Rice Repeats in Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence

Josh Rice

Union, KY (June 30, 2022) – Josh Rice repeated his winning performance from last year as the 23-year-old Kentucky native won his second consecutive Ralph Latham Memorial on Thursday night at Florence Speedway. With the $15,000 victory Rice becomes the 14th different winner this year with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

In the race that was originally scheduled for early May, but was rained out, Rice came from the ninth starting spot for the win grabbing the lead away from Earl Pearson Jr. on the 27th lap. Rice was never seriously challenged the rest of the way as he scored the win over Ricky Thornton Jr., Garrett Alberson, Jason Jameson, and Brandon Sheppard.

Pearson’s last Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win was at Florence in July of 2020 and tonight he stormed to the early lead ahead of Thornton and three-time Florence track champion, Robby Hensley. Rice made quick work of several drivers climbing to the second spot by the time the first caution of the race came out with 19 laps complete.

Rice stalked Pearson for the lead, passing the four-time series champion on lap 27. The lap was scored as a caution would come out for debris. Under the yellow Pearson pulled off the track after having his oil filter knocked off the car.

On the restart Rice immediately pulled away from Thornton and Alberson, leading the race by more than half a straightaway as he raced through traffic. Without the assistance of any caution flags over the last 33 laps of the race Thornton and Alberson could not get close enough to challenge Rice, as he would lap up to the top ten finishers by the time the checkers flew.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for his second straight year the reigning Spring 50 winner complimented the fans for their support. “I may not be any good anywhere else, but they can’t say I’m bad here. These fans make it so awesome to do it here. It’s so close to home. The fan base here is unreal. We fired off at the start and the car in three and four was great I kept throwing sliders until I took the lead. It’s unreal to do it in front of these fans. Thanks to Rick Jones, he gave us this ride in 2019 and I think he’s going to keep us around.”

“I really wasn’t sliding the car and I was saving the tires. When I got out in front, I thought man I got here awful quick and hopefully I didn’t burn my stuff up. I knew Earl was good. I knew if I could get out in front, I would be so much better. It was good thing it wasn’t 100 laps I was getting wore out. I got to where I couldn’t steer. It’s unbelievable we won this race two years in a row,” said Rice.

Thornton, who is still looking for his first series win of the 2022 season came home in second as he recorded his 11th top five finish of the year. “We had a good car and were pretty maneuverable out there. Congrats to Josh on the win; it’s no surprise how well he runs here.”

Alberson, who entered the night second in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie-of-the-Year of the chase rounded out the podium with his best career finish with the series. “We haven’t done well here in the past and to come home third against these guys, it also says a lot for this Roberts race team. We have had a really fast car and hopefully we can now get the finishes the team deserves.”

The winner’s Rick Jones-owned Rocket Chassis is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsored by Sunsesis Construction, Blox Spiked Ice, Extreme Sportswear, Integra Racing Shocks, Slicker Graphics, Maxwell Trucking, Stackt Enterprises, and ATC Site Construction.

Completing the top ten were Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Ashton Winger, Tim McCreadie, and Tyler Erb.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

36th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Florence Speedway – Union, KY

30 entries

LATE MODELS


A-Main: Ralph Latham Memorial (60 Laps): 1. 11R-Josh Rice[9]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[3]; 4. 12-Jason Jameson[13]; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard[14]; 6. 9-Devin Moran[6]; 7. 71-Hudson O’Neal[5]; 8. 89-Ashton Winger[18]; 9. 39-Tim McCreadie[11]; 10. 1T-Tyler Erb[15]; 11. 1G-Devin Gilpin[16]; 12. 11-Spencer Hughes[21]; 13. 16-Justin Rattliff[17]; 14. 18D-Daulton Wilson[20]; 15. 83-Scott James[19]; 16. 7-Ross Robinson[8]; 17. 17T-Tim Vance[24]; 18. 21H-Robby Hensley[4]; 19. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[2]; 20. 76-Brandon Overton[7]; 21. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[12]; 22. 15-James Rice[10]; 23. 18L-Trevor Landrum[22]; 24. 33AJ-Austin Lay[25]; 25. 4G-Kody Evans[23]

B-Main 1 FAST Shafts (12 Laps): 1. 16-Justin Rattliff[2]; 2. 89-Ashton Winger[9]; 3. 83-Scott James[7]; 4. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 5. 11-Spencer Hughes[5]; 6. 18L-Trevor Landrum[4]; 7. 4G-Kody Evans[3]; 8. 33AJ-Austin Lay[6]; 9. 17-Jeremy Creech[11]; 10. 28-PJ Simpson[12]; 11. 17T-Tim Vance[8]; 12. 8-Curt Addison[14]; 13. (DNS) 49-Jimmie Smith; 14. (DNS) 57-Shane Mugavin

