Kale Drake. (Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series Photo)

Looking Back: Drake’s Illinois SPEEDWeek Title

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Notching a podium in three straight nights of Land of Lincoln adrenaline-fueled action, Kale Drake would seize the moment to claim the 11th Annual POWRi Illinois SPEEDWeek presented by Start2Finish.

Sporting the Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports No. 97K, Drake adds the accomplishment of SPEEDWeek champions to his long list of growing conquests while also snapping the three-year streak of teammate and runner-up placement in the weeklong POWRi mini-championship in Cannon McIntosh.

Beginning the eventual three-night stretch of action with a strong third-place finish at Coles County Speedway, Drake would find himself advancing seven positions to contend for the victory in an instant classic Illinois SPEEDWeek debut night that would witness reigning POWRi National Midget Champion Karter Sarff win.

Keeping the front-running contention flowing the following night at Jacksonville Speedway, the 2023 POWRi Outlaw Micro champion would again battle among the lead pack after starting eighth on the field only finishing one spot shy of winning to Jacob Denny who claimed the feature victory.

Wrapping up the SPEEDWeek Championship at Macon Speedway on Saturday night after a Lincoln cancelation, Drake would claim the night’s Victory Fuel High Point Qualifier award to start from the pole position for the feature race. Leading 12 of the 30-lap feature, Drake would again end the night runner-up placement to eventual winner McIntosh.

Proving consistency claims championships by contending for the win every night, Drake would win the SPEEDWeek title by a mere 10 points over current POWRi National Midget League championship leader McIntosh.