PLANO, Texas (June 4, 2018)- Spencer Bayston earned the 2018 Indiana Midget Week title as Toyota drivers won three of the week’s four USAC P1 Insurance National Midget series’ events and captured seven of the 12 top-three podium finishes.
The week’s activities kickoff on Tuesday night at Montpelier Speedway with Kyle Larson turning in a dominating performance in winning opening night. Larson took the lead from teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer on a lap 10 restart and went on to lead the final 21 laps on the way to his victory.
Logan Seavey placed third and Jerry Coons Jr. was fourth as Toyota-powered drivers captured three of the top four finishing positions on the night. Tucker Klaasmeyer led the first nine laps of events as Toyota power paced all 30 laps of the feature.
After a rain out at Gas City I-69 Speedway on Wednesday night, the series traveled to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday. This time is was Chad Boat taking center stage, moving into the top spot on lap 17 and fending off numerous challenges on the way to leading the final 14 laps in earning his first win of the season and his seventh overall with Toyota.
“The PristineAuction.com/K&C Drywall Toyota Racing car was great all night,” said Boat. “The guys did a great job making the right adjustments throughout the night and made it happen in the feature. At the end of the day, putting on a good show for the fans is number one, so I’m glad we were able to do that. It’s even better when you’re able to come out on top. You always enjoy the slider fest when you’re the one who comes out on top.”
Friday night’s scheduled race at Bloomington was rained out, setting up a two-race showdown for the Indiana Midget Week title beginning at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night.
It was Bayston’s night to shine as the 2017 USAC champion took the lead on lap 22 of 30 and went on to win comfortably for his first win of the 2018 season and giving Toyota its third consecutive Indiana Midget Week victory. Boat would finish third and 16-year-old Tanner Carrick gave Toyota three top-five finishers with a fifth-place showing.
That set the stage for a thrilling conclusion to Indiana Midget Week on Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway with Bayston stealing the show once again. Starting from the third position, the Lebanon, Indiana-native, ran comfortably in the top five in the early going before Zeb Wise would attempt to move past him with a slider, only to make contact with Bayston. The result was a flat left rear tire for Bayston, sending him to the pits and, subsequently, rejoining the field at the back with just 22 laps remaining.
From there, Bayston turned in the drive of the night, charging back into the top three, then passing Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota teammate Seavey in the last corner to finish second and capture the 2018 Indiana Midget Week title.
“I knew that Keith (Kunz) and Big Al (Scroggins) would give me a good car,” said Bayston afterward. “I felt pretty good at the start, but then we had to go to the tail.. I wasn’t sure what the standings were, I knew I just had to keep gaining as many positions as I could and we just fought back and brought home second. I was just thankful that we could bring home the title in our Craftsman number 97. I couldn’t do it without all the support from everyone at Toyota and TRD. It means a lot to be able to reward our whole Keith Kunz Motorsports team with the title. They just work so hard and without them it just wouldn’t be possible.”
Overall, Toyota-powered drivers have won 18 of 21 national midget car feature events in 2018, while earning titles at the two biggest events of the season to date, in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, as well as this week’s Indiana Midget Week.