Ricky Thornton Jr

Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL) – DIRTcar Nationals – February 13th-15th, 2023. (Josh James Artwork)


Ricky Thornton Jr

Podium finish in DIRTcar Nationals finale at Volusia Speedway Park

The 2023 Speedweeks continued for SSI Motorsports and Ricky Thornton Jr. on Monday afternoon with the 52nd annual Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.).

Following a sixth-place run in his heat, Thornton raced his way into the opener with a consolation victory. Wheeling his way into the top-five, Ricky passed 17 cars in the 25-lapper to finish fifth. He chased Hudson O’Neal, Tim McCreadie, Chris Madden, and Nick Hoffman to the checkers.

On Tuesday, Ricky’s third-place finish in his heat race pinned him on the seventh row for the prelim feature. With $7,000 on the line, Thornton throttled to a seventh-place finish.

With the 52-car field split into three groups on Wednesday for a trio of preliminary features, Thornton locked into the sixth-starting position for his $5,000-to-win prelim via his qualifying effort. Rebounding from a flat tire on the 11th circuit, Ricky rallied to an eighth-place outing.

For the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series sanctioned event on Thursday, Ricky came in third in his heat before gaining five positions in the feature to finish ninth.

Thornton recorded a runner-up finish in his heat race on Friday evening but a late rain shower before the start of the fourth heat wiped out the program.

To cap off the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday, Ricky raced his way into the feature with a sixth-to-first showing in his B-Main after finishing sixth in his heat. Battling for a $20,000 payday, Thornton advanced forward 17 spots in the 50-lap affair to register a third-place finish. He trailed Hudson O’Neal and Devin Moran to the checkers with Tim McCreadie and Brandon Overton completing the top-five finishers.

Full results from the events are available at www.DIRTcarNationals.com and www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

Article Credit: Josh James image

Article Media

Back to News

Latest Photos

2024 Season
2024 Season
2024 Season
2024 Season
2024 Season
2024 Season
Dyno One
Excel Floor Covering 
Hoker Trucking
Certified Inspection Service (CSI)
High Performance Lubricants
BRS Big River Steel
Coltman Farms
Van Meter Insurance Group
VarsiTee Screenprinting
Deines-Nitz Solutions  Powdercoating
West Side Tractor Sales Co
Sub-Surface of Indiana
Midwest Sheet Metal
DE Outside Services
Lethal Chassis
Dylan Earven Foundation
EMD Wraps
Keyser Manufacturing
Wiles Racing
Barnes Systems Inc.
Strange Oval
Schoenfeld Headers
The Joie of Seating
Earnhardt Technologies Group
FK Rod Ends
Brown  Miller Racing Solutions
Bilstein Shocks
Hoosier Racing Tires
Performance Bodies and Parts
Jones Racing Products
Simpson Race Products
NAPA - Morgantown Bargersville
Swift Springs USA
Winning Edge Carburation
Longhorn Chassis
Clements Racing Engines