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Ricky Thornton Jr. becomes the first repeat champion of the Race for Hope 71 at Batesville Motor Speedway!

 

By Mike Spieker

 

LOCUST GROVE, Ark. (September 28, 2019) – Picking up where he left off Thursday evening, Ricky Thornton Jr. of Adel, Iowa cruised to the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71 title on Saturday night at Batesville Motor Speedway. 

 

Thornton Jr. started in the middle row of the three-wide, 30-car start and grabbed the lead on lap one over Beatrice, Nebraska’s Jordan Grabouski. 

 

“I knew we had to get a good start. Kyle (Strickler, last year’s event champion) beat me on the start last year and I think that’s what killed me. We got out front and just kind of rode around and saved our stuff,” said Thornton Jr. in victory lane. 

 

Thornton Jr. went relatively unchallenged through the first 40 laps until the mandatory fuel stop. Grabouski, Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., Tom Berry of Newburg, N.D., and Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla. rounded out the top five at the break. 

 

As the race resumed, Thornton Jr. jumped out to a comfortable lead once again. Meanwhile, Jordan Grabouski Racing teammates, Grabouski and Phillips, battled hard for the runner-up position. 

 

In the closing laps, Thornton Jr. was mired in lapped traffic, which allowed Phillips to close the gap. Phillips came within two car lengths of Thornton Jr. with three laps to go, but he wouldn’t be able to mount a serious charge on the driver of the No. 20RT. 

 

Thornton Jr. went on to lead all 71 trips around the high-banked three-eighths mile oval en route to becoming the first repeat champion of the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71. 

 

“This track just fits my driving style,” continued Thornton Jr. “You’ve got to be up on the wheel, yet conservative at the same time. We aren’t really a big team so to win this $15,000 here really helps us for sure.” 

Phillips, Grabouski, 17th place starter Jake O’Neil of Tuscon, Ariz., and Tanner Black of Otis, Kan. rounded out the top five. 

 

With the win, Thornton Jr. extended his streak of podium finishes in the Race For Hope 71 championship main event to three and hasn’t finished worse than second. 

RESULTS:
A Feature
(71 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [2]; 2. 75-Terry Phillips, [6]; 3. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [1]; 4. 0-Jake O'Neil, [17]; 5. 44T-Tanner Black, [14]; 6. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [12]; 7. 12-Jason Hughes, [3]; 8. 5L-Cody Laney, [15]; 9. 62-Hunter Marriott, [24]; 10. 5T-Jeff Taylor, [9]; 11. 18Z-Zane DeVilbiss, [8]; 12. 35-David Stremme, [5]; 13. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [4]; 14. 175-Ethan Dotson, [21]; 15. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [18]; 16. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [28]; 17. 02X-Jack Sullivan, [27]; 18. 8-Kyle Strickler, [16]; 19. 2A-Casey Arneson, [20]; 20. 3B-Eddie Belec, [13]; 21. G1X-Tony Anglin, [7]; 22. 7X-Mikey Bell, [19]; 23. (DNF) 6M-Wendell Wallace, [23]; 24. (DNF) 601-Curtis Cook, [11]; 25. (DNF) 32-D.J. Shannon, [29]; 26. (DNF) 83-Kellen Chadwick, [26]; 27. (DNF) 12J-Jason Ingalls, [10]; 28. (DNF) 31M-Travis Mosley, [25]; 29. (DNF) 96T-R.C. Whitwell, [30]; 30. (DNF) 2T-Tyler Stevens, [22]

B Feature (30 Laps): 1. 777-Jared Landers, [3]; 2. 9S-Ken Schrader, [1]; 3. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [2]; 4. 23-Brandon Smith, [4]; 5. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [13]; 6. 11-Richie Tosh, [9]; 7. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [15]; 8. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [5]; 9. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [11]; 10. 70-Jesse Dennis, [21]; 11. 23N-Clay Norris, [28]; 12. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [7]; 13. 44-Christy Barnett, [18]; 14. 117-Toby Herring, [8]; 15. 21C-Chad Clancy, [22]; 16. 8H-John Hansen, [25]; 17. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [27]; 18. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [20]; 19. 21M-Tyler Madigan, [30]; 20. X2M-Carl Murphy, [12]; 21. C5-Chris Carter, [26]; 22. 8C-Chad Andersen, [16]; 23. 94-Chris Morris, [24]; 24. (DNF) 02-Kody Scholpp, [17]; 25. (DNF) 73W-Shawn Walsh, [10]; 26. (DNF) 9-Brint Hartwick, [29]; 27. (DNF) 37-Randy Foote, [14]; 28. (DNF) 10W-Brandon Walsh, [6]; 29. (DNF) 0H-Shane Harris, [19]; 30. (DNF) 29-Keith Hammett, [23]

