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Overton earned $10,000 for his latest triumph in the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model.
Overton kicked off the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series doubleheader Saturday at Lancaster (S.C.) Speedway. Following the third fastest lap overall in time trials, Overton secured his spot into the main event with a second-place finish in his heat race behind Brett Hamm.
With $10,000 on the line in the Palmetto State 50, Brandon ran into mechanical issues near the midway point that sent him pitside. Marching from the tail of the field, Overton salvaged a fourth-place finish in the 50-lap affair. Trailing Zack Mitchell, Brett Hamm, and Ross Bailes across the finish line with Ben Watkins coming in fifth.
On Sunday afternoon, Brandon followed the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C. for the 30th annual Blue-Gray 100 - co-sanctioned with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series. Drawing 28 cars, Overton came in tenth fastest overall in time trials before placing second in his heat behind Ross Bailes.
With a handful of competitors suffering flat tires in the early going of the 100-lap feature, Brandon made the decision to visit the infield hot pit on a lap-60 caution to swap out his right rear tire.
Joining the field from the tail, Overton quickly worked his way back to the front, taking second from Benji Hicks on lap 85 and closing the distance on race-leader Chris Madden.
When Madden went down with a flat right-rear tire on lap 92, Brandon took command of the top spot and led the remaining eight circuits to secure his second career Blue-Gray 100 victory and 26th win of his season. Finishing ahead of Benji Hicks, Kyle Strickler, Tyler Carpenter, and Brett Hamm, Overton pocketed $10,000.
This weekend - November 27-28 - will find the Wells Motorsports team at Cochran (Ga.) Motor Speedway for the annual Gobbler 100. The action gets underway on Friday with qualifying and heat races, followed by a 100-lap, $20,000-to-win finale on Saturday.
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Ricky Thornton Jr. Sweeps Desert Thunder Nationals
ADEL, Iowa (11/24/20) – Ricky Thornton Jr. capped off an ultra-successful 2020 season on Sunday by completing a sweep of Central Arizona Speedway’s 7th Annual Desert Thunder Nationals. It was his 38th overall win of the season.
Thornton’s latest trio of victories came aboard his Certified Inspection Service No. 20RT Excel Floor Covering/ D&E Outside Services/ Lethal Chassis IMCA Modified.
Ricky was one of 45 IMCA Modified entries to kick off the 7th Annual Desert Thunder Nationals on Friday night. A heat race victory would position him starting third in the opening night feature.
Thornton battled past Don Geist to take command on the fifth circuit and then denied challenges by Jake O’Neil for the point to secure the win. O’Neil and Jeff Larson filled out the podium with Chaz Baca and Zachary Madrid rounding out the top Top-5.
“I knew Jake was going to be tough, him starting 12th probably helped me out a little bit,” Thornton stated after posting the win.
Thornton stayed perfect atop the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday. Ricky finished second in his preliminary heat race to earn the sixth starting spot on the feature grid. Thornton made his way into a podium position in the early going.
Taking advantage of lapped traffic, Thornton slid ahead of Jake O’Neal for the lead on the 14th lap and pulled away for his second win in as many nights. Trailing Thornton to the checkers was Jeff Taylor, Tanner Black, Kelsie Foley, and Zachary Madrid.
“Jake got out there then Shawn got rolling and went right by him, he got too high one time and that’s all it took,” Thornton after cracking victory lane for the second night in a row.
Ricky Thornton Jr. completed the trifecta on Sunday by charging to another convincing victory. Another runner-up performance in his heat race would earn Ricky the seventh starting position for the finale.
Thornton spent the first half of the race chasing his brother Jeremy Thornton. He worked his way into the lead on the 14th circuit and led the field the rest of the way to complete the weekend sweep. Jeremy Thornton held off Jake O’Neil for the runner-up spot with Jeff Larson and Austin Kuehl completing the Top-5 finishers.
For complete results from the weekend, please visit www.CentralArizonaSpeedway.com.
With Thornton’s version of the 2020 season in the books, he’s now shifting his focus to an ambitious 2021 campaign. Piloting the SSI Motorsports No. 20RT Dyno One Inc./ Excel Floor Covering/ Sub-Surface of Indiana/ Longhorn Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model, he’ll tackle the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Thornton’s quest for the national tour’s Rookie of the Year honors kicks off January 22 at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Ga.
For a complete Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.
Ricky Thornton Jr. would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include: Dyno One Inc., Excel Floor Covering, Certified Inspection Service Co. Inc., D&E Outside Services, Deines-Nitz Soultions & Powdercoating, West Side Tractor Sales Co., SSI Motorsports, Shelby Materials, Slicker Graphics, Lethal Chassis, Dylan Earven Foundation, Tire Demon, Hoker Trucking, Tanner Racing, High Performance Lubricants, Sub-Surface of Indiana, Midwest Sheet Metal, Dirtvision, Simpson Race Products, JE Pistons, Edelbrock, MSD, iRacing, E-Z-GO, Powers Performance, COMP Cams, Quarter Master, Cometic Gasket, Drydene, Winters Performance Products, Snap-on by Ryan Marsh, NGK Spark Plugs, Schoenfeld Headers, NAPA, Swift Springs, Penske Racing Shocks, Winning Edge Carburetion, Longhorn Chassis, Clements Racing Engines, Dynamic Drivelines, Superior Fuel Cells, Finish Line Body & Parts, Wehrs Machine, Dirt Defender, EMD Wraps, CPD racing Shocks, Bassett, Integra Racing Shocks, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.
Visit the team’s official website at www.TwentyRT.com often for the latest team information. You can also stay connected with Ricky Thornton Jr. on social media at https://www.facebook.com/rickythorntonjrracing on Facebook, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RThornton20rt.