WHEATLAND, Mo. — After taking the opening night of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals at Valley Speedway on Friday night, Tanner Thorson ran away with night No. 2 Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Thorson’s fifth career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory came on his birthday, no less.
Starting on the front row, Tyler Thomas showed the field to green sharing the front row with Jason McDougal. At the drop of the green, Thomas would get the advantage over McDougal with Carson Macedo in tow. As Macedo closed in on Thomas, Tanner Thorson would move into the third spot after starting seventh. Utilizing the high side of the three-eighths-mile Lucas Oil Speedway, Thorson would edge past Macedo on lap six coming off turn four, and the following lap take the lead away from Thomas coming off turn four. As Thomas and Macedo struggled to keep up with Thorson’s blistering pace, Spencer Bayston moved into the fourth position, eventually taking third away from Tyler Thomas on lap 11.
As the battle for second through fourth continued on, Justin Peck who started in the 14th position closed in on Zach Daum for fifth, taking the position off turn four after Daum bobbled running on the cushion. Entering lap traffic, Thorson continued to navigate with skill, keeping Macedo and Bayston far behind until the only yellow flew for Ryan Robinson atop turn two.
With 23 laps down Thorson took off again setting a torrential pace for the final seven laps of the feature on his way to a birthday victory. Carson Macedo crossed in second with Spencer Bayston rounding out the podium for the second night in a row. Justin Peck took home fourth after starting 14th, while Zach Daum ended up fifth.
“This track is pretty sweet,” Thorson said. “Keith and Big Al put an awesome car underneath me. It’s pretty cool to be able to win on your birthday. These guys have five cars out here. It’s pretty crazy for these guys. They work their butts off at the shop and we come out here and it gets pretty hectic sometimes, but it pays off.”
“It feels good,” Macedo stated. “I’m just really happy for this team. For Keith to finish one, two, three is pretty awesome. Just goes to show all the hard work they put in. Everyone at Keith Kunz Motorsports works really hard for this. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Tanner Thorson, Carson Macedo, Spencer Bayston, Justin Peck, Zach Daum, Tyler Thomas, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Andrew Felker, Holly Shelton, Jake Neuman, Michelle Decker, Chett Gehrke, Alex Sewell, Chance Morton, Ty Hulsey, Ariel Biggs, Ryan Robinson, Austin Brown, Grady Chandler, Brayton Lynch, Blake Edwards, Jason McDougal, Nick Bailey.