After bursting forward from the fifth starting spot to second by lap four, Richards immediately began to challenge Shaver, who started second in the Rumley Enterprises/Bobby Labonte Racing Longhorn chassis. They swapped the top spot off turn four on lap nine – without an official lead change at the line – and did the same off turn on lap 17, but Richards slid in front for good as lap 18 was scored.
“I tried to move around to see where I could make the move and where it would be the best place,” said Richards, whose triumph assured him of a pole position starting spot in a Firecracker 100 heat race on Saturday night (June 29). “I just tried to get where I got a run and could hug the bottom off of (turn) two or slide (Shaver) through three and four. We raced really hard.”
Shaver, 49, hailed Richards’s effort while expressing satisfaction with a second-place finish in his first WoO LMS start of the season.
“Seconds sucks, but helluva job by Josh,” said Shaver. “We just weren’t near as good as him. We had a heck of a race for the lead though, and I don’t believe we ever touched.
“We’re happy with our run. To be able to come out here and run with these guys like that is a tribute to Kevin Rumley, who’s designed this chassis. He’s done a real good job with it. I’m proud of him.”
Josh Richards, Steve Shaver, Eric Wells, Davey Johnson, Darrell Lanigan, Dale McDowell, Dan Stone, Shane Clanton, Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert, Austin Hubbard, John Garvin Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Brian Birkhofer, Tim Fuller, Morgan Bagley, Bub McCool, Clint Smith, Steve Francis, Russ King, John Blankenship, Jared Landers, Chub Frank, Brady Smith, Mike Marlar, Ron Davies, Dave Hess Jr., Jared Miley