Ricky Thornton Jr. Victorious in 41st annual Dirt Track World Championship
Grant Junghans Memorial Up Next at Lakeside Speedway

ADEL, Iowa (10/18/21) – Ricky Thornton Jr. claimed his first-career Super Late Model crown jewel win on Saturday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Surging late in the race Ricky scored the $100,000 win in the 41st annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship aboard his No. 20RT Dyno One Inc./ Excel Floor Covering/ Sub-Surface of Indiana/ Longhorn Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

"It's wild. I mean, I can't even explain it," Thornton Jr. said in Victory Lane. "We were lucky enough to run second last year and to be able to (win) it this year, we're the only ones that kind of gambled on tires. So, this is awesome. I've gotta thank (car owners) Todd and Vicki (Burns) and just everyone that helps."

Ricky had to overcome a late-race battle for the lead with red-hot Brandon Overton as well as a trio late-race cautions to get to the win and ultimately the win.

"I was kind of worried, I really didn't want those yellows, but then I could get a really good run off of (turn) four on the start, and he'd kind of leave a half a lane getting into (turn) one," said Thornton, who notched his third career Lucas Oil victory and second of the season. "Finally, that restart (lap 82) I stayed with him down the front straightaway and I'm like, 'It's now or never.' It's a $100,000. I'd wreck my mom to win."

Closing out the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) 2021 slate, Ricky Thornton Jr. invaded Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) on Friday afternoon for the 41st annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship. After Mother Nature shifted Friday’s program to Saturday afternoon, Ricky topped the star-studded 60-car field in time trials before picking up a heat race win.

Earning the pole position for Saturday night’s A-Main, Thornton Jr. slipped back to fourth in the opening laps but began tracking down race-leader Brandon Overton by the halfway point of the 100-lapper.

After the pair exchanged the lead, Ricky slid ahead of Overton for good on lap 83 and went on to pick up his richest career payday, ahead of Overton, Jonathan Davenport, Mike Marlar, and Tim McCreadie.

His sixth win of the 2021 season was worth $100,000 as Thornton Jr. claimed his first-career crown jewel triumph.

He also clinched the 2021 LOLMDS Rookie of the Year award.

For more results from this event as well as the complete final series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

Ricky’s next event is tentatively scheduled to be the Grant Junghans Memorial at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.) on Friday, October 29. The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) sanctioned event posts a $12,002 winner’s check. In 2020 Thornton Jr. scored the coveted win.

For more information on the weekend’s events, please visit www.USMTS.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, EMD Wraps, 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, 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.

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Cade Dillard Sweeps Spooky 50 Weekend at Super Bee Speedway
Whynot Motorsports Park Fall Classic Up Next

ROBELINE, La. (10/18/21) – For the second-straight year Cade Dillard stormed to the Spooky 50 victory at Super Bee Speedway in his S&S Fishing & Rental Inc. No. 97 MB Customs/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

After claiming a $2,000 win in the preliminary program on Friday night, Dillard raced to the $8,000 triumph on Saturday night as his season total grew to six.

“We don’t get to race in Louisiana very often, but we’ve had the opportunity a couple of times in the past month. To race close to home is a treat, but to win two races in one weekend is for sure a bonus,” Dillard said. “We’ve got a really good team here, and we’ve battled through a lot of adversity this year. We’re looking forward to ending this season on a high note and hitting the ground running in 2022.

“We’ve got some truly great supporters, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”

Cade Dillard returned to Super Bee Speedway (Chatham, La.) on Friday afternoon to begin the defense of his 2020 title in the 28th annual Spooky 50. Outrunning Billy Moyer Jr. in the 25-lap preliminary feature, Cade soared to his fifth win of the season, which came ahead of Moyer Jr., Bubba Mullins, Kyle Beard, and Clay Fisher. He earned $2,000 for the triumph.

For the finale on Saturday, Dillard finished 2.345 seconds ahead of Billy Moyer Jr. in the 50-lap finale to capture his second win in as many nights. His sixth win of the 2021 campaign was worth $8,000.

For more information on the race, please visit www.SuperBeeSpeedway.com .

