Meents Memorial
I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK
Saturday, October 15, 2022
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Event Info

Meents Memorial
October 14, 2022 to October 15, 2022
I-44 Riverside Speedway
4100 SW 149th St
Oklahoma City, OK 

Series Racing
Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Feature Laps Length
35

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Track Info
Track Size & Type
0.200; banked red clay oval

Competitor Info
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Race Recap

CURTAIN CALL: Avedisian Becomes Two-Time Winner, Daum Inaugural Midget Champion in Wild Finale at I-44

When the pressure turned up, the heroes emerged Saturday night at I-44 Riverside Speedway.

It was a nail-biting conclusion to the inaugural season for the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota, where the first-ever repeat winner was found and the first-ever champion was crowned by the end of the night.

Jade Avedisian all 35 laps of the 18th annual Charlene Meents Memorial to become the first-ever two-time winner of the Series and the first-ever two-time female Feature winner of a national Midget tour, while Zach Daum piloted one of Avedisian’s backup cars from the CB Industries stable to a ninth-place finish, earning him enough points to clinch the inaugural Series championship.

“The first one was awesome, but I think this one’s just a little more special that I could do it twice,” Avedisian said after the Feature, reflecting on the significance of her trailblazing accomplishment.

Starting from the pole after setting quick time in Group 4 Qualifying and a third-place Heat finish, Avedisian jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green and began setting a torrid pace. She stretched her lead as large as two seconds on more than one occasion and was able to hold the lead through even the toughest restarts.

But after the final restart just before the halfway point, Avedisian found herself riding on another two-second gap with lots of traffic ahead and a hungry pack of drivers behind her. The hungriest of which was Bryant Wiedeman, who was in the midst of a points battle with Daum that was coming right down to the wire.

If Wiedeman won the race, a 15th-or-worse finish for Daum would have been enough to earn Weideman the title. Both were dangerously close to those exact positions in the final laps, and every position mattered. With five laps-to-go and a two second gap to Avedisian, Wiedeman pinned the throttle.

Avedisian (84) and Wiedeman (01) racing for the lead in traffic (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

A smooth line, a few smart moves in traffic and some help from the slower cars allowed Wiedeman to reel-in Avedisian in only three laps.

“I didn’t know exactly [how far back], but I knew [someone] was right there because I kinda felt my pace slow down in lapped traffic,” Avedisian said. “I wasn’t sure where to go, and this lapper changed lanes on the straightaway, and I was on the outside. I knew someone was close, but just wasn’t sure who.”

The two stayed relatively close as they took the white flag until Wiedeman attempted a last-ditch slide job in Turn 3. But Avedisian held strong on the top and denied the Keith Kunz Motorsports driver out of Turn 4 to collect the win and the $5,000 paycheck.

“Thanks to [Wiedeman] for driving me clean because we all want to win, and I know what he could’ve done to win,” she said.

Wiedeman crossed the stripe in second to record his best Series finish since the win at Davenport in August. But in the end, it was not enough to make up the points he needed to win the title. Daum had climbed all the way from a provisional starting spot in 23rd to finish 9th and clinch the inaugural season championship.

“I needed the bottom to get slicker so them guys couldn’t run the bottom,” Daum said. “Once that happened, then I got better and could just start picking them off.

“I just tried not to do anything dumb, put myself in a bad position to get crashed that late in the race. Just had to play it smart, play it like a veteran should.”

In his words, this was the hardest he’s ever worked to clinch a national Midget title. As fate would have it, Daum broke an engine after Friday’s event, forcing him to swipe the engine out of teammate Ethan Mitchell’s car to compete Saturday. Then, while leading coming to the white flag in his Heat Race, engine issues snakebit Daum once more, sending him to the pits with limited time to ready another car for the Feature.

In Daum’s hour of need, CB Industries leader Chad Boat offered up a spare car, primarily fitted for Avedisian, to Daum to finish out the night. With crew members from several different teams furiously wrenching and drilling on it, the car was readied just in time for Daum to take his provisional starting spot in the Feature.

