By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
OCALA, FL – Kevin 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.
Cullman, Alabama’s 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 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track.
Past series champion Tanner Thorson (2016) was eighth at 14.468, 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, February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day. Grandstands open at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.
All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 7, 2019 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – “Winter Dirt Games X”
PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-14.263; 2. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-14.305; 3. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.420; 4. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.427; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.450; 6. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.454; 7. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.459; 8. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-14.468; 9. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.544; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.587; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.595; 12. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.636; 13. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-14.647; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 0, Buckwalter-14.654; 15. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-14.669; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.676; 17. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.698; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.838; 19. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-14.898; 20. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.943; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.014; 22. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.014; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.066; 24. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.120; 25. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.218; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.524.