Richards Relentless in Tyler County Speedway Win


Richards Relentless in Tyler County Speedway Win

Four out of top five Rocket Racers

MIDDLEBOURNE, W.V. – May 28, 2016 – Josh Richards dominates the first night of The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Jackpot 100 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.V. This is the Shinnston ,W.V.-native’s sixth win in 2016, and it is not only his local track, but also where he swept the weekend just last season.

“It is great [to come home],” said Richards to a standing hometown crowd. “They’ve done a great job with this race track. You could race all over it…I’ve never seen that track like this before. But, it was a lot of fun. I want to thank all the fans for coming out, and we’ll see you tomorrow [for the finale].”

With the victory, Richards becomes the first series driver to win back-to-back races at the track since Darrell Lanigan in 2012-13. Not only that, Richards puts himself in the position to sweep the weekend— like he had done at this very event last season and what he did for a two-day event at Farmer City Raceway (Ill.) in April.

Richards and his No. 1 Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket machine were consistent all night, winning the first heat race and leaving as the fast timer by nearly three-tenths of a second. Having capitalized on his consistency within the event, he adds to a year of just the same. Richards has not placed out of the top 10 in all 14 events in 2016.

Richards led the 24-car field to the green flag; he never looked back. Richards held the lead for all 40 laps, first opening-up his lead by nearly a two-second margin within the first 20 laps. On the short 1/4-mile oval, Richards used lapped traffic on lap seven to create the buffer, which comfortably followed him into the second-half of the race.

That was the case until lap 22, when a caution regrouped the field. The caution gave Steve Casebolt and his No. C9 Lias Tire/ Sudz Car Wash Rocket car the opportunity to challenge Richards from third place. Casebolt started eighth in feature.

Richards recovered a two-second margin over the field from a quick restart. However, when Casebolt made the move from the top groove of turn two, he built up enough momentum to make a run at Richards. Casebolt cut the margin in half to just under one second, but it was as close as he got to chasing him down.

“We’re happy to be here, happy to get second,” said Casebolt, who credits his tires for the strong performance. “We’ve been struggling, and we know we’re a better team than what our performances have been. I guess that’s what has kept us going. We just kept trying.”

In the final 17 laps, Richards used the congestion on the track again to open up a 1.671-second lead. This time, Casebolt followed suit, opening-up a 1.216-second margin between he and Derek Doll’s No. 87 Racepartstrader.com Rocket machine, which rounded-out the podium.

“What’s crazy about it is I shouldn’t be disappointed [with the finish] but I kind of do,” Doll said. “Maybe making the mistake and taking the bottom on the restart…just wasn’t sure what to do. You have to be ready: Josh takes off on those restarts and I was lagging back a little I guess.”

“This is a dream come true. We run here almost locally every week.”

When the Richards and Casebolt began to separate themselves from the field, Doll found himself battling last night’s winner (Moler Raceway Park) Shane Clanton. Doll said when Clanton is usually in the rear-view, he is lapping drivers. But to be competing for position – it was “pretty awesome.”

Clanton’s No. 25 Weldbank Energy/ Coopers Meat Packers Capital machine has run consistently the past few races, which has been Clanton’s goal to recapture a series championship. Notably, Clanton was the only driver in the top five who did not have a Rocket chassis – a brand that has been in the Richards family since his father opened the business in 1991.

“I’m just happy to see these [Rocket] guys up front, as much as I am to be up here winning,” Richards said.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Statistical Report; May 28, 2016; Tyler County Speedway; Middlebourne, W.V.

A-Main (40-laps): 1. 1- Josh Richards [1] [$8,875]; 2. C9- Steve Casebolt [8] [$4,700]; 3. 87- Derrick Doll [3] [$3,350]; 4. 25- Shane Clanton [5] [$3,100]; 5. 18s- Robbie Scott [4] [$2,000] 6. 22- Chris Ferguson [7] [$1,600]; 7. 7- Rick Eckert [9] [$2,200]; 8. 18- Eric Wells [6] [$2,100]; 9. 115- Zack Dohm [19] [$1,250]; 10. 99M- Devin Moran [12] [$1,100]; 11. 3s- Brian Shirley [15] [$1,550]; 12. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr. [10] [$1,750]; 13. 28- Eddie Carrier Jr. [11] [$850]; 14. 18c- Chase Junghans [17] [$1,350]; 15. 76- Brandon Overton [14] [$1,300]; 16. 14m- Morgan Bagley [20] [$1,250]; 17. 91- Tyler Erb [13] [$710]; 18. 1B- Mike Benedum [16] [$640]; 19. 57- Kyle Thomas [18] [$620]; 20. 2c- Joey Coulter [21] [$600]; 21. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr. [24] [$1,150]; 22. 1*- Chub Frank [23] [$1,150]; 23. 6T- Tim Dohm [2][$600]; 24. 12- Rick Williams [22] [$600]

