Richards pockets $10,000 at Raye Vest 50
WINCHESTER, Va. (Oct. 22-23) — Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., completed a sweep of Winchester Speedway's unsanctioned fall specials with a $10,000 victory in the inaugural Raye Vest 50 at the 3/8-mile oval.
Richards, who won the Super Late Model portion of the Winchester 200 on Sept. 25, wrestled the lead from Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., on the 30th lap and led the rest of the way for the victory. Hometown driver J.T. Spence was third followed by Winchester's Tommy Armel and Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md. Ronnie DeHaven Jr. of WInchester started outside the front row but slowed on the 12th, becoming the first retiree. | Slideshow
The event honored the late car owner of Pennsylvania driver Rick Eckert. Eckert finished ninth.
Notes: Richards drove an Ernie Davis-owned Rocket Chassis with a Roush Yates Engine sponsored by Ernie D's Enterprises. ... Richards also picked up $2,400 for a preliminary victory on Friday night as he outran J.T. Spence and Shane Clanton. ... Clanton and Spence won $2,400 qualifying races on Saturday. ... Glenn Elliott won Saturday's Limited Late Model feature.
Raye Vest 50: (1) Josh Richards, (2) Shane Clanton, (3) J.T. Spence, (4) Tommy Armel, (5) Jamie Lathroum, (6) Ron Davies, (7) Gary Stuhler, (8) Mark Pettyjohn, (9) Rick Eckert, (10) Booper Bare, (11) Andy Anderson, (12) Derek Byler, (13) Scott Labarron, (14) Dale Hollidge, (15) Walter Crouch, (16) Chad Hollenback, (17) Tom Decker, (188) Dan Stone, (19) Gerald Davis, (20) Jim Yoder, (21) Allan Brannon, (22) Brad Omps, (23) Jeremy Miller, (24) Ronnie DeHaven Jr. Fast qualifier (among 32 cars): Clanton, 14.820 seconds. Qualifying race winners: Clanton, DeHaven.