BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Joining a trio of previously announced drivers, the Oklahoma duo of Daison Pursley and Noah Gass have announced plans to compete for Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League rookie-of-the-year honors.

Making an already stout rookie class even stronger, the addition of Pursley and Gass could make this year’s rookie-of-the-year battle one of the tightest fights in POWRi National Midget League history.

Joining the iconic Keith Kunz Motorsports group, Pursley will pilot a Toyota Racing No. 9 throughout the upcoming campaign. The 14-year old Oklahoma hot shoe has been opening eyes across the Midwest over the past year as he has risen through the micro sprint ranks.

Now, Pursley’s attention turns to the POWRi National Midget ranks, focused on building his career and becoming the newest in a long line of Toyota Racing Development drivers.

Slated to compete for Rookie of the Year honors in both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League, Gass will sport a huge schedule in 2019.

A fellow graduate of the micro sprint ranks, Gass is a former Tulsa Shootout champion, who hopes his early success will transition to the next level against POWRi’s best.

The addition of Pursley and Gass push this year’s rookie class up to five young guns battling for the award.

Previously announced rookie entries include 18-year old Kaylee Bryson of Muskogee, Okla., with Dave Mac Motorsports; 19-year old Jesse Colwell of Red Bluff, Calif., with Keith Kunz Motorsports; and 14-year old Jesse Love of Menlo Park, Calif., with Keith Kunz Motorsports.