Ricky Thornton Jr. Completes Sweep of Knoxville Late Model Nationals
LOLMDS Action Continues this Weekend at Brownstown Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (09/19/23) – Joining Billy Moyer as the only other driver to accomplish the coveted feat, Ricky Thornton Jr. swept all three nights of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals over the weekend at Knoxville Raceway aboard his SSI Motorsports / Coltman Farms / Hoker Trucking No. 20RT Dyno One Inc. / Excel Floor Covering / Sub-Surface of Indiana / Longhorn Chassis / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.
Thornton Jr. collected over $64,000 in winnings at the legendary Iowa oval after breaking out the broom as his 2023-win total grew to 31.
“It’s awesome honestly, you try to be the best you can I mean it’s been a dream season for me. I didn’t know if we were going to be good enough honestly. I saw (Kyle) Bronson coming and (Christopher) Jayco was telling me to move up. I saw him (Bronson) getting closer and closer and I thought man I’ve got to move up. I don’t know, but after that I drove my heart out and it worked out.”
Thornton had to patiently wait through several red and caution flag breaks during the race.
“I had big time concerns because you never know. When we got back racing, I tried to get the tires as hot as I could. I figured if mine was going to seal up everyone else’s was too. Hats off to this team they bust their butts.
“It’s pretty cool to have the Lucas Oil season we have had to break’s Scott’s(Bloomquist) season record for wins and to tie Billy (Moyer) for sweeping the weekend, he is the greatest of all-time in our sport. It’s pretty awesome. I think we are going to celebrate and get right back to work for Brownstown (Speedway) next weekend.”
Ricky’s busy week in the Midwest opened on Thursday as he returned to action with the Castrol FloRacing Night in America miniseries. With the tour’s summer break in the rearview Thornton Jr. entered the SSI Motorsports No. 20RT into battle at Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.) on Tuesday for the track's fourth annual One for the Road.
Starting the $23,023-to-win A-Main in 10th via a fourth-place run in his heat race, Thornton advanced forward four spots in the 50-lap affair to register a sixth-place finish.
Action shifted northwest on Thursday for the opening round of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. Thornton qualified fastest in his group but had to start on the third row of his heat based on the invert.
With a sixth-to-third heat showing positioning him eighth on the starting grid for Thursday night’s preliminary feature, Ricky dove underneath Brandon Overton on the final lap and stormed to his 18th LOLMDS win of the season and 29th overall. He earned $7,000 ahead of Daulton Wilson and Overton.
Backing up a heat race win with a flag-to-flag victory in Friday's preliminary feature, Thornton cruised to his second win in as many nights and another $7,000 payday.
Starting on the pole of Saturday night's Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals finale, Ricky repelled an early challenge from Mike Marlar before setting sail on lap 23 and leading the remaining 53 circuits, en route to his 31st win of the 2023 campaign.
He won by more than a four-second margin over Marlar to claim the $50,000 top prize.
On the heels of a three-win weekend, Thornton now holds a 350-point advantage atop the latest LOLMDS point standings.
Full results from the events are available at www.FloSeries.com and www.LucasDirt.com .
Next on tap for SSI Motorsports is a short trip to Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway this weekend for a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) doubleheader. Action opens on Friday with the second annual C.J. Rayburn Memorial, which posts a $10,000 top prize. Then on Saturday, the 44th annual Jackson 100 takes center stage with an event record $30,000 on the line.
For more information on the event, please visit www.BrownstownSpeedway.com .
Ricky Thornton Jr. would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include: SSI Motorsports, Dyno One, Excel Floor Covering, Coltman Farms, Hoker Trucking, Certified Inspection Service (CSI), High Performance Lubricants, Big River Steel, Van Meter Insurance Group, Varsitee Screen Printing, West Side Tractor Sales Co., Sub-Surface of Indiana, Midwest Sheet Metal, D&E Outside Services, Lethal Chassis, Dylan Earven Foundation, EMD Wraps, Brembo, Keyser Manufacturing, Wiles Driveshafts, Barnes Systems, Strange Oval, Schoenfeld Headers, The Joie of Seating, Earnhardt Technologies, FK Rod Ends, BMRS, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Hoosier Tire, Performance Bodies, Jones Racing Products, Simpson Racing Products, NAPA (Morgantown – Bargersville), Swift Springs, Bilstein, Winning Edge Carburetion, Longhorn Chassis, Clements Racing Engines, and MyRacePass 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 .
