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Richards Wins Opening Night at Golden Isles February 5, 2016

Richards Wins Opening Night at Golden Isles

BRUNSWICK, GA (February 5, 2016) – Josh Richards held off a late race charge from Brandon Sheppard to win on the opening night of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway on Friday Night. Richards led but all but one lap on his way to victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.

Sheppard; the 2015 LOLMDS Rookie of the Year; briefly took the lead from Richards with four laps to go, but Richards regained the top spot moments later and went on for his seventh career LOLMDS win. Sheppard crossed the line a car length and a half behind in second, followed by; last year’s series champion; Jonathan Davenport, Jared Landers, and Chris Madden.

“We had a pretty decent car the whole race,” said 28-year-old Richards. I was concerned about tire wear tonight; I felt like they were giving up towards the end. When we got into traffic, we were able to run the top around those guys in clean air and a clean track, which sure helped us, because those running behind me didn’t have that advantage.”

“When I saw Brandon get by me, I went into turn one, and I didn’t want to get into him. His car drifted up and I was able to get back around him. Brandon is a great kid. We have been friends for a long-time. What a way to start the New Year with these Rocket XR1 cars finishing first and second.”

“I would like to thank my dad, and all of my crew. I want thank Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, and Andy Durham Racing Engines. Thanksto Lucas Oil and the track crew for a great track.”

Richards and Jared Landers started on the front row of the 50-lap main event. Richards took the lead at the start of the race with Landers running in second. Landers held the second-spot until lap 15 when Sheppard got around him.

With seven laps-to-go, a final caution set-up a shootout between the top three of Richards, Sheppard, and Davenport.

“Our car was really good all night! We moved to the top and that helped us,” said Sheppard. “Josh drifted up just enough for me to get by him. When he saw me, he was able to get back to the bottom of the track. I want to thank everybody at Best Performance Motorsports for this opportunity. It was a good race for us and a good points night, and a great way to start the year!”

Davenport recovered from falling all the way to 12th place at one point during the race. “We are really good on the long runs. I hated to see that one caution when we got up to third. We went to the top and car took off and was super good.”

Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Brian Shirley, and Steve Francis.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com

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Richards Blasts To Win at Bubba Raceway Park January 29, 2016

Richards Blasts To Win at Bubba Raceway Park

OCALA, FL – Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV drove the Sallack Well Service Rocket to his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win on Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park in Round 2 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout.  Richards picked up the $2,500 win in the 40-lap main event after a hard fought battle with Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL. 

In the last half of the race, Bronson tried both high and low in the Brandon Ford Special to get around Richards for the lead.  On two occasions, Bronson looked like he was going to take the lead after getting alongside Richards, only to have caution flags spoil the effort.

“This is only the second time I’ve run a race with a Chevrolet Performance 604 Racing Engine, and it takes a different style of driving that I’m still trying to learn,” Richards said.  “Kyle Bronson and I are both aggressive drivers, and he made me earn this one.  If it wasn’t for Bubba Clem and his track crew, we wouldn’t have had a track to race on tonight.  After all of the rain they’ve had here over the last few days, the track was still pretty wet.”

After leading the first four laps of the race, Bronson finished second, .755 seconds behind Richards.  Walker Arthur of Forest, VA took the checkered flag in third, but he was disqualified in the post-race technical inspection with unapproved suspension components on his Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special. That moved Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC up to the third spot in the M&W Transport Special.  Tyler Bare of Rockridge Baths, VA was fourth in the Blue Grass Farm Special, and Justin Williams of Concord, VA drove the Ditch Witch Special to a fifth-place finish.  Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL came from the 18th starting spot to finish sixth in the Image Skin Care Rocket. Logan Robertson of Waynesboro, VA took the seventh spot in the Mike’s Tire and Auto Special, and Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL took over the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout point lead with an eighth-place finish in the Edge’s Gas Company Special.  Edge holds a 30-point lead over William Thomas of Phenix City, AL. The ninth spot went to Jimmy Mac of Mooresville, NC in the Lake Norman Motors Special.  Sunoco Young Guns Challenge Series driver, 15-year-old Bryan Marsh of Corinth, MS, rounded out the top ten in the Modern Woodmen Trak-Star after starting 22nd.

