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Brent Crews (86) battles Bryant Wiedeman at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. (Mark Funderburk photo)

Crews Steals I-55 POWRi Glory

PEVELY, Mo. — Brent Crews stole a spectacular victory Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 with the Lucas Oil POWRi National and West Midget Leagues.

Crews claimed his second career Lucas Oil POWRi Midget victory.

Ryan Timms and Rico Abreu set the pace on the front row for the 30-lap main event. At the drop of the green flag, Timms got off to an early lead but fourth place starter, Crews was on his tail. Timms, Abreu, and Crews all fought for positions on the top side, while Crews took over the lead on lap three. Abreu and Timms both tried to claim second but Timms prevailed. 

Eleven laps in the books and Crews began to hit lapped traffic. Slower cars in front of the leader caused Timms to reel him in and try to take over the top spot. He threw a slide job and found himself in the lead on lap 18.

Behind Timms, Abreu running in the third position got into the wall and came to a slow at the top turn two which brought out the yellow. 

The 26-car field stacked back up for a single file restart with twelve laps to go, Timms still with the lead, and Crews on his tail in second and Bryant Wiedeman following along in third.

The green flag waved once again and Crews perfected the restart to get the lead back from teammate, Ryan Timms. Both CBIndustries cars traded slide jobs for the lead and caught themselves in an intense battle for the lead. 

At the drop of the white flag, Timms caught the wall in turn two and found himself upside down running in the second position.

Crews led the field to a green-white-checkered and captured his second win of the season behind the wheel of the No. 86 CBIndustries entry.

Bryant Wiedeman finished second, Jake Neuman finished third, Zach Daum finished fourth and Emilio Hoover rounded out the top five. 

“It was wild, I felt really good and I think we had a race winning car, and we brought it home. I had never heard of this place until this week and I heard Larson was fast here so I decided it was a good track for me,” Crews said.

The finish:

Feature (30 laps): 1. 86-Brent Crews   2. 01-Bryant Wiedeman  3. 3N-Jake Neuman  4. 08-Zach Daum   5. 21-Emilio Hoover   6. 7-Shannon McQueen   7. 26-Chance Crum   8. 67K-Cade Lewis   9. 72-Sam Johnson  10. 21K-Karter Sarff   11. 00-Trey Gropp   12. 7X-Michelle Decker   13. 444-Kameron Key   14. 2H-Luke Howard   15. 50-Daniel Adler   16. 71-Kaylee Bryson   17. 44-Branigan Roark   18. 77W-Joey Wirth   19. 85T-Ryan Timms   20. 17-Tanner Berryhill   21. 97X-Matt Sherrell   22. 5F-Danny Frye  23. 5-Rico Abreu  24. 70-Cade Cowles  25. 91-Lance Bennett   26. 17B-Austin Barnhill  

 

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