Ricky Thornton Jr. Dominates for $53,053 Peach State Classic Win
Finishes Second in Castrol FloRacing Night in America Standings
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (11/14/22) – Ricky Thornton Jr. decimated the Castrol FloRacing Night in America field on Saturday night to claim the $53,053 Peach State Classic victory aboard his SSI Motorsports No. 20RT Dyno One Inc./ Excel Floor Covering/ Sub-Surface of Indiana/ Longhorn Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.
Against a talent-laden field he crossed the finish line more than 10 seconds in front of his nearest pursuer in the 75-lap affair to bag his sixth win of the year.
"My crew guy was jumping up and down, telling me to slow down, so I knew (my lead) was pretty good," Thornton said. "I got to Ricky Weiss and I kinda got stuck and I just didn't know what I needed to do, finally once I got by him, then I felt like I picked my pace back up. We tried (a suspension setup) that (Anthony) Burroughs (crew chief) wanted to do, and it was really good for us. With the finish we also locked up second in the series point standings, so that’s another nice bonus here late in the year.
“A big thank you goes out to SSI Motorsports and all of our great sponsors for making all of this possible. I’m going to head out West to race the Modified the next few weeks before we come back to the Dome (Gateway Dirt Nationals) in December.”
Ricky Thornton Jr. returned to the driver’s seat of the SSI Motorsports No. 20RT Late Model on Friday afternoon as the Castrol FloRacing Night in America miniseries wrapped up the 2022 campaign at Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.) with the Peach State Classic.
With 52 Late Models entered for the doubleheader weekend, Ricky followed up the 17th-fastest qualifying effort in his group with a sixth-to-third run in his heat race.
Earning the 15th-starting position for Friday’s $20,000-to-win preliminary feature, Thornton advanced forward six spots in the 50-lapper to register a ninth-place finish.
On Saturday, Thornton stopped the clock third-fastest in his group before placing first in his heat race.
Earning the pole for the Peach State Classic finale, Ricky blasted into the lead at the drop of the green flag and never looked back, soaring to a flag-to-flag victory in the 75-lap affair.
Winning by more than a 10-second margin, Thornton earned a $53,053 payday ahead of Hudson O’Neal, Devin Moran, Ashton Winger, and Chris Madden.
On the heels of a successful weekend, Ricky Thornton Jr. finished second in the Castrol FloRacing Night in America point standings, which comes with a $15,000 prize.
Full results from the weekend are available at www.FloSeries.com .
This Friday through Sunday “RTJ” will travel west to Central Arizona Raceway (Casa Grande, Ariz.) for a triple header. The Showdown event features three days of IMCA Modified racing with a $1,000 winner’s check on the line on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s finale posts a $3,000 top prize.
Ricky Thornton Jr. would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include: SSI Motorsports, Dyno One, Excel Floor Covering, 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, Penske Racing Shocks, 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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Shane Clanton Snares $20,000 Vegas XR Super Series Payday
All-Tech Raceway Doubleheader Next on the Docket
ZEBULON, Ga. (11/14/22) – Shane Clanton added another five-figure payday to his 2022 resume on Thursday night. The Georgia racer inherited the lead late in the 40-lapper at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and went on to notch the $20,000 victory in his Skyline Motorsports No. 25 Bennett Explosives/ Super K Express/ Capital Race Cars / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.
Clanton, who led the first seven circuits, inherited the lead with three laps remaining, when leader, Bobby Pierce suffered a flat tire.
“The top was dominant there. (Bobby Pierce) is always good on the cushion,” said Clanton, who led the first seven laps before Pierce got by. “When I started catching him there, I went to the bottom, and it hooked harder. It started cleaning up and rubbering on the bottom there. If he didn’t have a flat tire, I think I would have gotten by him anyways. … I was trying to stay out of the cushion there and three and four, and out of the wall. We did it.
“We added a third-place finish on Friday, and then we ran into some issues on Saturday that knocked us out. It was still a solid weekend for this Skyline Motorsports team.”
Skyline Motorsports pilot, Shane Clanton headed West to Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track (Las Vegas, Nev.) on Thursday afternoon to take part in the XR Super Series-sanctioned Duel in the Desert.
Drawing 42 Late Models to the half-mile oval, Clanton laid down the fifth-fastest time in his group before going from third-to-first in his heat.
After leading the opening seven circuits of the feature from the pole, Shane surrendered the top spot to Bobby Pierce on the ensuing lap but stayed within striking distance of Pierce as the 40-lapper winded down. Regaining the lead on lap 37 when the leader suffered a flat, Clanton soared to his eighth win of the season and fourth XRSS victory.
He pocketed a $20,000 prize ahead of Tim McCreadie, Jonathan Davenport, Tanner English, and Brandon Overton.
For another $20,000-to-win prelim on Friday, Clanton topped his 21-car group in time trials before placing first in his heat race.
Losing one spot in the 40-lap feature, Shane notched a third-place finish, which came behind race-long pacesetter Jonathan Davenport and Brandon Overton.
On Saturday, Shane’s fifth-to-third run in his heat race positioned him on the fifth row for the $40,000-to-win Duel in the Desert finale. Running into trouble early, Clanton was the first retiree from the 50-lapper on lap 13.
Full results from the weekend are available at www.RaceXR.com .
Clanton will be idle the next few weeks before returning to competition with the XR Super Series on December 2-3 at Florida’s All-Tech Raceway. Friday’s program posts a $20,000 winner’s check and Saturday’s action is earmarked with a $40,000 top prize.
Shane Clanton would like to thank all of his sponsors including Skyline Motorsports, Skyline Materials, Super K Express, Olson Explosives, Bennett Explosives, Bruening Rock Products, Capital Race Cars, Truck Country, Brown’s Heavy Equipment, Penske Shocks, Clements Racing Engines, Base Race Fuels, Freeman Plumbing, Hoosier Tire South, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, Carolina Concrete Finishers, QA1, GoLithium Batteries, Quarter Master, Hovden Oil, Bert Transmission, Five Star Stock Car Bodies, Bulldog Rear Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Simpson Race Products, Beyea Custom Headers, Sweet Manufacturing, Stop Tech Brakes, Allstar Performance, Advanced Transportation, and MyRacePass.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Shane Clanton, please visit www.ShaneClanton25.com .
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