Troy, Michigan — The Midwest Indoor Racing Series 2014/2015 winter racing season, sanctioned by Motor City Racing Promotions will conclude with a trip to the eastside of the State of Michigan. Perani Arena & Events Center in Flint, Michigan will serve as host of the 2015 MIRS Season Championships on Saturday, March 7th. The 2014/2015 MIRS Champions will be crowned throughout the weekend in east Michigan.
Entry Forms for the Mini Sprints, Arena/Mini Cup cars, Great Lakes Tire Go-Karts, Quarter Midgets and Lawn Mowers will be available beginning on Monday, February 9th. In Part I of the Season Championships preview, the focus was on the Mini Sprints, Arena/Mini Cup cars, Lawn Mowers and Tiger Towing Midwest Classic Racer (MCR)-Type Dwarf Cars while Part II shifted towards all of the divisions within the Great Lakes Tire Go-Karts. Now for the third and final Season Championships preview, all of the Quarter Midget classes will be highlighted.
One title is already decided. 10-year-old Chase Burda has already locked up the Senior Honda championship with one race remaining on the schedule. He’ll officially clinch the Senior Honda title at his home track on the MIRS schedule by merely unloading at Perani Arena. He’ll have the chance at an unprecedented three championships in one night as well as the coveted 20th career feature win.
Heading into Championship weekend, Burda also leads the Senior Animal division by 20 markers over fellow 10-year-old Casey Smith. Depending on car count, Burda would only need to finish ninth or better and at least a second championship will head back to Columbiaville, Michigan. Four other drivers are mathematically alive in that title hunt as 10-year-old Brandon Stull, 12-year-old Corey Smith, Casey’s older sister, and 11-year-old Ricky Stull, Brandon’s older brother, all still have a chance at the championship depending on how Burda and Casey Smith finish.
To complete the hat trick, Burda leads the Light 160s division by just four points over Casey Smith, the defending series champion in the 160s. Burda needs to simply finish ahead of Smith in the finishing order in the Light 160s Feature and a third championship is his. 8-year-old Drew Blom is distantly behind both competitors, but mathematically still title eligible.
In the Heavy Honda’s division, 17-year-old Nicole Stanley will look to end her Quarter Midget career with a championship as the Marshall, Michigan driver carries a 17 point advantage over 14-year-old Taylor Sexton. The two girls will battle in Flint, Michigan for the title in what will be Stanley’s final race in a Quarter Midget as she will officially ‘age out’ at the conclusion of the weekend. She needs to finish at least fifth to end her career on the highest note possible. 8-year-old Justin White and 11-year-old Madilyn Blanch can also lay claim to the title, but need help.
Four drivers will decide the outcome of the Heavy 160s Championship as 16-year-old Bobby Stanley, Nicole’s younger brother, leads a logjam of drivers in the points standings. The top four are separated by just nine points with a pair of 11-year-olds’, Jerry Osterhouse and Ethan Lamberson as well as 12-year-old Corey Smith all with a good shot at leaving east Michigan with a title.
One other title has already been decided in addition to Burda’s Senior Honda championship as 8-year-old Levi Lux merely needs to unload at Perani Arena & Events Center and the Junior Animals title will be his for the 2014/2015 winter racing season. The Vicksburg, Michigan competitor who won the last race for the division on January 17th at Kellogg Arena has put himself in prime position to secure his first career title.
Finally in the beginners division within the Quarter Midgets, the Junior Hondas, 8-year-old Alex Sexton, the younger brother of Taylor, who won his first career MIRS feature in the last event at Kellogg Arena on January 17th, has put himself in prime position to win his first career championship. The Mattawan, Michigan driver has a nine-point advantage over fellow 8-year-old Levi Lux while 7-year-old Race Bible is also in the title hunt as well. Sexton must finish third or better and the championship is his no matter where Lux or Bible finish.
Saturday, March 7th will be the third career appearance by MIRS at Perani Arena & Events Center. The Flint, Michigan facility hosted the inaugural MIRS event on November 3rd, 2012 and again for the 2013/2014 winter racing season opener on October 26th, 2013. The 2014/2015 winter racing season Championships will be the 14th overall event in MIRS history as an even 200 Feature races have been conducted in series history. Matt Foos is the all-time Feature wins leader at Perani Arena as he has two trips to victory lane. A whopping 18 other competitors have one feature win each. There is an optional Practice and unloading day set for Friday, March 6th.
-Midwest Indoor Racing Series Press Release & Photo