Richards Rules at 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

Dominates first night of World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series action

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 18, 2016 – Josh Richards controlled the top position in his Valvoline/Rocket Chassis house car No. 1 Thursday night as he dominated the 50-lap feature event at Volusia Speedway Park and scored the $10,000-to-win opening night of World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series action at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.

Richards, who captured a victory on Monday night during the DIRTcar Late Models portion of the DIRTcar Nationals, showed his speed early on Thursday night as he paced his qualifying group with the fast time. Richards fell just short of claiming the overall quick time which went to Brian Shirley in the second qualifying group.

The Shinnston, W.Va. native carried his speed to the heat race, as he easily rocketed his way to victory, placing himself in the redraw for the top six starting positions. Richards utilized speed early in the night, then received some luck as he drew the pole position for the feature event.

Dale McDowell, who finished third Wednesday night, drew the second starting position for his Bad Boy Off Road /UNOH No. 17M. McDowell tried to rattle Richards early in the race, but Richards escaped the challenge from the second place starter and stretched out to a sizeable lead.

Scott Bloomquist, a winner already at the 2016 edition of DIRTcar Nationals, started in the fifth position but quickly made his way into the top three in his Reec Monument/Crop Production Services No. 0. Bloomquist looked to have the speed to catch Richards early in the feature, but was challenged by Jonathan Davenport, who finished second and third on the two previous nights.

Davenport and Bloomquist battled side-by-side for the fourth position, at one point even splitting third place starter Austin Smith. As the battle continued, 2006 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series champion Tim McCreadie fought his way from a ninth starting position to join the battle for third, eventually passing both drivers for the position.

McCreadie’s top three run was short lived as Bloomquist made his way back around the driver of the No. 39 Sweetner’s Plus machine, just a lap before McCreadie suffered a flat tire, sending him to the tail-end of the field.

At the front of the field, Richards spent most of his night leading the charge through lapped traffic as 29 drivers started the feature event that was slowed by only four cautions. The final caution fell with nine laps to go, bringing McDowell and third placed Davenport, who had finally completed the pass on Bloomquist, to Richards’ rear bumper.

McDowell and Davenport stayed glued to the leader once the green flag fell, but Richards proved to be too strong for his adversaries as he lead flag-to-flag for his first World of Outlaws victory of the season.

“It has been a lot of fun,” Richards said. “We gambled a little bit on tires, so I was kind of nervous and didn’t know how it was going to hold up. We got stuck in lapped traffic and actually moved up [the race track] and gained speed.

“The guys have been giving me great cars every night, it’s been a dream to drive them, and it has been a fun speed weeks…I have had an awesome career, it’s been a lot of fun to race and have a car to compete for wins with.”

McDowell improved on his Wednesday night performance by one position on Thursday, but could never get close enough to steal the Gator trophy from the eventual winner.

“We got better in qualifying tonight then struggled in the heat races,” the 49-year-old veteran said. “Starting position is everything, and we have been fortunate enough to start up front. Our car has been good, so we will keep working at it and hopefully get a win before the end of the weekend.”

Davenport rounded out the top three as he battled all night from the fourth position to maintain his solid performance at DIRTcar Nationals.

“I really want to take one of those Gator trophies home with me,” the Blairsville, Ga. native said. “We’re just missing it by a little bit. Tonight I was a too free going down the back straightaway.

“Congratulations to Josh [Richards], they picked the right tire. I thought me, Dale [McDowell] and Scott [Bloomquist] had the right tire on to get down the back straightaway, but it didn’t seem to matter.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series continue action at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Friday and Saturday night.

Great seats remain for DIRTcar Nationals and are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com. Infield parking will be available on a first come, first served basis to all fans with a pit pass. The cost of the infield parking pass is $10 and is available at the pit gate off of turn four.

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DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 18, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

A-Main (50-laps): 1. 1-Josh Richards [1][$10,850], 2. 17M-Dale McDowell [2][$5,100], 3. 6-Jonathan Davenport [4][$3,050], 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist [5][$2,650], 5. 7-Rick Eckert [12][$2,850], 6. 22s-Gregg Satterlee [6][$1,700], 7. 5-Don O’Neal [7][$1,900], 8. 25F-Jason Feger [13][$1,350], 9. 14M-Morgan Bagley [25][$1,950], 10. 25-Shane Clanton [14][$1,950], 11. C9-Steve Casebolt [15][$1,100], 12. 99B-Boom Briggs [10][$1,750], 13. 18-Eric Wells [17][$1,500], 14. 15-Steve Francis [24][$1,000], 15. 1*-Chub Frank [19][$1,400], 16. 3s-Brian Shirley [20][$800], 17. 18c-Chase Junghans [26][$1,320], 18. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn [22][$750], 19. 2F-Dennis Franklin [21][$780], 20. 77-Jordan Yaggy [29][$110], 21. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr. [27][$660], 22. 76-Brandon Overton [28][$660], 23. 20-Jimmy Owens [16][$700], 24. 39-Tim McCreadie [9][$825], 25. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr. [8][$700], 26. 11-Austin Smith [3][$700], 27. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr. [11][$700], 28. 1W-Dillon Wood [18][$700], 29. 16-Justin Rattliff [23][$700].

