By admin | May 17, 2011
By Richard Allen
It was announced on Tuesday that two-time and defending World of Outlaws Late Models champion Josh Richards has signed a deal that will put him in the driver’s seat of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The agreement will allow Richards to compete in eleven truck races throughout the remainder of this season while he will also defend his WoO title.
Richards has won eighteen WoO feature events over the course of the last two seasons on that tour. It was in those two most recent seasons that he won his championships.
The 23 year old Shinnston, West Virginia resident mostly drives dirt cars for his father, Mark Richards, who owns the Rocket Chassis company, which is one of the most successful brands in dirt late model racing. On occasion, Richards has also driven for long time motorsports owner Ernie Davis.
Richards first race for KBM will be at the Kentucky Motor Speedway on July 7th. His Toyota Tundra will be sponsored by Joy Mining Machinery, a company that produces and maintains underground mining machinery for the extraction of coal and other embedded minerals.
“I couldn’t be happier with this opportunity with Joy Mining Machinery and Kyle Busch Motorsports. The partnership with Joy Mining Machinery and KBM has great potential both on and off the track, and getting the chance to enter NASCAR with one of the best teams in the sport is a dream come true. KBM’s mission to win matches the approach I have when it comes to racing, and whether it’s on dirt or pavement, that mentality is the same,” said Richards, “I’m really looking forward to getting in a KBM Toyota Tundra at our first race under the Joy Mining Machinery banner at Kentucky Speedway in July.”
Richards has competed on a limited number of paved tracks during his career. He has participated in races on the K&N Pro Series as well as in ARCA.
The young driver has fancied a career in NASCAR since his earliest days in racing and has had brief associations with NASCAR related entities in the past. While driving for Ernie Davis his cars have been equipped with power plants supplied by Roush Yates Engines. And he has driven an ARCA car co-owned by Tony Stewart and Venturini Motorsports.
Richards is without question one of the top dirt late model drivers in the country. It will be interesting to see how quickly he can transition to bigger paved tracks. He will obviously have good equipment to work with and there is every reason to believe that with enough time to develop he can be successful in NASCAR.
I will be doing live updates from the Southern All Stars dirt late model race from the Cleveland(TN) Speedway Saturday night on TennesseeRacer.com. http://tennesseeracer.com/
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