The championship podium of (from left) runner-up Wiedeman, champion Daum and third-place Brenham Crouch (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

“There were other people offering cars, and I appreciate every last one of them,” Daum said. “There were more people in the hot pit and in Chad’s pit tonight than I could even begin to think about. And I thank every one of them, because without them, we wouldn’t have made it in time.”

The thrash effort proved fruitful, giving Daum the avenue to collect the $10,000 title for he and Bundy Built Motorsports. Though they may not have all the shiniest, new equipment in the pit area, Daum and his team let their resiliency power through and proved how far determination can really go.

“Everybody on this team – I can’t explain the shoestring that they race on,” Daum said. “It’s rinky-dink stuff, and we somehow make it work every night. We have nice stuff; we just don’t have any extra stuff.

“Hopefully, 30 years from now, this [series] has exploded and we’re [remembered as] the inaugural champion.”

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 84-Jade Avedisian[1]; 2. 01-Bryant Wiedeman[4]; 3. 55-Jonathan Beason[3]; 4. 71-Daison Pursley[11]; 5. 08-Cannon McIntosh[17]; 6. 97-Brenham Crouch[6]; 7. 71M-Gavin Miller[2]; 8. 26-Chance Crum[13]; 9. 9M-Zach Daum[23]; 10. 25K-Taylor Reimer[8]; 11. 71K-Dominic Gorden[15]; 12. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[7]; 13. 72J-Sam Johnson[22]; 14. 11A-Andrew Felker[12]; 15. 14X-Chelby Hinton[9]; 16. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[21]; 17. 57-Daniel Whitley[14]; 18. 71E-Mariah Ede[10]; 19. 32T-Trey Marcham[24]; 20. 80-Josh Hawkins[18]; 21. 40-Chase McDermand[5]; 22. 50-Daniel Adler[20]; 23. 81G-Greyson Springer[19]; 24. 00-Talin Turner[16]