For more news visit www.nesmithracing.com

Photo courtesy of www.nesmithracing.com/Bruce Carroll

 

Clanton Clinches First WoO Late Model Series Championship November 8, 2015

Clanton Clinches First WoO Late Model Series Championship

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2015) —Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was never a factor despite starting third, fading backward when the green flag flew and finishing a quiet ninth. But he still showed plenty of enthusiasm after the race when he celebrated his first-ever WoO LMS championship, which he clinched by starting Friday night’s World Finals A-Main.

“It’s a dream come true,” the 40-year-old Clanton said after being presented his WoO championship trophy during the post-race ceremonies. “We’ve won a lot of big races but we’ve never put a whole season together. To put one together like we have this year, it’s pretty special.”

Clanton won a career-best 10 WoO LMS features and registered 34 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes in 41 features this season driving his father-in-law Ron Davies’s Capital Race Cars. He led the standings from start-to-finish, ending the schedule with a commanding 174-point advantage over Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.

“It’s just a testament to what we’ve done all year,” said Clanton, who will receive his $100,000 WoO LMS title check during the tour’s awards banquet that was rescheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C. “Consistency pays off —you look at the record, and we almost tied Darrell (Lanigan) for top-fives in a season and we had like three less races than he had.

For more news visit www.woolms.com

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Matt Sheppard Captures 4th SDS Title, Tim Kerr Gets First Series Win November 8, 2015

Matt Sheppard Captures 4th SDS Title, Tim Kerr Gets First Series Win

By Jo Ann Davies

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 8, 2015 - For the first time in his young career Canadian Big-Block Modified driver Tim Kerr of Picton, Ontario, scored a Super DIRTcar Series win, and did so on Sunday night at the premier Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

A strong second-place finish earned Waterloo, N.Y.'s Matt Sheppard his fourth Super DIRTcar Series championship title and the first for team owners, Al and Judy Heinke, of Heinke Baldwin Racing. After his Friday night, fourth place feature finish Sheppard held an 81-point lead over only other title contender, Gypsum Express driver Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y.

Kerr, who managed a 19th-place finish in the Friday night Bad Boy Buggies World Finals, utilized the Saturday rain date to work on his car and their efforts paid off with an $8,000 payday on Sunday.

"This is just awesome," Kerr said in victory lane. "We are not going home for a day at least."

Peter Britten of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, jumped out to the early lead and held the point for the first 30 laps of the 40-lap feature. A slight shift up the track on lap 30 off turn two by Britten gave Kerr the opportunity for an inside power move that took him into the lead on the backstretch. Once in the lead, he was never seriously challenged on his way to the checkered flag. A jubilant crew, led by crew chief Zach Aubertine, greeted their driver in victory lane where Kerr jumped into their arms in celebration.

Britten settled for fifth after leading the most laps. Second-place finisher Sheppard worked his way forward, picking off cars one by one, from his ninth-place starting position. Finishing in positions three and four were Larry Wight in the Gypsum Express #99L and Danny Johnson in the Fingerlakes Livestock Exchange #27j.

Since 2010 when the Big-Block Modifieds joined the World Finals and its unique format of two feature events in the three-day program, seven different drivers have now won the 12 events held to date.

With only one caution on lap 18 for a SDS driver Keith Flach crash in the Gould Erectors # 43, all drivers had to be on top of the wheel to earn their finishing spots.

Last year's SDS Champion Billy Decker finished second in the point battle with Jimmy Phelps finishing third, each maintaining the position they entered in at the beginning of the night.

For "Super" Matt Sheppard the road to his fourth Super DIRT Series championship has been a successful one with 27 feature wins and track championship titles earned in 2015 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Brewerton Speedway.

The champions' victory lane ceremony was a real celebration for the HBR team.

