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Bayston, Thorson Give Toyota 1-2 Finish in POWRi at Belle-Clair

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BELLVILLE, Ill. (September 29, 2017) – Spencer Bayston led teammate Tanner Thorson in a Toyota one-two finish at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Knepper Memorial at the Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois, on Friday night.

The victory is the third in a row for Bayston and his sixth national midget feature win this season. He currently leads the National Midget Driver of the Year standings. Toyota-powered drivers now have registered 31 national feature wins in 2017.

Early on, it looked like another Toyota driver might find his way to winner’s circle when Aidan RoosEvans captured the pole after winning his heat race. The 13-year-old driving sensation went on to lead his first national laps this season as he held the point position through the race’s first seven laps before Bayston eventually took the lead on a restart, with RoosEvans holding second and a fast-climbing Thorson moving from ninth into third.

Thorson would master the bottom of the track to move past RoosEvans and then close on Bayston midway through the race. The battle ensued as the two were separated by less than a car length with Thorson nosing ahead at least twice, but Bayston would power back into the lead heading into the first turn. The duel continued until Thorson finally ended up clipping the inside wall. At that point, Bayston checked out, stretching his lead to a full straightaway on his way to taking the checkered flag.

“We just kept getting this car better and better,” Bayston said. “It felt really good and as the track started to widen, we went into attack mode on one of the restarts and took the lead. We started to cruise and get comfortable, but then Tanner really put the pressure on and made me have to step up and see what the car was really capable of. I felt I could keep running harder and harder and was able to bring home a win. That Toyota power is the one to beat. It’s the most reliable motor out there and it’s nice knowing I don’t have to worry about that stuff and can keep my focus on bringing home some wins.”

Thorson would hold on for second, while Tucker Klaasmeyer made it three Toyotas in the top five with a fourth-place finish.

“We made some changes from the heat race to the main that really helped us run the bottom of the track and we were able to move up pretty quickly after starting ninth,” relayed Thorson. “We had a really fast car, but on one of the late restarts I got into the inside wall and bent up the front end a little bit. I can’t thank Keith Kunz Motorsports, Toyota and JBL Audio enough. Everybody involved plays a big part in this car.”

Ryan Robinson earned a ninth-place finish on the night, while RoosEvans eventually placed 14th after suffering from mechanical issues. Tanner Carrick was 16th, while Logan Seavey finished 23rd.

POWRi concludes its double-header at Belle-Clair with the Meents Memorial on Saturday night.

Place
Belle-Clair Speedway Friday
Toyota Feature Results
1
Spencer Bayston
2
Tanner Thorson
4
Tucker Klaasmeyer
9
Ryan Robinson
14
Aidan RoosEvans
16
Tanner Carrick
23
Logan Seavey
POWRi National Midget League Standings
Pos
Driver
Points
1
Logan Seavey
4810
2
Zach Daum
4490
3
Tucker Klaasmeyer
4410
4
Jake Neuman
3950
5
Spencer Bayston
3710
6
Andrew Felker
3610
7
Aidan Roosevans
3000
8
Ryan Robinson
2910
9
Tanner Thorson
2860
10
Tyler Thomas
2850
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