Lonnie Wheatley, MEEKER, Okla. (April 13, 2018) –
According to the lap sheets, Ace McCarthy led all 25
laps of Friday night’s Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget
League presented by Executive Concrete NWA feature event
atop the ¼-mile Red Dirt Raceway clay oval.
However, it wasn’t without a genuine
Friday the 13th
scare for the Tahlequah, OK, racer in the “Midget
Meltdown 2k18” event as he withstood a wicked Blake Hahn
slider on the final lap to secure his second career
series victory aboard the Two-Eight Drilling No. 28m.
“Wow, that was wild there,” McCarthy said upon climbing
out of his winning mount. “Blake
(Hahn) came on strong there and when he threw it in
there on the last lap, the pucker factor really went
McCarthy survived the slider into turn one as Hahn
missed the top of turn two after momentarily taking
command less than one-quarter mile away from the stripe,
allowing McCarthy to race back out front to the
“This track was awesome tonight, we can’t thank Cody
(Brewer) enough for giving us that to race on,” McCarthy
It was a race that began with McCarthy outgunning fellow
front starter Cannon McIntosh to take command early from
the pole starting position with Steven Shebester and
Hahn quickly giving chase. Then,
after weathering several cautions in the initial eight
rounds, McCarthy found himself wading through lapped
traffic over the last half of the race as he kept Hahn
nearly a half-straightaway at bay.
Hahn, taking advantage of an idle weekend for the Lucas
Oil ASCS National Tour, battled into second from his
fourth starting position by the sixth round but was
unable to close the gap until the final pair of laps.
But when he closed, he closed in quickly and mounted a
charge for the point as the white flag flew.
Hahn dove to the bottom of turn one on the final
round and slid up high in front of McCarthy, only to
miss the top of turn two.
McCarthy charged back by to snare the win with Sapulpa’s
Hahn recovering quickly enough to salvage runner-up
honors. Nixa, Missouri’s Wesley Smith
emerged from a multi-car scuffle for position to claim
third with Springfield, Missouri’s Kory Schudy
outlasting defending series champion Grady Chandler of
Edmond, OK, for fourth.
With Chandler settling for fifth, Hank
Davis climbed a handful of positions to sixth while
Payton Pierce turned in the top passing performance by
charging from 17th
to seventh. McIntosh rebounded from
an early incident to claim eighth with Jonathan Beason
and Harlan Hulsey completing the top ten.
McIntosh, McCarthy and Hahn topped heat race action for
the field of 24 competitors.
In addition to Lucas Oil and Executive Concrete NWA,
additional POWRi West Midget League supporting sponsors
include Two-Eight Drilling, American Discount Auto Care,
R&M Race Trailer, A1 Machine, Rod End Supply, Pyrotech,
Esslinger and MyChron Tom/AIM.
The POWRi West Midget League returns to action on
Saturday night, April 28, at Oklahoma City’s I-44
Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget League presented by
Executive Concrete NWA Results
Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK) – April 13, 2018
Smith Ti Heat One (8 Laps): 1.
08-Cannon McIntosh, 2. 82-Steven Shebester, 3. 7m-Chance
Morton, 4. 8J-Jonathan Beason, 5. 42-Hank Davis, 6.
15d-Andrew Deal, 7. 17e-Blake Edwards, 8. 19-Pierce
Keizer Wheels Heat Two (8 Laps): 1.
28m-Ace McCarthy, 2. 28-Kory Schudy, 3. 8m-Kade Morton,
4. 23-Hannah Adair, 5. 5m-Alex DeCamp, 6. 24-Hunter
Fischer, 7. 4b-Harlan Hulsey, 8. 9u-Doug McCune.
Saldana Products Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 52-Blake Hahn, 2. 00-Grady Chandler, 3. 44-Wesley
Smith, 4. 721-Brendon Wiseley, 5. 27b-A.J. Burns, 6.
77-Payton Pierce, 7. 51-Emilio Hoover. DNS: 3e-Blake
“A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 28m-Ace
McCarthy (1), 2. 52-Blake Hahn (4), 3. 44-Wesley Smith
(3), 4. 28-Kory Schudy (7), 5. 00-Grady Chandler (6), 6.
42-Hank Davis (11), 7. 77-Payton Pierce (17), 8.
08-Cannon McIntosh (2), 9. 8J-Jonathan Beason (10), 10.
4b-Harlan Hulsey (19), 11. 23-Hannah Adair (15), 12.
9u-Doug McCune (20), 13. 19-Pierce Urbanosky (23), 14.
27b-A.J. Burns (13), 15. 51-Emilio Hoover (22), 16.
82m-Steven Shebester (5), 17. 15d-Andrew Deal (16), 18.
8m-Kade Morton (9), 19. 7m-Chance Morton (8), 20.
721-Brendon Wiseley (14), 21. 5m-Alex DeCamp (12), 22.
24-Hunter Fischer (18), 23. 17e-Blake Edwards (21). DNS:
BOSS Performance High Point Driver: Blake Hahn