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Local racer dominates Richmond Raceway Park opening night


Photo from Richmond Raceway Park

By Zac Bauer
Contributing Writer

RICHMOND - Michael Paul Howard, 24h, won first place in Richmond Raceway Park’s opening night on Saturday, April 6.

Michael Paul, 40, driver number 24h, from Salyersville, Kentucky, dominated the track on Saturday night’s 20-lap feature with an almost five-car lead, ahead of second-place driver Jimmy Crabtree.

Michael Paul began the night qualifying third, with a time of 16.6 seconds, just behind the first-place qualifier of 16.5 seconds. A very narrow margin. A redraw was needed for the top four positions in all classes and Michael drew second, giving him the outside poll.

From the time the green flag dropped until the checkered flag was waved, 24h appeared miles ahead of the competition, leading the way with what seemed like ease. Even after a few caution laps caused by a small accident on the tack, 24h rocketed back into a very strong lead. 

This was Michael Paul’s first win on the Richmond Raceway track. 

“I’ve had nothing but bad luck trying to race here, but tonight I finally got luck,” Michael said after the race. “I’d really like to thank my pit crew for their hard word, my family for being here to support me, and God for watching out for me.”

With what seemed like a casual Sunday drive, first place is great way to get a first win on this previously bad luck track.