Xtreme Outlaw Midget Showdown
Saturday, March 11, 2023

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Xtreme Outlaw Midget Showdown
March 10, 2023 to March 11, 2023
Southern Illinois Center
655 Executive Dr
Du Quoin, IL 

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Avedisian Wins Finale in Du Quoin After Hard Battle with Meseraull

The winningest driver in Series history is back in Victory Lane. Jade Avedisian captured her third career Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Feature win Saturday night in only her second career start in the Southern Illinois Center.

It didn’t take long for the young Californian to find success with her new team at Keith Kunz Motorsports, scoring the $5,000 check in her second race piloting KKM’s signature Mobil 1, Spike/Toyota #71. But en route to finding that near-instant success, Avedisian was tasked with going head-to-head with one of the most accomplished indoor racers – Thomas Meseraull.

Meseraull, the 42-year-old open wheel veteran and two-time winner in the Center, was the first to challenge 16-year-old Avedisian after she got out to the early lead from the pole. Meseraull gradually ascended from his fifth-place starting spot into third by Lap 10 and was immediately met with a chance to overtake both cars in front of him.

With a head full of steam as he crossed the stripe on Lap 11, Meseraull swept by Kyle Jones through Turns 1-2 on the top side and made a bee-line for Avedisian in 3-4. Using the same maneuver – right-rear tire against the cushion and throttle to the floor – Meseraull powered around Avedisian for the lead and began to set his own pace.

Meseraull (7x) with the lead over Avedisian (71) (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

“Early on, I could see that the track was going to start moving up,” Meseraull said. “It was time to go. I was faster than the guys in front of me.”

“The first 10 laps, I was around the bottom, and I kinda felt like it was gonna go away; just wasn’t sure when,” Avedisian said about leading the opening laps. “I felt it [go away], and then [Meseraull] got by me. It was good to run his pace for a few laps.”

Though the opening laps were hectic, the race’s torrid pace was soon cooled by the first caution flag on Lap 14; Friday night winner Cannon McIntosh had rolled it over in Turn 3, retiring him to the pits with external damage from the wreck.

Meseraull handled his first two restarts well, keeping Avedisian at bay behind him. He soon opened up a large gap to the rest of the field, stretching the lead out to over a second-and-a-half at one point before the yellow was displayed again with 11-to-go. It was then that Avedisian executed her plan to retake the lead.

Avedisian got a great restart and stayed right with Meseraull as the laps dipped under 10-to-go. With six laps left, Meseraull bounced hard off the cushion in Turn 4, upsetting the car enough for Avedisian to close-in on his rear bumper.

“Once we got out there, me and T-Mez, I feel like we were about the same speed,” Avedisian said. “I had a really good restart, I think it was the third restart, I was able to chase him down a little bit and decided when to slide him.”

With a lapped car in the bottom lane directly in front of him, Meseraull swung it to the top side into Turn 1 and got over the lip of the cushion, sending him into the marbles and leaving the track beneath him open to Avedisian. She took full advantage of the room, bounced off the lip at the apex of the turn and got a great run out of Turn 2.

In an effort to power out of the cushion and get back in the groove, Meseraull stayed in the throttle, picking-up the front-end of the car into a wheelie out of Turn 2. When he came back down, Avedisian’s nose was there and the two made contact, sending Meseraull around on the backstretch.

“He got over the curb and I was already half-sliding him, trying to get by,” Avedisian said. “He came down, obviously to get out of the curb, and we just hit. It was just a racing deal on that one.”

“That was unfortunate,” Meseraull said. “Lapped traffic is tough here, and I was struggling to get by [Avedisian]. I picked up a little bit of a miss in the 7x, and so my entry speed was a little bit on-and-off, and I kinda got it in above the curb.

“The thing flew the nose [up] and Jade just shoved it in there, because that’s what you do in Midgets, apparently, and it damn near got me upside down. But hey, that’s part of racing.”

Podium finishers Jones, Avedisian and McDermand (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

Meseraull was sent to the tail of the field under caution while Avedisian assumed the lead with three laps remaining. One solid restart and 12 corners later, Avedisian drove under the checkered flags to seal the victory.

“Just be patient, you only have three laps, and try to hit your marks,” Avedisian said of her mentality coming back to the green. “I definitely didn’t have the best restart. We think the tire got cold or something, and it didn’t fire-off as well. But it was good enough to keep us out front.”

Chase McDermand crossed the stripe in second, coming from 12th in the Mounce/Stout Motorsports #40 – a remarkable turnaround for the team that failed to qualify for the Feature Friday night. Kyle Jones came home third, staying in the top-five the entire distance and matched his best career finish with the Series.


