Thomas the Fastest on Oval Nationals Practice Night

#9K Kevin Thomas, Jr. was the fastest driver in Wednesday’s “Oval Nationals” practice at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
(Rich Forman Photo)
From Richie Murray

PERRIS, Ca. (November 9, 2017) — Kevin Thomas, Jr. led all drivers by recording the fastest lap in Wednesday’s open practice session at Perris Auto Speedway in preparation for the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction.

The Cullman, Alabama driver timed in with a lap of 16.576 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval in the first of four sessions to lay down the top time of the night. Following Thomas with fastest overall times were Josh Hodges (16.748), Brady Bacon (16.872), Danny Faria, Jr. (16.880) and C.J. Leary (16.926).

Thomas, Robert Ballou, Hodges, and Richard Vander Weerd were the fastest drivers in each of the four sessions.

Thomas is among four drivers that remain mathematically eligible to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. He sits third in the points, 85 out of the lead. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, fifth in points and 102 behind the leader was seventh quickest in practice. Neither series point leader Chris Windom nor second-place Justin Grant competed in the open practice. Windom holds a slim three-point lead in the standings with three races left, all at Perris this weekend.

Complete programs concluding with 30-lap features hit the track on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday’s $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

All three nights of racing at the “Oval Nationals” will be streamed LIVE on If you miss it or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-16.576
2. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.748
3. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.872
4. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.880
5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.926
6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.984
7. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.992
8. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.050
9. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-17.130
10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.164
11. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.166
12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.188
13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.235
14. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.248
15. Stevie Sussex, 42, Chaney-17.319
16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.350
17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.427
18. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.479
19. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-17.492
20. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-17.632
21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.638
22. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.640
23. Ronnie Gardner, 7K, Kruseman-17.712
24. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.840
25. Carson Macedo, 73T, Ford-18.146
26. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.500

Austin Williams, 2, #9K Kevin Thomas, Jr. was the fastest driver in Wednesday’s “Oval Nationals” practice at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
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Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder
Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander
Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen
Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen
Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin
Logan Williams, 5J, Jory
Justin Grant, 11, McGhee
Mike Martin, 16, Martin
Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy
Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI
Cody Williams, 44, Jory
R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin
Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics
Brody Roa, 91R, BR
Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich
Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson
Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy