Richards Ready For Fayetteville Return
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — It should come as no surprise that Josh Richards is excited about the World of Outlaws Late Model Series returning to Fayetteville Motor Speedway for the first time since 2010 this Friday night (April 19).
With a sterling .667 career win percentage in WoO LMS competition at the four-tenths-mile oval, the 25-year-old star from Shinnston, W.Va., has a special affinity for the Tar Heel State track.
I’m definitely looking forward to going back to Fayetteville, said Richards, a two-time World of Outlaws champion and the national tour’s point leader. That place has treated us pretty good over the years. I’ve always had a lot of fun driving there.
Richards owns two victories in three career WoO LMS starts at Fayetteville, capturing 50-lap A-Mains in October 2008 and April 2010. He finished 23rd in his other appearance, in April 2009, but he was a contender throughout that race, running third until the final lap when leader Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., slowed with a flat tire and collected the innocent Richards as Jeff Smith of Dallas, N.C., roared to a dramatic win.
The pair of FMS triumphs were memorable for Richards, whose 41 career WoO LMS wins ranks him second on the circuut’s alltime list behind defending champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. (44).
The first time we won there we started 18th and had a real good car to get up through the field to the front, said Richards. It’s tough to win an Outlaw show anywhere when you start that far back, but we raced hard and definitely earned it. Thats a race I’m probably never gonna forget.
The second time we won (in 2010) we went a little softer on tires, gambled a little bit. One more lap and (Tim) McCreadie would’ve beaten us, but we had just enough tire left to hold on (to win by a mere 0.131 of a second).
Racing at Fayetteville clearly agrees with Richards, who is counting on another evening of competitive conditions when the WoO LMS goes 50 laps for $10,000 to win on Friday.
They did a great job getting the track better throughout the night both times we won, Richards said of FMSs surface-prep team. They gave us a great track to race on for the feature, and I’m sure they’ll do the same again this time.