The Midgets now take three weeks off from Series competition before returning to action at Farmer City Raceway as part of the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models’ annual Illini 100 event, March 30-April 1.

Tickets are on sale now at XtremeOutlawSeries.com. If you can’t be there in person, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.


Feature (40 Laps): 1. 71-Jade Avedisian[1]; 2. 40-Chase McDermand[12]; 3. 7U-Kyle Jones[3]; 4. 2X-Landon Brooks[8]; 5. 26-Chance Crum[4]; 6. 68-Mitchel Moles[18]; 7. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[7]; 8. 97-Gavin Miller[6]; 9. 25K-Taylor Reimer[11]; 10. 26R-Corbin Rueschenberg[9]; 11. 21K-Karter Sarff[15]; 12. 86-Shane Cottle[10]; 13. 41M-Howard Moore[16]; 14. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[19]; 15. 71E-Mariah Ede[20]; 16. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[5]; 17. 57A-Ronnie Gardner[13]; 18. 08-Cannon McIntosh[14]; 19. 5D-Zach Daum[17]; 20. 55-Nick Drake[2]

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Feature Results
11071Jade Avedisian 400.00014Running200$5,000
212+1040Chase McDermand 40-0.5850Running194$2,500
3307UKyle Jones 40-1.0680Running190$1,500
48+42XLandon Brooks 40-1.3900Running186$1,200
54-126Chance Crum 40-2.0700Running182$1,100
618+1268Mitchel Moles 40-2.5060Running178$900
77019MEthan Mitchell 40-2.7900Running174$800
86-297Gavin Miller 40-3.4480Running170$700
911+225KTaylor Reimer 40-3.6760Running166$600
109-126RCorbin Rueschenberg 40-3.8750Running162$550
1115+421KKarter Sarff 40-4.1350Running158$525
1210-286Shane Cottle 40-4.4030Running154$500
1316+341MHoward Moore 40-4.8520Running150$475
1419+519AZHayden Reinbold 40-5.1140Running146$450
1520+571EMariah Ede 40-5.7470Running142$400
165-117XThomas Meseraull 40-6.10326Running138$400
1713-457ARonnie Gardner 31-9 Laps0DNF134$400
1814-408Cannon McIntosh 12-28 Laps0DNF130$400
1917-25DZach Daum 11-29 Laps0DNF126$400
202-1855Nick Drake 0-40 Laps0DNF122$400
Last Chance Showdown Results
11021KKarter Sarff 100.00010Running0$0
29+75DZach Daum 10-1.1880Running0$0
34+117BAustin Barnhill 10-1.8590Running100$100
43-16Isaac Chapple 10-2.9430Running100$100
510+531BChase Johnson 10-3.2410Running100$100
65-137XChett Gehrke 10-4.4320Running100$100
76-171TKyler Johnson 10-4.7470Running100$100
8801HHenry Chambers 10-5.0210Running100$100
911+231XJaxton Wiggs 10-5.1940Running100$100
102-850Daniel Adler 10-5.5010Running100$100
1113+255CTrevor Cline 10-6.0510Running100$100
127-571MCaden Englehart 10-6.5410Running100$100
1314+17Cody Beard 7-3 Laps0DNF100$100
1412-28Davey Ray 0-10 Laps0DNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
12+141MHoward Moore 100.0009Running0$0
25+368Mitchel Moles 10-0.2730Running0$0
34+171EMariah Ede 10-1.2760Running0$0
47+357RDaniel Robinson 10-2.2950Running100$100
59+419AZHayden Reinbold 10-2.5480Running0$0
610+431KKyle Beilman 10-3.0450Running100$100
78+191Matt Veatch 10-4.2490Running100$100
812+400John Heitzman 10-5.8210Running100$100
96-312Charlie Kunz 10-6.1540Running100$100
1011+141Oliver Akard 10-6.8450Running100$100
111-1035Tyler Robbins 10-7.4231Running100$100
123-937Ashton Thompson 10-9.4700Running100$100
131306BAndy Baugh 0-10 Laps0DNS100$0
141406RCharles Rufi 0-10 Laps0DNS100$0
Heat 1 Results
11026RCorbin Rueschenberg Mesa, AZ0.00020
