MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 16, 2018) – Tanner Thorson made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut this past weekend with Young’s Motorsports at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Despite running strong for most of the Zombie Auto 150, Thorson finished 23rd after late race contact.
The No. 28 Maestro’s Classic Chevrolet SS got better each time Thorson hit the track. On Friday, he ended the only practice session in 13th after making several runs over 60 laps and qualified ninth for Saturday’s Zombie Auto 150.
The Minden, Nev., native took the green flag from the ninth-starting position. An early caution was displayed on lap 4 and Thorson reported that his No. 28 Maestro’s Classic Chevy was loose so he came down pit road for some adjustments. As a result of starting at the tail end of the field on a short track, Thorson went a lap down, but when the caution was displayed on lap 50 for the first of two breaks, he was in the Lucky Dog spot and got his lap back.
During the break, the 21-year-old came to pit road for an adjustment and restarted the Zombie Auto 150 from 19th. Thorson survived two more cautions before the break at lap 100 and reported that his No. 28 Maestro’s Classic Chevy was feeling pretty sporty. He came to pit road during the break for four tires, fuel and an adjustment and restarted the race from 16th.
The field got back to green flag racing on lap 102 and Thorson survived two more cautions to restart in 13th place on lap 126. On lap 130, Thorson received contact from behind and was spun off of Turn 2. Unfortunately, he got into the wall and suffered significant damage to the front of the No. 28 Maestro’s Classic Chevrolet, ending his day and relegating him to a 23rd-place finish.
“It was such a bummer to end the race the way we did,” said Thorson. “We were having a great run and were making our way back through the field once we got that lap back. The Young’s Motorsports guys put together a great piece, just wish that we were able to get a better finish for them and Maestro’s Classic. I’m already looking forward to our next race together.”
Young's Motorsports next race will be the NCWTS Race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday, May 4 for the JEGS 200.