Daum Delivers At Grain Valley
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Zach Daum finished six car lengths in front of championship rival Andrew Felker to take his second feature victory of the season Saturday in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series at Valley Speedway.
Daum led the final 20 laps in his Toyota-powered Eagle on the fast one-third mile track. The 22-year-old dueled with Felker’s Spike-Fontana early in the 30-lap race. Felker passed Daum for the lead on lap 10 and Daum regained it on the next lap and steadily stretched his advantage. It was Daum’s third career victory in POWRi Midgets.
Garrett Aitken finished a career-best third and rookie Parker Price-Miller was a season-best fourth. Tyler Thomas was caught up in a five-car accident on the start that brought out a red flag and climbed from the back to finish fifth.
“I feel like we had a shot to win all three races this weekend,” Daum said. “I know we had fast cars in all three. It was a matter of putting a whole race together.”
Daum led six laps early Thursday at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., before the left-front shock had a spacer fall off and his handling deteriorated. He finished second to Terry Babb. Friday at US 36 Raceway in Cameron, Mo., Daum led laps 16 to 22, but encountered a mechanical problem with the fueling system and was forced to drop out. He finished ninth.
“We led laps in all three races,” Daum said. “I’m glad we were able to finish tonight.”
Daum started on the inside of the second row. Price-Miller was pole and Felker on the outside of the front row.
Price-Miller held the lead for the opening three laps before Daum passed him. Felker moved into second on the sixth lap and they began to race hard, going side by side into some turns.
“I wanted to be consistent and didn’t want to miss the bottom,” Daum said. “But when you’re not behind someone, you can’t go searching around for better grip.”