LINCOLN, Ill. – Tanner Thorson rallied from the seventh place starting position to claim his second career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series win of the year driving for Don Fike’s RFMS Racing Friday at Lincoln Speedway.
Polesitter Parker Price-Miller would bring the field to green, but Isaac Chapple would bring out the caution in turns one and two, collecting Jacob Patton, Jason McDougal, and Daniel Robinson, resulting in a compete restart. Price-Miller would set the pace on the restart while being challenged for the lead by Jake Blackhurst.
While Blackhurst and Price-Miller dueled, Thorson would begin to work over Nick Knepper for third just as the caution came out for Matt Sherrell’s disabled Esslinger-powered Bullet Chassis.
On the restart, Thorson would power by both Blackhurst and Knepper for second and then take the lead from Price-Miller on the following lap, exiting turn two. Just as Blackhurst and Price-Miller were battling for second, the caution flew for the multiple car pileup of Austin Brown, Jason McDougal and Jake Neuman. When Thorson would bring the field to the green, he would set a blistering pace in the RFMS-DRC Chassis, but on lap 19 Nick Bailey would bring out the caution and at the same time, Tyler Thomas and Nick Knepper would tangle coming off turn four battling for the fourth position.
When green flag racing resumed, Price-Miller would take the second position from Jake Blackhurst and attempt to chase down Thorson until the caution was brought out for Nick Bailey. With the field bunched back up, Thorson would lead the field to the green, only to see the caution again for the fifth and final time for Isaac Chapple, Terry Babb, and Matt Sherrell in turn two. On the final restart, Thorson would attempt to pull away from the field as Andrew Felker would begin to set up Blackhurst for third.
With laps winding down, Felker would take the third position, following first place finisher Tanner Thorson and second place finisher Parker Price-Miller to the line.
“These guys gave me an awesome car,” said Thorson. “They worked their butts off all day. Greg put an awesome car underneath me and I can’t thank these guys enough. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be racing this week.”
“Just a very good run for us,” explained second place finisher Parker Price-Miller. “We’re going to take this as a momentum builder.”
Aaron Andruskevitch battled 2012 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Champion Joe B. Miller in the opening laps of the 20 lap feature to earn his first POWRi feature win of the 2014 season.
“I love to run with Joe B. Miller like that,” said Andruskevitch. “He’s so clean we can run five laps side by side. It’s nice for a change to get one from Joe B instead of him getting one of me.”
Tanner Thorson, Parker Price-Miller, Andrew Felker, Jake Blackhurst, Darren Hagen, Zach Daum, Tyler Thomas, Spencer Bayston, Daniel Robinson, Garrett Aitken, Korey Weyant, Jake Neuman, Jacob Patton, Austin Brown, Terry Babb, Brad Mosen, Matt Sherrell, Isaac Chapple, Nick Knepper, Nick Bailey, Jason McDougal, Chris Cochran, Michael Pickens