Thomas Jr. Spreads His Wings, Joins Blazin’ Racin’ for 2017
Photo By: Speedway Shots
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 9, 2017) – Kevin Thomas Jr. will drive the Blazin’ Racin’ Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82 winged sprint car owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise this season.
The Don Ott-powered Maxim, under the leadership of Team Manager Greg McCormick will be running a mixture of 410 and 360 sprint car events.
“I’m beyond grateful that Todd and Susan are taking this chance on me and believe that I have the talent to succeed in a wing car,” Thomas said. “They had plenty of experienced drivers to choose from and when I got the call I was floored. I’ve worked really hard to get where I am and I’m blessed that Todd, along with Greg, see the potential we have as a team.”
The upcoming season brings new challenges to both driver and team. On the heels of a sensational year, Thomas Jr. will transition from the winningest non-winged sprint car driver in the country to being a winged sprint car rookie.
With a mere 15 winged sprint car races under his belt, Thomas Jr. is thrilled at the chance to make a full-time move to winged cars.
“Having that versatility in a driver like Kevin is what makes our job fun. He’s shown the ability to cross over to winged cars quickly with very limited seat time. His positive and humble attitude is a huge confidence booster for us as preparations are made for the 2017 season,” said McCormick.
The No. 82 team will be tackling more than 80 races and the team is thrilled to be able to put together a more aggressive schedule than in past years with higher quality venues, competitive racing and larger purses.
The No. 82 will compete primarily with the World of Outlaws, ASCS National Tour and All Star Circuit of Champions. The No. 82 will also tackle the prestigious Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, where it was voted “Best Appearing Car” in 2016, while also qualifying for the $150,000-to-win feature.
“Susan and I are excited to enter into our 25th year of sprint car racing with Kevin as our driver,” Todd LaHaise said. “We know Kevin’s passion and determination to compete against the best will transition him into a successful winged sprint car driver. We welcome Kevin and his wife Whitney to our Blazin’ Racin’ Family and look forward to a safe, fun and competitive season.”
The Blazin’ Racin’ team plans to kick off its season with the World of Outlaws at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, in March.
Thomas Jr. is slated to begin the season this week at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in the Amati Racing, Marion Underground Construction No.66. He will qualify for the famed event Tuesday night.
Blazin’ Racin’ would like to thank the following sponsors: Buffalo Wild Wings, Don Ott Engines, Maxim Chassis, CSI Shocks, Vortex Wings, DMI, Rod End Supply, Smith Titanium, KSE Racing Products, and Weld Wheels
Kevin Thomas Jr. would like to thank the following sponsors; Bell Helmets, Hinchman Racing Uniforms, Gridsport, Indy Metal Finishing, High Side Design, and MPI.
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