Thornton Is Portsmouth Late Model Star

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The dream season continued for Ricky Thornton Jr., who won his 17th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the year on Saturday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park, earning $15,000 for his triumph in the River Days Rumble. Thornton, who started seventh on the grid charged to the lead on lap 32 past Daulton Wilson. Overton held the lead until Wilson wrestled it from him on lap 18. On the restart, Thornton would move into second as he then set high sights on Wilson. There would be two more cautions in the race as Moran would threaten Thornton for a few laps before Thornton eventually opened enough breathing room. Thornton, who was the fourth different leader of the race fell back at the start, but charged to the front gaining the lead with 18 laps remaining. Moran, who started behind Thornton in ninth and moved to second in the final 10 laps, complimented the track crew after the race.

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