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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 11, 2017) - Josh Richards’ maiden season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officially came to a close Friday night with the annual Awards Gala at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where he was awarded the Championship title.

The 29-year-old, Shinnston, WV native was rewarded with a $75,000 points-fund check, along with a $10,000 bonus from Sweet Manufacturing. Other awards claimed by the 2017 National Champion include: Eibach Springs Most Heat Race Wins ($500), Midwest Sheet Metal Points Leader Spoiler Challenge ($1,000), Simpson Most Top Five Finishes ($500), and the Sunoco Race for Gas ($3,000).

Richards and the Best Performance Motorsports team ended their banner season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with 10 wins, 28 top-fives, 38 top-ten performances and collecting a total of $415,050 in earnings.

“I’m so blessed to be able to do what I love,” said Richards. “I’d like to thank Eric [Brock] for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. “Without so many great people putting their faith in me, none of this would be possible. The team … Randall [Edwards] and Tyler [Nevins] and everyone involved with this the team, it means more to me to win it for them than it does for myself. I’m happy for all of them.”

Richards’ #1 entry is sponsored by: Bulk Material Lift.com, Corey Frazer-State Farm Insurance, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, Ultimate Firepit, Sunoco Race Fuels, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, and Valvoline.

Richards, who will drive for Best Performance Motorsports again in 2018, is ready to return to action. “I’m just ready to go race,” Richards said. “We’re not putting any pressure on ourselves. It’s the same as this year – just go out and race and try and get better each and every day.”

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Hudson O’Neal received the 2017 Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year - Presented by Hot Rod Processing award. Seventeen-year-old O’Neal, the son of former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Don O’Neal, finished ninth in the overall Championship Standings during his first-ever year on a national tour.

O’Neal completed his first season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series totaling 7 top-five finishes and 17 top-ten performances. In addition to his $10,000 in prize money, O’Neal received product certificates from: AR Bodies, Earnhardt Technologies Group, FAST Shafts, Keyser Manufacturing, Performance Bodies, QA1, and Wrisco Industries.

“Todd Burns has given me the world,” said an emotional O’Neal. “What an accomplishment this is for me and my team. It’s an honor to be standing on this stage in front of the best drivers in the world. I want to thank all my competitors for their advice, their support, and allowing me to live my dream. I am excited to be back with this team and chase the Lucas Oil tour in 2018.”

O’Neal attributes his success this season to the support of his sponsors, which include: Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Tarpy Trucking, Sub-Surface of Indiana, West Side Tractor Sales Co, Kimball Midwest by Krissie, Mark Martin Automotive and Penske Racing Shocks.

Other awards presented included:
ASi Racewear Crown Jewel Cup - Presented by DirtonDirt.com: Tim McCreadie ($10,000)
Bad Boy Mowers TV Race Challenge - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs: Tim McCreadie ($10,000)
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Year: Rocket Chassis ($1,000)
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year: Durham Racing Engines ($1,500)
DirtonDirt.com Cash Clip of the Week: Tim McCreadie ($2,000)
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Year: Scott Bloomquist ($500)
Simpson Most Top Five Finishes: Josh Richards ($500)
Midwest Sheet Metal Point Leader Spoiler Challenge: Josh Richards ($1,000)
Eibach Springs Most Heat Race Wins: Josh Richards ($500)
Miller Welders Most Fast Time Awards: Scott Bloomquist ($500)
Sunoco Race Fuels Show-Me 100 Bonus: Earl Pearson Jr. ($2,000)
Sunoco Race Fuels Race For Gas: Josh Richards ($3,000)
Wrisco Most Feature Wins: Scott Bloomquist ($1,000)
PFC Brakes Most Pole Awards: Tim McCreadie ($500)
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year: Randall Edwards ($1,000)
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Year: Dennis Erb Jr. ($500)
Mike Swims Award of Excellence: Ritchie Lewis

Lucas Oil Final Championship Standings:

1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 8345 $415,050
2 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 8280 -65 $356,050
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 8230 -115 $307,925
4 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 7675 -670 $195,935
5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 7665 -680 $197,865
6 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 7495 -850 $163,950
7 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 7400 -945 $167,145
8 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 6985 -1360 $128,600
9 71 Hudson O'Neal ® Martinsville, IN 6915 -1430 $131,810
10 22 Gregg Satterlee ® Rochester Mills, PA 6795 -1550 $142,835
11 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 6610 -1735 $91,640
12 99 Boom Briggs ® Bear Lake, PA 5910 -2435 $71,600

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2017 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Bad Boy Mowers - "The Official Mower" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dunn Benson Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange - “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
K&N Engineering - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Racing TV - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV Motorsports Network - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Miller Welders - "The Official Welder" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Nitro-Bee PLUS - "The Official Race Receiver" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ProtectTheHarvest.com - "Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Ram Mounts - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
RhinoAg - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Rugged Radios - “The Official Communications” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Safecraft - "The Official Fire Suppression System" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Spray Nine - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
United Rentals - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Wrisco Aluminum - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Zotto - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, Capital Race Cars, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Simpson Race Products, Sweet Manufacturing, Wallace Engines, WELD Racing, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

About Lucas Oil Racing TV

The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you've never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports - from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won't see anywhere else! But that's just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists... from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it's available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

About MAVTV Motorsports Network

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it's on MAVTV...MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

2020 Championship Points

Points as of 7/25/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)5250
2ndJonathan Davenport (#49)4950
3rdJosh Richards (#14)4810
4thTyler Erb (#1T)4785
5thTim McCreadie (#39)4730
6thKyle Bronson (#40B)4590
7thDevin Moran (#9)4550
8thShane Clanton (#25)4510
9thBilly Moyer (#21)4335
10thTanner English (#81E)4240

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