Cade Dillard now turns his attention to the 27th annual Coors Light Fall Classic at Whynot (Miss.) Motorsports Park. Preliminary action is set for Friday night with Saturday night’s finale being headlined by a $15,000-to-win finale.

Dillard was second in the 2020 edition of the event.

For more event information, please visit www.WhynotMotorsportsPark.com .

Cade Dillard Racing would like to thank their marketing partners, which include S&S Fishing & Rental, Production Jars, Joel’s Auto Sales, Nichols Stores, KRD Pumping Services, MB Customs Racecars, Champion Oil, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Strength Roofing and Siding, Razor Edge Graphics, Bryan Cook Trucks, Kuda Kutrite, Hypercoil Springs, Fast Shafts, Day Motorsports, Wilwood Brakes, Wehrs Machine, Larry’s Performance Carburetors, Abilene Race Radiators, Jody’s Oilfield Service, Awalt Hot Oil Service and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Cade Dillard, please visit www.CadeDillard.com.

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Cory Hedgecock Sweeps American All-Stars Action at Smoky Mountain
Castrol FloRacing Night in America at Volunteer Speedway on Deck Next

LOUDON, Tenn. (10/18/21) – Cory Hedgecock swept Saturday night’s American All-Star Series action at Smoky Mountain Speedway in his E-Z-GO No. 23 Green’s Recycling / I-75 Raceway / Black Diamond Race Car / Eagle Racing Engine Late Model.

The victory came on the heels of a fifth-place finish on Tuesday night in Castrol FloRacing Late Model Night in America action at 411 Motor Speedway.

“Fast time in qualifying, dash win, and lead every lap of the feature for the ‘dub.’ Our car was truly untouchable on Saturday night,” Hedgecock said. “We had a pretty good run on Tuesday night at 411 Motor Speedway too. This week we’re going to enter another Castrol event on Wednesday night at Volunteer (Speedway), and then we are weighing out if we will run I-75 Raceway on Saturday or go to Florida for the big race at All-Tech Raceway.

Cory Hedgecock made a mid-week trip to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) on Tuesday to compete in the sixth round of the rain-plagued Castrol FloRacing Night in America mini-series.

With 26 Late Models entered, Hedgecock clocked in seventh-fastest overall before placing second in his heat race. Earning the fourth-starting position for the $20,000-to-win A-Main, Cory raced to as high as the third position in the 50-lap affair before ultimately registering a fifth-place finish. He trailed Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Nick Hoffman, and Brandon Overton across the line.

Behind the wheel of his Green’s Recycling No. 23 Late Model, Cory Hedgecock invaded Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) on Saturday evening to do battle with the American All-Star Series.

After topping the 22-car field in time trials, Hedgecock outran Cameron Weaver in his dash to lock into the pole position for the A-Main. Turning back Mack McCarter’s challenge after a late-race caution, Cory stormed to his 11th win of the season, which came ahead of McCarter, Dillon Brown, Logan Roberson, and Zach Sise. He pocketed $5,000.

For more results from last week’s events, please visit www.FloRacing.com and www.CrateRacing.com .

This Wednesday Cory will pursue a $10,000 winner’s check with the Castrol FloRacing Late Model Night in America at Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, Tennessee). From there the team will decide whether they will head south to the $26,000-to-win Powell Family Memorial at All-Tech Raceway (Lake City, Fla.) on Friday and Saturday or if he will enter the Tennessee Fall Nationals at I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tenn.) with the Valvoline Iron-Man Series Southern Region on Saturday night. Once finalized the schedule will be posted at www.CoryHedgecock23.com .

Cory Hedgecock would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include E-Z-GO, Eagle Racing Engines, Budget Transmissions, Pace Performance, Black Diamond Race Cars, K&P Used Cars, Öhlins Shocks, Timeless Memories Photography, VooDoo Technologies, Cobb’s Auto Parts, Brucebilt Performance, Vineyard Enterprise, Greens Recycling, Winters Performance, Quickcar Racing Products, MarTel Sign Company, MSR Mafia Marketing Services, Hoosier Racing Tire, and VP Fuels.

