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Richards Completes Sweep Of Firecracker 100 by GottaRace.com Preliminary Features At Lernerville Speedway

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Leader Rolls To Victory In Saturday Afternoon’s Postponed 30-Lapper
SARVER, PA – June 29, 2013 – Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., completed an unprecedented sweep of the Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com preliminary events with a victory in Saturday afternoon’s postponed 30-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Lernerville Speedway.

The two-time WoO LMS champion started from the pole position and led the entire distance to become the first driver to win both Firecracker 100 preliminary features since the weekend was expanded to three full nights of racing in 2010. He earned $6,150 for his fifth triumph of the season on the national tour with his father Mark’s Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car.

Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., shared the front row with Richards for the start and chased the WoO LMS points leader from flag-to-flag. He closed within a couple car lengths of Richards in the final laps but settled for a second-place finish, 0.397 of a second behind the victor.

Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., placed third, earning a career-best finish on the WoO LMS. Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., and Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., completed the top five after swapping the fourth position twice.

Richards, 25, cited his performance in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials and his heat race for propelling him to the checkered flag on a challenging track surface baked by the afternoon sun. Heavy rain on the event’s originally-scheduled date on Friday night forced officials to run the program on Saturday afternoon before the evening’s Firecracker 100 finale.

“The pill draw was huge,” said Richards, who picked the pole position for the A-Main in the redraw among heat winners, “but we still had to earn our spot up front. We went out second-to-last in qualifying (Group ‘B’), but I knew we had a really good car so I just tried to make a smooth lap and we ended up qualifying fifth. Then I was able to get by (Ron) Davies there in the heat (for the win); I had to make the move early because I knew once everybody got in line it would be hard to pass and we were able to get that done.”

Richards cruised alone out front for most of the race, which was slowed by just a single caution flag on lap nine for a turn-four tangle involving John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., and Don Angellichio of Greensburg, Pa. Clanton, 36, drew close only when Richards began nearing slower cars.

“We got a little closer there at the end because I think Josh didn’t want to get in lapped traffic,” said Clanton, who remained second in the WoO LMS points standings, 28 points behind Richards. “With a rubbered-up (afternoon) racetrack it’s kind of hard to deal with lapped traffic, so he just done his job. He got out there to the lead and didn’t make any mistakes.

“We’re pretty good, but we got some work to do to catch the ‘1’ car.”

Richards is confident entering tonight’s $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100. He will start the first heat race from the pole position.

“Overall we really didn’t make any changes to the car from Thursday night,” said Richards, who outdueled Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., to win the first preliminary A-Main. “I know the track was different today, but I still feel like it had a pretty good balance to it. I know the racetrack is gonna be 180-degrees different tonight, but I feel pretty good about our chances.”

Fifty-nine cars were signed in for Saturday afternoon’s racing program.

Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, with the first half competing for starting positions in heats one and two and the second half racing against the clock to align heats three and four. Andrew Reaume of Blenheim, Ont., was one of the first drivers on the track in Group ‘A’ and clicked off a lap of 16.260 seconds that was the fastest overall of the night.

Reaume’s first-ever WoO LMS fast-time honor made him just the second Canadian to achieve the milestone. He joined Ricky Weiss of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was the quickest qualifier in 2008 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.

Heat winners were Clanton, Rick Eckert of York, Pa., Hubbard, Satterlee, Richards and Landers. The B-Mains were captured Blankenship, Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, and Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss.

After the afternoon program teams began preparing their cars for the Firecracker 100 by GottaRace.com finale on Saturday night. Officials expect to start the evening show on schedule with hot laps at 6:50 p.m. and the first of six heat races at 7:35 p.m.

More information on the Firecracker by GottaRace.com 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 Presented by GottaRace.com Preliminary A-Main No. 2 at Lernerville Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (1) Josh Richards/30 $6,150

2. (2) Shane Clanton/30 $3,050

3. (3) Jared Landers/30 $2,550

4. (5) Austin Hubbard/30 $1,750

5. (4) Gregg Satterlee/30 $1,550

6. (8) Darrell Lanigan/30 $1,400

7. (12) Scott Bloomquist/30 $1,250

8. (10) Russ King/30 $1,200

9. (6) Rick Eckert/30 $1,300

10. (9) Jimmy Mars/30 $1,000

11. (14) Mike Marlar/30 $1,000

12. (16) Steve Shaver/30 $825

13. (13) Steve Francis/30 $900

14. (18) Jonathan Davenport/30 $725

15. (20) Morgan Bagley/30 $1,000

16. (22) Eric Wells/30 $730

17. (17) Brian Birkhofer/30 $670

18. (27) Chub Frank/30 $210

19. (15) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/30 $640

20. (25) Tim Fuller/30 $670

21. (23) Dave Hess Jr./30 $600

22. (21) Bub McCool/30 $650

23. (19) John Blankenship/30 $600

24. (11) Ron Davies/12 $625

25. (26) Tim McCreadie/10 $750

26. (7) Andrew Reaume/9 $600

27. (24) Dan Angelicchio/8 $600

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 14 Mins., 51.703 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.397 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 9)

Lap Leaders: Richards (1-30)

Provisional Starters: Fuller, McCreadie (WoO); Frank (WoO emergency)

Rookie of the Race: Bagley ($250)

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Landers ($500)

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

Group ‘A’

