Miller Lite Cornfest Sunday, August 18th
Zach Daum takes POWRi Midget championship lead into Lincoln, Macon, Angell Park
Zach Daum has surged into the championship lead in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, overtaking Andrew Felker with an impressive midseason run that includes two victories and three second place finishes in the past nine races heading into events Friday (Aug. 16) at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, Saturday’s Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon (Ill.) Speedway and Sunday’s Miller Lite Cornfest at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis.
Daum leads Felker, 2,420-2,320. He trailed Felker by 360 points prior to POWRi’s June 28 event at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. The 22-year-old from Pocahontas, Ill., won at Bloomington and Felker was fourth. The 20-year-old from Carl Junction, Mo., followed with four straight top-eight finishes to lead by 340 points, but Daum has out-scored the 2012 POWRi National Midget champion by 440 points in the past four races.
Daum has driven his Toyota-powered Eagle to a victory, two seconds and a ninth in the last four races. Felker has qualified for the feature in the same four, but mechanical problems have prevented him from starting in three. He was second to Daum at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on July 27 in the fourth.
Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla., has climbed back into third with 1,805 points by finishing second, fifth and third in the last three features. Jake Blackhurst of Mapleton, Ill., has five top-eights in the past six features and is fourth with 1,785 points and Austin Brown of Millstadt, Ill., has a victory included in five top-eights in the past six races to hold fifth in the points with 1,645.
Terry Babb of Decatur, Ill., has moved into ninth in the points with 980 with a victory, fourth- and sixth-place finishes in his last three POWRi events.
The events at Lincoln, Macon and Angell Park will be co-sanctioned by Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series. Sunday’s event at Angell Park will also be sanctioned by the Honda USAC National Dirt Midget championship, bringing together three of the nation’s most competitive midget series.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series top-10 points standings (after 17 of 30 events): 1. Zach Daum 2,420, 2. Andrew Felker 2,320, 3. Tyler Thomas 1,805, 4. Jake Blackhurst 1,785, 5. Austin Brown 1,645, 6. Brad Kuhn 1,430, 7. Parker Price-Miller 1,235, 8. Garrett Aitken 1,200, 9. Terry Babb 980, 10. Colten Cottle 835.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature winners: Jacksonville, Ill.—Shane Cockrum; Belleville, Ill.—Chris Bell; Macon, Ill.—Brady Bacon; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Michael Pickens; Jacksonville, Ill.—Kyle Larson; Lincoln, Ill.—Michael Pickens; Macon, Ill.—Andrew Felker; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Rico Abreu; Bloomington, Ind.—Zach Daum; Belleville, Ill.—Darren Hagen; Belleville, Ill.—Bryan Clauson; Wilmot, Wis.—Brad Kuhn; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Darren Hagen; Pontoon Beach Ill.—Terry Babb; Cameron, Mo.—Austin Brown; Grain Valley, Mo.—Zach Daum; Belleville, Ill.—Bryan Clauson.