Post Race DQ Caps Off Wild Show-Me 100 At Lucas Oil Speedway
Devin Moran, who crossed the checkered flag second at the 31st Annual Show-Me 100, walked away with the victory and $50,000 after a post-race disqualification ruined the night for race-winner Ricky Thornton.
Thornton, of Martinsville, Ind., led the final 43 laps in a race that turned into survival of the fittest with 13 caution flags and a track that had plenty of character - especially over the final half of the event. Thornton beat Moran to the checkered flag during a green-white-checkered finish by .904 seconds.
However, Thornton's vehicle was penalized four positions after it was found the car was in violation of the "droop rule" regarding the height of the rear deck.
Lucas Oil Speedway's press release quotes Thornton's Facebook page as saying:
"3/8th of an inch high on droop after the left rear chain broke. A $50,000 win taken away for less than half an inch after a parts failure on THAT track. sickening."
As far as Moran goes, "This is like the best, worst win of my life. I just won the frickin' Show-Me 100 and $50,000, but Ricky was the best car in the field," he said in victory lane.
Going into the race John Davenport was the racer to beat. Davenport lead the first 58 laps of the feature and survived nine caution flags after starting next to Thornton in the front row. Davenport also lead every lap and won the night's two preliminary features.
Davenport lost the lead on lap 58 as Thornton edged past him in turn four, and as the race continued Davenport continued to fall off Thornton's pace as his car's handling deteriorated. Davenport was back to second place for the green-white-checkered finish but ended up running out of fuel and ended up finishing 11th.
Next Saturday night is the Ozarks Coca-Cola / Dr. Pepper $5 night at the races. For more information on this great night of family racing, check out the Lucas Oil Speedway website.