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Ricky Thornton Jr. Earns First Duel in the Desert Crown
ADEL, Iowa (11/17/20) – Ricky Thornton Jr. became a first-time winner of the IMCA Duel in the Desert Saturday night.
Thornton topped the $10,000-to-win main event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in his Certified Inspection Service No. 20RT Excel Floor Covering/ D&E Outside Services/ Lethal Chassis IMCA Modified.
Ricky Thornton Jr. punched his ticket into Saturday night’s main event by winning a 22-lap qualifying feature on Wednesday night.
Jason Wolla led the opening circuit of the 30-lapper. However, it didn’t take long for Thornton to take command, using the cushion to move around Wolla and into the top spot by the end of lap two.
With a dozen laps in the books, Thornton had already caught up to the rear of the field, but a cushion saved him from having to work lapped traffic. He continued on to a three-second victory over Cody Laney, Ethan Dotson, Collen Winebarger, and Jesse Sobbing.
“We practiced really good and I actually loosened the car a bunch for the first night. We were good and I just kind of left it,” Thornton said from victory lane. “The track was good. D.J. [Shannon] kind of rolled me through the middle in three and four so I knew I could move up a bit for a little while, and I was able to do that and get by Jason [Wolla].”
Thornton’s best Duel in the Desert finish in his four previous starts was third, in 2018.
For complete results from the week, please visit www.IMCA.com.
Next up for Ricky Thornton Jr. is the 7th Annual IMCA Desert Thunder Nationals 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.
To learn more about this event, please visit www.CentralArizonaSpeedway.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.
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Weiss bagged $5,000 in the opening round of Volunteer Motorsports Crate Late Model National Championship at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn.
“What a great way to end the season,” Weiss said. “To pick up $5,000 in just our second-ever Crate Late Model race is awesome. I think we had a car that could have swept the weekend if it hadn’t been for the mechanical issues on Saturday. This has been a great year, I can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for us.”
Friday night saw Ricky Weiss return to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. for the second straight week to kick off the inaugural Crate Late Model National Championship.
Drawing a stout field of 73 American Crate All-Star Series entries for the two-day event, Weiss sat atop of the podium in time trials with a 13.300 second lap.Cruising to a 10-lap heat race victory over Tyler Arrington, Ricky locked into the second-starting position for the A-Main.
Sneaking past polesitter Zach Sise on lap 13, Weiss led the remaining distance of the 50-lapper en route to his third win of the season and a $5,000 payday. Jason Welshan, Trevor Sise, Drew Kennedy, and Aaron Guinn completed Top-5 finishers.
The following night, Ricky topped the speed charts again in time trials before capturing a heat race win. Earning the pole position for the $15,000-to-win Crate Late Model National Championship, Weiss overtook Jensen Ford for the lead on the third lap and set the pace for the next 26 circuits until Jimmy Owens tracked him down for the top spot on lap 30. Sitting in second after the lap-50 fuel stop, Ricky suffered a broken shock two laps later that sidelined him for the remainder of the evening.
Ricky Weiss has already begun preparations for the 2021 season where he plans to chase the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship once again.
The 2021 tour features 55 events at 33 different venues across 16 states – beginning with the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. On January 14-16.
To learn more about the 2021 World of Outlaws Late Model Series season, please visit www.WoOLMS.com .
Ricky Weiss Racing is seeking two crew members for the 2021 season. Interested parties should contact Crew Chief, Shawn Gage at (423) 747-9274
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Skinner Satisfied With Results in 30th Season of Racing
Inside Line Promotions - MARION, Ark. (Nov. 17, 2020) - Marshall Skinner is pleased with his 2020 racing season despite it being shortened due to the pandemic and being without his primary racing engine for most of the year.
"It was okay, considering it was short due to a late start because of the virus," he said in reference to his 30th season of sprint car competition. "Then I hurt my motor the second night out and had to borrow motors for several months after that since it took so long to get parts due to the virus. I'm grateful for those who helped me while I was waiting for parts for my motor so that I could still have some fun.
"I started racing when I was 16-years-old. I still enjoy it. I'm thankful to have won a lot of races and championships and now I primarily do it for fun. I've cut back on my own racing a bit the last couple of years since my boys are racing go-karts now. I really enjoy that and I'm looking forward to the day when hopefully I can race with them in sprint cars."
Skinner's relatively brief season of about 20 races was highlighted by a strong showing at his biggest race of the year - the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., last month.
"I was pretty happy with my run at the Short Track Nationals," he said. "I was able to win my heat races and qualify for the A Main both nights while racing against about 80 other drivers. The only bad thing was I got taken out at the start of the feature on Friday, but we worked hard to rebuild the car and it was just as fast the following night."
Skinner capped his racing season at Riverside International Speedway's season-ending doubleheader on Nov. 6-7. He rallied from a crash in his opening night heat race for a pair of top-10 A Main finishes during the Flip Flop 50.
"We didn't get off to a very good start on Friday," he said. "We were three-wide going into the first turn of the heat race when the car on the outside of me came down and we made contact, sending me backwards up the track when another car took out the front end of my car. We made repairs but had to start last (12th) in our B Main the following night since I didn't have any points due to not finishing my heat race.
"I was pretty determined in the B Main and I was able to go from 12 th to second in 12 laps to get a transfer to the A Main. Then I finished 10th in the A Main after starting 18th. I started fifth in the second A Main, but I messed around and got the car too tight and that's where I finished."
