Thornton Tops $50,000 Firecracker 100

SARVER, Pa. — Ricky Thornton Jr. pulled away on lap 81 from an outstanding battle for the lead with Hudson O’Neal to win the 17th annual Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel on Saturday night. “I really didn’t know what to do on those restarts and I’m like you know what I was running around the bottom and if I could keep him [O’Neal] pinched him down there maybe late in the race I could get rolling through the middle and get back by him,” Thornton said. “I don’t know I guess I just saved my stuff long enough and whenever I needed to use it I really could. O’Neal, who like Thornton was seeking his first career win in the Firecracker 100 ended up nearly five seconds behind Thornton at the finish as they fought tooth-and-nail for the race lead for several laps. “I don’t know if I had anything left for him [Thornton].

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