Kevin Thomas Jr. Paces Midget Practice In Ocala

Kevin Thomas Jr. was the fastest driver during Thursday's practice night for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget Series at Bubba Raceway Park. (Rich Forman Photo)

OCALA, Fla. – Kevin Thomas Jr. led all 26 drivers on hand during Thursday’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship Winter Dirt Games X practice night at Bubba Raceway Park.

Thomas, in his Petry Motorsports/Bolted Spine Designs – Petry Excavating – Gray Auto/Bullet/Speedway Toyota, set the time in the first of the four sessions with a time of 14.263. C.J. Leary was second at 14.305, followed by Chris Windom (14.420), Chase Jones (14.427) and Tyler Courtney (14.450).

Thomas began his 2018 campaign with Petry, winning a pair of midget races on the three-eighths-mile, D-shaped dirt track.

Past series champion Tanner Thorson (2016) was eighth at 14.468 seconds, while 2006-07 titlist Jerry Coons Jr. was tenth and reigning series king Logan Seavey was 22nd.

A full slate of racing for the USAC NOS Energy National Midgets are on tap the next two nights, Friday and Saturday at Bubba Raceway Park. Pits open at 3 p.m. Eastern each day. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.