April 21, 2021
Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Young Daison Pursley eager to continue POWRi Midget education at Open Wheel Showdown
WHEATLAND, MO. (April 21, 2021) - One of the real bummers for Daison Pursley during his 2020 racing season was the cancellation of last spring’s Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway due to the pandemic.
Pursley, a 16-year-old Oklahoma native considered one of Midget-car racing’s up-and-coming stars, had been looking forward to only his second appearance at the speedway.
“Going to Lucas Oil Speedway is definitely cool. It’s one of the nicest facilities that we go to,” Pursley said. “Not being able to go there last year with POWRi was terrible. Going there (this weekend) for my second time, in my third year of running in the Midgets, I feel like we’ll go in with a lot of confidence and I look forward to it.”
Pursley, who drives for the legendary Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team, will be part of the 10th annual Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown on Saturday night. Along with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, action will include the RacinBoys ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact, Signs, Awnings and Wraps and the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region presented by Smiley's Racing Products and the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints.
Pursley already has six feature wins in 2021, including a pair in his non-wing outlaw. He also has a second place and one third in the POWRi National Midget Series and enters the weekend tied for the lead in points with teammate Buddy Kofoid.
“It’s been really, really good,” Pursley said of his start to the season. “Me and Buddy were up on the podium the first three races. I haven’t clicked off that first POWRi win yet, but hopefully this weekend the rain stays away and we’ll have a shot at it.”
Even though he’s only 16, Pursley is now the most-tenured member of Kunz’s powerhouse driver roster. He called that fact “crazy to think about. To be able to run for them three years now is something I’ll cherish forever and hopefully I’ll continue to have a little more success and build off that.”
Pursley, from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, grew up around racing as his father and uncle both raced. Daison became a big winner in the micro cars and went on to win the 2016 and 2017 Midwest NOW600 USAC championship and the 2017 USAC Restricted National Champion.
The youngster hooked up to run Midgets for Kunz as a 14-year-old, but the foundation for the pairing might have been set several years earlier when Pursley attended the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa and first met Kunz and declared he someday would drive for him.
“Then we were able to win the USAC championship in the Micro division in 2017 and was able to go to the banquet in Indianapolis,” he said. “I walked up to him with my trophy and introduced myself again. I told him again that I was going to drive for him one day. Now here we are a couple of years later and I’m driving one of his cars.
“To drive for a legendary guy like Keith is really cool. Everyone on the team is incredible to work for. All the crew guys have driven Micros or Midgets before and to be able to go and ask them all kind of questions, it’s cool to have all that knowledge.”
As for how much he’s improved since 2019 - when he came through the B-Feature and finished 10th in the Open Wheel Showdown main event at Lucas Oil Speedway - Pursley describes his growth as “extreme.”
“I remember my first year, I felt it went really good the first 10 races then I kind of found myself in a slump,” Pursley said. “I don’t know if that was part of the learning process or what-not, but I felt my first handful of races went really good. I was only old enough to run POWRi in 2019 and ran POWRi and knew some of the tracks from running Micros and we were able to pick off a couple of good finishes. We ran like fourth in points. Our first year went good.
“Last year, my first full season of USAC Midgets and POWRi, I didn’t really get the full-feel of it because of Covid,” he added. “We were able to knock off a couple of solid top-5s in USAC and to get our first win in POWRi late last year was something that I’ll remember forever.”
Anyone who is selected to drive for Kunz knows of the inevitable comparisons to other young stars who came before them who advanced to NASCAR. That fact is not lost upon Pursley and he admits that he sometimes dreams of following a similar path.
“I definitely want to keep my focus on what’s ahead and focus on this season of course, but I really can’t tell you where my career is headed,” Pursley said. “I hope it’s to the Cup side. I feel like that’s my dream and to be able to hooked up with Keith Kunz and Toyota, it’s a blessing to be able to do that.
“To watch Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell on Sundays, after racing where I am today after only a few years ago, it’s definitely a goal of mine and a dream.”
For Saturday's Open Wheel Showdown, gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7:05.
Fans can take in Saturday's action from a VIP Suite on the third level overlooking the front straightaway, as individual tickets are available priced at $50 apiece. All VIP Suite seats must be pre-paid and can be reserved by calling Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.
The suite offers prime viewing from inside, where the temperature is climate-controlled, or an outside seating area. Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price, though a host/hostess will be available to take food and drink orders throughout the evening. Just 27 seats are available and will be filled on a first-come basis.
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
Saturday's grandstand admission prices
Adults (16 and over) - $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military - $22
Youth (ages 6-15) - $10
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family pass - $60
Pit pass - $40
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