Richards Storms To Aberdeen Glory

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Josh Richards (14) races under Brandon Sheppard at Brown County Speedway. (Heath Lawson photo)
Josh Richards (14) races under Brandon Sheppard at Brown County Speedway. (Heath Lawson photo)

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Josh Richards stormed to victory in the third annual Bullet Sportswear Shootout on Tuesday night at Brown County Speedway.

Richards started fifth and powered to the lead ahead of Brandon Sheppard on lap 35 en route to claim his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.

Tim McCreadie climbed from his eleventh starting position to finish second as he passed Stormy Scott for the runner-up position in the final laps. Scott recorded his best career LOLMDS finish by taking third at the checkers. Sheppard held on to finish fourth and took Jonathan Davenport took fifth.

Sheppard was in control of the race in the early going, but Richards quickly made his way from the inside of row number three to wrestle the second spot from Scott. Sheppard and Richards then duked it out for the lead with Richards passing Sheppard through the middle of the race track with 15 laps remaining.

Richards had to withstand one last caution flag with 11 laps remaining, but once the race resumed Richards went on uncontested for the 27th time in his LOLMDS career, which is fifth all time in series history.

“It feels good to get back to Lucas Oil Victory Lane,” said the 31-year-old West Virginia native. “We have had a fast car for most of the year, just a lot of bad luck has hit us. We had two runner-up finishes at Portsmouth and Tyler County. We haven’t run here that much in the past. I got the lead from Brandon [Sheppard] by rolling through the middle.”

McCreadie finished second.

“We had that incident in the heat race which set us back,” he said. “We qualified well and then we had to go to the tail. The car was real maneuverable tonight. From where we started, we are pleased. Congrats to Josh, he was strong there especially at the end of the race.”

Scott continues to show improvement in his maiden season with the series.

“We have had a really good car the last few weeks,” Scott said. “My crew continues to work and work on this thing and they have got it the best it’s been all year. This has been a tough year, but a learning one. A lot of these tracks I have never run on before. We have been here once before in a modified. If we can keep the good finishes going hopefully, we can knock out a win before the year ends.”

The finish:

Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Stormy Scott, Brandon Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Tyler erb, Jimmy Owens, Shanon Buckingham, Chase Junghans, Tad Pospisil, Kyle Bronson, Michael Norris, Hudson O’Neal, Billy Moyer Jr., Kent Arment, Cody Laney, Nick Grehl, Earl Pearson Jr., Pat Weisgram, Ryan Engels, Scott Ward, Billy Moyer, Blair Nothdurft.