World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Leader’s First-Ever Feature Win In Home State Of West Virginia Comes In Dramatic Fashion
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
MIDDLEBOURNE, WV – May 25, 2013 – Josh Richards found a truly memorable way to capture his first-ever dirt Late Model victory in his home state.
The 25-year-old superstar from Shinnston, W.Va., pulled off one of the most dramatic triumphs of his career on Saturday night, passing Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., on the final circuit of the 30-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main that kicked off the Jackpot 100 Presented by NAPA Auto Parts weekend at Tyler County Speedway.
Richards beat Fuller to the finish line by a mere 0.154 of a second for a win worth $6,150. It was the third WoO LMS victory of the season for the tour’s two-time champion and current points leader, who happily tasted success in his native Mountaineer State for the first time in his 10 years as a dirt Late Model driver.
“It’s cool to finally get one in front of the home crowd,” said Richards, whose appearances at tracks in West Virginia have been limited during a career focused on national touring. “It’s been pretty hard to do. I think we counted up in 10 years we only raced in the state seven or eight times.”
Fuller, 45, was a disappointed runner-up after starting from the outside pole position and leading laps 14-29. It was his best finish of the 2013 WoO LMS campaign, but his winless streak on the tour reached 113 races since he last reached Victory Lane on June 17, 2010, at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont.
Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., battled forward from the 10th starting spot to finish within striking distance of the leaders in third place. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., started and finished fourth and Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., salvaged his night with a hard-fought advance from the 22nd starting spot to fifth place.
Richards, who started eighth after picking the worst pill in the A-Main redraw, caught some breaks on his way to the checkered flag. Most notably, he gained valuable track position when Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who started from the pole and authoritatively led the race’s first 13 laps, relinquished the top spot during a lap-13 caution period due to a flat right-front tire and, during another caution two circuits later, Steve Casebolt Jr. of Richmond, Ind., gave up second place because his car’s driveshaft broke.
“I know McCreadie had a flat and Casebolt broke,” said Richards, who recorded his 42nd career win on the WoO LMS. “We lucked into a few spots. I don’t know if we could’ve got by them.”
Left in second place after Casebolt’s misfortune, Richards spent the final 15 caution-free laps chasing Fuller, who inherited the lead when McCreadie headed pitside for a tire change. Fuller maintained an edge of just under one second until lap 25, when Richards began cutting the gap by about a tenth of a second per circuit.
Richards drew close enough to challenge Fuller heading to the white flag. Fuller led the 29th lap by a scant margin, but he couldn’t stay ahead for one more trip around the quarter-mile oval. Richards charged to the inside of the track rounding turns three and four for the final time, slid ahead of Fuller off the race’s last corner and outran the New Yorker to the checkered flag.
“If we would’ve stayed away from lapped traffic he would’ve won,” Richards said of Fuller. “He was out in clean track and he could pick some speed up, so it was hard to gain any ground. I just kept watching the lapped cars and watching the dirt off their tires and tried to stay low.
“Once we got a run there (on the last lap) I just had to go for it. I tried to do it one last corner and it finally worked out.”
Fuller was left shell-shocked by the heartbreaking defeat. He struggled to describe the final-lap turn of events during a post-race interview in front of the crowd.
“He banzaied it in there and he slid me. That’s the end of it,” Fuller said of Richards. “I felt like we had a pretty good car, but all you need is one banzai run at the flag – hey, that happens.”
After returning to his trailer, Fuller provided more insight into the race’s deciding moment. He said that with the race’s frenetic pace, he didn’t realize that the checkered flag was flying when Richards made his aggressive, last-ditch bid for the win.
“He slid me and made it work because I was courteous,” said Fuller. “It could’ve been a more controversial outcome, but didn’t think it was the last lap so I actually thought I could get him back. I thought I had a good enough run to do the same thing to him that he did to me, just through (turns) one and two.
“I never saw the checkered flag, and we still raced another whole lap. I’d thought I (regained the lead and) won. I had no clue. I didn’t realize the race was over after he passed me until I heard (WoO LMS race director) Bret (Emrock) on the (one-way) radio one lap later.”
Four caution flags slowed the event. Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., fell off the pace on lap nine, and on the restart moments later Davey Johnson of Latrobe, Pa., suddenly slowed on the backstretch while running third, causing several cars to make contact with Johnson and each other in the chain-reaction jam-up. The final cautions were thrown after contact with other cars led to spins by WoO LMS regulars Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga. (lap 13) and Scott James of Bright, Ind. (lap 15).
A red flag was also needed on lap nine after Johnson pulled his car to a stop on the inside of turn three and summoned medical attention. He complained of pain in his left wrist after his hand jammed into his car’s steering wheel as his powerless machine was hit from behind.
Johnson had an ice pack wrapped on his left wrist as he helped load up his car following the night’s action. He said he was heading home and would visit a doctor there for further treatment.
Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., finished sixth after starting 16th. Steve Weigle of Middlebourne, W.Va., enjoyed a career-best WoO LMS finish of seventh after starting 15th and 17th-starter Mike Benedum of Salem, W.Va., placed eighth in his first WoO LMS A-Main start of 2013 after failing to qualify in his previous nine attempts. Provisional-starter Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., and WoO LMS rookie Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, rounded out the top 10.
A field of 34 cars was signed in for the first night of the Jackpot 100 by NAPA.
Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, with the first half competing for starting positions in heats one and two and the second half racing against the clock to align heats three and four. James registered the fastest overall lap of the evening at 13.109 seconds to earn his first WoO LMS quick-time honor of 2013, while Richards topped Group ‘B’ with a circuit of 13.137 seconds.
Heat winners were James, Fuller, Richards and Smith. The B-Mains were captured by Benedum and Butch McGill of West Union, W.Va.
The finale of the Jackpot 100 by NAPA on Sunday (May 26) is scheduled to begin with hot laps at 6 p.m. For more information visit www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com or call 304-771-5661 or 304-771-4883.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Jackpot 100 Presented by NAPA Auto Parts Night 1 at Tyler County Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (8) Josh Richards/30 $6,150
2. (2) Tim Fuller/30 $3,050
3. (10) Darrell Lanigan/30 $2,200
4. (4) Rick Eckert/30 $1,950
5. (22) Shane Clanton/30 $1,550
6. (16) Chub Frank/30 $1,350
7. (15) Steve Weigle/30 $1,150
8. (17) Mike Benedum/30 $1,150
9. (24) Gregg Satterlee/30 $1,100
10. (13) Morgan Bagley/30 $1,300
11. (23) Bub McCool/30 $1,000
12. (11) Eric Wells/30 $875
13. (1) Tim McCreadie/30 $900
14. (6) Clint Smith/30 $775
15. (14) Mason Zeigler/30 $700
16. (19) Donnie Moran/29 $680
17. (12) Jacob Hawkins/23 $670
18. (18) Butch McGill/23 $710
19. (5) Steve Casebolt Jr./14 $640
20. (7) Scott James/14 $670
21. (3) Davey Johnson/9 $650
22. (9) Jared Hawkins/9 $600
23. (20) Tim Senic/8 $600
24. (21) Derek Doll/5 $600
* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 31 Mins., 30.722 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.154 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 9, 9, 13, 15); 1 Red Flag (lap 13)
Lap Leaders: McCreadie (1-13); Fuller (14-29); Richards (30)
Provisional Starters: McCool, Satterlee
Rookie of the Race: Bagley ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Weigle ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 1G-Scott James/Bright, IN 13.109
2. c9-Steve Casebolt Jr./Richmond, IN 13.197
3. 37-Jared Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 13.212
4. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 13.291
5. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 13.340
6. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 13.356
7. 1J-Davey Johnson/Latrobe, PA 13.460
8. 25B-Mike Benedum/Salem, WV 13.468
9. 99-Donnie Moran/Dresden, OH 13.491
10. 25z-Mason Zeigler/Chalk Hill, PA 13.551
11. 87-Derek Doll/Greenwood, WV 13.566
12. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 13.720
13. 115-Tim Dohm/Cross Lanes, WV 13.745
