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Richards Stakes Claim with 2009 INSSA Win

Kevin Richards posted the fastest qualifying lap of 13.393 to start the day off with INSSA point’s leader, Dave Garber and Corey Allard, second and third, respectively.

Courtesy: INSSA Media Relations

It’s been awhile since seeing victory circle, but Kevin Richards found his way there Saturday night, winning the INSSA 100 at State Line Speedway.  Richards posted the fastest qualifying lap of 13.393 to start the day off with INSSA point’s leader, Dave Garber and Corey Allard, second and third, respectively.


Jessie Taylor and Kit VanBuskirk led the inverted field to green, with Taylor jumping into the lead.  Jeff Little took over second place and started his pursuit of Taylor.  The two raced hard, as Jack Morse moved into third and Richards fourth.   Little got the lead on lap 13, as Morse and Richards followed into second and third.  Just a few laps later, Richards took the top spot.


As Richards now had smooth sailing, the battle heated up behind him.  Morse moved under Little for the pass, but Little liked the high groove.  The two battled side by side for the nearly 20 laps, as Garber, Allard and Fenton could only sit back and watch.  Morse came out on top and Garber followed him past Little.  Morse and Garber battled for the next several laps, with Garber getting by at nearly the half way point.  Allard was next to challenge Morse, as they raced hard for nearly ten more laps before Allard took over third.  A hard fought, emotional night for Morse, racing in the memory of Samantha Jones, a young Spokane woman killed in a tragic traffic accident last weekend in Montana. 


As he cruised through lapped traffic, Garber and Allard had plenty of ground to make up to catch to Richards.  A yellow for Dan Yonke, who spun on lap 62 with glowing brake rotors, slowed the field allowing Garber and Allard to make up some ground.  The race continued with several lapped cars between them and Richards.  Andrew Zimmer was the unfortunate victim in the next yellow flag, as tight racing saw lead lap cars of Allard and Fenton get sideways between turns three and four, collecting Zimmer in the melee. 


When racing resumed, Garber was glued to Richards’ rear bumper.  The next yellow flew at lap 87 as Kameron McKeehan went into the corner too deep and got into Taylor causing him to spin.   A little over 13 laps left for Garber to make any kind of move on Richards. 


At the end of the night, Garber gave him a run for his money, but Richards pulled a couple car lengths ahead for the win. Allard took the final podium spot in third, with Fenton and Morse rounding out the top 5.


The next racing action for INSSA is Saturday, September 19th at State Line Speedway for the 2009 Season Championship.

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