latemodelamerica.com - Aug. 19 - Winston Speedway
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Josh Richards and Tim Fuller at Winston Speedway

Fifth starting Josh Richards races ahead of Tim Fuller before taking his third straight World of Outlaws win at Winston Speedway. (Steve Datema)

World of Outlaws: Richards Scores "Hat Trick" at Winston Speedway

Kevin Kovac

ROTHBURY, Mich. – Aug. 19. Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., rolled to his third straight victory on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, dominating Friday's inaugural 'Keyser Manufacturing 50' at Winston Speedway.

The two-time defending series champion made short work of the field, vaulting forward from the fifth starting spot to grab the lead from Darrell Lanigan on lap 14. He wasn't challenged the remainder of the distance en route to a triumph worth $10,875.

Brian Birkhofer and Rick Eckert at Winston Speedway

Brian Birkhofer and #24 Rick Eckert race to second and third at Winston Speedway. (Steve Datema) 

Darrell Lanigan and Vic Coffey at Winston Speedway

Vic Coffey, who was third fastest in qualifying, is pressured by #29 Darrell Lanigan before slipping back to ninth place as Lanigan advanced to fourth place at Winston. (Steve Datema) 

Richards, 23, beat Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, to the finish line by a commanding 4.213-second margin for his seventh win of the 2011 WoO LMS season. The success tied him with Lanigan for top-winner status through 25 events and put him within reach of two series records: most consecutive wins (four) and most wins in a single season (nine).

Jason Feger and Shane Clanton

Shane Clanton races outside of Jason Feger before posting fifth place at Winston Speedway. (Jim Denhamer)


Brady Smith and John Lobb at Winston Speedway

John Lobb amd #2 Brady Smith in action at Winston Speedway. (Jim Denhamer)

Points leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished third, maintaining a 50-point edge over Richards with his third top-three finish in his last four starts. Lanigan settled for a fourth-place finish after starting from the outside pole and leading laps 1-13, and 13th-starter Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., placed fifth thanks to a last-lap pass of Bear Lake, Pa.'s Chub Frank.

Casey Nonnan and Tim McCreadie at Winston Speedway

Casey Noonan races with provisional starter Tim McCreadie (#39) at Winston Speedway. (Jim Denhamer)

Josh Richards VL at Winston Speedway

Josh Richards after his third straight World of Outlaws win in the "Keyser Manufacturing 50" at Michigan's Winston Speedway. (Jim Denhamer)

Winston Speedway World of Outlaws
1) Josh Richards, 2) Brian Birkhofer, 3) Rick Eckert, 4) Darrell Lanigan, 5) Shane Clanton, 6) Tim Fuller, 7) Chub Frank, 8) Ron Davies, 9) Vic Coffey, 10) Tim McCreadie (prov.), 11) Austin Hubbard, 12) John Lobb, 13) Dennis Erb, Jr., 14) Curt Spalding, 15) Jimmy Mars, 16) Jason Feger, 17) Casey Noonan, 18) Jeep VanWormer, 19) Kevin Nelson, Jr., 20) Jill George (prov.), 21) Clint Smith, 22) Pat Doar, 23) Brady Smith, 24) Curtis Roberts
Fast Time (40 entries): Eckert (13.568 - NTR); Lanigan, Fuller, Coffey, Doar; B-Main winners: Erb, Hubbard

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