BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Andrew Felker overtook Zach Daum in the final laps of Friday’s Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series feature at Belle-Clair Speedway to earn his sixth-career victory with the series and his second straight.
Felker would come from eighth, as Christopher Bell and Austin Brown shared the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature. When the green flag waved Bell would take the lead with Daum in tow. Struggling to keep the front wheels on the ground, Daum worked overtime to reel in Bell. The gap between the two drivers would shorten as Bell quickly closed in on lap traffic and the caution flew for Holly Shelton spun at the bottom of turn two.
With 13 laps in the books, Bell would quickly use the two lap cars between himself and Daum to create a large gap between first and second place, all the while as Felker worked his way into the top three. Working lap traffic, Bell would hit misfortune as he found himself upside down exiting turn four, diminishing his chances for victory. He would be alright and would restart at the tail end of the field.
Daum would inherit the lead with 19 laps down, followed by Felker and the veteran driver Terry Babb. Coming back to green flag racing, Daum would quickly distance himself from Felker, until Garrett Aitken took a wild ride down the front stretch bringing out the second red of the evening. Dereck King was also involved. Both drivers would be alright, but the damage to their machines was extensive enough to put an end to their evenings.
Returning to green, Felker’s Stanton SR-11-powered BOSS Chassis would begin to smoke, but that was not enough to deter the head of steam that Felker had as he took the lead on lap 23 from Daum. Babb would bring home the third position, while Bryan Clauson was fourth. Tucker Klaasmeyer rounded out the top five.
“We’re out of sponsorship,” said Felker. “We have to win just to keep showing up. I think this shows how much work we put in over the off season. We have a good package here.”
“Turn one killed us tonight,” said Daum. “I kept hitting that hole and we just couldn’t find a way to get through it. It cost us the race.”
Nathan Benson won the companion POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series feature.
Andrew Felker, Zach Daum, Terry Babb, Bryan Clauson, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Austin Brown, Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Carson Macedo, Christopher Bell, Ryan Robinson, Justin Peck, Jake Neuman, Daniel Adler, Andy Malpocker, Colten Cottle, Holly Shelton, Brayton Lynch.