Wheatley, FAIRBURY, Neb. (August 1, 2017) – The reigning
USAC Midget National champion had been denied victory
lane in series competition thus far in 2017.
Thorson fixed that on Tuesday night by racing to victory
lane in the 40-lap “Riverside Chevrolet Tuesday Night
Thunder at Jefferson County Speedway presented by Westin
Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation” before a
capacity crowd on hand to watch the wild racing action
atop the 1/5-mile clay oval.
Thorson enjoyed Midget honors, Frank Galusha captured
accompanying JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint honors for
the second year in a row.
event that kicked off this year’s road to this weekend’s
Belleville Midget Nationals, the Minden, Nevada racer
overcame early adversity by rallying from the tail to
win his heat race after his Keith Kunz Racing mount
stalled on the original start.
the third starting position aboard the Toyota-powered
KKM/Curb Motorsports No. 67 entry, Thorson spent much of
the race chasing Tyler Thomas for the point before
finally battling past for the lead soon after the race’s
first caution after 23 laps en route to the $3,000
got really technical there towards the end,” Thorson
said in victory lane. “I’m just glad
I could get this win for my guys, they always give me a
great car. This is a fun track to race at,
we had some problems with it last year but made up for
it this time.”
Thorson in chase mode early, Inaugural “Tuesday Night
Thunder” runner-up Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, OK, was
looking to improve his finish by one position from his
front row starting position.
fending off some early bids from Thorson, Thomas
stretched out his advantage aboard the BT Machine No.
91T as he rallied around lapped traffic with ease on the
top side, all the while leaving Thorson to fend off the
advances of Shane Golobic for the second position.
the caution first flew for Justin Grant’s stalled
machine outside turns three and four after 23 laps, it
proved to be Thomas’ undoing.
slid for the lead on the restart, only to have Thomas
fight off the challenge. It was
shortlived though, as Thorson made the move stick the
next time around.
front, there was no stopping Thorson as Thomas was left
to battle it out over the closing rounds with the likes
of Golobic and the surging fellow Oklahoma duo of Brady
Bacon and Christopher Bell.
caution with three laps to go offered a glimmer of hope
to Golobic, who had climbed to second, but Bacon’s late
advances on the bottom side resulted in side-by-side
battles that set Thorson free for keeps.
Thorson secured his first USAC National triumph of the
season, Bacon worked his way to second in the final
rounds with Thomas earning “Tuesday Night Thunder”
podium honors for the second year in a row with a
third-place finish. Golobic slipped
back to fourth in the final circuits with Bell rounding
out the top five.
USAC National Midgets
Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury,
Chad Boat (11.105 seconds)
The first car
to take time, defending race winner Chad Boat set a
standard of 11.105 seconds that couldn’t be matched the
remaining 31 cars. He was one of five
that were quicker than the track record of 11.354
seconds established by Brady Bacon last year.
Winners (starting position in parentheses):
Tucker Klaasmeyer (3), Jerry Coons, Jr. (3),
Christopher Bell (5), Tanner Thorson (6).
After three failed
attempts to get the first heat going, Klaasmeyer held
off Tyler Thomas and Chad Boat for the win while Tyler
Courtney rebounded from a spin on the original start to
take the fourth and final transfer; It was all Jerry
Coons, Jr., all the time in heat two; Christopher Bell
decimated the field in heat three as Clinton Boyles held
off Chett Gehrke for fourth; After sliding to a stop
before getting to the green flag on the original start,
Tanner Thorson rallied from the tail to take the lead
away from Ryan Robinson with two to go as Keith Kunz
entrants Thorson, Spencer Bayston and Robinson ran
Main Winner (starting position in parentheses):
Chett Gehrke (1).
Bob Harr hit the
wall exiting turn four and flipped across the line in
the fifth of six transfer positions; John Klabunde took
his starting position as an alternate.
gets it done for the second year in a row with the
JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint win.
Main Cautions: Three
23 Laps –
Justin Grant ducks off the backstretch, taking
Christopher Bell with him. Bell
continues but loses a pair of positions back to sixth by
the time the caution flies for Grant’s stalled machine
off turn three.
29 Laps –
Brayton Lynch spins it in turn four and collects Tyler
Nelson. Nelson exits, but Lynch isn’t
37 Laps –
Lynch sets up one last dash to the stripe after stalling
it in turn two.
Jerry Coons, Jr.,
gets the nod after climbing six spots from his 14th
starting position to finish eighth.
Assists: Along with
“Tuesday Night Thunder” title sponsor Riverside
Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats
and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other local sponsors that are
making “Tuesday Night Thunder” possible include Chappell
Roofing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Starr Plumbing,
X-CEL NDT, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Ol' Red 99.5,
Pollman Appliance, Z-Four Trucking, Vaughn Contracting,
Criner's Corner and Jefferson County Visitors Committee.
of National and Racing Industry sponsors are making the
event possible as well, including Speedway Motors, Rod
End Supply, Budweiser, Eagle Motorsports Inc., Keizer
Aluminum Wheels, Hepfner Racing Products, Spike Chassis
and Shell Shock Helmet Painting.
