Josh Richards Out, Tyler Erb In At Best Performance

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Josh Richards will not return to Best Performance Motorsports next year and will be replaced by Tyler Erb. (Jim Denhamer Photo)

ST. MARYS, Ohio – Best Performance Motorsports and Josh Richards have agreed to amicably part ways.

Tyler Erb will be taking over the driving duties of the team’s No. 1 dirt late model, which Richards drove to the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship.

“We enjoyed a lot of success with Josh (Richards), and I wish him nothing but the best in his future ventures,” Best Performance Motorsports’ Eric Brock said. “We are now extremely excited about the future with Tyler Erb as our driver. He’s got a lot of talent and enthusiasm and will be a great fit for our organization.”

During their two years together, Best Performance Motorsports and Richards enjoyed tremendous success. In 2017, the team captured the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship in their first season together. This year they finished second in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings.

Over the past two seasons with Richards behind the wheel, the St. Marys, Ohio, based team amassed 15 wins, including the last two $100,000-to-win Dirt Track World Championships at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park and the Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. The duo also earned 59 top-five finishes and 82 top-10 finishes.

Additional details regarding Erb joining forces with Best Performance Motorsports, as well as the team’s 2019 plans, will be released at a later date.