Dave Richer; Feel Good Story Of The Year
July 26, 2017 (Fultonville, NY) Written By James A. Ellis Of Leader Herald Sports – As his team was preparing to go home after racing Sunday July 16th at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Dave Richer’s father, Ed, suffered a heart attack and passed away.
The team put the tragedy behind them and returned to the track Sunday night and watched as Dave recovered from an early race accident to drive from last to first to pick up the victory in the 20-lap Limited Sportsman main event at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
“I had to come from the back after getting wrecked there in turn one,” Richer said in Victory Lane. “I just stayed calm and collected and drove to the front. None of this would have been possible without my dad.”
Richer’s night started off with a decisive green to checkers victory in his heat race.
Vinny Visconti jumped out to the early lead in the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature with Kathy Bellen, John Linblade, Mike Kelly and Bobby Deleon in pursuit. the caution flew on the third lap when Kelly made contact with the third-turn wall.
On the restart Bellen got turned sideways in the first turn and collected Mike Jackson and Richer. Jackson was unable to continue and Richer went pitside with a flat left front tire, which he was able to change and return to the race. Bellen restarted the race but dropped out a lap later.
Visconti held onto the lead as Linblade and Deleon battled for the runner-up spot behind him.
ViscoNti’s night ended with six laps to go when the suspension broke in his car, knocking him out of the race and moving Linblade to the point with Deleon second, Gary DeRocher third and Richer fourth.
Richer got past DeRocher before contact between Deleon and Linblade sent both drivers spinning and bringing out the caution with four laps to go and Richer now the leader.
DeRocher could not get ahead of Richer on the restart as he pulled away for his first career limited sportsman feature win at The Ridge.
“I especially have to thank the sportsman car 76 team (Rick Quick),” Richer said. “If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have been able to get back on the track. He gave us a left front tire to use and I appreciate it.”
DeRocher held off Mike Block for the second-place finish.