Monday March 13, 2017
QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — The Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region dropped into the Arizona Speedway on Saturday with a 20-car field and a first-time winner as Kevin Thomas Jr. rolled into victory lane behind the wheel of the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82.
The 45th driver to earn a win with the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region, Thomas began his run from the sixth starting spot. Giving chase through the race’s halfway point the feature was in the control of Skylar Gee.
Having led from the green flag, Gee looked to be well on his way, but the No. 99 would not see the checkered flag as Gee’s night ended upside with nine laps remaining while trying to get around a slower car in the first turn.
Handing the lead to New Mexico’s Lorne Wofford, the MVT No. 18 led the next pair of laps before losing the point to Kevin Thomas Jr. on the 19th revolution by a margin of 0.006 seconds.
Able to hold off any challenges through a couple late race cautions, Thomas grabbed the win by 1.283 seconds over Colton Hardy, who clawed his way from ninth. The runner-up finish also netted Colton the lead in the championship standings by two markers.
Billy Chester III claimed the final podium step on the closing lap over Lorne Wofford with Bob Ream Jr. making up the top five.
Kevin Thomas Jr., Colton Hardy, Billy Chester III, Lorne Wofford, Bob Ream Jr., Jeremy McCune, Rick Ziehl, Jesse Baker, C.J. Hulsey, Mike Rux Jr., Jordan Stetson, Darrell Sickles, Rocky Silva, Cody Sickles, Lance Norick, Skylar Gee, Josh Shipley, Wes Wofford, Mark Clark, Damon McCune.