BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 19, 2016 – Josh Richards rallied from a 14th place starting position to outduel Jonathan Davenport in thrilling fashion, capturing the lead with less than five laps to go, then holding off a bonsaiing Davenport on the final lap to capture the victory on the second night of World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series action at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.

Richards, who dominated Thursday night’s 50-lap feature and won Tuesday night during DIRTcar Late Model action, did not show the speed early like he did the previous night. Richards placed eighth in the first qualifying group which was led by Gregg Satterlee, who scored the overall fast time for the night driving the Rocket Chassis number 22s Satterlee Petroleum/Keyser Manufacturing Co. machine.

Satterlee continued to showcase his speed, easily capturing his heat race, making his way into the redraw before the feature event. Unfortunately for Satterlee, he drew the sixth starting position which is the worst possible outcome in the redraw.

Drawing pole position was Chalk Hill, Pa.-native Mason Zeigler piloting the Ohiopyle Vacation Rentals/Insurance Services number 25z, with Jonathan Davenport starting to his outside.

No stranger to the front of the field, Davenport has placed his Baird Transport/Elite Concrete No. 6 on the podium each night he’s competed in the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, as he captured two third place finishes and a second thus far.

 

When the green flag fell on the field of 31 cars, Davenport made quick work of the pole sitter, shooting around Zeigler exiting turn two on the opening lap. Zeigler found trouble early as he shot up the race track in turn one on lap 11, allowing most of the field to make their way around him.

Shortly after Zeigler’s issues, a six car pile-up that involved 2015 World of Outlaws champion Shane Clanton and 2015 Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton, slowed on track action.

The wreck, which took 10 minutes to attend to, settled the field down as the race was only slowed by one more caution, which took place five laps later on lap 16.

By this point in the feature, Richards, battling from his 14th starting position had managed to crack the top three, passing Tim McCreadie in the No. 39 Sweetner’s Plus machine for the position.

Davenport had a firm lead on the field but was slowed as he fought through lapped traffic near the halfway point in the race. With Davenport bottled up, second place Satterlee and third place Richards made their way to the leader’s rear bumper, setting up an epic duel for the Gator trophy.

Richards made his way around Satterlee for second, bringing Ivedent Lloyd Jr. with him, as the two put the leader in their crosshairs. Davenport maintained the lead, fending off challenges from Richards and Lloyd, as each took a shot at muscling their way to the front.

With less than 15 laps remaining, things heated up as the three began swapping the lead back and forth, with Davenport utilizing the bottom and lapped traffic to hold onto to the top spot.

Richards kept steady pressure on Davenport, finally making his move around the leaders outside as lapped traffic plagued the leader’s favorable inside line. Richards completed the pass but the race was not over.

Davenport tried everything he could to work his way back around Richards for the lead, as he drove deeper into turns trying to throw the leader off his line. With less than three laps remaining the two were battling side-by-side for the victory, with third place Lloyd not far behind.

In the end it was Richards who prevailed after fighting off every challenge from the second place driver and winning his 60th career World of Outlaws race in an epic showdown with only one night remaining in the DIRTcar Nationals.

“This was unbelievable,” the three-time series champion said. “We got behind early, then I ran out of tear-offs and I ran the last four laps with my [helmet] shield up.”

“I knew we had a good car. I didn’t know how traffic was going to pan out, I just tried to keep my speed up and get up through there. This track has just been awesome and I have to thank the fans for coming out, this has been an amazing speed weeks.”

Davenport settled for a second place finish, improving on his finish of third the night before, but still coming up short of capturing the elusive Gator.

“I can’t believe somebody didn’t pass us earlier than that,” the Blairsville, Ga. native said. “That’s the worst our car has been in three years. I was making more mistakes than I was making turns.

“But we came back with a second place run. Congratulations to Josh [Richards], I knew he would be coming, and congratulations to Ivedent [Lloyd], that’s two Longhorn [Chassis] up here, wish we could’ve been one and two, but Josh was a little better tonight.”

Rounding out the top three was Lloyd who captured his highest finishing position of the DIRTcar Nationals after starting the feature in the eighth position.

“We struggled earlier in the week with some brake problems and we have that figured out now,” the local Ocala, Fla.-native said. “The car was really good tonight, I just had to stay on the bottom.

“It was really fun racing those guys. I told Jonathan [Davenport] to check to make sure I passed him at least one time. We’re going to work on it and get better tomorrow.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series wrap up the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday night with the big Gator trophy being awarded to the week’s overall points champion.

