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Josh Richards Scores Summer Nationals Win at Fayette County

Josh Richards
Josh Richards

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The series returns to action on Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

BROWNSTOWN, Ill. – July 1, 2016 – Josh Richards battled Brian Shirley to score his first-career Summer Nationals victory on Friday night at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill.

Richards took the the quick time award earlier in the night and started the feature in third. Polesitter, Tyler Erb, coming off a career-best World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finish at Rockford Speedway, came into the night with momentum.

Erb led the field early, but it was Shirley and Richards who battled forward, both drivers swapping the lead on several occasions. Richards though edged past Shirley on lap 35 for the final time and built an insurmountable lead down the stretch.

“It feels really good,” Richards said. “These guys are extremely tough in this area and we’re kind of outsiders coming in… It was fun to go out there and race side-by-side with Shirley.”

Series points leader Bobby Pierce rounded out the night in 14th.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues to roll Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Fayette County Speedway; Brownstown, Ill.

Super Late Models – A-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 3 1R    Josh Richards    Shinnston , Wv
2 2 3S    Brian Shirley    Chatham , Il
3 5 99JR    Frank Heckenast Jr    Frankfort , Il
4 6 21    Billy Moyer    Batesville , Ar
5 18 25    Jason Feger    Bloomington , Il
6 9 C9    Steve Casebolt    Richmond , Tn
7 1 91    Tyler Erb    New Waverly, Tx
8 12 18J    Chase Junghans    Manhattan , Ks
9 14 96    Tanner English    Benton , Ky
10 8 24    Ryan Unzicker    El Paso, Il
11 13 C8    Timothy Culp    Sheridan , Ar
12 15 76    Brandon Overton    Evans , Ga
13 19 4G    Bob Gardner    East Peoria, Il
14 10 32    Bobby Pierce    Oakwood , Il
15 22 11    Gordy Gundaker    St Charles, Mo
16 20 6K    Michael Kloos    Trenton , Il
17 17 33X    Tim Manville    Troy , Il
18 16 25C    Shane Clanton    Fayetteville , Ga
19 21 16    Rusty Griffaw    Festus , Mo
20 4 18    Shannon Babb    Moweaqua , Il
21 7 27M    Rodney Melvin    Benton , Il
22 11 21JR    Billy Moyer Jr    Batesville , Ar

Super Late Models – B-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 3 33X    Tim Manville    Troy , Il
2 6 25    Jason Feger    Bloomington , Il
3 1 16    Rusty Griffaw    Festus , Mo
4 8 33B    Kevin Weaver    Gibson City, Il
5 4 11    Gordy Gundaker    St Charles, Mo
6 7 1M    Jim Moon    Grand Prairie, Tx
7 9 94    Austin Rettig    Sikeston , Mo
8 10 4G    Bob Gardner    East Peoria, Il
9 14 30V    Mark Voigt    Marine , Il
10 13 15    Kolby Vandenbergh    Ashland , Il
11 12 22    Daniel Jacober    Highland , Il
12 11 4    Jason Suhre    Highland , Il
13 15 T4    Adam Tischhauser    Mulberry Grove, Il
14 5 1X    Daniel Hopper    Peru , In
15 2 6K    Michael Kloos    Trenton , Il

Super Late Models – C-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 4 15    Kolby Vandenbergh    Ashland , Il
2 2 30V    Mark Voigt    Marine , Il
3 8 T4    Adam Tischhauser    Mulberry Grove, Il
4 10 11D    Brian Diveley    Springfield , Il
5 3 0    Dewayne Kiefer    Bloomsdale , Mo
6 6 B1    Brent Larson    Lake Elmo, Mn
7 7 87    Jason Zobrist    Highland , Il
8 1 10X    Jim Black    Bonne Terre, Mo
9 5 11S    Austin Smith    Rome , Ga
10 9 26M    Brent Mckinnon    Carlyle , Il

2016 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date

Day Track Winners

Northern Kickoff

June 15

Wednesday

Brownstown Speedway

Rain/Cancelled
June 16

Thursday

Kankakee Co. Speedway

Bobby Pierce
June 17 Friday

Cedar Lake Speedway

Billy Moyer
June 18

Saturday

Cedar Lake Speedway

Billy Moyer (2)
June 19

Sunday

Wilmot Speedway Bobby Pierce (2)
Heartland Tour
June 20 Monday

OFF

June 21 Tuesday

Jacksonville Speedway

Bobby Pierce (3)
June 22 Wednesday

Farley Speedway

Rain/Cancelled
June 23 Thursday Spoon River Speedway

Dennis Erb Jr.

June 24 Friday Tri-City Speedway Bobby Pierce (4)
June 25 Saturday Fairbury Speedway

Brandon Sheppard

June 26 Sunday Tri-State Speedway Bobby Pierce (5)
Southern Tour
June 27 Monday OFF
June 28 Tuesday Clarksville Speedway Ryan Unzicker
June 29 Wednesday Belle-Clair Speedway Bobby Pierce (6)
June 30 Thursday Springfield Raceway Rain/PPD
July 1 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway Josh Richards
July 2 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
July 3 Sunday Lincoln Speedway
Independence Week
July 4 Monday LaSalle Speedway
July 5 Tuesday Daugherty Speedway
July 6 Wednesday Peoria Speedway
July 7 Thursday Macon Speedway
July 8 Friday Farmer City Speedway
July 9 Saturday Highland Speedway
July 10 Sunday Quincy Raceways
Champions Week
July 11 Monday OFF
July 12 Tuesday Plymouth Speedway
July 13 Wednesday Shadyhill Speedway
July 14 Thursday Merritt Speedway
July 15 Friday Oakshade Raceway
July 16 Saturday Oakshade Raceway

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