Richards gets Speedweek victory at Winchester
WINCHESTER, Va. (June 8) — Starting outside the front row, Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., raced to a 40-lap Appalachian Mountain Speedweek victory at Winchester Speedway for a $5,000 payday. Richards edged away from polesitter and early leader Jeremy Miller of Gettsyburg, Pa., beginning on the fourth lap, then kept Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., at bay in the race's late stages. | Slideshow
Francis settled for second after a late battle with sixth-starting Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, Pa., while hometown driver Ronnie DeHaven Jr. was fourth. Miller, the previous night's Speedweek winner at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, faded to fifth on a night when the weeklong miniseries drew 47 Super Late Models. The event was slowed by cautions on laps 2 and 33, the latter when Tommy Armel and Jason Covert got together.
Appalachian Mountain Speedweek @ Winchester: (1) Josh Richards, (2) Steve Francis, (3) Gary Stuhler, (4) Ronnie DeHaven Jr., (5) Jeremy Miller, (6) Austin Hubbard, (7) Andy Anderson, (8) Jason Covert, (9) Jamie Lathroum, (10) Booper Bare, (11) Walker Arthur, (12) Frankie Plessinger, (13) D.J. Myers, (14) J.T. Spence, (15) Rob Blair, (16) Tommy Armel, (17) Jim Yoder, (18) Jeff Rine, (19) Mike Lupfer, (20) Kenny Pettyjohn, (21) Keith Jackson, (22) Dan Stone, (23) Nathan Durboraw, (24) Tony Crim, (25) Darryl Hills. Fast qualifier (among 48 cars): Richards, 15.25 seconds. Heat race winners: Richards, Francis, Stuhler, Lupfer. Consolation winners: Rine, Jackson.
Correction: Fixes starting spots for Richards; other lap-count fixes.