BRISTOL, Tenn. — When it comes to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, there aren’t many accomplishments left for Josh Richards. But during Friday’s portion of the Bristol Bash, he added another notch to his belt.
The four-time champion won the first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model race at Bristol Motor Speedway, earning $10,000.
The win may not have happened without a little luck, even though Richards drew the outside pole for the feature.
Tennessee driver Jimmy Owens looked to be on a path toward home state glory, before heartbreak hit the Ramirez Motorsports machine. His left rear wheel came off the car, handing the lead to Richards.
The all-time winningest driver led the rest of the way for his 78th series victory.
Richards said he’s not sure if the Clint Bowyer Racing team had enough for Owens.
“On that first corner running wide-open with hard tires [the pass] wasn’t going to happen,” Richards said. “I hate it for those guys tearing stuff up, but most of all I’m glad [Owens] is ok.”
Out of all of his wins, Richards puts Bristol toward the top of his list.
“The first one is going to be the best for sure but this one’s up there, it’s pretty cool to win the first one here,” Richards said.
Finishing second to Richards was Chris Madden, who was reeling in the leader toward the end of the race.
“I definitely think I had him before that caution, actually we were door to door,” Madden said. “I definitely had a good car on long runs for sure and I think that’ll be a key factor [Saturday] night.”
Three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard finished third and also said his car was better on longer runs.
“I think we have a really good race car, it’s just one of those deals that you really need to start up front here because it makes for a lot easier night,” Sheppard said.
“I think for the big race on [Saturday] as long as it stays green for a little while I think we’ll have something.”
Rick Eckert crossed the line fourth and Brandon Overton charged raced from 20th to fifth.
Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 14-Josh Richards [$10,000]; 2. 44-Chris Madden [$6,000]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$3,500]; 4. OE-Rick Eckert [$2,800]; 5. 76-Brandon Overton [$2,500]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin [$2,300]; 7. 29V-Darrell Lanigan [$2,200]; 8. 40B-Kyle Bronson [$2,100]; 9. 20RT-Ricky Thornton [$2,050]; 10. 9-Devin Moran [$2,000]; 11. 49-Jonathan Davenport [$1,600]; 12. 16-Tyler Bruening [$1,400]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [$1,200]; 14. O-Scott Bloomquist [$1,100]; 15. 79-Ross Bailes [$1,050]; 16. 7-Ricky Weiss [$1,000]; 17. 25-Shane Clanton [$1,000]; 18. 99B-Boom Briggs [$1,000]; 19. 6JR-Parker Martin [$1,000]; 20. 777-Jared Landers [$1,000]; 21. B1-Brent Larson [$110]; 22. 97-Cade Dillard [$1,000]; 23. 20-Jimmy Owens [$1,000]; 24. 8-Kyle Strickler [$1,000]; 25. 7R-Ross Robinson [$1,000] Hard Charger: 76-Brandon Overton[+15]