Hedgecock would all like to say a special thanks to his wife Katie and daughter Lily, Dad, Mom, Grandad Mike, and everyone that helps his team.

Visit the team’s official website at www.CoryHedgecock23.com as well as social media outlets at https://www.facebook.com/coryhedgecock23/ and https://twitter.com/Hedgecock23 often for the latest team updates.

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Brian Shirley Wins Tri-City Speedway Lucas Oil MLRA Thriller
World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Next

CHILTON, Wis. (10/18/21) – Brian Shirley picked up a thrilling $7,000 win on Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway in the Steve Lampley Motorsports No. 33 Midwest Excavating / XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model. The Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) triumph marked Shirley’s 10th victory of the season.

His win came by a mere 0.123 seconds over a hard charging Frank Heckenast Jr.

“Once I got my rhythm going I felt like we were pretty good. And then I seen on that last restart and was like man--there was four to go and I seen that Gordy (Gundaker) was on the bottom,” Shirley shared in Victory Lane. “I kind of got a little timid and tried to hit my marks too much, and then I seen Frankie (Heckenast Jr.) must have gotten around him (Gundaker) and then I was a little nervous. I just knew on that final lap that we had to go in there and try and hit our marks the best.”

"I’ve got to thank Bob and Lisa Cullen for letting me come race when we have been trying to get ready for 2022. At the end of the day, it’s good to stay in the car and keep your feet wet. I greatly appreciate Steve Lampley for providing me with this car to drive. We should have our No. 3s ready to race in time for the World Finals at Charlotte.

After Mother Nature nixed Friday’s opener, Brian Shirley visited Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Ill.) on Saturday afternoon for the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) season finale.

In a field of 25 entries, Brian qualified fourth fastest in his group before outdueling Frank Heckenast Jr. in his heat race to pick up the win. Fending off Heckenast’s late-race charge after a caution with four laps remaining, Shirley captured his 10th win of the season and a $7,000 payday. He finished ahead of Heckenast Jr., Gordy Gundaker, Garrett Alberson, and Tony Jackson Jr. to record his third career MLRA triumph.

For complete results, please visit www.MLRARacing.com.

Shirley will now be focused on getting his new No. 3s Super Late Model ready for action at the upcoming NGK NTK World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, N.C.) on November 4-6. The World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series weekend includes a pair of $12,000-to-win programs.

Brian Shirley and Bob Cullen Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners which include: Hoker Trucking, Thomason Express, J&J Ventures Gaming, Kid’s Castle Learning Center, KBC Graphix, Cheap Cars, Bass Livestock Nutrition, Allgaier Motorsports, Integra Shocks, East Central Coin, Cheers, Cen-Pe-Co Racing Oil, Durham Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Jayco Construction, Larry’s Distributing, Hope For A Cure, Midwest Sheet Metal, Ted Brown’s Quality Paint & Body Shop, Peterson Fluid Systems, Hooker Harness, Willy’s Carburetor, Fast Shafts, Keyser Manufacturing, Dyers Top Rods, Wehrs Machine, Sweet Manufacturing, Swift Springs, Allstar Performance, The Joie of Seating, Simpson, Hoosier Racing Tire, Quarter Master, Wilwood Disc Brakes, KKM, Speedwerx, Daugherty Motorsports, Multi Fire, Strange Oval, FK Rod Ends, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For the latest team news and updates on Bob Cullen Racing, please visit www.BobCullenRacing.com .

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Tony Jackson Jr. Clinches 2021 Lucas Oil MLRA Championship
Whynot’s Fall Classic Up Next

LEBANON, Mo. (10/18/21) Tony Jackson Jr. claimed the 2021 Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) Championship over the weekend. The Lucas Oil MLRA title marked the second of his career for the pilot of the Lebanon Ready Mix No. 56 Willard Quarries / Sunoco Race Fuels / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“It’s pretty cool to claim another Lucas Oil MLRA title. I just want to thank Casey and Tony and Luke. They are who gets this thing ready during the week and my wife and little girl—that’s just as important as anything else letting you be out there and do it," Jackson Jr. said. “We’re going to race Barry Wright’s House Car this weekend at Whynot (Motorsports Park), so I’m looking forward to that and am grateful for the opportunity.”