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. 19, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

A-Main (50-laps): 1. 1-Josh Richards [14] [$10,350], 2. 6-Jonathan Davenport [2] [$5,150], 3. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr. [8] [$3,500], 4. 39-Tim McCreadie [5] [$2,650], 5. C9-Steve Casebolt [4] [$2,050], 6. 3s-Brian Shirley [11] [$1,700}, 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist [10] [$1,500], 8. 17M-Dale McDowell [13] [$1,300], 9. 1*-Chub Frank [9] [$1,500], 10. 21J-Billy Moyer Jr. [18] [$1,400], 11. 22s-Gregg Satterlee [6] [$1,100], 12. 5-Don O’Neal [21] [$1,050], 13. 7-Rick Eckert [26] [$1,300], 14. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr. [28] [$400], 15. 40B-Kyle Bronson [20] [$850], 16. 20-Jimmy Owens [23] [$800], 17. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn [7] [$820], 18. 14M-Morgan Bagley [15] [$950], 19. 18c-Chase Junghans [27] [$160], 20. 2F-Dennis Franklin [24] [$700], 21. 16-Justin Rattliff [17] [$700], 22. 76-Brandon Overton [29] [$110], 23. 5w-Mark Whitener [19] [$700], 24. 77-Jordan Yaggy [31] [$125], 25. 25z-Mason Zeigler [1] [$700], 26. 15s-Donny Schatz [12] [$700], 27. 99B-Boom Briggs [30] [$160], 28. 18-Eric Wells [22] [$750], 29. 25-Shane Clanton [25] [$800], 30. 72-Mike Norris [16] [$700], 31. 777-Jared Landers [3] [$700].

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 5w-Mark Whitener, 2. 18-Eric Wells, 3. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr, 4. B1-Paul Wilmoth 5. 7-Rick Eckert, 6. 76-Brandon Overton, 7. 91-Tyler Erb, 8. 20s-Rodney Sanders, 9. K0-Freddie Carpeneter, 10. 11-Austin Smith, 11. 99B-Boom Briggs, 12. 14-Tyler Clem.

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 2. 20-Jimmy Owens, 3. 15-Steve Francis, 4. 25-Shane Clanton, 5. 25F-Jason Feger, 6. 15L-Darrell Lanigan, 7. 0f-Coleby Frye, 8. 93-Pancho Lawler, 9. 14r-Reid Millard, 10. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 11. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 12. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr.

Last-Chance Showdown No. 3 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 5-Don O’Neal, 2. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 3. 2c-Joey Coulter, 4. 16T-Tyler Bruening, 5. 1W-Dillon Wood, 6. 22-Chris Ferguson, 7. 18c-Chase Junghans, 8. 4D-Chad Hollenbeck, 9. 3c-Charles LaPlant, 10. 57-Chuck Julien, 11. 16H-Mike Hammerle.

Qualifying Group A: 1. 22s-Gregg Satterlee, 15.889; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie, 16.182; 3. C9-Steve Casebolt, 16.342; 4. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 16.345; 5. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr, 16.382; 6. 93-Pancho Lawler, 16.394; 7. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.432; 8. 1-Josh Richards, 16.494; 9. 1*-Chub Frank, 16.529; 10. 20s-Rodney Sanders, 16.561; 11. 11-Austin Smith, 16.572; 12. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 16.630; 13. 14-Tyler Clem, 16.668; 14. 91-Tyler Erb, 16.678; 15. 15L-Darrell Lanigan, 16.680; 16. 18-Eric Wells, 16.697; 17. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr, 16.723; 18. 0f-Coleby Frye, 16.750; 19. 7-Rick Eckert, 16.768; 20. B1-Paul Wilmoth, 16.813; 21. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 16.828; 22. 5w-Mark Whitener, 16.843; 23. 76-Brandon Overton, 16.881; 24. 15-Steve Francis, 16.903; 25. 99B-Boom Briggs, 16.944; 26. K0-Freddie Carpenter, 17.244; 27. 14r-Reid Millard, 17.883.

Qualifying Group B: 1. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 16.234; 2. 3s-Brian Shirley, 16.364; 3. 15s-Donny Schatz, 16.432; 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 16.499; 5. 777-Jared Landers, 16.535; 6. 25z-Mason Zeigler, 16.537; 7. 25-Shane Clanton, 16.540; 8. 16-Justin Rattliff, 16.602; 9. 21J-Billy Moyer Jr, 16.684; 10. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr, 16.696; 11. 22-Chris Ferguson, 16.782; 12. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 16.816; 13. 72-Mike Norris, 16.855; 14. 2c-Joey Coulter, 16.925; 15. 18c-Chase Junghans, 16.932; 16. 20-Jimmy Owens, 17.026; 17. 5-Don O’Neal, 17.053; 18. 16T-Tyler Bruening, 17.137; 19. 25F-Jason Feger, 17.168; 20. 1W-Dillon Wood, 17.206; 21. 3c-Charles LaPlant, 17.362; 22. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 17.363; 23. 4D-Chad Hollenbeck, 17.395; 24. 57-Chuck Julien, 17.596; 25. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 17.711; 26. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 18.837.

