30 Races For POWRi Midgets

Brad Loyet will have three teammates during the 2013 Chili Bowl. (Don Figler photo)
Brad Loyet drove to the POWRi Midget Series title. POWRi has set a 30-race schedule for 2012. (Don Figler photo)

MILLSTADT, Ill. — The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will open a 30-event season March 16-17 with its first visit to Texas, racing at Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale.

The Midget Stampede at the quarter-mile track located near Fort Worth has a purse exceeding $40,000 with Friday’s feature paying $3,000 to win and $300 to start and Saturday’s $5,000 to win and $500 to start. $100 in tow money will be paid each night for the entrants not making the feature.

Cowtown will also be the inaugural event for the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series. Its complete schedule will be released separately. POWRi National and West points will be awarded at Cowtown.

This will be the eighth season for POWRi National Midgets, co-founded by Kenny Brown and Jim Siner.

“We’re pretty excited to take the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series to Cowtown and Texas and debut our West series with it,” Brown said. “We’re spreading out from our Midwestern roots, but we’re equally proud to be returning to our traditional tracks that have been our partners in building POWRi.”

The National schedule has five events at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., including the Arnie Knepper Memorial Aug. 12 and the Charlene Meents Memorial Oct. 12-13, the RevHoney/Speedway Motors Midget Money Week at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kan., July 27, Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., on July 28 and US 36 Raceway in Cameron, Mo., July 29, the Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon (Ill.) Speedway Aug. 17, the Cornfest Midget Classic at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis. On Aug. 19, the Dean King Memorial at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin Sept. 1 and the Tom Knowles Memorial at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill., Sept. 15.

POWRi returns to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., May 5 for the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals. The American Sprint Car Series’ Warrior Region is also running in the event.

POWRi will co-sanction the Hut 100 with the United States Auto Club on June 2 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

The season-ending Charlene Meents Memorial at Belle-Clair on Oct. 12-13 will be broadcast tape-delayed by Lucas Oil on the Edge.

2012 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Schedule

March 16-17 Cowtown Speedway Kennedale, Texas

March 24 Belle-Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill.

April 27 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, Ill.

April 28 Macon Speedway Macon, Ill.

May 4 Valley Speedway Grain Valley, Mo.

May 5 Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, Mo.

May 18 Belle-Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill.

May 19 Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill.

June 1 Fayette County Speedway Fayette, Ill.

June 2 Tri—State Speedway Haubstadt, Ind.

June 8 Valley Speedway Grain Valley, Mo.

June 9 Springfield Raceway Springfield, Mo.

June 22 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill.

June 23 Macon Speedway Macon, Ill.

July 14 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, Wis.

July 15 Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie, Wis.

July 27 Solomon Valley Raceway Beloit, Kan.

July 28 Junction Motor Speedway McCool Junction, Neb

July 29 US 36 Raceway Cameron, Mo.

Aug. 12 Belle-Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill.

Aug. 17 Macon Speedway Macon, Ill.

Aug. 18 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill.

Aug. 19 Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie, Wis.

Sept. 1 Southern Illinois Center DuQuoin, Ill.

Sept. 14 Jacksonville Raceway Jacksonville, Ill.

Sept. 15 Spoon River Raceway Canton, Ill.

Sept. 29 Macon Speedway Macon, Ill.

Oct. 12-12 Belle-Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill.