Lonnie Wheatley, CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (November 24, 2019) – Central Arizona Speedway’s Sixth Annual Desert Thunder Nationals came down to the final lap with Cave City, Arkansas racer Jeff Taylor denying R.C. Whitwell a sweep of the three-race weekend by winning Sunday afternoon’s 30-lap IMCA Modified main event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in Case Grande.
While Taylor denied Whitwell’s perfect weekend, Sioux City, Iowa’s Cody Thompson completed his three-race sweep of IMCA Sport Modified action and Jack Lacy bested Sunday’s round of Bomber competition.
Taylor jumped into the lead at the outset of the IMCA Modified feature and led throughout, fending off a late challenge from Whitwell.
Lonnie Wheatley, CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (November 23, 2019) – After wiring the field on Friday night, R.C. Whitwell upped his game with an even more dominant performance in Saturday’s second leg of Central Arizona Speedway’s Sixth Annual Desert Thunder Nationals by romping to IMCA Modified victory lane in a non-stop 25-lapper atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.
Whitwell wasn’t the only one to make it two-for-two in the three-race set with Cody Thompson besting the IMCA Sport Modifieds again and Zach Tate repeated in the Bombers. R.J. Johnson and J.W. Henderson were victorious in Power 600 Micro Sprint Non-Wing and Restricted “A” Class competition, respectively.
Whitwell, Thompson and Tate will each
Lonnie Wheatley, CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (November 22, 2019) – Tucson’s R.C. Whitwell put on a clinic at Central Arizona Speedway on Friday night, leading all 25-laps of the IMCA Modified feature to top the opening leg of the Sixth Annual Desert Thunder Nationals atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.
While Whitwell whipped the Modifieds in the opening leg of the three-race set, other Friday night winners included Cody Thompson in IMCA Sport Modified action, Zack Tate in the Bombers, Colton Hardy in the Power 600 Non-Wing Micro Sprints and Dylan Schaadt in the Power 600 Restricted Micro Sprints.
Whitwell made the most of a front row starting position in the Modified
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