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Rivalry Renewed: Lanigan & Richards Set To Face Off In 2015 As Richards Returns To Full-Time World of Outlaws Competition

National Tour's Two Winningest Drivers Both Hope To Become First Four-Time WoO LMS Champion In 2015.

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 27, 2015 - Josh Richards has no doubt that he's capable of claiming his fourth World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship in 2015. Darrell Lanigan is going to do everything in his power to keep that from happening and claim his own fourth WoO LMS title.

The two superstar drivers who have together dominated the series for much of the past seven years will renew their rivalry this season as Richards returns to full-time WoO LMS competition after sitting out nearly all of 2014 for medical reasons. Both Lanigan and Richards will begin their quests to become the national tour's first four-time champion with seven series events in Georgia and Florida between Feb. 6 and Feb. 21.

Even after missing all but the final two races on last year's WoO LMS, Richards, 26, of Shinnston, W.Va., is confident that he's ready to return to the top of the series in his first year back. But to do that he knows he'll likely have to overcome Lanigan, the 44-year-old Union, Ky., driver who dominated the tour in Richards' absence last season with a record-breaking 17 victories en route to his third series title.

"I feel like right now he definitely has the upperhand," said Richards, whose 49 career WoO LMS victories trails only Lanigan's 70 career wins. "Missing a whole year like I did, we're at somewhat of a disadvantage, but at the same time we expect to always perform at a high level. I know we'll be fine; I know what to expect; I expect to win races and contend for the championship."

If odds were set on favorites to claim the 2015 WoO LMS title, there's little doubt that Lanigan and Richards would top the list in some order. The two drivers have been the crème of the crop on tour for more than a half-decade in combining to win six of the last seven WoO LMS championships dating back to 2008 (the only other driver to win a series title during that span was Rick Eckert in 2011, when Richards was in position to win the championship until suffering a flat tire late in the season finale).

Even with Richards missing the majority of two seasons (along with missing most of 2014, Richards also only entered 13 races in 2012 while focusing on opportunities in pavement racing), he and Lanigan have combined to win a whopping 105 A-Mains out of the 282 contested since the beginning of the 2008 season. In the five years he's competed full time on tour since 2008, Richards has never finished outside of the top two in the championship chase, while Lanigan has never finished worse than third over those seven years.

But before last year, neither Lanigan nor Richards had a season quite like Lanigan's 2014 campaign. The veteran racer was virtually unstoppable on tour in racking up 17 A-Main wins to break his own single-season win record of 15 victories set in 2012.

While Richards is impressed by Lanigan's phenomenal season, he's excited for the chance to foil Lanigan's dominance by having his own great campaign in 2015.

"Last year I wasn't there to be a factor, but I feel like we definitely would've made it tougher," Richards said. "You never know, he still could've won the same amount of races if I had been there, but I'd like to think we would've won a few of those. But if someone's running well like that, I'm glad for them. That just means that I have to work harder and try to have an even better year myself."

Lanigan, meanwhile, is looking forward to welcoming Richards back on tour. But his return won't change Lanigan's approach.

"It'll be great for the series and for the fans having him back," said Lanigan, a regular on the WoO LMS since 2004. "They want to see good racing, and I'm sure Josh definitely adds some excitement. I'm looking forward to it. He's a good competitor.

"Everyone knows Josh will be right back in the hunt, but you've got to get up on the wheel and get it done no matter who you're racing against. Out there, everyone is just another competitor to me and I'm just trying to win races and win another championship."

Like Lanigan, Richards says he tends to focus on his own performance rather than aiming to beat any single competitor, but he knows he'll have to be at his best if Lanigan even comes close to matching his success of last year.

"I don't like to get caught up in any drama or keep up with statistics; I just like to go out and race hard no matter who I'm racing against," Richards said. "But with the way Darrell ran last year, yeah, we know he'll probably be one of the guys to beat - like always."

There's another aspect to the Lanigan-Richards rivalry that goes beyond the two drivers. With Lanigan's 2014 success coming in his new Club 29 Race Car, he helped dethron Rocket Chassis as the leading chassis brand on the WoO LMS. Rocket, which Richards' father Mark co-owns, claimed the tour's Chassis Builder of the Year Award every season since the WoO LMS modern era began in 2004.

