Kriegbaum earns second Mel Kenyon Midget Series career victory at US 24

Eric Bunnussa

Lebanon, IN)  In a race marred by 13 caution periods, Kent Kriegbaum kept his head and worked the race track and his fellow competitors to earn his second career victory in the Mel Kenyon Midget Series.  Saturday’s event was halted for nearly two hours by lingering rain.

Kriegbaum took advantage of his starting spot on the outside of the front row to avoid the mishaps happening behind him in the 30-lap feature on semi-banked dirt of US 24 Speedway.  Following several attempts to complete the second lap, Kriegbaum passed pole sitter Ryan Huggler and held the point until lap 10 when Ashlea Albertson grabbed the lead.

Kriegbaum went right back to work on Albertson and regained the point on lap 17.  Dameron Taylor would eventually finish second, although he had to work hard to get back to the leaders after two trips to the tail of the field for spins.  Albertson drove heads up race to claim third place.  Just .202 of a second covered the top three cars at the checkered flag.

Jessica Bean and Amanda Davies filled out the top ten.  Bean and Kriegbaum each won their heat races.

Taylor’s second spot propels him to the Mel Kenyon Midget Series point lead. Kriegbaum and Albertson trail Taylor in the second and third positions in the point battle.

Taylor will lead the Mel Kenyon Midget Series back into action on Wednesday May 20 at Anderson Speedway.  The Kenyon midgets will be joined on track by the Must See Racing winged sprint cars.  The Mel Kenyon Midget Series feature will kick-off the racing activities of the 67th Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW-GM week.  The Anderson Speedway spectator gates will open at 5 PM with qualifying at 6 and racing at 7.