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October 21, 2018 - Josh Richards Enters Dirt Track World Championship; Wraps Up the 2018 Season
1Josh Richards put a wrap on the 2018 season over the weekend by taking his Best Performance Motorsports #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model into battle in the 38th annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio).

With a double-heat race format in effect, Richards finished fourth and second in his respective heats to earn enough passing points to lock him into the fifth-starting spot for Saturday's 100-lap finale. Unfortunately, as has been the theme lately, rain intervened and forced the finale to be postponed to Sunday afternoon.

When the $100,000 finale went green on a very cool Sunday afternoon, Richards began working his way forward in the Top 5. By lap 15 he began challenging Brian Shirley for the lead, and on lap 22 he finally took control of the top spot. Once out front Josh never looked back as he led the remainder of the finale to score his second-straight win in the crown jewel event.

The victory marked his fourth overall of the 2018 campaign.

Richards was elated in Lucas Oil Victory Lane, "It's an emotional day. I want to thank everyone at Best Performance Motorsports, especially Eric and Kelly Brock for giving me this opportunity. I'd also like to give a huge thank you to Randall Edwards, this is the third straight year that he has been the DTWC winner's crew chief. The same goes to Brad Ramsey, I'd like to thank him for working so hard all year long. I know there was a little rough stretch during the summer, but they kept working hard and kept their heads up. To win the first and the final race of the year I have to thank my dad [Mark Richards] and all my sponsors."

Josh finished second in the final LOLMDS 2018 standings behind only Jonathan Davenport. For full results from the weekend as well as the complete final series' standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

October 13, 2018 - Josh Richards Wins in $10,000 World 100 Prelim; Finishes Seventh in Coveted Finale
1Josh Richards ended his winless streak on a cool Saturday afternoon at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio). The pilot of the Best Performance Motorsports #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model picked up the $10,000 payday in a preliminary feature for the 48th annual World 100. (Heath Lawson photo)

After seeing Friday night's preliminary program postponed to Saturday afternoon by rain, Josh hit the ground running by qualifying third fastest in his group. With the Top-4 starters inverted in each heat race, Richards surged to the lead in the closing laps to score the win.

The feature redraw found Josh pulling the second-starting position for his 25-lap prelim. In the main event, Richards jumped to the lead as the race went green and never looked back on his way to the $10,000 victory, which marked his third triumph of the 2018 season. He was followed across the line by Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Don O'Neal, and Earl Pearson Jr.

Saturday night would find Josh starting third in his heat race. He ran in the Top-5 early in the event before retiring with handling issues. Via being the high point driver in preliminary action, he received the 19th starting spot for the 100-lap, $51,000-to-win finale. Josh raced around mid-pack throughout the event before surging late to a seventh-place finish.

For full results from the weekend, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

October 6, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Finishes Fifth in the 30th annual Pittsburgher 100
1The Pittsburgher 100 brought the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) to Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Friday night as preliminary action for the 30th annual Pittsburgher 100.

With 32 Super Late Model entries on hand Josh Richards recorded a runner-up finish in his heat race on Friday evening, which locked him into the sixth-starting spot for Saturday night's 100-lap finale.

Mother Nature would push the $20,000-to-win finale to Sunday afternoon. With tire wear on the mind for teams and their drivers, Josh conserved his equipment. He enjoyed a solid performance in the grueling event, which was held in extremely warm, day-time conditions. Richards registered a fifth-place finish behind Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr. and Jonathan Davenport.

Josh continues to sit second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.