LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Zach Daum endured a tough week before arriving at Lawrenceburg Speedway Saturday night, but the slump turned around at the end of the Honda National Midget Series 30-lapper as Daum found himself in victory lane.
It was Daum’s second win in the series, and the first since capturing the 2011 “Hut Hundred.”
Bobby East led the first lap from the front row, but Caleb Armstrong slid through turns three and four on lap two to jump to the lead. Armstrong, looking for his first National win on dirt, stretched out a big lead as he navigated a fast track with a big cushion around the high banks.
ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Rico Abreu was the man on the move, moving past East and Bryan Clauson just past the halfway point and setting his sights on Armstrong. The two ran a frenzied pace on the topside and encountered traffic with ten to go. Abreu had a big run as they completed lap 22 and made a banzai move to the inside of turn-one, narrowly clearing Armstrong, who tapped him in the rear.
The duo kept racing as Michael Pickens, who had followed Abreu into striking distance, slid under Armstrong into turn-three. Pickens gained on Abreu quickly. Just a few laps later, Pickens slowed in turn-four with apparent engine issues.
On the restart, Abreu appeared to have lost the handle on his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67k, eventually spinning just after Daum, who started eighth, scooted under him for the lead into turn-one.