Lincoln, IL – Logan Seavey, the leading candidate for not only the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Rookie of the Year, but also a contender for the championship, captured his first career victory with the league at Lincoln Speedway in the fifth and final night of the 2017 POWRi Illinois SPEED Week. Starting in the 12th position, the Sutter, California native carefully crept his way towards the front, almost appearing out of nowhere to the top three a little past halfway. Trailing Michael Pickens, Tucker Klaasmeyer, and Brad Loyet after a late race caution, Seavey dispatched of Klaasmeyer after Loyet moved into second.
Moving past Loyet, Seavey set his sights on the Auckland, New Zealand driver for the lead. Coming within feet of the driver in lap traffic, Seavey picked the wrong line and faded a few car lengths. Making the ground back up and carrying momentum into the last lap, Seavey made his move entering turn three for the final lap. Diving towards the bottom of the racetrack, Seavey put his slide job into motion. Making contact atop turn four, the slide job resulted in Pickens upside down and the red flag displayed instead of the checkered.
When the field refired, Seavey led the way to the checkered for the final lap, followed to the line by Shane Golobic and Zach Daum. Tyler Thomas took fourth, while Tucker Klaasmeyer rounded out the top five. Even with a 16th place finish, Pickens matched Zach Daum for POWRi Illinois SPEED Week points after five rounds. The tiebreaker for the duo came down to wins and with Pickens holding two, he is crowned the 2017 POWRi Illinois SPEED Week champion for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League. Full statistics and a press release will be available soon.
“I don’t know what to say,” stated Logan Seavey. “I wore out Michael Pickens. He probably should have won the race. Not a good move on my part. Sorry to him. He outran me in lap traffic. I thought I was a little better in open air, but he just got through lap traffic better. I got close enough and thought I could clear him, but wrecked him instead. I’m sorry about that.”
“It was a good run for us,” Shane Golobic said. “Car felt really good, I’ve got to thank these guys for giving me the opportunity to come out and run for two nights and giving me a really good car. I’ve got to thank Matt Wood, Elk Grove Ford, and Clauson-Marshall Racing.”
“It’s unfortunate for Michael there, but it’s a racing deal and we might be the benefactor of the whole situation there,” commented Zach Daum. “It’s nothing that nobody’s ever done to anybody else before, so heat of the moment deal. But, congratulations to Logan on getting his first win.
In the POWRi Speedway Motors Micros, Lawrence, KS driver Nick Howard backed up his win at Macon on Saturday with a win at Lincoln on the final night of SPEED Week. Howard, who started second with Micro standout Nathan Benson on the inside. Benson led lap-after-lap while successfully working lap traffic. On the last lap, however, Benson was held up just slightly while moving underneath a lap car. That gave Howard the chance to rocket by to win by just inches at the line. Benson, Jake Hagopian, Travis Senter, and Joey Wirth rounded out the top five.
In the POWRi Lucas Oil Division II Midget SPEED Week finale, Gedd Ross, the opening night winner at the track, came from the third spot to take the lead on lap three from frontrunner, Andy Malpocker. Ross and Malpocker led the field with Chase McDermand, Aaron Leffel, and Austin Archdale mixing it up behind them. At the checkered, it was Ross claiming his second Lincoln Speedway victory of the year.
The UMP Modifieds ran late in the night but the show they put on was worth waiting for. Brandon Roberts and Allen Weisser started on the front row with the wicked fast Weisser racing into the lead. Kenny Wallace, who flew in from Dover, started the event in fourth but moved into second halfway through the race. Wallace cut into the gap that Weisser had built up but the Peoria, IL driver proved to be too fast for his fellow challengers. Following Weisser was Wallace, Roberts, Brian Lynn, and Cole Hussong.
Rounding out the night was the UMP Pro Late Model feature. Springfield, IL driver Jake Little set the pace early and many thought that he would be unbeatable with his good starting position. However, making his first appearance of the year and hot off his Modified win, Allen Weisser was looking to sweep the UMP divisions for the night. On lap five, Weisser shot to the bottom and made the pass for the lead, never looking back. For Weisser, it capped off a great evening, winning in the Mods and Pro Lates. Little took second, Myles Moos third, Roben Huffman fourth, and Chris Osborne, Jr. fifth.