On Saturday afternoon, Tony Jackson Jr. traveled to Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Ill.) to compete in the rain-shortened Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) doubleheader.

Drawing 25 cars for the MLRA Championship finale, Tony clocked in seventh fastest overall before placing third in his heat race. Starting the $7,000-to-win A-Main in seventh, Jackson Jr. improved two spots in the 40-lap affair to register a fifth-place finish. He trailed Brian Shirley, Frank Heckenast Jr., Gordy Gundaker, and Garrett Alberson to the checkers.

His fifth-place finish on Saturday secured his second-career Lucas Oil MLRA points title.

Full results from this event are available at www.MLRARacing.com.

This weekend, Tony will pilot the Barry Wright Race Cars House Car at Whynot (Miss.) Motorsports Park in the 27th annual Coors Light Fall Classic. The weekend culminates with a $15,000-to-win finale.

For more event info, please visit www.WhynotMotorsportsPark.com .

Tony Jackson Jr. would to like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Willard Quarries, Lebanon Ready Mix, Merrill Bonding Company, Midwest Sheet Metal, Allstar Performance, Hooker Harness, Sunoco Race Fuels, Swift Springs, Modern Image, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Winning Edge Carburetion, Performance Bodies, StopTech, Penske, SRI Performance, Randy Keene, Club 29, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, GoSunoco and Champion Lubricants Oils, Simpson Race Products, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Tony Jackson Jr. Motorsports, please visit his official internet home at www.TonyJacksonJr.com as well as the team's Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tony-J...r/497367940564 .

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Tyler Stevens Fourth in $10,000 Battle of Boothill Finale
Crate Racin’ USA E-Z-GO Challenge at Magnolia Motor Speedway Next

Searcy, Arkansas (10/18/21) – With a fresh bullet under the hood of his W&W Timber No. 2 Stallion Transportation Group / XR1 Rocket Chassis Crate Late Model, Tyler Stevens traveled south to Boothill Speedway over the weekend for the $10,000-to-win Battle of Boothill Crate Racin’ USA event.

He came with a fourth-place finish in the 50-lap finale.

“It was a solid night for us in the $10,000 finale. We finished fourth and had the fastest lap of the race. Track was one lane around the bottom, but we came away with a Top-5 finish and nothing torn up. We’re looking ahead to the $10,000-to-win Crate Racin’ USA event at Magnolia (Motor Speedway) in a few weeks,” Stevens said. “Big shootout to Joshua Ivey for working his tail off over the weekend, so massive thanks to him.

“Also, a big thank you to my amazing wife Lindsey and all of our great sponsors. We have a hot rod, we just have to put all the pieces together.”

Tyler Stevens entered the opening round of the seventh annual Battle of Boothill on Friday night. Prelim action for the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA event was contested, and with 27 entries on hand, Tyler qualified third fastest in his group.

Starting third on his heat race grid he advance to a runner-up finish to lock into the sixth-starting position for Saturday’s $10,000-to-win finale.

In the 50-lap feature on Saturday evening Tyler enjoyed a solid outing with a fourth-place finish behind Mark Whitener, Jason Welshan, and B.J. Robinson.

Full results from the event can be found at www.BoothillDirt.com .

Next on tap for the team is a November 4-6 trip to Johnny Stokes’ Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Mississippi) for the $10,000-to-win E-Z-GO Challenge Crate Racin’ USA event.

For more information, please visit www.MagnoliaDirt.com .

TLP Motorsports would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Stallion Transportation Group, W&W Timber, MoBag'$ Suspension Technology, Razor Edge Graphics, Dave Leech Construction, Swift Springs, Integra Shocks, TruForm Race Products, Performance Friction Brakes, KR Performance Fuels LLC, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Joe’s Racing Products, Shell Shock, The Joie of Seating, KR Performance Fuels LLC, Velocita USA, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For the latest information on TLP Motorsports and Tyler Stevens, please visit www.TylerStevensRacing.com .

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