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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.

"First off, that was a lot of work," commented Christopher Bell. "Logan Seavey; he's going to be a great one, one of these days. I had to work hard for that one. It honestly makes my heart happy to see all of the fans out here. This is my home. Thank you Mark Bannister for allowing POWRi to come here. It's a dream come true for my home track to host an event of this magnitude. I grew up here at I-44 and up the road at Port City. These short, dirt tracks are where my heart's at and it's what I love to run on. This place is a ton of fun and I'm glad we get to have a national event here to kick off the season."

"Like I said last night, he's the best right now in midgets," stated Logan Seavey. "It was really cool just to lead some laps. I knew he was going to be coming there and was able to hold him off for a couple of laps, but as soon as I dove to the bottom in lap traffic, I figured my race was over from there on. You can't make any mistakes racing against a guy of that caliber."

"I just want to thank all the fans for coming out," said Ryan Robinson. I've been coming here the last couple of years for the Turnpike Challenge and they always put on a good show."


Speedway Motors Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: 3N - JAKE NEUMAN, Heat 2: 71K - TANNER CARRICK, Heat 3: 08 - CANNON MCINTOSH, Heat 4: 67K - HOLLY SHELTON, Heat 5: 7BC - TYLER COURTNEY, Heat 6: 5D - ZACH DAUM, Heat 7: 37 - TERRY BABB, Heat 8: 73 - JASON MCDOUGAL

Racing Electronics C Feature Winners: 96 - CODY BREWER, 28M - ACE MCCARTHY

Toyota Semi Feature Winners: 7F - ANDREW FELKER, 52 - BLAKE HAHN

Mesilla Valley Transportation Feature Winner: 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL 2. 67 - LOGAN SEAVEY 3. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON 4. 5D - ZACH DAUM 5. 91T - TYLER THOMAS 6. 7BC - ZEB WISE 7. 8J - JONATHON BEASON 8. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 9. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON 10. 52 - BLAKE HAHN 11. 71K - TANNER CARRICK 12. 7F - ANDREW FELKER 13. 37 - TERRY BABB 14. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN 15. 28 - KORY SCHUDY 16. 32 - TREY MARCHAM 17. 4M - MICHELLE DECKER 18. 44 - WESLEY SMITH 19. 9 - MATT MOORE 20. 21KS - KARTER SARFF 21. 08 - CANNON MCINTOSH 22. 51B - JOE B MILLER 23. 7M - CHANCE MORTON 24. 73 - JASON MCDOUGAL

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Thomas, Jr. Sweeps Sunshine State Midget Challenge

Ocala, FL – After snagging the opening night of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge at Bubba Raceway Park, Kevin Thomas, Jr. picked up where he left off, leading all 30 laps of the main event. This was Thomas, Jr.’s third victory with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League.

On the opening lap, Thomas, Jr. immediately took command. With one lap complete, the red was displayed for Sam Johnson who made contact with the wall exiting turn four and got upside down. Johnson was alright, but done for the night. Returning to racing, Thomas, Jr. checked out as Tanner Thorson worked to keep up.

On lap 20 the action slowed as Presley Truedson came to a stop. With plenty of lap traffic between himself and the rest of the field, Thomas, Jr. had a moment of breathing room before the caution came back out on lap 21 for Michelle Decker with front-end damage in turn two. With nine laps to go, Thomas, Jr. checked out and never gave Thorson a chance to challenge him. Zach Daum rounded out the podium, while Chad Boat took fourth, followed by Ryan Robinson.

“For us to be able to do what we did is pretty remarkable for our team,” commented Kevin Thomas, Jr. “This is basically the first two races I’ve ran for them. I ran Turkey Night last year, but different package all together. Like I said yesterday, for these midget motors to hold up as fast as were going around here, hat’s off to Toyota and Speedway Engines Development. This is pretty cool. I haven’t won that many midget races, but it looks like we’re turning into a pretty good team.”

“We just started off a little too loose there,” stated second place finisher Tanner Thorson. “By the time I got to my shocks and start working them, KT was long gone. They had a phenomenal weekend, they were fast both nights, so hat’s off to that team. I just wish we were a little bit better, but we’ll keep working on it.”

“Last night we blew a power steering line and I hung in there for about 15 laps with no power steering,” said third place finisher Zach Daum. “So tonight we worked on this thing, it’s a new car, we built a four bar midget. We’re experimenting with it and its got potential, so I’m happy with that. We’ll run it at I-44 in a couple of weeks and hopefully keep improving on it.”

