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Story By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Photo By: Pete MacDonald/

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2019)………Kevin Thomas, Jr. will strap into the seat of the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 for this Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season finale at Eldora Speedway in the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals presented by

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) took the runner-up position in last year’s 4-Crown Silver Crown race and is eager to score both his first Silver Crown win and first Eldora USAC win in one fell swoop.

Thomas has made six Silver Crown starts this season, finishing in the top-ten in five of the events with a fast qualifying time and a runner-up finish in May’s Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds serving as his best.

The Dyson ride, meanwhile, finished 4th in last Fall’s 4-Crown race with driver Jason McDougal at the controls. This year, the Dyson car has competed in four events, finishing in the top-ten once in the season opener at Memphis International Raceway with driver and team owner Chris Dyson, himself a two-time American Le Mans Series champion driver.

On dirt, the car was the fastest in practice at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds with driver Tanner Thorson behind the wheel before a crash in practice prematurely ended the team’s night.

Thomas is one of USAC’s premier drivers, tallying 26 career AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins and five NOS Energy Drink National Midget wins. He’ll be one of several drivers pulling triple duty in Saturday’s 4-Crown, piloting the Petry Motorsports No. 5 midget and the Hayward/Thomas Motorsports No. 19 sprinter.

Thomas is one of five drivers to win a feature event in both the AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series this year alongside Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Chris Windom.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.