Three-State Flyers: Richards
Dominates Hagerstown Opener
WatsonHAGERSTOWN, Md. - April 23. Total domination. That’s the best way to describe Shinnston West Va.’s Josh Richard’s season
opening “Three State Flyers Series” win Saturday at the Hagerstown speedway. In scoring his first feature win
of the season at Hagerstown, the defending and two-time World of Outlaw’s series late model champion, became
the third different winner in the three-week old season at the venerable Maryland half-mile.
After scoring a win in the dash, Richards earned the pole for the start of the 35-lap "Stanley
Schetrompf" classic. As the pack took the green flag Richards, wheeling his Ernie Davis owned Rocket no.25,
out-dragged fellow front-row line mate Kyle Lear as they raced into turn one. From that point on, it would be
a race for second as Richards went on to lead every lap of the event, earning the $3000 pay day that went
along with it.
However, as Richards lead, The race for second was quite intense. Eventual runner-up Kyle Lear
held the spot the entire distance but had to withstand the constant pressure from Austin Hubbard and Jamie
Lathroum that kept the crowd on its feet. As Richards took the checkered flag, Lear came home second for
his best-ever late model finish at Hagerstown, with Hubbard settling for third. Tenth-starting Jason Covert
placed fourth and Dylan Yoder claimed the Round Hill Auto Service hard charger award as he came from 13th on
the grid to round out the top-five.
Three-State Flyers - Hagerstown
1. Josh Richards 2. Kyle
Lear 3. Austin Hubbard 4. Jason Covert 5. Dylan Yoder 6. J.T. Spence 7. Jamie Lathroum 8. Nick Dickson
9. Roy Deese Jr. 10. Jared Hawkins 11. Bart Hartman 12. Marvin Winters 13. Brent Smith 14. Alan Sagi
15. Frankie Plessinger 16. Gary Stuhler 17. Ashley Barrett 18. Keith Jackson 19. Scott LeBarron 20.
Derek Byler 21. Jerry Bard 22. Devin Friese 23. Matt Parks 24. Duane Harbaugh (30
Cory Stivason photo