Heat 1 Penske Shocks (10 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal[7]; 3. 11R-Josh Rice[5]; 4. 12-Jason Jameson[2]; 5. 18D-Daulton Wilson[6]; 6. 11-Spencer Hughes[4]; 7. 89-Ashton Winger[3]; 8. (DNS) 57-Shane Mugavin

Heat 2 Summit Racing Equipment (10 Laps): 1. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[5]; 5. 4G-Kody Evans[4]; 6. 83-Scott James[6]; 7. 17-Jeremy Creech[7]

Heat 3 Simpson Race Products (10 Laps): 1. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[2]; 2. 9-Devin Moran[1]; 3. 15-James Rice[3]; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 5. 16-Justin Rattliff[5]; 6. 33AJ-Austin Lay[6]; 7. 49-Jimmie Smith[7]; 8. 8-Curt Addison[8]

Heat 4 Ohlins Shocks (10 Laps): 1. 21H-Robby Hensley[1]; 2. 7-Ross Robinson[4]; 3. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[3]; 4. 1G-Devin Gilpin[2]; 5. 18L-Trevor Landrum[6]; 6. 17T-Tim Vance[5]; 7. 28-PJ Simpson[7]

Time Trials – Group A (2 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, 00:16.355[10]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton, 00:16.426[7]; 3. 12-Jason Jameson, 00:16.559[4]; 4. 58-Garrett Alberson, 00:16.613[6]; 5. 89-Ashton Winger, 00:16.627[8]; 6. 39-Tim McCreadie, 00:16.637[13]; 7. 11-Spencer Hughes, 00:16.688[11]; 8. 4G-Kody Evans, 00:16.742[3]; 9. 11R-Josh Rice, 00:16.823[12]; 10. 1T-Tyler Erb, 00:16.847[15]; 11. 18D-Daulton Wilson, 00:16.906[1]; 12. 83-Scott James, 00:16.923[9]; 13. 71-Hudson O’Neal, 00:17.126[5]; 14. 17-Jeremy Creech, 00:17.788[14]; 15. 57-Shane Mugavin, 00:19.210[2]

Time Trials – Group B (2 Laps): 1. 9-Devin Moran, 00:16.897[6]; 2. 21H-Robby Hensley, 00:16.919[2]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr, 00:16.937[8]; 4. 1G-Devin Gilpin, 00:16.940[3]; 5. 15-James Rice, 00:16.962[13]; 6. 5N-Dustin Nobbe, 00:17.027[1]; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 00:17.079[5]; 8. 7-Ross Robinson, 00:17.126[11]; 9. 16-Justin Rattliff, 00:17.269[15]; 10. 17T-Tim Vance, 00:17.416[9]; 11. 33AJ-Austin Lay, 00:17.481[7]; 12. 18L-Trevor Landrum, 00:17.667[14]; 13. 49-Jimmie Smith, 00:18.003[4]; 14. 28-PJ Simpson, 00:18.333[10]; 15. 8-Curt Addison, 00:18.885[12]

Hot Laps 1: 1. 58-Garrett Alberson, 00:15.752[6]; 2. 12-Jason Jameson, 00:15.835[4]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson, 00:15.886[1]; 4. 76-Brandon Overton, 00:16.087[7]; 5. 71-Hudson O’Neal, 00:16.130[5]; 6. 89-Ashton Winger, 00:16.155[8]; 7. 4G-Kody Evans, 00:16.157[3]; 8. 57-Shane Mugavin, 00:19.898[2]

Hot Laps 2: 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, 00:15.655[2]; 2. 11-Spencer Hughes, 00:15.731[3]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie, 00:15.749[5]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb, 00:15.988[7]; 5. 11R-Josh Rice, 00:16.199[4]; 6. 83-Scott James, 00:16.302[1]; 7. 17-Jeremy Creech, 00:16.698[6]

Hot Laps 3: 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 00:15.892[5]; 2. 46-Earl Pearson Jr, 00:16.042[8]; 3. 9-Devin Moran, 00:16.097[6]; 4. 21H-Robby Hensley, 00:16.111[2]; 5. 5N-Dustin Nobbe, 00:16.150[1]; 6. 1G-Devin Gilpin, 00:16.415[3]; 7. 33AJ-Austin Lay, 00:16.607[7]; 8. 49-Jimmie Smith, 00:18.097[4]

