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Thorson Continues Keith Kunz Motorsports Stronghold
Belleville, IL- With his POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory at Belle-Clair Speedway, Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada continued the Keith Kunz Motorsports stranglehold on the National Midget scene. Thorson's victory at Belle-Clair was his sixth triumph of the 2016 season. Starting in the fourth position for the 30 lap main event, Thorson fell in line third at the drop of the green flag and dispatched Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Spencer Bayston on lap eight, setting his sights on race leader Justin Peck.
Upon moving into the second position, it would take Thorson almost a dozen laps to reel in Peck before the duo entered a battle with wild slide jobs and the typical, spectacular curb-banging fashion on the high-banked 1/5th mile Belle-Clair Speedway. As the leaders banged the boards exchanging slide jobs, the action allowed third place runner Zach Daum to close. Thorson would officially take the lead on lap 23 from Peck, with Daum moving into second on lap 25. Enduring two cautions and one race-stopping red in the final laps, Thorson would take the checkers first, followed by Daum for second. Tucker Klaasmeyer would finish third from fifth, followed by Jake Neuman in fourth. Justin Peck would finish fifth.
"It was great," said Tanner Thorson. "This team gave me an awesome car that allowed me to do that. It was a patience game in the beginning, the track was pretty fast. All-in-all, hats off to these guys, they definitely deserve this. We've been really strong here the last two races, and every track we go to, so hopefully we can carry on to tomorrow. I love coming here."
"That's just little Belleville," Zach Daum stated. "It's always a workout. When the racetrack gets like that it's a lot of fun. We've been in contention every night we run here at Belleville, we just got to keep chugging along here and keep moving along. We're kind of close, but we're not quite there either."
"It was actually pretty rough," explained Tucker Klaasmeyer. "The right front mud cover fell off and packed full of mud, so it was shaking a bit. Hat's off to Tanner and Zach. They did a heck of a job."
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 67 - TANNER THORSON 2. 5D - ZACH DAUM 3. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 4. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN 5. 5X - JUSTIN PECK 6. 7 - AUSTIN BROWN 7. 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON 8. 71K - CARSON MACEDO 9. 15 - ANDREW FELKER 10. 22 - ANDY MALPOCKER 11. 91 - DERECK KING 12. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON 13. 55 - SHANE COCKRUM 14. 5 - DANNY FRYE 15. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON 16. 41 - AUSTIN PROCK 17. 17 - DARREN HAGEN 18. 9K - KYLE SCHUETT 19. 32 - GARRETT AITKEN
Illinois Midget Week Coming To Macon Speedway June 11
Belleville, IL – The 4th Annual Illinois SPEED Week is shaping up to be one of the largest events for 2016 with a world-wide driver presence set to tackle five straight days of racing. All five nights will feature POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series action, paired with both the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series and the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series. The grueling weeks kicks off on Wednesday, June 8th at the high-banked Belle-Clair Speedway. Thursday, teams will head north to Quincy Raceways, before Friday’s show at Jacksonville Speedway. Saturday, the divisions will invade Macon Speedway and for the fifth and final night, Illinois SPEED Week will conclude at Lincoln Speedway. The five nights of racing will be the ultimate test of endurance for drivers and crews, equipment maintenance, and an excellent display of driver talents.
The Macon Speedway event on Friday, June 11 will not only have all three POWRi classes, the night will also include the UMP Pro Late Model division. In that class, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor has two wins and four straight second place finishes to lead the standings. Jake Little, Guy Taylor, Nick Bauman, and Jose Parga has also taken Macon wins.
Previous Illinois SPEED Week Champions for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series include Christopher Bell (2013, 2015 tie), Tyler Thomas (2014), and Darren Hagen (2015 tie). In the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series, Cale Thomas took the inaugural Illinois SPEED Week in 2013, while Frank Flud was the champion in 2014. Joe B. Miller was the 2015 Illinois SPEED Week Champion for the micros. Newly added in their freshmen year, the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series will be the third division on the roster for Illinois SPEED Week.
Currently atop the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series point standings and still looking for his first victory of 2016, Zach Daum holds an 80 point lead over Spencer Bayston going into Illinois SPEED Week. Andrew Felker rides in third, 100 points out, while Justin Peck sits in fourth, 180 points out of the top position. Fifth place Tanner Thorson has a 240 point disadvantage to overcome in order to reach the top spot.
Pit gates on June 11 at Macon Speedway will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Late Model pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 6:00.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets
1. Zach Daum 2300
2. Spencer Bayston 2220
2. Andrew Felker 2200
4. Justin Peck 2120
5. Tanner Thorson 2060
6. Carson Macedo 1690
7. Holly Shelton 1670
8. Jake Neuman 1620
9. Tucker Klaasmeyer 1570
10. Ryan Robinson 1540