Ricky Thornton Jr. Picks Up First Lucas Oil Series Win of the Year

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Ricky Thornton Jr. came from the 10th starting spot to take the lead on a lap 14 restart on his way to victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned K&N Filters Winter Nationals presented by OPTIMA Batteries. The event was held on Monday Night at Bubba Raceway Park. Thornton Jr. recorded his second career victory in the LOLMDS and he became the seventh different winner in the first eight races of 2021.

 Mike Marlar had his best series finish of the season. He took second, with Hudson O’Neal crossing the line in third. Devin Moran was fourth and current series point leader Brandon Overton rounded out the top five. 

Brian Shirley grabbed the lead and held it for the first 11 laps of the race until Jonathan Davenport passed him on lap 12. Davenport’s lead was short-lived as he had trouble on a lap 13 restart when his engine stalled heading into turn one. Thornton Jr. took over the lead with O’Neal and Marlar behind him on the Delaware double-file restart. Thornton Jr. carried his momentum to the checkers to take the win by 1.1 seconds over Marlar.

 In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the second time in his career, Thornton was elated with how well his first year was going, attempting the 2021 LOLMDS National Tour. “The cautions helped quite a bit and cleared out traffic for us. We struggled at All-Tech and the first part of East Bay, though it was probably more me than the car. The ending at East Bay was a confidence booster and to come here and run as good as we did tonight definitely feels great and says a lot about our team.” 

Marlar, like Thornton Jr. is competing in his first season with the series and came home in second. “That last caution pretty well did me in as far as a chance to win the race. Ricky was good. Congratulations to him, and thank you to my team and everyone that helps us out. We couldn’t do this without all of them.” O’Neal recorded his fourth top 5 finish of the season with a third. “We’ve had success early and it’s great being up front and competing for wins. Thanks to Roger Sellers for giving me this opportunity and my team for giving me such as great race car.” 

The winner’s Todd and Vickie Burns-Owned SSI Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engines and sponsored by Hoker Trucking, Sub-Surface of Indiana, Dyno One, Inc., West Side Tractor Sales, Excel, Floor Covering, Certified Inspection Service Company, Inc., D&E Outside Services, and Shelby Materials. Completing the top ten were Mark Whitener, Kyle Bronson, Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, and Tim McCreadie.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
K&N Filters Winter Nationals Presented by OPTIMA Batteries
Monday, February 1, 2021
Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brian Shirley / 13.588 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Kyle Bronson / 13.587 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):  1. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 2. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 4. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr[4]; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb[7]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 7. 2D-Dan Stone[5]; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler[9]; 9. 14B-John Baker[8]; 10. 12-Doug Drown[11]; 11. 6H-Clay Harris[12]; 12. 14R-Jeff Roth[13]; 13. 14G-Joe Godsey[10]

Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[4]; 4. 385-Mark Whitener[3]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton[7]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 8. 11H-Spencer Hughes[9]; 9. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[11]; 10. 44-Stewart Friesen[8]; 11. J8-Jadon Frame[10]; 12. 4S-Danny Snyder[12]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[3]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 4. 9-Devin Moran[6]; 5. 7R-Ross Robinson[5]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[11]; 8. 2X-Devin Dixon[4]; 9. 20B-Todd Brennan[9]; 10. 48-Colton Flinner[8]; 11. 1ST-Johnny Scott[10]; 12. 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe Jr[12]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal[2]; 3. 76-Brandon Overton[3]; 4. 33-Jeff Mathews[4]; 5. 0E-Rick Eckert[6]; 6. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 7. 6S-Blake Spencer[7]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[9]; 9. 1G-Ryan King[11]; 10. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 11. 27J-Joe Denby[10]; 12. 354-Chris Nash[12]

LINE-X B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 25-Shane Clanton[4]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler[7]; 5. 2D-Dan Stone[5]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[3]; 7. 11H-Spencer Hughes[8]; 8. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[10]; 9. 44-Stewart Friesen[12]; 10. 6H-Clay Harris[13]; 11. 12-Doug Drown[11]; 12. 14G-Joe Godsey[17]; 13. 14B-John Baker[9]; 14. 4S-Danny Snyder[16]; 15. 14R-Jeff Roth[15]; 16. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 17. J8-Jadon Frame[14]

UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 0E-Rick Eckert[2]; 2. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[4]; 3. 7R-Ross Robinson[1]; 4. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 6. 2X-Devin Dixon[7]; 7. 1ST-Johnny Scott[13]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[8]; 9. 6S-Blake Spencer[6]; 10. 2S-Stormy Scott[12]; 11. 1G-Ryan King[10]; 12. 27J-Joe Denby[14]; 13. 20B-Todd Brennan[9]; 14. 48-Colton Flinner[11]; 15. 354-Chris Nash[16]; 16. (DNS) 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe Jr

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps): 

PosStartCar #CompetitorHometownPay
11020RTRicky Thornton JrAdel, IA$10,000
23157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN$5,500
3871Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$3,500
4149Devin MoranDresden, OH$2,750
51276Brandon OvertonEvans, GA$2,250
615385Mark WhitenerMiddleburg, FL$1,800
7240BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$1,500
81132Bobby PierceOakwood, IL$1,300
9781ETanner EnglishBenton, KY$1,200
101939Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$1,100
112516Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA$375
122125Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$1,050
13614Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$1,025
1451SBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL$1,000
152421Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR$950
16231Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL$925
17449Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$900
181328EDennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL$875
19227RRoss RobinsonGeorgetown, DE$850
202056JRTony Jackson JrLebanon, MO$825
21171TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX$800
22268Kyle StricklerMooresville, NC$100
232814BJohn BakerNorman Park, GA$100
24180ERick EckertYork, PA$800
252799JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL$100
261633Jeff MathewsBrandon, FL$800
2713SBrian ShirleyChatham, IL$800
28920Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$800

Race Statistics
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Lap Leaders: Brian Shirley (Laps 1 – 11); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 12 – 13); Ricky Thornton Jr. (Laps 14 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Arizona Sport Shirts CJC – Presented by DirtOnDirt Feature Winner: n/a
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton, Jr. 
Margin of Victory: 1.101 seconds
Cautions: John Baker (Lap 3); Brian Shirley (Lap 13); Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens (Lap 13); Kyle Strickler (Lap 26); John Baker, Tyler Erb, Kyle Strickler (Lap 26); Tyler Erb (Lap 37)
Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer Jr.
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: Tyler Bruening, Kyle Strickler, Frank Heckenast Jr., John Baker
Track Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Ricky Thornton Jr., Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal
Penske Shocks Top 5: Ricky Thornton Jr., Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal, Devin Moran, Brandon Overton
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Tyler Bruening (Advanced 14 Positions) 
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Brandon Overton
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Ricky Thornton Jr. (27 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Overton
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Brian Shirley (Lap #1 – 14.877  seconds)
Fast Shafts Tough Break of the Race: Brian Shirley
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Taylon Center (Ricky Thornton Jr.)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Jonathan Davenport
Time of Race: 31 minutes 05 seconds

Lucas Oil Point Standings:

PosCar #CompetitorHometownPointsPay
176Brandon OvertonEvans, GA1155$27,150
271Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN1090$16,425
39Devin MoranDresden, OH1065$18,800
41sBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL1030$13,350
540BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL1015$12,850
639Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY995$13,725
714Josh RichardsShinnston, WV990$15,875
820RTRicky Thornton JrAdel, IA985$15,200
9157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN985$13,550
101TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX965$26,550
113sBrian ShirleyChatham, IL945$8,650
1281ETanner EnglishBenton, KY930$9,100
1399JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL870$6,400
141Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL865$7,675
1516Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA860$8,975
1649Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA855$13,800
1720Jimmy OwensNewport, TN830$10,625
1825Shane ClantonZebulon, GA825$8,600
1956JRTony Jackson JrLebanon, MO820$4,575
2021Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR795$7,525

Wrisco Winternationals Point Standings:

PosCar #CompetitorHometownPoints
176Brandon OvertonEvans, GA1720
271Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN1570
39Devin MoranDresden, OH1535
41sBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL1480
540BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL1440
61TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX1410
714Josh RichardsShinnston, WV1400
839Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY1375
9157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN1360
1081ETanner EnglishBenton, KY1340
1120RTRicky Thornton JrAdel, IA1330
123sBrian ShirleyChatham, IL1330
131Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL1260
1499JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL1245
1549Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA1230
1620Jimmy OwensNewport, TN1205
1721Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR1170
1816Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA1150
1925Shane ClantonZebulon, GA1150
2056JRTony Jackson JrLebanon, MO1145

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

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