The field will compete for $4,000 grand prizes on both nights, joined by Non-Wing Sprint Cars and Factory Stocks at Humboldt on Friday, then the Sprint Cars and 316 Mods at 81 on Saturday.
Though the Xtreme Outlaw Series has yet to visit either venue, both tracks have hosted Midget competition in the past. Both POWRi and USAC have taken their national Midget series to each and put on programs that showcase the speed Midgets are capable of. At 3/8 of a mile, 81 Speedway will take over as the biggest track the Series has visited since its inception last year.
Tickets for each event will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action live on your personal devices with a FAST PASS subscription to DIRTVision.
Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this weekend:
NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN – After posting back-to-back top-five finishes in the last two Series races, Kyle Jones has taken over the points lead by 13 over Cannon McIntosh.
Jones, 29, of Kennedale, TX, put his Spike/Stanton, PDIDiesel.com #7U on the podium in the Saturday night portion of the Xtreme Outlaw Showdown in Du Quoin back in March, then followed that up with a fourth-place run at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 three weeks ago.
He and the Trifecta Motorsports team now ride into Humboldt Speedway on Friday where they competed together in 2020, resulting in a 13th-to-ninth charge for Jones in his first start at the track.
ON THE RISE – Cannon McIntosh jumped a total of six spots in the Series points standings after his second win of the season three weeks ago at I-55, and now rides 13 points behind leader Kyle Jones in second place.
McIntosh, of Bixby, OK, has been keeping his skills sharp in the downtime this season, wheeling a Micro Sprint on a weekly basis at Millbridge Speedway for his team’s Micro program at Dave Mac-Barnhill Motorsports. Five Feature wins there already this year has proved its benefits for the 20yr-old Toyota Racing Development driver as he continues the chase for his first national Midget series championship.
McIntosh has previously visited Humboldt on multiple occasions, last making the trip out in 2020, where he finished 11th in a POWRi event during his tenure with Keith Kunz Motorsports. Prior to that, he made starts in 2019 (DNF), and recorded his best finish there in 2017 – a fifth-place run with his family team, then known as Dave Mac Motorsports.
THE CLIMB BACK – Making her debut at both venues this weekend, Jade Avedisian has some work to do to reclaim the Series points lead after dropping back to third in the standings three weeks ago.
The 16yr-old Californian struggled at I-55, fading back to 16th from her seventh-place starting spot and giving up the points lead she held coming into the race. Historically, I-55 has not been Avedisian’s cup of tea, but Humboldt and 81 will be clean slates. She’s yet to compete in any capacity at either venue, which gives her a brand-new opportunity for redemption this weekend.
Though she’s raced on big 1/4-miles like Humboldt before, Saturday will be her first Xtreme Outlaw start on a 3/8-mile track. The Series has yet to visit a track larger in distance than the 1/3-mile of I-55.
BACK IN THE SADDLE – Climbing back behind the wheel of a Midget for the first time since January, Ashton Torgerson has teamed with Tanner Thorson Racing this weekend to take on the Kansas doubleheader.
Torgerson, 16, of Glendale, AZ, was injured in a scary incident at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January where he was ejected from the seat of his car after flipping several times down the backstretch. Torgerson sat out for several weeks to recover but has since made multiple Micro Sprint and Winged Sprint Car starts in his efforts to get back in the racing groove. Friday at Humboldt will be his first official Midget start since the night of his accident.
Like several others in the field, Torgerson will be making his first appearance with the Xtreme Outlaws, as well as his debut at both tracks.
BEEN HERE, RACED THAT – While several competitors will be making their Midget debut at Humboldt this weekend, Zach Daum will be one of the veterans in the field with prior experience.
Like McIntosh, Daum raced the POWRi event at Humboldt in 2020, and finished fourth behind Daison Pursley, Kaylee Bryson and winner Buddy Kofoid.
Daum, of Pocahontas, IL, moved up five spots in the Series standings after a runner-up finish to McIntosh at I-55 three weeks ago. He now sits sixth – 57 points back of leader Jones in pursuit of his second consecutive Xtreme Outlaw points championship.
THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE
When and where
Friday, May 5 at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, KS
Saturday, May 6 at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS
On the internet
Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota
Twitter – @Xtreme_Outlaw
Instagram – @XtremeOutlaw
Facebook – @XtremeOutlawSeries.WRG
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com. Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.
Current championship points standings (view full standings)
1. Kyle Jones (628pts); 2. Cannon McIntosh 615pts (-13); 3. Jade Avedisian 606pts (-22); 4. Landon Brooks 590pts (-38); 5. Gavin Miller 578pts (-50); 6. Zach Daum 571pts (-57); 7. Ethan Mitchell 566pts (-62); 8. Chance Crum 561pts (-67); 9. Chase McDermand 541pts (-87); 10. Taylor Reimer 521pts (-107).
Toyota Feature winners (2 drivers)
2 wins – Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)
1 win – Jade Avedisian (Keith Kunz Motorsports)
Toyota Feature laps led (6 drivers)
26 laps – Thomas Meseraull
22 laps – Shane Cottle
19 laps – Cannon McIntosh
18 laps – Zach Daum
14 laps – Jade Avedisian
1 lap – Chase McDermand
Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (2 drivers)
2 awards – Ethan Mitchell
1 awards – Cannon McIntosh
Heat Race winners (13 drivers)
2 wins – Jade Avedisian
1 win – Austin Barnhill, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Corbin Rueschenberg, Nick Drake, Kyle Jones, Chance Crum, Rico Abreu, Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand, Zach Daum
High-points honors (3 drivers)
1 honor – Gavin Miller, Chance Crum, Rico Abreu
Last Chance Showdown wins (5 drivers)
1 win – Kyle Jones, Landon Brooks, Karter Sarff, Howard Moore, Ryan Timms
DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (3 drivers)
1 award – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Ryan Timms
Podium finishes (8 drivers)
2 podiums – Cannon McIntosh
1 podium – Shane Cottle, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand, Kyle Jones, Zach Daum, Ryan Timms
Top-10 finishes (21 drivers)
3 top-10s – Kyle Jones
2 top-10s – Jade Avedisian, Landon Brooks, Gavin Miller, Ethan Mitchell, Zach Daum, Corbin Rueschenberg, Chase McDermand
1 top-10 – Shane Cottle, Chance Crum, Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles, Taylor Reimer, Chase Johnson, Austin Barnhill, Daniel Adler, Sam Johnson, Ryan Timms, Rico Abreu
2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 10 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)
2. Sat, March 11 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Jade Avedisian (1)
3. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Cannon McIntosh (2)