C Feature (25 Laps): 1. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [2]; 2. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [4]; 3. 8W-Randy Weaver, [12]; 4. 26S-Steven Glenn, [18]; 5. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [3]; 6. 82-Jacob Poel, [8]; 7. 85-Neal Flowers, [21]; 8. 68-Heath Grizzle, [13]; 9. 33-Jeff Mathews, [7]; 10. 38-Craig Garner, [32]; 11. 36-Mark Norris, [23]; 12. 3T-John Taylor, [9]; 13. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [28]; 14. 1XH-David Hess, [29]; 15. 141-Justin Galbreath, [25]; 16. 16-Joey Burch, [19]; 17. 66-Jerry Harris, [27]; 18. (DNF) 427-Miles Keeney, [26]; 19. (DNF) 76-Brad Smith, [22]; 20. (DNF) 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [24]; 21. (DNF) 25B-Chad Mallet, [17]; 22. (DNF) 33M-Madison Holloway, [5]; 23. (DNF) 21W-John Waugh, [16]; 24. (DNF) 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [30]; 25. (DNF) 7S-Troy Schaberg, [14]; 26. (DNF) 48-Alan Brown, [15]; 27. (DNF) 423-Will Poston, [20]; 28. (DNF) 6-Ryan McDermott, [11]; 29. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [33]; 30. (DNF) 73-Joey Gee, [1]; 31. (DNF) 17-Cody Tidwell, [34]; (DNS) 41-Rob Hughes, ; (DNS) 915-Chris Elliott, ; (DNS) 1X-Kris Lloyd,


Grabouski Wins Make-up Qualifier, Earns Pole for Race For Hope Main Event

By Mike Spieker

 

LOCUST GROVE, Ark. (September 28, 2019) – For the third consecutive year, Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, Neb. won the final qualifying program at the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71. This time, it earned him the pole position for Saturday night’s 71-lap, $15,000-to-win main event. 

 

Racing action began early Saturday afternoon to make-up Wednesday night’s postponed rainout. Thirty drivers raced for 30 laps around Batesville Motor Speedway with 10 drivers earning the final qualifying spots. 

 

Front row starters Tony Anglin of Walnut Ridge, Ark. and Tripp Gaylord of Lakewood, Col. battled for the lead early with Grabouski in tow in third. 

 

After a quick caution on the opening lap, a light rain shower passed over the speedway causing a brief delay to get the track worked in. Gaylord distanced himself by five car lengths seven laps in as Grabouski worked the rear bumper of Anglin. 

 

On lap eight, a 10-car pileup ensued in turn one. A car slowed on the low side of the speedway and forced a bottleneck. Cars piled into each other, blocking the entire corner. Getting the worst of it was Carl Murphy, who climbed the wall and came to rest with his front end straight up in the air. 

 

With 14 to go, Gaylord found himself mired in heavy lapped traffic. Considerable contact was made between Gaylord and a lapped car, which nearly spun Gaylord around. Gaylord was able to save his car from spinning, but it allowed Grabouski to sneak by to take the lead. 

 

Gaylord remained within striking distance until the checkers, but Grabouski held on to claim his third qualifying feature win at the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71. 

 

“The lapped cars were tough. They are racing for all they’ve got and it took a lot to just be patient and go for it,” said Grabouski in victory lane. “Seventy-one laps will be a long time tonight. I think we’ve got a good car and hopefully, we make the right adjustments.”

 

Anglin, Jason Ingalls of Longview, Tex. and Eddie Belec of Arvada, Col. rounded out the top five. 

