Team: Clint Bowyer Racing
Date of Birth: March 22, 1988
Hometown: Shinnston, W.Va.
Marital Status: Wife (Andrea)
Pets: Cats (Buck and Sweetie Pie), Horses (Gunner and Solay), Dog (Burley)
Hobbies: Spending time with family and pets, fishing, video games
Over 170 Dirt Late Model wins across multiple racing series with 100 of the victories coming in Lucas Oil and World of Outlaws Races
Five-Time National Champion
Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion (2017) and Four-Time World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion (2009,2010, 2013, 2016)
Only driver in World of Outlaws Late Model history to win an unprecedented four championships in the Series.
Finished first or second in Series points the last nine full seasons
Youngest winner in World of Outlaws Late Model Series history
Youngest driver to win Rookie of the Year honors in World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Holds the Record for the most Feature wins in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Sereis with 76 victories
All-time leader in World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Fast-Time Awards and heat race wins
Born into a racing family, Josh Richards’ need for speed began very early. At just the young age of six, Richards began driving pack cars at his family’s Interstate 79 Speedway on weekends. Barely able to see over the pack car’s dashboard, Richards sat atop foam padding as he dreamt of someday being in command of a dirt late model and even one day winning a Championship. After school he also spent time working with his father, Mark Richards at the family-owned race shop Rocket Chassis.
When Richards hit his teenage years, he began to seriously consider making a career out of driving a race car. With absolutely no racing experience, and considered older by industry standards, Richards climbed inside of a dirt late model at 15 years of age. It didn’t take long for the teenager to begin making a name for himself. In his first full season in 2005, Richards became the first driver in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series to win the Rookie of the Year Award and a Feature race in the same season. From there, his career exploded.
Since, Richards has gone on to collect over 160 dirt late model Feature victories, won a record-setting four World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championships (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016) and captured one Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship (2017) in just his first full-season in the Series
2018 marked Richards’ second season driving for Best Performance Motorsports and the defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion finished second in the year-end point standings. He collected four victories, including the season ending $100,000-to-win Dirt Track World Championship in Portsmouth, Ohio.
This year will be Richards’ 16th year competing on a national touring level and third in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. In 2019 Richards will have a new look as he will step behind the wheel of No. 14 PEAK, iRacing Ford for Clint Bowyer Racing. The Ohio resident is scheduled to compete in more than 65 Feature events across the United States this season.