JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – Zach Daum took the lead on lap 17 and fended off a late race charge by Spencer Bayston to take his first POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of the year on the third night of Illinois SPEED Week Friday evening at Jacksonville Speedway.
Daum started third behind Tucker Klaasmeyer and Ryan Robinson. Klaasmeyer led the initial eight laps of the 30 lap main event before succumbing to a mechanical failure, forcing Klaasmeyer to pull off the track while leading.
Inheriting the lead, Robinson would lead laps nine through 13 until he jumped the cushion in turn one and smacked the wall, flattening the right rear. Robinson was forced to pull off the track, relinquishing the lead to Daum on lap 14.
Daum would lead the remainder of the 30 lap event, but Bayston would apply pressure for the following 16 laps as all drivers diligently tap danced around the on-the-fence cushion. As Daum closed in on lap traffic, Bayston would close on him, but would be unable to make anything stick as the laps counted down. Jake Neuman would end up third after starting 10th, earning a podium finish in front of a hometown crowd. Dayne Kingshott finished fourth from seventh, while Carson Macedo took fifth after starting 11th.
“We needed a win bad,” said Daum. “We had to get a win. We haven’t got a midget race all year. We had to have this one. I had no idea that Tucker [Klaasmeyer] even fell out. He took off there at the start and when we were running behind Ryan [Robinson] there, you just don’t get aggressive when the curb gets like that. You’ve got to cheat it. You just keep banging it, it can bite you. I don’t want to give Tommy any credit for this track, but as always, Jacksonville never disappoints.”
Zach Daum, Spencer Bayston, Jake Neuman, Dayne Kingshott, Carson Macedo, Garrett Aitken, Tanner Thorson, Holly Shelton, Andy Malpocker, Andrew Felker, Kyle Schuett, Jimi Quin, Jason McDougal, Austin Brown, Brayton Lynch, Justin Peck, Daniel Robinson, Darren Hagen, Mark Chisholm, Terry Babb, Ryan Robinson, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Tyler Thomas.