Story By: ANDREA RICHARDS / JOSH RICHARDS RACING – HOUSTON, OH – Five-time National Champion Josh Richards announced on Friday that he will step away from full-time racing to pursue other opportunities effective immediately.
“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.”
Though Richards may be hanging up his helmet for the foreseeable future, he hasn’t ruled out running a few select races per year.
“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.”
During his illustrious career, Richards captured five National Championships. One Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Title (2017) and Four World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championships. (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016).
The 34-year-old driver is credited with over 170 Super Dirt Late Model wins across multiple racing Series, with more than 100 of those victories coming in World of Outlaws and Lucas Oil Series competition. Richards also holds the titles for All-time leader in World of Outlaws Series Fast-Time Awards and the youngest winner in World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
He is also the youngest driver to win a Championship and Rookie of the Year honors in World of Outlaws Late Model Series history.
“I’ve been blessed to accomplish all that I have in my career,” said Richards. “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. 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.”