Boat Stops Grant At Putnamville

Chad Boat en route to victory at Lincoln Park Speedway. (Jim DenHamer photo)

PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. — Chad Boat held off a late charge by Justin Grant to win the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Series’ Indiana Midget Week event at the Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday night.

The victory is the seventh USAC national feature win for Boat behind the wheel of a Toyota-powered Midget car. It’s the 17th national midget feature win of the year for Toyota and the third in four USAC events.

Boat ran in the top two throughout Thursday night’s action-packed race. Starting from the outside of row one, he battled with pole-sitter Tanner Thorson throughout much of the first half of the race as the two repeatedly traded sliders for the lead before Boat eventually took over the top spot.

While his battle with Thorson came to an end, things didn’t get any easier for Boat. He widened his lead briefly while the battle for second heated up behind him, but Grant closed on him late in the 30-lap feature.

Grant would make a big run at the lead in the final laps, driving deep into turn three on lap 27, but Boat was able to hold him off. Grant then appeared to have a bobble on the following lap and Boat took advantage of it to pull away and capture the victory.

“The Drywall Toyota Racing car was great all night,” said Boat. “The guys did a great job making the right adjustments throughout the night and made it happen in the feature. I’m really looking forward to carry this momentum the rest of the week.”

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