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WoOLMS at Bubba Raceway Park - 2/17 Results
02/17/13 at 11:28pm
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Bubba Raceway Park
February 17, 2013

Richards Blasts To $20,000-Plus Victory In Inaugural 'Super Sunday Showdown' At Bubba Raceway Park
Two-Time World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champ Dominates Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals Finale

by Kevin Kovac
OCALA, FL (February 17) – Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., closed the second annual Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals with a flourish, blasting to a convincing victory in the inaugural 75-lap ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ at Bubba Raceway Park.

The two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion seized command of the event for good on lap 18, steering his Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car by Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., in a powerful sweep through turns three and four. He turned back a late threat from Scott James of Bright, Ind., en route to his second win of 2013 on the national tour and a lucrative payday of $20,650.

James battled brake problems in his Warrior Chassis house car over the final laps but held on to finish a WoO LMS career-best second, 3.311 seconds behind Richards. He marched forward from the 11th starting spot to race in the runner-up spot from lap 34 to the checkered flag.

Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., who started fourth and ran in the top five throughout the event, went a bit too hard with his tire-compound selection but still placed third in Larry Moring’s MasterSbilt machine. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who won the finale of last year’s Winter Nationals, finished a season-high fourth in his Team Zero by Bloomquist car and 16th-starter Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., scored a season-best finish of fifth in his Rocket.

Richards, who started third, ran second behind polesitter Owens until slipping briefly into the lead on lap nine. Owens regained command the following circuit but couldn’t repel the hard-charging Richards, who made his deciding move for the top spot on lap 18.

For the remainder of the distance Richards combined a conservative inside line with some well-placed aggressiveness to spin up his 41st career WoO LMS victory.

“Owens had a little bit softer left-rear tire than we did and we fired off with him, so I felt really, really good about our chances,” said Richards, who one week earlier captured the finale of the WoO LMS ‘Winter Freeze’ at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. “Once I got the lead I was just trying to stay on the bottom, rotate and be easy on (the car), but there at the end it just felt like the right-rear got hot. I’d get in there and I’d feel like my right-rear would just slide up the racetrack and I couldn’t hold my left-rear down in the brown like I could (earlier).”

After Richards made contact with Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., entering turn one while lapping the WoO LMS rookie on lap 59, James almost immediately drew close to the leader. But that development prompted Richards to toss his No. 1 to the outside of the three-eighths-mile, D-shaped track’s first and second corners for several laps – a move that allowed him to quickly put several lapped cars between himself and James.

“I was kind of watching their signals a little so I just felt like I had to get back up top to get the speed built back up,” said Richards, who realized that his edge over James had shrunk thanks to help from his crewmen stationed in the infield work area. “I felt comfortable running up there. I didn’t feel comfortable letting off at the bottom and feeling like you’re losing all that time.”

Richards made the right move to maintain control of the race, which ran caution-free from lap 48 to the finish. The circuit’s current points leader wore a big smile when he reached Victory Lane to celebrate his third career WoO LMS triumph worth $20,000 or more.

“I just gotta thank (BRP co-owner) Bubba (the Love Sponge Clem) for putting on this kind of race for us,” said Richards, who dropped off the WoO LMS last spring to compete on the NASCAR Nationwide Series but is returning to the dirt tour fulltime this season while continuing to pursue opportunities in NASCAR. “It’s cool to win the big one of the week.”

James thought he might have a shot at overtaking Richards for his first-ever WoO LMS victory when he pulled almost to Richards’s rear bumper with 15 laps remaining, but mechanical trouble hampered his bid.

“With 20 to go the brake pedal started going down to the floor,” said James, who registered his second top-five finish of the Winter Nationals, following up his fifth-place run in Friday night’s 35-lapper. “I lost my brakes – I think something came up and punctured a brake line – and then when (Richards) went around (the slower) Brandon (Sheppard) late in the race I couldn’t get in there hard. I had to turn the car on the gas, and that’s not what you want to do. I had to slow down a lot getting in at that point because I didn’t want to miss my marks and I lost ground to Josh.

“But I’m still excited about getting second. Other than my mistake putting the wrong tires on last night (he pulled off and finished 20th), we had a great weekend.”

Four caution flags slowed the event, all for slowed or stopped cars. Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., brought out the first caution, on lap 26, when he relinquished second place to a blown right-rear tire that would ultimately result in his early retirement shortly thereafter. Later, Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., gave up seventh place on lap 28 due to a flat left-rear tire; Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., slowed on the backstretch on lap 35; and WoO LMS rookie Dillon Wood of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., stopped in turn one on lap 48.

Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., finished sixth, advancing from the 13th starting to earn his best placing of the young season. Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., maintained the second spot in the WoO LMS points standings with a quiet seventh-place finish; Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., salvaged an eighth-place finish after nearly going a lap down before the race’s first caution flag; Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., was ninth; and Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., rounded out the top after using a provisional to start 24th.

Owens, meanwhile, tumbled to 11th in the finishing order after running third as late as lap 49, and defending WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., was never a factor in struggling to a 13th-place finish one lap down.

