JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – Tanner Thorson doubled down on Friday night, scoring his second-straight POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory during night three of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week at Jacksonville Speedway.
After winning the Thursday night’s event at Fairbury American Legion Speedway with a last lap, last corner pass, Thorson opted not to wait that long on Friday. He took the lead midway through the race and was on the defending side of things instead of being on the offensive.
Starting in the sixth position, Thorson didn’t come on strong until a lap past halfway, leaving polesitter Tucker Klaasmeyer to battle for the lead with POWRi Illinois SPEED Week night one winner Michael Pickens in the early going. Leading the first three laps, Klaasmeyer relinquished the lead to Pickens on lap four. For the next 10 laps, Thorson worked on catching back up to Pickens, applying pressure around halfway and taking the lead on lap 17.
For the final 13 laps, Spencer Bayston worked to reel in his Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate and tried trading sliders with him to no avail. As laps wound down, Bayston tried one last shot to break Thorson’s momentum heading into turn one of the final lap, throwing a slide job for the lead.
Sharply diving back under Bayston and across the track, Thorson would hold on and take victory. Michael Pickens rounded out the podium, while Rico Abreu finished fourth and Zach Daum, fifth.
“This is pretty awesome,” said Thorson. “I love coming here. We started off strong and then it started to lay down a bit, but it held on for us, so that’s pretty awesome. Like I said last night, there’s something to say about racing your own teammates. There’s a lot of respect there.”
“It was a good race,” said Bayston. “Hat’s off to the Jacksonville and POWRi guys. They kept working on the track and didn’t give up on it and gave us a great race track. That was probably one of the best races I’ve been apart of. I’m just really regretting instead of ripping the top down there, I tried to pinch it off and get underneath him and he obviously beat me.”
“We’ve just got to step it up a little bit,” said Pickens. “We’ll go into tomorrow night and try to do one spot better. These tracks are just so much fun. The guys do such a great job with track prep, it’s a shame we don’t get tracks like these back home to race on. But, it makes coming up here that much more special.”
Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Michael Pickens, Rico Abreu, Zach Daum, Ryan Robinson, Brad Loyet, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Logan Seavey, Steven Shebester, Jake Neuman, Trey Marcham, Jimi Quin, Aidan Roosevans, Tanner Carrick, Nick Knepper, Andrew Felker, Tyler Thomas, Colten Cottle, Andy Malpocker, Zeb Wise, Brayton Lynch.