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BUILDING BLOCKS: Logan Schuchart Building Upon Experiences For Growth
CONCORD, NC — Nov. 17, 2020 — After crashing out of the race at Beaver Dam Raceway in June while running second, Logan Schuchart knew if he lost the championship by five points his grandfather would say, “I told you so.”
He lost it by 46 points, but the message delivered by that mistake has stuck with him ever since.
“There’s a few racetracks where we hurt because of my inexperience of being in these situations where I was racing for wins when I should have been more conservative and settled for a second or third-place finish,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We would have definitely been closer.”
While a runner-up finish, or even a win, at Beaver Dam wouldn’t have made Schuchart the champion this year, it would’ve kept he and his Shark Racing team in contention for the title until the final lap, instead of allowing reigning champion Brad Sweet to lock up the championship during the penultimate race of the season.
Now, no longer a rookie at running for a championship, Schuchart is taking the lessons he learned this year to heart for another run at his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship in 2021. But along with implementing a more conservative nature at times, he admitted he and the team still need to work on their consistency.
Hitting the wall at Beaver Dam was Schuchart’s only DNF of the year, but he had two finishes outside the top-15 in the last 10 races, which hurt just as bad. Those two finishes combined cost Schuchart 40 points to Sweet.
“There’s been a few races where we had some issues and didn’t quite figure it out and finished mid-pack,” Schuchart said. “There’s some races and some racetracks that we still need to learn a little bit about; go watch some tape; look back at the notes and figure out what went wrong and fix it.”
Despite losing the championship, Schuchart and the Shark Racing team didn’t hang their heads at the end of the 2020 season. They were held high in celebration of their victory during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – his seventh win of the year.
Knowing the championship was out of reach, Schuchart was determined to end his season on a high note. Parking his Drydene #1S car in Victory Lane accomplished that and provided he and the team with the confidence that they can enter the 2021 season as championship contenders again.
“We just wanted to come down here and run strong,” Schuchart said about the season finale in Charlotte. “Six wins on the season is awesome, but coming into this racetrack (at Charlotte), knowing we’ve run good and have won in the past, I just wanted to finish this season strong and show everybody that this Shark Racing team is here to stay. We’re going to come out swinging next year.
“We finished a little bit shorter than where we wanted to be, but we started with the goal of a top three (in points). To win a race and finish top two in points is awesome.”
The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Schuchart demonstrated the growth of his team at the half-mile track this year. Before the 2020 season, he had never led a lap or finished inside the top-five at Volusia. At the end of the three-day event, he had one win, three top-five finishes and led 50 laps.
That was a trend throughout the season for Schuchart. He earned career best finishes at several tracks, giving the team hope they can continue that next year at tracks they still struggled at this season.
“I think we’re just going really good as a team,” Schuchart said. “I feel confident driving. Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, working on these cars, they’re really doing a good job with these cars and are confident in what they’re doing. They’re looking over them and making sure they’re not falling apart. Everyone is doing their job.
“We had limited DNFs this year, which is very important in this Series. And my grandfather (and car owner Bobby Allen), at the top, just doing what he needed to do to make sure we were all doing our jobs and to look over us. I feel like our team is working really well together. We’ve been out here [since 2014], using our experience to our advantage. I look forward to 2021.”
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Friday night found Billy Moyer Jr. in action at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss. for the opening round of the Magnolia State Cotton Pickin’ 100. Drawing 34 cars, Moyer Jr. followed up the third fastest time in his qualifying group with a 10-lap heat race victory.
Starting on the pole for the opening night feature, Billy shot out to an early race lead until a pair of cautions slowed his momentum. Trying to keep a charging Tim McCreadie at bay as he battled through lapped-traffic, Moyer Jr. surrendered the top spot near the halfway point. Holding off Mike Marlar late, Billy Moyer Jr. notched a runner-up finish behind McCreadie with Marlar, Chris Madden, and Spencer Hughes rounding out the Top-5.
“I didn’t have nothing for him,” said Moyer. “The start, I seen the strip down there. I could get the jump. I figured I’d get the jump as long as I didn’t buzz the tire because the front straightaway had a lot of grip down low. I was just trying to be wide without trying to wreck him to. That guy doesn’t get enough credit for all the races he’s won and the different types of sports. (Kyle) Larson’s a heck of a driver, but that guy right there doesn’t get near enough credit for the versatility he is.”
“He doesn’t run nobody over, so I didn’t want to put him in a yuke tire or nothing like that, so I was just trying to be wide. Then once he got by me, I don’t even know where he went. I couldn’t see him and I knew Marlar was probably on me. He’s a friend of mine too and I knew he wasn’t gonna rough you up. I just tried to not miss that bottom and go from there.”
The following night, Billy came in eighth fastest in his qualifying group before placing third in his heat race. Starting the $15,000-to-win A-Main in 12th, Moyer Jr. advanced through the field nine spots in the 70-lapper to register a third-place finish behind Chris Madden and Tim McCreadie. Chris Ferguson and Tyler Erb completed the Top-5 finishers.
“If I could’ve started up front, I might have had a shot to at least try (to race with Madden),” said Moyer. “I’m dang sure not gonna say I had something for ‘em. If I could have started in the first three rows, maybe won a heat, I might have could’ve got up there and at least diced a little, but I don’t think I’m on them guys’ level. At the end we weren’t bad.”
Next up for Moyer Jr. is a trip to Senoia (Ga.) Raceway on Saturday, November 21 for the annual running of “Billy Clanton Classic.” A $10,000 top prize will be up for grabs in the Shaeffer’s Fall Nationals finale.
To learn more about these upcoming events, please visit www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.