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [3]; 2. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [2]; 3. G1X-Tony Anglin, [1]; 4. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [9]; 5. 3B-Eddie Belec, [7]; 6. 8-Kyle Strickler, [8]; 7. 7X-Mikey Bell, [6]; 8. 2T-Tyler Stevens, [16]; 9. 31M-Travis Mosley, [4]; 10. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [18]; 11. 9S-Ken Schrader, [19]; 12. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [10]; 13. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [5]; 14. 777-Jared Landers, [28]; 15. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [11]; 16. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [25]; 17. 29-Keith Hammett, [20]; 18. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [27]; 19. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [12]; 20. 37-Randy Foote, [14]; 21. 21C-Chad Clancy, [21]; 22. 23-Brandon Smith, [13]; 23. (DNF) 915-Chris Elliott, [17]; 24. (DNF) 16-Joey Burch, [22]; 25. (DNF) 41-Rob Hughes, [24]; 26. (DNF) 8H-John Hansen, [29]; 27. (DNF) X2M-Carl Murphy, [26]; 28. (DNF) 73W-Shawn Walsh, [30]; 29. (DNF) 48-Alan Brown, [23]; 30. (DNF) 82-Jacob Poel, [15]

B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 0H-Shane Harris, [2]; 2. 02-Kody Scholpp, [4]; 3. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [1]; 4. 11-Richie Tosh, [6]; 5. 70-Jesse Dennis, [5]; 6. 9-Brint Hartwick, [9]; 7. 23N-Clay Norris, [11]; 8. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [3]; 9. 36-Mark Norris, [13]; 10. 94-Chris Morris, [18]; 11. 3T-John Taylor, [7]; 12. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [10]; 13. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [20]; 14. 21M-Tyler Madigan, [24]; 15. 33-Jeff Mathews, [12]; 16. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [16]; 17. 1X-Kris Lloyd, [14]; 18. 423-Will Poston, [23]; 19. 68-Heath Grizzle, [21]; 20. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [19]; 21. 21W-John Waugh, [8]; 22. 85-Neal Flowers, [22]; 23. 8W-Randy Weaver, [28]; 24. 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [25]; 25. 1XH-David Hess, [30]; 26. 8C-Chad Andersen, [17]; 27. C5-Chris Carter, [27]; 28. 427-Miles Keeney, [29]; 29. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [26]; (DNS) 17T-Jeremy Tharp,

C Feature (15 Laps): 1. 117-Toby Herring, [4]; 2. 44-Christy Barnett, [6]; 3. 6-Ryan McDermott, [1]; 4. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [5]; 5. 73-Joey Gee, [9]; 6. 76-Brad Smith, [2]; 7. 141-Justin Galbreath, [13]; 8. 38-Craig Garner, [7]; 9. 33M-Madison Holloway, [10]; 10. 25B-Chad Mallet, [8]; 11. 66-Jerry Harris, [11]; 12. (DNF) 26S-Steven Glenn, [12]; 13. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [3]

C Feature (25 Laps): 1. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [2]; 2. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [4]; 3. 8W-Randy Weaver, [12];

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 37-Randy Foote, [2]; 2. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [3]; 3. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [1]; 4. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [5]; 5. 6-Ryan McDermott, [4]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 3B-Eddie Belec, [1]; 2. 16-Joey Burch, [4]; 3. 0H-Shane Harris, [3]; 4. 8C-Chad Andersen, [5]; 5. 76-Brad Smith, [2]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [2]; 2. 2T-Tyler Stevens, [5]; 3. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [3]; 4. 94-Chris Morris, [1]; (DNS) 21-Ryan Moore,

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [1]; 2. 915-Chris Elliott, [3]; 3. 02-Kody Scholpp, [4]; 4. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [2]; 5. 117-Toby Herring, [5]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 82-Jacob Poel, [1]; 2. X2M-Carl Murphy, [2]; 3. 70-Jesse Dennis, [5]; 4. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [4]; 5. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [3]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler, [2]; 2. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [5]; 3. 11-Richie Tosh, [4]; 4. 68-Heath Grizzle, [1]; 5. 44-Christy Barnett, [3]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 7X-Mikey Bell, [4]; 2. 48-Alan Brown, [2]; 3. 3T-John Taylor, [3]; 4. 85-Neal Flowers, [5]; 5. 38-Craig Garner, [1]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [2]; 2. 41-Rob Hughes, [5]; 3. 21W-John Waugh, [1]; 4. 423-Will Poston, [3]; 5. (DNF) 25B-Chad Mallet, [4]

