Thorson Scores Thrilling First Victory of the Season

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FAIRBURY, Ill. (Jun. 2, 2017) – Tanner Thorson scores his first victory of 2017 during night two of the POWRi Illinois SPEED Week after a last corner pass at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS).

Thorson’s win came after a bold move on teammate and first place-running Rico Abreu in turn three of the white-flag lap.

Thorson started in the fifth spot for the 30-lap main event and quickly drove his way into the top three. Thorson was able to grab the lead for a short time before rookie Zeb Wise took over. Teammate Rico Abreu was then able to pass both Thorson and Wise and continued to lead for the remaining laps of the race. Thorson passed Wise just before Wise hit the wall in turn two and brought out the red flag. With six laps to go at the green flag, Thorson would start in the second spot behind Abreu. Thorson waited patiently before sliding Abreu in turn three of the last lap and grabbing the win over Michael Pickens and teammate Spencer Bayston. Abreu finished in the fourth spot after making contact with Pickens before the checkers.

“I had a decent car at the beginning of the race but it really came in towards the end. After the last caution my car seemed to take off better than Rico’s and I was able to stay really close to him. I saw the white flag and knew I had to try something, so I threw it in there and was able to make it stick in the rubber and take the lead. I can’t thank my whole team enough for all the hard work the last couple days. They deserved this,” Thorson stated.

Thorson’s first visit to FALS was in 2016 in which he flipped while leading the feature event and was unable to finish the race. Thorson was eager to get back and is happy he could redeem himself.

“My first trip to Fairbury was last year and I really like the track – it’s great for these midgets. Unfortunately I had a nasty flip while leading the race so I’m pretty happy I could come back and get a win. I look forward to getting back to Fairbury again,” Thorson concluded.

Thorson’s next midget event will take place at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois for night three of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week.

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