5-time national late model champion plans to step away
Josh Richards is a 5-Time National Champion in the world of dirt late model racing. On Friday, the driver announced he plans to step away from full-time racing.
Hear from Josh Richards below.
The 34-year-old be hanging up the helmet for the “foreseeable future” per a team release. However, he does intend to race a part-time schedule later on.
Richards’ most recent championship came with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (2017). He’s only a four World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016).
Between 2011-2012 Richards also ran a number of NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Truck Series races. His best Truck finish was 13th at Talladega in 2012.
Josh Richards comments
“It was not an easy decision to make, but I knew it was time for a change,” explained Richards. “I’ve raced full-time since I was a teenager and I’m ready to do something different with my life.”
Josh is the son of Mark Richards who owns Rocket Chassis.
“I don’t have the desire to race a full-schedule again,” said Richards. “But, I wouldn’t be opposed to racing for fun a few times a year if the right opportunity presented itself.”
Richards remains the youngest winner with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
“I’ve been blessed to accomplish all that I have in my career,” said Richards.
He added, “I give all the glory to God. I want to thank my family, friends, teams, crew and sponsors for giving me an opportunity to race and be competitive. I also want to express my thanks to my family and my wife, Andrea for their love and encouragement”
Richards added, “I want the fans to know how much I’ve appreciated their support. I have enjoyed getting to meet so many new people throughout the years and I will cherish their friendships forever.”