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 22s-Gregg Satterlee, 2. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 3. 17M-Dale McDowell, 4. 5w-Mark Whitener, 5. 18-Eric Wells, 6. 99B-Boom Briggs, 7. 7-Rick Eckert, 8. 14-Tyler Clem, 9. 20s-Rodney Sanders.

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie, 2. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr., 3. 1-Josh Richards, 4. 91-Tyler Erb, 5. B1-Paul Wilmoth Jr., 6. 11-Austin Smith, 7. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr., 8. 76-Brandon Overton, 9. K0-Freddie Carpenter.

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. C9-Steve Casebolt, 2. 1*-Chub Frank, 3. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 5. 93-Pancho Lawler, 6. 15L-Darrell Lanigan, 7. 15-Steve Francis, 8. 14r-Reid Millard, 9. 0f-Coleby Frye.

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 3. 72-Mike Norris, 4. 25F-Jason Feger, 5. 20-Jimmy Owens, 6. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 7. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 8. 25-Shane Clanton, 9. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr.

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 777-Jared Landers, 2. 3s-Brian Shirley, 3. 16-Justin Rattliff, 4. 5-Don O’Neal, 5. 2c-Joey Coulter, 6. 22-Chris Ferguson, 7. 1W-Dillon Wood, 8. 4D-Chad Hollenbeck, 9. 16H-Mike Hammerle.

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25z-Mason Zeigler, 2. 15s-Donny Schatz, 3. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr., 4. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 5. 16T-Tyler Bruening, 6. 18c-Chase Junghans, 7. 3c-Charles LaPlant, 8. 57-Chuck Julien.

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: Jonathan Davenport
Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards
Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
Mobil 1 – $50 Cash: Tim McCreadie
JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Steve Casebolt
VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Gregg Satterlee
Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Don O’Neal
JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Rick Eckert
SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Kenny Pettyjohn
QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Jimmy Owens
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Morgan Bagley
QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Dennis Franklin
Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: Dennis Franklin
Mobil 1 – 20% Off product certificate: Dennis Franklin
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Justin Rattliff
MSD – $25 Cash: Jordan Yaggy
QA1 – $50 Cash: Jonathan Davenport
Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Josh Richards, Chub Frank, Rick Eckert, Frank Heckenast Jr., Morgan Bagley
Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Jonathan Davenport

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 19 – 4 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

1

1

Josh Richards

Shinnston, WV

$27,700

582

0

2

7

Rick Eckert

York, PA

$16,550

546

36

3

1*

Chub Frank

Bear Lake, PA

$6,300

520

62

4

3s

Brian Shirley

Chatham, IL

$6,000

508

74

5

14M

Morgan Bagley

Longview, TX

$5,750

502

80

6

25

Shane Clanton

Zebulon, GA

$12,650

492

90

7

2

Dennis Franklin

Gaffney, SC

$3,930

484

98

 

99Jr

Frank Heckenast Jr.

Frankfort, IL

$4,930

484

98

9

99B

Boom Briggs

Bear Lake, PA

$8,200

482

100

10

38

Kenny Pettyjohn

Millsboro, DE

$3,420

480

102

11

76

Brandon Overton

Evans, GA

$4,820

476

106

 

C9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

$4,060

476

106

13

18c

Chase Junghans

Manhattan, KS

$3,600

464

118

14

21JR

Billy Moyer Jr.

Batesville, AR

$4,260

460

122

15

18

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

$4,460

458

124

16

21

Ivedent Lloyd Jr.

Ocala, FL

$5,060

436

146

17

2

Joey Coulter

Moorsevile, NC

$2,000

408

174

18

B1

Paul Wilmoth Jr.

Clarksburg, WV

$2,180

394

188

19

25F

Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL

$1,680

388

194

20

0

Coleby Frye

Dover, PA

$1,570

370

212

21

77

Jordan Yaggy

Rochester, MN

$1,095

368

214

22

91

Tyler Erb

New Waverly, TX

$1,030

364

218

23

1W

Dillon Wood

New Smyrna, FL

$1,545

360

222

24

22

Chris Ferguson

Mount Holly, NC

$1,030

348

234

25

11

Austin Smith

Cedartown, GA

$1,030

334

248

 

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.