Thornton Jr. collects two days of big bucks at PRP


WEST PORTSMOUTH — Martinsville of Indiana’s Ricky Thornton Jr. collected $25,000 for a couple of evenings of work at Portsmouth Raceway Park, as PRP enjoyed two nights of exciting racing over Labor Day Weekend — with big money on the line both evenings for Super Late Models.

Thornton grabbed Friday night’s Boone Coleman Memorial “Gator 50”, presented by Berndt-Murfin Insurance, then followed that up by winning Saturday night’s River Days Rumble 50 — presented by Pepsi, Army and Roots Child Care Center.

Friday’s race paid $10,000 and Saturday’s paid $15,000.

Other winners over the weekend included Lucasville’s Jeremy Rayburn, who took the checkers in Friday’s $1,200-to-win Modified Feature.

Eighteen-year-old Miles Cook Jr from Wheelersburg scored his first-ever PRP victory in Friday’s Sport Mod A-Main, while Laurelville’s Jamie Adams picked up the win in Saturday’s Sport Mod show.

Fayetteville’s Mike Meyers prevailed in Friday’s Limited Late Model A-Main, while West Portsmouth’s Ben Adkins was triumphant in Saturday’s Limited Late Model Feature.

The Giovanni’s Pizza Wholesale Late Models had their share of drama in both of the weekend’s features.

On Friday night, Daulton Wilson from Fayetteville (N.C.) appeared to be the driver to beat early on.

He led the first 43 circuits of the 50-lap feature before experiencing mechanical issues.

That handed the lead over to Thornton Jr., who held on to the finish — but not without receiving a stiff challenge from Wheelersburg’s R.J. Conley in the closing laps.

Conley dove under Thornton going into turn 3, and made the pass while racing to the white flag.

However, Thornton crossed over the four-time PRP champ — passing him back on the inside down the front straightaway and holding him off to the checkers.

Three-time Boone Coleman Memorial “Gator 50” winner Brandon Fouts placed third.

Rod Conley, Shannon Thornsberry, Charlie Jude, Wilson, Avery Taylor, Justin Cooper and Josh Bocook rounded out the top-1010.

Saturday night’s River Days Rumble 50 brought in The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Car Series.

The feature event had four different leaders.

Martinsville’s (Indiana) Hudson O’Neal led the first nine laps, as Evans’ (Georgia) Brandon Overton took over the top spot on lap 10 — before relinquishing the lead to Wilson on lap 17.

Thornton took over command on lap 32, and would hold on to the end — with Dresden’s Devin Moran hot on his heels down the stretch.

Moran would get second followed by Wilson and Overton, who had to finish out the race with overheating issues.

After leading early in the race, outside polesitter O’Neal had to come into the hot pit and change a tire on lap 20.

He restarted last and worked his way all the way up to fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 were Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, Ross Robinson, Conley and Colten Burdette.

Conley, a four-time winner at PRP this season, advanced 11 positions to crack the top-10.

The top-10 in Friday’s Gampp’s Power Equipment Modified A-Main were Rayburn, Ervin Vance, Jody Puckett, Logan Burke, Bill Prichard Jr., Tony DeHart, Brian Sammons Jr., Anthony Slusher, David Fitzpatrick and Ryan McGraw.

Vance climbed 16 spots to finish as the runner-up.

The top five in Friday’s O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Limited Late Model Feature included Meyers, Adkins, Evyian Terry, Kevin Terry, and Cameron Flannery.

Adkins followed up Friday’s runner-up finish with his first-ever Limited Late Model Feature win on Saturday.

The former Super Late Model track champ has now won A-Mains in three different divisions at PRP during his career — Modifieds, Super Lates and Limiteds.

Making up the rest of the top-5 for Saturday were Joe Brewer, Meyers, Albert Butcher and Jason Salmons.

Friday’s top-5 in the BluePrint Event Tent & Inflatable Rentals Sport Mod Feature were Cook Jr., Luke Jordan, Adams, Mikey Howard and Adam Colley.

Saturday’s top-5 included Adams, Landon Barker, Cook Jr., Joshua Harrington and Davey Akers.

Portsmouth Raceway Park will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 16 — as Crider’s Lawn Care will present a full program with Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Lates, Sport Mods, and for the first time ever, Crown Vics.

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