Richards records No. 8 this season in a wild one

Overton records first podium finish of season

SARVER, Pa. –  June 24, 2016 – Josh Richards was the first one to the checkers Friday, winning the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series second preliminary feature night of the Firecracker 100 weekend presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway. Though he was the last man standing on the second night, it did not come without a trio of drivers nipping at his rear tires.

Two cautions within the first three laps did not slow down the 28-car field – mainly Billy Moyer Jr. and Brandon Overton, who traded paint for the second spot. Though Moyer prevailed, Overton grew persistent; he passed Moyer shortly after on the second restart.

One lap later, Richards’ No. 1 Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car made a push from 10th place – .200 seconds from a seat on the podium. By lap 10, a three-way battle to be top dog had Richards, Overton and local stud Russ King showing their teeth. Grouped together on lap 13 – away from the rest of the field – Richards attempted an under-over pass on Overton’s No. 76 Budweiser/ C-H Paving Moyer/ Victory machine in turn two. Overton slammed the door on the backstretch, but Richards claimed the spot in turn four.

“Coming down, we have a good car,” Overton said. “We just need to build on it, and maybe we’ll get it tomorrow.”

On lap 14 and in the same spot of the backstretch from their previous battle, Richards and Overton found themselves in a shake-up. Overton got squirrelly enough from the fender-to-fender battle for him to pump the breaks, causing a domino effect behind him. King nearly slid off the track in turn two; Richards began to pull away after this exchange and Brian Shirley swept into third.

Richards pulled away then, but on lap 18 Richards avoided near catastrophe in turn three. A car exiting the track obstructed Richards’ clear path; this near night-ending sequence lend Shirley enough room to squeak by and take the lead. Two more cautions in the next five laps gave Richards enough time to pick-up speed ad a 2.138-second lead. Overton stayed steady in the runner-up spot – until three laps remaining.

Jonathan Davenport blazed his own trail in the No. 116 Outlaw Racing Southeast/ Dream Racing Technologies Longhorn car, skimming the top of the cushion and teetering over the edge. The momentum he built-up carried him through the track – and around three cars within a half of a turn. Davenport, who started the night in 16th position, found himself breaking into the podium spots. Davenport took advantage of his swiftness about the track, weaving around Shirley for the third spot.

“I’ll tell you what, I love racing with those guys,” Richards said. “[Overton] wanted to win. The race was a handful. At this place, you just never feel safe any place. I didn’t know Davenport was right behind be until the very end.”

The final exchange of the night was Davenport and Overton for the second spot while Richards enjoyed a comfortable cushion.

“Our car was really good up there,” said Davenport, who did not race his own car tonight. “It’s really hard to climb into someone else’s car and telling the guys what you feel, and what you need to do. We’ll get better throughout the weekend I guess you could say. But we got going there at the end. I just needed two more laps.”

This win is Richards’ eighth of the season and No. 66 of his career; he pulls within six wins of Darrell Lanigan for the all-time series wins record, a title Richards has held in the past. For Firecracker 100 specifically: Richards won his seventh feature in the Firecracker Era at Lernerville Speedway (2007-present), which is the most in event history. With the victory, Richards has won during the weekend four out of seven years, also sweeping the weekend in 2013.

After leading the field into the checkers after 30 action-packed laps, Richards earns a $6,000 purse.

The Firecracker 100 weekend presented by GottaRace.com continues tomorrow with a double-feature – Thursday’s postponed event filling the afternoon and the coveted 100-lap, $30,000-to-win show later in the evening. Hot laps for the first show start at 1 p.m. ET with racing at 1 p.m. Hot laps for the second show are scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Statistical Report; June 24, 2016; Lernerville Speedway; Sarver, Pa.

