While everybody wants to be the first to see the checkered flag, the green flag was the goal for 15-year-old Chase Ridenour at Saturday night’s 2014/2015 Midwest Indoor Racing Series finale at Perani Arena (MI). By taking the green flag of the 600cc Non-Winged Mini Sprints feature event, Ridenour clinched the series championship.
“This is a pretty unbelievable feeling,” said Ridenour, who turns 16 on Sunday. “We went into the year thinking that we weren’t going to be racing indoors at all, and now here we are with a championship.”
It’s the second straight championship for Ridenour, which made him the first person to repeat as champion in history of the Mini Sprints division.
Ridenour has been a very strong competitor in all three of the Midwest Indoor races this season. He collected a win in the January event at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan. This win didn’t come as easy as the previous one had for Ridenour who started shotgun on the field.
Fast qualifier Rod Henning started on Ridenour’s inside and pulled ahead early in the 50 lap shootout. Ridenour gave Henning a good run in the corners, but was out motored on the straightaways.
It was a game of cat-and-mouse between Ridenour and Henning on the restarts with Henning holding the lead for a while until they caught lapped traffic. Ridenour used the traffic to his advantage to make the move on Henning for the lead and the win.
“I was trying every move in the book, and thankfully that lapped car was there,” Ridenour said. “(Henning) had to go low and I was able to slide around him” stated Ridenour. “I do give him credit, he ran his lines well and he raced me clean.”
Ridenour will be racing with the Sprints on Dirt Series for the rest of the 2015 season, as well as some World of Outlaws races on the side.
Chase Burda is a name that everyone in the Quarter Midget world knows, and at the young age of 10 years old, Burda is the winningest driver in Midwest Indoor Racing Series History with 19 career wins. Burda also has three championships to go along with those wins. He scored two championships this year in the Quarter Midget Senior Honda division as well as the Senior Animal Class to go along with his championship from last year.
Zach Myers had undoubtedly one of the fastest Senior Cage Karts throughout the whole season, and he showed it again on Saturday night. Myers started deep in the field multiple times and found his way to the front quickly and got a spot in victory lane multiple times in this season. Myers won an eventful race Saturday night and was named the Senior Cage Kart Champion for the 2014/2015 season.
Todd Cowan was one of several drivers who won their race as well as the championship for their class on Saturday night. Cowan’s Mini Arena Cup Car was clearly hooked up as he lapped the entire seven car field en route to the victory.
Now that the 2014/2015 Midwest Indoor Racing Series has come to an end, plans are already in the works for the next season which is slated to begin in late November.
-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
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