Josh Richards Drives To First Victory Of The LOLMDS Season

Top 3 Hudson O'Neal 2nd Winner Josh Richards 3rd Jonathan Davenport

Top 3: Hudson O’Neal (2nd), Winner Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport (3rd). All photos courtesy of Jim DenHamer.

The 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) got underway at the Golden Isle Speedway in Waynesville, Georga on Friday, February 2. The three day event is labeled as The Lucas Oil Superbowl of 2018. Opening night saw 41 cars tackling the 5/8 mile banked dirt oval. The winner of the opening night’s main event earned a $10,000 prize.

0 Scott Bloomquist 40 Kyle Bronson

Scott Bloomquist (0), Kyle Bronson (40).

Early reports had fan favorites Kyle Bronson, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard and Earl Pearson Jr turning fast times in their hot lap sessions. Jonathan Davenport posted a time of 16.070 in qualifying that was the overall quick time.

1 Brandon Shepherd 49 Jonathan Davenport

Brandon Shepherd (1) and Jonathan Davenport (49).

Heat Races

After an early battle with Jason Jameson, Jonathan Davenport set sail and drove away from the field to win heat one over Shane Clanton and Don O’Neal. Jimmy Owens starting from the front row, took the early lead and was the easy winner in the second heat race.

1 Earl Pearson Jr. 1 Brandon Shepherd

Earl Pearson Jr. (1) and Brandon Shepherd (1).

In what is looking like a trend, Josh Richards started on the front row and after an early battle with Mason Zeigler, Richards put a gap on the rest of the field and drove to an easy win. The final heat race had an early battle with front row starters Scott Bloomquist and Brent Larson. Larson managed to put some distance between him and the field until a late caution. Despite the stoppage, Larson drove away to the win.

5 Don O'Neal 40 Kyle Bronson 0 Scott Bloomquist

Don O’Neal (5), Kyle Bronson (40), and Scott Bloomquist (0).

B Mains

In what was becoming a routine, the front row starters of Tim McCreadie and Casey Roberts keep enough distance between themselves and the rest of the field. The two wage a fierce battle with McCreadie taking a lower line and finding more grip and leads to the checkered flag.

39 Tim McCreadie 0 Scott Bloomquist 1 Brent Larson

Tim McCreadie (39), Scott Bloomquist (0), and Brent Larson (1).

In B Main Two, all eyes had to be on the front row starters based on the evening’s results. Mason Zeigler and Tyler Erb took the green after a previous false start attempt. Erb got loose in the first turn and managed to save the car before spinning. Despite the quick save, Erb dropped back to sixth place. Zeigler drove off to the win.

20 Jimmy Owens 49 Jonathan Davenport

Jimmy Owens (20) and Jonathan Davenport (49).

A Main

With the smart money betting on the front row to win, Jonathan Davenport and Josh Richards took the field to the green flag. Richards started the race running the low line that he took to a heart race win earlier. Trading slide jobs with Davenport, the two front runners swap the lead several times.

39 Tim McCreadie 25 Mason Zeigler

Tim McCreadie (39) and Mason Zeigler (25).

As the race continued, more drivers migrated to the bottom. Jimmy Owens took over second from Davenport as the entire field moved lower on the track with the exception of Owens, who was comfortable running the top. All the while, Richard continued to inch away. By midway through the race, he had a full straight-away lead.

116 Brandon Overton 14 Darrell Lanigan

Brandon Overton (116) and Darrell Lanigan (14).

Jason Jameson’s flat on lap 34 grouped the drivers together again, costing Richards the huge lead he had earned. Richards held the lead through another caution while drivers work to avoid a rut that had developed in the turns 3 and 4.

22 Greg Satterlee 1 Brent Larson

Greg Satterlee (22) and Brent Larson (1).

Most of the field fought looking for grip but Hudson O’Neal was steadily working his way through the field. Toward the end of the race, O’Neal had passed Owens for second, and began reeling Richards in. Having started in 15th place, O’Neal clearly had the fastest car in the field and found a line that was working.

Josh Richards1

Josh Richards.

Bloomquist’s spin on the last lap brings out a late caution just as Hudson O’Neal was challenging for the lead. Richards manages to clear O’Neal going into the last set of corners when O’Neal’s car slid high allowing Richards to drive to his first victory of the season. A front row starter won, but it wasn’t easy.

Winner Josh Richards

Winner Josh Richards.

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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