(7/22/23) Jade Avedisian would learn from the previous night’s late-race lessons to earn the return victory at Southern Illinois Raceway on Saturday Night with the POWRi National Midget League, running in conjunction with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota, capturing her third career league victory in a thrilling thirty-lap feature.
Early on-track competition with twenty-five solid entries in the POWRi National Midget League running in conjunction with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series would see Zach Daum start the action off with a quick qualifying time of 10.536-second lap as Corbin Rueschenberg, Andrew Felker, and Chase McDermand each would earn heat racing wins as Cannon McIntosh would earn the semi-feature victory.
Setting the feature field would find high-point qualifier Kyle Jones roll an invert of zero during Intermission to set the front row of Jones and Andrew Felker. Competing for the prized position as the green flag flew would see Kyle Jones gaining the initial advantage on the opening lap over Taylor Reimer, Andrew Felker, Jade Avedisian, and Corbin Rueschenberg all racing inside the top five.
Hitting the halfway point of the feature caution free with Kyle Jones showing the fastest way around Southern Illinois Raceway while dealing with lap traffic, Taylor Reimer and Jade Avedisian would exchange sliders and spots for the runner-up placement as previous nights winner Zach Daum started to make his moves toward the front with Corbin Rueschenberg, Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand, Andrew Felker, Daniel Whitley, and Cooper Williams rounding out the running top-ten.
Late race dramatics would appear with less than ten laps remaining as the field would be bunched for a restart with eight laps remaining as Jade Avedisian would use a huge head of steam around the top side to overtake for the lead with Zach Daum following to the second spot.
Holding steady for the final eight laps, Jade Avedisian would emerge victorious in the thirty-lap feature event to earn her second feature win of 2023 with the POWRi National Midget League as Zach Daum would finish runner-up.
“Last night I couldn’t sleep after what happened, I knew he wasn’t going to the top on the restart, and I can’t thank everyone who helps with this team,” said Jade Avedisian in the Southern Illinois victory lane celebrations. Adding, “We’re going home all smiles tonight”.
Staying close for the full feature would see Taylor Reimer finalize the podium finishers with the one-time leader of twenty-two laps Kyle Jones finishing fourth as Cannon McIntosh hard-charged his way past ten other competitors to round out the POWRi National Midget League top-five finishers at Southern Illinois Raceway running in conjunction with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series.