MANSFIELD, Ohio — Josh Richards stormed to his second-straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win Sunday night at Mansfield Motor Speedway, dominating the series’ inaugural appearance at the recently-converted Ohio dirt track.
Richards took the lead at the start of the race and led every lap for the second night in a row, but behind Richards there was two-wide racing deep into the field for most of the 50-lap feature.
Gregg Satterlee out-dueled fellow Rookie of the Year contender Hudson O’Neal to take the second spot as he joined Richards on the podium for the second night in a row, while O’Neal — the 16-year-old son of former series champion Don O’Neal — made his first podium appearance with a third-place finish.
Completing the top five were Darrell Lanigan and Tim McCreadie.
Current LOLMDS point leader Scott Bloomquist started 11th and finished in sixth to maintain the series points lead.
“This is one awesome track,” said Richards after his fifth win of the season and 17th of his career. “I was fortunate enough to come here and run an ARCA race for Venturini Motorsports like seven years ago. To have another dirt track come onboard, you don’t see that very often. It’s cool to see them put the effort out and with such a facility like this it’s neat to win here.”
“I can’t thank the crowd and the track crew enough. I was a little skeptical from the races earlier this year on how the track conditions would be, but they did a phenomenal job getting the track worked in. The car moved around really well. I could pass cars pretty much at will, I had a few close calls, but other than that, the car was exceptional.”
The battle for second went on for several laps between Satterlee and Hudson O’Neal. Satterlee was finally able to clear O’Neal with a little more than 10 laps to go.
“It an awesome race, just glad to get on the podium two nights in a row,” said Satterlee. “They haven’t raced here a lot. Our hats are off to the promoter and everyone who put this show on tonight. There was a huge crowd here tonight. We always like racing in front of a big crowd … it’s always a lot of fun. We had a great car again, but we have some more tweaking to do to catch this green number 1 car.”
“Good job to Hudson, he’s only 16 and he is going to be a threat for years to come. I enjoyed racing with him side-by-side tonight, hopefully we can all get to do this again tomorrow night in Zanesville. This is a beautiful facility and we could race all over the track. I look forward to coming back.”
Hudson O’Neal was ecstatic at his first career LOLMDS podium finish.
“It was a blast out there,” the teenager said. “Congratulations to Josh on the win. I am just happy to be here and run inside the top three. I can’t wait to call my car owner Todd Burns and tell him; he is going to be so excited. It’s so much fun racing with all of these guys. It’s a whole team effort. I look to coming back here next year because (the track) races phenomenal.”
Full race results can be viewed on the next page…