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Hudson O’Neal and Rocket1 Racing Finish Third in Knoxville Finale
Brownstown Speedway LOLMDS Doubleheader on Deck
SHINNSTON, W.Va. (09/19/23) – Hudson O’Neal piloted the Rocket1 Racing / Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model in a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals race nights over the weekend.
The team gained momentum throughout the weekend, culminating with a third-place finish in Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win finale.
“I felt like I had something a little bit for them (in Saturday’s feature). I just couldn’t quite get a good enough run leaving the corner to get close enough to be able to clear him (Mike Marlar). I could get off there and get to his door, but that was about the extent of it. Man, we’ll take it,” O’Neal shared. We had a trying week all week. We didn’t have the greatest of nights in our prelims, but I felt like we made gains all weekend long which is what I am really proud of.”
Rocket1 Racing and Hudson O’Neal’s week or racing began with the eighth round of the Castrol FloRacing Night in America miniseries on Tuesday at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway for the $23,023 top prize.
With a third-place finish in his heat race placing him on the fourth row for the feature, O’Neal charged forward early and was battling for the lead on the 18th circuit when he bicycled in turns 3 and 4, which resulted in contact with the leader. Both drivers regained control before O’Neal received hard contact in the next corner, which caused him to lose several spots in the running order. He rallied to finish 11th in the 50-lapper.
In a field 40 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries on Thursday at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway for the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals opener, Hudson raced into the prelim with a fifth-place finish in his heat race but got turned around on lap 22 while running sixth, relegating him to 17th in the finishing order.
For another $7,000-to-win preliminary feature on Friday, O’Neal followed up the eighth-fastest qualifying effort in his group with a third-to-first run in his heat race. Muscling forward two spots in the 25-lap A-Main, Hudson recorded a ninth-place finish.
Locked into the 10th-starting position for Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals finale, Hudson gained seven positions in the 75-lap affair to cap off the weekend with a third-place finish.
He pursued Ricky Thornton Jr. and Mike Marlar to the checkers with Jonathan Davenport and Brandon Overton rounding out the Top-5 finishers.
Hudson currently sits second in both the Castrol FloRacing Night in America and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings.
Full results from the events are available at www.FloSeries.com and www.LucasDirt.com .
The team now prepares for a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series doubleheader at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway. On Friday evening the $10,000-to-win second annual C.J. Rayburn Memorial takes center stage, while the 44th annual Jackson 100 is on tap on Saturday evening with a $30,000 top prize up for grabs.
Full facility information is available at www.BrownstownSpeedway.com .
Rocket1 Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Ace Metal Works, Durham Racing Engines, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Gunter’s Honey, Performance Grading, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Petroff Towing, Slavic Custom Racing Shirts & Decals, WR1 Sim Chassis, O’Neal’s Salvage & Recycling, Sweet Manufacturing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Accu-Force Shock Service, ATL Fuel Cells, Aurora Rod Ends, Barnes Dry Sump Oil Systems, Bazell Race Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Brinn Transmissions, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, CP Carrillo, Dohm Cycles, Edelbrock, Fibreworks Composites, Hardrock Powder Coating, Howe Racing Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Kenny’s Components, Maxima Racing Oils, MSD, E3 Spark Plugs, Tel Tac, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Powers Performance, Performance Rod & Custom, Quarter Master, QuickCar Racing Products, Rocket Pre-Owned Motors, Safecraft, Show Trucks Unlimited, Simpson, Stealth Carburetors, Strange Oval, Suave Talk, Total Power Valvoline Pro-V Racing, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing, Wiles Driveshafts, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Xceldyne Valvetrain, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.
