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Daily Dirt 05/26/2024 04:55:48

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June 2
West Virginia Motor Speedway,
Mineral Wells, WV
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Historic 100) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated June 3, 10:37 am)
Dazzling move sends Thornton to WVMS win
Historic 100
  1. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Daulton Wilson
  4. Hudson O'Neal
  5. Jimmy Owens
  6. Jonathan Davenport
  7. Brandon Overton
  8. Gregg Satterlee
  9. Devin Moran
  10. Spencer Hughes
  11. Max Blair
  12. Tyler Evans
  13. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  14. Tyler Bruening
  15. Tyler Erb
  16. Earl Pearson Jr.
  17. Ross Robinson
  18. Rod Conley
  19. Garrett Alberson
  20. Boom Briggs
  21. Freddie Carpenter
  22. K.C. Burdette
  23. Matt Cosner
  24. Brandon Francis
  25. Ed Shuman
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Ricky Thornton Jr. led the final 11 laps of Friday’s main event at WVMS.
What won the race: Making a third-to-first move on the 20th lap, pole-starting Ricky Thornton Jr. went around Jimmy Owens in turn two then under race-long leader Daulton Wilson in turn three and raced to a 30-lap victory in West Virginia Motor Speedway’s Historic 100 prelim. Thornton earned $10,000 for his series-leading sixth victory of the season, finishing 2.047 seconds ahead of Tim McCreadie.
Quotable: "I felt bad for Daulton there. He really didn't know where he needed to go to get by (the slower car of) Ross (Robinson). ... Jimmy turned to the bottom and I figured I'd kinda Hail Mary and hopefully it stuck — and it did," Thornton said. "I slid Daulton (in turn three). I don't know, I got back in front of him, but it wasn't the cleanest slider. I'm sure Daulton will owe me one."
Key notes: Ricky Thornton Jr., winning his first career WVMS feature, started on the pole but ran third the first 19 laps. ... Daulton Wilson led the first 19 laps, keeping Jimmy Owens in check until Thornton's winning move as the leaders dealt with the slower car of Ross Robinson. "I guess you've gotta lose 'em before you win 'em," Wilson said after the race. ... Runner-up Tim McCreadie mentioned the dusty, choppy conditions on the big track. "It's pretty sketchy out there," he said. ... The lone yellow flag of the night in Late Model competition came on the 23rd lap of the main event when Earl Pearson Jr. slowed in turn three. … Home-state racer Tyler Evans made his first Lucas Oil Series start and finished 12th. ... Friday's action served as a precursor for Saturday’s 50-lap, $50,000-to-win finale. … The Lucas Oil action is the lone Super Late Model racing of the season at the 5/8-mile oval.
On the move: Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., started 10th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Thornton’s SSI Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements engine and sponsored by Dyno One, Hoker Trucking, Certified Inspection Service, High Performance Lubricants, Big River Steel, Van Meter Insurance Group, Murty Farms, D&E Outside Services, West Side Tractor Sales, Bilstein Shocks, FK Rod Ends, Allstar Performance, Barnes Pumps, Performance Bodies, Winters Performance, Strange Oval, Accu-Force, Quickcar, Sunoco Race Fuels and Sub-Surface of Indiana.
Points chase: After WVMS Friday: 1. Ricky Thornton Jr. (3,410); 2. Hudson O'Neal (3,245); 3. Brandon Overton (3,195); 4. Tim McCreadie (3,040); 5. Devin Moran (2,950); 6. Jonathan Davenport (2,885); 7. Daulton Wilson (2,825); 8. Max Blair (2,755); 9. Tyler Erb (2,730); 10. Spencer Hughes (2,685).
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Time: 18.939 seconds
Polesitter: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Heat race winners: Ricky Thornton Jr., Daulton Wilson, Tim McCreadie
Next series race: June 3, West Virginia Motor Speedway (Mineral Wells, WV) $50,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Thornton Jr., Wilson
Row 2: McCreadie, Owens
Row 3: Davenport, O'Neal
Row 4: Moran, Satterlee
Row 5: Carrier Jr., Overton
Row 6: Bruening, Hughes
Row 7: T. Erb, Evans
Row 8: Briggs, Blair
Row 9: Alberson, Pearson Jr.
Row 10: Robinson, Cosner
Row 11: Rod Conley, Francis
Row 12: Shuman, F. Carpenter
Row 13: Burdette
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