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TORRANCE, Calif. (May 29, 2015) – Kevin Thomas, Jr. earned his first career USAC National Midget Car Series victory and led a Toyota 1-2-3 finish at the Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Ind., on Friday night.

Thomas led fellow Toyota drivers Tanner Thorson and Tracy Hines across the finish to win in just his second race since joining Keith Kunz Motorsports this season.  The Alabama native had to overcome some early adversity after banging the cushion on lap five, but a yellow flag came out for a stopped car on the same lap allowing Thomas to maintain the fourth position he held at the start of the lap.  Thomas eventually took the lead on Lap 12 and never relinquished it over the final 19 laps.

"I struggled when I got into this car at first, and now we’ve got some momentum building,” said Thomas, who drove the Toyota TRD – Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota. “It’s a great opportunity, and I can’t thank everyone enough. It was tough to get the speed up around the top, especially after restarts, so it was a challenge to do it and not make mistakes. I made one big one, and a yellow (caution) was my best friend tonight to save us those spots after I plowed the cushion and smoked the fence early."

Thorson ran in the top five throughout the race and then took advantage of a slow re-start with just two laps remaining to get under Hines for second place at the finish in his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toytota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"We were really close tonight,” said Thorson, who turned 19 earlier this month. “We had an awesome car, and the yellows didn’t necessarily play in our favor a whole lot towards the end. They worked at it and gave us a really good racetrack tonight, and we were able to move around a lot. He brought us down really slow on that last restart, and that kind of killed our chance to win it.”

In addition to his third-place showing, Hines also was the number one qualifier.  He earned his second consecutive podium finish to open the season after placing second in the opener.

"We just weren’t quite as good as I expected we’d be after the heat race,” relayed Hines, who took over the series point lead in his Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.. “It just didn’t really respond, so I had to drive the wheels off of it just to try to keep with those guys. It would be good for stretches, and then not as good as we built air pressure. I’m obviously happy with third, but I thought we should have been in the mix a little more as good as we were earlier tonight."

Toyota Results, Plymouth – Qualified/Finish
Kevin Thomas Jr. – 3/1
Tracy Hines – 1/3
Tanner Thorson – 6/2

NATIONAL MIDGET CAR POINTS: 1-Hines-131, 2-Hagen-128, 3-Thorson-125, 4-Darland-109, 5-K. Thomas-57, 6-T. Thomas-93, 7-Coons-90, 8-Bayston-80, 9-Buckwalter-79, 10-Walker-66

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