GET TO KNOW RTJ

Driver: Ricky Thornton Jr

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona 

Birthdate: 09/28/1990

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 180 

Marital Status: Married

Division: Modified/ Late Model

Years Racing: 16

Career Wins: 313

Chassis: Modified- Lethal; Late Model- Dark Horse

Engine: Clements Racing Engine

Team Owner: Modified- Self; Late Model- Todd & Vickie Burns

Favorite Movie: Toy Story

Favorite Food: Chicken Wings

Favorite Race Track: Southwest Speedway, Dickinson ND

Racing Hero: Tony Stewart and Jimmy Owens

Most Memorable Moment: Winning  the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Jackson, MN for $20,000

Race Most Like To Win: Dirt Track World Championship 

Crew Chief: Taylon Center

Crew: Asher & Blayne Thornton

Brief History: Got started in racing because both parents raced. Started racing a car in 2005 at the age of 14 in the Factory Stock division. Raced those through 2006 and then moved into the Modified division. Won Rookie of the Year & first Modified Track Championship in 2007 at Manzanita Speedway. Won first Late Model Championship in 2009 with the SWDRA Late Models while still running the modified also. Started racing with USMTS in 2016. Moved to Wichita, Kansas in 2017 to do more racing in the Midwest, met wife Shae and then moved to Iowa in 2018, still residing there. Had sons Asher in 2018 and Blayne in 2019. Ran for SSI Motorsports on the Lucas Oil tour as Hudson O’Neal’s substitute August & September of 2018. Full time Modified in 2019, splitting duties between Modified and Late Model in 2020.