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Daily Dirt 06/01/2023 10:11:02

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April 3
Farmer City Raceway,
Farmer City, IL
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks Illini 100) - $15,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated April 4, 11:07 am)
Richards earns $21,000 for his Illini 100 sweep
Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks Illini 100
  1. Josh Richards
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Scott Bloomquist
  4. Mike Marlar
  5. Brandon Sheppard
  6. Shane Clanton
  7. Billy Moyer
  8. Brian Shirley
  9. Billy Moyer Jr.
  10. Steve Casebolt
  11. Devin Gilpin
  12. Jason Feger
  13. Morgan Bagley
  14. Chase Junghans
  15. Rick Eckert
  16. Joey Coulter
  17. Tyler Erb
  18. Chub Frank
  19. Brandon Overton
  20. Eric Wells
  21. Ryan Unzicker
  22. Mason Zeigler
  23. Jordan Yaggy
  24. Cody Mahoney
  25. Chris Simpson
  26. Frank Heckenast Jr.
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Josh Richards (1) works on early leader Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr) at Farmer City.
What won the race: Edging ahead of fourth-starting Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., on lap 19 of 75, fifth-starting Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., led the remaining distance to capture a $15,000 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory in the Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks finale at Farmer City Raceway.
Key notes: Richards scored his 62nd career World of Outlaws victory, his fourth of the 2016 season. ... Dakota Ewing of Decatur, Ill., was the winner of the $2,000-to-win Crate Late Model event.
On the move: Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., advanced from the 18th starting position to finish eighth; Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., improved from the 22nd to 11th.
Winner's sponsors: Richards's No. 1 Rocket Chassis has an Andy Durham Racing Engine is sponsored by Ace Metal Works, Hoosier, Joy Global, Seubert Calf Ranches and Valvoline.
Points chase: Entering Sunday's event, Josh Richards topped the series standings with 876 points over Rick Eckert (782) and Shane Clanton (780).
Car count: 45
Fast qualifier: Billy Moyer Jr.
Time: 12.685 seconds
Polesitter: Scott Bloomquist
Heat race winners: Billy Moyer Jr., Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, Chase Junghans
Consolation race winners: Rick Eckert, Brian Shirley
Provisional starters: Brandon Overton, Chub Frank, Eric Wells, Jordan Yaggy
Next series race: April 8, Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

FARMER CITY, Ill. (April 3) — Edging ahead of race leader Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., on lap 19 of 75, fifth-starting Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., led the remaining distance to capture his second consecutive World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, earning a $21,000 payday in his Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks Illini 100 sweep.

Winning his heat race and redrawing to start inside the third row, Richards shot past front row starters Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., and Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., moving into the second-place spot on lap 14. Working the high side and using lapped traffic to his advantage, Richards overtook Moyer Jr. just five laps later, holding off Pierce’s late-race charge to score his first Farmer City Raceway series victory.

“If you would have told me we’d win both of them, I’d say you were crazy,” Richards said of his weekend sweep. “We’ve been really fast here in the past, we just haven’t been able to capitalize. I think we knocked bumpers off the last couple of years and lost power steering. The car’s been really fun to drive and I just didn’t want to mess it up. I tried to get a good pace early and once we were able to get a rhythm going, I tried to get to the lead as quick as I could.”

With second-running Pierce reeling in the race leader as the race neared the checkers, a lap-55 worked in Richard’s favor. Out of lapped traffic and into clean air, the three-time World of Outlaws champion went on to notch his 62nd career series victory

“I saw my guys kept closing their hands and it was hard to tell because we were boxed in lapped traffic,” Richards said. “It was good to see open track at the end. We were sliding in (turns) one and two more than I wanted to. But we were able to hold off and get a win. It was really cool.”

Fighting back late-race challenges from Bloomquist, Pierce held on to finish runner-up, with the Hall of Famer running third. Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., improved from his seventh-place starting spot to finish fourth, with Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., rounding out the top five.

“I was really catching Josh (Richards) and I think I might have went harder on tires than he did, so I was better on the long runs,” Pierce said. “But I was hoping that as long as I got to second on the restart I’d be OK, but then Scott (Bloomquist), right going into (turn) three came up on me a little bit. After that I was just of stuck behind him the rest of the way. I was trying to get back by him, but to pass Scott once is hard. To pass him twice, that’s just unheard of. I tried my best and we’ll take second.”

Making the long drive from East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City following the conclusion of Saturday’s Lucas Oil Series action, Bloomquist picked up his third top-five finish of the weekend. The haul to Illinois was worth the trip, he said.

“We’re just continually working on our car, trying different things and trying things in different conditions,” Bloomquist said. “Right now, we really couldn’t race enough. I’m not sure yet, but I think we might have went a little too hard on tires. The car wasn’t bad, we just picked up a little push after we run a little bit. We’re satisfied, I guess. We just have to get back to work."

Notes: The race was slowed by two cautions. ... The first yellow flag waved on lap 37 when sixth-running Chase Junghans spun in turn four. … Ryan Unzicker drew a caution on lap 55 when he slowed on the backstretch. ... Boom Briggs hit the turn-three tire barrier during time trials, heavily damaging his car and injuring his wrist. … Along with Bloomquist, fifth-place finisher Brandon Sheppard also made the trip from East Alabama to enter Sunday’s event.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bloomquist, Pierce
Row 2: Mahoney, Moyer Jr.
Row 3: Richards, Junghans
Row 4: Marlar, Clanton
Row 5: Sheppard, Unzicker
Row 6: Feger, Moyer
Row 7: Coulter, Heckenast
Row 8: Erb, Casebolt
Row 9: Eckert, Shirley
Row 10: Bagley, Zeigler
Row 11: Simpson, Gilpin
Row 12: Overton, Frank
Row 13: Wells, Yaggy

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