As the Rocket house car driver and the son of the company's cofounder, Richards understands the importance of his race team performing well: winning races and winning championships helps Rocket maintain its status among the sport's elite chassis brands. He hopes to lead Rocket's campaign to reclaim the status as the tour's top performing chassis this season.

"People look at me and us as a team and they see Rocket Chassis," Richards said. "Without a doubt we definitely want them to see us winning races and winning championships.

"I've always had the pressure (of representing Rocket); it's not anything new because it's always been there in our situation. I'm just excited to get back at it and try to get everything back to where we're used to it being both for me and Rocket."

Lanigan, meanwhile, hopes to keep Club 29 at the top as he continues to expand his business at a near unbelievable rate.

"It's definitely started out well," said Lanigan, who launched Club 29 with renowned crew chief and car builder Ronnie Stuckey during the 2013-2014 offseason. "It's probably twice as busy as I ever thought we would be. We built like 60 cars last year and the way it's going it looks like we'll do at least that or more this year. I'm sure us running like we have and winning races is a big plus for that, so hopefully we can keep it up."

While it remains to be seen whether Lanigan or Richards or another one of the formidable WoO LMS regulars will rule the national tour in 2015, one thing is for sure: both Richards and Lanigan believe they have what it takes to win the series championship and in doing so become the first four-time series champion in WoO LMS history.

Having ran just a handful of races over the past year and some odd months, Richards is anxious to begin his bid for a fourth title when the tour launches its season-opening stretch of action in February.

"I'm beyond ready," Richards said. "Our goal is to win the championship as it always is and to win races. But for me, I just want to be able to get back and be able to compete. I know I can get dialed in and get back in the rhythm of things. I just need to get some laps under my belt. Without a doubt I'm ready to get down (to Georgia and Florida) and get started."

With his eyes set on another record-breaking performance, Lanigan is also ready to get the 2015 season underway.

"I honestly think we can go out and win another 17 races or even more," Lanigan said. "If I didn't think I could, I wouldn't go out there. Last year definitely was a phenomenal year, but we're going out again trying to break that record. We go to every race trying to win and that's not going to change. We'll keep doing that and try to break the record again."

Richards and Lanigan will join the rest of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series regulars and a number of new series hopefuls in opening the 2015 season with seven events in Georgia and Florida between Feb. 6 and Feb. 21. Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., kicks things off with two WoO LMS events during the Winter Freeze Feb. 6-7. Both events feature complete WoO LMS programs of time trials, heat races, last-chance races and $10,000-to-win A-Mains. More information about the Winter Freeze is available online at www.screvenmotorsports.com or by calling the track at 912-857-4884.

After Screven, action moves to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the Bubba Army Winter Nationals. The three-race event kicks off with a $5,000-to-win DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned race on Feb. 13, followed by back-to-back $10,000-to-win WoO LMS programs Feb. 14-15. Advance-sale tickets for the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals are available on-line at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or by calling the track office at 352-622-9400.

The February WoO LMS action wraps up with three events during the weeklong DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Three DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned programs will be contested Feb. 16-18 ahead of the three WoO LMS races Feb. 19-21. More information on the DIRTcar Nationals, including details on advance ticket packages and the 'FREE Fan Pit Pass With Every Ticket' promotion, can be obtained by visiting www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries.

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After Impressive Sophomore Campaign, Bagley Aims For Breakout Season On World of Outlaws Late Model Series In 2015

Texas Driver Prepares To Kick Off 2015 WoO LMS Season In February With Seven Events In Georgia & Florida

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 22, 2015 - Morgan Bagley could be headed for a breakout season on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Coming off one of the best sophomore seasons in WoO LMS history in 2014, the 28-year-old Texan has his eyes set on even more success as he prepares to launch his third year on the national tour with seven series events in Georgia and Florida between Feb. 6 and Feb. 21.

"It's gonna be tough just like always," said Bagley, an open-wheel modified graduate who last season became just the second driver in the WoO LMS modern era to follow his rookie season with a top-five points finish in his second year on tour. "But hopefully with the experience we've gained and the approach we're taking we'll just continue to get better. We've been working hard to get prepared and I'm really looking forward to it because I really think we're gonna have a good season."

