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Richards, in the Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis, Dargie-powered entry earned the outside front row for the main event after a last-lap pass on Austin Hubbard in a pivotal heat race number three.
"We made a lot of changes from last night, we worked our way back to seventh last night, so tonight was a whole lot better. The pass on Austin [Hubbard] on the final lap of that heat race was crucial. Davey [Johnson] started off good. We stayed right with him until we were able to get around him."
"Thanks to the team for a great job. That makes it two for four with Randall Edwards and all the other guys. I am grateful for this opportunity to drive this car. Thanks to Peoples National Bank, Valvoline, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, and Sunoco Race Fuels."
"I didn't know how many wins we could get down here. That's two already. I really couldn't see who was behind me. It felt like the car was leaning over there at the end. The tires might have been burned off I am not sure right now. We are still learning the communications between Randall and myself. It's always good to win here at East Bay." Said the 28-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
Dohm - a former winner at East Bay - was happy with his second-place finish. "To run second behind Josh Richards, it was a good night then. I love East Bay. I was way better tonight than I was last night. I hope the track stays like this all week. When you can hit the brown surface instead of that little sliver of black out there it sure makes for a better race," said the driver of the Dohm's Cycle, Swartz Chassis.
Hubbard's third-place run continues improvement for the driver who suffered through a tough 2016 season. "This was another good finish for us. I kept the car straight, and it gets better every night. I am getting back in the groove. We are on the podium, so it's one step closer to winning. Josh passed me on the last lap of the heat and that prevented me from starting on the front row. He ran a great race so congratulations to him and his team."
Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Hudson O'Neal, Michael Lake, Ricky Weiss, and Dennis Erb Jr.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lap Leaders: Davey Johnson (Laps 1-5); Josh Richards (Laps 6-25)
Cautions: Hudson O'Neal (Lap 2); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 4); Davey Johnson (Lap 8); Bob Gardner, Kenny PettyJohn, Gregg Satterlee, Greg Oaks, Frank Heckenast Jr., Steve Francis, Nick Davis, Ricky Weiss (Lap 8)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Greg Oakes, Mason Zeigler
Wrisco Winternationals Provisional: Corey Conley
Strawberry Dash Provisional: Gregg Satterlee
Wrisco Feature Winner: Josh Richards
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brent Larson (Started: 22nd; Finished: 12th; Advanced 10 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: n/a
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Ricky Weiss
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: n/a
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Josh Richards)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Tim Dohm (Lap #10 - 15.1295 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Josh Richards (20 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Davey Johnson
Time of Race: 30 minutes 7 seconds