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [2]; 2. 9S-Ken Schrader, [3]; 3. 9-Brint Hartwick, [1]; 4. 21M-Tyler Madigan, [4]; 5. 73-Joey Gee, [5]

Heat 10 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [2]; 2. 29-Keith Hammett, [4]; 3. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [3]; 4. 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [5]; 5. 33M-Madison Holloway, [1]

Heat 11 (8 Laps): 1. 31M-Travis Mosley, [1]; 2. 73W-Shawn Walsh, [3]; 3. 23N-Clay Norris, [4]; 4. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [5]; 5. 66-Jerry Harris, [2]

Heat 12 (8 Laps): 1. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [5]; 2. 21C-Chad Clancy, [1]; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews, [2]; 4. C5-Chris Carter, [4]; 5. (DNF) 26S-Steven Glenn, [3]

Heat 13 (8 Laps): 1. G1X-Tony Anglin, [1]; 2. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [4]; 3. 36-Mark Norris, [5]; 4. 8W-Randy Weaver, [3]; 5. 141-Justin Galbreath, [2]

Heat 14 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Brandon Smith, [2]; 2. 8H-John Hansen, [4]; 3. 1X-Kris Lloyd, [3]; 4. 427-Miles Keeney, [1]

Heat 15 (8 Laps): 1. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [2]; 2. 777-Jared Landers, [3]; 3. 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [1]; 4. 1XH-David Hess, [4]


 

Hughes picks up convincing win in Friday’s Race For Hope 71 qualifier

 

By Mike Spieker

LOCUST GROVE, Ark. (September 27, 2019) – Eighty-four IMCA Modifieds were checked in at Batesville Motor Speedway on Friday for another qualifying night for the third annual IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71. By night’s end, 10 drivers added their names to the list of qualifiers for Saturday night’s 71-lap, $15,000-to-win championship main event. 

Watts, Okla. driver Jason Hughes proved he was the class of the field during the 30-lap qualifying feature. Hughes charged from the 14th starting position to claim the win over Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo. and Cave City, Ark. driver Jeff Taylor. 


“Man, we had a really good car. I just got down on the bottom and tried to hit the smoother lines,” said Hughes after the race. “We’ll probably have to make a few more adjustments for Saturday night. We’ve got to keep the tires under the car for 71 laps. That’ll be a big part of it.”

Jeff Taylor took a commanding lead from the onset from the third starting position. Taylor had a full straightaway lead at the halfway point. Hughes moved into the runner-up spot on lap 13 and set his sights on Taylor for the lead. 

Heavy lapped traffic ahead of Taylor allowed Hughes to close in quickly. Wasting little time, Hughes dove to the inside of Taylor to take the point with nine laps remaining. Once out front, Hughes checked out from the rest of the field and scored the win.

Phillips snuck by Taylor in the waning laps to come home second. Tom Berry Jr. of Newburg, N.D. came from 11th to finish fourth. Cody Laney of Torrance, Calif. rounded out the top five. 

Jordan Grabouski picked up the B-main win. John Hansen was the C-main winner. 

he third and final qualifying program for the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71 will be Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. It is a make-up program from Wednesday night’s postponement. 

The Race For Hope 71 wraps up with the championship event on Saturday night with action beginning at 7:30pm. 

 RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 12-Jason Hughes, [14]; 2. 75-Terry Phillips, [8]; 3. 5T-Jeff Taylor, [3]; 4. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [11]; 5. 5L-Cody Laney, [10]; 6. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [19]; 7. 175-Ethan Dotson, [21]; 8. 62-Hunter Marriott, [16]; 9. 02X-Jack Sullivan, [4]; 10. 96T-R.C. Whitwell, [20]; 11. 9S-Ken Schrader, [5]; 12. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [15]; 13. 73W-Shawn Walsh, [24]; 14. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [17]; 15. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [12]; 16. 11-Richie Tosh, [9]; 17. 8-Kyle Strickler, [7]; 18. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [13]; 19. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [25]; 20. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [1]; 21. X2M-Carl Murphy, [29]; 22. 3B-Eddie Belec, [27]; 23. 31M-Travis Mosley, [18]; 24. 68-Heath Grizzle, [22]; 25. 82-Jacob Poel, [28]; 26. 94-Chris Morris, [26]; 27. 8W-Randy Weaver, [30]; 28. (DNF) 2T-Tyler Stevens, [6]; 29. (DNF) 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [23]; 30. (DNF) 70-Jesse Dennis, [2]