"This feels good," Sheppard said. "Al (Heinke) provides us with such great equipment and it is well prepared. Our crew is a great blend - some have been with me since the beginning.

Perhaps even more excited than Sheppard is team owner Heinke who has been involved in racing for many years. After many years of supporting talented drivers, the HBR teams of Sheppard and Phelps brought home two of the most coveted DIRTcar wins possible - the World Finals and a Super DIRT Week win by Phelps in the 358-Modified event.

Heinke was obviously humbled by the championship win.

"It is awesome," he said. "Matt has a great team around him and we are really, really happy to have this championship. It's just been a great year."

Equally humbled and at the same time elated with his fourth championship, Sheppard noted the championship was Heinke's first.

"I am so happy for him, no one is more deserving and I am more happy for Al and Judy than myself," Sheppard said. "So many great people have been involved including Troyer (Race Cars) ... I believe this is their first championship in 15 years and they are just as deserving."

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Photo courtesy of www.superdirtcarseries.com

Terrance Rules Brockville Fall Nationals October 17, 2015

Terrance Rules Brockville Fall Nationals

BROCKVILLE, ON – October 17, 2015 – Carey Terrance celebrated his 35th birthday by wheeling the St. Lawrence Radiology/ Traditional Lacrosse No. 66x to victory in the Super DIRTcar Series Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway Saturday.

Terrance started third on the grid and was running fourth behind Danny Johnson, Gary Tomkins and Jordan McCreadie at the halfway mark after many laps of close-quarter racing.

Johnson snatched the lead from Jordan McCreadie on a lap-37 restart and brought Gary Tomkins along with him while Terrance diced with Billy Decker for the fourth spot.

By lap 37, Matt Sheppard, who was forced to jump into his back-up car after a nasty four-time flip off the top of turn three in his heat race and start 29th, had raced his way into ninth.

Terrance passed Tomkins for the lead while running on the high side on lap 72. The pair raced a few feet apart for several laps with Johnson, fast-rising Matt Sheppard and Chris Raabe in close pursuit.

“I was trying to get around some holes out there and I went all the way up to the top and found a line that worked great,” Terrance said. “The car was tight early, but it got rolling later.”

“The track was very racy,” Tomkins said. “You could pass in different places. I ran the softest tire and the thing took right off. It was a rocket ship.”

On the seventh and final restart with eight laps to go, Terrance drew away from his pursuers and won handily while Raabe mounted a late charge to finish third behind Tomkins after jousting with Johnson (4th). Sheppard rose to fifth while his closest rivals for the point lead – Brett Hearn and Billy Decker – finished 16th and eighth respectively.

The red flag was thrown twice in feature for rollovers by Ryan Arbuthnot and Billy Dunn.

Positions six and seven went to Jimmy Phelps and Mario Clair.

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Photo courtesy of www.rickattheraces.net

Logan Martin Races To Victory at 2nd Annual USRA National Championships October 17, 2015

Logan Martin Races To Victory at 2nd Annual USRA National Championships

In the 25-lap USRA B-Mod finale, Logan Martin of West Plains, Mo., padded his bank account to the tune of $4,000 with an impressive rim-riding effort to the checkered flag.

Martin was able to take his machine into the corners deeper than anybody else, and hence was able to navigate the treacherous high side to overtake early leader Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., after the ninth lap and then hold off Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., to the finish.

Last year’s USRA B-Mod national champion, Chad Clancy of Liberty, Mo., finished third while Bryant added a fourth-place finish to go along with his win on Friday night and virtually seal the deal on his quest for the 2015 USRA B-Mod national title.

Doug Keller of Easton, Mo., came from the 12th starting spot to finish fifth. Jacob Ebert, Dakota Foster, Mike Higley, Kris Jackson and Shadren Turner rounded out the top ten.

Foster earned the Allstar Performance Hard Charger Award after starting 21st on the 31-car grid, and also laid claim to the 2015 Holley Iron Man Series championship.

For more news visit www.usraracing.com

Photo courtesy of www.usraracing.com