Richards Masters Slick Lernerville Speedway Surface To Capture Thursday’s Firecracker 100 Preliminary A-Main

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

SARVER, PA – June 24, 2010 – Josh Richards tip-toed his way to victory in Thursday night’s 30-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Lernerville Speedway. 

Kicking off the fourth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com weekend with a flourish, the national tour’s defending champion led from start-to-finish for his series-leading fifth triumph of the 2010 season.

Richards, 22, of Shinnston, W.Va., raced off the outside pole starting spot to outgun fellow former WoO LMS titlist Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., at the initial green flag. He went on to turn back a late challenge from Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., in a caution-free event that was completed in less than 10 minutes.

“That’s definitely the slickest track I’ve ever won on,” said Richards, who earned $6,000 for his 25th career WoO LMS victory. “It was definitely the slowest I’ve ever gone to win, but (the track is) really fun when it’s like that. I really had no idea where to go or where to be, but it worked out.”

The triumph guaranteed Richards a pole position starting slot in one of the qualifying heat races for the Firecracker 100 on Saturday night (June 26), regardless of his finish in Friday night’s second 30-lap preliminary feature. He will bid for his first-ever 100-lap dirt Late Model victory in Saturday’s $30,000-to-win blockbuster.

Clanton, 34, settled for second place in his RSD Enterprises Rocket car, 0.428 of a second behind Richards’s Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket at the checkered flag. The WoO LMS regular started fourth but didn’t reach the runner-up spot until slipping underneath Moyer on lap 24.

Inaugural Firecracker 100 winner Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., who started seventh, came on strong during the race’s final circuits to place third in his Team Zero by Bloomquist mount. Moyer faded to fourth at the finish in his Victory Circle Chassis and third-starter Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., placed fifth in the K&L Rumley Rocket.

Richards, who opened last year’s Firecracker 100 weekend by winning a postponed 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main, felt the late-race pressure that Clanton applied. But the young sensation didn’t falter, allowing him to extend his tour points lead to 30 markers over Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. (finished eighth) and 34 over Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. (seventh).

“I saw Clanton down off the bottom of (turn) four,” said Richards, who made his first career WoO LMS start at Lernerville in 2004. “I’d push all the way to the cushion and look left, and he’d be there. I just kinda had the momentum off the top (to stay ahead).”

Thursday night’s preliminary action left Richards with a good feeling about his chances in the Firecracker 100, which he believes has the makings of a thrilling extra-distance affair.

“I think the UMP (Hoosier LM) tire rule is gonna make it a really good race,” said Richards. “The tires aren’t really the right tires for the track, which made everybody just kind of slip and skate around (tonight). This was a preview of what you’re gonna see the rest of the weekend.”

Clanton, who has been a contender for victory in two of the three previous Firecracker 100s, stamped himself as a driver to watch once again with his Thursday-night performance. He just wished that he hadn’t missed the white flag being thrown.

“I thought I saw the white flag, but I guess they were just still waving it to everybody else when we came by (for the checkered flag),” said Clanton. “When I realized the checkered was out I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ I thought I had more time, but I guess I didn’t.

“I had a pretty good car,” he added. “Our cars were about equal, but I must have been pretty good if I was a little bit harder on tire (than Richards).”

Bloomquist, meanwhile, was on the charge at the finish in his first WoO LMS start of 2010. He broke into fourth place on lap 17 by splitting Shaver and Mars off turn two, then ran down Moyer to grab third on lap 25.

“I needed 10 more laps, maybe five,” said Bloomquist, who raced with a red, swollen left eye after apparently getting something in it earlier in the day. “My car was good. I could run anywhere – and I was running those guys (the leaders) down at the end.”

Mars, the defending Firecracker 100 champ, started and finished sixth. The 10th-starting McCreadie placed seventh after falling as far back as 15th and Lanigan advanced from the 16th starting spot to secure an eighth-place finish. Doug Drown of Wooster, Ohio, was ninth to earn the $500 WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn’t won a tour A-Main and isn’t ranked among the top 12 in the points standings, and Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., rounded out the top 10.