B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [1]; 2. 7X-Mikey Bell, [4]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [11]; 4. 117-Toby Herring, [3]; 5. 8C-Chad Andersen, [7]; 6. 23-Brandon Smith, [15]; 7. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [5]; 8. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [14]; 9. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [9]; 10. C5-Chris Carter, [8]; 11. 44-Christy Barnett, [16]; 12. 02-Kody Scholpp, [30]; 13. 777-Jared Landers, [26]; 14. 21C-Chad Clancy, [12]; 15. 9-Brint Hartwick, [18]; 16. 23N-Clay Norris, [21]; 17. 85-Neal Flowers, [17]; 18. 37-Randy Foote, [22]; 19. 16-Joey Burch, [27]; 20. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [23]; 21. 73-Joey Gee, [24]; 22. G1X-Tony Anglin, [29]; 23. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [20]; 24. 41-Rob Hughes, [2]; 25. 3T-John Taylor, [13]; 26. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [19]; 27. 26S-Steven Glenn, [10]; 28. 66-Jerry Harris, [28]; 29. (DNF) 25B-Chad Mallet, [6]; 30. (DNF) 21W-John Waugh, [25]

C Feature (15 Laps): 1. 8H-John Hansen, [1]; 2. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [5]; 3. 0H-Shane Harris, [7]; 4. 36-Mark Norris, [14]; 5. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [23]; 6. 33M-Madison Holloway, [9]; 7. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [6]; 8. 48-Alan Brown, [22]; 9. 6-Ryan McDermott, [21]; 10. 423-Will Poston, [12]; 11. 427-Miles Keeney, [3]; 12. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [4]; 13. 38-Craig Garner, [18]; 14. 1XH-David Hess, [8]; 15. 76-Brad Smith, [15]; 16. 141-Justin Galbreath, [2]; 17. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [13]; 18. (DNF) 915-Chris Elliott, [11]; 19. (DNF) 1X-Kris Lloyd, [19]; 20. (DNF) 21M-Tyler Madigan, [24]; 21. (DNF) 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [16]; 22. (DNF) 33-Jeff Mathews, [10]; 23. (DNF) 29-Keith Hammett, [17]; (DNS) 17-Cody Tidwell,

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5L-Cody Laney, [1]; 2. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [2]; 3. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [5]; 4. 44-Christy Barnett, [4]; 5. 8H-John Hansen, [6]; 6. 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [3]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [2]; 2. 73W-Shawn Walsh, [4]; 3. 41-Rob Hughes, [1]; 4. 85-Neal Flowers, [6]; 5. (DNF) 141-Justin Galbreath, [3]; 6. (DNF) 29-Keith Hammett, [5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [1]; 2. 62-Hunter Marriott, [6]; 3. 117-Toby Herring, [4]; 4. 9-Brint Hartwick, [2]; 5. 427-Miles Keeney, [5]; (DNS) 38-Craig Garner,

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 5T-Jeff Taylor, [2]; 2. 96T-R.C. Whitwell, [1]; 3. 7X-Mikey Bell, [6]; 4. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [5]; 5. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [3]; (DQ) 1X-Kris Lloyd, [4]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 70-Jesse Dennis, [2]; 2. 175-Ethan Dotson, [5]; 3. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [1]; 4. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [4]; 5. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [6]; (DNS) 17-Cody Tidwell,

