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Thomas, Jr. Sweeps Sunshine State Midget Challenge

Ocala, FL – After snagging the opening night of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge at Bubba Raceway Park, Kevin Thomas, Jr. picked up where he left off, leading all 30 laps of the main event. This was Thomas, Jr.’s third victory with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League.

On the opening lap, Thomas, Jr. immediately took command. With one lap complete, the red was displayed for Sam Johnson who made contact with the wall exiting turn four and got upside down. Johnson was alright, but done for the night. Returning to racing, Thomas, Jr. checked out as Tanner Thorson worked to keep up.

On lap 20 the action slowed as Presley Truedson came to a stop. With plenty of lap traffic between himself and the rest of the field, Thomas, Jr. had a moment of breathing room before the caution came back out on lap 21 for Michelle Decker with front-end damage in turn two. With nine laps to go, Thomas, Jr. checked out and never gave Thorson a chance to challenge him. Zach Daum rounded out the podium, while Chad Boat took fourth, followed by Ryan Robinson.

“For us to be able to do what we did is pretty remarkable for our team,” commented Kevin Thomas, Jr. “This is basically the first two races I’ve ran for them. I ran Turkey Night last year, but different package all together. Like I said yesterday, for these midget motors to hold up as fast as were going around here, hat’s off to Toyota and Speedway Engines Development. This is pretty cool. I haven’t won that many midget races, but it looks like we’re turning into a pretty good team.”

“We just started off a little too loose there,” stated second place finisher Tanner Thorson. “By the time I got to my shocks and start working them, KT was long gone. They had a phenomenal weekend, they were fast both nights, so hat’s off to that team. I just wish we were a little bit better, but we’ll keep working on it.”

“Last night we blew a power steering line and I hung in there for about 15 laps with no power steering,” said third place finisher Zach Daum. “So tonight we worked on this thing, it’s a new car, we built a four bar midget. We’re experimenting with it and its got potential, so I’m happy with that. We’ll run it at I-44 in a couple of weeks and hopefully keep improving on it.”

Midgets | POWRi National Midgets
A Feature 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [1]; 2. 63-Tanner Thorson, [2]; 3. 5D-Zach Daum, [3]; 4. 84-Chad Boat, [7]; 5. 71-Ryan Robinson, [5]; 6. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [9]; 7. 3N-Jake Neuman, [10]; 8. 9-Matt Moore, [16]; 9. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [15]; 10. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [4]; 11. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [8]; 12. 5T-Presley Truedson, [14]; 13. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [13]; 14. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [17]; 15. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [18]; 16. 4M-Michelle Decker, [6]; 17. 7F-Andrew Felker, [12]; 18. 72-Sam Johnson, [11]

Heat 1: 1. 5D-Zach Daum, [2]; 2. 63-Tanner Thorson, [5]; 3. 84-Chad Boat, [4]; 4. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [1]; 5. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [3]; 6. 9-Matt Moore, [6]

Heat 2: 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [5]; 2. 4M-Michelle Decker, [2]; 3. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [4]; 4. 5T-Presley Truedson, [1]; 5. 72-Sam Johnson, [6]; 6. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [3]

Heat 3: 1. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [1]; 2. 71-Ryan Robinson, [3]; 3. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [2]; 4. 3N-Jake Neuman, [4]; 5. 7F-Andrew Felker, [6]; 6. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [5]

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Kevin Thomas, Jr. Takes Opening Night of Sunshine State Midget Challenge

Ocala, FL - Kevin Thomas, Jr. claimed the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League's opening night at Bubba Raceway Park in the inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge. Thomas, Jr.'s Florida victory was his second career with POWRi, his first coming back in 2015.

With the initial start called back, the actual start saw Tanner Thorson leading lap one, only to relinquish the lead to Thomas, Jr. down the backstretch. The following lap the action slowed for Holly Hollan spun entering turn three. Returning to green Thorson pressured Thomas, Jr. to no avail. With ten laps down the yellow flew again for Hollan, this time for a flat left rear tire on her machine.

Coming back to green flag racing, Thomas, Jr. checked out and put distance between himself and Thorson. On lap 20, the caution was displayed as Chad Boat came to a stop. Boat returned to the pits and was done for the evening. Retuning to green flag racing with 10 laps to go, Thorson hung right there with Thomas, Jr. But, with 27 laps completed, Thorson suffered a mechanical failure entering turn one, ending his night and leaving a three-lap shootout. In a dash to the finish, Thomas, Jr. led Ryan Robinson and Tucker Klaasmeyer to the checkered.

"Good job to everybody on the track crew," commented Kevin Thomas, Jr. "They made a pretty good racetrack. Me and Tanner had a pretty good battle there. Once he kind of showed me that the top was coming in, I was just getting too slow there on the bottom in three and four. I've got to thank Scott Petry and the whole crew over here. They gave me a great racetrack. That was a fun race. I haven't won a midget race in quite a while."

"I just can't thank Abreu Vineyards, Keith, Pete, Big Al and the whole team that works on these enough," said Ryan Robinson. "We didn't have a whole lot for them tonight, but we're going to work on this and be up front tomorrow night. This is a really cool racetrack to run on. It's my first time here and I love it already. The difference between one and two and three and four, you've got to figure it out as a driver. It's a real technical track."

"It took quite a while to figure it out," stated Tucker Klaasmeyer. "It's really tricky at both ends. It's probably one of the trickier tracks I've been to. It feels like a small quarter mile at one end and a big three-eighths mile at the other. It was a lot of fun and a good first run in Keith's car."

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [3]; 2. 71-Ryan Robinson, [4]; 3. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [10]; 4. 9-Matt Moore, [6]; 5. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [19]; 6. 3N-Jake Neuman, [9]; 7. 7F-Andrew Felker, [7]; 8. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [13]; 9. 4M-Michelle Decker, [14]; 10. 5D-Zach Daum, [8]; 11. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [11]; 12. 5T-Presley Truedson, [18]; 13. 72-Sam Johnson, [12]; 14. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [17]; 15. 63-Tanner Thorson, [1]; 16. 21X-Casey Schuman, [5]; 17. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [15]; 18. 84-Chad Boat, [2]; 19. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [16]
Lap Leaders: 1: TANNER THORSON, 2-6: KEVIN THOMAS, JR., 7: TANNER THORSON, 8-30: KEVIN THOMAS, JR.

Heat 1: 1. 25-Kevin Thomas Jr, [1]; 2. 7F-Andrew Felker, [2]; 3. 21X-Casey Schuman, [5]; 4. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [4]; 5. 7A-Aidan Roosevans, [6]; 6. 7JR-Holley Hollan, [3]; 7. 27X-Zane Hendricks, [7]

Heat 2: 1. 71-Ryan Robinson, [1]; 2. 63-Tanner Thorson, [6]; 3. 9-Matt Moore, [5]; 4. 72-Sam Johnson, [3]; 5. WEE3-Otto Scrape, [2]; 6. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [4]

Heat 3: 1. 84-Chad Boat, [2]; 2. 5D-Zach Daum, [1]; 3. 3N-Jake Neuman, [4]; 4. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [6]; 5. 4M-Michelle Decker, [5]; 6. 5T-Presley Truedson, [3]

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