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Boat Makes Late Move on Way to Winner’s Circle at Path Valley


PLANO, Texas (August 15, 2017) – Chad Boat took advantage of a late re-start to take the lead on lap 29 of 30 and go on to victory in the second night of the USAC National Midget Series’ “Pennsylvania Midget Week” at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Penn., Monday night.

The triumph was Boat’s second in the last four USAC events and gave Toyota its 25th national midget feature win of the year.

For the second consecutive night, Toyota drivers dominated much of the event, leading the final 21 laps. Tanner Thorson would make the first big move of the race, rocketing from third to first past both Brady Bacon and Brayton Lynch to take the lead on lap 10.

The reigning USAC champion would then hold the lead through the mid-stages, setting up a fierce late battle with Bacon and the beginning of a stretch that made it appear that the last driver standing would win the race.

Thorson and Bacon repeatedly swapped the lead as the laps began to wane, until finally contact between the two would send Bacon up the track and directly in front of point leader Spencer Bayston, who had been running in third. The two made contact with Bayston flipping. He would walk away, but the crash ended his night – going from a potential podium finish to being scored in 19th. Bacon had what appeared to be a top-two car for the second night in a row, but was forced to the pits for repairs. He would eventually rejoin the field at the tail end.

At that point, Thorson would pace the field to the green flag with five laps remaining with Boat sitting back in fourth place. Thorson would lead the next four laps, but as he came to the checkered flag, he and second-place Tyler Courtney made contact, sending Thorson spinning and collecting third-place Justin Grant. Thorson would be able to restart, but from the back end of the field.

That set up a final re-start with two laps to go with Courtney in front and Boat having moved up to second. Boat wasted no time going to the front on lap 29 and taking the checkered flag one lap later for his second win of the season, while Holly Shelton gained one position in the final two-lap run to earn fourth and give Toyota two of the top-four finishers on the night.

“I was super stoked to get the win tonight in the Pristine Auction/K&C Dry Wall Toyota,” said Boat. “We had a great car all night long.”

Tanner Carrick earned a seventh-place finish, while Bacon would recover from his incident to place ninth and Thorson brought it home in 14th.

Despite the early exit, Bayston continues to hold a 55-point advantage in the USAC National Championship over second place Shane Golobic, with six races remaining.

The USAC National Midget Series heads to Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown Tuesday night for the third of four races in this week’s Pennsylvania Midget Week before closing it out at Linda’s Speedway in Jonestown on Thursday.

Toyota Drivers – Path Valley Speedway Park
Chad Boat
Holly Shelton
Tanner Carrick
Brady Bacon
Tanner Thorson
Spencer Bayston
USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS1-Bayston-1150, 2-Golobic-1095, 3-Bacon-1074, 4-Grant-1067, 5-Thorson-1058, 6-Courtney-1030, 7-Boat-895, 8-Shelton-840, 8-Coons Jr.-808, 10-Carrick-747
*Toyota drivers in bold