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Bacon, Toyota Sweep USAC Kokomo GP Double-Header


PLANO, Texas (April 10, 2017) – Brady Bacon passed Tanner Thorson on Lap 13 of 30 and went on to win night two of the USAC Midget National Championship Kokomo Grand Prix, sweeping the two-night double-header at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

The victory was the second of the season for Bacon and the sixth national feature win for a Toyota-powered car in 2017. The manufacturer now has 171 overall national midget car feature wins.

Chad Boat led the opening six laps before Thorson closed in on him. The two Toyotas swapped the lead back and forth on laps six and seven with Thorson emerging as the new leader.

Behind them, Bacon was clearly on the charge, moving from tenth to fourth in the first two laps. He passed Boat for second on lap 10 and then set his sights on Thorson. Finally on lap 13, Bacon saw the opening he needed and dove to the bottom of turn four to take the lead. Once he was out front, he pulled away from the field in his FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota, leading by nearly a full straightaway in the late going on the way to taking the checkered flag for the second consecutive night.

“We had to work a little harder tonight,” said Bacon. “We were able to get to the front really quickly and then the track changed quite a bit. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time every time and made some good decisions. I’m just glad to have a car I can be confident moving around in, especially here. You’ve got a lot of options and there’s a big difference between the top and bottom. The car worked great wherever it went. We’ve worked so hard and, last year, we got our package together and we’re finally getting the results to show for all that hard work.”

Thorson earned his second straight podium finish with a second. He was joined in the top five by Rico Abreu, who charged from 22nd to fourth after a qualifying crash, and Kevin Thomas Jr. in fifth.

“We just took what it gave us tonight,” relayed Thorson. “We’ve had a pretty good car here the last two days. We definitely wanted to win that one, but Brady just beat us. He was better through the holes tonight, but we’ll back and we’ll come to the next race even stronger.”

Toyota-powered drivers Spencer Bayston (sixth), Dave Darland (seventh), Ryan Robinson (ninth) and Holly Shelton (tenth) all earned top-10 finishes on the night. Jerry Coons Jr. placed 12th, followed by Chad Boat in 19th and Tanner Carrick finished in 23rd as 11 Toyota-powered cars qualified for the 23-car feature among the 30 entries.

After three races, Bacon holds a 30-point lead in the championship over Bayston, with Thorson and Coons sitting in third and fourth, respectively. Six Toyota-powered drivers currently rank in the top 10.

The Toyota national midget car program is off until April 21 when it resumes in POWRi competition at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.

Toyota – Kokomo Speedway Night 2
Brady Bacon
Tanner Thorson
Rico Abreu
Kevin Thomas Jr.
Spencer Bayston
Dave Darland
Ryan Robinson
Holly Shelton
Jerry Coons Jr.
Chad Boat
Tanner Carrick
Tucker Klaasmeyer

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS: 1-Bacon-216, 2-Bayston-186, 3-Thorson-175, 4-Coons-169, 5-Grant-168, 6-Golobic-151, 7-Neuman-125, 8-Darland-120, 9-Courtney-113, 10-Robinson-113

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 19 – Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, Ill.