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Josh Richards Earns Lucas Oil National Championship

October 30th, 2017

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, 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:
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.

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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:

USAC Southwest Sprints Headline Queen Creek’s Central Arizona College Night

September 17th, 2016

After a successful “Border Tour” with the NMMRA, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, September 17th. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the “Central Arizona College Night” will also feature the San Tan Ford IMCA Modifieds, ModLites, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 8:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-one USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with thirteen wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Stevie Sussex (1). This
season, Johnson has three wins at Arizona Speedway and Sussex claimed the May 7th victory.

After winning both nights of the “Border Tour” at El Paso and Las Cruces, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 107-point lead over the competition. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has posted ten feature wins, eight heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-two top-10
finishes, and 230 feature laps led. The second generation driver will be looking for his series leading 43rd feature win this Saturday night.

Veteran racer “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the championship point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second at El Paso and scored third at Las Cruces. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has eleven heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles ranks second on the series win list with thirteen victories and will have his sights on his first triumph of 2016.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi scored eighth at El Paso and ran second to Johnson at Las Cruces. As this writing goes to press, the former Western World 360 Champion has three heat race victories, one semi-main win,
eleven top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will be looking to earn his fourth career SouthWest victory at Queen Creek.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored eleventh at El Paso and Las Cruces. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will have his sights on adding another Queen Creek trophy to his collection.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking entry, Mihocko scored eighteenth at El Paso and finished sixth at Las Cruces. At press time, the young driver has recorded one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award and thirteen top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Tye will be looking to breakthrough and claim his first career USAC SouthWest triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Tom Ogle, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit or call 480.926.6688.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit,, or follow the series on Facebook.

Central Arizona Speedway hosts Nov. 21, 22 Desert Thunder Nationals

November 21st, 2015

CASA GRANDE, Ariz.– Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win on opening night and for $3,000 to win on night two of Central Arizona Speedway’s Desert Thunder Nationals this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22

Both features are 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualify­ing events.

A minimum of $100 will be paid to start on Saturday. Sunday’s runner-up earns $1,500 with $1,000 paid for third. Minimum start money is $150. Non-qualifiers get $50 on Saturday and $60 on Sun­day.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will run with XMods for $500 to win Saturday and $750 to win Sun­day.

IMCA legal mufflers are required in all divisions.

An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at Casa Grande. Racing starts at 6 p.m. on Sat­urday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Entry fee for the weekend is $150 for Modifieds and $90 for Northern SportMods.

Adult spectator admission is $15 for one day or $25 for both days. Kids ages 11 and under get in the grand­stands free.

Pit passes are $30 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-11 and free for five and under.

More information is available on Facebook and at the track website,