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Ricky Thornton Jr. Runner-Up in Dirt Track World Championship
ADEL, Iowa (10/20/20) – Fresh off his first-career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph, Ricky Thornton Jr. drove to a runner-up finish in Dirt Late Model racing’s highest-paying event of the season.
Thornton returned to the seat of the SSI Motorsports No. 20RT Dyno One Inc./ Excel Floor Covering/ Sub-Surface of Indiana/ Longhorn Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model for the 40th Annual Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park.
In a field of 63 Super Late Models, Thornton qualified second in his group on Friday to earn the third starting position for his heat race following the invert. Grabbing the 15-lap heat race victory, Thornton locked into the fourth starting position for Saturday’s $100,000-to-win finale.
Ricky fell to fifth at the start of the 100-lapper before working his way up to a podium spot on lap 16. On lap 75, Thornton moved into second place and held the position to the finish.
"He [Sheppard] had a really good car," said Thornton. "I was going to try to Hail Mary the top if I ever got close enough again, but on the restarts he'd just really take off, and it took me five or six laps to get going. We went a little hard on tire, so I knew restarts we weren't going to be as good as these guys."
Standing on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series podium for the sixth time this season, Thornton finish second behind Brandon Sheppard. Tim McCreadie, Chris Madden, and Tyler Erb rounded out the Top-5 finishers.
For complete results from the weekend, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.
This Friday, October 23, Ricky Thornton Jr. will return to Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway to finish the inaugural Hoosier Dirt Shootout. With preliminary events complete, Thornton is slated to start on the pole of the $25,000-to-win finale.
Visit www.WoOLMS.com to learn more about the Hoosier Dirt Shootout.
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.
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2020 Season’s Mixed Bag Continues for Blount Motorsports
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 20) Mimicking the rest of the season the SAS King of the Mountain, two-days of racing at Smoky Mountain Speedway had it ups and downs for Blount Motorsports drivers Donald McIntosh and Tommy Kerr.
On Friday night McIntosh was fast qualifier, started on the outside front row and finished a disappointing sixth. Kerr would start ninth and finish fifth. So all in all it was not a bad night.
“The bottom is where I like to run at Smoky Mountain and on Friday night the bottom was quick,” grinned Kerr. “We had a good night, had some fun and came home with a top five.”
“We missed the setup on the car a little bit. The night wasn’t a total disaster, but it could of and should of been a whole lot better,” said McIntosh.
Saturday night McIntosh, although he didn’t qualify as well, felt like he had a better car. Then electrical problems sidelined him at the beginning of the race and he finished 23rd. Kerr was plagued with a carb stumble that put a damper on any hope of moving up in the field. After starting 12th on the grid, he finished 16th.
“It has been one of those years when it seems like the car is either on or off with nothing much in between. We will see if we can’t find some consistency these last few races of the season,” concluded David Bryant.
The next race on the schedule is the Fall Nationals Tarheel 50 at Tri-County Race Track. The team might add the CLASH race at Lavonia Speedway before heading to Senoia for another Fall Nationals event on Saturday night.
BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM, Brakes from Wilwood and springs from Hyperco. Tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.
For more information on Blount Motorsports or how you can become part of “The Team” go to blountmotorsports.com/
Contact: Shawn Miller
Sides Returning to Kokomo Speedway Saturday for First Time Since 2015
Inside Line Promotions - ELDON, Mo. (Oct. 20, 2020) - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is down to two weekends of racing remaining this season and Jason Sides is aiming to finish on a high note.
The penultimate event is this Saturday at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind., where Sides most recently competed in June 2015. His best result during a handful of starts at Kokomo Speedway with the World of Outlaws was a 13 th-place showing in 2013.
"It's like a non-wing track," he said. "It's more like Haubstadt, kind of small. A lot of times when we've been there it's been up on the fence. I was just talking to some people the other day and heard they changed the dirt on it and it's around the bottom now, which would be good."
Sides raced in a pair of Outlaws events last weekend beginning on Friday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. He qualified 19th quickest, ended sixth in a heat race, won the Last Chance Showdown and advanced from 21st to 17th in the A Main.
"We didn't get qualified where we needed to be," he said. "We changed a few things and ran the LCS. We were really good by ourselves out front. In the feature behind those cars we were really, really tight. On the start we couldn't get it turned and lost a few spots. From that point on we realized we had to stay out of dirty air. I just did my own thing to stay out from behind other people."
The weekend concluded on Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway, which hosted the Jason Johnson Classic. Sides timed in 16th quickest. A fifth-place result in a heat race locked him into the main event.
"The track was a little choppy and had a curb in turns three and four," he said. "In the feature we didn't tighten up enough and it was dead slick. They had reworked it right before and the racing lane went right to the top. Once you get lapped you don't want to mess up anyone's race so I rode on the bottom staying out of the way."
Sides finished 19th.
QUICK RESULTS -
Oct. 16 - Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. - Qualifying: 19; Heat race: 6 (5); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 17 (21).
Oct. 17 - Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. - Qualifying: 16; Heat race: 5 (4); Feature: 19 (20).
SIDES MOTORSPORTS SEASON STATS -
73 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 8 top 10s, 30 top 15s, 50 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Jim Schuhknecht
"Jim started helping out a few years ago," Sides said. "He's a really good guy who is a big fan of the sport. Jim has helped me when I've needed it the most and we really appreciate his support."
Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., East Coast Logistics, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, VRP Shocks, Dancer Logistics, Inc., R.E. Enterprises, TORA TORA, FSR Radiators, Mid-States Equipment, Brad, Driven Racing Oil, Ingles Racing Engines, Wings Unlimited and All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads for their continued support.
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