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Thorson Wins Saturday Feature as KKM Toyotas Sweep Jacksonville POWRi


PLANO, Texas (October 14, 2017) – Tanner Thorson captured his fourth POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League race of the season on Saturday to give Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) and Toyota a sweep of the weekend double-header at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway. Spencer Bayston opened the weekend with a dominating win on Friday night.

The victory is Thorson’s sixth overall national feature win this season. Toyota-powered drivers now have registered 34 national feature wins in 2017.

Thorson started from the outside of the front row and immediately went to the front on the way to leading all 30 laps. The victory was vindication for Thorson after seeing his night cut short on Friday after climbing up to fifth when he was forced to retire after his wheel became packed with mud.

“Our KKM Toyota was awesome,” said Thorson, the two time defending National Midget Driver of the Year. “We started getting tight at the end of the race, so I had to be a little cautious running the top.”

KKM’s Ryan Robinson placed fourth, while teammate Bayston saw his five-race winning streak snapped as he came home in sixth-place. Tanner Carrick placed tenth and Holly Shelton was 11th as all five-KKM Toyotas finished in the top 11 spots.

Aidan RoosEvans finished 12th, one spot ahead of Kenny Brown Racing (KBR) teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer in 13th. Fifteen-year old Presley Truedson made her first national midget feature start for Daum Motorsports and earned a 16th-place finish, while Logan Seavey rounded out the Toyota contingent in 20th.

With just one race remaining, the POWRi championship will come down to a two-car shoot-out by KBR teammates Seavey and Klaasmeyer, who are separated by 170 points.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League concludes its 2017 season with the Jason Leffler Memorial, October 22 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, in an event co-sanctioned with USAC.

Jacksonville Speedway Saturday
Toyota Feature Results
Tanner Thorson
Ryan Robinson
Spencer Bayston
Tanner Carrick
Holly Shelton
Aidan RoosEvans
Tucker Klaasmeyer
Presley Truedson
Logan Seavey
Unofficial POWRi National Midget League Standings: 1-Seavey–5300; 2-Klaasmeyer–5130; 3-Neuman-4730; 4-Bayston-4310; 5-Daum-4490; 6-Felker-4230; 7-Robinson-3520; 8-RoosEvans-3460; 9-Thorson-3440; 10-Thomas-3370