GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (July 13, 2020) – After initially being scored second, Ace McCarthy was declared the winner of Sunday’s POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature at Valley Speedway when Logan Seavey was disqualified after failing post-race inspection. McCarthy’s win gave him a weekend sweep at the Grain Valley, Missouri track and marks Toyota’s 21st national midget feature triumph in 2020.
It appeared that Buddy Kofoid was on the way to his fifth POWRi victory in the last eight events as he pulled out to a comfortable lead heading into the final laps, only to have trouble coming out of turn four as he came to take the white flag. The 18-year-old Kofoid appeared to make contact with the wall, which sent him tumbling down the front straight.
Before Kofoid’s crash, Toyota-powered cars had led all 28 laps, with rookie Emerson Axsom leading the opening eight laps from the pole, with McCarthy and fellow Toyota driver Zach Daum rounding out the top three.
McCarthy would use a yellow flag to his advantage as he passed Axsom for the lead down the front straight into turn one on lap nine restart with Kofoid moving up to the third position. By lap 13, Kofoid had moved up to second. He quickly began to close on McCarthy and on lap 20, he would pass him going into three and then hold off McCarthy’s inside move through three and four with Kofoid taking over the top spot running the high side out of turn four.
Kofoid would then begin to pull away from the field and stretched out nearly a full straight-away lead before a lap 27 yellow bunched the field, with Seavey having moved up to second with McCarthy in third. After another yellow slowed the field once more, Kofoid would quickly pull away from the field in leading laps 27 and 28 before his incident.
Seavey would then lead the final two laps to the apparent victory with McCarthy behind him. After the disqualification, Axsom would be moved up to third, with Daison Pursley in fourth. Daum recovered from an early spin to finish sixth and Sam Johnson placed ninth to give Toyota five of the top-10 finishers.
The Toyota Midget car program is back in action on July 17 at Jefferson County Speedway for the first of four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events to be run in three different states over five days.
Toyota POWRi Valley Speedway Sunday Results
- Ace McCarthy – 1st
- Emerson Axsom – 3rd
- Daison Pursley – 4th
- Zach Daum – 6th
- Sam Johnson – 9th
- Kaylee Bryson – 12th
- Brenham Crouch – 14th
- Jesse Love – 15th
- Cannon McIntosh – 16th
- Buddy Kofoid – 17th
- Noah Gass – 18th
- Joe B. Miller – 19th
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