Zach Daum will continue his season-long duel with Andrew Felker Saturday night when the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series visits Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville for the Charlotte Meents Memorial.
Daum owns a healthy late-season championship lead over Felker in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series while Cale Thomas and Nathan Benson are neck-and-neck for the title in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series.
The Meents Memorial honors the long-time officer and race official for the MARA midgets. During the 27 years that Meents was active in MARA, she served in all capacities, including president for many years. During this time, she was instrumental in some keynote races that took place in the 1980s and '90s.
Daum leads 4,030-3,760 with four events remaining. The 22-year-old from Pocahontas loses 90 points of that lead when the POWRi scoring system requirement of tossing out the driver's two worst finishes is included.
With the 90-point loss, Daum still leads by 180 points.
"I won't feel good about the championship until the end, but it's nice to have a little bit of a barrier," Daum said.
After opening the season with three top-fives in the initial seven events, Daum has five victories and 14 top-fives in the last 18 in his Toyota-powered Eagle. He's been most impressive in the stretch run, four wins, three seconds, a third and two fifths in the last 15 events. Daum has eight straight top-fives and 16 consecutive top-10s.
Felker, the 2012 POWRi National Midget champion, also has been consistently strong with 13 top-fives and 23 top-10s. Felker has five second places, but the 20-year-old driver from Carl Junction, Mo., has only one victory in his Fontana-powered Spike.
Brad Kuhn, the POWRi National Midget champion in 2006 and 2009, has announced this will be his final racing season.
The POWRi Midgets conclude their season next week with the Gold Crown Midget Nationals, three events from Oct. 3-5 co-sanctioned with the Honda USAC National Midgets at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach.
Tri-City Speedway is hosting its Summit Modified Mania event Friday paying $3,000 to win for UMP Modifieds and $2,000 to win for Sunoco ALMS UMP Late Models. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Federated Auto Parts Raceway
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., will hold its AARA "Bud Pohle Memorial" Fall Nationals on Saturday featuring racing in all classes. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. Modifieds and B-Mods have been added to the program.
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