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Thornton Cashes in at 24th Annual Desert Classic!

By canyon | 04 November 2012 | Featured News | | 0 Comments   

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (November 3, 2012) – Ricky Thornton captured the $5,000 IMCA Modified winner’s share to cap off Saturday night’s 24th Annual Desert Classic atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.

While Thornton, Jr., bested the Modified ranks, other Desert Classic winners included Ty Warner in Pure Stocks, Joe Saringer in Super Stocks, Paul O’Connor on the Bombers and Chaz Baca, Jr., in Southwest Modlite action.

After racing from 18th to fifth in Friday night’s Desert Classic prelim, Thornton, Jr., climbed from the third row to take the big money in the IMCA Modified portion of the event in front of 16th-starter Tim Ward, with 10th-starter Dylan Smith, Robert Adams and Mark Stewart rounding out the top five.  Only one of Friday night’s top six finishers were among Saturday’s top six, with Friday winner Jason Noll and runner-up Guy Norton the first out of the feature.

Ty Warner raced from the second row to win the Pure Stock feature in front of Danny Price and Tyler Mecl, while Joe Saringer bested George Fronsman and Alan Kelly from the fifth starting position in the Super Stock main.

Paul O’Connor raced to the checkered flag from the front row outside starting position in the Bomber feature ahead of Joe Peterson and Nick Langer, with pole starter Chaz Baca, Jr., besting Tony Martin and Josh Shipley in the Southwest Mod Lites.

Action continues at Canyon Speedway Park on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with the Stock Car Shootout offering up a $1,000-to-win Pure Stock feature, $500-to-win Super Stock and Bomber main events with Southwest Mod Lites and Hornets on the card as well.

(Photos courtesy of Tom Macht)

 

Canyon Speedway Park 24th Annual Desert Classic Saturday Results:

IMCA Modifieds:

First Heat:  1. 36-Jeff Conner, 2. 50-Robert Adams, 3. 09-Jay Foster, 4. 6-Eric Center, 5. 18j-Dustin Johnson, 6. 65-Tim Palmer, 7. 4r-Ross Statham, 8. 82-J.C. Parmeley.

Second Heat:  1. 11x-Shawn Zelenka, 2. 41-George Fronsman, 3. 8-Nate Warren, 4. 88c-Chris Olexicwiez, 5. 10a-Jeff Anderson, 6. 78-Steve Stultz, 7. 2-Grant Junghans, 8. 45t-Trent Gaust.

Third Heat:  1. 5m-Anthony Madrid, 2. 95-Dylan Smith, 3. 33jr-Paul French, Jr., 4. 99-Zach Washburn, 5. 87-Clifton Maggard, 6. 03-Travis Martineau, 7. 22-Bryan Miller.

Fourth Heat:  1. 59-Mark Stewart, 2. 4tw-Tim Ward, 3. 19sb-Lance Mari, 4. TC-Taylon Center, 5. 48j-Jacob Murray, 6. 40-Jeff Stafford, 7. 5az-James Webster.

First “B” Feature:  1. 48j-Jacob Murray, 2. 41-George Fronsman, 3. 19sb-Lance Mari, 4. 88c-Chris Olexicwiez, 5. 10a-Jeff Anderson, 6. 87-Clifton Maggard, 7. 40-Jeff Stafford, 8. 22-Bryan Miller, 9. 6-Eric Center, 10. 45t-Trent Gaust, 11. 2-Grant Junghans.

Second “B” Feature:  1. 4tw-Tim Ward, 2. TC-Taylon Center, 3. 5az-James Webster, 4. 78-Steve Stultz, 5. 65-Tim Palmer, 6. 4r-Ross Statham, 7. 33jr-Paul French, Jr., 8. 99-Zach Washburn, 9. 18j-Dustin Johnson, 10. 03-Travis Martineau, 11. 82-J.C. Parmeley.

“A” Feature:  1. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 2. 4tw-Tim Ward, 3. 95-Dylan Smith, 4. 50-Robert Adams, 5. 59-Mark Stewart, 6. 5m-Anthony Madrid, 7. $-Cody Center, 8. 19sb-Lance Mari, 9. 5az-James Webster, 10. 41-George Fronsman, 11. 52w-D.J. Wood, 12. 11x-Shawn Zelenka, 13. 36-Jeff Conner, 14. 8-Nate Warren, 15. 12d-Scott Drake, 16. 09-Jay Foster, 17. TC-Taylon Center, 18. 48j-Jacob Murray, 19. 12-Guy Norton, 20. 44-Jason Noll.

 

Pure Stocks:

First Heat:  1. 04h-Chris McCurdy, 2. 23jr-Chris McCurdy, Jr., 3. 18-Danny Price, 4. 5m-Doug Meeks, 5. 19w-John Thomas, 6. 40jr-Jeff Stafford, 7. 7-Steve Bitting, 8. 68v-Joe Vlasity, 9. 3-Ashley Stafford, 10. 24-Doug Meeks, Jr.

