Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget Series is heading home for the halfway point of a breakout season, headlining the action at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway this coming Saturday, May 10th.
Two weeks ago the POWRi West Midgets launched three consecutive weekends of action beginning with an I-44 Riverside Speedway contest aced by Choctaw’s Cody Brewer, the 96 car pictured in this fantastic shot taken by Kristy McDougal.
The West then joined their National neighbors for a pair of outings in Missouri, with several West teams making the trip to the Show Me State.
The POWRi West Midgets have completed 7 shows and after this Saturday’s show at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, will have 7 remaining.
So this is the true halfway point of what has been a sensational revival of Midget racing in the southern plains. It also marks the third of 9 events at Oklahoma City’s 1/5th mile red clay battleground.
The staunch support is very visible in the point standings, where Tulsa’s Alex Sewell and Choctaw’s Cody Brewer are deadlocked. Owasso’s Matt Sherrell, a POWRi West winner at Creek County last month trails the duo by just 50 points with Bixby’s Kevin Bayer and Tulsa’s Jonathan Halford holding fourth and fifth, respectively.
This Saturday’s showing in OKC will be the fourth standalone West event after the West just teamed up with the POWRi National Midgets for the fourth and final time of the season this past weekend.
The POWRi West Midgets have averaged just over 29 entries over the first half of the season, and nearly 19 in the three events run exclusively under West sanctioning. That is exactly where the current entry list stands while awaiting word for nearly a dozen more teams.
Owasso’s Matt Sherrell earned the win in the first West solo outing at Creek County Speedway in Kellyville, Oklahoma. Tulsa’s Jonathan Halford matched that performance the following night in Oklahoma City.
Two weeks later on April 26th, Choctaw’s Cody Brewer scored a win for the OKC area and joined by National racers Chris Bell, Darren Hagen, and Zach Daum; 7 events have produced six winners with only Bell earning multiple wins. Bell earned that double in the season opener for both National and West at Tulsa’s Port City Raceway, where the POWRi West is scheduled to return Saturday, September 28th. That is also the sole remaining event outside of I-44 Riverside Speedway confines.
This Saturday’s Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget Series presentation at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway begins at 7pm. The gates will open at 4pm, with hot laps conditioning teams and track at 6pm. General admission is $10, with pit passes a cool $20.
Further information on the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget Series, including a complete look at point standings and completed shows, can be found at www.powri.com in the West section, or by following POWRi West on Facebook and Twitter.
To all in our racing community, please support the honorable sponsors that have helped make the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget Series the premier non wing open wheel class in the region: Factor One Racing, Rod End Supply, Mud X, Fenton Graphics, KBR Performance, Tulsa Gas Technologies, and Boss Chassis, and of course our premier sponsor Lucas Oil.