's spin-and-win on the same property at IMS back in 1985, earning Larson $2,100 for his efforts and being a part of one of the wildest moments in the century-plus history of racing on the IMS grounds.

"That was wild," Larson exclaimed. "I didn't know it was going to be that crazy of a race. On the second to last stage, Justin (Grant) got by and then (Jason) McDougal got by, and I knew I needed to get back to second to be able to run that last round."

"I was really good up top," Larson continued. "I knew if I got a good restart, I could get by Pickens. But this track was so racy that sliders were easy to throw. Michael (Pickens) was throwing everything he had at me. We made contact there on the back stretch. He was trying to park it on the bottom, and I was trying to do what I did the lap before, two laps before."

Wednesday marked the first night Larson had been on track in competition at The Dirt Track at IMS after not competing in last year's inaugural BC39 event.

"I was bummed I couldn't make it last year," Larson admitted. "I saw how exciting it was and said, 'screw it, I'm going to try to make it.' I made it to the Indy airport at 4:45 just in time for hot laps. It was worth it, though. I hope we can be up here again tomorrow."

The BC39 continues Thursday, Sept. 5, with the finale. The event will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Chase Briscoe, 5. Daniel Robinson, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. David Prickett, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Ken Drangmeister. 2:08.04

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Karsyn Elledge, 3. Holley Hollan, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Ray Seach, 8. Shannon McQueen. 2:11.03

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Ace McCarthy, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Cody Weisensel, 7. Oliver Akard. 2:10.53

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Dillon Welch, 2. Justin Grant, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Kyle O'Gara, 5. Cody Swanson, 6. Brayton Lynch, 7. Justin Dickerson, 8. Chris Jagger, Jr., 9. Trey Osborne. 2:12.21

FIFTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Gio Scelzi, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Steve Buckwalter, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Austin O'Dell, 7. Conor Daly, 8. Robert Bell, 9. Blaze Bennett. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Billy Wease, 4. Chase Jones, 5. Kyle Jones, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Kendall Ruble, 8. Colten Cottle, 9. Michael Klein. NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Jake Neuman, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Tony DiMattia, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Chris Baue, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jonathan Beason. NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Mark Chisholm, 7. Kevin Studley, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Critter Malone. NT

NINTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Nick Drake, 5. Aaron Leffel, 6. David Budres, 7. Ryan Hall, 8. Rich Drangmeister, 9. Carson Garrett. NT

TENTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Jesse Colwell, 4. Luke Howard, 5. Jeff Wimmenauer, 6. Matt Linder, 7. Tommy Kouns, 8. John Heydenreich. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett)

STOOPS PURSUIT RACE: (25 Laps) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Michael Pickens (3), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (17), 5. Jason McDougal (15), 6. Tanner Carrick (11), 7. Chris Windom (18), 8. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (16), 9. Chad Boat (2), 10. 19 Spencer Bayston (4), 11. 67 Logan Seavey (5), 12. Zach Daum (14), 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (19), 14. Jesse Colwell (1), 15. Gio Scelzi (10), 16. Jake Neuman (6), 17. Dillon Welch (9), 18. Zeb Wise (13), 19. Brady Bacon (20), 20. Christopher Bell (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Kyle O'Gara (21), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (23), 24. Thomas Meseraull (8), 25. Chase Briscoe (22). NT
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**Andrew Layser flipped during the sixth heat. Chris Baue flipped during the seventh heat.

STOOPS PURSUIT LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Chad Boat, Laps 6-20 Michael Pickens, Laps 21-22 Kyle Larson, Lap 23 Michael Pickens, Laps 24-25 Kyle Larson.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,517, 2-Chris Windom-1,403, 3-Logan Seavey-1,350, 4-Zeb Wise-1,286, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,284, 6-Chad Boat-1,208, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,147, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,129, 9-Jason McDougal-1,069, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,034.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-8, 2-Brady Bacon, Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Spencer Bayston-6, 6-Jerry Coons, Jr., Tanner Carrick & Logan Seavey-5.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 5, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

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Winner Tyler Thomas (Speed Demon Productions Photo)



THOMAS THRILLS AT LAKE OZARK FOR 14TH-CAREER POWRi WIN

ELDON, MO. (September 1, 2019) - In an exciting race that saw a handful of different leaders, Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. outlasted them all to complete a ninth-to-first charge for his 14th-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory on Sunday night at Lake Ozark Speedway.

A field of 25 POWRi National / West Midgets filled the pit area for the second night of racing, a program that saw Thomas Meseraull (Auto Meter Heat 1), Cannon McIntosh (KSE Racing Products Heat 2) and Tanner Carrick (Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat 3) split heat race wins.

Winning his heat from seventh, McIntosh of Bixby, Okla. secured PAC Racing Springs #HighPointMan honors and put his Dave Mac Motorsports, Drive WFX, Spike/Toyota No. 08 on the pole position. Looking to redeem himself after a mechanical issue stripped him from the lead with five laps left on Saturday night, the 16-year old star was determined to find redemption and quickly took command in Sunday's show.

While the race heated up and the lead changed hands, Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. moved his Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports No. 27 to the point on the sixth circuit. His lead lasted until just shy of the halfway point when Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. guided his No. 5D entry by Klaasmeyer and took command himself.

Meanwhile, Tyler Thomas was roaring through the pack aboard his BT Machine, Spike/Toyota No. 91T and thanks to a well-timed caution was set to restart right behind Daum and Klaasmeyer. Driving into the top spot and storming by them all, Thomas shot past Klaasmeyer and then made work of Daum to take the lead on lap 22.

From there, Thomas kept the top spot under control and held on for his 14th-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory. A Sunday night score at Lake Ozark Speedway, the win was the Collinsville, Okla. native's second triumph of the season, and the first of his career at the Eldon, Mo. race track.

Chasing Thomas to the stripe on Sunday was Tucker Klaasmeyer with a second-place effort, Zach Daum in the third-place position, Michael Pickens of Auckland, New Zealand in fourth aboard the RMS Racing No. 1NZ, and Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif. in the RMS Racing No. 7X.

Also finishing inside the top ten at Lake Ozark was teenage Holley Hollan of Broken Arrow, Okla. (sixth), current POWRi Midget points leader Jesse Colwell of Red Bluff, Calif. (seventh), 14-year old Daison Pursley of Locust Grove, Okla. (eighth), early leader Cannon McIntosh in the ninth slot, and POWRi West points leader Andrew Felker in tenth.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League resumes their 2019 season next weekend with a Friday, September 6 show at Jacksonville Speedway followed by a Saturday, September 7 program at Spoon River Speedway.

For more information on POWRi Racing, you can visit www.powri.com online, follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter and Instagram, or like POWRi on Facebook.

Auto Meter Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 7X-Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA (2); 2. 1NZ-Michael Pickens, Auckland, NZ (5); 3. 5D-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (9);4. 9-Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, OK (6); 5. 97-Maria Cofer, Macdoel, CA (1); 6. 42-Hank Davis, Sand Springs, OK (7); 7. 32-Trey Marcham, Oklahoma City, OK (8); 8. 28-Jake Neuman, New Berlin, IL (3); 9. 20G-Noah Gass, Mounds, OK (4).

KSE Racing Products Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 08-Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, OK (7); 2. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, Paola, KS (8);3. 44S-Andrew Felker, Carl Junction, MO (5); 4. 72-Sam Johnson, St. Peters, MO (1); 5. 3N-Ace McCarthy, Tahlequah, OK (4); 6. 71-Jesse Colwell, Red Bluff, CA (3); 7. 8M-Kade Morton, Coweta, OK (6); 8. 321-Chad Winfrey, Gladstone, MO (2).

Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 71K-Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA (6); 2. 91T-Tyler Thomas, Collinsville, OK (2); 3. 67-Holley Hollan, Broken Arrow, OK (7); 4. 97K-Jesse Love, Redwood City, CA (5); 5. 00-Luke Howard, Overland Park, KS (3); 6. 15-Carson Garrett, Littleton, CO (1); 7. 7JR-JD Black, Grain Valley, MO (4); 8. 2H-Jordan Howell, Columbia, MO (8).

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Main Event (30 Laps):
1. 91T-Tyler Thomas (9); 2. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (3); 3. 5D-Zach Daum (4); 4. 1NZ-Michael Pickens (5); 5. 7X-Thomas Meseraull (7); 6. 67-Holley Hollan (6); 7. 71-Jesse Colwell (18) 8. 9-Daison Pursley (10); 9. 08-Cannon McIntosh (1); 10. 44S-Andrew Felker (8); 11. 97-Maria Cofer (16); 12. 42-Hank Davis (14); 13. 97K-Jesse Love (11); 14. 3N-Ace McCarthy (13); 15. 28-Jake Neuman (24); 16. 32-Trey Marcham (17); 17. 20G-Noah Gass (25); 18. 00-Luke Howard (15); 19. 8M-Kade Morton (20); 20. 15-Carson Garrett (19); 21. 2H-Jordan Howell (22); 22. 72-Sam Johnson (12); 23. 321-Chad Winfrey (23); 24. 71K-Tanner Carrick (2); 25. 7JR-JD Black (21).

