Ricky Thornton Jr
Runner-up finish in LOLMDS debut at Talladega Short Track
Ricky Thornton Jr. returned to the driver’s seat of the SSI Motorsports No. 20RT Late Model on Thursday evening for the 17th annual FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 53 at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.). (Heath Lawson photo)
Drawing 35 Late Models for the eighth round of the Castrol FloRacing Night in America mini-series, Thornton salvaged a fourth-place finish in his heat after scrambling from contact with another competitor while battling for the lead. Charging from 16th in the $22,022-to-win A-Main, Ricky passed eight cars in the 50-lap affair to register an eighth-place finish.
With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Saturday at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.), Ricky laid down the third-fastest time in his group before placing first in his heat. With $15,000 on the line in the feature, Thornton chased race-long pacesetter Tim McCreadie to the checkers in the 50-lapper with Dale McDowell, Garrett Alberson, and Brandon Sheppard completing the Top-5 finishers.
Ricky remains in third in the latest LOLMDS point standings.