Richards Scores at Fayette Co.

Josh Richards Scores Summer Nationals Win at Fayette County

The series returns to action on Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

BROWNSTOWN, Ill. – July 1, 2016 – Josh Richards battled Brian Shirley to score his first-career Summer Nationals victory on Friday night at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill.

Richards took the the quick time award earlier in the night and started the feature in third. Polesitter, Tyler Erb, coming off a career-best World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finish at Rockford Speedway, came into the night with momentum.

Erb led the field early, but it was Shirley and Richards who battled forward, both drivers swapping the lead on several occasions. Richards though edged past Shirley on lap 35 for the final time and built an insurmountable lead down the stretch.

“It feels really good,” Richards said. “These guys are extremely tough in this area and we’re kind of outsiders coming in… It was fun to go out there and race side-by-side with Shirley.”

Series points leader Bobby Pierce rounded out the night in 14th.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues to roll Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.  

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Fayette County Speedway; Brownstown, Ill.


A-Main: 1. Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV), 2. Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL), 3. Frank Heckenast Jr (Frankfort, IL), 4. Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR), 5. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 6. Steve Casebolt (Richmond, TN), 7. Tyler Erb (New Waverly, TX), 8. Chase Junghans (Manhattan, KS), 9. Tanner English (Benton, KY), 10. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 11. Timothy Culp (Sheridan, AR), 12. Brandon Overton (Evans, GA), 13. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 14. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL), 15. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO), 16. Michael Kloos (Trenton, IL), 17. Tim Manville (Troy, IL), 18. Shane Clanton (Fayetteville, GA), 19. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO), 20. Shannon Babb (Moweaqua, IL), 21. Rodney Melvin (Benton, IL), 22. Billy Moyer Jr (Batesville, AR). Hard Charger: Jason Feger.


2016 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule


Date Day Track Winners
Northern Kickoff      
June 15 Wednesday Brownstown Speedway Rain/Cancelled
June 16 Thursday Kankakee Co. Speedway Bobby Pierce
June 17 Friday Cedar Lake Speedway Billy Moyer
June 18 Saturday Cedar Lake Speedway Billy Moyer (2)
June 19 Sunday Wilmot Speedway Bobby Pierce (2)
Heartland Tour      
June 20 Monday OFF  
June 21 Tuesday Jacksonville Speedway Bobby Pierce (3)
June 22 Wednesday Farley Speedway Rain/Cancelled
June 23 Thursday Spoon River Speedway Dennis Erb Jr.
June 24 Friday Tri-City Speedway Bobby Pierce (4)
June 25 Saturday Fairbury Speedway Brandon Sheppard
June 26 Sunday Tri-State Speedway Bobby Pierce (5)
Southern Tour      
June 27 Monday OFF  
June 28 Tuesday Clarksville Speedway Ryan Unzicker
June 29 Wednesday Belle-Clair Speedway Bobby Pierce (6)
June 30 Thursday Springfield Raceway Rain/PPD
July 1 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway Josh Richards
July 2 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55  
July 3 Sunday Lincoln Speedway  
Independence Week      
July 4 Monday LaSalle Speedway  
July 5 Tuesday Daugherty Speedway  
July 6 Wednesday Peoria Speedway  
July 7 Thursday Macon Speedway  
July 8 Friday Farmer City Speedway  
July 9 Saturday Highland Speedway  
July 10 Sunday Quincy Raceways  
Champions Week      
July 11 Monday OFF  
July 12 Tuesday Plymouth Speedway  
July 13 Wednesday Shadyhill Speedway  
July 14 Thursday Merritt Speedway  
July 15 Friday Oakshade Raceway  
July 16 Saturday Oakshade Raceway  


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