Belleville, IL. (4/16/22) Chase McDermand would use the extra prep day to his advantage, pulling into Federated Auto Parts Raceway on victory lane I-55 and winning his first career Lucas Oil POWRi National & West Midget League presented by Realty Connect feature win.
At the start of the Lucas Oil POWRi National & West Midget League presented by Realty Connect, the thirty-one entries competition would see Zach Daum set the fastest lap time with a lap of 13.439 seconds. Tanner Berryhill, Taylor Reimer, Chase McDermand and Joe B Miller would all claim heat race victories with Tanner Berryhill earning the highest qualifying prize money after racing from eighth to first as Hayden Reinbold took victory in the half- length.
Launching the peloton on the initial green flag launch would see Tanner Berryhill and teammate Chase McDermand take early advantage and look like the contenders to beat with Berryhill leading the first lap to see McDermand mounting a charge in front of the field.
Leading the field of competitors for the majority of the event, the very fast Chase McDermand would extend a decisive lead only to see his advantage evaporate when the flag of caution flew in the latter stages of the feature with McDermand, Joe B Miller , Berryhill, Sam Johnson and Taylor Reimer are all vying for the top five.
Holding the field at bay at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 would find Chase McDermand getting his first career POWRi National Midget win as Joe B Miller placed a close runner-up and left Tanner Berryhill in a hard-fought third spot. Sam Johnson and Bryant Wiedeman would battle it out late with Johnson earning fourth place, leaving Wiedeman to round out the Lucas Oil POWRi National & West Midget League top five in the thrilling finale.
“It’s been a long dream of me to be able to lead the National Midgets and to be able to do a deal with Jay Mounce and Gavin Stout, it’s honestly a dream come true,” said festive Chase McDermand. Adding “We started this year very well, and I think that surprises a lot of guys, but it’s huge for our team to be able to win here in Pevely”.
National League POWRi and West Midget | Federated Auto Parts Circuit at I-55 | 04/16/22:
Best Hoosier Racing tire lap time: 9M – Zach Daum (13.439)
Advanced Racing Suspension Heat Race 1 winner: 17 – Tanner Berryhill
Auto Meter Heat Race 2 Winner: 25K – Taylor Reimer
Schure Built Suspension Heat Race 3 Winner: 40 – Chase McDermand
AFOC Racing Heat Race 4 Winner: 51B – Joe B Miller
Winner of the Max Papis Innovations semi-feature: 19AZ – Hayden Reinbold
MVT Services Highlight Qualifier: 17 – Tanner Berryhill
Toyota Racing Development Hardloader: 08 – Cannon McIntosh (+15)
Lucas Oil | Realty Connect Feature Winner: 40 – Chase McDermand
Lucas Oil/Realty Connect A Feature 1: 1. 40-Chase McDermand; 2. 51B-Joe B Miller; 3. 17-Tanner Berry Hill; 4. 72-Sam Johnson; 5. 01-Bryant Wiedeman; 6. 97-Brenham crouching; 7. 25K-Taylor Reimer; 8. 08-McIntosh Cannon; 9. 26 Chance Crum; 10. 67-Ryan Timms; 11. 83-Dominique Gorden; 12. 50-Daniel Adler; 13. 97K-Kaidon Brown; 14. 17B-Austin Barnhill; 15. 19AZ – Hayden Reinbold; 16. 77W – Joey Wirth; 17. 31B-Kyle Beilman; 18. 75-Bryan Stanfill; 19. 21K-Carter Sarff; 20. 17C-Devin Camfield; 21. 9M-Zach Daum; 22. 8J-AJ Johnson; 23. 7D-Michelle Decker.
Max Papis Innovations B Feature 1 (12 rounds): 1. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold; 2. 9M-Zach Daum; 3. 75-Bryan Stanfill; 4. 50-Daniel Adler; 5. 17C-Devin Camfield; 6. 31B-Kyle Beilman; 7. 21-Emilio Hoover; 8. 44-Branigan Roark; 9. 19M-Ethan Mitchell; 10. 3N-Jake Neuman; 11. 3-way horn; 12. 84-Jade Avedisian; 13. 87-Jace Park; 14. 7-Shannon McQueen; 15. 08-McIntosh Cannon.
Advanced Racing Suspension Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. 17-Tanner Berryhill; 2. 17B-Austin Barnhill; 3. 31B-Kyle Beilman; 4. 7D-Michelle Decker; 5. 21-Emilio Hoover; 6. 44-Branigan Roark; 7. 9M-Zach Daum; 8. 08-McIntosh Cannon.
Auto Meter Heat 2 (8 rounds): 1. 25K-Taylor Reimer; 2. 21K-Carter Sarff; 3. 26 Chance Crum; 4. 83-Dominique Gorden; 5. 77W-Joey Wirth; 6. 50-Daniel Adler; 7. 17C-Devin Camfield; 8. 7-Shannon McQueen.
Schure Built Suspension Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. 40-Chase McDermand; 2. 67-Ryan Timms; 3. 01-Bryant Wiedeman; 4. 8J-AJ Johnson; 5. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold; 6. 3 way horn; 7. 87-Jace Park; 8. 75-Bryan Stanfill.
AFCO Racing Heat 4 (8 laps): 1. 51B-Joe B Miller; 2. 97-Brenham crouching; 3. 97K-Kaidon Brown; 4. 72-Sam Johnson; 5. 19M-Ethan Mitchell; 6. 84-Jade Avedisian; 7. 3N-Jake Neuman.
Next up for the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League will be a weekend in Lincoln Country for the ILLIANA Showdown at Charleston Speedway on Friday May 6 and Macon Speedway on Saturday May 7 with the POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro League presented by Engler Machine & Tool was also present.
The Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Realty Connect will then see open wheel action on the weekend of May 13-14 with Valley Speedway’s Mid-MO State Nationals, followed by the Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway, the two nights with the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League is also on the racing schedule.
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