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Thornton Takes IMCA Modified Victory at Canyon Speedway

By canyon | 10 July 2011 | Featured News | | 0 Comments   

Kevin Montgomery, PEORIA, Ariz. (July 9th, 2011) – Ricky Thornton Jr. clicked off his fourth IMCA Modified win of 2011 as he topped Saturday nights 25-lap feature at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway.

Thornton, aboard the Anthony Madrid owned Sunoco Fuels/Challenger Race Engines/Flexi Flyer, was able to move from the tenth starting position to take the lead from Jay Foster in the final circuits of the well contested main event.  Although Thornton has only competed in a handful of Modified events, his win will move him into the top ten in Championship standings that is currently led by Jason Noll.

Noll completed the podium as he finished just behind Foster with Guy Norton and George Fronsman rounding out the top 5.

Shawn Zelenka and Terry Belcher Sr. topped heat race action.

Jeff Stafford held off 3-time winner Ty Warner for his sixth Pure Stock win of the year.  Stafford and Warner crossed the white flag side by side entering turn one as Stafford was able to prevail down the back stretch crossing the checker flag first in the 20-lap feature.

Warner dropped to third leaving the runner up spot for Brandon Parker.

Daniel Romero put an end to Joe Vlasity’s rein on Bomber Mania while Mike Martin was able to move up a division and capture a varsity win in Southwest Modlite action.

Full Results:

The high speed Super Late Models will return to Canyon Speedway this Saturday July 16th joined by the Southwest Modlites, Dwarf Cars and ASCS2.  The racing and family fun begins when general admission tickets go on sale at 5pm for only $15 for adults, Senior and Military $13 and CHILDREN 12 and UNDER are free. Racing will begin promptly at 7:30pm.

Budweiser beer specials will continue at Canyon Speedway with $2 red flag 16oz Bud and Budlight.  Each time the red flag waves during race action fans will be able to enjoy an ice cold beer for a cool price.

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Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway.  For more information please, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at

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