It’s Thomas Again In Indiana Sprint Week

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Kevin Thomas Jr., shown at Kokomo Speedway, won his second consecutive Indiana Sprint Week feature Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway. (Gordon Gill photo)
Kevin Thomas Jr., shown at Kokomo Speedway, won his second consecutive Indiana Sprint Week feature Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway. (Gordon Gill photo)

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Riding a rocket all night, Kevin Thomas Jr. won his second consecutive Indiana Sprint Week feature.

Following Saturday’s USAC AMSOIL national sprint car series victory, Thomas grabbed the lead on a second lap restart at Lawrenceburg Speedway Sunday and led Dave Darland to the finish. Brady Bacon earned third with Shane Cottle and Bryan Clauson filling the top five.

Two of the fastest cars didn’t make it through the second lap of the race. Scotty Weir outran Thomas, who was on the pole, through the first turn. Chase Stockon charged inside of Thomas to grab second and was quickly closing on Weir, when he hit a rut entering turn three and his car bounced over the cushion and into the wall, suffering a bent wheel and broken jacob’s ladder. Just minutes later, on the restart, Weir slowed suddenly and was out with a blown engine.

This left Thomas, in the No. 17rw Dutcher/TriStar/Rotondo-Weirich Blackjack Oil Maxim, with a clear lead, and Darland, Christopher Bell and Bacon chasing. Just after the mid-point of the 30-lap feature, Thomas was a full straightaway ahead of Darland. One of the best battles of the race was Bacon trying to work past Christopher Bell. It took eight laps before Bacon was able to clear the rookie.

“First, we had to get around Scotty. He was fast,” Thomas explained. “It was just real touchy because there was still grease on the bottom and it was pretty one-laned there at the beginning. Once I got around him, I could run my own line and make the track what I needed to make it.”