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Untouchable--Richards Scores Win in "The Tribute to Don & Billie Gibson"

Saturday, May 29, 2021
Josh Richards was the class of the field in Friday nights "Tiribute to Don & Billie Gibson" at the Lucas Oil Speedway. Photo Credit: Lloyd Collins FastTrack Photos

Wheatland, MO (May 28, 2021) – It was a late night on Friday at the Lucas Oil Speedway, but when the final checkered flagged dropped shortly after 2AM Saturday morning on the “Tribute to Don & Billie Gibson”, it was Josh Richards standing on top in Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Victory lane. 

Action for day number two of the 29th Annual Show-Me 100 weekend was action packed following the postponement of Thursdays program which forced officials to run back to back shows on Friday night. Ricky Thornton Jr. set the Illini Racing Supply Fast Time of the night in qualifying with a lap of 14.931 seconds, but it was Brian Shirley and Scott Bloomquist leading the field to the green from the front row.

From the on-set it was Shirley taking to the point from his DirtonDirt.com pole position over Bloomquist. Josh Richards would roll off from the sixth spot on the grid and wasted little time positioning himself into contention for the race lead. By lap six, the driver of the Clint Boyer Racing # 14 had positioned himself at the point and quickly began to pull away from the field in the 40 lap main event. 

With Richards in command, Shirley and Bloomquist would go door-to-door for the runner-up spot with Bloomquist taking the position with 26 to go. The battle for second also allowed Shane Clanton to work his way into the mix, setting up a battle for podium position as the leaders caught lapped traffic just before the half-way point.

As the field completed lap 20, Ryan Gustin slowed on the front stretch and bought the field under the first StopTech Brakes caution of the race. On the restart, Bloomquist and Shirley would continue their battle for second as yet again Richards proved to be too much, quickly pulling away from the pack. Clanton would finally make his move for the runner up spot with just 14 laps to go.

On lap 27, the nights second caution would wave when 8th and 9th running Hudson O’Neal and Chase Junghans collided in turn one and two. Junghans would retire from the main event, while O’Neal would work his way back up to 14th at the finish. The nights final caution would wave with just five laps to go, when Rick Eckert slowed on the race track with a flat left rear tire. 

The final five laps would be all Richards, as he was able to cruise to a 2.265 second victory over Clanton, scoring his second career win at the Lucas Oil Speedway along with the $6,000 pay day. Chris Ferguson who had issues following hot laps and missed time trials was able to charge from his 23rd spot on the grid to third at the line, easily collecting the Casey’s Hard Charger of the race award. Brandon Sheppard would finish in fourth while Kyle Bronson cracked the top five at the line to finish fifth.

“This team deserves to be up front,” stated Richards following his preliminary night victory. “We feel like we have been off the last couple of years from where I really want to be. I feel like if we can get some momentum, we can build on this. I was a little concerned with those late yellows, I feel like the right rear tire kind of greased-up a little on that long run. I was a little conservative on the corner entry, but after a couple of laps I could widen out my line.”

Following his second place run Clanton said, “I really needed the longer runs more than I needed those cautions. Those cautions at the end really hurt me. Overall, it was a good night, and it should put us in a good-starting spot tomorrow night.”

 

Josh Richards (center) tops the podium on Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Shane Clanton (Left) was 2nd, followed by Chris Ferguson (Right) in third.
Josh Richards (center) tops the podium on Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Shane Clanton (Left) was 2nd, followed by Chris Ferguson (Right) in third. Lloyd Collins--FastTrack Photos

 

Show-Me 100: Saturday night will wrap up the weekend at the Lucas Oil Speedway with the running of the 29th Annual Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Drivers not yet qualified will try to race their way into the Crown Jewel event through “B” Features. Following the consolation events one more chance will remain for one driver to win their way into the big show by winning the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge Race. The winner of this annual event will have the opportunity to walk away with $2,500 or start shot-gun on the field and race for the Show-Me 100 win.

Lucas Oil Speedway Contingencies “Tribute to Don & Billie Gibson” 5/28/21
Entrants—58
Lap Leaders—Brian Shirley (1-5), Josh Richards (6-40) 
Stop Tech Brakes Cautions—Gustin (20), Junghans/O’Neal (27), Logan Martin (27), Eckert (35)
Casey’s “Hard Charger of the Race” – Chris Ferguson (+20)
DirtonDirt.com “Pole Award” – Brian Shirley
Dynamic Drivelines Crew Chief of the Race – Brian Leonberg
Gorsuch Performance Solutions “10th Place Finisher” – Earl Pearson Jr.
Hooker Harness "11th Place Finisher"—Mike Marlar
Illini Racing Supply “Fast Time Award” – Ricky Thornton Jr.
Midwest Sheet Metal "Points Leader Spoiler Challenge" –Tony Jackson Jr.
Performance Bodies "Performer of the Race" –Josh Richards
Racing Junk “Hard Luck Award” –Ryan Gustin
StopTech Brakes “6th Place Finisher”- Scott Bloomquist
Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” –
Swift Springs “Move of the Race”— Shane Clanton
Wrisco Feature Winner-- Josh Richards

