BATAVIA, OH– After capturing his first-career Dirt Track World Championship victory at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV clinched the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship.
Richards entered the season finale trailing points leader Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY, by 40-points, but his $100,000 triumph and McCreadie’s seventeenth-place finish, propelled him to his first-career Lucas Oil title. He joins Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, as the only drivers to claim both Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series championships.
“I don’t know if it’s quite hit me yet,” Richards said. “God is so good. I can’t even explain it. We made the switch last year, which was a very difficult decision. Eric and Kelly Brock, they gave me the opportunity. I didn’t know how we were going to do, what we were going to do.”
“But fast-forward to now, to look at the year we’ve had and to be in this position, I think it all hit us at once. We were so happy for the championship and I’m like, ‘Oh wow, we just won a big race, too.’ To cap it off like this, with this [throwback car] and everything … it couldn’t have been scripted any better.”
Richards reached Victory Lane on ten (10) different occasions and finished in the top five in twenty-eight (28) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events in 2017. Piloting the Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis – powered by a Durham Racing Engine, the 29-year-old will collect over $75,000 in cash and other prizes at the series year-end awards banquet.
Richards’ #1 entry is sponsored by: Bulk Material Lift.com, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, Ultimate Firepit, Sunoco Race Fuels, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Riggs Motorsports, and Valvoline.
Tim McCreadie (NY) finished second, followed by Scott Bloomquist (TN), Don O’Neal (IN), and Jimmy Owens (TN) rounding out the top five in series standings. Sixth through twelfth are: Darrell Lanigan (KY), Earl Pearson Jr. (FL), Dennis Erb Jr. (IL), Hudson O’Neal (IN), Gregg Satterlee (PA), Steve Francis (KY), and Boom Briggs (PA).
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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
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About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.
MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.
About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.
In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.