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Ricky Thornton Jr. in victory lane at Macon Speedway. (Jim DenHamer photo)

Another $20,000 For Ricky Thornton Jr.

MACON, Ill. — Taking the lead after a turn one melee on the 38th circuit that left racelong leader Bobby Pierce spun, Ricky Thornton Jr. paced the final 13 laps to win Tuesday night’s Castrol FloRacing Night in America presented by Kubota opener at Macon Speedway.

Thornton Jr. collected $20,000 for his fourth-career miniseries win.


“Honestly I didn’t mean to get into Bobby (Pierce) there and turn him around,” Thornton Jr. said. “I got a good run down the front straightaway and I thought for sure he’d see me under him and just lift and cross me over, but I think he was already too committed at that point. Obviously, it sucks for him. You never want to take a guy out of the win especially, but especially Bobby.

“It was a pretty wild night. The track was racy but there was chaos happening everywhere it seemed. Big shoutout to Anthony (Burroughs), D.J. (Williams) and (Justin) Tharp for working hard to give me another great car tonight.”

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Ricky Thornton Jr. (Mike Ruefer photo)

In a 50-lap feature that was plagued by a dozen cautions, Bobby Pierce paced the first 37 laps from the outside-front-row before being forced to the back of the pack after drawing the lap 38 caution. He rebounded to finish sixth.
Jason Feger, Hudson O’Neal, Myles Moos and Tyler Erb completed the top five.

The finish:

Feature (50 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr.[5]; 2. 25-Jason Feger[1]; 3. 71-Hudson O’Neal[8]; 4. 84-Myles Moos[6]; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb[10]; 6. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 7. 58-Garrett Alberson[12]; 8. 18D-Daulton Wilson[15]; 9. 19-Spencer Hughes[4]; 10. 1-Tim McCreadie[18]; 11. 122-Timmy Dick[14]; 12. 93-Carson Ferguson[13]; 13. 17SS-Brenden Smith[22]; 14. 27-Greg Kimmons[21]; 15. (DNF) 10-Garrett Smith[3]; 16. (DNF) T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[16]; 17. (DNF) 28-Dennis Erb Jr[17]; 18. (DNF) 111-Max Blair[11]; 19. (DNF) 11-Ryan Miller[24]; 20. (DNF) 38J-Jake Little[7]; 21. (DNF) 24-Ryan Unzicker[20]; 22. (DNF) B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 23. (DNF) 18B-Shannon Babb[19]; 24. (DNF) 3S-Brian Shirley[23]