MACON, Ill. — Chris Bell repelled a spirited attack for the lead by Zach Daum with four laps remaining en route to winning the Dana Godfrey Memorial in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Cale Thomas won his fourth feature of the season in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series on Saturday at Macon Speedway.
Bell started on the outside of the front row and took the lead exiting turn two on the opening lap. The 18-year-old opened up a comfortable advantage in the initial 10 laps, all run under green, over Daum, who had started on pole. Once they got into traffic on the one-fifth mile track, Daum began closing the gap and was within a car length when the first caution came out on the 20th lap.
Following the restart, Bell’s Toyota-powered Bullet maintained a two-car length lead over Daum’s Eagle-Toyota and Jerry Coons Jr.’s Spike-Esslinger was a further two car lengths back in third. They were all running the high line.
Bell had been struggling to find a consistent line in turns three and four and on the 26th lap, he bounced over the cushion and slapped the wall in four. Daum seized the opportunity, turning under Bell and winning the drag race to the start/finish line by a foot. Coons went underneath Daum and was another couple of feet behind him. They were three wide heading for turn one.
“It was pretty wild,” Bell said. “I was on the outside and it was rubbered up below the cushion and I slid Zach in turns one and got the lead back. Coons tried to slide both of us.
“I had jumped the cushion for four laps in a row in turn four and it had pushed me into the wall all four times. On the next lap, I put my right rear tire on the rubber, just below the cushion, and it fixed my problem.”
Bell settled into a consistent rhythm to the checkered flag and finished two car lengths ahead of runner-up Daum. Coons finished third, followed by Garrett Aitken and Brad Kuhn.