84-Chad Boat 11.105, 2. 39bc-Justin Grant 11.149, 3.
76m-Brady Bacon 11.155, 4. 67-Tanner Thorson 11.305, 5.
91T-Tyler Thomas 11.344, 6. 17w-Shane Golobic 11.432, 7.
21-Christopher Bell 11.457, 8.97-Spencer Bayston 11.475,
9. 7bc-Tyler Courtney 11.508, 10. 71-Ryan Robinson
11.528, 11. 67k-Holly Shelton 11.528, 12. 71k-Tanner
Carrick 11.577, 13. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer 11.625, 14.
25-Jerry Coons, Jr. 11.633, 15. 11c-Chett Gehrke 11.647,
16. 1k-Brayton Lynch 11.817, 17. 69-Paul Babich 11.913,
18. 77-John Klabunde 11.948, 19. 98-Clinton Boyles
12.050, 20. 7-Troy Simpson 12.055, 21. 47-Tyler Nelson
12.056, 22. 7u-Joe B. Miller 12.085, 23. 10-Lance
Bennett 12.221, 24. 91s-Jeff Stasa 12.126, 25. 20-Collin
Rinehart 12.205, 26. 2-Bob Harr 12.214, 27. 85-Matt
Johnson 12.254, 28. 11cw-Glenn Waterland 12.668, 29.
2g-Terry Goodwin 12.719, 30. 43-Ryan Oerter 12.759, 31.
48-Randy Oerter 13.116, 32. 16-Ashley Oerter 14.038, 33.
5J-Jeff Crook NT.
Heat One (10 Laps):
1. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 2. 91T-Tyler Thomas, 3.
84-Chad Boat, 4. 7bc-Tyler Courtney, 5. 47-Tyler Nelson,
6. 69-Paul Babich, 7. 20-Collin Rinehart, 8. 2g-Terry
Goodwin. DNS: 5J-Jeff Crook.
Heat Two (10 Laps):
1. 25-Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. 17w-Shane Golobic, 3.
39bc-Justin Grant, 4. 71-Ryan Robinson, 5. 2-Bob Harr,
6. 77-John Klabunde, 7. 7u-Joe B. Miller, 8. 43-Ryan
Heat Three (10
Laps): 1.21-Christopher Bell, 2.
76m-Brady Bacon, 3. 67k-Holly Shelton, 4. 98-Clinton
Boyles, 5. 11c-Chett Gehrke, 6. 85-Matt Johnson, 7.
48-Randy Oerter. DNS: 10-Lance Bennett.
Heat Four (10
Laps): 1. 67-Tanner Thorson, 2.
39-Spencer Bayston, 3. 71k-Tanner Carrick, 4. 1k-Brayton
Lynch, 5. 91s-Jeff Stasa, 6. 7-Troy Simpson, 7.
11cw-Glenn Waterland, 8. 16-Ashley Oerter.
“B” Feature (12
Laps): 1. 11c-Chett Gehrke, 2. 7u-Joe
B. Miller, 3. 47-Tyler Nelson, 4. 69-Paul Babich, 5.
2-Bob Harr, 6. 91s-Jeff Stasa, 7. 77-John Klabunde, 8.
7-Troy Simpson, 9. 2g-Terry Goodwin, 10. 11cw-Glenn
Waterland, 11. 48-Randy Oerter, 12. 20-Collin Rinehart,
13. 16-Ashley Oerter, 14. 85-Matt Johnson, 15. 43-Ryan
Oerter. DNS: 10-Lance Bennett, 5J-Jeff Crook.
“A” Feature (40
Laps): 1. 67-Tanner Thorson (3), 2.
76m-Brady Bacon (4), 3. 91T-Tyler Thomas (2), 4.
17w-Shane Golobic (1), 5. 21-Christopher Bell (7), 6.
97-Spencer Bayston (8), 7. 7bc-Tyler Courtney (9), 8.
25-Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 9. 71-Ryan Robinson (10), 10.
27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 11. 84-Chad Boat (6), 12.
67k-Holly Shelton (11), 13. 71k-Tanner Carrick (12), 14.
7u-Joe B. Miller (20), 15. 98-Clinton Boyles (18), 16.
1k-Brayton Lynch (16), 17. 11c-Chett Gehrke (15), 18.
69-Paul Babich (17), 19. 91s-Jeff Stasa (21), 20.
77-John Klabunde (22), 21. 47-Tyler Nelson (19), 22.
39bc-Justin Grant (5).
Tyler Thomas 1-24, Tanner Thorson 25-30.
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