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Austin Brown & Aiden Perdue take POWRi wins at Belle-Clair Speedway’s Arnie Knepper Memorial

Austin Brown

Aiden Perdue

BELLEVILLE, ILL. (May 10, 2019) – Leading from start-to-finish, Austin Brown of nearby Millstadt, Illinois was the hometown hero on Friday night as he dominated Belle-Clair Speedway for an impressive triumph in the 28th annual “Knepper Memorial.” The wire-to-wire score aboard his BOSS Chassis, Toyota Racing No. 17 marked the fifth-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory for Brown.

Earning the pole position via a strong sixth-to-first heat race win, Brown took the green flag for the 30-lapper with 16-year old Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Oklahoma to his outside in the Dave Mac Motorsports, Spike/Toyota No. 08. Brown immediately shot to the lead as McIntosh fell back and three-time POWRi Midgets champion, Zach Daum, moved into second aboard his Daum Motorsports, Eagle/Toyota No. 5D.

With lap traffic looming, Daum and Tucker Klaasmeyer, the defending Knepper Memorial winner, were hot on the heels of Brown and ready to challenge. However, a lap 11 caution bunched the field back up and allowed Brown to sneak away while a frenzy ensued behind him with Daum, Klaasmeyer, McIntosh, and Carrick all squaring off.

Brown continued to pace the field while the battle raged for second with multiple position swaps between Daum and McIntosh. A red flag for top-ten running Tyler Thomas on lap 24 followed by a three-car tangle on the final lap between Tucker Klaasmeyer, Logan Seavey and Tanner Carrick shuffled the line up in the late stages.

On the final green-white-checkered restart, Brown quickly pulled away while Daum and McIntosh’s battle reached the boiling point. As Brown came out of turn four to take the double checkered flags, Daum and McIntosh collided and tangled at the apex, both halting to a stop and bringing a chaotic conclusion to the 30-lapper.

Nonetheless, it was Austin Brown’s night, as the native of nearby Millstadt, Illinois picked up his fifth-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory in dominating fashion. As he climbed atop the BOSS/Toyota No. 17 following his wire-to-wire run, a standing ovation and roaring applause greeted the new winner of the “Knepper Memorial.”

Escaping the wreckage of the final corner and leaving with a career-best second-place finish was California’s Jesse Colwell aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports, KKM Giveback Classic, Bullet/Toyota No. 71. Rounding out the podium with another career-best finish was Oklahoma’s Ace McCarthy, who hauled from 17th-to-third in the Jim Neuman Racing, Two-Eight Drilling No. 28.

Finishing fourth-from-16th was Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson in the Dave Mac Motorsports, Spike/Toyota No. 11B and taking fifth-from-21st was Jake Neuman of New Berlin, Illinois in his No. 3N entry. Closing out the top ten at Belle-Clair was Nick Hoffman making his POWRi debut in sixth, rookie Daison Pursley claiming a solid seventh, Nick Knepper nabbing an eighth, Presley Truedson charging to ninth, and Chance Morton moving from 23rd-to-tenth.

Tomorrow night, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League marches on to the “Mighty” Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. Joined by the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micros, the gates are slated to open at 1:00 PM with driver registration from 3:00 PM to 5:15 PM followed by hot laps at 6:00 PM. Fans catch watch LIVE on www.speedshifttv.com!

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Outlaw Winged Micros

POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro Sprints

A Feature 1

20 laps | 00:14:05.294

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Aiden Purdue Clinton, IL 37
2 3 Joe B. Miller Millersville, MO 51B
3 6 Gunner Ramey Sedalia, MO 14G
4 15 Austin Schaeffer Kansas City, MO 12C
5 17 Chase Porter St. Joseph, MO 2
6 4 Chad Elliott Cottage Hills, IL 65E
7 21 Luke Verardi Taylorville, IL 28
8 8 Breanna Wirth Waterloo, IL 8W
9 9 Matt Carr 93
10 18 Rob Cook 4C
11 5 Tom Curran Kansas City, MO 11C
12 20 Jordan Clary Edwardsville, IL 94
13 16 Kurt Westerfield 14
14 11 Harley Hollan Tulsa, OK 14H
15 19 Michael Brummitt Mount Zion, IL 72
16 14 Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA 11
17 22 Scotty Milan Fort Collins, CO 97
18 12 Steve Finn Collinsville, IL 18
19 1 Kaylee Bryson Muskogee, OK 11B
20 7 Devin Feger East Peoria, IL 40
21 23 Trevin Littleton 44T
22 13 Gabe Verardi Taylorville, IL 82
23 10 Andy Bishop Harrisburg, IL 42B

