Piloting Venturini Motorsports No. 15 Detroit Salt Company Toyota, driver Josh Richards notched a top-10 finish in his eighth career ARCA Racing Series effort on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. Qualifying sixth for the 100 lap event, Richards suffered tire troubles in the ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200.
Not letting early race tire woes stand in the way of a strong finish, Richards battled his way back on the lead lap by the halfway mark. Despite experiencing issues with tires, the 23-year-old racer was back where he belonged in the top-10 by lap 60.
As the leaders came in for pit stops under caution on lap 66, Richards chose track position and stayed out, restarting third on lap 72. With just five laps remaining, the race leader brought out the yellow flag. To pit road to change another flat left rear tire and make adjustments to his tight handling racecar, Richards returned to the field in 11th for the final restart. The green and white flags flew together and Richards drove his No. 15 Detroit Salt Company Toyota through the checkers in 10th.
“Despite the tire troubles we suffered throughout the race, I feel fortunate that we were able to salvage a top-10 finish. It was great to have the folks from Joy Mining Machinery and Detroit Salt Company there at the track to support me this weekend,” said Richards, “The car was tight throughout the race, and the tire troubles made it a struggle. We battled back though and settled for a 10th place finish. Thanks to the guys at Venturini Motorsports for all of their hard work this weekend.”
Richards’ next pavement race will be on July 7 at Kentucky Speedway where he’ll make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports and sponsor Joy Mining Machinery. Pairing with the reigning Camping World Truck Series owners champions, Richards is looking forward to a successful start in the NASCAR ranks. For live coverage of the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, tune to SPEED at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 7.
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