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Bayston, Klaasmeyer Run 1-2 at Belle-Clair in Weekend POWRi Sweep

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (September 30, 2017) – Spencer Bayston took the lead on lap 26 and then held off fellow Toyota driver Tucker Klaasmeyer to sweep the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s weekend double-header at the Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois, Saturday night.

Bayston also won Friday night’s feature at the track and now has seven national midget feature wins this season. Saturday’s victory is the 32nd for a Toyota-powered driver in 2017.

Starting from the outside of the front row, Klaasmeyer immediately moved into the lead at the green flag and would pace the race early before teammate Logan Seavey would use the high side of the track to charge into the lead on lap seven. Seavey would pull out to a comfortable lead while fellow Toyota driver Tanner Thorson began his move toward the front. After starting tenth, Thorson would eventually move up into second on the low side of the track and had begun to reel in the leader at the midway point before spinning between turns one and two, bringing out a full course caution and sending Thorson to the back of the pack.

After the restart, Seavey once again started to pull away, while Bayston had moved up through the field into the second spot with Klaasmeyer running fourth. As the laps began to wind down, it appeared that Seavey was on the way to a dominating victory, only to see it slip away after he spun and then rolled coming out of turn four on lap 26.

The race restarted with five laps remaining and Bayston in the lead, while Klaasmeyer had moved up to third. On lap 28, Klaasmeyer would pass Andrew Felker for second behind Bayston and that’s how it would end as Bayston took the checkered flag.

“It was a little bit ugly, but it was a win,” relayed Bayston, who has won his last four national midget feature events. “I can’t thank everyone at Keith Kunz Motorsports, TRD, Toyota Racing and all of the fans that came out enough.”

Aidan RoosEvans made it three Toyotas in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish after starting from the outside of row 10.

With the runner-up finish, Klaasmeyer has closed to within 210 points of teammate Seavey for the POWRi point lead with three races remaining.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League is back in action next with a double-header at the Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway, October 13-14.

Place
Belle-Clair Speedway Saturday
Toyota Feature Results
1
Spencer Bayston
2
Tucker Klaasmeyer
9
Aidan RoosEvans
11
Holly Shelton
13
Tanner Thorson
16
Tanner Carrick
17
Ryan Robinson
21
Logan Seavey
 
POWRi National Midget League Standings
Pos
Driver
Points
1
Logan Seavey
4910
2
Tucker Klaasmeyer
4700
3
Zach Daum
4490
4
Jake Neuman
4200
5
Spencer Bayston
4010
6
Andrew Felker
3890
7
Aidan Roosevans
3220
8
Ryan Robinson
3050
9
Tanner Thorson
3040
10
Tyler Thomas
2850
 
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