Thorson Aims To Continue Hot Start At Port City

Thorson Aims To Continue
Tanner Thorson hopes to earn his third USAC National Midget win of the season next weekend. (Max Dolder photo)

TULSA, Okla. – They say two out of three isn’t bad, but for Tanner Thorson, it sure isn’t as good as three out of four might be.

After winning two of the first three NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series races this season, that’s the task Thorson faces as he goes for a rare feat next weekend.

Thorson hopes to win three of the first four NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series features to open the year in the May 22-23 Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by B&H Contractors at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Only one driver previously has won three of the first four in series history: Tyler Courtney did so just one year ago in 2019.

Courtney, like Thorson, won the opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. He then won again at Ocala before winning the fourth race of the year at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Thorson has followed suit thus far this year, winning the first at Ocala, then captured March’s Shamrock Classic at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin after starting 15th.

The 2016 series champ out of Minden, Nev., could have very easily been three-for-three to begin this year’s campaign, if not for a blown engine with six laps left while leading and dominating the second night out at Ocala.

While three-for-three has never been achieved by a driver to start a USAC National Midget season, winning two of three has been witnessed 20 times over the years.

The list to have done so includes Parnelli Jones (1964), Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975-76), Rich Vogler (1984-85), Sam Isenhower (1988), Russ Gamester (1990), Jim Hettinger (1991), Kenneth Nichols (1996), Tracy Hines (1997), Dave Steele (2002), J.J. Yeley (2003-04), Bobby Santos (2006), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2014), Brady Bacon (2017) and Courtney (2019).

A good omen for Thorson is that three out of the last four in that group have gone on to win the USAC National Midget Series championship – Clauson, Abreu and Courtney.

However, Thorson resides fifth in the standings heading into Port City despite the two wins, with his 13th-place finish at Ocala after leading being the only aberration.

It’s not always about where you start, it’s where you finish. But a good start certainly helps the case, and Thorson and Hayward Motorsports have come off the blocks with high success.

Both nights at Port City will include full series points-paying events, with a complete program each night that culminates with a feature event.

Seating capacity for the T-Town Midget Showdown will be limited to 400 spectators per night and tickets for each night can only be purchase in advance.  Tickets are now on sale at

Entries will also be limited and based on a combination of criteria that will cater to both National and Regional teams. A maximum of six pit passes will be available for purchase with each car entry. Pit passes obtained with entry are for pit entry and pit seating/viewing areas only. A general admission ticket will be required for grandstand seating.

Teams that meet the listed criteria will be contacted by USAC and/or Port City Raceway and given a code which will enable them to register online.

Both nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City will be shown live via pay-per-view. For fans who cannot attend the events, click here for more information.


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