14. 99M-Devin Moran/Dresden, OH 13.777
15. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 13.813
16.2*-Shane Hitt/Buchannon, WV 13.991
17. 00H-Chuck Harper/Beverly, WV 14.173
1. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 13.137
2. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 13.142
3. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 13.210
4. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 13.289
5. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 13.310
6. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 13.332
7. 75-Steve Weigle/Middlebourne, WV 13.359
8. 20H-Jacob Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 13.368
9. s2-Tim Senic/Elkins, WV 13.397
10. 1×1-Sonny Conley/New Martinsville, WV 13.420
11. 1MC-Butch McGill/W. Union, WV 13.467
12. 14-Corey Conley/Wellsburg, WV 13.571
13. H1-Jared Miley/South Park, PA 13.696
14. 12W-Rick Williams/Beckley, WV 13.712
15. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 13.724
16. 44G-Derek Stefanick/Oakdale, PA 14.700
17. 17-Zack Dohm/Cross Lanes, WV N/T
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): James, Johnson, Jared Hawkins, Bagley, Doll, Donnie Moran, T. Dohm, Satterlee, Harper
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Fuller, Casebolt, Lanigan, Zeigler, Benedum, McCool, Devin Moran, Hitt
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, McCreadie, Wells, Weigle, Senic, McGill, Clanton, Miley, Z. Dohm
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Smith, Eckert, Jacob Hawkins, Frank, S. Conley, C. Conley, Williams, Stefanick
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Benedum, Donnie Moran, Doll, T. Dohm, Satterlee, McCool, Harper, Devin Moran (DNS) Hitt
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): McGill, Senic, Clanton, Miley, S. Conley, C. Conley, Z. Dohm, Stefanick (DNS) Williams
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal:
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Rick Eckert
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Mike Benedum/Butch McGill
VP Race Fuels ‘Nice Jugs’ Award: (One VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main): Corey Conley
Wrisco Aluminum (3 sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner only): Josh Richards
Armor All (One case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main): Mike Benedum
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Josh Richards
QuarterMaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner, $50 certificate to 5th-place finish): Tim Fuller/Butch McGill
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Josh Richards
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
Roush Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
American Race Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Mike Benedum
VP Race Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
Edelbrock Manifolds ($50 cash to 9th-finisher in A-Main): Gregg Satterlee
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 11th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
Super Flow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Clint Smith
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 16th-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Butch McGill
Klotz Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher in A-Main): Butch McGill
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): Butch McGill
QuarterMaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Steve Casebolt Jr.
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Scott James
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Davey Johnson
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Davey Johnson
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Davey Johnson
XS Power ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Josh Richards
Roush Yates ($25 gift card to driver who leads most laps in the A-Main): Tim Fuller
Reliable Painting Award (free tire): Rick Eckert
2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of May 25 – 15 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 2138
2. Shane Clanton 2096 (-42)
3. Darrell Lanigan 2060 (-78)
4. Rick Eckert 2036 (-102)
5. Tim McCreadie 1940 (-198)
6. Tim Fuller 1932 (-206)
7. Eric Wells 1916 (-222)
8. Chub Frank 1884 (-254)
9. Morgan Bagley 1878 (-260)
10. Bub McCool 1872 (-266)
11. Scott James 1824 (-314)
12. Clint Smith 1754 (-384)
13. Dillon Wood 1426 (-712)
14. Gregg Satterlee 1042 (-1096)
15. Billy Moyer 960 (-1178)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel
(Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.