Thursday night’s A-Main was the second leg of the LaCrosse Extreme Tough Challenge, a unique mini-series that awards points to the top-five fulltime WoO LMS and Sprint Car Series drivers in 16 selected events – eight Late Model and eight Sprint Car – and will earn the champion of the combined standings a $5,000 bonus from a $15,000 points fund. Richards earned five points for being the highest-finishing WoO LMS regular, followed by Clanton (four), McCreadie (three), Lanigan (two) and Clint Smith (one).

A 57-car field was signed in for the event, which was run on a clear evening after heavy rain hit the facility less than 24 hours earlier.

Clanton was quickest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials with a lap of 15.849 seconds. He earned his first fast-time honor of the 2010 WoO LMS.

Heat winners were Clanton, Richards, Mars, Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., Moyer and Shaver. The B-Mains were captured by Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., and Matt Miller of Waterville, Ohio.

The Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com continues on Fri., June 25, with another WoO LMS program topped by a 30-lap A-Main paying $6,000 to win. Drivers will use their best finish from the Thursday and Friday competition to align themselves in Saturday night’s Firecracker 100 heat races.

Details and ticket information on the Firecracker 100 can be obtained by logging on to www.lernerville.com.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Firecracker 100 Preliminary Night No. 1’ (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (2) Josh Richards/30 $6,075
2. (4) Shane Clanton/30 $3,050
3. (7) Scott Bloomquist/30 $2,000
4. (1) Billy Moyer/30 $1,750
5. (3) Steve Shaver/30 $1,500
6. (6) Jimmy Mars/30 $1,250
7. (10) Tim McCreadie/30 $1,150
8. (16) Darrell Lanigan/30 $1,100
9. (14) Doug Drown/30 $1,550
10. (9) Clint Smith/30 $1,000
11. (13) Steve Francis/30 $900
12. (20) Chub Frank/30 $825
13. (5) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/30 $750
14. (15) Rick Eckert/30 $725
15. (11) Will Vaught/30 $700
16. (19) Tim Fuller/30 $680
17. (8) Vic Coffey/30 $670
18. (23) Brady Smith/30 $660
19. (25) Austin Hubbard/30 $640
20. (18) Jamie Lathroum/30 $620
21. (12) John Mollick/30 $625
22. (17) Gregg Satterlee/29 $600
23. (21) Matt Miller/29 $600
24. (22) Davey Johnson/29 $600
25. (26) Russell King/29 $600
26. (24) Alex Ferree/17 $600

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 9 Mins., 32.401 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.428 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Richards (1-30)
Provisional Starters: Hubbard, King
Rookie of the Race: Hubbard ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Doug Drown ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 25-Shane Clanton/Locust Grove, GA 15.849
2. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 15.980
3. 28-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 16.065
4. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.136
5. 2J-Mike Johnson/Imperial, PA 16.163
6. 4J-John Mollick/Toronto, OH 16.184
7. 46-Doug Horton/Bruceton Mills, WV 16.190
8. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 16.195
9. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.264
10. 99b-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 16.276
11. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 16.293
12. 88-Chuck Sarver/W. Sunbury, PA 16.315
13. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 16.338
14. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 16.346
15. 11-Tyler Reddick/Corning, CA 16.363
16. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 16.377
17. 1V-Will Vaught/Crane, MO 16.405
18. 6s-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 16.411
19. 1J-Davey Johnson/Latrobe, PA 16.452
20. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 16.458
21. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.460
22. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.461
23. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 16.483
24. H1-Jared Miley/South Park, PA 16.510
25. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 16.624
26. 25z-Mason Ziegler/Chalk Hill, PA 16.690
27. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 16.718
28. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 16.723
29. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 16.723
30. 4-Alex Ferree/Saxonburg, PA 16.783
31. J4-John Garvin/Sarver, PA 16.857
32. 12-Doug Drown/Wooster, OH 16.871
33. 15b-Brian Birkhofer/Muscatine, IA 16.877
34. 14c-Corey Conley/Wellsburg, WV 16.946
35. 7-Matt Miller/Waterville, OH 16.872
36. 6L-Jamie Lathroum/Mechanicsville, MD 16.999
37. 45-Mark Byram/Georgetown, DE 17.054
38. 72M-John Mason/Millersburg, OH 17.062
39. 44H-Dave Hess Jr./Waterford, PA 17.092
40. won11-Robbie Blair/Titusville, PA 17.101
41. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 17.120
42. 23T-Tony Burke/Sarver, PA 17.123
43. 3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA 17.201
44. 1c-Lynn Geisler/Cranberry Twp., PA 17.202
45. 9K-Mike Knight/Ripley, NY 17.215
46. 66-Todd Bachman/Natrona Heights, PA 17.272
47. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 17.281
48. 21L-Matt Lux/Franklin, PA 17.392
49. 1Jx-Dave Murdick/Slippery Rock, PA 17.394
50. 22-Greg Oakes/Franklinville, NY 17.486
51. 14-April Farmer/Livingston, TN 17.890
52. 1cfr-Peter Mantha Jr./Gatineau, QUE 17.891
53. 38R-Nick Reges/Butler, PA 17.986
54. 72N-Michael Norris/Sarver, PA 18.108
55. c33-Chris Casner/Mifflintown, PA 18.184
56. J19-Jason Fosnaught/Creighton, PA N/T
57. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand/Sarver, PA 16.852 (DQ – light)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Clanton, Bloomquist, Francis, Horton, Davey Johnson, Robinson, Byram, Garvin, Murdick, Casner

