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OCALA, FL (February 1, 2021) – Ricky Thornton Jr. came from the 10th starting spot to take the lead on a lap 14 restart on his way to victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned K&N Filters Winter Nationals presented by OPTIMA Batteries. The event was held on Monday Night at Bubba Raceway Park. Thornton Jr. recorded his second career victory in the LOLMDS and he became the seventh different winner in the first eight races of 2021.


Mike Marlar had his best series finish of the season. He took second, with Hudson O’Neal crossing the line in third. Devin Moran was fourth and current series point leader Brandon Overton rounded out the top five.


Brian Shirley grabbed the lead and held it for the first 11 laps of the race until Jonathan Davenport passed him on lap 12. Davenport’s lead was short-lived as he had trouble on a lap 13 restart when his engine stalled heading into turn one. Thornton Jr. took over the lead with O’Neal and Marlar behind him on the Delaware double-file restart. Thornton Jr. carried his momentum to the checkers to take the win by 1.1 seconds over Marlar.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the second time in his career, Thornton was elated with how well his first year was going, attempting the 2021 LOLMDS National Tour. “The cautions helped quite a bit and cleared out traffic for us. We struggled at All-Tech and the first part of East Bay, though it was probably more me than the car. The ending at East Bay was a confidence booster and to come here and run as good as we did tonight definitely feels great and says a lot about our team.”


Marlar, like Thornton Jr. is competing in his first season with the series and came home in second. “That last caution pretty well did me in as far as a chance to win the race. Ricky was good. Congratulations to him, and thank you to my team and everyone that helps us out. We couldn’t do this without all of them.”


O’Neal recorded his fourth top 5 finish of the season with a third. “We’ve had success early and it’s great being up front and competing for wins. Thanks to Roger Sellers for giving me this opportunity and my team for giving me such as great race car.”


The winner’s Todd and Vickie Burns-Owned SSI Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engines and sponsored by Hoker Trucking, Sub-Surface of Indiana, Dyno One, Inc., West Side Tractor Sales, Excel, Floor Covering, Certified Inspection Service Company, Inc., D&E Outside Services, and Shelby Materials.


Completing the top ten were Mark Whitener, Kyle Bronson, Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, and Tim McCreadie.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
K&N Filters Winter Nationals Presented by OPTIMA Batteries
Monday, February 1, 2021
Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brian Shirley / 13.588 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Kyle Bronson / 13.587 seconds (overall) 

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):  1. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 2. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 4. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr[4]; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb[7]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 7. 2D-Dan Stone[5]; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler[9]; 9. 14B-John Baker[8]; 10. 12-Doug Drown[11]; 11. 6H-Clay Harris[12]; 12. 14R-Jeff Roth[13]; 13. 14G-Joe Godsey[10]

Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[4]; 4. 385-Mark Whitener[3]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton[7]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 8. 11H-Spencer Hughes[9]; 9. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[11]; 10. 44-Stewart Friesen[8]; 11. J8-Jadon Frame[10]; 12. 4S-Danny Snyder[12]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[3]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 4. 9-Devin Moran[6]; 5. 7R-Ross Robinson[5]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[11]; 8. 2X-Devin Dixon[4]; 9. 20B-Todd Brennan[9]; 10. 48-Colton Flinner[8]; 11. 1ST-Johnny Scott[10]; 12. 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe Jr[12]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 3. 76-Brandon Overton[3]; 4. 33-Jeff Mathews[4]; 5. 0E-Rick Eckert[6]; 6. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 7. 6S-Blake Spencer[7]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[9]; 9. 1G-Ryan King[11]; 10. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 11. 27J-Joe Denby[10]; 12. 354-Chris Nash[12]

LINE-X B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 25-Shane Clanton[4]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler[7]; 5. 2D-Dan Stone[5]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[3]; 7. 11H-Spencer Hughes[8]; 8. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[10]; 9. 44-Stewart Friesen[12]; 10. 6H-Clay Harris[13]; 11. 12-Doug Drown[11]; 12. 14G-Joe Godsey[17]; 13. 14B-John Baker[9]; 14. 4S-Danny Snyder[16]; 15. 14R-Jeff Roth[15]; 16. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 17. J8-Jadon Frame[14]

UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 0E-Rick Eckert[2]; 2. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[4]; 3. 7R-Ross Robinson[1]; 4. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 6. 2X-Devin Dixon[7]; 7. 1ST-Johnny Scott[13]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[8]; 9. 6S-Blake Spencer[6]; 10. 2S-Stormy Scott[12]; 11. 1G-Ryan King[10]; 12. 27J-Joe Denby[14]; 13. 20B-Todd Brennan[9]; 14. 48-Colton Flinner[11]; 15. 354-Chris Nash[16]; 16. (DNS) 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe Jr

Lucas Oil 
Feature Finish (40 Laps): 

Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 10 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr Adel, IA $10,000
2 3 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $5,500
3 8 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $3,500
4 14 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $2,750
5 12 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $2,250
6 15 385 Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL $1,800
7 2 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,500
8 11 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $1,300
9 7 81E Tanner English Benton, KY $1,200
10 19 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,100
11 25 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $375
12 21 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $1,050
13 6 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,025
14 5 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $1,000
15 24 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR $950
16 23 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL $925
17 4 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $900
18 13 28E Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL $875
19 22 7R Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE $850
20 20 56JR Tony Jackson Jr Lebanon, MO $825
21 17 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $800
22 26 8 Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC $100
23 28 14B John Baker Norman Park, GA $100
24 18 0E Rick Eckert York, PA $800
25 27 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL $100
26 16 33 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL $800
27 1 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $800
28 9 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $800

 

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 49
Lap Leaders: Brian Shirley (Laps 1 – 11); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 12 – 13); Ricky Thornton Jr. (Laps 14 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Arizona Sport Shirts CJC – Presented by DirtOnDirt Feature Winner: n/a
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton, Jr. 
Margin of Victory: 1.101 seconds
Cautions: John Baker (Lap 3); Brian Shirley (Lap 13); Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens (Lap 13); Kyle Strickler (Lap 26); John Baker, Tyler Erb, Kyle Strickler (Lap 26); Tyler Erb (Lap 37)
Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer Jr.
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: Tyler Bruening, Kyle Strickler, Frank Heckenast Jr., John Baker
Track Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Ricky Thornton Jr., Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal
Penske Shocks Top 5: Ricky Thornton Jr., Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal, Devin Moran, Brandon Overton
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Tyler Bruening (Advanced 14 Positions) 
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Brandon Overton
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Ricky Thornton Jr. (27 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Overton
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Brian Shirley (Lap #1 – 14.877  seconds)
Fast Shafts Tough Break of the Race: Brian Shirley
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Taylon Center (Ricky Thornton Jr.)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Jonathan Davenport
Time of Race: 31 minutes 05 seconds

Lucas Oil Point Standings:

Pos Car # Competitor Hometown Points Pay
1 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1155 $27,150
2 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 1090 $16,425
3 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 1065 $18,800
4 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1030 $13,350
5 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 1015 $12,850
6 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 995 $13,725
7 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 990 $15,875
8 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr Adel, IA 985 $15,200
9 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 985 $13,550
10 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 965 $26,550
11 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 945 $8,650
12 81E Tanner English Benton, KY 930 $9,100
13 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 870 $6,400
14 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 865 $7,675
15 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 860 $8,975
16 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 855 $13,800
17 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 830 $10,625
18 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 825 $8,600
19 56JR Tony Jackson Jr Lebanon, MO 820 $4,575
20 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 795 $7,525



Wrisco Winternationals Point Standings:

Pos Car # Competitor Hometown Points
1 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1720
2 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 1570
3 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 1535
4 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1480
5 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 1440
6 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1410
7 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 1400
8 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 1375
9 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 1360
10 81E Tanner English Benton, KY 1340
11 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr Adel, IA 1330
12 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 1330
13 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1260
14 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 1245
15 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 1230
16 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 1205
17 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 1170
18 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 1150
19 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 1150
20 56JR Tony Jackson Jr Lebanon, MO 1145

