It’s Thomas Again In USAC Sprints

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Kevin Thomas Jr. won Saturday's USAC sprint car race at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway. (Doug Vandeventer photo)
Kevin Thomas Jr. won Saturday’s USAC sprint car race at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway. (Doug Vandeventer photo)

HAUBSTADT, Ind. — Kevin Thomas Jr. captured his third consecutive AMSOIL USAC national sprint car series victory at Tri-State Speedway Saturday, in an event that was co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Leading all but five circuits, Thomas passed Robert Ballou on lap 25, and earned a half-straightaway win. Chase Stockon solidified the series point lead with his third-place run, while Brady Short and Dave Darland ran just behind.

It is rare for any driver to score three wins back-to-back, and Thomas called it “humbling.” Then he credited car owner Mike Dutcher and his crew, “To be able to win three races in a row with the best of the best in the country, I don’t even know what to say. They give me a great race car and they work their tails off through all week. This one goes out to them.”

Thomas shoved the No. 17rw Rotondo–Weirich/Blackjack Oil Maxim into the lead from the pole, with Ballou running on his tail. In spite repeated cautions and a red flag when CJ Leary tumbled hard after being forced into the wall exiting turn four, Thomas coolly stepped out on each restart. With the lead pack running against a growing cushion, Ballou claimed the first spot on the 20th circuit, passing Thomas at the end of the backstretch.