Tanner Thorson drives KKM back to the top

  Tanner Thorson drives KKM back to the top

Night one of the Missouri Mid-State Midget NationalsThorson wins at Grain Valley

With a new squad of young drivers the Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota Team was back in race winning form at the POWRI West and National Mid Missouri Midget Nationals. As lead driver for the team Thorson set the example at the highest level starting the weekend on the front foot claiming the opening night at Grain Valley.

Thorson settled into his task aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet  from his 12th starting position .The #67 Bullet with Thorson pressing the pedal slowly gather up the field and was in the race lead by lap 9 after running down the bottom to pass Zach  Daum and team mate Spencer Bayston.

By lap 14 Bayston’s chosen top grove finally proved a good decision and he passed Thorson into the race lead. Thorson continued to lead up until lap 18 as the pair race side by side with Bayston claiming the top and Thorson working the bottom. Lap 21 and Thorson finally reclaimed the race lead. Daum left it right to the last corner to make his move into second pushing young Bayston back into the final podium position.This was big return to form for the 5 car KKM team with all drivers making the Main event.

The KKM Team relaxing at Missouri

The KKM Team relaxing at Missouri

Driver interviews,

“I can’t thank these guys enough,” stated Tanner Thorson.  “Keith, Pete, Big Al, Chuckie, all the guys in the pits.  They work their butts off.  We have five cars out here, so it gets pretty hectic in the pits.  It was getting pretty frustrating to not win a race in so long.  It feels pretty good to win this race.”

“I just couldn’t chalk up like they could on the bottom, especially off three,” explained Zach Daum.  “That was really the only spot I could see they were beating us at.  The cushion went almost off the track in turn four.  It wasn’t terrible, I just hate getting beat by those guys.  We haven’t won a race yet all year.”

“In the beginning, my line was good, then his burnt up and then my line burnt up,” said Spencer Bayston.  “It was disappointing.  There at the end, we just got beat.  My line burnt up and then I was out of ideas.  He had that bottom rolling pretty well.  He’s a good driver and he’s a lot of fun to race with, but I hate losing.”

 Night one Grain Valley

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 67 – TANNER THORSON  2. 5D – ZACH DAUM  3. 97 – SPENCER BAYSTON  4. 91T – TYLER THOMAS  5. 27 – TUCKER KLAASMEYER  6. 71K – CARSON MACEDO  7. 72 – GRADY CHANDLER  8. 8 – ALEX SEWELL  9. 88 – TERRY BABB  10. 11A – ANDREW FELKER  11. 11C – CHETT GEHRKE  12. 93K – RILEY KRIESEL  13. 73 – JASON MCDOUGAL  14. 71 – RYAN ROBINSON  15. 67K – HOLLY SHELTON  16. 1K – BRAYTON LYNCH  17. 28 – KORY SCHUDY  18. 7 – AUSTIN BROWN  19. 5X – JUSTIN PECK  20. 3N – JAKE NEUMAN  21. 82M – STEVEN SHEBESTER  22. 4M – MICHELLE DECKER  23. 52 – ANDREW DEAL  24. 17E – BLAKE EDWARDS

Night two of the Missouri Mid-state midget National  was actually Tanners Thorson birthday and the  Minden Nevada youngster warped up his own birthday present with  dominating win from P7.Unlike the night one Thorson was untroubled in taking his 5th career National POWRI win. With Thorson setting the benchmark team mates Spencer Bayston and Carson Macedo stepped up to the challenge giving  the team a podium sweep confirming the confidence Keith Kunz has with this young Team.Holly Shelton

Holly Sheldon driving the 67K was up to 7th before a mistake dropped her back to 10th and Ryan Robinson finished 17th in the #71.This young squad could not be under a better guiding hand than that of Keith Kunz..The Illinois Speed  and the USAC Midget Weeks will be another opportunity for the Team to go to another level.

Driver interviews,

“This track is pretty sweet,” said Tanner Thorson.  “Keith and Big Al put an awesome car underneath me.  It’s pretty cool to be able to win on your birthday.  These guys have five cars out here.  It’s pretty crazy for these guys.  They work their butts off at the shop and we come out here and it gets pretty hectic sometimes, but it pays off.  ”

“It feels good,” Carson Macedo stated.  “I’m just really happy for this team.  For Keith to finish one, two, three is pretty awesome.  Just goes to show all the hard work they put in.  Everyone at Keith Kunz Motorsports works really hard for this.  I’m just glad to be a part of it.”Macedo

“I was really hoping after a strong run last night, we could get the win tonight, but hats off to Tanner and Carson,” said Spencer Bayston.  “I enjoy racing with these guys, I’ve gotten pretty close with both of them.”

Night two Wheatland results

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 67 – TANNER THORSON  2. 71K – CARSON MACEDO  3. 97 – SPENCER BAYSTON  4. 5X – JUSTIN PECK  5. 5D – ZACH DAUM  6. 91T – TYLER THOMAS  7. 27 – TUCKER KLAASMEYER  8. 11A – ANDREW FELKER  9. 67K – HOLLY SHELTON  10. 3N – JAKE NEUMAN  11. 4M – MICHELLE DECKER  12. 11C – CHETT GEHRKE  13. 8 – ALEX SEWELL  14. 7M – CHANCE MORTON  15. 21 – TY HULSEY  16. 5B – ARIEL BIGGS  17. 71 – RYAN ROBINSON  18. 7 – AUSTIN BROWN  19. 72 – GRADY CHANDLER  20. 1K – BRAYTON LYNCH  21. 17E – BLAKE EDWARDS  22. 73 – JASON MCDOUGAL  23. 89 – NICK BAILEYThorson Wheatland winner

Photos credits: POWRI & KKM,Holley Shelton racing,Carson Macedo Racing

The next POWRi National Midget show is Friday May 20th at Layette Country Speedway

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