B Feature 1

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Chase Porter St. Joseph, MO 2
2 3 Michael Brummitt Mount Zion, IL 72
3 2 Luke Verardi Taylorville, IL 28
4 6 Noah Key Justin, TX 14K
5 8 Drake Turner Sullivan, IN 32
6 10 Sean Robbins Collinsville, IL 53
7 7 Jake Cheatham Bethalto, IL 71
8 4 Darrell Moser Jr. 22
9 9 JAMES KOENIGSTEIN BELLEVILE, IL 76
10 11 Alex Midkiff 11X
11 5 Bret Gale Sparta, IL 41
12 14 Hunter Pruitt 82H
13 12 Bill Livezey New Sharon, IA 14B
14 13 Dustin Clary Marine, IL 949

B Feature 2

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Rob Cook 4C
2 4 Jordan Clary Edwardsville, IL 94
3 10 Scotty Milan Fort Collins, CO 97
4 8 Adam Johnson St. Peters, MO 72X
5 9 Cole Tinsley Bonne Terre, MO 00
6 13 Jordan Howell Columbia, MO 3J
7 7 Gunner Bowden Muskogee, OK 8
8 14 Trevin Littleton 44T
9 5 Matt Morton Granite City, IL 21M
10 11 Bryant Paver Columbia, MO 1G
11 3 Kyle Foutch 15F
12 2 Bryant Wiedeman Colby, KS 1
13 12 Jackson Frisbie 38
14 6 Cailin Hunt Dalton City, IL 1X

Heat 1

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Matt Carr 93
2 4 Gunner Ramey Sedalia, MO 14G
3 3 Bryant Wiedeman Colby, KS 1
4 5 Kyle Foutch 15F
5 2 Adam Johnson St. Peters, MO 72X
6 8 Bret Gale Sparta, IL 41
7 6 Jordan Howell Columbia, MO 3J
8 7 Hunter Pruitt 82H

Heat 2

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Andy Bishop Harrisburg, IL 42B
2 2 Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA 11
3 8 Aiden Purdue Clinton, IL 37
4 6 Rob Cook 4C
5 4 Cailin Hunt Dalton City, IL 1X
6 3 Scotty Milan Fort Collins, CO 97
7 5 Alex Midkiff 11X
8 7 Dustin Clary Marine, IL 949

Heat 3

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Joe B. Miller Millersville, MO 51B
2 1 Austin Schaeffer Kansas City, MO 12C
3 4 Kurt Westerfield 14
4 6 Luke Verardi Taylorville, IL 28
5 5 Noah Key Justin, TX 14K
6 7 Jake Cheatham Bethalto, IL 71
7 2 Bill Livezey New Sharon, IA 14B

Heat 4

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Chad Elliott Cottage Hills, IL 65E
2 6 Kaylee Bryson Muskogee, OK 11B
3 4 Chase Porter St. Joseph, MO 2
4 1 Matt Morton Granite City, IL 21M
5 3 Drake Turner Sullivan, IN 32
6 7 Gunner Bowden Muskogee, OK 8
7 5 Bryant Paver Columbia, MO 1G

Heat 5

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Harley Hollan Tulsa, OK 14H
2 4 Devin Feger East Peoria, IL 40
3 3 Michael Brummitt Mount Zion, IL 72
4 7 Gabe Verardi Taylorville, IL 82
5 6 Jordan Clary Edwardsville, IL 94
6 5 Cole Tinsley Bonne Terre, MO 00
7 2 Jackson Frisbie 38

Heat 6

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Tom Curran Kansas City, MO 11C
2 3 Steve Finn Collinsville, IL 18
3 6 Breanna Wirth Waterloo, IL 8W
4 4 Darrell Moser Jr. 22
5 1 JAMES KOENIGSTEIN BELLEVILE, IL 76
6 5 Sean Robbins Collinsville, IL 53
7 7 Trevin Littleton 44T

