Tanner Thorson Claims NMDOTY Title

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Tanner Thorson will make his ARCA Racing Series debut later this year for Venturini Motorsports. (Jeff Arns Photo)
Tanner Thorson won the 2015 National Midget Driver of the Year Championship. (Jeff Arns Photo)
Tanner Thorson won the 2015 National Midget Driver of the Year Championship. (Jeff Arns Photo)

PERRIS, Calif. – Tanner Thorson’s victory in Thursday’s 75th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway helped him secure the 2015 National Midget Driver of the Year Championship.

Thorson becomes the tenth different driver championship in the seventeen-year history of the NMDOTY. Thorson overcame an eight-point defect entering the event overtaking teammate Rico Abreu for the race victory and title, which spanned 156 races at 67 different race tracks.

Darren Hagen finished third, three-time NMDOTY champion Bryan Clauson and Christopher Bell, winner of the previous two years, completed the top five. A total of 502 drivers scored points during the season. In car owner points Kunz-Curb-Agajanian No. 67 won the Car Owners Championship.

Frankie Guerinni won the Western Midget Driver of the Year Championship presented by West Evans Motorsports & Western Speed Performance topping tow-time champion Ronnie Gardner by 58-points. Six8 Motorsports won the car owner’s title.

Kyle Schuett won the Design 500 Racewear Rookie of the Year. Spike won the Manufacturers Championship for Chassis builders for the ninth straight year, while Esslinger topped the engine manufacturers for the 11th consecutive season.

The top 10 NMDOTY drivers, car owner champion along with Manufacturers Champions, Rookie of the Year and Western Champion will receive their point fund checks and trophies, in the annual ceremony held during the final night of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on Jan. 16, 2016.