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1*-Chub Frank, 2. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 3. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 4. 91-Tyler Erb, 5. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr., 6. 15L-Darrell Lanigan, 7. 15s-Donny Schatz, 8. 14-Tyler Clem, 9. 3c-Charles LaPlant, 10. 25z-Mason Zeigler, 11. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 12. 18c-Chase Junghans 13. 777-Jared Landers (DNS), 14. 11B-Stacy Boles (DNS).

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 3s-Brian Shirley, 2. 16-Justin Rattliff, 3. 48-Tim Lance, 4. 201-Billy Ogle Jr., 5. 76-Brandon Overton, 6. 2c-Joey Coulter, 7. B1-Paul Wilmoth, 8. 16T-Tyler Bruening, 9. 22-Chris Ferguson, 10. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 11. 79-Nick Kurtz, 12. 14r-Reid Millard, 13. 16H-Mike Hammerle.

Last-Chance Showdown No. 3 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 2. 15-Steve Francis, 3. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr., 4. 93-Pancho Lawler, 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 6. 4D-Chad Hollenbeck, 7. K0-Freddie Carpenter, 8. 57-Chuck Julien, 9. 0f-Coleby Frye, 10. 72-Mike Norris (DNS), 11. 94-Austin Rettig (DNS) 12. 7W-Ricky Weiss (DNS), 13. 20s-Rodney Sanders (DNS).

Qualifying Group A: 1. 1-Josh Richards, 16.401; 2. 22s-Gregg Satterlee, 16.639; 3. 22-Chris Ferguson, 16.781; 4. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr., 16.869; 5. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr., 16.980; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.983; 7. 777-Jared Landers, 16.985; 8. 15s-Donny Schatz, 17.001; 9. 39-Tim McCreadie, 17.100; 10. 5-Don O’Neal, 17.147; 11. 18c-Chase Junghans, 17.160; 12. C9-Steve Casebolt, 17.166; 13. 25z-Mason Zeigler, 17.223; 14. 25-Shane Clanton, 17.317; 15. 16-Justin Rattliff, 17.341; 16. 1*-Chub Frank, 17.348; 17. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 17.356; 18. 48-Tim Lance, 17.370; 19. 15L Darrell Lanigan, 17.387; 20. 11B-Stacy Boles, 17.483; 21. 76-Brandon Overton, 17.491; 22. 25F-Jason Feger, 17.520; 23. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 17.553; 24. 16T-Tyler Bruening, 17.629; 25. 3c-Charles LaPlant, 17.711; 26. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 17.758; 27. 201-Billy Ogle Jr., 17.780; 28. 91-Tyler Erb, 17.847; 29. 14-Tyler Clem, 17.878.

Qualifying Group B: 1. 3s-Brian Shirley, 16.362; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 16.505; 3. 11-Austin Smith, 16.723; 4. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 16.899; 5. 18-Eric Wells, 16.937; 6. 93-Pancho Lawler, 16.987; 7. B1-Paul Wilmoth Jr., 16.988; 8. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr., 17.032; 9. 7-Rick Eckert, 17.169; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs, 17.287; 11. 94-Austin Rettig, 17.303; 12. 72-Mike Norris, 17.399; 13. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 17.450; 14. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.461; 15. 4D-Chad Hollenbeck, 17.491; 16. 20-Jimmy Owens, 17.503; 17. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 17.503; 18. 7W-Ricky Weiss, 17.520; 19. 2c-Joey Coulter, 17.694; 20. 20s-Rodney Sanders, 17.886; 21. K0-Freddie Carpenter, 17.919; 22. 79-Nick Kurtz, 17.977; 23. 0f-Coleby Frye, 17.998; 24. 1W-Dillon Wood, 18.020; 25. 14r-Reid Millard, 18.820; 26. 15-Steve Francis, 18.304; 27. 57-Chuck Julien, 18.578; 28. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 19.570; 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr. (DNQ).

