Thorson Goes Back-to-Back During Illinois SPEED Week

(Photo: Brendon Bauman Photos)

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (Jun. 3, 2017) – Tanner Thorson makes it two nights in a row and takes the win on night three of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week at Jacksonville Speedway.

“This is awesome. My JBL/Toyota Racing Development midget was great all night and I’m happy I could get the win for the second night in a row. My guys have worked hard to field all of these cars, so hats off to them. The track was great too. Thanks to Jacksonville Speedway for putting a lot of work into it,” Thorson stated.

Earlier in the evening, Thorson finished in the second spot behind teammate Rico Abreu after starting fourth in Heat Race No. 2. That would line Thorson up in the sixth position for the 30-lap main event. He did not wait long before working his way into the top three on just lap two. Battling with the top-two cars of Michael Pickens and Tucker Klaasmeyer made it no easy task for Thorson to get to the front. On lap 17, Thorson was able to get around Pickens and take over the lead. After the final caution flag waved with seven laps to go, Thorson had to fend off teammate Spencer Bayston who also got around Pickens. Thorson and Bayston battled hard and traded positions for the remaining laps, but Thorson was able to ultimately stay in front and make it back-to-back wins for his Keith Kunz Motorsports/JBL Audio team. Bayston finished in the second spot with Pickens in third.

Thorson’s next midget event will take place on June 6 at Montpelier Motor Speedway for the opening night of USAC Indiana Midget Week.

About Toyota Racing:

Toyota has worked diligently to become a strong competitor in American motorsports since 1983 and the manufacturer has amassed numerous victories in professional auto racing from the 2003 Indianapolis 500, the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” with Gil de Ferran to a victory in the 2015 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis by Kyle Busch. In addition to multiple victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Baja 1000 and 500, Toyota also has earned manufacturer’s and driver’s championships in NASCAR, NHRA, the Indy Racing League, CART, IMSA, SCORE, USAC, MTEG, CORR, TORC and LOORRS.

In 2015, Camry driver Kyle Busch won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship for Toyota. The manufacturer also won titles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NHRA, USAC and TORC Off-Road racing. For more information about Toyota Racing, visit

About Bond Suss Racing (BSR):

Bond Suss Racing is a professional motorsports team competing across the country in select Super Late Model events. For more information about Bond Suss Racing, visit

About JBL:

JBL, a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated, designs and builds audio equipment for consumers, the entertainment industry and the automotive industry.

JBL takes its decades of experience making speakers and other equipment for concert halls and other public venues, and uses it to create audio equipment for consumers around the world. You can enjoy a movie, ball game or concert as part of a huge crowd or in your home – but either way, you can catch all of the sounds with superb clarity through JBL components. For more information about JBL, visit



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