KTJ Returns To Family’s No. 9k

Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2017. (Dallas Breeze photo)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Kevin Thomas Jr. will return to the KT Motorsports No. 9k USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series machine next season, sporting sponsorship from McDonald’s and Dr. Pepper.

Thomas made his USAC National Sprint Car debut aboard the No. 9k in 2009, won his first career USAC Sprint race in the car in 2012, and reeled off five victories during a strong 2017 campaign with the team.

The 2018 series runner-up and 28-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner is excited to be back with the family-owned team to kick off the new decade of the 2020s.

“I kind of feel like when we run under our own banner, that’s where we get our best results,” Thomas said. “We’re going to go with what got us here and do things on our own. It was a decent season last year, but I think we can build off of it.”

Thomas won twice in 2019, including a thrilling last-lap victory during Indiana Sprint Week at Bloomington Speedway.

Thomas is aiming to challenge for the title following three top-four finishes in the standings in each of the past three years — third in 2017, second in 2018 and fourth in 2019.

“We want to run for a championship and for as many wins as we can,” Thomas stated. “Under our family name, with my dad as car owner and me as a driver, we have a lot of pride in what we do with this race team.”

Thomas will also return to the Petry Motorsports team for a run at the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship.