OCALA, Fla. (February 8, 2020) – Chris Windom finished second and Buddy Kofoid placed third as Toyota-powered drivers captured two of the three podium finishes in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ season-opening Winter Dirt Games at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida, Friday night.
Fellow Toyota driver Jerry Coons Jr. started second and immediately went to the lead ahead of pole-sitter Tyler Courtney. The USAC Triple Crown winner held the top spot for the first 10 laps before the 18-year-old Kofoid would eventually take over the lead on lap 11. He would hold the point position for four laps before Tanner Thorson used a slider to pass him on lap 15, with Windom also moving past Kofoid for second as the race hit the midway point.
The top-three would stay intact for the remainder of the race, with Thorson winning followed by Tucker-Boat Motorsports’ Windom and Kofoid. Tyler Courtney placed fourth and Kofoid’s Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) teammate Cannon McIntosh rounded out the top-five in fifth.
The podium finish is the first for Kofoid in USAC competition and comes in just his seventh career start.
In addition to the three top-five finishers, Toyota-powered drivers also captured positions six through 10. KKM’s Zeb Wise climbed from 12th to sixth, earning the Hard Charger award. He was followed by fast qualifier Kevin Thomas, Jr. in seventh, Coons in eighth, 15-year-old Daison Pursley in ninth and Andrew Layser in tenth. With Pursley’s ninth-place finish, all four KKM teenagers finished in the top-10 tonight.
Tanner Carrick just narrowly missed a top-10 showing, coming home in 11th to round out the Toyota contingent.
The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series wraps up its Winter Dirt Games Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park.
Toyota USAC Friday A Main Results
- Chris Windom – 2nd
- Buddy Kofoid – 3rd
- Cannon McIntosh – 5th
- Zeb Wise – 6th
- Kevin Thomas Jr. – 7th
- Jerry Coons Jr. – 8th
- Daison Pursley – 9th
- Andrew Layser – 10th
- Tanner Carrick – 11th
USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship Points: 1 – Tanner Thorson-82, 2-Chris Windom-75, 3-Buddy Kofoid-72, 4-Tyler Courtney-70,5-Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 66, 6-Cannon McIntosh-64, 7-Zeb Wise-61, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.– 57, 9-Daison Pursley-53, 10-Tanner Carrick-48
*Toyota drivers in bold
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018.
Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit ToyotaNewsroom.com.