Ricky Thornton Jr. Gets First Lucas Oil Series Win at the Pittsburgher

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Ricky Thornton Jr. picked a great time to get his first career win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series as he captured the 32nd Annual Pittsburgher 100 on Saturday Night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. 

  Moran led the first 16 laps of the race until Richards took over the point. Richards held the lead until Moran regained the lead on lap 36. The first caution of the race waved with 40 laps complete as the previously announced fuel stop would take place. Under the red flag Richards, who was running second, had a tire going down. Richards and several other competitors headed to the hot pit to change tires before the green would come back out again.

Thornton, who celebrated his 30th birthday on September 28, inherited the top spot on lap 82 when the top two drivers in the race, Devin Moran and Tim McCreadie, both headed to the hot pit to change flat tires. Moran had brought out the caution for his flat while leading. McCreadie picked up the race lead but his right front tire was going down forcing him to pit as well before a race restart commenced.

 Thornton took advantage of several restarts in the final 18 laps to stretch his lead over the field as he went unchallenged to score the $20,000 victory. With the win Thornton became the 20th different winner this year on the LOLMDS tour. The all-time series record is 22 different winners in one season. 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Thornton celebrated his huge victory. “I think we were the only ones going hard on tires. We flipped a coin to determine what we were going to run. During that fuel break Taylon [Center] was looking at everyone else’s tires and he said there is no way they were going to make it all 100 laps without having some problems. It all worked out for us.” 

Richards was seeking his third win in the famed event and came up just short. “Congrats to Ricky on the win. He was so good on the restarts. I’d like to thank my team, the fans, and the sponsors for supporting this Clint Bowyer Racing Team.

” Pearson came through the field to take third. “We had a shot on that last restart. It looked like Clanton was having a tire go down. We have been in the top five for the last three races, so that’s big for us.” 

The winner’s Todd and Vickie Burns-owned SSI Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and is sponsored by Dyno One, Excel Floor Covering, Sub-Surface of Indiana, Certified Inspection Service Company Inc., West Side Tractor Sales, Swift Springs, Penske Racing Shocks, Slicker Graphics, and Hoker Trucking. 

Completing the top ten were Jonathan Davenport, Chris Ferguson, Shane Clanton, Devin Moran, and Tanner English.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
Pittsburgher 100
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, PA
Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Michael Norris / 18.571 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Josh Richards / 18.063 seconds 

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 9-Devin Moran[2]; 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee[5]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[3]; 4. 02-Michael Norris[1]; 5. 10-Jared Miley[6]; 6. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 7. 48K-Keith Barbara[8]; 8. 69-Jon Hodgkiss[7]; 9. 14M-Reid Millard[9]

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 25-Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal[2]; 3. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[5]; 4. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening[6]; 6. 20F-Trever Feathers[3]; 7. 17T-Tim Vance[7]; 8. 65-Derek Stefanick[9]; 9. 01-Ron Hall[8]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 14-Josh Richards[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[4]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[3]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport[5]; 6. 0E-Rick Eckert[8]; 7. 81E-Tanner English[6]; 8. 12-Ryan Montgomery[7]; 9. B22-Bump Hedman[9]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler[1]; 2. 22F-Chris Ferguson[3]; 3. 4-Alex Ferree[6]; 4. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 5. 48-Colton Flinner[5]; 6. 9T-Will Thomas[8]; 7. 1*-Chub Frank[7]; 8. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Jared Miley[1]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[2]; 4. 20F-Trever Feathers[4]; 5. 69-Jon Hodgkiss[7]; 6. 17T-Tim Vance[6]; 7. 48K-Keith Barbara[5]; 8. 14M-Reid Millard[9]; 9. 01-Ron Hall[10]; 10. 65-Derek Stefanick[8]

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 0E-Rick Eckert[3]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[5]; 4. 48-Colton Flinner[2]; 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson[8]; 6. 1*-Chub Frank[6]; 7. 12-Ryan Montgomery[7]; 8. B22-Bump Hedman[9]; 9. 9T-Will Thomas[4]

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):

PosStartCar #CompetitorHometownPay
11420RTRicky Thornton JrAdel, IA$20,000
2214Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$10,800
3161Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL$6,800
4152SStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM$4,000
5132Michael NorrisSarver, PA$3,500
61849Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$3,500
7822FChris FergusonMt. Holly, NC$2,100
8325Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$2,700
919Devin MoranDresden, OH$2,500
102281ETanner EnglishBenton, KY$2,450
112340BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$2,350
121710Jared MileyPittsburgh, PA$1,600
13639Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$2,250
141020Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$2,400
15191TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX$2,150
16522Gregg SatterleeIndiana, PA$1,400
17921Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR$2,050
182116Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA$2,000
19771Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$1,250
202448Colton FlinnerAllison Park, PA$1,200
2148Kyle StricklerMooresville, NC$1,200
221125ZMason ZeiglerChalk Hill, PA$1,200
23200ERick EckertYork, PA$1,200
24124Alex FerreeSaxonburg, PA$1,200

Race Statistics
: 35
Lap Leaders: Devin Moran (Laps 1 – 16); Josh Richards (Laps 17 – 35); Devin Moran (Laps 36 – 81); Tim McCreadie (Lap 82); Ricky Thornton Jr. (Laps 83 – 100)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Margin of Victory: 3.122 seconds
Cautions: Fuel Stop (Lap 40); Kyle Bronson (Lap 40); Kyle Bronson (Lap 42); Devin Moran (Lap 82); Hudson O’Neal (Lap 84); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 88); Tyler Erb (Lap 96); Jimmy Owens (Lap 98)
Series Provisionals: Kyle Bronson
Fast Time Provisional: Colton Flinner
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway Track Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Ricky Thornton Jr., Josh Richards, Earl Pearson Jr.
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Ricky Thornton Jr. (Advanced 13 Positions) 
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jimmy Owens
Allstar Performance Most Laps Led: Devin Moran (62 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tanner English
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Taylon Center (Ricky Thornton Jr.)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Ricky Thornton Jr. (Lap #77 – 18.983 seconds)
STEEL-IT Tough Break of the Race: Devin Moran
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Devin Moran
Time of Race: 71 minutes 39 seconds

Lucas Oil Point Standings:

PosCar #CompetitorHometownPointsPay
120Jimmy OwensNewport, TN7815$282,300
239Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY7340$236,850
349Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA7200$153,640
414Josh RichardsShinnston, WV7165$145,675
51TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX6905$125,214
625Shane ClantonZebulon, GA6620$112,100
79Devin MoranDresden, OH6565$97,807
840BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL6505$98,155
981ETanner EnglishBenton, KY6305$71,405
101Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL6225$106,625
1121Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR6180$86,535
1216Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA5505$47,300
1371Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN5365$62,950
142sStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM5205$42,555

*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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