CONCORD, N.C. — Josh Richards claims Friday Nights World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Feature win at the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road World Finals. With one more series win in the books for 2016, Richards claims number 18 on the 2016 season setting the new World of Outlaws Late Model Series record for most wins in a single-season.
The previous single-season series record holder was Darrell Lanigan who took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday night and ran bumper-to-bumper with Richards for the majority of the race while they battled it out between the second and third positions.
“It was a hell of a race there at the end,” said Lanigan “We have a pretty good car there in the middle of the race and we got a little loose there coming off toward the end and Josh got by me on the restart – hats off to those guys they had good pieces too so we will come back tomorrow night and see if we can’t get something.”
Of the 50-Lap Feature it was Chris Madden who led most of the way with 45-laps hanging out in the top spot. With only a few laps left in the feature, Richards changed his strategy and decided to ride the cushion, passing both Lanigan and Madden taking him all the way to Victory Lane.
“I felt like we were pretty good early in the race. We were just a little free and we kind of just had to throw a Hail Mary there at the end and it worked out we were able to pull it off and win,” said Richards. “I don’t even know if it’s really sunk in yet, we just try to give 110% each and every day and to accumulate the year that we’ve had it has been a dream of mine and I guess I didn’t actually ever dream it would happen. I’m just glad to be able to race and do what I love to do and to be in this position where I can contend to win races and put on a show for the fans, that’s all I could ask for.”
Richards was not the only one on the track successfully hard-charging toward the front. Brandon Overton squeezed his way into the feature by winning the Last Chance Showdown for group two. Overton started deep in the field in the 20th-position for the Feature race. A handful of cautions caused the gaps in the field to tighten while Overton, using them to his advantage, continued to move up the chain.
When the checkered flag fell, Overton had gained 16 positions from his start in the Feature putting him in fourth.
“I already knew we had a good car and that we could do good [in the feature],” said Overton. “Tomorrow I am buried in the heat again and so I kind of have to start over and do the whole thing all over again but at least we know we have a car that can run in the top three or possibly win, we have a really good car.”
Although there is still another full day of racing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Richards has already claimed the 2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Championship with more than a 280-point lead rounding out the season with 18-wins, 31 top 5’s, 35 top 10’s, 10 Fast Times, and 27 heat wins.
Mark Richards, Josh Richards’ father and team owner, has seen Josh grow not only as his son but also as a driver.
“It means a lot [to me] for him to break the record and keep adding to the wins, the all-time wins and also the year wins and hopefully we can get another tomorrow,” said Mark. “Every day is another day for us. This win is over now so we are going to tomorrow. I don’t really concentrate on the past, we are looking for tomorrow and the next race.”
Racing for the Richards is a family affair, wife Andrea who was on-hand to witness her husband break the single-season win mark added, “he puts so much blood sweat and tears into what we do it’s a very grueling sport and it’s pretty nonstop so it’s really special to see him accomplish that milestone and I am so proud of him.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series wrap up the 3-day Bad Boy Off Road World Finals Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Tickets and pit passes for the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals are still available by visiting the ticket booths at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Craftsman Club Feature (50 – Laps): 1. 1- Josh Richards; 2. 44- Chris Madden; 3. 15L – Darrell Lanigan; 4. 76 – Brandon Overton; 5. 25- Shane Clanton; 6. 28E- Dennis Erb Jr.; 7. 39 – Tim McCreadie; 8. 17M- Dale McDowell; 9. 18c – Chase Junghans; 10. 18 – Eric Wells; 11. 16 – Steve Francis; 12. 22 – Chris Ferguson; 13. 2H – Nick Hoffman; 14. C9 – Steve Casebolt; 15. 15s – Donny Schatz; 16. 0 – Dale Hollidge; 17. 7 – Rick Eckert; 18. ’00 – Jesse Stovall; 19. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.; 20. 72c – Jason Covert; 21. 87 – Ross Bailes; 22. 41*- Chub Frank; 23. 11 – Austin Smith; 24. 2c – Joey Coulter; 25. 99jr – Frank Heckenast Jr.; 26. 91 – Tyler Erb; 27. 14M – Morgan Bagley; 28. 3s – Brain Shirley; 29. Tyler Carpenter; 30. 41B – Boom Briggs.
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