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Richards Falls One Position Short of Knoxville Late Model Nationals Sweep

Oct 01, 2013

SHINNSTON, W. Va (October 1, 2013) - Josh Richards came oh-so-close to pulling off a very ware sweep of the Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals.

After scoring back-to-back triumphs in 25-lap preliminary feature events last Thursday and Friday night at the famed Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, the 25-year-old driver from Shinnston, W.Va., made a serious bid for victory in Saturday night's 100-lap finale before earning his third career runner-up finish in the Nationals.

"We still had a phenomenal weekend and our guys did a great job," Richards said during Saturday's post-race press conference. "I'm just very competitive...and anytime you feel like you should've done something different to win the race, that's just part of it. I try to hide (the emotions) as much as I can, but it's still frustrating."

Richards started second in the 100-lapper behind the wheel of his Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car and led 18 of the first 19 laps before ceding the top spot. He rallied to regain command on lap 84, but a red flag on lap 94 for a multi-car accident produced a restart that saw Richards lose the lead and cross the finish line a few car lengths from the P1 spot.

Richards, whose preliminary feature wins pushed his overall 2013 win total to 15, was bidding to become just the second driver to sweep all three races that comprise the Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals, joining Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Billy Moyer, who accomplished the feat in 2010.

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