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 18c- Chase Junghans; 2. 115- Zack Dohm; 3. 2c- Joey Coulter; 4. 11- Austin Hubbard; 5. 53c- Anthony KinKade; 6. 1*- Chub Frank; 7. 99b- Doug Eck; 8. X- Dustin Hamrick; 9. 75- Steve Weigle

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 57- Kyle Thomas; 2. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 3. 12- Rick Williams; 4. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr.; 5. 1X1- Sonny Conley; 6. 33- Chris Meadows; 7. 22c- Cody Rogers; 8. 32B- Brian Baumberger

Qualifying Group A: 1. 1- Josh Richards, 12.719; 2. C9- Steve Casebolt, 12.926; 3. 7- Rick Eckert, 13.051; 4. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 13.084; 5. 25- Shane Clanton, 13.090; 6. 18s- Robbie Scott, 13.159; 7. 18c- Chase Junghans, 13.247; 8. 115- Zack Drohm, 13.267; 9. 91- Tyler Erb, 13.301; 10. 76- Brandon Overton, 13.365; 11. 11- Austin Hubbard, 13.387; 12. X- Dustin Hamrick, 13.469; 13. 1*- Chub Frank, 13.538; 14. 2c- Joey Coulter, 13.561; 15. 53c- Anthony KinKade, 13.640; 16. 99b- Doug Eck,13.726; 17. 75- Steve Weigle, 13.800

Qualifying Group B: 1. 18- Eric Wells, 13.013; 2. 87- Derek Doll, 13.014; 3. 22- Chris Ferguson, 13.059; 4. 99M- Devin Moran, 13.074; 5. 14M- Morgan Bagley, 13.142; 6. 6T- Tim Drohm, 13.165; 7. 28- Eddie Carrier Jr., 13.172; 8. 1B- Mike Benedum, 13.285; 9. 3s- Brian Shirley, 13.346; 10. 57- Kyle Thomas, 13.419; 11. 12- Rick Williams, 13.485; 12. 32B- Brian Baumbrger, 13.523; 13. 33- Chris Meadows, 13.557; 14. 22c- Cody Rogers, 13.682; 15. 1X1- Sonny Conley, 13.972; 16. DNS. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr.

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1- Josh Richards; 2. 25- Shane Clanton; 3. 7- Rick Eckert; 4. 91- Tyler Erb; 5. 18c- Chase Junghans; 6. 1*- Chub Frank; 7. 11- Austin Hubbard; 8. 53c- Anthony KinKade; 9. 75- Steve Weigle

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. C9- Steve Casebolt; 2. 18s- Robbie Scott; 3. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.; 4. 76- Brandon Overton; 5. 115- Zack Dohm; 6. 2c- Joey Coulter; 7. X- Dustin Hamrick; 8. 99b- Doug Eck

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1.22-Chris Ferguson; 2. 18- Eric Wells; 3. 28- Eddie Carrier Jr.; 4. 3s- Brian Shirley; 5. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 6. 12- Rick Williams; 7. 1X1- Sonny Conley; 8. 33- Chris Meadows

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 87- Derek Doll; 2. 6T- Tim Dohm; 3. 99M- Devin Moran; 4. 1B- Mike Benedum; 5. 57- Kyle Thomas; 6. 22c- Cody Rogers; 7. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr.; 8. 32B- Brian Baumberger

World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):

Comp Cams – $50 Product certificate : Josh Richards MSD – $50 Cash: Josh Richards QuarterMaster – $100 Product certificate: Derek Doll Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Derek Doll JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Eric Wells VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Eric Wells Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Zack Dohm Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr. Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Brian Shirley Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr. JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Tyler Erb SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Chase Junghans QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Brandon Overton JE Pistons – Set of rings: Morgan Bagley QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: Kyle Thomas JE Pistons – Set of rings: Frank Heckenast Jr. MSD – $25 Cash: Josh Richards QA1 – $50 Cash: Derek Doll Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Derek Doll Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr. Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Josh Richards Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Derek Doll Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Steve Casebolt Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Shane Clanton Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Rick Eckert Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Eric Wells

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of May 28 – 14 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

Pos. Car # Driver Residence Points Trail By
1 1 Josh Richards Clarksburg, WV 2042 0
2 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 1896 146
3 7 Rick Eckert York, PA 1826 216
4 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 1804 238
5 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1740 302
6 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 1732 310
7 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 1722 320
8 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA 1686 356
9 14M Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX 1678 364
10 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY 1670 372
11 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort, IL 1668 374
12 18C Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 1654 388
13 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1424 618
14 2C Joey Coulter Union Grove, NC 1416 626
15 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 1192 850
16 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN 896 1146
17 2F Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC 836 1206
18 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 742 1300
19 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 718 1324
20 17M Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 684 135

 

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Bad Boy Off Road (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel) and DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, Penske Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.