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Richards, Coffey, Drown, Fuller, Geisler, Mason, Oakes, Ziegler, Stone (DNS) Fosnaught

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Mars, C. Smith, Eckert, Birkhofer, B. Smith, Reddick, Knight, Hess, Farmer (DQ) Schaltenbrand

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Briggs, McCreadie, Lanigan, Frank, Blair, King, Conley, Bachman, Mantha

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Moyer, Vaught, Satterlee, Miller, M. Johnson, McDowell, McCool, Hubbard, Reges

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Shaver, Mollick, Lathroum, Ferree, Miley, Lux, Norris, Sarver, Burke

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Fuller, D. Johnson, Geisler, Horton, Robinson, Mason, Garvin, Byram, Murdick, Casner, Ziegler (DNS) Oakes, Stone, Fosnaught

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Frank, B. Smith, Birkhofer, King, Hess, Knight, Reddick, Blair, Conley, Schaltenbrand, Bachman, Farmer, Mantha

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Miller, Ferree, Miley, McDowell, McCool, M. Johnson, Lux, Norris, Burke, Sarver, Hubbard, Reges

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sports Shirts ($50 product certificate): Brent Robinson/Dave Hess Jr./Bub McCool
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Scott Bloomquist
Eibach Springs (one free spring): Brent Robinson/Bub McCool
MSD Ignition ($75 cash award): Josh Richards
MSD Ignition ($25 cash award): John Mollick
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash award to fastest qualifier w/decal): Shane Clanton
Pink Carburetors ($100 product certificate): Davey Johnson
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate): Shane Clanton
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate): Jimmy Mars
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate): Tim Fuller
RTC Performance ($100 certificate): Shane Clanton
STP ($50 cash award): Doug Horton
U Coat It ($100 certificate): Josh Richards, Clint Smith, Brent Robinson
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (two five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main if decal is displayed): Dan Stone

2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 24 – 20 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Josh Richards 2778 (-0)
2. Darrell Lanigan 2748 (-30)
3. Tim McCreadie 2744 (-34)
4. Steve Francis 2674 (-104)
5. Tim Fuller 2662 (-116)
6. Austin Hubbard 2608 (-170)
7. Shane Clanton 2568 (-210)
8. Rick Eckert 2562 (-216)
9. Chub Frank 2504 (-274)
10. Clint Smith 2448 (-330)
11. Russell King 2286 (-492)
12. Brady Smith 2134 (-644)
13. Brent Robinson 2064 (-714)
14. Jill George 1542 (-1236)
15. Vic Coffey 1040 (-1738)
16. Brian Birkhofer 920 (-1858)
17. Dan Stone 840 (-1938)
18. Billy Moyer 838 (-1940)
19. Dale McDowell 836 (-1942)
20. April Farmer 820 (-1958)

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The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), SuperClean (Official Cleaner-Degreaser), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and Chizmark Larson Insurance; in addition to contingency sponsors Eibach Springs, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pink Carburetors, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance and Wrisco Aluminum.