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1-Josh Richards, 2. 5-Don O’Neal, 3. 25F-Jason Feger, 4. 1*-Chub Frank, 5. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr., 6. 91-Tyler Erb, 7. 15L-Darrell Lanigan, 8. 3c-Charles LaPlant, 9. 777-Jared Landers, 10. 25z-Mason Zeigler.

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 22s-Gregg Satterlee, 2. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr., 3. 25-Shane Clanton, 4. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 5. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 6. 14-Tyler Clem, 7. 15s-Donny Schatz, 8. 18c-Chase Junghans, 9. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 10. 11B-Stacy Boles.

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 17M-Dale McDowell, 2. 39-Tim McCreadie, 3. C9-Steve Casebolt, 4. 16-Justin Rattliff, 5. 48-Tim Lance, 6. 201-Billy Ogle Jr., 7. 16T-Tyler Bruening, 8. 76-Brandon Overton, 9. 22-Chris Ferguson.

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 2. 99B-Boom Briggs, 3. 20-Jimmy Owens, 4. 3s-Brian Shirley, 5. B1-Paul Wilmoth, 6. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 7. 79-Nick Kurtz, 8. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 9. 2c-Joey Coulter, 10. 14r-Reid Millard.

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 2. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr., 3. 18-Eric Wells, 4. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 6. 15-Steve Francis, 7. 94-Austin Rettig, 8. 0f-Coleby Frye, 9. 20s-Rodney Sanders, 10. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr. (DNS).

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 11-Austin Smith, 2. 7-Rick Eckert, 3. 1W-Dillon Wood, 4. 93-Pancho Lawler, 5. 4D-Chad Hollenbeck, 6. 72-Mike Norris, 7. 57-Chuck Julien, 8. 7W-Ricky Weiss, 9. K0-Freddie Carpenter (DNS).

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: Dale McDowell
Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards
Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Scott Bloomquist
Mobil 1 – $50 Cash: Scott Bloomquist
JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Rick Eckert
VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Shane Clanton
Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Morgan Bagley
Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Shane Clanton
Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Steve Casebolt
Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Boom Briggs
JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Dennis Franklin
SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Chub Frank
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Brian Shirley
QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Dennis Frankin
Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: Frank Heckenast Jr.
Mobil 1 – 20% Off product certificate: Brandon Overton
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Frank Heckenast Jr.
MSD – $25 Cash: Tim McCreadie
QA1 – $50 Cash: Jonathan Davenport
Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Don O’Neal
Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Dennis Franklin
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Josh Richards, Rick Eckert, Morgan Bagley, Shane Clanton, Boom Briggs
Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Dale McDowell

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 18 – 3 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

Pos.

Car

Driver

Residence

Earnings

Points

Trail By

1

1

Josh Richards

Shinnston, WV

$17,350

432

0

2

7

Rick Eckert

York, PA

$15,250

422

10

3

25

Shane Clanton

Zebulon, GA

$11,850

400

32

4

1*

Chub Frank

Bear Lake, PA

$4,800

388

44

5

14M

Morgan Bagley

Longview, TX

$4,800

388

44

6

99B

Boom Briggs

Bear Lake, PA

$8,090

386

46

7

2

Dennis Franklin

Gaffney, SC

$3,230

374

58

8

76

Brandon Overton

Evans, GA

$4,660

370

62

9

3s

Brian Shirley

Chatham, IL

$4,300

370

62

10

38

Kenny Pettyjohn

Millsboro, DE

$2,600

364

68

11

18

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

$3,710

364

68

12

99Jr

Frank Heckenast Jr.

Frankfort, IL

$4,530

362

70

13

18c

Chase Junghans

Manhattan, KS

$3,440

352

80

14

C9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

$2,010

336

96

15

21JR

Billy Moyer Jr.

Batesville, AR

$2,860

330

102

16

2

Joey Coulter

Moorsevile, NC

$1,890

322

110

17

B1

Paul Wilmoth Jr.

Clarksburg, WV

$2,070

310

122

18

25F

Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL

$1,570

306

126

19

201

Billy Ogle Jr.

Knoxville, TN

$1,370

300

132

20

0

Coleby Frye

Dover, PA

$1,460

292

140

21

21

Ivedent Lloyd Jr.

Ocala, FL

$1,560

292

140

22

91

Tyler Erb

New Waverly, TX

$920

286

146

23

72

Jason Covert

York Haven, PA

$6,150

284

148

24

1W

Dillon Wood

New Smyrna, FL

$1,435

278

154

25

22

Chris Ferguson

Mount Holly, NC

$920

268

164

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), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Morton Buildings (Official Building) and DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, 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.