MILLSTADT, Ill. – official series release – Mark Funderburk photo –
The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series has scheduled 39 events for the 2015 season, which will include fan favorites such as the Turnpike Challenge at Port City Raceway, the Thiel Memorial and Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway, and the $20,000-to-win Great Clips Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway.
The series will also make its debut at Fairbury Speedway in 2015, a track POWRi was originally scheduled to debut at in 2014, but inclement weather forced the cancellation of the event.
The 2015 season begins at Port City Raceway on March 20 and will conclude at Wayne County Speedway on Oct. 23 for the Jason Leffler Memorial.
The event, a $20,000-to-win event sponsored by Great Clips, will be the largest-paying midget race in 2015. All proceeds will go to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Fund.
The Leffler Memorial was organized by Wayne County Speedway owner Doug Stringer in 2012 to honor his long-time friend who died in a sprint car crash on June 12, 2013. Leffler was 37 and is survived by his five-year old son, Charlie Dean.
“This race is my way to honor Jason, who was a great racer, but more importantly a great father to Charlie Dean,” Stringer explained. “As we continue to mourn, we must keep Charlie Dean in the forefront of our minds and do everything we can to ensure he grows up knowing what an amazing person his father was and how much he was respected as both a driver and a friend.”
Previous winners of the event include 2013 and 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil Nat’l Midget Series Champion Zach Daum (2013), and 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Champion Daryn Pittman (2014).
Returning for the first time since 2008, the series will run the two-day Iron Man 55 at I-55 Raceway in conjunction with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. During the two day Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, POWRi will visit the title sponsor-owned, Lucas Oil Speedway on May 2, the second and final night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals.
Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana will host the Ford Eco-Boost Challenge with races on Saturday, August 1st and will conclude on Saturday, September 26th. POWRi will also continue to visit their fan-favorite 1/5th mile tracks of Macon and Belleville, with a total of 13 scheduled events between the two tracks alone.
Macon Speedway will host a two-day show on July 3rd and 4th weekend, with the July 4th event paying $5000-to-win. This two day show will be a precursor to the Pepsi Nationals on July 5th at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Continuing to hold their traditional events honoring those who have contributed to the rich history of midget racing, the schedule includes the Arnie Knepper Memorial on August 2nd and the Meents Memorial on October 3rd at Belle-Clair Speedway, as well as the Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon Speedway on August 22nd.
POWRi’s world championship began in New Zealand and continues in Australia later in January. After a short break, the championship renews in the United States on May 23 at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis. for the two-day Thiel Memorial and will conclude on June 7 at Belle-Clair Speedway. Illinois Speed Week includes Quincy Raceway on June 4, Jacksonville Speedway on June 5, Macon Speedway on June 6, and closes at Belle-Clair Speedway on June 7 alongside the world championship.
2015 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Schedule
Date – Venue – Location
March 20 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Okla.
March 21 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Okla.
April 10 – Belle-Clair Speedway – Belleville, Ill.
April 24 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, Ill.
April 25 – Macon Speedway – Macon, Ill.
May 1 – Valley Speedway – Grain Valley, Mo.
May 2 – Lucas Oil Speedway -Wheatland, Mo.
May 8 – Belle-Clair Speedway – Belleville, Ill.
May 9 – St. Francis County Raceway – Farmington, Mo.
May 15 – Fayette County Speedway – Brownstown, Ill.
May 16 – Macon Speedway – Macon, Ill.
May 23 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wis.
May 24 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wis.
June 4 – Quincy Speedway – Quincy, Ill.
June 5 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, Ill.
June 6 – Macon Speedway – Macon, Ill.
June 7 – Belle-Clair Speedway – Belleville, Ill.
July 3 – Macon Speedway – Macon, Ill.
July 4 – Macon Speedway – Macon, Ill.
July 5 – Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, Wis.
July 11 – Fairbury Speedway – Fairbury, Ill.
July 12 – Belle-Clair Speedway – Belleville, Ill.
Aug. 1 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Ind.
Aug. 2 – Belle-Clair Speedway – Belleville, Ill.
Aug. 7 – I-55 Raceway – Pevely, Mo.
Aug. 8 – I-55 Raceway – Pevely, Mo.
Aug. 21 – Lincoln Speedway – Lincoln, Ill.
Aug. 22 – Macon Speedway – Macon, Ill.
Aug. 29 – LaSalle Speedway – LaSalle, Ill.
Sept. 11 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, Ill.
CREDIT: POWRi Racing