Dirt Track Racing News

Richards Records First Lucas Oil Series Win of the Season

2020-05-22 13:06

WAYNESVILLE, GA (MAY 22, 2020) - Josh Richards picked up his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2020 on Thursday Night at Golden Isles Speedway. He led most of the race, until Mason Zeigler took over the top spot, but ultimately luck was on Richards' side when race leader Mason Zeigler got into the turn two wall with two laps remaining leaving the second-place running Richards a clear path to victory lane.

Zeigler and Richards battled for the lead for nearly 28 laps, but Zeigler slipped in turn two on lap 38. He got into the wall and ended his night after he led since lap 29. Richards then pulled away from Tim McCreadie in the final circuits to pick up his 29th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and his seventh at Golden Isles.

With McCreadie's second place finish, he takes over the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point lead. Jimmy Owens completed the Big River Steel podium with his third place finish. Mark Whitener grabbed the fourth spot with Devin Moran coming from the tail to finish in fifth. Moran missed the ten-minute call and had to start 24th on the grid.

Brandon Overton started from the pole after winning the PFC Brakes Pole Award and he led the first seven laps of the race until ignition problems caused him to bring out the first caution of the race. His night ended when his car slowed coming off turn number four as Richards went by him to lead lap eight.

As Overton exited the race under the caution, the restart went one-two Richards on the point and McCreadie in second, followed by home state driver Steven Roberts. The car on the move after the restart was Mason Zeigler. He shot to the second spot around McCreadie on lap 11 and then set his sights on Richards.

Richards and Zeigler duked it out in a two-car battle for the lead with McCreadie and Owens hot on their heels. Zeigler stalked Richards until he slid under him in turn four to take over the lead on lap 29. Richards then stayed close to Zeigler as the two blazed a furious pace around the speedy 3/8th mile oval. With just two laps to go Zeigler got into turn one too hot and banged the turn two wall putting him out of a shot at his second win of the season.

With the win, Richards became the eighth different winner in eleven Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events this season. "He [Zeigler] has come a long way. I don't know if I could have gotten back around him. I was kind of a sitting duck; I couldn't roll the corners good as I wanted to. I was kind of using the right rear a little bit. I was trying to find a good rhythm and once he got by me I was trying to turn the wick back up. He made a mistake tonight and Mason slipped up a little bit and I was able to hold off McCreadie at the end."

The winner's Clint Bowyer Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by iRacing, Big River Steel, DEKALB, Integra Shocks, Crawford Outdoor, and Cometic Gasket.

Completing the top ten were Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Bronson, Tanner English, Shane Clanton, and Rick Eckert.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Optima Batteries Golden Isles Nationals - presented by Bilstein
Thursday, May 21st, 2020
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA

Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brandon Overton / 15.220 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Tim McCreadie / 15.322 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 9-Devin Moran[5]; 3. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[2]; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham[4]; 5. 2S-Stormy Scott[6]; 6. 8B-Mike Benedum[7]; 7. 22F-Chris Ferguson[3]; 8. 2W-Pearson Williams[8]; 9. 00-Russell Brown Jr[9]

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 14-Josh Richards[2]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 5. 1B-Ross Bailes[6]; 6. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[7]; 7. 25DC-Donnie Chappell[8]; 8. 0R-Ryan Scott[9]; 9. (DNS) 1S-Brandon Sheppard

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 3. 0E-Rick Eckert[4]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 5. 25-Shane Clanton[6]; 6. 71-Hudson O'Neal[5]; 7. 6S-Blake Spencer[7]; 8. 1G-Ryan King[8]; 9. (DNS) 89-GR Smith

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 111-Steven Roberts[1]; 2. 5W-Mark Whitener[2]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[5]; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 5. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 6. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald[7]; 7. 72-Michael Norris[6]; 8. (DNS) F15-Jeremy Conaway; 9. (DNS) 5T-John Tweed

