Thorson Rules Lincoln Park Indiana Midget Week Round
Tanner Thorson en route to victory Thursday at Lincoln Park Speedway. (TWC photo)
PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. – Tanner Thorson put a week of bad luck and frustration behind him with a win on night six of USAC Indiana Midget Week Thursday at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Thorson, driving the No.19t for Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports, put to bed a five-race streak not exceeding sixth place with his first win of the week – extending a historic streak.
The Minden, Nevada native became the sixth different winner in six races during Indiana Midget Week, with each winner representing a different car owner or team.
It’s a race that has never happened before in the 17-year history of the Hoosier State miniseries.
“It shows how difficult this field is and how many good drivers are racing here,” Thorson said.
Thorson came off pole, took the lead from the initial start and never relinquished lead, occasionally rushing for leads of two seconds or more as the field sought a position behind him.
The first warnings in the fourth and eighth laps – for a tangle between Justin Grant and Kaylee Bryson at the third turn and a stalled Kevin Thomas Jr. at the first turn, respectively – slowed the pace, but Thorson’s restarts were a failure. master class on how to get away from the field. He opened the sidelines every time and was unchallenged.
The ninth lap resulted in another warning, but this was one of the most decisive as new Indiana Midget Week points leader Chris Windom slowed down with a puncture in his right rear tire which left him dead. pulled out of the race for a superior finish, and later tightened up the miniseries’ points battle considerably.
Halfway through, Thorson had extended the lead to 1.666 seconds, and with 10 laps remaining it looked like he was going to have an easy victory over the red earth oval of five sixteenths of a mile.
Unfortunately, a red flag with nine to go for Brenham Crouch’s overturned car on lap four put the field on Thorson’s bumper and gave second-place Daison Pursley a glimmer of hope in the final laps.
Although Thorson had a bit of a breather when the green flag was last waved in round 22, Pursley kept it honest, staying in half a second until he jumped the cushion in round two with six laps to go and allowing Thorson to escape with an insurmountable lead. .
Thorson returned home on his way to victory after that, taking the checkered flag 1.393 seconds ahead of Pursley, Axsom completing the podium ahead of Buddy Kofoid and Corey Day.
Cannon McIntosh fought for fourth on the last corner, only to slip away in sight of the checkered flag as the peloton rushed towards him.
This forced a warning after the top three crossed the finish line, reversing the order of arrival from fourth place to how they finished lap 29, with McIntosh falling to the tail of the lead lap. in 18th.
As Thorson celebrated in Victory Lane, he revealed the secret to his renewed success: a car completely rebuilt from the one his team raced in the first half of Indiana Midget Week.
“It’s just a feeling of comfort,” Thorson explained. “It’s really nothing against this car or anything, but that’s what I’ve built my whole setup around and everything I’ve done in the last few years has been with this style of car and We have a lot of great people behind me, and it’s been really a struggle here lately, but everything is moving forward.
“Stanton Racing has worked really hard to improve this engine more and more for me. It’s not perfect but we are getting there, ”added Thorson. “It’s definitely a bit of a relief. “
With two races remaining, Pursley’s second-place finish catapulted him to a slim one-point lead over Windom in the updated Indiana Midget Week standings, with Kofoid just three points behind.
Meanwhile, Kofoid regained the lead in the rider standings throughout the season with an 18-point lead over Windom.
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