Midgets | POWRi National Midgets
A Feature 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [1]; 2. 63-Tanner Thorson, [2]; 3. 5D-Zach Daum, [3]; 4. 84-Chad Boat, [7]; 5. 71-Ryan Robinson, [5]; 6. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [9]; 7. 3N-Jake Neuman, [10]; 8. 9-Matt Moore, [16]; 9. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [15]; 10. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [4]; 11. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [8]; 12. 5T-Presley Truedson, [14]; 13. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [13]; 14. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [17]; 15. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [18]; 16. 4M-Michelle Decker, [6]; 17. 7F-Andrew Felker, [12]; 18. 72-Sam Johnson, [11]

Heat 1: 1. 5D-Zach Daum, [2]; 2. 63-Tanner Thorson, [5]; 3. 84-Chad Boat, [4]; 4. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [1]; 5. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [3]; 6. 9-Matt Moore, [6]

Heat 2: 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [5]; 2. 4M-Michelle Decker, [2]; 3. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [4]; 4. 5T-Presley Truedson, [1]; 5. 72-Sam Johnson, [6]; 6. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [3]

Heat 3: 1. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [1]; 2. 71-Ryan Robinson, [3]; 3. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [2]; 4. 3N-Jake Neuman, [4]; 5. 7F-Andrew Felker, [6]; 6. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [5]

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Kevin Thomas, Jr. Takes Opening Night of Sunshine State Midget Challenge

Ocala, FL - Kevin Thomas, Jr. claimed the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League's opening night at Bubba Raceway Park in the inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge. Thomas, Jr.'s Florida victory was his second career with POWRi, his first coming back in 2015.

With the initial start called back, the actual start saw Tanner Thorson leading lap one, only to relinquish the lead to Thomas, Jr. down the backstretch. The following lap the action slowed for Holly Hollan spun entering turn three. Returning to green Thorson pressured Thomas, Jr. to no avail. With ten laps down the yellow flew again for Hollan, this time for a flat left rear tire on her machine.

Coming back to green flag racing, Thomas, Jr. checked out and put distance between himself and Thorson. On lap 20, the caution was displayed as Chad Boat came to a stop. Boat returned to the pits and was done for the evening. Retuning to green flag racing with 10 laps to go, Thorson hung right there with Thomas, Jr. But, with 27 laps completed, Thorson suffered a mechanical failure entering turn one, ending his night and leaving a three-lap shootout. In a dash to the finish, Thomas, Jr. led Ryan Robinson and Tucker Klaasmeyer to the checkered.

"Good job to everybody on the track crew," commented Kevin Thomas, Jr. "They made a pretty good racetrack. Me and Tanner had a pretty good battle there. Once he kind of showed me that the top was coming in, I was just getting too slow there on the bottom in three and four. I've got to thank Scott Petry and the whole crew over here. They gave me a great racetrack. That was a fun race. I haven't won a midget race in quite a while."

"I just can't thank Abreu Vineyards, Keith, Pete, Big Al and the whole team that works on these enough," said Ryan Robinson. "We didn't have a whole lot for them tonight, but we're going to work on this and be up front tomorrow night. This is a really cool racetrack to run on. It's my first time here and I love it already. The difference between one and two and three and four, you've got to figure it out as a driver. It's a real technical track."

"It took quite a while to figure it out," stated Tucker Klaasmeyer. "It's really tricky at both ends. It's probably one of the trickier tracks I've been to. It feels like a small quarter mile at one end and a big three-eighths mile at the other. It was a lot of fun and a good first run in Keith's car."

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [3]; 2. 71-Ryan Robinson, [4]; 3. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [10]; 4. 9-Matt Moore, [6]; 5. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [19]; 6. 3N-Jake Neuman, [9]; 7. 7F-Andrew Felker, [7]; 8. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [13]; 9. 4M-Michelle Decker, [14]; 10. 5D-Zach Daum, [8]; 11. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [11]; 12. 5T-Presley Truedson, [18]; 13. 72-Sam Johnson, [12]; 14. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [17]; 15. 63-Tanner Thorson, [1]; 16. 21X-Casey Schuman, [5]; 17. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [15]; 18. 84-Chad Boat, [2]; 19. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [16]

Heat 1: 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [1]; 2. 7F-Andrew Felker, [2]; 3. 21X-Casey Schuman, [5]; 4. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [4]; 5. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [6]; 6. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [3]; 7. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [7]

Heat 2: 1. 71-Ryan Robinson, [1]; 2. 63-Tanner Thorson, [6]; 3. 9-Matt Moore, [5]; 4. 72-Sam Johnson, [3]; 5. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [2]; 6. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [4]

Heat 3: 1. 84-Chad Boat, [2]; 2. 5D-Zach Daum, [1]; 3. 3N-Jake Neuman, [4]; 4. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [6]; 5. 4M-Michelle Decker, [5]; 6. 5T-Presley Truedson, [3]

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