Richards Records First Lucas Oil Series Win of the Season

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

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): 

PosStartCar #CompetitorHometownPay
1314Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$7,800
2239Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$4,200
31120Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$3,300
485WMark WhitenerMiddleburg, FL$2,000
559Devin MoranDresden, OH$2,200
6749Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$2,400
71440BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$2,000
81281ETanner EnglishBenton, KY$1,200
91825Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$1,850
10100ERick EckertYork, PA$1,100
1163SBrian ShirleyChatham, IL$1,750
122289G.R. SmithStatesville, NC$1,000
13172SStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM$975
142321Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR$1,650
15201Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL$925
16925ZMason ZeiglerChalk Hill, PA$900
17151TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX$1,575
18191BRoss BailesClover, SC$850
191350Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$825
20218BMike BenedumSalem, WV$800
214111Steven RobertsSylvester, GA$800
221616Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA$800
232471Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$1,500
24176Brandon OvertonEvans, 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:

PosCar #CompetitorHometownPointsPay
139Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY1765$36,450
220Jimmy OwensNewport, TN1665$25,100
39Devin MoranDresden, OH1660$24,932
449Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA1655$27,850
51TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX1620$22,250
640BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL1610$26,175
71sBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL1585$40,700
814Josh RichardsShinnston, WV1555$22,875
925Shane ClantonZebulon, GA1545$15,700
1021Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR1420$13,725
113sBrian ShirleyChatham, IL1415$12,775
1271Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN1275$8,925
1381ETanner EnglishBenton, KY1230$6,800
1450Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN1180$10,600
1528EDennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL1175$6,675
1616Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA1165$5,175
171Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL1160$8,425
1722*G.R. SmithStatesville, NC1160$6,600
192SStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM1045$6,025

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