Bagley of Longview, Texas, has plenty of reasons to be optimistic about his chances on the 2015 WoO LMS. After a rookie campaign in 2013 that didn't quite meet his expectations, Bagley was arguably one of the tour's most improved drivers in his second go-round last year.

With just one top-five finish in '13, Bagley never seriously challenged for a series victory and lost out to Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., for the WoO LMS rookie title while finishing a distant eighth in the championship standings. But '14 was another story. Bagley was routinely near the front in WoO LMS A-Mains, picking up four top-fives and 19 top-10s in out-pointing sixth-place Wells by 40 points.

Bagley's most impressive moments came during the Wild West Tour in July. Twice falling just short of claiming his first WoO LMs victory, Bagley logged two runner-up finishes on the swing through the Upper Midwest. He appeared capable of winning both of those races - at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D. - only to fall victim to eventual 2014 series champion Darrell Lanigan in both events.

While the near-misses were heartbreaking for Bagley and his team, they were a major boost for his confidence. Having at times questioned his ability to be a serious WoO LMS contender, the strong performances and overall improvement validated Bagley's status as a national touring driver.

"When you go out there and get beat and you're worn out traveling up and down the road struggling to make ends meet, you can start to doubt yourself," said Bagley, who in 2015 enters his fifth season of Late Model competition with car owner Wayman McMillan. "There's been times I've asked myself 'Am I really supposed to be here?' It's really easy to get down.

"As hard as this is you've gotta stay positive and enjoy yourself and have fun. You've got to want to be there and want to be doing it. When you know you can go out and be competitive with these guys it makes it a lot more fun and you feel more like you're supposed to be there and you deserve to be there."

Bagley hopes to do more than simply prove he belongs this year. With his confidence boosted by his 2014 success, the usually reserved Bagley is bullish in his outlook for the new season, and he's confident he's on the verge of claiming that long awaited first WoO LMS victory.

"I really think we can (win WoO LMS races) and all my guys think we can do it," Bagley said. "To be honest, I know that we can do it. I can't tell you where it's gonna be or how it's gonna be, but we all feel it coming. We're not getting all worked up overthinking stuff or trying too hard because we think we have to win one. I know if we just keep doing what we've been doing and getting better and better, it'll happen soon enough.

"I know it's not gonna come easy by no means either. It's gonna be tough and we're gonna have to work hard to get it. I just know that if we continue to work hard and put ourselves in the positions, I know it'll happen here pretty soon. The guys that win at this level are definitely the best in the business. I just want to put my name amongst them."

Along with his boosted confidence, Bagley hopes a recent chassis change will also help him reach the allusive next level in 2015. After fielding Rocket Chassis cars through the first four years of his Late Model career, Bagley made the decision late last season to switch to Black Diamond by Club 29, the new chassis brand launched early in 2014 by Lanigan and veteran crew chief and car builder Ronnie Stuckey.

Bagley entered a Black Diamond by Club 29 car in three events at the end of last season and is so far impressed with his new ride. But it's his close relationship with Lanigan and Stuckey - along with his race team's close proximity to Stuckey's Shreveport, La., shop - that he believes will help him excel in his first full season in one of their cars.

"Our Rocket cars were great to us and we were more than happy with them," Bagley said. "But you just look at a map and see the difference between Texas to West Virginia (where Rocket is located) and Texas to Louisiana. With the success they've had and the relationship I have with Darrell and Ronnie - we get along very well - just all the reasons were pointing for us to go this direction. It was one of those deals where nothing was wrong with where we were at, it just seemed like it would be a better fit.

"I feel like this might speed the learning process up a little bit being as close as we are with Darrell and Ronnie," Bagley said. "The success that Darrell has had is really unbelievable. Hopefully he'll help me out a little bit and get our learning curve sped up a bit and get us to a point where we're competing to win races every weekend."

While Bagley is confident that he has the experience, the equipment and the support to become a consistent contender for WoO LMS victories soon, he knows that reaching that point won't come easily.

