Richards Overtakes Clanton For "Raye Vest
Memorial" Win at Winchester
WINCHESTER, Va. - Oct. 23. Winchester Speedway's first annual "Raye Vest 50 Memorial" Saturday saw Josh Richards
take home the $10,000 to win victory. The Shinnston, W.V. driver reeled in Georgia's Shane Clanton on lap 30
and led the final 20 cirxuits to claim his 13th special event win of the season.
Polesitter Clanton led Ronnie Dehaven at the green and paced the field before DeHaven slowed to bring out a
lap 12 caution. With J.T. Spence, Jeremy Miller, lined up behind Clanton, the green flew and Richards
took third, then made the pass on Spence for second on lap 14.
Another caution flew on lap 17, but Richards continued to trail until lap 30, when he got by Clanton for the
lead. Miller slowed and dropped out of contention on lap 37, and after the final yellow flag on lap 42, Richards
continued to control the pace until taking the win over Clanton, who successfully fought off Spence for the second
For Friday's qualifying events, 32 Late Model teams checked in, with Clanton setting fast time with a lap time
of 14.820. In the first race among the fastest qualifiers, Clanton led until both Richards and Spence drove by
to finish in the top two, holding Clanton to third over Dan Stone and Rick Eckert.
Saturday’s first 24-lap qualifier advanced the top 12 to the main event, with Clanton picking up the win over
Jeremy Miller. The second 24 lap qualifier went to Ronnie Dehaven Jr. over Jamie Lathroum.
Raye Vest Memorial 50 - Winchester Speedway
1) Josh Richards, 2. Shane Clanton, 3. J.T. Spence, 4. Tommy Armel, 5.
Jamie Lathroum, 6. Ron Davies, 7. Gary Stuhler, 8. Mark Pettyjohn, 9. Rick Eckert, 10. Booper Bare, 11.
Andy Anderson, 12. Derek Byler, 13. Scott Labarron, 14. Dale Hollidge, 15. Walter Crouch, 16. Chad
Hollenback, 17. Tom Decker, 188. Dan Stone, 19. Gerald Davis, 20. Jim Yoder, 21. Allan Brannon, 22.
Brad Omps, 23. Jeremy Miller, 24. Ronnie Dehaven, Jr.
Fast Time (32 entries): Clanton
(14.820); Heat winners: Clanton, Spence, Richards, Dehaven.
Cory Stivason photo