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May 28
Tyler County Speedway,
Middlebourne, WV
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Jackpot 100) - $8,000
Information provided by: Series and staff reports (last updated May 29, 7:11 am)
Richards dominates in Tyler's Jackpot 100 opener
Jackpot 100
  1. Josh Richards
  2. Steve Casebolt
  3. Derek Doll
  4. Shane Clanton
  5. Robbie Scott
  6. Chris Ferguson
  7. Rick Eckert
  8. Eric Wells
  9. Zack Dohm
  10. Devin Moran
  11. Brian Shirley
  12. Billy Moyer Jr.
  13. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  14. Chase Junghans
  15. Brandon Overton
  16. Morgan Bagley
  17. Tyler Erb
  18. Mike Benedum
  19. Kyle Thomas
  20. Joey Coulter
  21. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  22. Chub Frank
  23. Tim Dohm
  24. Rick Williams
presented by
Zach Yost
Josh Richards led all 40 laps Saturday at Tyler County Speedway.
What won the race: Polesitter Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., dominated in leading all 40 laps of the Jackpot 100's opening event at Tyler County Speedway. He earned $8,000 and took the checkered flag 4.864 seconds ahead of runner-up Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind.
Key notes: Richards swept both legs of the Jackpot 100 weekend in 2015; the victory was the 64th of his career with the World of Outlaws. ... The race was slowed by one caution flag on lap 18. ... Sixth-place finisher Chris Ferguson debuted a new XR1 Rocket Chassis. ... Tyler County is the lone West Virginia oval to host the tour this season. ... Action continues Sunday with the $10,000-to-win Jackpot 100 finale.
On the move: Casebolt started eighth and came home in the runner-up position; Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., started 21st and rallied forward to ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Richards pilots his father's Rocket Chassis House Car powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Ace Metal Works, Hoosier Racing Tire, Joy Global, Seubert Calf Ranches and Valvoline.
Points chase: Entering the holiday weekend, Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., was in command with a 142-point edge over defending series champion Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga.
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Josh Richards
Time: 12.719 seconds
Heat race winners: Josh Richards, Steve Casebolt, Chris Ferguson, Derek Doll
Consolation race winners: Chase Junghans, Kyle Thomas
Provisional starters: Chub Frank, Frank Heckenast Jr.
Next series race: May 29, Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, WV) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Brendan Capria
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series

MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. — Josh Richards dominated Saturday’s Jackpot 100 weekend at Tyler County Speedway as the Shinnston, W.Va., driver scored a home-state victory on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.

“They’ve done a great job with this race track,” said Richards, who earned $8,000 for his sixth series victory of the season. “You could race all over it. … I’ve never seen that track like this before. But, it was a lot of fun. I want to thank all the fans for coming out, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

Sunday is when Richards will try to duplicate his 2015 sweep at the bullring and notch his second weekend sweep of the WoO season to match April’s feat at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway.

Richards, the driver of the famed No. 1 Rocket Chassis house car, took the checkers ahead of fellow Rocket drivers Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., and Derek Doll of Greenwood, W.Va., while reigning series champion Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was fourth. Robbie Scott of Shinnston finished fifth.

Richards was consistent all night, setting fast time and winning the first heat before leading the 24-car field to the green flag. He kept rolling in the main event, too, leading all 40 laps, and opening his lead to nearly a two-second margin by halfway.

He kept a buffer of lapped cars between his car and his closest pursuers, though the eighth-starting Casebolt got a crack at the lead on a lap-22 restart. But Richards denied Casebolt and everyone else in heading for the checkered flag.

“We’re happy to be here, happy to get second,” said Casebolt, who credited his tires for the strong performance. “We’ve been struggling, and we know we’re a better team than what our performances have been. I guess that’s what has kept us going. We just kept trying.”

In the final 17 laps, Richards used the congestion on the track again to open up a 1.671-second lead and took the checkers ahead of Casebolt and Doll, who called the strong run in the national touring event a “dream come true.”

“What’s crazy about it is I shouldn’t be disappointed (with third), but I kind of do,” Doll said. “Maybe making the mistake and taking the bottom on the restart … just wasn’t sure what to do. You have to be ready: Josh takes off on those restarts and I was lagging back a little I guess.”

Clanton, who won the previous night’s event at Ohio’s Moler Raceway Park in his Capital Race Car, was the only non-Rocket driver in the top five.

“I’m just happy to see these [Rocket] guys up front,” Richards said, “as much as I am to be up here winning.”

Feature lineup

Row 1: Richards, T. Dohm
Row 2: Doll, Scott
Row 3: Clanton, Wells
Row 4: Ferguson, Casebolt
Row 5: Eckert, Moyer Jr.
Row 6: Carrier, Moran
Row 7: Erb, Overton
Row 8: Shirley, Benedum
Row 9: Junghans, Thomas
Row 10: Z. Dohm, Bagley
Row 11: Coulter, Williams
Row 12: Frank, Heckenast

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