WHEATLAND, Mo. —Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. took home his first POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series win of 2014 with a last lap, last corner pass on runner-up finisher Daniel Robinson.
Daum started in the second position in his Daum Motorsports-prepared, Toyota-powered Eagle staying within striking distance of the lead for the entire race on the 3/8 mile semi-banked oval.
Pole-sitter and Friday night’s feature event winner at Valley Speedway, Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif., held the lead for a majority of the race, enduring steady pressure from Kokomo, Ind.’s Parker Price-Miller in the beginning half of the race.
Following a caution for the spun machine of Spencer Bayston, Price-Miller attempted to overtake Hagen, but the 2013 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Rookie of the Year was unable to do so.
At first, the risk didn’t appear to pay off as Robinson would lose a spot. But a caution for the spun car of Michelle Decker bunched the field back up, giving Robinson another chance.
Daum, the defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion, chased down Robinson. On the last lap, heading into turn three, Daum was on Robinson’s back bumper.
Daum dove to the middle of the track, slid in front of Robinson and the duo came out of turn four with Daum in the lead at the checkers.
“I thought we had it won,” explained a clearly deflated and disappointed Daniel Robinson. “We hired A.J. (Felker) to crew chief for us this weekend and hopefully we can continue that.”