Editor’s note: Second place finisher Jason Chicolas was disqualified after post tech inspection.
THOMPSON – A decade plus of chasing a championship at Thompson International Speedway came to a euphoric peak Thursday evening in victory lane for the members of the Banta Racing team.
Steve Kenneway rallied from the rear of the 25-car field after a flat tire early to finish sixth in the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature.
Kenneway, of Lowell, Mass., came into the event with a 12-point lead over Jason Chicolas in the standings. Chicolas, of Sutton, Mass. finished second to Scott Sundeen of Douglas, Mass. in the race and ended up four points behind Kenneway in the standings.
It was the first championship for the Norwich based Banta Racing team, co-owned by Charlie Banta and his son David Banta.
Banta Racing has been fielding their Limited Sportsman at Thompson for the last 14 years. The team has recorded 36 wins during that span. Kenneway had one victory in 2013.
“We can retire now, this is amazing,” David Banta said in victory lane.
Kenneway went to the pits on lap five and came back out on the track the rear of the field then methodically diced his way back toward the front of the field.
“It looked good in the beginning,” Kenneway said. “We were running second there, I thought we could challenge for a win. … Then we cut down a right front tire. … From there I don’t remember. I saw [my crew] that worked so hard to get us here and I just drove my butt off to get back through.”
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