Josh Richards Rules East Bay

On night two of Winternationals

Josh Richards (1) slides under Austin Hubbard Tuesday at East Bay Raceway Park. (Al Steinberg photo)

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Josh Richards took the lead from Davey Johnson on lap five of the 25-lap main event on Tuesday night at East Bay Raceway Park during the 41st Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs.

Richards had to fight off fellow West Virginia driver Tim Dohm for his seventh career win at “The Clay by the Bay.”

Richards, in the Best Performance Motorsports Rocket Chassis, Dargie-powered entry earned the outside front row for the main event after a last-lap pass on Austin Hubbard in a pivotal third heat race.

Hubbard in the Mid-Coastal Siding, Trinity Logistics, Rocket Chassis came home in third followed by Devin Moran in the Tye Twarog, Rocket Chassis and David Breazeale in the Henderson Motorsports, Moyer Victory Race Car.

Josh Richards in victory lane Tuesday at East Bay Raceway Park. (Al Steinberg photo)
Josh Richards in victory lane Tuesday at East Bay Raceway Park. (Al Steinberg photo)

“We made a lot of changes from last night, we worked our way back to seventh last night, so tonight was a whole lot better,” Richards said. “The pass on Austin [Hubbard] on the final lap of that heat race was crucial. Davey [Johnson] started off good. We stayed right with him until we were able to get around him.

“I didn’t know how many wins we could get down here. That’s two already,” he noted. “I really couldn’t see who was behind me. It felt like the car was leaning over there at the end. The tires might have been burned off I am not sure right now. We are still learning the communications between Randall and myself. It’s always good to win here at East Bay.”

Dohm – a former winner at East Bay – was happy with his second-place finish.

“To run second behind Josh Richards, it was a good night then,” Dohm said. “I love East Bay. I was way better tonight than I was last night. I hope the track stays like this all week. When you can hit the brown surface instead of that little sliver of black out there it sure makes for a better race.”

Hubbard’s third-place run continues improvement for the driver who suffered through a difficult 2016 season.

“This was another good finish for us,” Hubbard said. “I kept the car straight, and it gets better every night. I am getting back in the groove. We are on the podium, so it’s one step closer to winning. Josh passed me on the last lap of the heat and that prevented me from starting on the front row. He ran a great race so congratulations to him and his team.”

The finish:

Josh Richards, Tim Dohm, Austin Hubbard, Devin Moran, David Breazeale, Tyler Erb, Hudson O’Neal, Michael Lake, Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb Jr., Brent Larson, Bob Gardner, Corey Conley, Mason Zeigler, Kenny Pettyjohn, Nick Davis, Steve Francis, Freddie Carpenter, Frank Heckenast Jr., Greg Oakes, Gregg Satterlee, Davey Johnson, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard.