Josh Richards earned a guarateed start in the "Firecracker 100" on Thursday and picked up a
nice check to go with it.
Shane Clanton noses under leader Josh Richards with
three to go on night one of "Firecracker 100" preliminary action, but was unable to pass.
Outlaws: Richards Masters the Slick
to Capture "Firecracker 100"
SARVER, Pa. - June 24. Josh Richards tip-toed his way to victory in Thursday's 30-lap
World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Lernerville Speedway.
Kicking off the fourth annual "Firecracker 100" weekend with a flourish, the national
tour’s defending champion led from start-to-finish for his series-leading fifth triumph of the 2010
Shane Clanton moves under Billy Moyer on a very slick Lernerville Speedway on night one of
preliminary action for the annual "Firevcracker 100". (Cory Stivason)
Richards raced off the outside pole starting spot to
outgun fellow former WoO LMS titlist Billy Moyerat the initial green flag. He went on to turn back a late challenge
from Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., in a caution-free event that was completed in less than 10 minutes.
"That's definitely the slickest track I've ever won on", said Richards, who earned $6,000 for his 25th career WoO
LMS victory. “"It was definitely the slowest I've ever gone to win, but (the track is) really fun when it's like
that. I really had no idea where to go or where to be, but it worked out".”
The triumph guaranteed Richards a pole position starting slot in one of the qualifying heat races for the
"Firecracker 100" on Saturday, regardless of his finish in Friday's second 30-lap preliminary
Clanton, 34, settled for second place after slipping underneath Moyer on lap 24.
Moyer then faded to fourth as inaugural "Firecracker 100" winner Scott Bloomquist came on strong during the race's
final circuits to place third after starting seventh. Bloomquist
broke into fourth place on lap 17 by splitting Steve Shaver and Jimmy Mars off turn two, then ran down Moyer to
grab third on lap 25.
Scott Bloomquist races outside of #28 Jimmy Mars and #6 Steve Shaver to take
fourth place on lap 17.(Cory
June 24 - "Firecracker 100" Preliminary
1) Josh Richards, 2) Shane Clanton, 3)
Scott Bloomquist, 4) Billy Moyer, 5) Steve Shaver, 6) Jimmy Mars, 7) Tim McCreadie, 8) Darrell Lanigan,
9) Doug Drown, 10) Clint Smith, 11) Steve Francis, 12) Chub Frank, 13) Rick Briggs, 14) Rick Eckert,
15) Will Vaught, 16) Tim Fuller, 17) Vic Coffey, 18) Brady Smith, 19) Austin Hubbard (prov.), 20) Jamie
Lathroum, 21) John Mollick, 22) Gregg Satterlee, 23) Matt Miller, 24) Davey Johnson, 25) Russell King
(prov.), 26) Alex Ferree
Fast Time (57 entries): Shane Clanton (15.849 secs.); Heat winners:
Clanton, Richards, Mars, "Boom" Briggs, Moyer, Shaver. B-Main winners: Fuller, Frank, Miller.
Michael Moats photo