"We've still gotta keep diggin' and get better if we want to beat these guys," Bagley said. "There ain't no time for rest. You can't get confident and think you've got it figured out. You've gotta always try to get better and better because you know that your competition is."

Bagley will join his fellow World of Outlaws Late Model Series regulars in opening the 2015 season with seven events in Georgia and Florida between Feb. 6 and Feb. 21. Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., kicks things off with two WoO LMS events during the Winter Freeze Feb. 6-7. Both events feature complete WoO LMS programs of time trials, heat races, last-chance races and $10,000-to-win A-Mains. More information about the Winter Freeze is available online at www.screvenmotorsports.com or by calling the track at 912-857-4884.

After Screven, action moves to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the Bubba Army Winter Nationals. The three-race event kicks off with a $5,000-to-win DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned race on Feb. 13, followed by back-to-back $10,000-to-win WoO LMS programs Feb. 14-15. Advance-sale tickets for the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals are available on-line at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or by calling the track office at 352-622-9400.

The February WoO LMS action wraps up with three events during the weeklong DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Three DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned programs will be contested Feb. 16-18 ahead of the three WoO LMS races Feb. 19-21. More information on the DIRTcar Nationals, including details on advance ticket packages and the 'FREE Fan Pit Pass With Every Ticket' promotion, can be obtained by visiting www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

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Dirt Late Model Drivers At All Levels Laud World of Outlaws Late Model Series Tire Rules

National Tour Will Continue To Reduce Tire Use In 2015 By Limiting Compound Options For WoO LMS Events

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 12, 2015 - In early February, Darrell Lanigan and his Union, Ky.-based race team will make their annual journey south to the warmer climates of Georgia and Florida, where the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will launch its 2015 season with seven races spread among three racetracks Feb. 6-21. Lanigan, who claimed his third career WoO LMS championship in 2014, will likely also compete in four DIRTcar-sanctioned events during that stretch for a total of 11 races.

Along with two Club 29 Race Cars and nearly enough spare parts to build a third car, Lanigan plans to pack somewhere between 60 and 70 tires into his hauler for his annual February trek. At first glance, that may seem like an excessive amount of rubber for only 11 races, but Lanigan knows it could be much more.

"It's a lot of tires," said Lanigan, who has been a WoO LMS regular since the national tour was relaunched in 2004. "But it wasn't too long ago that we'd be taking twice as many down there."

Indeed, the number of tires needed to make it through the February races could be much higher, and it has been in the past when the WoO LMS operated with an open tire rule that allowed competitors to use any compound Late Model tire. But in recent seasons, the series has implemented a flexible tire rule that limits competitors to roughly three or four compound options at each race, with the allowed tires adjusted based on what's best for each racetrack.

For example, at the season-opening Winter Freeze Feb. 6-7 at Screven Motorsports Complex in Sylvania, Ga., competitors will be allowed to run Hoosier compounds 1300, 1350, and 1450 or American Racer compounds 44, 48 and 53, with the Hoosier 1450 and the American Racer 53 being allowed as right-rear tire options only. The Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., Feb. 13-15 and the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., Feb. 16-21 will both allow only Hoosier compounds LM 20, 30 and 40. (More tire rule information for the February events can be found at www.WoOLMS.com).

The difference between a three-compound tire rule and an open tire rule can be substantial for race teams, cutting the required tire inventory by as much as half, according to Lanigan. That means if 60 to 70 tires for 11 races seems substantial, imagine needing upwards of 120 for the same stretch. While many of those 120 tires may go unused on the trip, just having them on hand increases a team's tire bill, adds extra work for crew members and creates space issues inside a team's hauler.

"Back when it was open (tire rule) at Screven and Volusia, we'd take probably an easy 120 tires or something like that between two trucks," said Lanigan, who enters the 2015 season fresh off a WoO LMS record 17-win 2014 campaign. "Now, you can probably go with 60 or 70 and make it through all three weeks. You just can't imagine how much of a difference that makes. I like (the tire rule) and I know my (crew) guys like it."

While the WoO LMS has instituted tire rules for its February events for a number of years, the tour only in the past two seasons implemented that policy for all of its other events. The rules typically allow competitors to choose between three of four compounds, with the allowed tires in line with what is typically used by competitors in the region of the track hosting the event.

