Dillon Welch of Carmel, Indiana, won Rookie of the Year in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series in 2012 with a superb season saw him finish ninth in the championship.

The 18-year-old Welch had two top-fives and 10 top-10s in his first full season on dirt. He had raced on dirt only four times entering the season. Welch entered 19 POWRi Midget events and, impressively, qualified for 17 features. His best finish was fourth at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois, on June 1.

Welch was fifth at Lincoln (Illinois) Speedway on June 22, and he had four sixth places.

“We missed quite a few events (10) and still finished in the top 10. I would have liked to have gotten a win and was in position to win several times. Every time we ran we were competitive, and that’s all you can ask for. Eventually, if you run in the top-five every night, you’re going to win.”

On pavement, Welch was the 2009 USAC Kenyon Midget champion, has three wins in the USAC D1 Midwest Series and finished eighth in the famed USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix Midget event at Irwindale, California, in 2011.

Welch drove an Esslinger-powered Spike for Bryan Clauson Racing this season.

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