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 2T-Tyler Stevens, [1]; 2. 68-Heath Grizzle, [3]; 3. 25B-Chad Mallet, [5]; 4. 23N-Clay Norris, [2]; 5. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [4]; 6. 6-Ryan McDermott, [6]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [1]; 2. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [6]; 3. 8C-Chad Andersen, [4]; 4. 37-Randy Foote, [3]; 5. 0H-Shane Harris, [5]; 6. 48-Alan Brown, [2]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 9S-Ken Schrader, [3]; 2. 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [4]; 3. C5-Chris Carter, [2]; 4. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [5]; 5. 1XH-David Hess, [1]; 6. (DNF) 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [6]

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler, [4]; 2. 8W-Randy Weaver, [1]; 3. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [2]; 4. 73-Joey Gee, [3]; 5. (DNF) 33M-Madison Holloway, [6]; 6. (DNF) 21M-Tyler Madigan, [5]

Heat 10 (8 Laps): 1. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [5]; 2. 94-Chris Morris, [2]; 3. 26S-Steven Glenn, [1]; 4. 21W-John Waugh, [4]; 5. 33-Jeff Mathews, [3]

Heat 11 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Richie Tosh, [1]; 2. 31M-Travis Mosley, [2]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [5]; 4. 777-Jared Landers, [4]; 5. 915-Chris Elliott, [3]

Heat 12 (8 Laps): 1. 75-Terry Phillips, [4]; 2. X2M-Carl Murphy, [2]; 3. 21C-Chad Clancy, [5]; 4. 16-Joey Burch, [3]; 5. 423-Will Poston, [1]

Heat 13 (8 Laps): 1. 12-Jason Hughes, [5]; 2. 82-Jacob Poel, [3]; 3. 3T-John Taylor, [2]; 4. 66-Jerry Harris, [4]; 5. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [1]

Heat 14 (8 Laps): 1. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [2]; 2. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [1]; 3. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [5]; 4. G1X-Tony Anglin, [4]; 5. 36-Mark Norris, [3]

Heat 15 (8 Laps): 1. 02X-Jack Sullivan, [1]; 2. 3B-Eddie Belec, [2]; 3. 23-Brandon Smith, [3]; 4. 02-Kody Scholpp, [5]; 5. 76-Brad Smith, [4]

 


 

Thornton Jr. Dominates Opening Night of Race For Hope 71 at Batesville Motor Speedway

 

By Mike Spieker

 

LOCUST GROVE, Ark. (September 26, 2019) – After having the first two scheduled nights postponed due to rain, the third annual IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71 got underway Thursday night at Batesville Motor Speedway. Ninety-five of the best IMCA Modified drivers from across the country were checked in for action at the high-banked three-eighths mile oval. 

 

Inaugural Race For Hope 71 champion, Ricky Thornton Jr. of Adel, Iowa., by way of Chandler, Ariz., cruised to the 30-lap qualifying A-main feature win. Thornton Jr. started on the inside of row two and quickly moved by front row starters D.J. Shannon of Merced, Calif. and Curtis Cook of Conway, Ark. 

 

Once out front, Thornton Jr. distanced himself from the rest of the field. 

 

“The car was really good. We were able to get into the lead on the first or second lap, then I just kind of rolled around the bottom,” said Thornton Jr. after the race. “I looked at the track right before our feature and decided to make a few changes. I think that really helped us a bunch. We should be sitting on the front row for Saturday night, which I think will help us a lot.”

 

Thornton Jr. will indeed line up in the middle lane of the front row of Saturday’s 30-car, three-wide championship main event. 

 

Perhaps the best battle on the track midway through the feature was the fight for second between David Stremme of Mooresville, N.C. and Zane DeVilbiss of Farmington, N.M. Stremme, the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series rookie of the year, and DeVilbiss, a two-time IMCA Modified national champion, raced hard for the runner-up spot for several consecutive laps. Both drivers fought for the bottom groove around the fast and tacky racing surface, but ninth-place starter, Stremme, was able to hold off DeVilbiss, who was charging his way forward from 13th. 

 

Cook and Tanner Black of Otis, Kan. rounded out the top five at the checkers. 

 

Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Mo. won the B-main. Local favorite, Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., drove from 15th to finish second. 

 

Rusty Jeffrey of Batesville picked up the C-main win. 

 

The IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71 continues Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway with racing starting at 7:30pm. Wednesday’s qualifying program, which was postponed due to rain, will be made up on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. On Saturday at 7:30pm, the championship event kicks off, featuring the 71-lap, $15,000 to win main event. 

