Richards Wins Opening Night of Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA – Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader, Josh Richards took the lead on lap 16 from Jared Landers and then held off Landers to take the opening night of the 14th Annual Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals at Knoxville Raceway. Richards started ninth on the grid and darted around leader Jimmy Owens, who pulled out of the race while leading.

Landers – who missed the events at Knoxville Raceway last year due to health issues – finished second in the Larry Moring Motorsports, Black Diamond. Jonathan Davenport finished third in the G.R. Smith, Rocket Chassis. Brandon Sheppard finished in fourth, and Don O’Neal completed the top five.

The 25-lap race saw four different leaders with Kyle Bronson, Landers, Owens, and Richards each holding the top spot during the race. The 29-year-old Richards who has four second-place finishes in the $40,000 finale on Saturday night is seeking his first career win in the crown jewel event.

“We had a really good car,” said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “I hate it for Jimmy. He had a good car as well. I am not sure whether an oil line came off or what. Our car felt good on the bottom. We need to work on it some for Saturday’s big one. That cushion up against the wall was a little too treacherous for me. It feels good to get a win tonight. ”

“The car was really fast. This track is tricky. We have never won the big one here at Knoxville so this would be a good weekend to get it done. To get a big night under our belts like tonight means a lot. We will work on it tomorrow and hopefully be even better tomorrow night. ”




The Eric and Kelly Brock-owned, Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Bulk Material Lift, Valvoline, Corey Frazier-State Farm, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, Sunoco, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, and Ultimate Firepit.

Landers charged hard at the end, but couldn’t catch Richards even in traffic. “Thanks to all the crew guys for their help. This is a brand-new car – the first-time we have been on the track with it. I am happy right now. We had a good shot to win tonight.”

Davenport took the third spot after starting seventh. “I finally found a line I liked out there. It was tricky through one and two there. We will take some good notes from tonight and be ready for tomorrow night.”

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Mars, Dale McDowell, Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, and Chase Junghans.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals
Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 17.258 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 17.218 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Jason Feger, Chase Junghans, Tyler Bruening, Ryan Gustin, Rodney Sanders, Chris Spieker, Joey Moriarty, Mike Fryer, Earl Pearson, Jr.

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Matt Furman, Jesse Stovall, Jeremiah Hurst, Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie, Joel Callahan, Kent Robinson, Scott James

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Josh Richards, Jimmy Owens, Jared Landers, Brent Larson, Jay Johnson, Jordan Yaggy, Colton Flinner, Jake O’Neil, Jason Rauen

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Spencer Diercks, Timothy Culp, Shannon Babb, Scott Bloomquist, Chad Simpson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tyler Erb, Billy Moyer, Boom Briggs, Justin Duty

DirtOnDirt.com Heat Race #5 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Steve Francis, Hudson O’Neal, Kyle Bronson, John Anderson, Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer, Jr., Darrell Lanigan, Randy Timms, Tim Lance

ASi Racewear Heat Race #6 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Jimmy Mars, Dale McDowell, Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce, Jonathan Brauns, Dave Eckrich, Bob King

Penske Racing Shocks C-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to Back of B-Main): Darrell Lanigan, Earl Pearson, Jr., Tyler Erb, Boom Briggs, Kent Robinson, Jonathan Brauns, Tim Lance, Joey Moriarty, Dave Eckrich, Randy Timms, Billy Moyer, Chris Spieker, Joel Callahan, Justin Duty, Mike Fryer, Jake O’Neil, , Colton Flinner, Jason Rauen-DNS, Scott James-DNS, Bob King-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main Finish (15 Laps, Top 6 Transfer to Back of A-Main): Scott Bloomquist, Gregg Satterlee, Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Chad Simpson, Bobby Pierce, Chris Simpson, Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., Jeremiah Hurst, Brent Larson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jordan Yaggy, Boom Briggs, Ryan Gustin, Jay Johnson, John Anderson, Rodney Sanders, Tyler Bruening, Darrell Lanigan, Tyler Erb

Feature Finish (25 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 9 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $7,000
2 1 1777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR $4,000
3 7 49 Jonathan Davenport Williamston, SC $3,000
4 22 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $2,000
5 3 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,500
6 16 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI $1,000
7 12 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $900
8 24 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $800
9 4 18B Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $700
10 11 18 Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $600
11 23 25 Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA $580
12 13 00 Jesse Stovall Billings, MO $560
13 21 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $540
14 10 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR $520
15 19 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $800
16 15 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL $490
17 14 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $480
18 18 29 Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA $470
19 6 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $460
20 2 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $450
21 17 51 Matt Furman Portland, OR $440
22 5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $430
23 20 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $610
24 8 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $400


Race Statistics  

Entrants: 56
Lap Leaders: Kyle Bronson (Lap 1); Jared Landers (Laps 2 – 13); Jimmy Owens (Laps 14 – 15); Josh Richards (Laps 16 – 25)
Cautions: Steve Francis (Lap 4); Hudson O’Neal (Lap 10)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Josh Richards
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Started: 22nd; Finished: 4th; Advanced 18 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Brandon Sheppard
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Josh Richards)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Kyle Bronson (Lap #1 – 18.8090 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Jared Landers (11 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Jared Landers
Time of Race: 16 minutes 28 seconds

   

Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Night #1 Point Standings:

POS Car # Driver Name Home Town Night 1
1 49 Jonathan Davenport Williamston, SC 496
2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 484
3 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 484
4 1777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 482
5 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 463
6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 463
7 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 462
8 18B Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL 460
9 25 Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 456
10 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 455
11 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 454
12 18 Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 452
13 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 451
14 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 450
15 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI 447
16 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR 447
17 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 447
18 00 Jesse Stovall Billings, MO 440
19 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 436
20 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 436
21 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 436
22 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 425
23 29 Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA 424
24 32S Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 416
25 51 Matt Furman Portland, OR 413
26 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 407
27 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 401
28 58H Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA 401
29 24 Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA 390
30 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 390
31 20S Rodney Sanders Happy, TX 387
32 B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN 385
33 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR 385
34 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 384
35 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 381
36 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 373
37 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 368
38 21X John Anderson Omaha, NE 363
39 93 Jay Johnson W. Burlington, IA 360
40 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN 357
41 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 345
42 22B Jonathan Brauns Muscatine, IA 338
43 51M Joey Moriarty Phoenix, AZ 329
44 0J Jake O’Neil Tucson, AZ 327
45 48 Tim Lance Brimfield, IL 326
46 40 Joel Callahan Dubuque, iA 320
47 58 Dave Eckrich Oxford, IA 317
48 98 Jason Rauen Farley, IA 314
49 5T Randy Timms Wheatland, OK 311
50 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA 310
51 56S Chris Spieker Massena, IA 306
52 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR 305
53 54 Mike Fryer Freeport, IL 300
54 15D Justin Duty Portland, OR 299
55 83 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 290
56 45 Bob King Independence, MO 286