Cannon McIntosh Slips USAC’s BC39 between Pair of POWRi Weekends
Lonnie Wheatley, BIXBY, Okla. (September 4, 2019) – While the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League in full song as the calendar flips to September, Cannon McIntosh and the Dave Mac Motorsports Toyota-TRD Spike No. 08 Midget team are slipping in some mid-week USAC action as well.
After taking in the Labor Day weekend POWRi Midget double at Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway, McIntosh is set for his first run at the BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday.
Once the BC39 event is in the books, it’s back to POWRi competition in Illinois with events at Jacksonville Speedway on Friday and then Canton’s Spoon River Speedway on Saturday.
With passing points in mind, McIntosh will kick off the BC39 by racing from the ninth starting position in Wednesday night’s third heat race at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His heat race finish and passing points will set the stage for Thursday’s qualifiers and then feature events.
McIntosh will be looking for his second USAC Midget score after topping March’s Shamrock Classic at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center.
McIntosh will then look for that elusive first POWRi National Midget feature win with this weekend’s events in Illinois. The 16-year-old was tantalizingly close to that first win once again this past weekend at Lake Ozark Speedway, only to have a mechanical issue deny a sure win.
“We were gone, nobody had anything for us,” McIntosh said of Saturday night’s feature atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Eldon, MO, after racing from sixth to second in heat race action to earn the fourth starting position for the feature.
McIntosh raced into the lead in short order and was well in command until a late red flag. And he sensed something was amiss.
“I told Cody (Cordell) under the red that something wasn’t right, something felt off in the front end,” McIntosh recalls.
His instincts proved correct, with a front axle issue resulting in a meeting with the retaining wall that destroyed the car.
“I went into the turn and the car didn’t turn at all and I smoked the wall,” McIntosh says.
Breaking out the backup car for Sunday’s action, McIntosh bounced right back by winning his heat race form seventh to earn the pole position for the feature and then finished out the night in ninth in the main event.
“I led the first few laps, then we just lost momentum and I couldn’t ever get my rhythm back,” McIntosh explains.
The young gun will be looking for victory lane with both USAC and POWRi this week with the BC39 and then events in Illinois.
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Up Next: USAC National Midgets “BC39” at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday; POWRi National Midget League at Jacksonville (IL) Speedway on Friday and Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL) on Saturday.
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