GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Picking up his fifth win of the season, Tucker Klaasmeyer took the checkered flag in front of a hometown crowd with the POWRi Lucas Oil National, West and Outlaw Midget Leagues Friday night at Valley Speedway.
Klaasmeyer’s win in the opening night of the Thunder in the Valley weekend also handed Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports its 15th POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory this season.
Starting seventh, Klaasmeyer fell into eighth while early-race leader Cannon McIntosh set a blistering pace. By the time the first caution flag waved on lap 13, Klaasmeyer had advanced to third following the restart. Behind leader Ryan Robinson and McIntosh, Klaasmeyer immediately diced up the top three, taking second away from McIntosh, setting his sights on Robinson.
Following the red on lap 17 for Hank Davis, Klaasmeyer made his move, utilizing the bottom side of the high-banked quarter mile for the lead. Leading the remaining 13 laps, Klaasmeyer was followed to the checkers by Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Holly Shelton.
Shelton advanced from 17th for a career-best second-place finish. Zach Daum rounded out the podium in third, while Kyle Schuett took fourth. Karter Sarff completed the top five.
“I didn’t know if we were going to be able to get up there,” commented Tucker Klaasmeyer. “Luckily the bottom came back in and we had that red to be able to get warned about it. Big shout out to Al and all the guys who split up this week. I think Keith will be pretty proud of us tonight without him here. I’ve got to thank them for all their hard work. It’s pretty cool to win one with all these hometown fans here. We’ll try to get another one tomorrow.”
“That was quite the workout,” Shelton said. “It’s pretty hot out there. If I’m going to run second, there’s no better person to run second to than Tucker. Al, Connor, Marc, Grant, they did a heck of a job with these three cars. Seventeenth to second, I’ll take that any day.”
Tucker Klaasmeyer, Holly Shelton, Zach Daum, Kyle Schuett, Karter Sarff, Ryan Robinson, Joe B. Miller, Presley Truedson, Jake Neuman, Riley Kreisel, Cannon McIntosh, Tyler Nelson, Hank Davis, Austin Brown, Kory Schudy, Chad Wifrey, Shelby Bosie, Chett Gehrke, Joey Wirth, Wesley Smith, Casey Shuman, Chase Porter, Hannah Adair.