Pickens easliy tops Brownstown fieldBy Tim Tuttle
Brownstown, Ill., June 3—New Zealand's Michael Pickens led all 30-laps en route to a runaway feature victory Friday Night in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series & Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned event at Fayette County Speedway.
Pickens, a three-time New Zealand and two-time Australian Speedcar Super Series champion, started on pole next to Brad Loyet. Pickens ran the inside line in the Jack Berry owned Breka/Ford-Esslinger, for the first one and a half laps, then went to the outside and began pulling away from Loyet, who also was running on the top of the quarter-mile dirt track.
"I knew I wasn't gong to clear Brad off the start, but (Turns) One and Two were pretty good on the bottom," Pickens said. "After a lap and a half, I was able to move to the top." Pickens had one anxious moment, regaining control on the eighth lap after coming off the top. His lead over Loyet allowed him to gather the Midget up and stay in the lead. "I tagged the guard rail," said Pickens.
The events only caution appeared on Lap 10. On the restart Pickens steadily pulled away from Loyet and the field. Trailing
Pickens at the finish were: Loyet, Austin Brown, Brett Anderson and Jerry Coons Jr.
30-lap Feature: 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Brad Loyet, 3. Austin Brown, 4. Brett Anderson, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Mike Hess, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Nick Knepper, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Matt Smith, 11. Scott Hatton, 12. Seth Motsinger, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Chris Bell, 15. Bubba Altig, 16. Daniel Adler, 17. Kyle Neal, 18. David Budres, 19. Brandon Waelti, 20. Dereck King, 21. Derrick Myers, 22. Dave Camfield Jr., 23. Andrew Felker.
12-lap Semi Feature Winners: Altig, Smith.