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 2S-Stormy Scott[1]; 2. 1B-Ross Bailes[2]; 3. 8B-Mike Benedum[3]; 4. 2W-Pearson Williams[7]; 5. 22F-Chris Ferguson[5]; 6. 0R-Ryan Scott[8]; 7. (DNS) 21-Billy Moyer Jr; 8. (DNS) 25DC-Donnie Chappell; 9. (DNS) 00-Russell Brown Jr; 10. (DNS) 1S-Brandon Sheppard

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25-Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[2]; 3. 89-GR Smith[9]; 4. 1G-Ryan King[7]; 5. 6S-Blake Spencer[5]; 6. 71-Hudson O'Neal[3]; 7. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald[4]; 8. (DNS) 72-Michael Norris; 9. (DNS) F15-Jeremy Conaway; 10. (DNS) 5T-John Tweed

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):
Pos
Start
Car #
Competitor
Hometown
Pay
1
3
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$7,800
2
2
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,200
3
11
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$3,300
4
8
5W
Mark Whitener
Middleburg, FL
$2,000
5
5
9
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$2,200
6
7
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$2,400
7
14
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$2,000
8
12
81E
Tanner English
Benton, KY
$1,200
9
18
25
Shane Clanton
Zebulon, GA
$1,850
10
10
0E
Rick Eckert
York, PA
$1,100
11
6
3S
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$1,750
12
22
89
G.R. Smith
Statesville, NC
$1,000
13
17
2S
Stormy Scott
Las Cruces, NM
$975
14
23
21
Billy Moyer Jr
Batesville, AR
$1,650
15
20
1
Earl Pearson Jr
Jacksonville, FL
$925
16
9
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
$900
17
15
1T
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$1,575
18
19
1B
Ross Bailes
Clover, SC
$850
19
13
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$825
20
21
8B
Mike Benedum
Salem, WV
$800
21
4
111
Steven Roberts
Sylvester, GA
$800
22
16
16
Tyler Bruening
Decorah, IA
$800
23
24
71
Hudson O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,500
24
1
76
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$800

Race Statistics
Entrants: 36
Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton (Laps 1 - 7); Josh Richards (Laps 8 - 28); Mason Zeigler (Laps 29 - 38); Josh Richards (Laps 39 - 40)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Josh Richards
Margin of Victory: 1.216 seconds
Cautions: Brandon Overton (Lap 8); Shanon Buckingham (Lap 9); Steven Roberts, Tyler Erb, Mike Benedum (Lap 10); Brian Shirley (Lap 22); Mason Zeigler (Lap 38)
Series Provisionals: Billy Moyer Jr., Hudson O'Neal
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: G.R. Smith (Advanced 10 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Brandon Sheppard
Allstar Performance Most Laps Led: Josh Richards (23 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Brian Leonberg
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Mason Zeigler (Lap #31 - 15.302 seconds)
STEEL-IT Tough Break of the Race: Mason Zeigler
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Brandon Overton
Time of Race: 23 minutes 39 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
Pos
Car #
Competitor
Hometown
Points
Pay
1
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
1765
$36,450
2
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
1665
$25,100
3
9
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
1660
$24,932
4
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
1655
$27,850
5
1T
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
1620
$22,250
6
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
1610
$26,175
7
1s
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
1585
$40,700
8
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
1555
$22,875
9
25
Shane Clanton
Zebulon, GA
1545
$15,700
10
21
Billy Moyer Jr
Batesville, AR
1420
$13,725
11
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
1415
$12,775
12
71
Hudson O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
1275
$8,925
13
81E
Tanner English
Benton, KY
1230
$6,800
14
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
1180
$10,600
15
28E
Dennis Erb Jr
Carpentersville, IL
1175
$6,675
16
16
Tyler Bruening
Decorah, IA
1165
$5,175
17
1
Earl Pearson Jr
Jacksonville, FL
1160
$8,425
17
22*
G.R. Smith
Statesville, NC
1160
$6,600
19
2S
Stormy Scott
Las Cruces, NM
1045
$6,025

*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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