Winner Tyler Thomas (Speed Demon Productions Photo)

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Winner Thomas Meseraull (Speed Demon Productions Photo)



T-MEZ TOWERS ON NIGHT ONE AT LAKE OZARK

ELDON, MO. (August 31, 2019) - Capitalizing on Cannon McIntosh's late-race misfortune, Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif. assumed the race lead with five laps remaining on Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway and held on for his fourth-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory.

With 24 cars in attendance for the POWRi National / West Midget show, a trio of heat races were presented to the enticed Labor Day weekend crowd. Meseraull topped the opening Auto Meter heat race and rocketed to second in points, while Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. won KSE Racing Products heat two from fifth to earn PAC Racing Springs High Point Man honors, who was followed by Chance Morton claiming the third Advanced Racing Suspensions heat.

As Daum and Meseraull brought the 24-car field to life in the main event, it was T-Mez powering his Matt Estep owned, Envirofab, Spike/Toyota No. 7X to the point. Commanding the opening six laps, Meseraull was quickly chased by fourth-starter Cannon McIntosh, who maneuvered by Daum and set his sights on the race lead.

Taking the top spot on lap seven, McIntosh wheeled his Dave Mac Motorsports, Drive WFX, Spike/Toyota No. 08 to the front and looked to cash in for his first-career POWRi National Midget triumph.

Driving away and holding a tight grasp on P1, it looked as if McIntosh was finally due to break his spell of bad luck and strike gold with that elusive victory. However, heartbreak soon ensued, as mechanical issues on lap 25 saw the Bixby, Okla. 16-year old retire from the lead in devastating fashion.

Assuming the lead in the midst of McIntosh's woes, Meseraull was back at the point and had only five laps separating himself from the checkered flag. The San Jose, Calif. native survived the final restart with ease and ran away to score his fourth-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League win.

Rounding out the top five behind Meseraull was Zach Daum in second, Jesse Colwell in third, Tucker Klaasmeyer in fourth and Michael Pickens in fifth. Closing out the top ten was Holley Hollan in sixth, Tyler Thomas in seventh, Trey Marcham in eighth, Jesse Love in ninth, Hank Davis in tenth.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will be right back at it tomorrow night Sunday, September 1 with another appearance at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. alongside POWRi West.

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Auto Meter Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 7X-Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA (4); 2. 67-Holley Hollan, Broken Arrow, OK (6); 3. 42-Hank Davis, Sand Springs, OK (2); 4. 3N-Jake Neuman, New Berlin, IL (7); 5. 28-Ace McCarthy, Tahlequah, OK (1); 6. 20G-Noah Gass, Mounds, OK (5); 7. 91T-Tyler Thomas, Collinsville, OK (3); 8. 97-Maria Cofer, Macdoel, CA (8).

KSE Racing Products Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 5D-Zach Daum, Pocahontas, IL (5); 2. 1NZ-Michael Pickens, Auckland, NZ (4); 3. 97K-Jesse Love, Redwood City, CA (8); 4. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, Paola, KS (7); 5. 32-Trey Marcham, Oklahoma City, OK (6); 6. 8M-Kade Morton, Coweta, OK (1); 7. 2H-Jordan Howell, Columbia, MO (2); 8. 71K-Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA (3).

Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 7M-Chance Morton, Coweta, OK (2); 2. 08-Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, OK (6); 3. 71-Jesse Colwell, Red Bluff, CA (7); 4. 21KS-C.J. Leary, Greenfield, IN (1); 5. 44S-Andrew Felker, Carl Junction, MO (4); 6. 9-Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, OK (5); 7. 00-Luke Howard, Overland Park, KS (8); 8. 321-Chad Winfrey, Gladstone, MO (3).

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Main Event (30 Laps):
1. 7X-Thomas Meseraull (2); 2. 5D-Zach Daum (1); 3. 71-Jesse Colwell (6); 4. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (10); 5. 1NZ-Michael Pickens (8); 6. 67-Holley Hollan (3); 7. 91T-Tyler Thomas (20); 8. 32-Trey Marcham (12); 9. 97K-Jesse Love (5); 10. 42-Hank Davis (11); 11. 9-Daison Pursley (17); 12. 20G-Noah Gass (16); 13. 97-Maria Cofer (21); 14. 2H-Jordan Howell (22); 15. 08-Cannon McIntosh (4); 16. 7M-Chance Morton (7); 17. 44S-Andrew Felker (14); 18. 8M-Kade Morton (19); 19. 00-Luke Howard (18); 20. 21KS-C.J. Leary (13); 21. 3N-Jake Neuman (9); 22. 28-Ace McCarthy (15); 23. 71K-Tanner Carrick (23); 24. 3321-Chad Winfrey (24).
Lap Leader(s): Meseraull 1-6, McIntosh 7-25; Meseraull 26-30.
Hard Charger(s): Thomas +13.

Winner Thomas Meseraull (Speed Demon Productions Photo)

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