Ricky Thornton Jr

Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH) – Eldora Million – June 8th-9th, 2022. (Zach Yost photo)


Ricky Thornton Jr.

Pair of runner-up finishes in Eldora prelims

Ricky Thornton Jr. and SSI Motorsports invaded the historic Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Thursday afternoon after Mother Nature consolidated the second running of the Eldora Million into a single day. (Zach Yost photo)

With the 124-car field split into two groups for a pair of $12,000-to-win preliminary features, Ricky secured his spot into the A-Main with an eighth-to-second run in his heat race. Inching forward three spots in the 25-lap affair, Thornton Jr. notched a second-place finish behind Jonathan Davenport with Bobby Pierce rounding out the podium.

Rolling off on the second row for his heat race later that night, Thornton’s second-place finish placed him on the fourth row for the $1,002,022-to-win Eldora Million. He was credited with a 22nd-place outing after pulling on lap 48.

On Friday afternoon as the 28th annual Dirt Late Model Dream got underway with a pair of prelims, Ricky laid down the third-fastest time in his group before placing third in his heat. With $12,000 on the line in the feature, Thornton Jr. found speed on bottom late as he raced to a runner-up finish, which came behind Brandon Overton.

With his finish in prelims placing him on the front row of his heat on Saturday night, Thornton recorded a fifth-place finish but already had a provisional secured so he scratched from his B-Main. Starting the $128,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream 19th, Ricky was running in 18th when light rain picked up on lap 14 and forced officials to postpone the remainder of the 100-lapper to September 7th.

Full results from the week are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

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