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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11084Jade Avedisian 350.00035Running200$5,000
24+201Bryant Wiedeman 35-0.1340Running194$2,500
33055Jonathan Beason 35-0.9510Running190$1,500
411+771Daison Pursley 35-1.3970Running186$1,200
517+1208Cannon McIntosh 35-2.6730Running182$1,000
66097Brenham Crouch 35-2.9210Running178$900
72-571MGavin Miller 35-3.5050Running174$800
813+526Chance Crum 35-4.8730Running170$700
923+149MZach Daum 35-5.1780Running166$200
108-225KTaylor Reimer 35-6.0090Running162$550
1115+471KDominic Gorden 35-7.8480Running158$525
127-519MEthan Mitchell 35-7.9890Running154$500
1322+972JSam Johnson 35-10.3630Running150$475
1412-211AAndrew Felker 35-11.3000Running146$450
159-614XChelby Hinton 35-11.3500Running142$425
1621+519AZHayden Reinbold 35-11.6230Running138$400
1714-357Daniel Whitley 34-1 Laps0Running134$400
1810-871EMariah Ede 34-1 Laps0Running130$400
1924+532TTrey Marcham 34-1 Laps0Running126$100
2018-280Josh Hawkins 34-1 Laps0Running122$400
215-1640Chase McDermand 31-4 Laps0DNF118$400
2220-250Daniel Adler 27-8 Laps0DNF114$400
2319-481GGreyson Springer 15-20 Laps0DNF114$400
2416-800Talin Turner 2-33 Laps0DNF114$400
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+108Cannon McIntosh 120.00012Running0$0
24+280Josh Hawkins 12-2.4950Running0$0
312+981GGreyson Springer 12-3.1090Running0$0
48+450Daniel Adler 12-3.5420Running0$0
511+619AZHayden Reinbold 12-4.1370Running0$0
615+972JSam Johnson 12-4.2280Running0$0
73-432TTrey Marcham 12-4.8130Running0$0
81-717BAustin Barnhill 12-6.4640Running100$100
97-221EEmilio Hoover 12-6.9220Running100$100
1016+606Rylan Gray 12-7.3950Running100$100
115-619UPierce Urbanosky 12-9.2450Running100$100
1218+61HHenry Chambers 12-10.2860Running100$100
1314+152JCorey Joyner 12-12.0640Running100$100
1417+329KBrian Harvey 11-1 Laps0Running100$100
1513-261Corbin Rueschenberg 5-7 Laps0DNF100$100
166-1080HDJoshua Hanna 5-7 Laps0DNF100$100
179-87UKyle Jones 0-12 Laps0DNS100$100
1810-89MZach Daum 0-12 Laps0DNS0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifferencePoints
11014XChelby Hinton Dubberly, LA0.00020
24+297Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX-267.52220
33071EMariah Ede Fresno, CA-267.88316
42-226Chance Crum Snohomish, WA-268.06614
57+219UPierce Urbanosky North Richland Hills, TX-270.00214
65-180HDJoshua Hanna Tyler, TX-271.50010
78+152JCorey Joyner Concordia, KS-275.3759
89+129KBrian Harvey Blanchard, OK-277.4177
96-372JSam Johnson St Peters, MODNS4
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifferencePoints
12+140Chase McDermand Springfield, IL0.00021
21-111AAndrew Felker Carl Junction, MO-586.28318
33071Daison Pursley Locust Grove, OK-586.53016
45+100Talin Turner Basehor, KS-587.20615
56+180Josh Hawkins Whitehouse, TX-588.46913
68+250Daniel Adler St. Louis, MO-588.83712
77061Corbin Rueschenberg Mesa, AZDNF8
89+106Rylan Gray Greenfield, INDNF7
94-57UKyle Jones Kennedale, TXDNS4
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifferencePoints
11025KTaylor Reimer Tulsa, OK0.00020
23+101Bryant Wiedeman Colby, KS-327.58619
34+171MGavin Miller Allentown, PA-327.85817
47+371KDominic Gorden Clovis, CA-328.41517
55008Cannon McIntosh Bixby, OK-329.18512
62-417BAustin Barnhill Wilmington, NC-330.09110
76-119AZHayden Reinbold Chandler, AZ-330.2808
8801HHenry Chambers Baldwin City, KS-312.3516
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifferencePoints
11019MEthan Mitchell Mooresville, NC0.00020
23+155Jonathan Beason Broken Arrow, OK-274.30119
34+184Jade Avedisian Clovis, CA-274.71217
45+157Daniel Whitley Ferndale, CA-275.07615
56+132TTrey Marcham Newcastle, OK-275.48613
67+121EEmilio Hoover Broken Arrow, OK-275.61911
78+181GGreyson Springer Lafayette, IN-275.9589
82-69MZach Daum Pocahontas, ILDNF6
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1997Brenham Crouch 11.0010.00010
2171EMariah Ede 11.004-0.0039
3726Chance Crum 11.095-0.0948
4414XChelby Hinton 11.293-0.2927
5280HDJoshua Hanna 11.327-0.3266
6672JSam Johnson 11.381-0.3805
7519UPierce Urbanosky 11.399-0.3984
8852JCorey Joyner 12.037-1.0363
9329KBrian Harvey 12.211-1.2102
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
177UKyle Jones 10.9650.00010
2171Daison Pursley 11.191-0.2269
3840Chase McDermand 11.222-0.2578
4611AAndrew Felker 11.285-0.3207
5500Talin Turner 11.310-0.3456
6480Josh Hawkins 11.355-0.3905
7961Corbin Rueschenberg 11.507-0.5424
8250Daniel Adler 11.519-0.5543
9306Rylan Gray 11.569-0.6042
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1671MGavin Miller 10.8900.00010
2301Bryant Wiedeman 10.986-0.0969
3717BAustin Barnhill 11.070-0.1808
4525KTaylor Reimer 11.112-0.2227
5208Cannon McIntosh 11.115-0.2256
6119AZHayden Reinbold 11.251-0.3615
7871KDominic Gorden 11.294-0.4044
841HHenry Chambers 12.497-1.6073
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1684Jade Avedisian 10.9350.00010
2855Jonathan Beason 10.998-0.0639
359MZach Daum 11.034-0.0998
4419MEthan Mitchell 11.064-0.1297
5757Daniel Whitley 11.172-0.2376
6332TTrey Marcham 11.235-0.3005
7221EEmilio Hoover 11.364-0.4294
8181GGreyson Springer 11.412-0.4773