Lincoln Speedway will next be in action this coming Friday, June 9 when the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit Of Champions come to town for a weekend double-header that will also see racing at Macon Speedway on Saturday, June 10. Three-time NASCAR Cup champion, Tony Stewart, will be in action, racing with the Sprints. UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, and POWRi Lucas Oil DII MIdgets presented by Nutech Seed will also be in action.
Pit gates will open Friday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, local pill draw will end at 6:00 when hotlaps begin for the Sprints, with racing set to begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $30 and free for kids 11 & under.
About Lincoln Speedway:
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Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings. Lincoln Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets
Speedway Motors Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: 1NZ – MICHAEL PICKENS, Heat 2: 27 – TUCKER KLAASMEYER, Heat 3: 39 – ZEB WISE
Mesilla Valley Transportation Feature Winner: 4A – LOGAN SEAVEY
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 4A – LOGAN SEAVEY 2. 17W – SHANE GOLOBIC 3. 5D – ZACH DAUM 4. 91T – TYLER THOMAS 5. 27 – TUCKER KLAASMEYER 6. O5 – BRAD LOYET 7. 8GQ – JIMI QUIN 8. 39 – ZEB WISE 9. 3N – JAKE NEUMAN 10. 22 – ANDY MALPOCKER 11. 6A – AIDAN ROOSEVANS 12. 37 – ANDREW FELKER 13. 28 – ACE MCCARTHY 14. 7ME – CHANCE MORTON 15. 8M – KADE MORTON 16. 1NZ – MICHAEL PICKENS 17. 3B – SHELBY BOSIE 18. 4D – ROBERT DALBY 19. 87 – DALTON CAMFIELD 20. 97 – AUSTIN ODELL 21. 37X – JAKE BLACKHURST 22. 7 – AUSTIN BROWN 23. 20 – CODY WEISENSEL 24. 77 – DAVID CAMFIELD JR 25. 17C – DEVON CAMFIELD
POWRi Speedway Motors Micros
Speedway Motors Heat Race Winners:
Heat 1: 51B – JOE B MILLER, Heat 2: 88W – ERIC WRIGHT, Heat 3: 5R – CRAIG RONK
Mesilla Valley Transportation Feature Winner: 37H – NICK HOWARD
POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League Feature Results (20 laps): 1. 37H – NICK HOWARD 2. 2B – NATHAN BENSON 3. 88J – JAKE HAGOPIAN 4. 22 – TRAVIS SENTER 5. 77W – JOEY WIRTH 6. 14 – KURT WESTERFIELD 7. 28 – LUKE VERARDI 8. 88W – ERIC WRIGHT 9. 22S – SLATER HELT 10. 08C – ALLEN COPE 11. 23 – JEREMY CAMP 12. 59 – LUKE VAUGHN 13. 52 – JASON HARMS 14. 71E – CADEN ENGLEHART 15. 37 – AIDAN PURDUE 16. 18 – STEVE FINN 17. 10 – JACOB TIPTON 18. 38 – JACKSON FRISBIE 19. 5B – CHAD BALDWIN 20. 5R – CRAIG RONK 21. 99 – ALEC LONG 22. 51B – JOE B MILLER
UMP Modifieds – 1. 25W-Allen Weisser; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace; 3. 35-Brandon Roberts; 4. 14-Brian Lynn; 5. 98C-Cole Hussong; 6. 3-Mike Brooks; 7. 28-Kevin Morrow; 8. 72A-Austin Lynn; 9. 21P-Michael Mennel; 10. 77-Ray Bollinger; 11. 166-Travis Shoulders; 12. 23M-Matthew Gremminger
UMP Pro Late Models – 1. 29-Allen Weisser; 2. 38J-Jake Little; 3. 84-Myles Moos; 4. 33H-Roben Huffman; 5. 29C-Chris Osborne, Jr.; 6. 32M-Cody Maguire; 7. 20-Dustin Ingram; 8. 21-J.R. Maple; 9. 11-Jarod Shasteen