1. 88-Andrew Reaume/Blenheim, ONT 16.260

2. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.285

3. 11-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 16.388

4. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 16.694

5. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.713

6. 32-Jim Rasey/Southington, OH 16.729

7. 10-Alex Ferree/Saxonburg, PA 16.979

8. 04-David Watts/Buchanan, VA 17.005

9. 28-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 17.009

10. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 17.022

11. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 17.085

12. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 17.087

13. 41-Derrick Casner/Mifflintown, PA 17.235

14. J4-John Garvin Jr./Sarver, PA 17.394

15. 76-Jason Rider/Clinton, PA 17.420

16. 23T-Tony Burke/Sarver, PA 17.620

17. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand/Sarver, PA 17.667

18. B22-Bump Hedman/Sugar Grove, PA 17.686

19. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 17.692

20. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 17.906

21. 618-Kevin Wilson/Stoneville, NC 17.967

22. 25z-Mason Zeigler/Chalk Hill, PA 17.982

23. 1-Tommy Beck/Murraysville, PA 18.003

24. 44H-Dave Hess Jr./Waterford, PA 18.134

25. 66-Todd Bachman/Natrona Heights, PA 18.372

26. J19-Jason Fosnaught/Creighton, PA 18.442

27. 44g-Derek Stefanick/Oakdale, PA 18.542

28. 7x-Herman Bertolini/Creighton, PA 18.917

29. H1-Jared Miley/South Park, PA DQ – deck height

30. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX DQ – deck height

Group ‘B’

1. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 18.013

2. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 18.052

3. 5-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 18.256

4. C33-Chris Casner/Mifflintown, PA 18.344

5. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 18.500

6. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 18.548

7. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 18.562

8. 15b-Brian Birkhofer/Muscatine, IA 18.577

9. 49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 18.633

10. 56-Russ King/Bristolville, OH 18.778

11. 29K-Garrett Krummert/New Castle, PA 18.809

12. 18c-Ross Camponovo/Clarksdale, MS 18.874

13. 1c-Mike Pegher Jr./Cranberry Twp., PA 18.963

14. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 19.005

15. 72-Michael Norris/Sarver, PA 19.061

16. 66K-Justin Kann/Hesston, PA 19.492

17. CR9-Chris Rhodes/Windber, PA 19.654

18. 14-Dan Angelicchio/Greensburg, PA 20.057

19. 1J-Davey Johnson/Latrobe, PA DQ – deck height

20. B1-Brandon Wearing/Callery, PA DQ – deck height

21. 2s-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA DQ – deck height

22. 37-Brian Tavenner/Winchester, VA DQ – deck height

23. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA DQ – deck height

24. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, PA DQ – deck height

25. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA DQ – deck height

26. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY DQ – deck height

27. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA DQ – deck height

28. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY DQ – deck height

29. 91-Michael Holmes/Perth, W. Australia DQ – deck height

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Clanton, Reaume, Francis, Zeigler, Ferree, Blankenship, D. Casner, Burke, Bachman, Bertolini

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Eckert, Lanigan, Marlar, Watts, Wells, Miley, Schaltenbrand, Garvin, Beck, Fosnaught

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Hubbard, Mars, Briggs, Hess, Bagley, Rasey, Rider, Hedman, Stefanick, Wilson

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Satterlee, King, Shaver, McCreadie, Pegher, Johnson, C. Smith, C. Casner, Kann, Tavenner

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Richards, Davies, Birkhofer, McCool, Fuller, McDowell, Krummert, Rhodes, Holmes, Wearing

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Landers, Bloomquist, Davenport, B. Smith, Angelicchio, Norris, Frank, Stone, Camponovo

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Blankenship, Wells, Ferree, Miley, Watts, D. Casner, Bertolini, Burke, Beck, Fosnaught, Garvin, Bachman, Zeigler, Schaltenbrand

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Bagley, Hess, Johnson, Pegher, C. Smith, Rider, Rasey, Tavenner, C. Casner, Hedman, Kann, Wilson, Stefanick, McCreadie

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): McCool, Angelicchio, B. Smith, Fuller, McDowell, Frank, Krummert, Rhodes, Norris, Holmes, Wearing (DNS) Stone, Camponovo

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal:

Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Rick Eckert

Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Eric Wells/Dave Hess Jr./Bub McCool

VP Race Fuels ‘Nice Jugs’ Award: (One VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main): Jim Rasey

Wrisco Aluminum (3 sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner only): Josh Richards

Armor All (One case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main): Austin Hubbard

Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Josh Richards

QuarterMaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner, $50 certificate to 5th-place finish): Shane Clanton/Eric Wells

MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Josh Richards

STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Shane Clanton

XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan

Roush Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Gregg Satterlee

JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert

Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Russ King

American Race Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Mike Marlar

VP Race Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Russ King

Edelbrock Manifolds ($50 cash to 9th-finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert

Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Mike Marlar

XS Power ($60 product certificate to 11th-place finisher in A-Main): Mike Marlar

Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Steve Francis

JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank

Super Flow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley

JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 16th-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Eric Wells

Klotz Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank

Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank

QuarterMaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs

Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Dave Hess Jr.

JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Bub McCool

Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Dan Angellichio

MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Ron Davies

XS Power ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Austin Hubbard

Roush Yates ($25 gift card to driver who leads most laps in the A-Main): Josh Richards

Reliable Painting Award (one free tire): Rick Eckert

2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 29 (afternoon) – 24 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Josh Richards 3390

2. Shane Clanton 3362 (-28)

3. Darrell Lanigan 3322 (-68)

4. Rick Eckert 3274 (-116)

5. Tim Fuller 3090 (-300)

6. Eric Wells 3084 (-306)

7. Tim McCreadie 3070 (-320)

8. Bub McCool 3044 (-346)

9. Morgan Bagley 3034 (-356)

10. Chub Frank 3026 (-364)

11. Clint Smith 2872 (-518)

12. Scott James 1958 (-1432)

13. Dan Stone 1466 (-1924)

14. Gregg Satterlee 1448 (-1942)

15. Dillon Wood 1426 (-1964)

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.