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MECHANICSBURG — Kevin Thomas Jr. took the lead back from Chris Windom and then took his inside line away over the second half of the USAC Sprint Car Feature Thursday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

From there, Thomas cruised to victory in the first USAC Sprint car race completed at the Grove since 1996.

It was the opening night of the Grove’s USAC Triple Crown Showdown and the third night of the annual Eastern Storm for the USAC Sprint cars.

For Thomas, who celebrated his birthday Wednesday night, his 13th career USAC Sprint car win was worth $6,000.

Windom eventually settled for third.

He would win by 2.362 seconds as Stockon took second from Windom. Grant and Brady Bacon completed the top five. Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, Andretti, Jerry Coons Jr. and former Williams Grove super sportsman winner Carmen Perigo Jr. rounded out the top 10 after starting 20th.

Stockon set fast time over the 32-car field with a lap of 20.035 seconds. It was a track record.

Williams Grove regulars Danny Dietrich and Mark Smith both won a heat race as did fellow Pennsylvania driver Joey Biasi. Brady Bacon was the only USAC driver to win a heat race. 

Bayston controlled the restart and the final two laps winning by 0.519 seconds. Bacon passed Robinson to finish second. Robinson, Thorson and Tanner Carrick completed the top five. Greth, Holly Shelton, Thomas Meseraull, Tommy Kunsman and Alex Bright rounded out the top 10.

Greth and Kunsman won the heat races.

The USAC Silver Crown cars will be featured Friday night at Williams Grove in the 100-lap Horn-Schindler Memorial. The USAC midgets will return as well.

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