Second Heat:  1. 90-Ty Warner, 2. XX-Chuck Thornton, 3. 7n-Michael Palmo, 4. 71x-Tyler Mecl, 5. 21m-Matt Martinez, 6. 06-Marlowe Wrightsman, 7. 40-Bubba Stafford, 8. 444-Dallas Hartsock, 9. 07-Eris Sessions.

“A” Feature:  1. 90-Ty Warner, 2. 18-Danny Price, 3. 71x-Tyler Mecl, 4. 21m-Matt Martinez, 5. 23jr-Chris McCurdy, Jr., 6. 19w-John Thomas, 7. 06-Marlowe Wrightsman, 8. 68v-Joe Vlasity, 9. 04h-Chris McCurdy, 10. 5m-Doug Meeks, 11. 24-Doug Meeks, Jr., 12. 40-Bubba Stafford, 13. 444-Dallas Hartsock, 14. XX-Chuck Thornton, 15. 3-Ashley Stafford, 16. 07-Eric Sessions, 17. 40jr-Jeff Stafford, 18. 7n-Michael Palmo, 19. 7-Steve Bitting.

 

Super Stocks:

First Heat:  1. 15d-Dennis Losing, 2. 21-Alan Kelly, 3. 57-Joe Saringer, 4. 78-Henry Gunther, 5. 8d-John Wilson, 6. 3p-Willie Parker.

Second Heat:  1. 41-George Fronsman, 2. 85-Clay Colclasure, 3. 18-Brandon McCurdy, 4. 77-Dave Kahrl, 5. 0-Mike Brigner.

“A” Feature:  1. 57-Joe Saringer, 2. 41-George Fronsman, 3. 21-Alan Kelly, 4. 85-Clay Colclasure, 5. 0-Mike Brigner, 6. 78-Henry Gunther, 7. 3p-Willie Parker, 8. 77-Dave Kahrl, 9. 8d-John Wilson, 10. 18-Brandon McCurdy, 11. 15d-Dennis Losing.

 

Bombers:

First Heat:  1. 85-Joe Peterson, 2. 13-Jason Crowe, 3. 9-Paul O’Connor, 4. 17L-Nick Langer, 5. 66-Joe Setelin, 6. 16b-Richard Bennett, 7. 56-Mike Allen.

Second Heat:  1. 99-Trenton Setelin, 2. 72-John Wilt, 3. 61-Ted Markle, 4. 23jr-Chris McCurdy, Jr., 5. 04b-Justin Bishop, 6. 8-Joe Flewelling.

“A” Feature:  1. 9-Paul O’Connor, 2. 85-Joe Peterson, 3. 17L-Nick Langer, 4. 72-John Wilt, 5. 8-Joe Flewelling, 6. 99-Trenton Setelin, 7. 16b-Richard Bennett, 8. 04b-Justin Bishop, 9. 117-Richard Bogart, 10. 56-Mike Allen, 11. 66-Joe Setelin, 12. 61-Ted Markle, 13. 23jr-Chris McCurdy, Jr., 14. 13-Jason Crowe.

 

Southwest Modlites:

First Heat:  1. 75-Chaz Baca, Jr., 2. 4-Ricky Lewis, 3. 10-Davey Bateman, 4. 9-Mark Hammill, 5. 14kj-Kevin Rauscher, 6. 88-Terry Cornwell, 7. 5j-P.J. Jinzo.

Second Heat:  1. 1-Josh Shipley, 2. 2-Justin Thornton, 3. M14-Tony Martin, 4. 11-Mike Ryan, 5. 40-Vince Perez, 6. 14x-Chris Olsen, 7. 18-Kevin Alverson.

Third Heat:  1. 916-Brian Miller, 2. 05-Dino Soto, 3. 00-Jason Burstein, 4. 22-Scott Domine, 5. 36-Mike Smith, 6. 54-Daniel Leigh, 7. 41-A.J. Martin.

“A” Feature:  1. 75-Chaz Baca, Jr., 2. M14-Tony Martin, 3. 1-Josh Shipley, 4. 2-Justin Thornton, 5. 10-Davey Bateman, 6. 40-Vince Perez, 7. 05-Dino Soto, 8. 00-Jason Burstein, 9. 916-Brian Miller, 10. 54-Daniel Leigh, 11. 88-Terry Cornwell, 12. 5j-P.J. Jinzo, 13. 36-Mike Smith, 14. 4-Ricky Lewis, 15. 11-Mike Ryan, 16. 14x-Chris Olsen, 17. 14kj-Kevin Rauscher, 18. 22-Scott Domine, 19. 9-Mark Hammill, 20. 41-A.J. Martin, 21. 18-Kevin Alverson.

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