BELOIT, Kan. — Rain forced the feature to be canceled for the second annual Chad McDaniel Memorial following four heat races and a semifinal Thursday in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series at Solomon Valley Raceway.
Austin Brown, Tim Siner, Brad Kuhn and Chett Gehrke were the heat winners. Ryan Cole won the semi. The 22 drivers who advanced to the feature will each be awarded 50 points and divide the purse evenly.
POWRi point-leader Nick Knepper overcame engine problems to reach the feature and maintain his 460-point lead over runner-up Brad Loyet. Knepper pulled off the track during warm-up laps for practice and missed his heat. He started ninth in the semi and drove up to fifth. Rain had started early in the semi and stopped it after eight of 12 scheduled laps.
The McDaniel Memorial opened the Speedway Motors Money Midget Week presented by RevHoney Energy Drinks. It continues with the Cornhusker Midget Challenge tonight and Saturday (July 29-30) at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., and the Sunday (July 31) finale at U.S. 36 Raceway in Cameron, Mo. Purse money in excess of $100,000 will be paid for the four events with Saturday’s feature winner earning $10,000.