Thirty-nine cars entered the richest dirt Late Model event of 2013 Florida Speedweeks.

Mason Zeigler, 20, of Chalk Hill, Pa., was the surprise top qualifier in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials. His lap of 13.948 seconds earned him a career-first WoO LMS fast-time honor.

Zeigler also won his first-ever heat race, propelling him to his second career start in a WoO LMS A-Main. His first came just two nights earlier.

Other heat winners were Lanigan, Richards and Owens. Brady Smith and Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., captured the B-Mains, and Roberts topped the 10-lap Keyser Manufacturing Last Chance Showdown to earn the final transfer spot to the ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ headliner.

The WoO LMS will return to action with three consecutive nights of action (Feb. 21-23) during the 42nd UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The traditional race meet at the Volusia half-mile also includes three evenings of DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned Late Model competition from Feb. 18-20.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Results of Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals 'Super Sunday Showdown' at Bubba Raceway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (3) Josh Richards/75 $20,650
2. (11) Scott James/75 $8,550
3. (4) Don O'Neal/75 $5,000
4. (2) Rick Eckert/75 $4,150
5. (16) Chub Frank/75 $3,400
6. (13) Bub McCool/75 $3,050
7. (8) Shane Clanton/75 $2,550
8. (14) Tim McCreadie/75 $2,450
9. (17) Brady Smith/75 $1,650
10. (24) Tim Fuller/75 $2,100
11. (1) Jimmy Owens/75 $1,350
12. (19) Morgan Bagley/75 $1,250
13. (6) Darrell Lanigan/74 $1,800
14. (10) Eric Wells/74 $1,225
15. (7) Mason Zeigler/74 $1,100
16. (20) Brandon Sheppard/73 $1,075
17. (26) Kent Robinson/50 $1,600
18. (12) Steve Francis/46 $1,025
19. (5) Mike Marlar/45 $1,000
20. (25) Dillon Wood/45 $1,000
21. (18) Pat Doar/40 $1,550
22. (23) Casey Roberts/37 $1,000
23. (15) Billy Moyer/34 $1,000
24. (9) Clint Smith/28 $1,550
25. (22) Ron Davies/8 $1,000
26. (21) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./1 $1,000
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 30 Mins., 39.437 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 3.311 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 26, 28, 35, 48)
Lap Leaders: Owens (1-8); Richards (9); Owens (10-17); Richards (18-75)
Provisional Starters: Fuller, Wood
WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' Winner: James ($500)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Zeigler, O'Neal, C. Smith, McCool, B. Smith, Bagley, Davenport, Lloyd, Satterlee, Pettyjohn
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Lanigan, Clanton, Wells, McCreadie, Fuller, Roberts, Wood, Hess, Brindle, Murray
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Marlar, James, Moyer, Doar, Davies, Benedum, Landers, Whitener, Lance
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Owens, Eckert, Francis, Frank, Sheppard, Ivey, Stone, Conley, Robinson
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): B. Smith, Bagley, Lloyd, Fuller, Wood, Roberts, Satterlee, Murray, Brindle (DNS) Davenport, Hess, Pettyjohn
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Doar, Sheppard, Davies, Benedum, Robinson, Whitener, Stone, Ivey, Lance, Conley
'Last Chance Showdown' (10 laps – winner transfers): Roberts, Robinson, Benedum, Lance, Ivey, Whitener, Stone, Satterlee, Wood

Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 25z-Mason Zeigler/Chalk Hill, PA 13.948
2. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 13.961
3. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 13.968
4. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 13.988
5. 38-Kenny Pettyjohn/Millsboro, DE 14.009
6. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 14.074
7. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 14.106
8. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 14.116
9. 1d-Don O'Neal/Martinsville, IN 14.122
10. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 14.125
11. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 14.165
12. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 14.194
13. 21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 14.206
14. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 14.235
15. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 14.242
16. 1x1-Sonny Conley/New Martinsville, WV 14.245
17. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, Ga 14.254
18. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 14.277
19. 25B-Mike Benedum/Salem, WV 14.289
20. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 14.311
21. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 14.325
22. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 14.334
23. 1G-Scott James/Bright, IN 14.358
24. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 14.365
25. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 14.371
26. 5-Chip Brindle/Chatsworth, GA 14.375
27. 58-Mark Whitener/Middlebourne, FL 14.398
28. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 14.400
29. 49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 14.422
30. 44H-Dave Hess Jr./Waterford, PA 14.427
31. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 14.443
32. 47-Tyler Ivey/Tallahassee, FL 14.487
33. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 14.491
34. 1W-Dillon Wood/New Smyrna Beach, FL 14.531
35. 5L-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 14.535
36. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 14.536
37. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 14.612
38. 2M-Allen Murray/San Antonio, TX 14.664
39. 48-Tim Lance/Brimfield, IL 14.819
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World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Bubba Raceway Park
February 17, 2013

Event photos courtesy of Mike Ruefer

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