WAYNESVILLE, GA (February 11, 2017) – In his first career-season competing full-time on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Josh Richards won Saturday Night’s Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing presented by General Tire finale at Golden Isles Speedway. Richards took the lead on lap three and never looked back. The victory marks his 13th career LOLMDS victory, and his first win after having joined the Best Performance Motorsports Team last November.

Richards led defending series champion Scott Bloomquist’s Reece Monument Company, Crop Production Services, Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis and Brandon Overton’s Chip Stone, Longhorn to the finish line by several car lengths. Bloomquist and Overton had a spirited race for most of the 60-lap main event as Overton tried several times to get by Bloomquist. Brian Shirley finished in fourth, followed by the 2015 LOLMDS National Champion, Jonathan Davenport.

“I don’t know what to say right now. Thanks to all of fans for their support. It [switching race teams] was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. I have always wanted to work with Randall [Edwards]. I can’t thank these guys enough for this opportunity. It’s great to win the second night out in this car. Everything is new on this ride and we are just trying to get acclimated to it,” said the 28-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

Rebounding from the previous night – where Richards had started on the front row, but faded to sixth at the finishn- he was elated for a better outcome. “I made an adjustment that I didn’t realize I had made last night and it definitely cost us. I was kicking myself afterward because I had done it by accident. We’ve really had a good car all weekend, I’m glad that I didn’t make the same mistake tonight. I can’t thank these guys enough for having faith in me!”

The Eric and Kelly Brock owned team is sponsored by Peoples National Bank, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Valvoline, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, and Sunoco Race Fuels. The Rocket XR1 Chassis is powered by a Dargie Racing Engine.

Bloomquist held off Overton at end after making some contact during the race. “We weren’t too bad tonight. We needed a little more time for practice. We should have been here Thursday for practice. We just need to get here sooner. We got close tonight, but there’s a few things I would have loved to have changed.”

Overton was pleased with his weekend at Golden Isles Speedway – notching a third-place finish after his victory on Friday night. “To run how we did against these guys says a lot about our team. We would have liked to have won tonight as well. To race with Bloomquist for most of the race was fun and we tried plenty of times to get around him but he did what he needed to do out there.”

Completing the top ten were Doug Drown, Kenny Pettyjohn, Don O’Neal, Tyler Erb, and Tim McCreadie.

In preliminary action, Brandon Overton set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 52 entrants, with a lap of 15.768 seconds. Brian Shirley set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.806 seconds. Brandon Overton, Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, Billy Moyer Jr, and Doug Drown won their respective heat races. Austin Hubbard and Brent Larson won their respective B-Mains.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire
Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Brandon Overton / 15.768 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Brian Shirley / 15.806 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb, Gregg Satterlee, Ross Bailes, Kyle Bronson, Pancho Lawler, Ryan King, Zeke McKenzie-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Hudson O’Neal, Rick Eckert, Austin Hubbard, Joey Coulter, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Steven Roberts, John Gardner, Colton Flinner-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Brett Hamm, Donald Bradsher, Steve Francis, Blake Spencer, Timothy Culp, Cecil Eunice

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brian Shirley, Kenny PettyJohn, Donald McIntosh, Brent Larson, Austin Rettig, Chase Junghans, GR Smith, Bob Gardner, Dennis Erb, Jr.

Rhino AG Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Shane Tankersley, Boom Briggs, Brian Ligon, Mike Nasworthy, Ricky Weiss

General Tire Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Doug Drown, Don O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard, Corey Conley, Devin Moran, Darrell Lanigan, Jason Fitzgerald, Brian Connor

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Austin Hubbard, Joey Coulter, Timothy Culp, Steven Roberts, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Pancho Lawler, Zeke McKenzie, Ross Bailes, John Gardner, Blake Spencer, Donald Bradsher, Gregg Satterlee, Steve Francis, Kyle Bronson, Ryan King, Cecil Eunice-DNS, Colton Flinner-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Brent Larson, Shane Tankersley, Darrell Lanigan, Devin Moran, Corey Conley , Chase Junghans, Boom Briggs, GR Smith, Bob Gardner, Austin Rettig, Brian Ligon, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Fitzgerald, Mike Nasworthy-DNS, Ricky Weiss-DNS, Brian Connor-DNS, Casey Roberts-DNS

Feature Finish (60 Laps):

 

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 5 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $12,000
2 3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $6,500
3 1 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $3,700
4 2 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $2,750
5 7 49 Jonathan Davenport Williamson, SC $3,050
6 6 240 Doug Drown Wooster, OH $1,800
7 8 38 Kenny PettyJohn Millsboro, DE $1,500
8 12 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $2,100
9 13 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $1,200
10 11 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,800
11 9 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,075
12 15 7 Rick Eckert York, PA $1,050
13 18 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $1,725
14 14 7m Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA $1,000
15 17 18 Brett Hamm Newberry, SC $1,000
16 16 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,800
17 23 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,700
18 24 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $1,700
19 10 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,800
20 21 2 Joey Coulter Troutman, NC $1,000
21 19 11 Austin Hubbard Bridgeville, DE $1,000
22 25 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $800
23 20 B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN $1,000
24 22 21T Shane Tankersley Morganton, GA $1,000
25 4 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,000
26 26 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $700

Race Statistics

Entrants: 52
Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton (Laps 1 – 2); Josh Richards (Laps 3 – 60)
Cautions: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb Jr., Darrell Lanigan
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Steve Francis, Colton Flinner
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Josh Richards
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr. (Started: 23rd; Finished: 17th; Advanced 6 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Brandon Overton
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Rick Eckert
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: n/a
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Josh Richards)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Josh Richards (Lap #5 – 15.203 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Josh Richards (58 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Brandon Overton
Time of Race: 16 minutes 52 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 480 $13,700
2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 450 $13,800
3 49 Jonathan Davenport Williamson, SC 410 $5,300
3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 410 $7,300
5 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 375 $4,475
6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 370 $5,300
7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 355 $7,300
8 7m Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA 345 $2,075
9 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 335 $2,125
9 7 Rick Eckert York, PA 335 $2,075
9 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 335 $3,200
12 240 Doug Drown Wooster, OH 320 $1,900

 

12 38 Kenny PettyJohn Millsboro, DE 320 $2,300
12 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 320 $2,925
15 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 305 $2,150
15 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 305 $1,300
17 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 295 $1,400
18 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 275 $1,175
19 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 270 $2,850

 

19 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 270 $2,500
19 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 270 $1,000
22 B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN 265 $1,875
23 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR 260 $1,900
23 7F Jason Fitzgerald Middleburg, FL 260 $1,200
25 22* GR Smith Statesville, NC 255 $1,050
26 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL 245 $950
27 30K Ryan King Seymour, TN 235 $1,100
28 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA 230 $700
29 c81 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR 225 $200

 

30 18J Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 220 $200
30 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC 220 $900

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

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