Thornton Is Fourth USMTS Winner

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Ricky Thornton Jr. in victory lane Thursday at Shady Oaks Speedway. (USMTS photo)

GOLIAD, Texas — The fourth race of the season for the USMTS produced a fourth different winner as Ricky Thornton Jr. rolled to a wire-to-wire victory at the Shady Oaks Speedway.

Starting from the outside of the second row, Thornton wasted no time getting to the front and made it three wide with polesitter Chris Brown and Mickey Lassiter entering the first turn.

Stormy Scott followed to the inside down the backstretch and slid into second behind Thornton as they completed the first lap.

The first four laps were plagued by five cautions, but the field rattled off 20 straight laps after that with Ryan Gustin, Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott and Chris Brown chasing Thornton around the big three-eighths-mile dirt oval.

The yellow flag flew with five laps to go, and again as the white flag was waving to set up a green-white-checkered finish, but each time Thornton was up to the task and paced Stormy Scott to the finish line to notch his second career USMTS triumph.

Brown, who fell back as far as sixth during the 30-lapper, clawed his way back to a third-place finish while Gustin nipped Johnny Scott as the finish line to take the fourth spot.

Racing from 18th on the starting grid to sixth at the checkered flag, Travis Saurer earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award with Jason Hughes, Tyler Wolff, Cade Dillard and Dereck Ramirez rounding out the top 10.

Two more nights remain at the Shady Oaks Speedway.

The finish:

Ricky Thornton Jr., Stormy Scott, Chris Brown, Ryan Gustin, Johnny Scott, Travis Saurer, Jason Hughes, Tyler Wolff, Cade Dillard, Dereck Ramirez, Zack VanderBeek, Billy Vogel, Joe Duvall, George Egbert IV, R.C. Whitwell, Trevor Egbert, Logan Robertson, Bobby Malchus, Kevin Rutherford, Corey Weir, Mickey Lassiter, Rodney Sanders, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Cody Leonard.