BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Darren Hagen, wheeling a midget owned by Shane Hmiel, captured Friday’s POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature at Belle-Clair Speedway.
At the drop of the green flag, polesitter Jake Blackhurst took the early lead with Hagen in tow. Driving the Kitchen Cooked-sponsored, Esslinger-powered, DRC Chassis, Blackhurst would attempt to run away from the field, only to have his pace slowed by the tumbling car of Derrick Myers. Myers would be OK, but damage sustained to the car would be enough to put an end to his evening.
When green flag racing resumed, with one lap in the books, Blackhurst’s lead would be short-lived as Darren Hagen would rim-ride the oval, taking the reins from Blackhurst coming off turn two. As quickly as Hagen dispatched Blackhurst, Austin Brown would take over second in his KBR Performance, Toyota-powered, Boss Chassis.
As Brown began to chase down Hagen, Spencer Bayston would bring out the red as he flipped his Esslinger-powered Spike, coming to rest on top of the Purpose Wrecker, Esslinger-powered Spike Chassis of Andy Malpocker. Both drivers were OK, but would be done for the night. After safety crews untangled the two cars, racing would resume with Hagen leading the field at a blistering pace leaving Brown to continue the chase.
With eight laps in the books, the caution would fly as Zach Daum would come to an abrupt stop high in turn four, riding in the fourth position. Daum would re-fire, but move to the infield on the restart.