rebelracewriter Posted July 28, 2017 Report Share Posted July 28, 2017 Josh Richards Victorious in First Appearance at Macon! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MACON, IL (July 25, 2017) Making his first-ever appearance at Macon Speedway, the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Josh Richards took the lead on lap 60 and held off Shannon Babb in a one-lap shootout to win the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on Tuesday night. For Richards, it was his eighth series win of the season extending his lead in the championship chase.Babb finished in second, with Darrell Lanigan coming home in third. Jason Feger and Jimmy Owens completed the top-five finishers.Scott Bloomquist led the first 32 laps of the race until he relinquished the lead to Babb. Babb then held the point until Richards took over the top spot on lap 60. Babb hounded Richards for the next 39 laps before caution with one lap to go set up a one-lap dash to the finish in which Richards prevailed."When you are at Macon and you have Shannon Babb on your bumper it makes you nervous even so with one lap to go. I can't thank these guys enough. It was my first time here and it was a fun track to race at. It might be one of my favorite tracks to run on now. I didn't know quite what to do in hot laps. So, we went back and made some changes for the heat race and feature. He [babb] was getting better and better and before that caution came out I was sweating it for sure," said the 29-year-old Richards.Richards, who started ninth gave Babb credit for his win. "Every time I am at his shop he makes me watch video of Macon. It's a great place to be. We just did what we thought would work best. The bottom was good there early and then it developed a black streak. I went to the top there for a whileand got up there where he [babb] was running. I just tried to ride it out and find a good pace and it worked out."Babb who was trying to win his second LOLMDS event of the season drove hard in front of his hometown fans. "It was a heckuva race for sure. He got me down on the bottom. It looked like Josh was good everywhere on the track. Darrell [Lanigan] was right in there as well. Congrats to both of those guys on a good run.""We grew up right here and have made a lot of laps around this track no doubt. It's action-packed, everybody saw that tonight. Every lap is intense you, have to be up on the wheel for every lap," Babb added.Lanigan finished third in the race with his car owner, Clint Bowyer watching. "It was actually quite fun out there. When it slicked off you could race all over. It had to be a great race for the fans to watch. We were good around the bottom until it kind of gave up. Like I said we will take a top three. The way our luck has been this year. It feels like a win.":Completing the top ten were Hudson O'Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Tim McCreadie and Scott Bloomquist.Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt SeriesRace SummaryTuesday, July 25th, 2017St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100Macon Speedway - Macon, IL Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Shannon Babb / 10.367 secondsMiller Welders Fast Time Group B: Brent Larson / 10.582 seconds Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Shannon Babb, Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, Kolby Vandenbergh, Cody Maguire, Bobby Pierce, Don O'Neal, Don Hammer FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Brent Larson, Steve Francis, Jason Feger, Gordy Gundaker, Boom Briggs, Timothy Culp, Gregg Satterlee Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Hudson O'Neal, Tony Jackson, Jr., Josh Richards, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Suhre, Jimmy Owens, Greg Kimmons Feature Finish (100 Laps):FINISHSTARTCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNEARNINGS191RJosh RichardsShinnston, WV$12,9002418Shannon BabbMowequa, IL$5,5003714Darrell LaniganUnion, KY$4,20041125FJason FegerBloomington, IL$2,75051820Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$3,0506371Hudson O'Neal ®Martinsville, IN$2,6007121Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL$2,30081528EDennis Erb, Jr.Carpentersville, IL$2,00091039Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$1,9001020Scott BloomquistMooresburg, TN$2,10011656Tony Jackson, Jr.Lebanon, MO$1,075121932Bobby PierceOakwood, IL$1,0501320C8Timothy CulpPrattsville, AR$1,025141799BBoom Briggs ®Bear Lake, PA$1,700155B1Brent LarsonLake Elmo, MN$1,000161411GGordy GundakerSt. Charles, MO$1,000171B5Brandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL$1,00018815Steve FrancisBowling Green, KY$1,700192322Gregg Satterlee ® Rochester Mills, PA$1,700202127Greg KimmonsPleasant Plains, IL$1,000211315VKolby VandenberghAshland, IL$1,000221632MCody MaguireCarlinville, IL$1,00023244Jason SuhreHighland, IL$1,000242545Don HammerClinton, IL$1,00025225Don O'NealMartinsville, IN$1,800 Race Statistics Entrants: 25Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (1 - 32); Shannon Babb (33 - 59); Josh Richards (60 - 100)Cautions: Don O'Neal (Lap 5); Timothy Culp, Tony Jackson Jr., Bobby Pierce (Lap 28); Dennis Erb Jr., Boom Briggs (Lap 31); Steve Francis, Brent Larson (Lap 31); Debris (Lap 37); Tony Jackson Jr. (Lap 45); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 68)Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/aLucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/aWrisco Feature Winner: Josh RichardsOptima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started: 18th; Finished: 13th; Advanced 5 Positions)Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh RichardsAllstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Darrell LaniganSunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh RichardsHot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Hudson O'NealCOMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing EnginesOhlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket ChassisOuterwears Crew Chief of the Race: Brian Leonburg (Darrell Lanigan)Safecraft Most Laps Led: Josh RichardsPFC Brakes Pole Award: Brandon SheppardTime of Race: 50 minutes 42 secondsLucas Oil Championship Point Standings:POSCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNPOINTSEARNINGS11RJosh RichardsShinnston, WV6050$174,00020Scott BloomquistMooresburg, TN5835$167,375339Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY5820$184,92545Don O'NealMartinsville, IN5400$104,30051Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL5345$106,975620Jimmy OwensNewport, TN5295$103,225714Darrell LaniganUnion, KY5165$84,000828EDennis Erb, Jr.Carpentersville, IL5065$73,525922Gregg Satterlee ®Rochester Mills, PA4815$78,6501071Hudson O'Neal ® Martinsville, IN4790$66,6501115Steve FrancisBowling Green, KY4740$61,5751299BBoom Briggs ®Bear Lake, PA4400$50,150 *Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day* Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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