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Josh Richards - Charlotte Motor Speedway World of Outlaws winner

Josh Richards after a flag-to-flag run that netted the young West Virginian the World of Outlaws win and a new points lead over Darrell Lanigan at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday. (Chris Dolack)

Josh Richards holds up the hardware at Charlotte. (George Missita)
World of Outlaws: Advantage, Richards as Points Lead Shifts Again with "Kid Rocket" Win at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 13. Josh Richards, of Shinnston, West Virginia, vaulted back on top of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series points standings on Wednesday, holding off Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., to capture the 50-lap World of Outlaws "Late Model Showdown" at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Richards turned a two-point deficit to Darrell Lanigan into a 22-point lead in the event that kicked off "Bank of America 500" week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As Richards raced off the outside pole starting spot to pace the 
 entire distance, Lanigan was slowed by a right-front flat tire on lap 13 and managed only a 12th-place finish after restarting at the rear of the field.

Josh Richards - Charlotte Motor Speedway

Josh Richards races toward the World of Outlaws win at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday, along with a renewed series points lead. (George Missita)

The $100,000 WoO LMS championship prize will be determined with the season-ending pair of features during the World Finals on Nov. 4-6 at The Dirt Track, which boasted a fast, smooth surface on Wednesday.

"It's unfortunate that Lanigan had some bad luck tonight, but there's still a long way to go,"”said Richards, who earned $10,675 for his series-leading eighth triumph of 2010. “"We gotta' come back here for the finals and race hard. You can lose a lot of points in one night, so we just gotta' try to stay consistent and stay focused."

Eddie Carrier - Earl Pearson - World of Outlaws at Charlotte Motor Speedway

While #28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. was one of the first out of the game at Charlotte, fast qualifier Earl Pearson, Jr. (#44) managed to race to fourth place. (George Missita) 

Richards was on his game in the Showdown, keeping his Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car in front of McCreadie to win the Showdown for the second straight year and score his third career triumph at the four-tenths-mile oval. It was his 28th career victory on the WoO LMS, tying him with Steve Francis as the tour's winningest driver since 2004, and moved him closer to a second consecutive Outlaw title.

McCreadie, 36, crossed the finish line one car length behind Richards. Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., scored a career-best WoO LMS finish of third after starting seventh in Sanford Goddard's Warrior house car, while sixth-starter Earl Pearson, Jr. was fourth in the Bobby Labonte Motorsports MastersSbilt. Steve Shaver charged forward from the 21st starting spot to place fifth.

Richards put himself in position for his critical victory with a dramatic heat race performance. He came on after a mid-race restart to win the second heat by inches with a last-turn pass of Dallas, North Carolina's Jeff Smith.

"We struggled in qualifying with some carburetor issues," said Richards. "We got that fixed, though, and in the heat race the car was phenomenal. The Cornett power really worked well for us in the heat - we were able to stick around that bottom and get by those guys."

Austin Hubbard - Chris Ferguson - Charlotte Motor Speedway World of Outlaws

Young drivers Austin Hubbard and #22 Chris Ferguson race each other hard at Charlotte. (George Missita)

"I think that was the key to winning tonight - getting in the redraw and getting a good spot. We drew the outside pole and I knew it was pretty much our race to lose. We've run well here in the past, so I knew if we could get out front and get rolling we'd be in good shape."”

Richards had to withstand some serious pressure from McCreadie, whose advance from the ninth starting spot reached second place when he swept around the outside of both Marlar and Dale McDowell on a lap 13 restart. McCreadie had several high-groove bids to grab the lead thwarted by Richards, who built a ten-length edge on McCreadie following a restart on lap 22, but maintained a more modest edge after the race's fifth and final caution flag flew on lap 42.

"It's good to be leading, but you don't know where anybody's running,"”said Richards, who has an opportunity to tie or beat the WoO LMS single-season win record of nine set in 2004 by Scott Bloomquist. "I kept watching the scoreboard, and once I saw McCreadie was second and I could kind of hear him on the outside I moved up (on the track).

"I ran the top of one and two and the bottom of three and four, just trying to keep my momentum up. I know (McCreadie) wasn't very happy about it - he thought I was racing him dirty - but when you’re on a track like this and you're running the bottom you don't stay on the bottom, because you gotta' keep your momentum up."