That policy, which will continue in use for the 2015 WoO LMS season, has been met with positive feedback from many drivers and teams. Series regulars have reported drastic reductions in tire inventory, while non-regulars benefit from not having to purchase a large amount of extra tires just to compete in WoO LMS events.

"As much as it takes to run up and down the road and follow a national series, it's huge for us if you can cut the tire cost down," said Morgan Bagley, the Longview, Texas, driver who finished fourth in the 2014 WoO LMS standings in his second year as a tour regular. "I think it saves you money and helps make it more feasible for us to be able to travel all over the country."

Limiting tire options is aimed as not only a benefit to series regulars but also to regional and local teams that wish to compete in WoO LMS events without having to purchase a large number of tires, especially tires they may not need for other events in their region. With that in mind, the tire rule for WoO LMS events are typically tailored to include tires frequently used by competitors in the region an event is being held.

Mike Marlar is one of the many fans of the WoO LMS tire rule. Though not a series regular, the veteran Winfield, Tenn., driver enters WoO LMS frequently thanks in part to the tire rule.

"With open tires it's really disheartening when you have to spend all that money just to go to one race," said Marlar, who last season broke through for his first career WoO LMS victory at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway. "There's a lot of guys you talk to and ask them if they're going to a race when a series comes to town and they basically decide not to because they don't wanna have to buy all them tires. You hate to see that happen, so anytime you can simplify it (by limiting the number of tire options), I just think it's better all the way across the board.

"It used to be that the guys that had a 28-foot trailer just about couldn't run a Outlaw race because he didn't have room to hall the tires you might end up needing. Now, for one or two races with the Outlaws, you can usually get by without having to get many more tires than you would for any other race you might go to. From that standpoint alone it's a big help."

As Marlar indicated, the tire rule leads to more regional and local drivers trying their hand at series events. Many of those local and regional competitors often perform well against the WoO LMS traveling stars with a handful of drivers scoring upset or surprise victories in recent seasons.

Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., is among the standout regional competitors to find WoO LMS success. A veteran among the bullrings of the Southeast, Roberts believes a restrictive tire rule allows smaller teams like his to be more competitive in WoO LMS events. He proved as much during the 2014 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia by outdueling National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame member and former WoO LMS champion Scott Bloomquist for his first WoO LMS victory.

"Open tires are just brutal especially when you don't have two or three hired hands to help," Roberts said. "You need one guy that basically does just tires. That makes it tough on guys like me that don't do it for a living and don't have any full-time help. Most guys that do this are like me and don't have a whole lot of help either, so I think keeping it to a three- or four-tire rule is definitely a plus for the majority of us.

"If it's open tire rule, you're at a race wondering which tire to go with. When you don't have very much help, that just takes away from time I need to be working on the car and making it faster. So in a way, it helps level out the playing field for guys like me."

One concern in limiting the number of tire options is how the lack of softer-compound tires might affect on-track action. Softer tire compounds typically give race cars more traction, allowing, in theory, for cars to steer better so drivers can run different grooves on the track. But Lanigan believes that any difference between racing with softer compounds is minimal.

"I think the racing is still just as good," Lanigan said. "With the (Hoosier soft compounds) 1100s and 1200s, when it's wet out maybe it's a little better racing, but I don't think it's really worth it for the little bit of a difference. I think the 1300 (compound) is the best all-around tire and the racing is just as good."

Along with still allowing for side-by-side racing, having three or four tire options also still creates tire choice drama. Like with an open tire rule, WoO LMS can often be decided based on which driver and crew make the best tire choice. Teams starting mid-pack or near the tail of an A-Main often gamble on a softer tire choice hoping it will help them march to the front. Those gambles sometimes pay off, producing thrilling races and surprise winners.

"It's a decision even if you only have two options," Marlar said. "There's still plenty of room to mess up. On top of that, you still have to have it grooved right and siped right. There's still a great deal of knowledge that goes into being competitive and being able to win at that level. The more simple you make it, the easier it is to make the right choice, but it's still easy to get it wrong."