 

*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*


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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

Allstar Performance - The Official Fast Time of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ARP - The Official Fastener of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Arizona Sport Shirts - The Original Racing Shirt
Big River Steel - A leading Steel Mill in the flat-rolled steel industry
Brandon Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dirt Draft - "The Official Fantasy Sports Provider" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
DirtonDirt.com - All Late Models. All The Time.
Dixie Chopper - "The Official Mower" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - Anywhere is Possible
Holmatro - Mastering Power
Hoosier Tire - Tires Designed for Champions
K&N Engineering - "Make your Move" to K&N Performance Filters
Lucas Oil Products - Keep That Engine Alive!
LINE-X - LINE-X Protects
MAVTV - Your motorsports destination
Miller Welders - WE BUILD With You
Nitro-Bee PLUS - "The Official Race Receiver" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
OPTIMA Batteries - The Ultimate Power Source
ProtectTheHarvest.com - Keeping American traditions alive, for future generations
Rugged Radios - “The Official Communications” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Summit Racing Equipment - "Let's Build it Together"
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - Super Easy. Super Fast. Super Clean!
UNOH - "The Official Educational Partner" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Whelen Engineering Company - "The Official Emergency Lighting" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Wrisco Industries, Inc. - 100 Years of Industry Experience

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Advanced Powder Coating, Allstar Performance, Arizona Sport Shirts, Automotive Racing Products, Big River Steel, Bilstein, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, Brandon Ford, Brodix, Capital Race Cars, Cornett Racing Engines, CP Carrillo Pistons, DirtonDirt.com, DirtCarLift.com, Dirt Draft, Dirty Girl Racewear, Dixie Chopper, E3 Spark Plugs, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Etchberger Trucking, Fast Shafts, Fox Shocks, General Tire, Heath Lawson Photography, Holmatro, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, Keyser Manufacturing, K&N Engineering, LINE-X, Longhorn Chassis, Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, MSD Performance, MyRacePass, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Öhlins Shocks, OPTIMA Batteries, Outerwears, Penske Racing Shocks, Performance Bodies, Pit Stop USA, Pro Power Racing Engines, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Pro Things Apparel, Rocket Chassis, Rugged Radios, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Slicker Graphics, Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, Swift Springs, Stop Tech Brakes, Summit Racing Equipment, Thermo-Tec Automotive Products, UNOH - University of Northwestern Ohio, Vahlco Wheels, Vic Hill Race Engines, Whelen Engineering Company Inc, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2021, the LOLMDS will sanction 59 feature events, at 30 different venues, across 18 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. All 59 feature events will be LIVE Streamed on MAVTV Plus. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

About MAVTV Motorsports Network

MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive and unique events. MAVTV goes beyond the national mainstream motorsports events to include grassroots racing from across the globe: drag racing, pro motocross, sprint boats, rally cars, short course off-road truck racing, sprint cars, pro pulling, drifting, ice racing, and everything in between. MAVTV knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that are truly second-to-none. From 24/7 automotive and motorsports content on MAVTV Motorsports Network to the free and exclusive content available on MAVTV Select and the on-demand streaming service of MAVTV Plus, if it has a motor, it's probably on MAVTV - The Motorsports Network!
For more information, visit www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil MLRA, and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

2021 Championship Points

Points as of 10/16/2021
Pos Competitor Points
1stTim McCreadie (#39)7355
2ndHudson O'Neal (#71)6815
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)6640
4thJimmy Owens (#20)6515
5thTyler Erb (#1T)6445
6thKyle Bronson (#40B)6410
7thRicky Thornton (#20RT)6230
8thJosh Richards (#14)6165
9thShane Clanton (#25)5905
10thEarl Pearson (#46)5875

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Saturday, December 25
1:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Portsmouth, OH
Sunday, January 2
8:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Knoxville, IA
Sunday, January 30
8:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Portsmouth, OH
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