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Daily Dirt 06/13/2024 21:40:42

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May 14
Davenport Speedway,
Davenport, IA
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association - $3,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 15, 12:29 pm)
Thornton gets first MLRA win at Davenport
  1. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  2. Tony Toste
  3. Tony Jackson Jr.
  4. Garrett Alberson
  5. Jeremiah Hurst
  6. Justin Duty
  7. Daniel Hilsabeck
  8. Blair Nothdurft
  9. Jordan Yaggy
  10. Justin Reed
  11. Bob Gardner
  12. Brennon Willard
  13. Jake Timm
  14. Chris Kratzer
  15. Mason Oberkramer
  16. Jason Papich
  17. Chris Simpson
  18. Spencer Diercks
  19. Mike Chasteen Jr.
  20. Tim Simpson
  21. Larry Clawson
  22. Dave Eckrich
  23. Chad Simpson
  24. Rickey Frankel
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Arizona-turned-Iowa driver Ricky Thornton Jr. won at Davenport.
What won the race: Outside front-row starter Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., scored his first career Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Associaton victory Friday at Davenport Speedway, outrunning sixth-starting Tony Toste and Tony Jackson Jr. Thornton, who races out of Adel, Iowa, finished 1.691 seconds ahead of Toste to claim $3,000.
Quotable: “I could see they were kind of blowing right rears and I never felt like mine ever started chunking out real bad. One time I had a bad stumble off four and I didn’t know if it was a tire or the carburetor, so then I really started thinking," Thornton said. "I started driving a lot straighter at the end and it felt a lot better.”
Key notes: Thornton repelled early challenges from Jackson, who had a deflating tire in the closing laps. ... Spencer Diercks was running in fourth when he suffered a flat right-rear tire with six laps remaining. … Sixth-starting Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, retired during the lap-24 caution. … The Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association returned to action after nearly a month break with a weekend doubleheader in Iowa. … The weekend’s action will go from one extreme to another as drivers tackle Davenport’s quarter-mile oval on Friday before heading to the half-mile West Liberty (Iowa) Raceway on Saturday night. …
On the move: Garrett Alberson of Las Cruces, N.M., started 22nd and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Thornton’s SSI Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements engine and sponsored by Hoker Trucking, Dyno One, Excel Floor Covering, Certified Inspection Service, D&E Outside Services, Dienes-Nitz Solutions & Powdercoating, Sub-Surface of Indiana, West Side Tractor Sales, Shelby Materials and Slicker Graphics.
Points chase: After Davenport: 1. Tony Jackson Jr. (1,125); 2. Garrett Alberson (1,050); 3. Jason Papich (1,040); 4. Billy Moyer (905); 5. Tony Toste (890).
Current weather: Clear, 64°F
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Time: 14.900 seconds
Polesitter: Tony Jackson Jr.
Heat race winners: Tony Jackson Jr., Chris Simpson, Ricky Thornton Jr., Spencer Diercks
Next series race: May 15, West Liberty Raceway (West Liberty, IA) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup 

Row 1: Jackson Jr., Thornton Jr.

Row 2: Chr. Simpson, Diercks

Row 3: Oberkramer, Toste

Row 4: Nothdurft, Hurst

Row 5: Yaggy, Duty

Row 6: Papich, Frankel

Row 7: Kratzer, Chasteen

Row 8: Eckrich, Gardner
Row 9: Willard, Timm
Row 10: Hilsabeck, Reed
Row 11: T. Simpson, Alberson
Row 12: Cha. Simpson, Clawson
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