Thomas Rejoins Petry For USAC Midget Title Run

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Kevin Thomas Jr. will tackle the USAC National Midget Series with Petry Motorsports this year. (Rich Forman photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Kevin Thomas, Jr. has rejoined Petry Motorsports to take on the full NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series schedule next season.

The Cullman, Ala., driver competed for Petry at the end of the 2017 season and began this year’s season for the team, finishing 13th in the 2017 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, 15th in the Shamrock Classic in March and 10th at the Kokomo Grand Prix in April.

Thomas then ran the remainder of the midget season for Joe Dooling, finishing eighth in the standings with a pair of victories, which came at Kokomo during Indiana Midget Week and in the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kan.

A year ago, the Thomas and Petry connection began the season with two consecutive midget victories at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

The 2019 USAC National Midget season debuts at the same three-eighths-mile, D-shaped dirt oval this year with Winter Dirt Games X.

Thomas already has the comfort level of racing with a team he holds previous experience with. To start off at a venue that they’ve hit their highest successes at is a nice springboard for what he believes will be a successful venture.

“I’m really excited to be back with Scott, Terry, Tim and the rest of the guys,” Thomas said. “I have such a blast racing for them and look forward to a long-lasting relationship. They have put in the effort and time to become a top-tier team. Now it’s time to keep building and come out strong in Florida again.”

Thomas has been one of the most successful drivers in USAC over the past several seasons. He owns four career USAC National Midget feature victories and 25 USAC National Sprint Car wins, tying him with Steve Butler and Jay Drake for 18th all-time.