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [3]; 2. 35-David Stremme, [9]; 3. 18Z-Zane DeVilbiss, [13]; 4. 601-Curtis Cook, [2]; 5. 44T-Tanner Black, [4]; 6. 0-Jake O'Neil, [10]; 7. 2A-Casey Arneson, [23]; 8. 6M-Wendell Wallace, [26]; 9. 83-Kellen Chadwick, [11]; 10. 32-D.J. Shannon, [1]; 11. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [27]; 12. 777-Jared Landers, [6]; 13. 75-Terry Phillips, [25]; 14. 23-Brandon Smith, [8]; 15. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [29]; 16. 37-Randy Foote, [14]; 17. 5L-Cody Laney, [28]; 18. 21M-Tyler Madigan, [16]; 19. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [17]; 20. 8C-Chad Andersen, [30]; 21. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [18]; 22. 117-Toby Herring, [24]; 23. (DNF) C5-Chris Carter, [21]; 24. (DNF) 7M-Peyton Taylor, [20]; 25. (DNF) 12-Jason Hughes, [12]; 26. (DNF) 2T-Tyler Stevens, [7]; 27. (DNF) 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [22]; 28. (DNF) 9S-Ken Schrader, [15]; 29. (DNF) 11-Richie Tosh, [19]; 30. (DNF) 8-Kyle Strickler, [5]

B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 62-Hunter Marriott, [2]; 2. 5T-Jeff Taylor, [15]; 3. X2M-Carl Murphy, [1]; 4. 175-Ethan Dotson, [23]; 5. 02X-Jack Sullivan, [3]; 6. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [7]; 7. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [6]; 8. 31M-Travis Mosley, [9]; 9. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [5]; 10. 3B-Eddie Belec, [14]; 11. 94-Chris Morris, [16]; 12. 21C-Chad Clancy, [29]; 13. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [20]; 14. 73-Joey Gee, [11]; 15. 8H-John Hansen, [30]; 16. 23N-Clay Norris, [18]; 17. 41-Rob Hughes, [8]; 18. 7X-Mikey Bell, [19]; 19. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [24]; 20. 85-Neal Flowers, [26]; 21. 21W-John Waugh, [22]; 22. (DNF) 70-Jesse Dennis, [4]; 23. (DNF) 8W-Randy Weaver, [12]; 24. (DNF) 915-Chris Elliott, [13]; 25. (DNF) 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [21]; 26. (DNF) 02-Kody Scholpp, [17]; 27. (DNF) 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [27]; (DNS) UFO-Wayne Brooks, ; (DNS) 11B-Donnie Barnhart, ; (DNS) G1X-Tony Anglin,

C Feature (15 Laps): 1. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [10]; 2. 73W-Shawn Walsh, [22]; 3. 29-Keith Hammett, [21]; 4. 44-Christy Barnett, [20]; 5. 1X-Kris Lloyd, [16]; 6. 33-Jeff Mathews, [1]; 7. 96T-R.C. Whitwell, [31]; 8. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [15]; 9. 26S-Steven Glenn, [23]; 10. 423-Will Poston, [24]; 11. 33M-Madison Holloway, [9]; 12. 25B-Chad Mallet, [5]; 13. 48-Alan Brown, [17]; 14. (DNF) 511-Tanner Barnhart, [29]; 15. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [7]; 16. (DNF) 68-Heath Grizzle, [25]; 17. (DNF) 16-Joey Burch, [33]; 18. (DNF) 1XH-David Hess, [19]; 19. (DNF) 141-Justin Galbreath, [34]; 20. (DNF) 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [30]; 21. (DNF) 82-Jacob Poel, [2]; 22. (DNF) 38-Craig Garner, [6]; 23. (DNF) 9-Brint Hartwick, [8]; 24. (DNF) 2-Chance Allen, [11]; 25. (DNF) 01K-Keith Lawson, [3]; 26. (DNF) 30-James Newton, [4]; 27. (DNF) 3T-John Taylor, [13]; 28. (DNF) 17-Cody Tidwell, [14]; 29. (DNF) 76-Brad Smith, [18]; 30. (DNF) 66-Jerry Harris, [26]; 31. (DNF) 427-Miles Keeney, [27]; (DNS) 11X-Tom Berry Jr, ; (DNS) 0H-Shane Harris, ; (DNS) 6-Ryan McDermott, ; (DNS) 7S-Troy Schaberg,

