Richards Battles Track and Field in Carolina Speedway Win

Claims win No. 63 in series’ first appearance at Carolina Speedway 

GASTONIA, N.C. – April 29, 2016 – Josh Richards battled from an eighth place starting position and through tough track conditions and cautions on Friday night at Carolina Speedway as he claimed the inaugural World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win at the track.

“We were able to survive,” said Richards, who took home the $10,000 purse. “We had a great car there. It was starting to get rough off Turn 4, but I want to thank all the fans for coming out. It’s great to come out with a win.”

Challenging track conditions proved to be a test for the 24 drivers that started the A-Main – in the 50-lap feature, there were 12 cautions with eight drivers finishing on the lead lap. A caution on Lap 24 allowed drivers to replenish their tear-off visor sheets, making track visibility less of a struggle through the remainder of the race.

Some of those earlier cautions however, made way for Richards to eventually claim the lead position on the restarts. Richards started eighth.

“That was the biggest thing: trying to find a clean spot,” said Richards about finding a favorable groove. “Once you got up on somebody, you couldn’t see anything. It was just a matter of trying to be smooth. You were forced to move around a little bit.”

Following the race’s first caution on Lap 5, Richards’ strong restart catapulted him into third position. Less than 10 laps later, Richards took over the second spot in turn 2 from Frank Heckenast Jr., who drifted up the track. Heckenast wheeled his car to a season-best fourth-place finish.

Richards claimed the lead on lap 16 after Johnny Pursley, who started the race in the top spot, lost a right rear tire. There on, Richards never looked back.

Chub Frank’s No. 1* Cory Rubber Corporation machine followed behind Richards for the latter-half of the race, recording his best finish in not only 2016, but also since his second-place finish at Delaware International Speedway in August 2015. The Bear Lake, Penn.-native said he’d rather be in victory lane, but rebounding from qualifying 14th earlier in the night made it a successful night.

“The track was choppy, but you could at least race on it,” Frank said. “It was definitely a handful. I never knew which way my car was going. I don’t think my car was bad, but [Richards’] car ran through all the rough stuff better than mine. He was more consistent.”

Rounding-out the podium was York, Penn.-native Rick Eckert, who also took advantage of the lower groove earlier in the race. Eckert’s No. 7 Paul Crowl Racing car claimed the third spot on Lap 17, passing Heckenast in Turn 2 like Richards did earlier.

“It’s about time,” Eckert said. “At least we made it on the inside, but got beat on the outside. In the middle of the race right before the track started getting rough, we had a good car. Everyone was in there, starting to rip it up. I couldn’t maneuver through the holes and everyone else couldn’t too. But Josh’s seemed to maneuver through the holes. He earned it.”

Richard’s win Friday night was his fifth of the season and 63rd-career series win which moves him one step closer to surpassing Darrell Lanigan on the all-time wins list for A-Mains. Lanigan has a record 72 wins in the series.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series returns to action Saturday night at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway as the series completes its Carolina Swing. Tickets remain for the Tar Heel 100. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit FayettevilleMotorSpeedway.com.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Statistical Report; April 29, 2016; Carolina Speedway; Gastonia, N.C.

A-Main (50-laps): 1. 1- Josh Richards [8][$10,875], 2. 1*- Chub Frank [12][$5,700], 3. 7- Rick Eckert [9][$3,800], 4. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr. [3][$3,200], 5. 25- Shane Clanton [6][$2,800], 6. 3s- Brian Shirley [15][$2,250], 7. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr. [17][$2,250], 8. 18- Eric Wells [18][$1,800], 9. 14M- Morgan Bagley [20][$1,750], 10. 91- Tyler Erb [21][$1,700], 11. C9- Steve Casebolt [23][$1,600], 12. 18c- Chase Junghans [16][$1,550], 13. 76- Brandon Overton [14][$1,500], 14. 2F- Dennis Franklin [11][$1,100], 15. 72- Jason Covert [1][$850], 16. ’09- Johnny Pursley [2][$800], 17. 2c- Joey Coulter [24][$770], 18. 7L- Josh Langley [7][$750], 19. 93- Donald Bradsher [10][$730], 20. 77- Jordan Yaggy [22][$700], 21. 22*- G.R. Smith [5][$700], 22. 42- Doug Sanders [19][$700], 23. 1w- Ricky Weeks [13][$700], 24. 22- Chris Ferguson [4][$700]

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 21JR- Billy Moyer; 2. 42- Doug Sanders; 3. 91- Tyler Erb; 4. 32- Jonathan Edwards; 5. 17- Tim Allen; 6. ’07- Brian Ledbetter; 7. 89- Mark Parks; 8. 281- Kyle Piece; 21- Luke Roffers (DNS); 79- Billy Hicks (DNS)

