Kevin Thomas Jr. Paces Midget Practice In Ocala

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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. –┬áKevin 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.