While the restrictive tire rule still allows for some tire options, limiting teams to three or four choices makes tire decisions easier, which can be a big benefit for less experienced teams and drivers. Bagley is among the drivers that have taken advantage of less tire options to quickly become competitive on the tour. The 2013 Rookie of the Year runner-up logged one of the best sophomore seasons in series history in 2014, becoming just the second driver to finish among the top five in the championship chase during his second year on tour.

"A tire rule isn't going to slow the veterans down any, but it definitely helps the newcomers to help eliminate some bad decisions," said Bagley, who scored a pair of runner-up finishes on his way to a fourth-place points finish in 2014. "Tires will make you or break you. You can take a decent car and put the right tire on and be in the front. But you can take the best car out there and put on the wrong tires and go straight to the back.

"For people just coming into this deal, narrowing down the tires definitely helps to keep you from making the wrong decision. It's more of a level playing field because you're taking away a little bit of the notebook from those experienced guys."

Bagley is also a proponent of a restrictive tire rule because it limits the number of tires his team must keep in their hauler. With their home base in Texas, Bagley and crew often go weeks and even months between trips home to restock on supplies and rubber. That means they often leave the shop with nearly all the tires they may need for more than a month's worth of racing.

"Where we're from, not being able to go back to the shop for a month or two sometimes, it's so hard to carry all the tires that we need," Bagley said. "With a tire rule, it really helps cut down the amount of tires we have to carry. When you race with an open tire rule, you can go race one night and have to take 60 or 70 tires because there's so many different options that you might need. With a tire rule, we still might haul around 40 tires with us to a race, but that's still a huge difference."

While having extra space in the hauler is a nice product of having a tire rule, the biggest benefit to teams - from the series regulars to the weekly competitors who only enter one WoO LMS event a season - is the reduction in costs. Tire bills may still consume an absorbent amount of a race team's budget, but as Bagley points out, every little bit saved helps.

"At just about every level of racing, you have to have good tires to be competitive," Bagley said. "We spend a lot of money on tires and we'll continue to spend a lot of money on tires, but the more tires you can eliminate and not have to have, it saves you money and helps out a ton."

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries

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A Final Look Back: Facts, Figures & Statistical Notes From The 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series

CONCORD, NC - Dec. 31, 2014 - As the calendar turns to a new year it's time to take one final look back at facts, figures and statistical notes from the 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series...

COMPLETE CONTROL: The 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series season featured many highlights and dramatic moments, but the national tour's 11th season under the World Racing Group banner will be remembered primarily for one thing: Darrell Lanigan's stellar performance.

Lanigan, the 44-year-old veteran racer from Union, Ky., was nearly unstoppable on his way to becoming just the second driver to win three WoO LMS championships since the series was restarted in 2004. With 17 A-Main victories, Lanigan surpassed his own single-season wins record of 15 victories in 2012 and set a new WoO LMS record for the largest points margin in the championship chase with a final lead of 328 points over runner-up Rick Eckert of York, Pa. Lanigan's assault on the WoO LMS record book didn't stop there. He set new single-season records for most fast time awards (11), most heat race victories (26) and most top-five finishes (34).

Lanigan began his march to his third WoO LMS title with a solid trip to Florida for the tour's annual February action. He notched four top fives and one top 10 in five WoO LMS A-Mains between Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, including a victory at Ocala. His runner-up in the Florida finale at Volusia propelled him to the top of the championship points chase.

Lanigan never looked back from there. He finished no worse than fourth in four races between March and April before hitting his stride with three victories and two more top-three finishes in five races during May. From Memorial Day until the end of the season, Lanigan's longest stretch without winning a race was four races. Besides that short dry spell in mid-August, Lanigan never went more than one race between victories.

Just like his two previous championship seasons in 2008 and 2012, Lanigan wrapped up the 2014 WoO LMS title without any points drama during tour's season-ending weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte's World of Outlaws World Finals in November. In fact, all he needed to do to clinch the title was enter the weekend's two events, but he added an exclamation point to the season with a thrilling last-lap pass to win Charlotte's opening night feature.