Tribute to Don & Billie Gibson 40 Laps | 00:26:44.800
1. 14-Josh Richards[6]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton[5]; 3. 22F-Chris Ferguson[23]; 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard[10]; 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 6. 0-Scott Bloomquist[2]; 7. 39-Tim McCreadie[8]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 9. 20-Jimmy Owens[12]; 10. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[18]; 11. 157-Mike Marlar[19]; 12. 59-Garrett Alberson[20]; 13. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[13]; 14. 71-Hudson O'Neal[24]; 15. 36-Logan Martin[16]; 16. 25S-Chad Simpson[14]; 17. 18-Shannon Babb[9]; 18. 0E-Rick Eckert[22]; 19. 2S-Stormy Scott[15]; 20. 66C-Matt Cosner[17]; 21. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[21]; 22. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[11]; 23. 18J-Chase Junghans[7]; 24. 19R-Ryan Gustin[4]

B-Main 1 LINE-X 10 Laps | 00:03:33.703
1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 0E-Rick Eckert[2]; 3. 93-Mason Oberkramer[4]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]; 5. 94-Austin Rettig[6]; 6. 50-Kaeden Cornell[8]; 7. 99L-Scott Lewis[9]; 8. 43-Jeremy Grady[10]; 9. 7J-Jay Fields[12]; 10. (DNS) 15D-Justin Duty; 11. (DNS) 15L-Payton Looney; 12. (DNS) 7JR-Ryan Johnson; 13. (DNS) 11G-Gordy Gundaker

B-Main 2 UNOH 10 Laps | 00:04:14.227
1. 59-Garrett Alberson[1]; 2. 22F-Chris Ferguson[3]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 4. 41-Jeremiah Hurst[5]; 5. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck[7]; 6. 12C-Scott Crigler[6]; 7. 49T-Jake Timm[4]; 8. 15V-Kolby Vandenbergh[8]; 9. 11R-Justin Reed[10]; 10. 14M-Reid Millard[9]; 11. L88-Larry Clawson[11]; 12. (DNS) 7W-Cole Wells; 13. (DNS) 23-Cody Holtkamp; 14. (DNS) 00S-Jesse Stovall

B-Main 3 MyRacePass 10 Laps | 00:05:15.193
1. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O'Neal[3]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 4. 91P-Jason Papich[4]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[5]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]; 7. 32S-Chris Simpson[6]; 8. 55-Chris Kratzer[7]; 9. 3W-Brennon Willard[12]; 10. 78S-Steve Stultz[10]; 11. 44W-David Webster[11]; 12. 1X-Aaron Marrant[9]; 13. (DNS) 6H-Al Humphrey

Heat 1 Penske Shocks 8 Laps | 00:02:50.330
1. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 2. 18J-Chase Junghans[2]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[6]; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 6. 15D-Justin Duty[7]; 7. 15L-Payton Looney[3]; 8. 99L-Scott Lewis[9]; 9. 7JR-Ryan Johnson[8]

Heat 2 Summit Racing Equipment 8 Laps | 00:03:46.390
1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[1]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 4. 0E-Rick Eckert[5]; 5. 93-Mason Oberkramer[3]; 6. 94-Austin Rettig[6]; 7. 50-Kaeden Cornell[8]; 8. 43-Jeremy Grady[7]; 9. (DNS) 7J-Jay Fields; 10. (DNS) 11G-Gordy Gundaker

Heat 3 Simpson Race Products 8 Laps | 00:03:43.295
1. 25-Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[4]; 3. 66C-Matt Cosner[2]; 4. 59-Garrett Alberson[3]; 5. 22F-Chris Ferguson[10]; 6. 41-Jeremiah Hurst[5]; 7. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck[6]; 8. 14M-Reid Millard[7]; 9. L88-Larry Clawson[8]; 10. (DNS) 23-Cody Holtkamp

Heat 4 Ohlins Shocks 8 Laps | 00:03:45.374
1. 0-Scott Bloomquist[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 3. 25S-Chad Simpson[2]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[5]; 5. 49T-Jake Timm[6]; 6. 12C-Scott Crigler[9]; 7. 15V-Kolby Vandenbergh[4]; 8. 11R-Justin Reed[7]; 9. (DNS) 7W-Cole Wells; 10. (DNS) 00S-Jesse Stovall

Heat 5 Fast Shafts 8 Laps | 00:03:48.311
1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 3. 36-Logan Martin[4]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[3]; 5. 71-Hudson O'Neal[5]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 7. 55-Chris Kratzer[7]; 8. 1X-Aaron Marrant[8]; 9. 44W-David Webster[9]; 10. (DNS) 6H-Al Humphrey

Heat 6 Lucas Oil 8 Laps | 00:03:43.626
1. 14-Josh Richards[1]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[4]; 3. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 5. 91P-Jason Papich[7]; 6. 32S-Chris Simpson[6]; 7. 4G-Bob Gardner[5]; 8. 78S-Steve Stultz[9]; 9. 3W-Brennon Willard[8]