A-Main (30-laps): 1. 1- Josh Richards [10] [$6,850]; 2. 116- Jonathan Davenport [16] [$3,100]; 3. 76- Brandon Overton [5] [$2,700]; 4. 3s- Brian Shirley [4] [$2,450]; 5. 56- Russ King [2] [$2,000]; 6. H1- Jared Miley [19] [$1,400]; 7. 39- Tim McCreadie [9] [$1,450]; 8. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr. [3] [$2,200]; 9. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr. [1] [$1,800]; 10. 25z- Mason Zeigler [11] [$1,000]; 11. 1*- Chub Frank [7] [$1,550]; 12. 15- Darrell Lanigan [21] [$1,000]; 13. 17m- Dale McDowell [13] [$800]; 14. 7- Rick Eckert [26] [$1,425]; 15. 1c- Mike Pegher [12] [$750]; 16. 25- Shane Clanton [25] [$1,350]; 17. 18- Eric Wells [17] [$1,160]; 18. 22- Gregg Satterlee [15] [$640]; 19. 72c- Jason Covert [14] [$620]; 20. c9- Steve Casebolt [22] [$1,150]; 21. 38s- Kyle PettyJohn [23] [$600]; 22. 18c- Chase Junghans [28] [$610]; 23. 0- Scott Bloomquist [6] [$700]; 24. 44s- Dave Hess [24] [$625]; 25. 1B- Mike Benedum [8] [$600]; 26. 14m- Morgan Bagley [27] [$660]; 27. 11s- Austin Smith [18] [$600]; 28. 91- Tyler Erb [20] [$600]

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1H- Jared Miley; 2. c9- Steve Casebolt; 3. 72- Mike Norris; 4. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 5. 2c- Joey Coulter; 6. 2M- Allen Murray; 7. 94- Charles Powell Jr.; 8. 14- Dan Angellichio; 9. 3- Dan Swartzlander; 10. 7r- Ross Robinson; 11. 99B- Boom Briggs

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 91- Tyler Erb; 2. 38s- Kyle Pettyjohn; 3. 1p- Earl Pearson Jr.; 4. 111- Matt Lux; 5. 25- Shane Clanton; 6. 18c- Chase Junghans; 7. 10- Alex Ferree 8. 10L- Gary Lyle; 9. 32- Jim Rasey; 10. 66 Todd Bachman; 11. 11- Austin Hubbard

Last-Chance Showdown No. 3 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 15- Darrell Lanigan; 2. 44s- Dave Hess; 3. B22- Bump Hedman; 4. 2- Dan Stone; 5. 73- Devin Lewis; 6. 29s- Ken Schaltenbrand Jr.; 7. 7- Rick Eckert; 8. 27- Michael Lake (DNS); 9. 61- Joe Martin (DNS) 10KB- Kerry King (DNS)

Qualifying Group A: 1. 17m- Dale McDowell, 15.251; 2. 1B- Mike Benedum, 15.292; 3. 11- Austin Hubbard, 15.355; 4. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 15.358; 5. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr., 15.403; 6. 25- Shane Clanton, 15.428; 7. H1- Jared Miley, 15.443; 8. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 15.451; 9. 22- Gregg Satterlee, 15.455; 10. 1*- Chub Frank, 15.478; 11. 72c- Jason Covert, 15.487;12. 39- Tim McCreadie, 15.523; 13. 72- Mike Norris, 15.578; 14. 94- Charles Powell Jr., 15.584; 15. 76- Brandon Overton, 15.602; 16. c9- Steve Casebolt, 15.606; 17. 99B- Boom Briggs, 15.681; 18. 111- Matt Lux15.752; 19. 2m- Aleen Murray, 15.753; 20. 7r- Ross Robinson, 15.802; 21. 10- Alex Ferree; 22. 3- Dan Swartzlander, 16.272; 23. 14- Dan Angellicchio; 24. 10L- Gary Lyle, 16.477

Qualifying Group B: 1. 0- Scott Bloomquist, 15.335; 2. 56- Russ King, 15.393; 3. 3s- Brian Shirley, 15.413; 4. 116- Jonathan Davenport, 15.430; 5. 18- Eric Wells, 15.440; 6. 1c- Mike Pegher, 15.486; 7. 1- Josh Richards, 15.555; 8. 25z- Mason Zeigler, 15.561; 9. 61- Joe Martin, 15.562; 10. 1P- Earl Pearson Jr., 15.611; 11. 15- Darrell Lanigan, 15.618; 12. 11s- Austin Smith 15.632; 13. 91- Tyler Erb, 15.672; 14. 27- Michael Lake, 15.680; 15. B22- Bump Hedman, 15.716; 16. 18c- Chase Junghans, 15.752; 17. 44s- Dave Hess, 15.769; 18. 2- Dan Stone, 15.797; 19. 38s- Kenny Pettyjohn; 20. KB- Kerry King, 15.894; 21. 7- Rick Eckert, 15.971; 22. 32- Jim Rasey, 16.139; 23. 29s- Ken Schaltenbrand Jr., 16.223; 24. 73- Devin Lewis, 16.249; 25. 66- Todd Bachman, 16.341