22025KTaylor Reimer Tulsa, OK-0.43318
33040Chase McDermand Springfield, IL-0.98616
44008Cannon McIntosh Bixby, OK-1.41014
56+171TKyler Johnson Quinter, KS-2.24813
68+25DZach Daum Pocahontas, IL-3.21712
75-219AZHayden Reinbold Chandler, AZ-4.0818
89+155CTrevor Cline Mooresville, NC-5.3387
97-26BAndy Baugh Mason City, IL-8 Laps4
Heat 2 Results
12+171Jade Avedisian Clovis, CA0.00021
21-157ARonnie Gardner Corona, CA-0.80518
34+12XLandon Brooks Yuba City, CA-1.91317
43-141MHoward Moore Memphis, TN-3.37814
55068Mitchel Moles Raisin city, CA-3.48912
66091Matt Veatch Macedonia, IL-4.84710
78+131XJaxton Wiggs Benton, IL-5.5309
87-141Oliver Akard Ft. Myers, FL-6.4906
9907Cody Beard Saint Anthony, IN-6 Laps4
Heat 3 Results
12+155Nick Drake Mooresville, NC0.00021
23+197Gavin Miller Allentown, PA-2.04119
31-250Daniel Adler St. Louis, MO-2.05416
44021KKarter Sarff Mason City, IL-2.30214
55071EMariah Ede Fresno, CA-2.80412
66057RDaniel Robinson Benton, IL-3.34710
77031BChase Johnson Penngrove, CA-3.6028
8808Davey Ray Davenport, IA-5.3416
Heat 4 Results
12+17UKyle Jones Kennedale, TX0.00021
23+17XThomas Meseraull San Jose, CA-0.36019
34+119MEthan Mitchell Mooresville, NC-3.28517
41-36Isaac Chapple Willow Branch, IN-4.63414
56+137XChett Gehrke Coxs Creek, KY-5.35113
65-171MCaden Englehart Terre Haute, IN-5.63910
77031KKyle Beilman Los Angeles, CA-7.1338
88000John Heitzman San Jose, IL-9.4086
Heat 5 Results
14+326Chance Crum Snohomish, WA0.00023
27+586Shane Cottle Kokomo, IN-0.32523
32-135Tyler Robbins Collinsville, IL-2.68216
45+137Ashton Thompson Salem, IN-3.00515
56+112Charlie Kunz Springfield, IL-4.24913
63-317BAustin Barnhill Wilmington, NC-1 Laps10
71-61HHenry Chambers Baldwin City, KS-9 Laps8
8806RCharles Rufi New Glarus, WI-9 Laps6
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1308Cannon McIntosh 9.7720.00010
2740Chase McDermand 9.875-0.1039
3125KTaylor Reimer 9.997-0.2258
4626RCorbin Rueschenberg 10.015-0.2437
5419AZHayden Reinbold 10.318-0.5466
6571TKyler Johnson 10.518-0.7465
726BAndy Baugh 10.620-0.8484
885DZach Daum 11.034-1.2623
9955CTrevor Cline 11.194-1.4222
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
142XLandon Brooks 9.6370.00010
2841MHoward Moore 9.987-0.3509
3771Jade Avedisian 10.023-0.3868
4357ARonnie Gardner 10.102-0.4657
5568Mitchel Moles 10.320-0.6836
6691Matt Veatch 10.579-0.9425
7141Oliver Akard 10.716-1.0794
8931XJaxton Wiggs 11.563-1.9263
927Cody Beard 12.031-2.3942
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
1321KKarter Sarff 9.8540.00010
2597Gavin Miller 9.887-0.0339
3855Nick Drake 9.945-0.0918
4450Daniel Adler 9.969-0.1157
5171EMariah Ede 9.972-0.1186
6657RDaniel Robinson 10.135-0.2815
7231BChase Johnson 10.154-0.3004
878Davey Ray 10.257-0.4033
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
1219MEthan Mitchell 9.6140.00010
237XThomas Meseraull 9.626-0.0129
377UKyle Jones 9.835-0.2218
446Isaac Chapple 9.879-0.2657
5171MCaden Englehart 10.042-0.4286
6637XChett Gehrke 10.200-0.5865
7531KKyle Beilman 10.225-0.6114
8800John Heitzman 10.532-0.9183
Qualifying Flight 5 Results
1226Chance Crum 9.8600.00010
2717BAustin Barnhill 10.072-0.2129
3835Tyler Robbins 10.159-0.2998
441HHenry Chambers 10.404-0.5447
5637Ashton Thompson 10.407-0.5476
6512Charlie Kunz 10.750-0.8905
7386Shane Cottle 11.468-1.6084
816RCharles Rufi 11.468-1.6083