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 18- Eric Wells; 2. 14M- Morgan Bagley; 3. 77- Jordan Yaggy; 4. 2c- Joey Coulter; 5. 421- Anthony Sanders; 6. 618- Kevin Wilson; 7. 10- Scott Shirley; 8. 87- Ross Bailes; 9. C9- Steve Casebolt

Qualifying Group A: 1. 22- Chris Ferguson, 15.017; 2. 93- Donald Bradsher, 15.228; 3. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 15.262; 4. 1-Josh Richards, 15.281; 5. 7- Rick Eckert, 15.305; 6. 22*- G.R. Smith; 7. 7L- Josh Langley, 15.366; 8. 76- Brandon Overton, 15.438; 9. 91- Tyler Erb, 15.477; 10. 281- Kyle Pierce, 15.571; 11. 17- Tim Allen, 15.572; 12. 21- Luke Roffers, 15.685; 13. 32- Jonathan Edwards, 15.826; 14. 89- Mark Parks, 15.847; 15. 42- Doug Sanders, 15.914; 16. 79- Billy Hicks, 16.019; 17. 1w- Ricky Weeks, 16.112; 18. ’07- Brian Ledbetter, 16.463

Qualifying Group B: 1. ’09- Johnny Pursley, 15.380; 2. 72- Jason Covert, 15.409; 3. 25- Shane Clanton, 15.414; 4. 2c- Joey Coulter, 15.416; 5. 3s- Brian Shirley, 15.431; 6. 18c- Chase Junghans, 15.465; 7. 2F- Dennis Franklin, 15.534; 8. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr., 15.617; 9. 77- Jordan Yaggy, 15.638; 10. 87- Ross Bailes, 15.641; 11. C9- Steve Casebolt, 15.651; 12. 18- Eric Wells, 15.668; 13. 14M- Morgan Bagley, 15.785; 14. 1*- Chub Frank, 15.949; 15. 421- Anthony Sanders, 15.999; 16. 10- Scott Shirley- 16.283; 17 618- Kevin Wilson, 16.486

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 22-Chris Ferguson, 2. 7L- Josh Langley, 3. 7. Rick Eckert, 4. 1w- Ricky Weeks, 5. 42-Doug Sanders, 6. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 7. 91- Tyler Erb, 8. 17- Tim Allen, 9. 32- Jonathan Edwards

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1-Josh Richards, 2. 22*- G.R. Smith, 3. 93- Donald Bradsher , 4. 76- Brandon Overton, 5. 281- Kyle Pierce, 6. 21- Luke Roffers, 7. 89- Mark Parks, 8. ’07- Brian Ledetter, 9. 79- Billy Hicks

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. ’09- Johnny Pursley, 2. 25- Shane Clanton, 3. 2F- Dennis Franklin, 4. 3s- Brian Shirley 5. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 6. 77- Jordan Yaggy, 7. C9- Steve Casebolt, 8. 421- Anthony Sanders, 9. 618- Kevin Wilson

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 72-Jason Covert; 2. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr. 3. 1*-Chub Frank; 4. 18C-Chase Junghans 5. 18-Eric Wells 6. 2C-Joey Coulter 7. 87-Ross Bailes 8. 10-Scott Shirey

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: Chub Frank
Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards
Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Billy Moyer Jr.
JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Tyler Erb
Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Morgan Bagley
Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Tyler Erb
Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Steve Casebolt
Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Chase Junghans
JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Dennis Franklin
SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Dennis Franklin
QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Jason Covert
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Joey Coulter
QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Jordan Yaggy
Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: G.R. Smith
JE Pistons – Set of rings: G.R. Smith
MSD – $25 Cash: Josh Richards
QA1 – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Tyler Erb
Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Dennis Franklin
Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Josh Richards
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Chub Frank
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Rick Eckert
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Shane Clanton

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of April 29 – 9 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

Pos. Car Driver Residence Points Trail By
1 1 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 1320 0
2 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 1200 120
3 7 Rick Eckert York, PA 1184 136
4 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 1174 146
5 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA 1124 196
6 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1120 200
  14M Morgan Bagley Longview, TX 1120 200
8 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 1106 214
9 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 1082 238
  99Jr Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort, IL 1082 238
11 18c Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 1052 268
12 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY 1028 292
13 2 Joey Coulter Moorseville, NC 944 376
14 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 902 418
15 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN 776 544
16 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 770 550
17 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC 704 616
18 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 668 652
19 B1 Paul Wilmoth Jr. Clarksburg, WV 640 680
20 38 Kenny Pettyjohn Millsboro, DE 576 744

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.