McIntosh Scores First POWRi National Podium Finish
Lonnie Wheatley, BIXBY, Okla. (May 11, 2018) – It was a fist in what will most assuredly be a long line of many firsts for Cannon McIntosh.
The 15-year-old from Bixby, OK, raced to his first podium finish aboard the RL Hudson/Toyota-TRD No. 08 entry in Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget league competition in last Friday night’s feature event atop Grain Valley, Missouri’s Valley Speedway.
He rounded out the evening by posting an eighth-place finish in his initial non-wing Sprint Car start with the WAR series before finishing off the weekend with another night of Midget and winged Sprint Car action at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night.
McIntosh opened last Friday’s card at Valley Speedway with a heat race win to earn the seventh starting position in the POWRi Midget feature. With the low side the preferred line in the 30-lapper, McIntosh made a late charge to round out the podium in third.
“I found something at the end of the race and got around five cars in about two laps,” McIntosh says.
Making his non-wing Sprint Car debut on the same night, McIntosh climbed a pair of positions to finish fourth in his heat race and then advanced from 12th to eighth for a successful topless debut among a field of 35.
“It was really fun, it was a good way to get started,” McIntosh explains. “It definitely drives a lot different from a winged car.”
After climbing to second in POWRi West Midget League points following Friday’s podium run, things took a bad turn in Saturday’s POWRi Midget outing at Lucas Oil Speedway.
“I had a fast heat, I knew I had to go forward in a hurry,” McIntosh recalls. “I started seventh and was up to fourth on the second lap, I got in hard on the cushion and it dug in.”
The resulting flip caused extensive damage that ended the night and may have the team sidelined temporarily until frame repair allows action to continue.
McIntosh also gained valuable laps in his second winged Sprint Car start in ASCS Regional action.
“It was a learning deal, just getting the feel of how the air works with the car that fast,” McIntosh says. “About midway through the B, I found a good line and we were fast, we were turned the second fastest lap of the race.”
With the driver good to go after Saturday’s wild Lucas Oil Speedway ride but the Midget not is such great condition, McIntosh will likely miss out on Saturday’s scheduled POWRi West outing at Port City Raceway.
Along with RL Hudson and Toyota-TRD, other marketing partners making the ambitious 2018 slate of events possible includes American Discount, Complete Auto Care, Best Graphics, Fieldhouse Gear, Precision Inspection, Sanders and Associates, Panels by Smoke, Walker Performance, Sanders Wheels, American Discount Brake and Muffler, D&N Fabrication, Car and Fleet and Infinity Shocks.
2018 Quick Stats: 9 races, 2 top-fives, 5 top-tens.
Up Next: To be determined.
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