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Second-place Cody Baker (left), third-place Xavier Doney and winner Mario Clouser are all smiles at Lake Ozark Speedway. (POWRi Photo)

Clouser Is Top POWRi Sprinter

ELDON, Mo. — Mario Clouser wheeled to his sixth Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League triumph of the season in Saturday’s 25-lap feature at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Early on-track battles would find Riley Kreisel and Cody Baker grabbing heat race victories as Kreisel would notch the night’s high-point award by racing from fourth to the heat racing win. Earning the front-row starting spots for the feature event would find Riley Kreisel and a quick Anthony Nicholson leading the field of non-winged warriors to the initial start.

Launching to the lead on lap one, Riley Kreisel would suffer mechanical issues that would sideline the speedy pole-sitter from the competition as Zach Clark would take over the point of the field. With Clark out front, Cody Baker would seize the opportunity to take the lead as Clark would slip on the exit of turn two on the sixth lap.

Attempting to check out on the field with the lead, Baker would not get away as easily as planned with Mario Clouser running down the leader on the 13th lap. Baker would hold steady in the runner-up position to Clouser, battling back for an intense final lap that would see Baker wheel-to-wheel with Clouser on the exit of turn four as the checkers were displayed.

Holding the high line to perfection Mario Clouser would solidify his outstanding season by notching his eighth series career win with Cody Baker finishing a close second place.  Xavier Doney continued to impress with a solid third finish as Samuel Wagner placed fourth. 

The finish:

Feature (25 laps): 1. 6 – Mario Clouser (4), 2. 9 – Cody Baker (5), 3. 74 – Xavier Doney (6), 4. 73 – Samuel Wagner (9), 5. 16 – Anthony Nicholson (2), 6. 93 – Taylor Walton (12), 7. 26 – Zach Clark (3), 8. 7r – JD Black (10), 9. 77 – Jack Wagner (8), 10. 52 – Blake Bowers (7), 11. 45 – Jesse Bebee (11), 12. 91 – Riley Kreisel (1), 13. 27 – Steve Thomas (14), 14. 90 – Patrick Budde (13). 

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