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Brandon Smith, [3]; 2. 21M-Tyler Madigan, [1]; 3. X2M-Carl Murphy, [6]; 4. 94-Chris Morris, [4]; 5. 33-Jeff Mathews, [5]; 6. 1X-Kris Lloyd, [7]; 7. 96T-R.C. Whitwell, [2]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9S-Ken Schrader, [2]; 2. 8C-Chad Andersen, [3]; 3. 62-Hunter Marriott, [6]; 4. 02-Kody Scholpp, [7]; 5. 82-Jacob Poel, [4]; 6. 48-Alan Brown, [5]; 7. 6-Ryan McDermott, [1]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 601-Curtis Cook, [1]; 2. 117-Toby Herring, [4]; 3. 02X-Jack Sullivan, [5]; 4. 23N-Clay Norris, [2]; 5. 01K-Keith Lawson, [6]; 6. (DNF) 76-Brad Smith, [7]; 7. (DNF) 16-Joey Burch, [3]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [2]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson, [3]; 3. 70-Jesse Dennis, [6]; 4. 7X-Mikey Bell, [5]; 5. 30-James Newton, [7]; 6. (DNF) 1XH-David Hess, [1]; 7. (DNF) 141-Justin Galbreath, [4]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 2T-Tyler Stevens, [3]; 2. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [6]; 3. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [2]; 4. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [5]; 5. 25B-Chad Mallet, [4]; 6. 44-Christy Barnett, [7]; 7. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [1]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 35-David Stremme, [6]; 2. 5L-Cody Laney, [5]; 3. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [2]; 4. 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [1]; 5. 38-Craig Garner, [4]; 6. (DNF) 29-Keith Hammett, [3]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 18Z-Zane DeVilbiss, [1]; 2. 6M-Wendell Wallace, [3]; 3. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [4]; 4. 21W-John Waugh, [2]; 5. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [5]; 6. (DNF) 73W-Shawn Walsh, [6]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 37-Randy Foote, [2]; 2. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [1]; 3. 41-Rob Hughes, [3]; 4. 175-Ethan Dotson, [6]; 5. 9-Brint Hartwick, [5]; 6. 26S-Steven Glenn, [4]

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 777-Jared Landers, [2]; 2. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [1]; 3. 31M-Travis Mosley, [5]; 4. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [3]; 5. 33M-Madison Holloway, [6]; 6. (DNF) 423-Will Poston, [4]

Heat 10 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler, [3]; 2. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [2]; 3. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [1]; 4. 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [6]; 5. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [4]; 6. 68-Heath Grizzle, [5]

Heat 11 (8 Laps): 1. 83-Kellen Chadwick, [2]; 2. 75-Terry Phillips, [5]; 3. 73-Joey Gee, [3]; 4. 85-Neal Flowers, [4]; 5. 2-Chance Allen, [1]; 6. (DNF) 66-Jerry Harris, [6]

Heat 12 (8 Laps): 1. 0-Jake O'Neil, [1]; 2. C5-Chris Carter, [3]; 3. 8W-Randy Weaver, [4]; 4. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [6]; 5. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [2]; 6. (DNF) 427-Miles Keeney, [5]

Heat 13 (8 Laps): 1. 12-Jason Hughes, [3]; 2. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [4]; 3. 915-Chris Elliott, [5]; 4. G1X-Tony Anglin, [1]; 5. 3T-John Taylor, [6]; 6. (DNF) 0H-Shane Harris, [2]

Heat 14 (8 Laps): 1. 32-D.J. Shannon, [2]; 2. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [3]; 3. 3B-Eddie Belec, [4]; 4. 21C-Chad Clancy, [6]; 5. 17-Cody Tidwell, [5]; 6. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [1]

Heat 15 (8 Laps): 1. 44T-Tanner Black, [2]; 2. 11-Richie Tosh, [3]; 3. 5T-Jeff Taylor, [6]; 4. 8H-John Hansen, [5]; 5. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [4]; 6. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [1]


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