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November 2, 2020

Thornton Cruises to Grant Junghans Memorial Win
IMCA Desert Thunder Nationals Up Next

ADEL, Iowa (11/02/20) – Ricky Thornton Jr. smoked the competition Friday night at Lakeside Speedway, literally.

The driver of the Certified Inspection Service No. 20RT Excel Floor Covering/ D&E Outside Services/ Lethal Chassis Modified nursed a failing engine in the final circuits to claim the 5th Annual Grant Junghans Memorial.

“The motor started to let go the second half of the race, but I wasn’t going to pull off while I was leading,” Thornton said. “Thanks to everyone that came out and helped tonight. Also, thanks to the Junghans family and everyone involved for putting on such a great event. Grant touched so many lives and this event is a true testament to his character.”

A field of 118 United States Racing Association (USRA) Modifieds converged at Lake Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday night. Ricky Thornton Jr. grabbed a heat race victory to lock into the pole position for the $10,102-to-win main event.

Thornton set the pace from the start of the 42-lap main event, engaging in a spirited battle with Jordan Grabouski during the opening laps. Grabouski was able to slide in front to lead lap 6 but relinquished the lead back to Thornton on the seventh lap.

The final 32 circuits went caution free, allowing Thornton to pull away to a commanding lead. However, Thornton’s machine began to slow drastically as he past the flagstand with two laps remaining.

By the time Thornton came back around for the white flag, second-running Tyler Wolff had closed rapidly and only had a lapped car between himself and the leader. However, Wolff would have difficulty navigating lapped traffic, allowing Thornton to hold on for the win. Thornton took the checkers and the $10,102 top prize as he ride exploded in a cloud of smoke.

Wolff finished second with Lance Mari, Terry Phillips, and Lucas Schott rounding out the Top-5 competitors.

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Thornton will take a few weeks off to re-group before heading west to compete in his final event of the season. The 7th Annual IMCA Desert Thunder Nationals is set for November 20-22 at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande. The three-day program for IMCA Modified includes a $1,000 top prize on Friday and Saturday before wrapping up with a $3,000-to-win finale on Sunday.

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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.

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November 2, 2020

Tyler Erb Scores $10,000 Jambalaya 100 Victory
Magnolia State Cotton Pickin’ 100 Up Next

ST. MARYS, Ohio (11/02/20) – Tyler Erb returned to his winning ways, scoring a dominating victory in Saturday night’s Jambalaya 100 at Pike County Speedway.

Erb went unchallenged after taking the lead in his Industrial Resourcing Group No. 1 Best Performance Motorsports/ Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model and drove away to a 5.031 second margin of victory.

“We’ve been running really good and just needed to get a win,” said Erb, who notched his sixth overall victory of the season. “I’m happy to get a win. I’ve been so close and last week we lost a lot of money because of a part failure. We’re getting a little bit of it back.

“This is pretty cool. I think I came here when I was like 10 years old and watched a guy that raced for my dad drive he re. It’s a super fun track. It’s different. One end is different from the other.”

Friday night found Tyler Erb in action at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, Miss. to kick off the two-day Jambalaya 100. Erb secured his spot into the $3,000-to-win opening night feature with a 10-lap heat race victory.

Starting in third, Tyler blasted past polesitter Dane Dacus on the opening lap but a caution negated the move. Making a late-race charge to challenge leader Jason Feger, Erb came up short to finish second behind Feger with Spencer Hughes rounding out the podium.

For the finale on Saturday, Tyler started the night off with a heat race win, which positioned him third on the starting grid for the main event. Navigating around Jason Feger on lap 31, Erb cruised to his sixth win of the season over Feger, Spencer Hughes, Michael Arnold, and Luke Bennett.

Finishing more than five seconds ahead of the Feger when he crossed the finish line at the conclusion of the 70-lapper, Tyler Erb earned $10,000.

“I got to follow Jason for 100 laps this weekend. That made it a little bit easier,” Erb said. “I kind of saw what he was doing and tried to figure out where I could pass him. I knew it was probably gonna rubber. I could feel it. I didn’t want to show him my nose so when I got around the outside, so I just kept ducking down low and made it work. Congrats to him and Spencer. We all ran top three two nights in a row, so that’s pretty cool.”

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The team plans to take the upcoming weekend off before heading south once again. On November 12-14 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., Erb will enter the annual Magnolia State Cotton Pickin’ 100. After seeing an Open Practice session on Thursday, a $4,000-to-win program will be held on Friday, while Saturday will see a $12,000 top prize on the line.

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Best Performance Motorsports and Tyler Erb would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include: Industrial Resourcing Group, First Class Septic, Roberts Bee Company, New Point Lighting & Design, Inc., Franklin Enterprises, Boxo USA, Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Hoosier Tire, Valvoline, Industrial Hydro Excavating, Go Lithium, Allstar Performance, K-B Carbs,, Precision Racing Components, Beyea Headers, Day Motorsports, Doyle Edwards Trucking, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wiles Drive Shafts, Simpson Race Products, Weld Racing, Performance Rod & Custom, Powers Performance, Heath Lawson Photography, Swift Springs, Walker Performance Filtration, Outerwears, Strange Engineering, Rocket Chassis, R&R Design, KBC Graphics and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

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