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Tyler Thomas goes for 2nd straight victory at Belle-Clair Sunday

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (July 9, 2015)--Tyler Thomas will be going for his second straight victory at Belle-Clair Speedway in the American Racing Custom Wheels Spike-Esslinger on Sunday in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series.

The 19-year-old from Collinsville, Okla., won at the one-fifth mile track in a POWRi feature on June 7. Thomas also had a victory at Belle-Clair in 2014. He has five career POWRi National Midget triumphs.

I love racing at Belle-Clair, Thomas said. It fits my style and the way we set the car up,

Thomas primary focus this season is the Honda USAC National Midget championship. He finished ninth Sunday in the Pepsi Nationals in a USAC/POWRi/Badger tri-sanctioned event at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis., and is second in the USAC National championship with 339 points. Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala., leads with 360.

Tyler Thomas has top-ten finishes in the seven USAC National Midget events this season.

We really have a good shot at the USAC championship, he said. We set out to run for this championship for American Racing Custom Wheels and it would be really a great achievement in our first year together.

Thomas qualified 11th at Angell Park and won his 10-lap heat race. He started 10th in the feature.

We didnt qualify very well, the same old story, too tight, Thomas said. We misjudged the track for the feature and didnt have a car to run on top. We tried to run the bottom, but were losing too much ground on the bottom and ended up going to the top.

Thomas also raced twice last weekend in the ASCS Warrior Region, finishing 11th on Friday at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo., on Friday and 15th at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on Saturday.

We rolled out a brand new car and a brand new motor at Callaway and tested it in race conditions to see if we had something better, but it was too loose and off all night, Thomas said. At Moberly, we went back to the car weve been running and were really quick right off the bat. We started eighth in the heat and were passing for second and barely hit the mud.

Thomas finished ninth in the heat and had to run the B main. He finished third to advance to the feature.

We started 10th and were up to seventh with about 10 laps (of 25) to go and the whole drive line came apart and that was it for the night, Thomas said. We were really quick. We definitely hit on something good and Im excited about it.

Tyler Thomas will race in the American Racing Custom Wheels Spike-Esslinger on Sunday in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.

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