Thorson Tops Larson In Race of Champions

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Tanner Thorson won the Race of Champions Tuesday night at the Chili Bowl Nationals. (Frank Smith photo)
Tanner Thorson won the Race of Champions Tuesday night at the Chili Bowl Nationals. (Frank Smith photo)
Tanner Thorson won the Race of Champions Tuesday night at the Chili Bowl Nationals. (Frank Smith photo)

TULSA, Okla. — Tanner Thorson held off Kyle Larson to with the eighth annual Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions during the opening night of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Tuesday.

Thorson, the reigning National Midget Driver of the Year, snagged the lead from Tracy Hines prior to the halfway point in the 20-lap race at Tulsa Expo Raceway.

Thorson, driving the Keith Kunz Racing No. 67, held off a late charge from his teammate Larson to claim the victory.

Hines, Bryan Clauson and Christopher Bell rounded out the top five.

The finish:

Tanner Thorson, Kyle Larson, Tracy Hines, Bryan Clauson, Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Dave Darland, Kasey Kahne, Danny Stratton, Tim McCreadie, Jerry Coons Jr., Rico Abreu, J.J. Yeley, Cory Kruseman, Damion Gardner, Brad Loyet, John Heydenreich, Sammy Swindell, Kevin Thomas Jr.