Heat No. 1 (10 laps- Top 3 Transfer): 1. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.; 2. 1*- Chub Frank; 3. 17m- Dale McDowell; 4. H1- Jared Miley; 5. c9- Steve Casebolt; 6. 72- Mike Norris; 7. 2m- Allen Murray; 8. 2c- Joey Coulter; 9. 3- Dan Swartzlander

Heat No. 2 (10 laps- Top 3 Transfer): 1. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr.; 2. 1B- Mike Benedum; 3. 72c- Jason Covert; 4. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 5. 99B- Boom Briggs; 14- Dan Angellicchio; 7. 94- Charles Powell Jr.; 8. 7r- Ross Robinson

Heat No. 3 (10 laps- Top 3 Transfer): 1. 76- Brandon Overton; 2. 39- Tim McCreadie; 3. 22- Gregg Satterlee; 4. 10- Alex Ferree; 5. 10L- Gary Lyle; 6. 11- Austin Hubbard; 7. 111- Matt Lux; 8. 25- Shane Clanton

Heat No. 4 (10 laps- Top 3 Transfer): 1. 0- Scott Bloomquist; 2. 1- Josh Richards; 3. 116- Jonathan Davenport; 4. 91- Tyler Erb; 5. 1P- Earl Pearson Jr.; 6. 38s- Kenny Pettyjohn; 7. 18c- Chase Junghans; 8. 66- Todd Bachman; 9. 32- Jim Rasey

Heat No. 5 (10 laps- Top 3 Transfer): 1. 56- Russ King; 2. 25z- Mason Zeigler; 3. 18- Eric Wells; 4. 15- Darrell Lanigan; 5. 27- Michael Lake; 6. 44s- Dave Hess; 7. 29s- Ken Schaltenbrand Jr.; 8. KB- Kerry King

Heat No. 6 (10 laps- Top 3 Transfer): 1. 3s- Brian Shirley; 2. 1C- Mike Pegher; 3. 11s- Austin Smith; 4. B22- Bump Hedman; 5. 2- Dan Stone; 6. 73- Devin Lewis; 7. 61- Joe Martin; 8. 7- Rick Eckert

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: Brandon Overton
Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards
Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Brandon Overton
JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Tim McCreadie
VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Darrell Lanigan
JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Rick Eckert
SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Shane Clanton
QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Shane Clanton
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Eric Wells
QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Jason Covert
Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: Steve Casebolt
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Chase Junghans
MSD – $25 Cash: Dave Hess
QA1 – $50 Cash: Mike Benedum
Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Russ King
Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Josh Richards
Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Jonathan Davenport
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Brandon Overton
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Brian Shirley
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Frank Heckenast Jr.

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 24 – 17 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

Pos. Car # Driver Residence Earnings Points Trail By
1 1 Josh Richards Clarksburg, WV $110,250 2476 0
2 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $73,375 2306 170
3 7 Rick Eckert York, PA $42,275 2218 258
4 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $38,110 2198 278
5 76 Brandon Overton   Evans, GA $28,445 2150 326
6 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR $29,060 2112 364
7 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN $26,320 2108 368
8 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA $27,860 2080 396
9 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort, IL $26,150 2076 400
10 14M Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX $23,620 2050 426
11 18C Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $18,975 2024 452
12 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY $21,200 2014 462
13 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $8,670 1750 726
14 2C Joey Coulter Union Grove, NC $7,830 1722 754
15 99B Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs Bear Lake, PA $11,070 1446 1030
16 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN $2,885 896 1580
17 2F Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin Gaffney, SC $6,980 836 1640
18 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $25,300 822 1654
19 17M Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $19,500 808 1668
20 11 Austin Smith Cedartown, GA $3,290 764 1712

 

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, 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.