For the latest information on Rocket1Racing please visit the team website at www.Rocket1Racing.com as well as their social media channels at www.facebook.com/Rocket1Racing, www.twitter.com/Rocket1_Racing, and www.instagram.com/rocket1racing .
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Ryan Timms Collects $10,000 in Hockett / McMillin Memorial Finale
Gas City I-69 Speedway & Eldora Speedway Up Next
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (09/19/23) – Ryan Timms banked two American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) victories over the weekend during the 13th annual Jesse Hockett / Daniel McMillin Memorial, including the coveted $10,000 finale aboard his CitGard Engine Oil / driveWFX.com No. 5T CITGO / Hampel Oil / Western Flyer Xpress / Mystik Lubricants / Eagle Chassis Sprint Car.
Earlier in the weekend he claimed $3,000 for a preliminary feature win to bring his weekend win total to $13,000.
"I'm really happy I was able to get this win. This is a bucket-list race to win, and I'm glad I was able to get it done this year. I want to thank the Hockett family for everything they do for this event,” stated Timms in Victory Lane on Sunday evening. "It was rubbered up earlier on today and rubbered up for that non-wing feature, so I was really expecting it to all blow off really fast and go straight to the top and just conserve your tires. The track actually stayed together fairly well.”
Returning to the driver’s seat of his CitGard Engine Oil / driveWFX.com No. 5T Sprint Car, Ryan Timms rolled into Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo.) on Thursday as 40 Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) competitors converged at the 3/8-mile oval for the opening round of the 13th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial.
With the field split into five groups, Timms claimed fast time honors in his group before going fourth-to-first in his heat race.
Leading flag-to-flag in the 25-lap opener, Ryan recorded his seventh win of the 2023 season, which was worth $3,000, and claimed stake to a starting spot in Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win finale. He took the checkers 1.217 seconds ahead of Blake Hahn with Jamie Ball, Derek Hagar, and Garet Williamson rounding out the top five.
With Thursday night’s win locking him into the main event, Ryan was able to sit out Friday’s program and prepare for what was ultimately Sunday’s rain-delayed Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial finale.
Starting on the pole, Timms wrestled the lead away from fellow front-row starter Jason Martin on the second circuit and led the remainder of the 30-lapper to secure the $10,000 top prize and his eighth victory of the season.
Martin, Jake Bubak, Tim Estenson, and Hank Davis completed the Top-5 finishers in the 30-lap affair.
Full results from the events are available at www.ASCSRacing.com.
Timms is now set to embark on a busy week, which opens on Thursday at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway with NOS Energy Drink USAC Midget Series action aboard the Keith Kunz / Curb-Agajanian Motorsports / Mobil 1 No. 67 JBL Audio / Toyota Racing Development / IWX Motor Freight / Bullet by Spike / Speedway Toyota entry.
From there the action shifts to the 41st annual 4-Crown Nationals at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Friday and Saturday. Timms will compete with the NOS Energy Drink USAC Midgets each night, while also taking on the World of Outlaws (WoO) NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on Friday and the Tezos All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars on Saturday.
Ryan currently sits fourth in the latest USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings.
Full information on the week’s slate can be found at www.USACracing.com and www.EldoraSpeedway.com.
Ryan Timms Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include CitGard, CITGO, Mystik Lubricants, Hampel Oil, Western Flyer Xpress, driveWFX.com, Xpress Truck Sales, Rider Racing Engines, Griffin Fishing Charters and Lodge, Premier Truck Group, K1 Race Gear, Durst Inc., Factory Kahne by Schure Built, 947-Eyes, Bell Helmets, KR Performance Fuels LLC, Outlaw Wings, Kahne Screen Printing, AFD Graphix, Inefte Sports, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.
For the latest information on Ryan Timms Racing please visit the team website at www.RyanTimmsRacing.com .
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