Riverside, CA. (Press Release by Derek Schuett / John Lee High Fly’N Photo) – Darren Hagen stole feature wins in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series at both Valley Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway, sweeping both nights of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, and strengthening his points lead. Piloting the Austin Brown owned, Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis, Hagen would wire the field Friday night at Valley Speedway, leading the entire event after an already dominating heat race performance. “Everyone I surround myself with, they are the best in the business,” Darren stated after the Valley Speedway win. “This is a testimony to how good these guys are and a testimony to the car.”
At Lucas Oil Speedway for Saturday night’s competition, Hagen would again take the heat race win. Starting inside the third row of the 30 lap main event, Darren was on the move at the drop of the green flag. Already in the second position by lap six, it was clear the Austin Brown-owned entry was on a mission headed for the front. Three laps later a caution would bunch up the field, giving Darren the opportunity to strike. As the field resumed green flag racing, the #17 Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis would take point coming off turn two and never look back, holding the lead for the remainder of the event. “I’m very, very blessed to be in the opportunity that I am,” said Darren. “I couldn’t say enough about this race team. Austin Brown had me come drive for him with BOSS Chassis, Flea, Corey, Chris, and everybody on this team. Without these guys, my job would be really tough.”
Darren will be back in action this weekend at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois on Friday, May 8th and St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, Missouri on Saturday, May 9th.
Tulsa, OK| April 26, 2015: A stunning car count of 31 Lucas Oil POWRi West Midgets were on hand for the Blue Blast For Autism Awareness event at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway. Drivers making the trip from across Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri for the second stand alone event for the Luca Oil POWRi West Midgets Series presented by Boss Chassis.
The weather was perfect as mother nature played nicely for the contenders of this weekend’s race. Heat race action saw Chance Morton, Blake Edwards, Harli White, and Chad Howell picking up wins. The nights only red flag would come in heat race number 2 when 83 of Shane Weeks tagged the wall and ended upside down in turn three.
With the top 16 in passing points qualifying for the nights 25 lap A-feature the remainder of the field was lined up for one 15 lap B-feature with the top 4 finishers filling the last 2 rows in the A-Feature. Michelle Decker and Travis Scott would bring the 13 car field to the green flag. Decker would take the point and Scott would follow with a caution coming for several cars that came to a stop in turn one. this caution would sideline the 23 of Hannah Adair for the remainder of the night. Back under green Decker would lead a hard charging Scott while the 88 of Nelson, and 44 Smith followed. Several attempts from the 17T of Scott got him close but in the end it was a smooth and calm Michelle Decker taking the victory. Travis Scott, Tyler Nelson, and Wesley Smith would round out the top 4 moving on to the nights 25 lap A-feature.
The Total Comm 25 lap A-feature would be have a starting row of 2 drivers that hadn’t had their midgets on track since the Chili Bowl. The 8H of Harli White, who doesn’t run her midget often, would receive the most passing points and would start on the pole position and to her outside the 91K of Kevin Bayer, the first ever midget feature winner at I44. The initial start would see the 9$ of Clark and he 22D of Stephenson getting tangled up, both cars would re-fire and a complete restart would be in order. On the start White would jump to an early lead, with Bayer, Morton, Edwards and Howell in tow. Lap 3 would see Bayer making a move on the top coming of turn number two, with white seeming to have a flat coming down the back stretch Bayer would go to the top and Morton would make a move the bottom, coming 3 wide off of turn four. White would roll to a stop in the infield and would later say that a failed bleeder caused the tire to go flat. Green flag would continue with Bayer leading Morton , and a charging Howell. Things would heat up as the race went on back in the top 10 as Anton Hernandez, Cody Brewer, Steven Shebester, Eric Fenton, Ty Hulsey would all be battling side by side and sometimes three wide around the track. but in the end out front it was all the 91k Boss Chassis of Kevin Bayer. Chance Morton, Chad Howell, Blake Edwards and Cody Brewer rounding out the top 5.
