Thornton doubles up at Marshalltown

Ricky Thornton Jr. was a double winner Friday night at Marshalltown Speedway, topping both IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events. ((Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)

By Joyce Eisele

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 26) – Ricky Thornton Jr. bested both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features Friday at Marshalltown Speedway.

Tony Hofbauer took the lead in the Modified main and kept hold of it until Joel Rust ran him down at halfway.  Rust was looking strong but soon had Tim Ward and then Thornton bearing down on him. 

Thornton slipped into second and set his sights on the leader.  He then made a slide job work with four laps left in the contest to nab the lead. Thornton sailed home to the win, Rust took second and Ward was third.

Jarred Daggett led the Stock Car troops in the opening laps only to have Jeff Mueller dig his way to the lead on the bottom at lap three.  There was a fierce battle going on behind Mueller as tenth place starter Thornton was now fending off Jeff Wollam, Daggett and Jay Schmidt.

Thornton began reeling in Mueller, setting sail on the top of the track, while Mueller held firm to the bottom, and now young Dallon Murty was throwing his hat into the ring as well. Thornton made his top side run work at lap 13 and took over the number one position and then led to the checkers. 

Mueller held on to the runner-up spot and Wollam finished third.

Jake McBirnie matched his Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod win from last week, and Leah Wroten captured the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory.