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Tyler Thomas to race Midgets at Port City Fri., Sprint Cars Sat. in Mo


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Tyler Thomas to race in POWRi Midgets Friday at hometown track Port City, NSL 360 Sprint Cars Saturday at Moberly, Mo.



March 29, 2016 - Tyler Thomas will race at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series on Friday and in the GoMuddy.com National Sprint League 360 Sprint Car Series at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on Saturday.


The 20-year-old from Collinsville, Okla., finished second in a POWRi National Midget feature in 2014 at Port City, a one-eighth mile track where he regularly raced Micro Sprints early in his career.


I always enjoy going back to Port City, Thomas said. I grew up racing there and its a great feeling to race in front of your friends and fans who have supported you from the start of your career.


Thomas has six POWRi National victories in his career. Hell be driving the Esslinger-powered Spike with father Brian Thomas as crew chief that he finished in seventh place in the championship feature at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa in January.


Thomas began his sprint car season last weekend in the NSL 360 events at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., finishing the features 10th on Friday and ninth on Saturday driving for team owners Jeff and Jerry Smith.


Were really happy with our progress driving for Jeff and Jerry Smith in the (No.) 86 sprint car, Thomas said. We had a couple of solid runs. Friday, we went from sixth to third in our heat and third to second in the qualifier, which put us starting seventh in the A main. I feel back to tenth after a mistake, then the track took rubber and I couldnt recover.


Saturday we went from sixth to third in the heat again. But we missed it in the qualifier, going from third to fourth. I had to run the B main, which I won, but it put us starting 18th in the A. We drove all the way to ninth before the track took rubber again. The track conditions made it tough to pass, but we did receive the hard charger award along with a second straight top 10.


Thomas finished fourth in the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Warrior Region feature at three-eighths mile Randolph County last September. He started ninth.

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