Thornton at head of the class at Canyon

By Lonnie Wheatley

PEORIA, Ariz. (July 30) – Ricky Thornton Jr. took Saturday night’s headline win at Canyon Speed­way Park by racing to victory lane in the Allscapes Back to School special atop the 1/3-mile clay oval.

Thornton made a return to the desert and denied Jason Noll a third consecutive win in Arizona Differential IMCA Modified action by topping the 20-lap feature.

He rallied from 11th to capture his first Canyon score since topping February’s Desert Classic with Noll setting for runner-up honors from seventh.  Joey Moriarty was third with Chaz Baca, Jr. charg­ing from 18th to fourth and Mike Strobl rounding out the top five.