Last-Lap Pass Lifts Tanner Thorson

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Tanner Thorson en route to victory at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. (Rich Forman photo)
Tanner Thorson en route to victory at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. (Rich Forman photo)
Tanner Thorson en route to victory at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. (Rich Forman photo)

NEWMANSTOWN, Pa. — Tanner Thorson won Tuesday night’s USAC National Midget Championship feature at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

Thorson passed Keith Kunz Racing teammate Spencer Bayston on the final lap to claim victory in the Pennsylvania Speedweek opener that was co-sanctioned by ARDC.

But it wasn’t that simple. Thorson spun on lap four of the eighth-mile track and had to fight his way through the field to get in position for his late-race heroics.

Bayston finished second with Tyler Thomas, Jim Radney and Ryan Robinson rounding out the top five.

Thorson led the first three laps before Alex Bright took over on lap four and led through lap 20. Carson Macedo led laps 21 to 26 and Bayston took the point on lap 27 only to have Thorson steal the lead on the final circuit.

“I didn’t think there’d be any way we could get back to the front after the spin,” Thorson said. “I just misjudged my angle into the corner and got a little too sideways and spun it out. I’m just so happy we could do this for Bryan (Clauson). The track smoothed out a lot throughout the night and there were a lot of guys up top, but I never felt like we needed to get up there because we were strong enough running middle to bottom. We’ve all been itching to race this week, but it was worth the wait for this. We parked it for Bryan.”

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