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Monday October 19th, 2020 7:54PM

Thornton, Jr. gets first LOLMDS win at The Pittsburgher

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IMPERIAL, Pa. - 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.

Thornton took advantage of several restarts in the final 18 laps 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.

Devin Moran led the first 16 laps of the race until Josh 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 flat. Richards and several other competitors headed to the hot pit to change tires before the green came back out again.

Thornton inherited the top spot on lap 82 when the top two drivers in the race, 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 the restart.

Several restarts over the final stages of the event allowed to Thornton to stretch his lead over the field en route to the win.

“I think we were the only ones going hard on tires,” said Thornton. “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 finished in second, with Earl Parson, Jr. in third, Stormy Scott in fourth and Michael Norris in fifth.

Blairsville, Georgia’s Jonathan Davenport finished sixth, with Chris Ferguson, Shane Clanton, Moran, and Tanner English rounding out the top 10.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, PA
Pittsburgher 100 – October 3, 2020

Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 14 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr Adel, IA $20,000
2 2 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $10,800
3 16 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL $6,800
4 15 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM $4,000
5 13 2 Michael Norris Sarver, PA $3,500
6 18 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $3,500
7 8 22F Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC $2,100
8 3 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $2,700
9 1 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $2,500
10 22 81E Tanner English Benton, KY $2,450
11 23 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $2,350
12 17 10 Jared Miley Pittsburgh, PA $1,600
13 6 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $2,250
14 10 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $2,400
15 19 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $2,150
16 5 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,400
17 9 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR $2,050
18 21 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $2,000
19 7 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,250
20 24 48 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $1,200
21 4 8 Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC $1,200
22 11 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $1,200
23 20 0E Rick Eckert York, PA $1,200
24 12 4 Alex Ferree Saxonburg, PA $1,200
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