Richard, Harris race to championship
DAVENPORT — Driver Brian Harris of Davenport and car owner Lynn Richard of Mt. Pleasant were able to celebrate on Saturday as their racing team reached its season goal — Harris was named champion of the Deery Brothers Summer Series.
Harris had been leading in the point totals for months, and had a good lead by the time he got to the starting line of the last race. In fact, on Saturday, all he had to do was start the race in order to win the series.
The Davenport native not only started the race in his hometown, but he finished it in third place. He took the series by a 25-point margin and claimed the $5,000 prize.
“(Winning the series) was our goal last winter, and it feels nice to accomplish that,’ Richard said. “We had a nice time celebrating Saturday night.”
Harris got the chance to celebrate the win surrounded by many of his biggest fans.
“It ended in Davenport, so I had lots of friends, family and sponsors there,” Harris said.
Harris, who teamed up with Richard for the first time this year, ended up taking five wins in the 18-race series, building a lead that he was able to maintain in the last few weeks.
“In the last four to five races, we’ve been conservative,” Harris said. “We’ve been just trying to stay out of trouble. In Saturday’s race, I took a couple (conservative) laps, and then went on to race the regular way, and ended up in third. It was a good way to finish the series.”
The pair isn’t done yet, however. This week they’re looking ahead, as they’ll be racing at the Late Model Knoxville Nationals this weekend (Sept. 26-28), where Saturday night’s winner will claim a $40,000 prize.
Then it’s on to their season-ending race, the Liberty 100 at West Liberty Raceway, the following weekend.
But last weekend, they were happy just to enjoy the victory.
“Its awesome always when you keep a goal; to do it while racing with a new team is very gratifying,” Harris said. “I was just happy to be a part of it.”