WHAT TO WATCH FOR: West Virginia, Ohio Tracks Host National Midgets for First Time
WASHINGTON, WV – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota takes national Midget racing into unchartered territory this Friday-Sunday, July 28-30, with visits to Ohio Valley Speedway, Atomic Speedway and Brushcreek Motorsports Complex.
Never before has a national dirt Midget tour turned laps around these tracks; that is until the Series makes its debut in West Virginia to kick off the weekend tripleheader with a visit to Ohio Valley Speedway. The semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval, noted for its weekly Modified racing and Late Model special events, will host the Midgets in addition to its weekly lineup of classes.
Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, hosts the Xtreme Outlaws Saturday night alongside its weekly 410 Sprint Car and Sport Mod divisions, followed by a trip to Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, on Sunday to wrap-up the weekend. All three shows are $4,000-to-win, $300-to-start programs, and will pay an additional $250 to the highest-finishing SpeeD2 Midget driver in each Feature.
Tickets for all three shows will be on sale at the front gates on race day. If you can’t make it to your favorite track, tune into DIRTVision to watch every lap live at DIRTVision.com or on the DIRTVision app.
Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this weekend:
New places, different faces
Three new local fanbases will be introduced to national-level Midget racing as the Series travels to Ohio Valley (WV), Atomic and Brushcreek.
Never before have any of these venues put on a national Midget race, though Atomic and Brushcreek have hosted the USAC Midwest Thunder Midget Series for D2 Midgets at various points since 2020. The Xtreme Outlaw Series has extended a special invitation toward the Midwest Thunder regulars to attend this weekend’s races, offering up an extra $250 check to the highest-finishing D2 driver in all three Features.
Midwest Thunder points leader Zach Wigal, 16, of Belpre, OH, is tied with Bryce Massingill for most wins with the series this year at four. Multiple drivers, including the points leaders, could potentially join the Xtreme Outlaw roster this weekend.
Back in the Hunt
A runner-up effort last Friday and her second Toyota Racing Feature win of the season Saturday put Jade Avedisian back in the thick of the battle for the 2023 Xtreme Outlaw championship.
Avedisian, 16, of Clovis, CA, led 22 laps of Friday’s Feature at Doe Run Raceway before defending Series champion Zach Daum took it from her coming to the white flag and stole the victory. She was able to find redemption less than 24 hours later at Southern Illinois Raceway (SIR), driving by Kyle Jones on the outside for the lead on a late restart and bringing the field back around to the checkers to score her fourth career Series victory and second of the season.
For her efforts, Avedisian advanced two spots in the Series points standings and is now only 67 points out of the lead with over half of the schedule remaining. She and the Keith Kunz Motorsports team have the momentum back on their side after breaking the nine-race dry spell since their previous Feature win in Du Quoin, IL, to start the season.
Took a tumble
Until this past weekend, it looked like nothing was going to stop Cannon McIntosh. A tally of four Feature wins and streak of eight podium finishes through the first 10 races did not carry momentum for him, spawning his second DNF of the season Friday night, though he was able to rebound on Saturday.
McIntosh, 20, of Bixby, OK, got behind early in Friday’s program, suffering a mechanical malfunction with the fuel system in his Heat before rolling it over in the Feature, leaving him with his second DNF of the season. He was able to right the ship on Saturday, however, charging all the way from 15th to finish fifth.
Despite the rebound, he lost a big chunk of his points lead in the two-race stretch, down to 67 points from 121 where it stood entering the weekend. McIntosh and the Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports team will look to build the lead back up in the three-race stretch this weekend as they continue down the road to their first national Midget championship.
Daum's new groove
Before the summer break, Zach Daum was winning. The break is over, and Daum is still winning.
Daum, the defending Series champion from Pocahontas, IL, is continuing his great stretch of Midget racing with his new team at Trifecta Motorsports, now riding a streak of four podium finishes in the last five Xtreme Outlaw races. After making back-to-back Victory Lane trips in their first weekend together at Wayne County Speedway (IL) last month, Daum and the Trifecta squad did it again last Friday at Doe Run, passing Avedisian coming to the white flag to score their third-straight Series victory. An 11th-to-second charge on Saturday at SIR capped the weekend.
Daum gained big in the Series points standings, chopping what was a 270-point deficit down to 169 points where he sits coming into this weekend, as he and the Oklahoma-based Trifecta team aim to keep their streak of top-two finishes going.
New light shining
After a successful second venture out on the Xtreme Outlaw trail, Daniel Whitley and the Abacus Racing team are headed back out for more this weekend.
Whitley, 20, of Ferndale, CA, joined the Indiana-based Abacus Racing team for the 2023 season and has been strong in Xtreme Outlaw competition thus far, posting two top-fives and three top-10s in four starts. He led six laps in Friday’s Feature at Doe run, taking the lead from Avedisian with a slide job in the early going and going on to finish fifth.
He and teammate Laci Ferno have plans to tackle all three stops on the schedule this weekend. Whitley, a former Outlaw Kart and Sprint Car driver, shoots for his first career Feature win in a Midget.
THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE
When and whereThursday, July 28 at Ohio Valley Speedway in Washington, WVFriday, July 29 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OHSaturday, July 30 at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, OH
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Current championship points standings (view full standings)
Cannon McIntosh: 2512 points | Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08
Jade Avedisian: 2445 points (-67) | Keith Kunz Motorsports #71
Gavin Miller: 2443 points (-69) | Keith Kunz Motorsports #97
Chase McDermand: 2363 points (-149) | Mounce/Stout Motorsports #40
Zach Daum: 2343 points (-169) | Trifecta Motorsports #7U
Taylor Reimer: 2266 points (-246) | Keith Kunz Motorsports #25K
Chance Crum: 2162 points (-350) | Rudeen Racing #26
Hayden Reinbold: 1926 points (-586) | Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ
Landon Brooks: 1734 points (-778) | RAMS Racing #2x
Kyle Jones: 1677 points (-835)
Toyota Feature winners (5 drivers)4 wins – Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)3 wins – Zach Daum (Trifecta Motorsports)2 wins – Chase McDermand (Mounce/Stout Motorsports); Jade Avedisian (Keith Kunz Motorsports)1 win – Jesse Love (Chad Boat Industries)
Toyota Feature laps led (15 drivers)78 laps – Cannon McIntosh54 laps – Jade Avedisian46 laps – Zach Daum28 laps – Ryan Timms26 laps – Thomas Meseraull24 laps – Chase McDermand23 laps – Gavin Miller22 laps – Shane Cottle, Kyle Jones21 laps – Ashton Torgerson11 laps – Hayden Reinbold6 laps – Karter Sarff, Daniel Whitley4 laps – Jesse Love1 lap – Nick Drake
Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (9 drivers)3 awards – Cannon McIntosh2 awards – Ethan Mitchell1 award – Gavin Miller, Daniel Whitley, Hayden Reinbold, Jesse Love, Kevin Thomas Jr, Zach Daum, Joe B. Miller
Heat Race winners (19 drivers)6 wins – Jade Avedisian4 wins – Cannon McIntosh3 wins – Zach Daum, Chase McDermand2 wins – Chance Crum, Nick Drake, Ethan Mitchell, Hayden Reinbold, Gavin Miller, Corbin Rueschenberg, Andrew Felker1 win – Austin Barnhill, Shane Cottle, Thomas Meseraull, Kyle Jones, Rico Abreu, Briggs Danner, Daison Pursley, Daniel Whitley
High-points honors (11 drivers)2 honors – Cannon McIntosh1 honor – Gavin Miller, Chance Crum, Rico Abreu, Daniel Whitley, Landon Brooks, Briggs Danner, Hayden Reinbold, Jade Avedisian, Kyle Jones, Andrew Felker
Last Chance Showdown wins (12 drivers)2 wins – Kyle Jones1 win – Landon Brooks, Karter Sarff, Howard Moore, Ryan Timms, Taylor Reimer, Henry Chambers, Chance Crum, Chase Briscoe, Mitchell Davis, Cannon McIntosh, Corbin Rueschenberg
DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (12 drivers)1 award – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Ryan Timms, Chance Crum, Zach Daum, Gavan Boschele, Taylor Reimer, Chase McDermand, Shane Cottle, Cooper Williams, Kyle Jones, Cannon McIntosh
Podium finishes (14 drivers)7 podiums – Cannon McIntosh6 podiums – Chase McDermand5 podiums ¬– Zach Daum4 podiums – Gavin Miller3 podiums – Jade Avedisian2 podiums – Shane Cottle, Taylor Reimer1 podium – Thomas Meseraull, Kyle Jones, Ryan Timms, Ashton Torgerson, Landon Brooks, Jesse Love, Daniel Whitley
Top-10 finishes (37 drivers)11 top-10s – Gavin Miller10 top-10s – Cannon McIntosh, Jade Avedisian9 top-10s – Chase McDermand, Zach Daum6 top-10s – Chance Crum, Taylor Reimer5 top-10s – Landon Brooks, Kyle Jones4 top-10s – Ethan Mitchell, Gavan Boschele3 top-10s – Thomas Meseraull, Ryan Timms, Corbin Rueschenberg, Daniel Whitley2 top-10s – Briggs Danner, Shane Cottle, Chase Briscoe, Kevin Thomas Jr, Karter Sarff, Branigan Roark, Andrew Felker1 top-10 – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Austin Barnhill, Daniel Adler, Sam Johnson, Rico Abreu, Ashton Torgerson, Don Droud Jr, Mariah Ede, Nick Drake, Hayden Reinbold, Cooper Williams, Jesse Love, Trey Marcham, Joe B. Miller
2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
Fri, March 10 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)
Sat, March 11 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Jade Avedisian (1)
Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Cannon McIntosh (2)
Fri, May 5 / Humboldt Speedway / Humboldt, KS / Chase McDermand (1)
Sat, May 6 / 81 Speedway / Park City, KS / Chase McDermand (2)
Tue, May 22 / Millbridge Speedway / Salisbury, NC / Cannon McIntosh (3)
Wed, May 23 / Millbridge Speedway / Salisbury, NC / Cannon McIntosh (4)
Thu, June 1 / Tri-City Speedway / Pontoon Beach, IL / Jesse Love (1)
Fri, June 2 / Wayne County Speedway / Wayne City, IL / Zach Daum (1)
Sat, June 3 / Wayne County Speedway / Wayne City, IL / Zach Daum (2)
Fri, July 21 / Doe Run Raceway / Doe Run, MO / Zach Daum (3)
Sat, July 22 / Southern Illinois Raceway / Marion, IL / Jade Avedisian (2)
Photo credit – Jacy Norgaard
This article originally appeared on Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: Atomic Speedway, Ohio Valley Speedway to host Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series