ABERDEEN, S.D. (July 16, 2019) – Josh Richards stormed to the victory in the 3rd annual Bullet Sportswear Shootout on Tuesday night at Brown County Speedway.
Richards started fifth and powered to the lead ahead of Brandon Sheppard on lap 35 en-route to claim his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.
Tim McCreadie climbed from his eleventh starting position to finish second as he passed Stormy Scott for the runner-up position in the final laps. Scott recorded his best career LOLMDS finish by taking third at the checkers. Sheppard held on to finish fourth and took Jonathan Davenport took fifth.
Sheppard was in control of the race in the early going, but Richards quickly made his way from the inside of row number three to wrestle the second spot from Scott. Sheppard and Richards then duked it out for the lead with Richards passing Sheppard through the middle of the racetrack with fifteen laps remaining.
Richards had to withstand one last caution flag with eleven laps remaining, but once the race resumed Richards went on uncontested for the 27th time in his LOLMDS career, which is fifth all-time in series history.
“It feels good to get back to Lucas Oil Victory Lane,” said the 31-year-old West Virginia native. We have had a fast car for most of the year, just a lot of bad luck has hit us. We had two runner-up finishes at Portsmouth and Tyler County. We haven’t run here that much in the past. I got the lead from Brandon [Sheppard] by rolling through the middle.”
Runner-up Tim McCreadie, commented: “We had that incident in the heat race which set us back. We qualified well and then we had to go to the tail. The car was real maneuverable tonight. From where we started, we are pleased. Congrats to Josh, he was strong there especially at the end of the race.”
Scott continues to show improvement in his maiden season with the series. “We have had a real good car the last few weeks. My crew continues to work and work on this thing and they have got it the best it’s been all year. This has been a tough year, but a learning one. A lot of these tracks I have never run on before. We have been here once before in a modified. If we can keep the good finishes going hopefully, we can knock out a win before the year ends.”
The winner’s Clint Bowyer Racing, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: iRacing.com, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Ford Performance, DeKalb Seeds, BlueAg, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Integra.
Completing the top ten were Devin Moran, Tyler Erb, Jimmy Owens, Shanon Buckingham, and Chase Junghans.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
3rd annual Bullet Sportswear Shootout
Brown County Speedway – Aberdeen, S.D.
Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brandon Sheppard / 13.764 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Billy Moyer Jr. / 14.176 seconds
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, Billy Moyer, Jr., Scott Ward, Tyler Erb ®, Nick Grehl
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Stormy Scott, Josh Richards, Michael Norris, Tim McCreadie, Tad Pospisil, Cody Laney, Ryan Engels, Pat Weisgram
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Hudson O’Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Devin Moran ®, Kent Arment, Shanon Buckingham, Chase Junghans, Blair Nothdurft