Richards Outduels Shaver For Victory On Opening Night Of Firecracker 100 by GottaRace.com Weekend At Lernerville Speedway
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Star Captures First Preliminary A-Main For Third Time In Last Four Years
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
SARVER, PA – June 27, 2011 – Josh Richards was a man on a mission Thursday night at Lernerville Speedway.
Rebounding from a frustrating subpar performance two nights earlier, the 25-year-old superstar from Shinnston, W.Va., grabbed the lead from Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., on lap 18 and marched on to win the first 30-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series preliminary A-Main of the Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com weekend.
The $6,000-plus victory was Richards’s fourth of the 2013 WoO LMS season and marked the third time in the last four years that he has captured opening-night feature of the Firecracker 100 extravaganza. It also got him back on track after a winless four-race swing through New York and Canada that he ended with a uncharacteristic 13th-place finish on June 25 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
“We struggled a lot this past week,” said Richards, who scored just one top-five finish during his northern trip. “It was actually kind of embarrassing. It wasn’t common for this team to be running the way we were, so we made some changes, swapped cars today and tried to get our heads together to make the right decisions.
“We were good tonight, but we still have a long weekend ahead of us and I’m sure everybody is gonna work on their stuff.”
Shaver settled for a runner-up finish after leading laps 1-17, flashing under the checkered flag 1.113 seconds behind Richards. WoO LMS rookie Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., finished third, Davey Johnson of Latrobe, Pa., placed fourth and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., took fifth after coming out on top of a last-lap battle with Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa.
A-Main Finish: 1. Josh Richards, 2. Steve Shaver, 3. Eric Wells, 4. Davey Johnson, 5. Darrell Lanigan, 6. Dale McDowell, 7. Dan Stone, 8. Shane Clanton, 9. Tim McCreadie, 10. Rick Eckert, 11. Austin Hubbard, 12. John Garvin Jr., 13. Jonathan Davenport, 14. Brian Birkhofer, 15. Tim Fuller, 16. Morgan Bagley, 17. Bub McCool, 18. Clint Smith, 19. Steve Francis, 20. Russ King, 21. John Blankenship, 22. Jared Landers, 23. Chub Frank, 24. Brady Smith, 25. Mike Marlar, 26. Ron Davies, 27. Dave Hess Jr., 28. Jared Miley