For as dominant as Lanigan was in 2014, his season was nearly as remarkable for its consistency. He completed every lap of every WoO LMS A-Main contested. His 34 top-five finishes broke his own record of 33 top-fives set in 2012 when the series contested three more races. Lanigan notched nine runner-up finishes for a total of 26 finishes of second or better and was among the top 10 finishers in 35 A-Mains. His only finishes outside the top 10 were both 11th-place, one coming in a preliminary night feature at the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., and the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.

Lanigan's record-breaking season added to an already impressive career on the WoO LMS. A series regular since the WoO LMS was restarted in 2004, Lanigan now has 70 career WoO LMS A-Main victories to lead the tour's all-time wins list by 21 victories over fellow three-time series champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.

THE SEASON: The 2014 WoO LMS was comprised of 37 A-Mains at 28 tracks in 18 states.

Pennsylvania hosted the most tour events with seven races among three tracks. There were five events in Florida; three in Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin; two in Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee; and one in Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia.

Six tracks hosted multiple WoO LMS A-Mains. Lernerville Speedway led the way with four A-Mains including three races during the Firecracker 100 weekend. Bubba Raceway Park hosted three events, while Cedar Lake, Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, The Dirt Track at Charlotte and Volusia Speedway Park all hosted two events apiece.

Weather and other unexpected factors caused the cancelation of at least seven scheduled events in 2014, shrinking the total number of WoO LMS A-Mains run to the lowest number since the 32-race 2011 season. Four events - Feb. 21 at Volusia, March 28 at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, May 17 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., and Sept. 12 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., - were stopped by weather conditions and could not be rescheduled. Events scheduled at three other tracks were canceled by either track or series management: Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway, Red-River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and La Salle (Ill.) Speedway.

Four races - at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway, Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., and Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. - were postponed by rain and reset for another date.

CHECKERED FLAGS: Lanigan's record number of wins marked the third consecutive season in which he led the tour in victories. Besides his 17 victories in 2014, Lanigan led the series with 15 wins in 2012 and 12 in 2013. Lanigan's three years as the tour's winningest driver is one year shy of Josh Richards' record of four seasons (2008-2011) with the most wins.

A total of 16 drivers reached Victory Lane on the WoO LMS in 2014, matching the same number as the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Of those 16 drivers, only four managed to claim multiple victories on the tour, equaling the 2011 and 2006 seasons for the least number of multiple-race winners in a WoO LMS season.

Multiple victories were claimed by Lanigan (17), Tim McCreadie (3), Jimmy Owens (3) and Jimmy Mars (2). Single scores were garnered by Brady Smith, Brandon Sheppard, Casey Roberts, Kyle Bronson, Billy Moyer, Mike Marlar, Shannon Babb, Davey Johnson, Tim Fuller, Gregg Satterlee, Austin Hubbard and Curtis Roberts.

For the third year in a row, four drivers registered career-first WoO LMS victories (in order of victories): Casey Roberts, Bronson, Marlar and Curtis Roberts.

THE OUTLAWS: Eleven drivers had perfect attendance on the 2014 tour: Lanigan, Eckert, McCreadie, Morgan Bagley, Chub Frank, Eric Wells, Shane Clanton, Frank Heckenast Jr., Clint Smith, Chase Junghans and Boom Briggs.

Longtime series regular Tim Fuller missed 11 races early in the season before a change of plans brought him back to the series mid-season. He entered every race after rejoining the series during Lernerville Speedway's Firecracker 100 in June.

The top six drivers in the final points standings - Lanigan, Eckert, McCreadie, Bagley, Frank and Wells - started all 37 A-Mains. Clanton, Heckenast and Clint Smith all appeared in 35 A-Mains, while Junghans made 33 starts and Briggs made 31.

SHOULD'VE PICKED HIM: Lanigan's run to the 2014 championship was no surprise to the media members who participated in the seventh annual WoO LMS Pre-Season Media Poll; however, the performance of the rest of the WoO LMS regulars wasn't quite so predictable.

Lanigan was picked to win the championship by 27 of the 36 media types who submitted predictions in January for the annual poll, which awarded points to drivers named on each top-five ballot using a 5-4-3-2-1 system. The media were less successful with the rest of the top five, however, with just 12 participants correctly picking Eckert as the championship runner-up and only seven selecting McCreadie to finish third. No participants selected Bagley to claim the fourth spot and just two picked Frank to finish fifth.

