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Thornton Jr. Rules Lucas Tour, Kyle Larson DQ’d at Eldora

Thornton Jr. Rules Lucas Tour, Kyle Larson DQ'd at Eldora

Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Ricky Thornton Jr. blasted past Hudson O’Neal with a picture-perfect lap 22 that let him make what would be a race-winning pass the next lap, scoring the $15,000 Ralph Latham Memorial win at Florence Speedway in Kentucky Saturday night (May 6).

The win was notable on a number of levels for Thornton; he snapped local ringer Josh Rice’s two-year winning streak in the event and in besting O’Neal closed to within 40 points of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points lead after losing the series lead Thursday night at Atomic.

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: Rico Abreu made it interesting on the white flag lap, but Logan Schuchart had enough to hold him off to score the World of Outlaws feature win at Eldora Friday night.

Abreu ended up having the Outlaw drive of the weekend though, following up his runner-up finish Friday with the feature win Saturday as part of the Let’s Race Two event at Eldora.

What Dirt Racing Fans’ll Be Group Chatting About This Morning

There was no incident anywhere in dirt racing that set social media ablaze more than Kyle Larson’s disqualification in World of Outlaws competition Friday at Eldora for failing to stop under red-flag conditions. 

The conspiracy theorists were out in force as soon as the DQ was announced, with many convinced the World Racing Group was out to go after Larson, who is the driving force behind the High Limit Racing Series that ultimately forced the Outlaws to allow their platinum drivers to make a handful of starts outside of Outlaw competition in 2023, a move unheard of in sprint car racing.

I don’t share this view having seen the tape. Larson did nothing to impede safety efforts on track as he drove away from the wreck scene Friday, but there is no doubting that he drove away and into the work area well after the red flag was put out. 

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