Austin Dillon - Darrell Lanigan - Charlotte Motor Speedway World of Outlaws

While young Austin Dillon was an over-achiever at Charlotte with a seventh place finish, #29 Darrell Lanigan suffered a major setback to his points lead with a flat tire on lap 13 that had him playing catchup until finally settling for 12th in the final rundown. (George Missita)

"I knew he was there but I didn't know how close, so I just tried to take his line away. It's called racing."”

McCreadie drew close to Richards's rear bumper during the final circuits, but fell short. He was disappointed after absorbing his seventh runner-up finish of 2010.

"I gave it all I had,"”said McCreadie. "At least we made that 1 car have to get wide the last 20 laps to hold on."”

Richards, meanwhile, wore a big smile after his triumph, which he credited to his well-oiled team.

"Everybody did an awesome job - my dad, Matt (Barnes), Jimmy (Frye)," said Richards. Even (NASCAR star Tony) Stewart - he was in the pits scraping mud before the race and I guess he put the magic touch on it for us."”

Richards dedicated his win to the memory of the late Larry Daugherty, the 60-year-old father of Integra Racing Shocks rep Brian Daugherty. The elder Daugherty passed away unexpectedly last Friday morning.

Rick Eckert of York, Pa., advanced from the 11th starting spot to finish sixth. NASCAR Truck Series star Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C. – the grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress – placed seventh and McDowell slipped back to eighth after hitting a tractor tire lining the inside of turn four. Provisional starters Francis (25th) and Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga. (26th) rounded out the top 10.

World of Outlaws - Charlotte Motor Speedway
1) Josh Richards, 2) Tim McCreadie, 3) Mike Marlar, 4) Earl Pearson, Jr., 5) Steve Shaver, 6) Rick Eckert, 7) Austin Dillon, 8) Dale McDowell, 9) Steve Francis (prov.), 10) Shane Clanton (prov.), 11) Chub Frank, 12) Darrell Lanigan, 13) Johnny Pursley, 14) Clint Smith, 15) Chris Madden, 16) Tommy Kerr, 17) Jonathan Davenport, 18) Austin Hubbard, 19) Luke Roffers, 20) Randy Weaver, 21) Ross Bailes, 22) Russell King, 23) Robbie Bailey, 24) Chris Ferguson, 25) Eddie Carrier, Jr., 26) Jeff Smith, 28) Tim Fuller, DNS: Kenny Compton, Jr.

Fast Time (43 entries): Pearson (14.714); Heat winners: Marlar, Richards, Davenport, Lanigan; B-Main winners: Shaver, Weaver.

NOTE: Jonathan Davenport, Austin Hubbard and Chris Madden were penalized to starting spots at the rear of the feature field for failing a pre-race technical inspection of their car's rear quarter-panel height

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Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results

1. 44-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 14.714
2. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 14.764
3. 49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 14.777
4. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 14.841
5. 1G-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 14.907
6. 18M-Jeff Smith/Dallas, NC 14.926
7. 44M-Chris Madden/Grey Court, SC 14.975
8. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 14.997
9. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.022
10. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.034
11. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 15.049
12. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 15.056
13. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.086
14. 3-Austin Dillon/Welcome, NC 15.097
15. 116-Randy Weaver/Crossville, TN 15.119
16. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 15.181
17. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.185
18. 22F-Chris Ferguson/Mt. Holly, NC 15.188
19. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.191
20. 87-Ross Bailes/Blacksburg, SC 15.211
21. 09-Johnny Pursley/Clover, SC 15.250
22. 10-Kenny Compton Jr./Bland, VA 15.261
23. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.283
24. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.305
25. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 15.328
26. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 15.475
27. 3C-Mike Collins/Carter Lake, IA 15.515
28. 21-Luke Roffers/Concord, NC 15.516
29. 93-Donald Bradsher/Burlington, NC 15.546
30. 17-Tim Allen/Kannapolis, NC 15.547
31. 92-Stephen Evans/Tyner, NC 15.550
32. 4T-Tommy Kerr/Maryville, TN 15.589
33. 00-Jay Sessoms/Stanley, NC 15.635
34. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 15.768
35. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 15.815
36. 2G-Jon Gunther/Fayetteville, NC 15.829
37. 21b-Chris Brown/Cleveland, TX 16.021
38. 07-Brian Ledbetter/Dallas, NC 16.494
39. 29P-Kyle Pierce/Statesville, NC 16.539
40. 72-Robbie Bailey/Mooresville, NC 16.548
41. 773-Mike Evock/Hope Mills, NC 16.909
42. 1s-Chuck Smith/Sanford, NC 17.128
43. B4-Travis Leake/Enoree, SC 17.493

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