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Daily Dirt 09/25/2023 14:51:33

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May 24
Kings Speedway,
Hanford, CA
Sanction: West Coast Late Model Shootout (The Nationals) - $2,000
Information provided by: Latemodelracer.com and team reports (last updated May 25, 7:31 am)
Thornton rallies from 12th in Kings opener
The Nationals
  1. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  2. Bobby Hogge IV
  3. Steve Drake
  4. Clay Daly
  5. Rob Sanders
  6. Mike Kirby
  7. Tony Toste
  8. Nick Bartels
  9. Jeff Decker
  10. Cody Laney
  11. Larry Childress
  12. Devin Crockett
  13. Dino Napier
  14. Duane Cleveland
  15. Richard Papenhausen
  16. Trent Elliott
  17. Justin Rich
  18. Carla Laney
  19. Tommy Malcolm
  20. Bill Bartels
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Ricky Thornton Jr. emerges from his Jeff Manka-owned car.
What won the race: Rallying from his 12th starting spot, Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., drove the Jeff Manka-owned No. 5 for a victory on the opening night of the West Coast Late Model Shootout's Nationals.
Key notes: Thornton was fastest in his qualifying group, but he ran over a dropped driveshaft in his heat race, breaking his car's radiator. The team made repairs for the main event with a loaner radiator and won from the sixth row. ... Bobby Hogge IV won the modified feature along with his runner-up finish in the Late Model main. ... The tour made its fourth visit to Kings. ... Saturday is the first of two nights of racing. ... The event benefits Relay for Life.
On the move: Thornton improved 11 positions in grabbing the victory.
Winner's sponsors: Thornton's Jeff Manka-owned Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Affordable Powder Coating, MDM Accenting Services, Site Lite Mag Laser and Sunoco Race Fuels.
Points chase: Tony Toste and Clay Daly are neck-and-neck in the series points chase.
Next series race: May 25, Kings Speedway (Hanford, CA) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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