Midgets

POWRi National Midgets

A Feature 1

30 laps | 00:21:49.523

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Austin Brown Millstadt, IL 17
2 6 Jesse Colwell Red Bluff, CA 71
3 17 Ace McCarthy Tahlequah, OK 28
4 16 Kaylee Bryson Muskogee, OK 11B
5 21 Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N
6 7 Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC 21KS
7 8 Daison Pursley Locust Grove, OK 9
8 15 Nick Knepper Belleville, IL 55
9 19 Presley Truedson Kennedy, MN 5T
10 23 Chance Morton Coweta, OK 7M
11 18 Holley Hollan Tulsa, OK 67K
12 4 Tucker Klaasmeyer Paola, KS 27
13 5 Tanner Carrick Lincoln, CA 71K
14 9 Logan Seavey Sutter, CA 67
15 3 Zach Daum Pocahontas, IL 5D
16 2 Cannon McIntosh Bixby, OK 08
17 10 Tyler Thomas Collinsville, OK 91T
18 14 Shelby Bosie Sherman, IL 3B
19 11 Jesse Love Redwood City, CA 97K
20 13 Daniel Robinson Ewing, IL 11
21 12 Andy Malpocker St. Charles, MO 22
22 20 Tyler Vantoll Belleville, IL 30T
23 22 Noah Gass Mounds, OK 20G

B Feature 1

12 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 9 Ace McCarthy Tahlequah, OK 28
2 1 Holley Hollan Tulsa, OK 67K
3 5 Presley Truedson Kennedy, MN 5T
4 4 Tyler Vantoll Belleville, IL 30T
5 18 Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N
6 17 Noah Gass Mounds, OK 20G
7 13 Tyler Robbins Collinsville, IL 35
8 15 Daniel Adler St. Louis, MO 50
9 7 Danny Frye III St. Peters, MO 5
10 16 Devin Camfield Decatur, IL 17C
11 11 Thomas Chandler 1T
12 10 Ryan Mueller Wildwood, MO 5H
13 3 Broc Hunnell Eolia, MO 103
14 14 Dave Camfield Jr 16C
15 12 Dalton Camfield Decatur, IL 86C
16 2 Austin Odell Rochester, IL 97A
17 6 Chance Morton Coweta, OK 7M
18 8 Kade Morton Coweta, OK 8M

Heat 1

00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Daison Pursley Locust Grove, OK 9
2 4 Jesse Colwell Red Bluff, CA 71
3 3 Kaylee Bryson Muskogee, OK 11B
4 7 Jesse Love Redwood City, CA 97K
5 5 Chance Morton Coweta, OK 7M
6 2 Thomas Chandler 1T
7 6 Daniel Adler St. Louis, MO 50

Heat 2

00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Tucker Klaasmeyer Paola, KS 27
2 4 Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC 21KS
3 3 Holley Hollan Tulsa, OK 67K
4 5 Broc Hunnell Eolia, MO 103
5 6 Tyler Vantoll Belleville, IL 30T
6 7 Ryan Mueller Wildwood, MO 5H
7 1 Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N

Heat 3

00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Cannon McIntosh Bixby, OK 08
2 2 Daniel Robinson Ewing, IL 11
3 3 Austin Odell Rochester, IL 97A
4 7 Andy Malpocker St. Charles, MO 22
5 4 Kade Morton Coweta, OK 8M
6 1 Tyler Robbins Collinsville, IL 35
7 6 Devin Camfield Decatur, IL 17C

Heat 4

00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Tanner Carrick Lincoln, CA 71K
2 3 Logan Seavey Sutter, CA 67
3 7 Zach Daum Pocahontas, IL 5D
4 6 Nick Knepper Belleville, IL 55
5 4 Ace McCarthy Tahlequah, OK 28
6 1 Dave Camfield Jr 16C
7 5 Noah Gass Mounds, OK 20G

Heat 5

00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 6 Austin Brown Millstadt, IL 17
2 3 Tyler Thomas Collinsville, OK 91T
3 4 Shelby Bosie Sherman, IL 3B
4 1 Presley Truedson Kennedy, MN 5T
5 5 Danny Frye III St. Peters, MO 5
6 2 Dalton Camfield Decatur, IL 86C
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