Belleville, IL. (4/16/22) Chase McDermand would use the extra day of prep to his advantage, parking in Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 victory lane and earning his first career Lucas Oil POWRi National & West Midget League presented by Realty Connect feature win.
Early Lucas Oil POWRi National & West Midget League presented by Realty Connect competition of the thirty-one entries would witness Zach Daum clock the quickest hot-lap time with a 13.439-second lap. Tanner Berryhill, Taylor Reimer, Chase McDermand, and Joe B Miller would all notch heat racing victories with Tanner Berryhill earning the high-point qualifier award after racing from starting eighth to finishing first as Hayden Reinbold gained the semi-feature victory.
Launching the field on the initial green flag launch would witness Tanner Berryhill and fellow front-row starter Chase McDermand shoot out to the early advantages and appear to be the competitors to beat with Berryhill leading the opening lap only to see McDermand mount a charge to the front of the field.
Leading the stout field of competitors for the majority of the event would witness the very speedy Chase McDermand stretch out a commanding lead only to see his advantage evaporate when the caution flag flew in the final stages of the feature with McDermand, Joe B Miller, Berryhill, Sam Johnson, and Taylor Reimer all contending inside the top-five.
Holding the field at bay at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 would find Chase McDermand securing his first career POWRi National Midget victory as Joe B Miller placed a close runner-up and leaving Tanner Berryhill in a hard-fought third position. Sam Johnson and Bryant Wiedeman would battle late with Johnson earning fourth, leaving Wiedeman to round out the Lucas Oil POWRi National & West Midget League top-five in the exciting feature finale.
“This has been a dream of mine for a long time to be able to run National Midgets and to be able to get a deal worked out with Jay Mounce and Gavin Stout, it’s honestly a dream come true,” said a celebratory Chase McDermand. Adding “We’ve started this year out really good, and I think it’s taking a lot of guys by surprise, but this is huge for our team to be able to win here at Pevely”.
POWRi National & West Midget League | Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 | 4/16/22:
Hoosier Racing Tire Top Hot Lap Time: 9M – Zach Daum (13.439)
Advanced Racing Suspensions 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
Max Papis Innovations Semi Feature Winner: 19AZ – Hayden Reinbold
MVT Services High Point Qualifier: 17 – Tanner Berryhill
Toyota Racing Development Hard Charger: 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 Berryhill; 4. 72-Sam Johnson; 5. 01-Bryant Wiedeman; 6. 97-Brenham Crouch; 7. 25K-Taylor Reimer; 8. 08-Cannon McIntosh; 9. 26-Chance Crum; 10. 67-Ryan Timms; 11. 83-Dominic 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-Karter Sarff; 20. 17C-Devin Camfield; 21. 9M-Zach Daum; 22. 8J-AJ Johnson; 23. 7D-Michelle Decker.
Max Papis Innovations B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 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-Lane Warner; 12. 84-Jade Avedisian; 13. 87-Jace Park; 14. 7-Shannon McQueen; 15. 08-Cannon McIntosh.
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-Cannon McIntosh.
Auto Meter Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 25K-Taylor Reimer; 2. 21K-Karter Sarff; 3. 26-Chance Crum; 4. 83-Dominic 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-Lane Warner; 7. 87-Jace Park; 8. 75-Bryan Stanfill.
AFCO Racing Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 51B-Joe B Miller; 2. 97-Brenham Crouch; 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 trip to the Land of Lincoln 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 also in attendance.
The Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by Realty Connect will next witness open-wheel action the weekend of May 13-14 with Valley Speedway’s Mid-MO State Nationals followed by the Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway, both nights with the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League on the racing agenda as well.
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