After the feature when asked about his game plan going in to the feature Kevin replied ” I was really wanting to run the top in 1 & 2 but when I got to the lead I just went down to the bottom and protected the bottom and just tried to make good smooth laps. really our first time out in the new Boss chassis it was really good we made some changes and I’m really excited about this year.”
A- Feature 25 Laps
1 91K-Kevin Bayer(2);2 7M-Chance Morton(3); 3 4C-Chad Howell(5); 4 17E-Blake Edwards(4); 5 96-Cody Brewer(16); 6 52-Anton Hernandez(9); 7 51-Steven Shebester(15); 8 21-Ty Hulsey(12); 9 16-Nigel Calvert(6); 10 1OU- AJ Burns(5); 11 85-Matt Johnson(8); 12 88-Tyler Nelson(19); 13 44-Wesley Smith(20); 14 9$-Kyle Clark(11); 15 17T-Travis Scott(18); 16 22D- David Stephenson(13); 17 14E-Eric Fenton(10); DNF 4M-Michelle Decker(17); DNF 5$-Danny Smith(14); DNF 8H-Harli White(1)
Belleville, IL – BOSS Chassis had a successful night at the ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois for the Spring Weekend Meltdown. Austin Brown, Andrew Felker, and Darren Hagen each won heat races, totaling three heat race wins out of four heat races, while Seth Motsinger won the semi event. In the feature, Andrew Felker earned a podium finish bringing home third place, while Darren Hagen cracked the top five with fifth. Austin Brown rounded out the top ten with a tenth place finish in his Toyota-powered BOSS Chassis. Kyle Schuett took home 19th in his midget debut at “America’s Baddest Bullring,” while Seth Motsinger finished in the 20th position.
Kokomo, Indiana…Darren Hagen opened the Honda National Midget Championship season with a strong night in his first USAC start aboard the Kenny Brown Racing – Great Clips #17 Boss/Esslinger as he marched to the “Kokomo Grand Prix” victory on Saturday night. The Riverside, California native notched his 25th-career win to put himself in a tie for 16th on the all-time win list with Parnelli Jones and Dave Strickland.
Davey Ray grabbed the lead with a big run on the cushion through turns one and two on the opening lap. He ran hard on the high side with the lead as Hagen followed into second before the first caution on lap three.
Hagen came calling for the lead on the restart, and the two exchanged crosses before Hagen came roaring by to lead at the stripe on lap seven. Zach Daum was also on the move, and he and Ray battled for the runner-up spot. ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Kevin Thomas, Jr. was also using the high side to his advantage, and he passed both of them on a lap-13 restart to vault to second.
Just past halfway, Thomas got sideways in turn-two and collected Daum, who was able to restart on the tail. Thomas was done for the night.
Tracy Hines became the new pursuer of Hagen, and he drew close as they neared traffic, even flashing to the inside of Hagen on multiple occasions. Just as Hagen began to put cars a lap down, Ryan Greth hooked the infield marker tire in turn-four and flipped on lap 25. He was unhurt.
From there, Hagen was unchallenged to take the win, making it 11 years in a row with at least one USAC National victory. This one was also the first for Boss Chassis and builder Austin Brown.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity I have with this team, and especially Austin Brown with his Boss Chassis. Putting them in victory lane for the first time is cool. I almost gave it away with two to go, making a mistake down through one and two. We had a fast race car tonight, and I’m happy to get it done,” Hagen said.
Hines came home second in the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.
“I got going there in the long run, but he was a little too strong on the short runs. I got us in trouble on the start and gave some positions away, thinking the bottom would come in a little bit. Our car was good, but it was too little, too late to get the win. I got to him and moved down a bit and had a good look at him, but we caught that red at the end and took any shot we had. It was good racing tonight, though,” Hines said.
Tanner Thorson earned the “Hard Charger Award” by filling the podium after starting 11th in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorports – Toyota TRD #67Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“We struggled early in the night, and I have to thank Keith (Kunz) for working to get me more comfortable in the feature. We had to pass some cars to get there, but it was coming on the farther into the race we got. We definitely didn’t need the red late in the race. We had a shot at them without it. I’m happy to start our points season this way, though,” Thorson said.