The four-wide parade lap prior to Friday's POWRi Gold Crown Midget Nationals feature at Tri-City Speedway. (Mark Funderburk photo)
The POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League schedule for 2021 has been announced. (Mark Funderburk photo)

Stacked Schedule Set For POWRi West Midget League

BELLEVILLE, Ill. – The POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League will travel to 10 venues throughout a 33-race schedule that begins in March and ends in early November.

Continuing with the traditions of previous seasons, the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League will join forces with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget’s in 17 events throughout the year, with 16 stand-alone events on the schedule.

The POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League members will see added incentives, with the highest finishing POWRi West Midget League member now receiving first-place finishing positioning points within the West championship during every co-sanctioned National Midget event. The second-highest West member-finisher will gain second-place positioning points in the West championship, and so on.

“We wanted to try something new this season to give back to our West League members in National events,” said POWRi West Director Eric Fenton. “Our stand-alone West races will stay under the same single points-format with the National events giving more points for West members, if the highest member finishes fifth in co-sanctioned racing then they’ll get first place points. If the second-highest West finisher gets 12th then they will get second place points within the West League Championship and continuing with all West finishers.”

Along with the new points structure for members comes a new and increased point fund for the season as the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League Championship Points Fund is now: 1st-$3,500, 2nd-$2,500, 3rd-$1,500, 4th-$1,250, 5th-$1,150, 6th-$1,050, 7th-$1,000, 8th-$1,000, 9th-$1,000, 10th-$1,000.

Opening the season with four straight days of midget action will be the eighth annual Turnpike Challenge. Starting at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on March 25, followed by a two-day stop at Oklahoma City’s I-44 Riverside Speedway on March 26-27. Concluding the Turnpike Challenge back north to Tulsa at Port City Raceway on Sunday, March 28.

Then, on April 16-17, the league travels to Arkansas, as the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget Leagues again link up for competition in the inaugural running of the Little Rock Nationals at I-30 Speedway.

Other highlighted dates on the schedule includes The Midget Round-Up at Airport Speedway in Garden City, Kan., on May 29-30, the popular Thunder in the Valley on July 16-17 hosted by Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., along with a two-day stay at Federated Auto-Parts I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Mo., as part of the Ironman 55 on Aug. 6-7.

The season will wind down with the second annual Donnie Ray Crawford Sooner State 55 at Port City Raceway on Oct. 14-15 and the Creek County Speedway Fall Fling on Oct. 29-30.

Finally, the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League will wrap up the season at Caney Valley Speedway, in Caney, Kan., on Nov. 5-6 as part of the POWRi National and West Midget Leagues Season Championship.

2021 POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League Schedule

March 25 – Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, Okla.*
March 26-27 – I-44 Riverside Speedway – Oklahoma City, Okla.*
March 28 – Port City Speedway – Tulsa, Okla.*
April 16-17 – I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, Ark.*
April 23 – Valley Speedway – Grain Valley, Mo.*
April 24 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.*
May 14 – Tulsa Raceway Park – Tulsa, Okla.
May 15 – I-44 Riverside Speedway – Oklahoma City, Okla.
May 29-30 – Airport Speedway – Garden City, Kan.
June 12 – Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, Okla.
June 26 – I-44 Riverside Speedway – Oklahoma City, Okla.
July 9 – Tulsa Raceway Park – Tulsa, Okla.
July 10 – Port City Speedway – Tulsa, Okla.
July 16-17 – Valley Speedway – Grain Valley, Mo.*
July 24 – Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, Okla.
Aug. 6-7 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – Pevely, Mo.*
Aug. 21 – Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, Okla.
Aug. 28 – I-44 Riverside Speedway – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sept. 11 – Port City Speedway – Tulsa, Okla.
Sept. 24 – Tulsa Raceway Park – Tulsa, Okla.
Sept. 25 – I-44 Riverside Speedway – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oct. 14 – Port City Speedway – Tulsa, Okla.*
Oct. 15-16 – I-44 Riverside Speedway – Oklahoma City, Okla.*
Oct. 29-30 – Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, Okla.
Nov. 5-6 – Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, Kan.*

*Dates Co-Sanctioned with POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League.

Schedule subject to alterations with many additional events currently being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed.

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