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Seavey Goes Wire-to-Wire; Toyotas Sweep POWRi Podium At Valley Speedway

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toyota PowriGRAIN VALLEY, Missouri (May 5, 2018) – Logan Seavey led all 30 laps in winning Friday’s POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri. Zach Daum placed second and Cannon McIntosh was third as Toyota drivers swept the top-three podium finishes on the night.

Seavey became the fourth different Toyota-powered driver to win in the season’s first seven POWRi events. In addition, Toyotas have now won 12 of the 14 national midget feature races run in 2018.

Starting from the pole after winning his heat race, Seavey immediately went out to the lead with Daum in second and Tucker Klaasmeyer, who won the two most recent POWRi events, in third.

Seavey would quickly stretch his lead out to a half-straightaway on the one-third mile track, as Klaasmeyer closed in on Daum for second. Meanwhile, the 15-year-old McIntosh was moving up into the top five after starting eighth.

A caution on lap 15 would bunch the field, with Klaasmeyer getting passed for third by Joe B. Miller on the re-start. As the action continued behind him, Seavey once again pulled away from the field, stretching his lead out to almost three seconds before a final caution waived with five laps remaining.

This time, the Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) driver wasn’t able to pull away from Daum as the three-time series champ closed in behind him as the laps ran down. With two laps remaining, Daum was all over him before Seavey was able to adjust his line lower on the track and hold off Daum as they came to the wire. As the lead duo fought for the top spot, behind them McIntosh was able to move past Miller to capture third and earn his first national podium finish.

“We started on the pole and I started rolling the bottom early,” said Seavey, the 2017 POWRi champion. “Zach was behind me most of the way and I knew that I had to keep hitting my marks. With two to go, he showed his nose and I was able to move down and hold him off. A couple more feet and he might have caught me. I couldn’t be any more confident in my Mobil 1 KKM Toyota right now.”

Klaasmeyer would eventually place fifth, just ahead of teammates Ryan Robinson in sixth and Tanner Carrick in seventh. Robinson continues to hold the POWRi point lead, but Klaasmeyer has closed to within 20 points, while Daum currently sits third.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League moves on to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the second night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Madness Saturday night.

Place
Valley Speedway Friday Toyota Feature Results
1st
Logan Seavey
2nd
Zach Daum
3rd
Cannon McIntosh
5th
Tucker Klaasmeyer
6th
Ryan Robinson
7th
Tanner Carrick
11th
Holly Shelton
13th
Andrew Felker
15th
Sam Johnson
23rd
Blake Carrick

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Standings: 1- Robinson-1890; 2- Klaasmeyer-1870;3- Daum-1670; 4-Seavey-1390; 5- Felker-1290; 6. Miller-1200; 7-Sarff-1150; 8- Neuman-1070; 9- Shelton-1040; 10-T. Carrick-900

*Toyota Drivers in bold

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