Hot Laps 4: 1. 18L-Trevor Landrum, 00:16.433[6]; 2. 15-James Rice, 00:16.454[5]; 3. 16-Justin Rattliff, 00:16.762[7]; 4. 28-PJ Simpson, 00:17.731[2]; 5. 8-Curt Addison, 00:17.897[4]; 6. 17T-Tim Vance, 00:59.998[1]; 7. 7-Ross Robinson, 00:59.999[3]

27 entries

MODIFIEDS


A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 25-Tyler Nicely[2]; 2. 4L-Victor Lee[3]; 3. 51B-Brandon Green[1]; 4. 66-Cole Falloway[4]; 5. 22H-Josh Harris[7]; 6. 9-Rick Corbin[8]; 7. 11H-Pete Holt[5]; 8. 12C-Caleb Burgess[11]; 9. 99B-Blake Brown[10]; 10. 97M-Matthew Morris[13]; 11. 21M-Jason Montgomery[14]; 12. 17S-Nick Snell[15]; 13. 8L-Jimmy Lennex[6]; 14. 79D-John DeMoss[17]; 15. 79C-Caleb DeMoss[20]; 16. 9S-Chris Shannon[21]; 17. 55R-Alyssa Rowe[18]; 18. 7C-Anthony Chaney[16]; 19. 10P-Larry Pickelheimer Jr[19]; 20. 1H-Ben Harmon[9]; 21. 15G-Richard Gibson[24]; 22. 49G-Billy Green[12]; 23. 7X-Matt Davidson[23]; 24. 85A-Greg Adams[22]

B Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 10P-Larry Pickelheimer Jr[1]; 2. 79C-Caleb DeMoss[2]; 3. 9S-Chris Shannon[3]; 4. 85A-Greg Adams[4]; 5. 7X-Matt Davidson[5]; 6. 15G-Richard Gibson[6]

Dash 1 (6 Laps): 1. 51B-Brandon Green[1]; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely[4]; 3. 4L-Victor Lee[2]; 4. 66-Cole Falloway[5]; 5. 11H-Pete Holt[6]; 6. 8L-Jimmy Lennex[3]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 22H-Josh Harris[1]; 2. 99B-Blake Brown[2]; 3. 97M-Matthew Morris[4]; 4. 7C-Anthony Chaney[3]; 5. 10P-Larry Pickelheimer Jr[6]; 6. 85A-Greg Adams[5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1H-Ben Harmon[1]; 2. 49G-Billy Green[2]; 3. 17S-Nick Snell[6]; 4. 55R-Alyssa Rowe[4]; 5. 9S-Chris Shannon[3]; 6. 52G-Colin Green[7]; 7. 15G-Richard Gibson[5]

Qualifying 1 (2 Laps): 1. 25-Tyler Nicely, 00:17.810[15]; 2. 4L-Victor Lee, 00:18.169[22]; 3. 51B-Brandon Green, 00:18.223[16]; 4. 66-Cole Falloway, 00:18.304[4]; 5. 11H-Pete Holt, 00:18.313[23]; 6. 8L-Jimmy Lennex, 00:18.498[27]; 7. 22H-Josh Harris, 00:18.509[19]; 8. 9-Rick Corbin, 00:18.514[6]; 9. 1H-Ben Harmon, 00:18.554[5]; 10. 99B-Blake Brown, 00:18.568[20]; 11. 12C-Caleb Burgess, 00:18.629[18]; 12. 49G-Billy Green, 00:18.716[25]; 13. XJR-Eric Shepherd Jr, 00:18.740[8]; 14. 21M-Jason Montgomery, 00:18.765[9]; 15. 9S-Chris Shannon, 00:18.779[3]; 16. 97M-Matthew Morris, 00:18.842[14]; 17. 79D-John DeMoss, 00:18.854[13]; 18. 55R-Alyssa Rowe, 00:18.928[21]; 19. 7C-Anthony Chaney, 00:18.991[24]; 20. 79C-Caleb DeMoss, 00:19.092[12]; 21. 15G-Richard Gibson, 00:19.118[11]; 22. 10P-Larry Pickelheimer Jr, 00:19.137[1]; 23. 39P-Earl Plessinger, 00:19.565[17]; 24. 17S-Nick Snell, 00:22.161[10]; 25. 85A-Greg Adams, 00:22.161[26]; 26. 7X-Matt Davidson, 00:22.161[2]; 27. 52G-Colin Green, 00:22.161[7]