Driver Diary: McIntosh Takes Mojo To Mid-America

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Driver Diary: McIntosh Takes
Cannon McIntosh. (Jacob Seelman photo)

Editor’s Note: Cannon McIntosh, 16, is competing in his first full season in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, as well as running select races in the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series.

McIntosh will be sharing his racing experiences with Sprint Car & Midget subscribers while competing throughout the season behind the wheel of the Dave Mac Motorsports, Toyota-powered No. 08.

Below is his newest diary entry, recapping Sunday night’s Pepsi Nationals at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway and previewing a five-race swing of USAC and POWRi races through the Great Plains.

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. – It’s rare lately that I get to say we’re coming back home to race, but we’re actually coming close to home to race during the early part of this week, and I’m really excited about that.

We’re carrying some momentum into another Midget Week, because we just came off a pretty big runner-up finish on Sunday at the Pepsi Nationals, one of the more historic midget races in the country.

If you saw the highlights, then you know I tried to make a pretty big move on Logan (Seavey) in the final turns to try and win the thing. The track was real locked down at the beginning, but by the end it turned into a really good track to race and it gave us a shot at the win.

Starting on the pole of the feature after winning our heat race, I knew we were in a pretty good spot, but we just missed it in the beginning of the race and had to fight back more than we hoped. We finally got going, though, and once I finally started running down Seavey I wasn’t lifting. I was ripping the top and not even really using the brakes.

I went to the bottom with two to go, not even really knowing if there was going to be a lane there, and thankfully I didn’t lose too much ground. We were close, and then I went to throw that last-lap slider, I wanted to stick to the bottom and come up in front of him, but I hit the brakes and it went to the floor.

That had me real nervous for a minute, so I just slid behind him and turned right so I didn’t take both of us out. It was a bummer to finish second, but it’s a consistent run that we definitely needed.

We’re close. I know I’ve been saying that for a few weeks now, but I feel like we’re definitely showing that we have the speed to win races – we just need to catch that one break we need to put all the pieces together like we did in March down at the Shamrock Classic.

Now we’ve headed back down the road this week to race a good part of USAC’s Mid-America Midget Week, as well as a pair of POWRi races at Valley Speedway in Missouri on Friday and Saturday night.

There’s a lot of races this week that I’m pretty pumped up about, but Red Dirt Raceway kind of brings everything full circle for me. It’s in Meeker, Okla. – about an hour from home for me – and it’s where I made my first USAC feature start a year ago.

We didn’t run how I wanted to at Meeker last year, but we made the field and I think that was big in itself. To start the A-main in pretty much our first try against the USAC guys, for our family team was a huge accomplishment for us.

I feel like we’re in a lot better spot going back there this year. We’re more prepared, we’ve got some confidence and I think the car is in as good a place as we’ve had it lately. All of those things will help a lot, and we’re going to try and get the brake problem situated and hope to be pretty solid all week.

I’m actually ready to go for a few races right in a row. We’ve had a slow few weeks in our schedule and it feels good to know we’re going to add on a bunch of laps here.

Hopefully we can stay rolling as strong as we were last week, because I’m ready to pick up a win!

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