Grain Valley, MO. (04/25/2021) In an exciting race that saw a handful of different lead changes, Daison Pursley of Locust Grove, OK. outlasted them all to complete his second ever Lucas Oil POWRi Midget League Victory on a Sunday night at Grain Valley Speedway.
A field of 28 POWRi National & West Midgets Filled the pit area for the second night of racing, a program that saw Jake Neuman, Shelby Boise, Daison Purlsey, and Cannon McIntosh split the four heat race wins.
Winning his heat race from seventh, Pursley secured the Max Papis Innovations High Point Man honors and put his Keith Kunz Motorsports, Bullet by Spike/Toyota No. 71K on the pole position. Looking to redeem himself after getting upside down last night at Lucas Oil Speedway while leading, the youngster was determined to find redemption and quickly took command in Sunday’s 30 lap event.
While the race heated up and the lead changed hands, Jake Neuman took command found himself in a battle to keep it. Pursley regained the lead and Cannon McIntosh made himself a contender and stole the second spot from Neuman. McIntosh set his sight on Pursley for the lead as he found himself upside down after hitting the cushion in turn four.
Meanwhile Karter Sarff was roaring though the pack from the sixteenth position, aboard his family owned 21K and thanks to a well-timed caution, the field bunched back together. Pursley continues to keep the top spot under control and held on for his second career Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League victory.
Chasing Pursley to the stripe on Sunday was Karter Sarff, with his career best finish of second. Jake Neuman in the third position, Ryan Timms coming from the B main to finish in fourth, and Emerson Axsom rounding out the top five.
“To finally click off that first win of the 2021 season is pretty cool and to do it at valley speedway is really awesome. The race had a lot of yellows there and I never thought that we would see the checkered flag. Yellows are kind of hard to get your rhythm back and the KKM guys gave me a great car”
The Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets will resume their 2021 season Saturday, May 8th with a show at the Mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, IL.
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Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat 1 Winner: 3N-Jake Neuman
MVT Heat 2 Winner: 3B-Shalby Boise
Auto Meter Heat 3 Winner: 71K-Daison Pursley
Rod End Supply Heat 4 Winner: 08-Cannon McIntosh
Max Papis Innovations High Point Man: 71K-Daison Pursley
Super Clean Semi Feature Winner: 85T-Ryan Timms
TRD Hard Charger: 21K-Karter Sarff
Lucas Oil Feature Winner: 71K-Daison Pursley
POWRi Lucas Oil National & West Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 71K-Daison Pursley 2. 21K-Karter Sarff 3. 3N-Jake Neuman 4. 85T-Ryan Timms 5. 15-Emerson Axsom 6. 01-Bryant Wiedeman 7. 00-Trey Gropp 8. 86-Brent Crews 9. 97-Brenham Coruch 10. 3X-Xavier Doney 11. 77W-Joey Wirth 12. 67K-Cade Lewis 13. 49-Joe B Miller 14. 25-Taylor Reimer 15. 3B-Shelby Boise 16. 5H-Casey Hicks 17. 51-Joe Walker 18. 14-Eric Fenton 19. 4F-08-Cannon McIntosh 20. 21-Emilio Hoover 21. 19M-Ethan Mitchell 22. 71-Sam Johnson
Photo Credits: Nicole Hockett