Blake Bower in victory lane. (Marysville Raceway Photo)

Bower Scores 19th WMR Triumph

MARYSVILLE, Calif. – 2021 Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction champion Blake Bower won his 19th career feature on Saturday night at Marysville, equaling David Prickett for the all-time wins mark in the stock production powered midgets.

The win also wrapped up Bower’s third consecutive WMR weekend sweep and boosted him to 11 wins in the 2022 series. 

“It feels great. A lot of work goes into these cars. We just had to hit our marks right all night. (All the restarts) started getting on my nerves. But that’s just a part of it and that’s what makes you better,” Bower said.

Bryant Bell and Logan Mitchell split the eight-lap heat races. Three incidents slowed the attempts at getting the feature underway. Cory Brown flipped in turn one, ending a challenging weekend for the long tow driver of the No. 32 Blud Lubricants machine.

On the following try, Bower slid sideways which collected Mitchell. Both were able to continue after the caution fell. Bell slid to a stop in turn one on the third restart, sparking a multi-car melee.

Greg Jewett flipped while Nate Wait, Kyle Hawse, and Nick Van Atta suffered race ending crashes as well. 360 Sprint Car winner Casey Schmitz retired under the red flag with a fuel pump issue.

Adam Teves led the first three laps before Bower found the long way around the top of turn one, charging past Teves to lead lap four. Bell spun in turn one for an additional caution which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Bower held off Teves, Bell, and Rancho Cordova’s Craig Holsted for the win. Mitchell was scored fifth.

The Finish:

Feature (16 Laps): 1. 9 Blake Bower, 2. 35s Adam Teves, 3. 09 Bryant Bell, 4. 42 Craig Holsted, 5. 96x Logan Mitchell, 6. 35 Ron Singh, 7. 20w Nate Wait, 8. 12 Greg Jewett, 9. 20 Kyle Hawse, 10. X Nick Van Atta, 11. 11 Casey Schmitz, 12. 32 Cory Brown

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