Thornton Sweeps Up At Canyon


PEORIA, Ariz. — Ricky Thornton Jr. wasted little time recouping his airfare from Des Moines to Phoenix by winning day two of the Winter Challenge at Canyon Speedway Park on Sunday afternoon.

A second check for $1,000 came with his 249th career win with about 215 of them in a modified.

Thornton has been so successful in his career at Canyon that he has well over 100 wins at the desert oval and Sunday’s win mirrored his results on Saturday. Thornton started ninth, one spot deeper than Saturday, and took the lead again on lap five.

Racing Zachary Madrid for the lead, Thornton threw a slider at the leader in turn two, but Madrid used a crossover move to maintain the lead. Thornton tried again in turn four and Madrid did not get the traction needed to again use a crossover.

Once in front Thornton had no issues and won over Clint Reichenback and Tyler Meci. Madrid and Don Gumke completed the top five.

A field of 23 IMCA modifieds were part of the 79-car turnout.

But it was Cody Center who was the biggest money winner on day two. After not even completing a lap in Saturday’s main, Center won the IMCA Northern Sport Mod main in dramatic fashion, racing from fourth to the lead in two laps.

On a track that offered more grooves, Center ran the top coming out of turn two to pass two cars and took the lead in turn four with another top groove effort. Center also dominated the IMCA stock car main for two wins on Sunday, totaling $1,250 in earnings.