Picking The Mike Phillips Memorial Winner
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — With more than 100 of the best micro sprint racers in the country expected to be on hand for this weekend’s National Speed Sport News 66 Mike Phillips Memorial, it is difficult to say who the favorites to win may really be.
They entry list for the POWRi-sanctioned event features a bevy of competitors from all over the United States, but there are a few names that stand out above the rest.
One is the defending race winner Chris Andrews, who will be back to defend his victory in the $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday night at Belle-Clair Speedway. Driving the No. 8 Sawyer chassis owned by Adri and Justin Blevins, Andrews should contend to win his second National Speed Sport News 66 Mike Phillips Memorial.
But there are plenty of others who will be in the hunt for victory at the fifth-mile dirt track.
One driver to watch is 15-year-old Cale Thomas, who is arguably the hottest micro sprint racer in the land right now. Thomas enters Saturday’s race at Belle-Clair Speedway fresh off of a $5,000 victory in the Highbanks Hustle at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill.
Thomas also has two POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victories this year, including one at Belle-Clair on July 6 that has him sitting comfortably atop the series standings.
“I’ve been running the POWRi circuit and Belleville is one of the tracks on the schedule. We’ve already gone there I think three times (this year),” Thomas said. “After that win (on July 6) and doing well at the Highbanks Hustle, I feel really confident going into (Belle-Clair).
“Our car has been working when it has been really hot, dry and slick. I’ve been looking at the weather and with all those car,s I think it is going to come into our favor next Saturday,” Thomas said.