Toyota’s Bell Earns 50th Midget Feature Win At At POWRi Southern Illinois Shootout

Christopher Bell took the lead on lap 13 and led the final 28 circuits to earn his 50th career national midget feature victory at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Southern Illinois Shootout at the Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion. All 50 of Bell’s victories have come with Toyota.

The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has six midget feature wins this season, including his second consecutive Chili Bowl Nationals title. The victory is the 37th national midget feature win for a Toyota-powered driver in 2018.

Zach Daum started from the pole and immediately moved out to the lead with Logan Seavey sliding into second. Daum’s lead would be short-lived, though, after being caught in a lap four incident that would drop him to the tail end of the field, with Seavey assuming the lead and Bell quickly moving into second after starting from the eight spot.

Three additional yellow flags would slow the action down through lap 11 as Seavey continued to lead Bell, followed by Alex Bright and Jonathan Beason.

Seavey maintained his lead on the lap 12 re-start, but Bell stayed right with him and then made his move for the lead on lap 13. As the race passed the midway point, the lead duo eventually pulled away to make it a two-car race. Bell would maintain the top spot, but Seavey stayed right with him.

A late yellow would create a seven-lap dash to the finish, but Bell simply checked out on the restart, opening up a comfortable lead on the way to his milestone 50th win. Seavey would finish second to make it a Toyota one-two finish for the second consecutive night. They were joined in the top 10 by teammates Tanner Carrick in sixth and Holly Shelton in tenth.

Despite finishing 11th, Tucker Klaasmeyer stretched his championship point lead to 590 points over Ryan Robinson. Klaasmeyer can clinch the 2018 POWRi title simply by advancing to the B main at either of the final two races.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League closes out its 2018 season with a pair of races at the Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas, Nov. 9-10.

Place

Southern Illinois Raceway Toyota Saturday Feature Results

1st

Christopher Bell

2nd

Logan Seavey

6th

Tanner Carrick

10th

Holly Shelton

11th

Tucker Klaasmeyer

12th

Zach Daum

13th

Sam Johnson

17th

Cannon McIntosh

18th

Ryan Robinson

19th

Tyler Thomas

20th

Mark Chisholm

21st

Holley Hollan

 

POWRi National Midget League Standings (unofficial)

Pos

Driver

Wins

Points

1

 Tucker Klaasmeyer

6

7340

2

 Ryan Robinson

1

6750

3

 Zach Daum

1

6290

4

 Karter Sarff

5920

5

 Logan Seavey

6

5910

6

 Jake Neuman

1

5800

7

 Tanner Carrick

2

5430

8

 Holly Shelton

 

5040

9

 Sam Johnson

 

4330

10

 Joe B. Miller

3680

*Toyota drivers in bold

Toyota Racing PR

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