Thomas Jr. Wins Kokomo, Bayston Takes Indiana Midget Week Title

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Photos by Jim DenHamer).

Kevin Thomas Jr.

Starting from the pole, Kevin Thomas Jr. bobbled early and fought back to capture the win at Kokomo Speedway. Jumping the cushion on the opening lap, Thomas Jr. dropped back multiple positions before getting back on track in a workman like approach to regain the top spot. Tyler Courtney set the pace for the field until Wise, Spencer, and Bayston tangled on lap nine in a battle for the top five.

Spencer Bayston.

This reset the field with Courtney continuing to feed on the bottom with Thomas Jr., who had moved back to second, running the high line. On lap 10 the two begin to battle for the front spot with Thomas Jr. barely leading across the line until fully claiming the prized real estate on lap 14. McDougal followed Thomas Jr. past Courtney to claim second. Thomas Jr. led the rest of the way through several restarts and challenges from Grant and Seavey late in the race.

Justin Grant(17), Brady Bacon (76) and Tanner Carrick (71).

Zeb Wise (39) and Spencer Bayston (97).

USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship Race Results: 

June 3, 2018 – Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo, Indiana. 14th Annual “Indiana Midget Week”

Qualifying: 1. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.503; 2. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.518; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.574; 4. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.664; 5. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-13.704; 6. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-13.731; 7. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.750; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.767; 9. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.809; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-13.848; 11. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.859; 12. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.860; 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.865; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.869; 15. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.956; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Mitchell-13.987; 17. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.003; 18. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-14.030; 19. Andrew Layser, 77x, Bright-14.109; 20. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-14.278; 21. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-14.309; 22. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.368; 23. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-14.468; 24. Brayton Lynch, 1K, Lynch-14.480; 25. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.554; 26. Matt Moore, 35, Petry/Goff-14.653; 27. Max Guilford, 37, Felker-14.664; 28. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-14.761; 29. Kyle May, 39, May-14.870.

Jerry Conns Jr. (25) and Alex Bright (77).

Tyler Courtney (7) and Justin Grant (17).

Logan Seavey (67) and Spencer Bayston (97).

First Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Bright, 3. Shelton, 4. McDougal, 5. Abreu, 6. Nelson, 7. Johnson.

Second Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Carrick, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Robinson, 5. Thorson, 6. Dickerson, 7. Guilford.

Third Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Seavey, 5. Jones, 6. Layser, 7. Hettinger.

Fourth Heat: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Wise, 4. Lynch, 5. Coons, 6. May, 7. Mitchell.

Semi: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Thorson, 2. Dickerson, 3. Coons, 4. Jones, 5. Nelson, 6. Johnson, 7. Layser, 8. Guilford, 9. May, 10. Abreu.

Jason McDougal (15) and Justin Grant (17).

Feature: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Spencer Bayston (3), 3. Logan Seavey (9), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (10), 6. Brady Bacon (13), 7. Zeb Wise (5), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 9. Chad Boat (22), 10. Holly Shelton (14), 11. Sam Johnson (8), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (16), 13. Justin Grant (15), 14. Alex Bright (17), 15. Tyler Courtney (2), 16. Ryan Robinson (6), 17. Chase Jones (19), 18. Tanner Thorson (7), 19. Brayton Lynch (20), 20. Tyler Nelson (21), 21. Justin Dickerson (18), 22. Tanner Carrick (12).

**Johnson flipped during the first heat. Robinson flipped on lap 13 of the feature. Grant flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

Feature Lap Leaders: Laps 1-10 Courtney, Laps 11-30 K. Thomas.

Tucker Klassmeyer (27) and Tyler Thomas (91).

Contingency Award Winners:

  • Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tucker Klaasmeyer
  • Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant
  • Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Justin Grant
  • Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon
  • Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney
  • KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chad Boat (22nd to 9th)

Logan Seavey and Kevin Thomas Jr. coming to the white flag.

USAC Midget National Championship Points: 1-Seavey-390, 2-Boat-386, 3-Bayston-381, 4-Wise-369, 5-Courtney-360, 6-Bacon-335, 7-K. Thomas-332, 8-Grant-324, 9-Robinson-310, 10-Coons-256.

Final “Indiana Midget Week” Points Final: 1-Bayston-281, 2-Courtney-269, 3-Boat-261, 4-Seavey-259, 5-K. Thomas-248, 6-Thorson-212, 7-Wise-243, 8-Bacon-229, 9-McDougal-198, 10-Abreu-198.

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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