McIntosh, Toyota victorious at USAC at Sweet Springs

Toyota driver Cannon McIntosh took the lead from Brenham Crouch on lap 12 of 30 and led the final 19 tracks to win the opening night of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series John Hinck Championship at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on Friday.

The victory is the 12th national midget performance victory this season for McIntosh, with 11 of them in his last 24 national midget performances along with two runner-up finishes.

Crouch started the evening’s action from pole position and immediately assumed the lead, followed by his Keith Kunz Motorsport teammate Taylor Reimer in second. As Crouch walked down the field, Zach Daum would pass Reimer for second on lap three, while McIntosh moved into third on the next lap.

When McIntosh found his rhythm, he passed Daum for second on lap nine, then chased Crouch on lap 12, climbing high through turns three and four, narrowly edging Crouch for the lead when they got back into the lead position. start. .

From then on, McIntosh would begin to pull away, opening a 1.7-second lead on lap 19. The race would then harden as the leaders entered heavy traffic, with Crouch hot on their heels while McIntosh was bottled up earlier. dive to cut between two lapped cars to extend your lead out.

It was all McIntosh the rest of the way, with Crouch finishing second. Two other Toyota drivers also posted top-five finishes on the night with Bryant Wiedeman in fourth and Justin Grant driving from tenth to fifth after having to fight his way through the semi-feature in his backup car after a accident in heat lap.

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Daison Pursley earned a seventh-place finish in her first USAC event since a horrific crash at Arizona Speedway last November. He was followed by fellow Toyota drivers Buddy Kofoid in eighth, Trey Gropp in ninth and Kaylee Bryson in tenth.

Defending series champion Kofoid continue to lead the points race, with Grant currently sitting in second place and McIntosh climbing to the top after overcoming some early season struggles.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series wraps up its doubleheader at Sweet Springs on Saturday night.

Quotes:

Cannon McIntosh, Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports: “It was an early fight to start as the top two kind of backed off a little bit. Once I got into a rhythm, I was able to run over (Zach) Daum for second. Then we had a pretty good time with (Brenham) Crouch. I just felt like he had a really good car. I didn’t know how close I was and some of the lapped cars were racing against me and at one point I was behind (Jace) Park from four. That hurt us, but I knew I had to get over it and put as many lapped cars in front of Brenham as I could. What I was able to do between three and four for most of the race kind of slipped away a bit towards the end, but I was able to hold on. These guys just gave me a great job. They have this thing down to a science. Everyone on this Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports team worked very hard to give me a really good race car. I couldn’t do it without them, Crescent Gear Wrench, Toyota, Mobil 1. Bell Helmets and K1 Race Gear who make this happen.”

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USAC Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex Results for Toyota-Powered Drivers

McIntosh cannon – 1.

Brenham Crouch – 2nd

Bryant Wiedeman – 4th

Justin Grant – 5th

Daison Pursley – 7th

Buddy Kofoid – 8th

Trey Gropp – ninth

Kaylee Bryson – 10

Taylor Reimer – 11

Mitchell Moles – 12

Dominic Gordon – 16

Crum Chance – 17

Chase McDermand – 18

Jace Park – 19

Cade Lewis – 20

Joe B. Miller – 23

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