Six participants correctly predicted the top three points finishers in the correct order: DirtonDirt.com's Andy Savary and Derek Kessinger, writer Lee Ackerman, Bill Holder, Area Auto Racing News' Don Davies and photographer Tom Macht. Dan Plan of theracingconnection.com correctly picked Lanigan and Eckert to finish first and second and correctly picked Chub Frank as the fifth-place finisher to make seven participants with three correct picks.

Along with his landslide pick as the tour's preseason championship favorite, Lanigan was also selected by 28 poll participants as the driver most likely to win the most WoO LMS A-Mains in 2014. None of the 28 correctly predicted Lanigan's 17-win season, but WoO announcer Ben Shelton came closest with his prediction of 16 victories.

The poll also asked the media to predict the winners of the tour's three biggest races: the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 at Lernerville, the $26,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury and the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake. Twelve participants correctly predicted Lanigan to win the Firecracker 100; however none picked McCreadie as the PDC winner or Jimmy Owens as the USA Nationals winner.

COUNTING THE CARS: The average field for a WoO LMS event in 2014 was 38.97 cars.

The season-high turnout of 75 cars was for the Nov. 6-8 World Finals doubleheader at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. In all, eight events drew 50 or more cars and 31 attracted over 30 entrants.

A total of 449 drivers representing 32 states and two Canadian provinces entered at least one WoO LMS event in 2014, and 227 drivers started an A-Main.

Pennsylvania led the way by a healthy margin as the state from which the most WoO LMS entrants hailed, with 71 Key Stone State drivers entering at least one event. Illinois was second with 45 competitors followed by Michigan (37), Minnesota (29) and Tennessee (25).

THE ROOKIES: Heckenast won the 2014 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year battle, topping Junghans by 156 points and Briggs by 290 points in standings determined using drivers' best 25 finishes.

Heckenast, 26, beat the 22-year-old Junghans in top-10s (13-5) and top-fives (2-1). Briggs, 43, posted three top-10 finishes. None of the three rookies reached victory lane, but Heckenast posted a best finish of second on July 24 at Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway. Junghans recorded his best performance on May 16 at 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky., where he led 25 laps before slipping to fourth at the finish. Briggs' best finish was sixth at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway on May 3.

CASH: Over $2.1 million was paid out to drivers during the 2014 WoO LMS season, including just over $400,000 in points-fund and post-season bonus cash.

Lanigan led the money-won list with a whopping $390,050 in event winnings and points-fund earnings. McCreadie ranked second at $192,050 with Eckert ($164,685), Bagley ($111,060), and Frank ($106,340) also reaching six-figures. Totals for the other WoO regulars: Clanton ($97,680), Heckenast ($97,680), Wells ($91,550), Smith (74,680), Junghans ($71,110), Briggs ($41,840).

Owens was the top non-WoO regular on the money-won list, coming in ninth with $86,610 in earnings for nine A-Main starts in 10 WoO LMS appearances.

HOGGING THE WINS: With Lanigan claiming nearly half of the wins in 2014, a record number of full-time WoO LMS regulars went winless on the season. Nine of the 11 drivers who entered every series race failed to visit victory lane, surpassing the previous mark of seven winless full-time drivers set in 2009 and 2011.

Rick Eckert led the non-winners in the final championship standings. Eckert, the 2011 WoO LMS champion, secured the runner-up position in the final points tally, setting a new record for the highest points finish without winning a series race. Previously, the highest a winless driver placed in the final standings was fifth, which Eckert accomplished in 2007 and Frank equaled in both 2011 and 2012.

Bagley (fourth) and Frank (fifth) joined Eckert in the top five of 2014's final points standings, marking the first time in the tour's modern era that more than one driver finished among the top five without winning a race.

MANUFACTURERS BATTLE: Six dirt Late Model chassis companies claimed victories in WoO LMS A-Mains during the 2014 season.

With 20 victories, Club 29 Race Cars led the way thanks predominately to 17 wins by Lanigan, who designed the Club 29 chassis with chassis and setup guru Ronnie Stuckey and launched the chassis brand during the offseason. Jimmy Owens added three more wins for the first-year chassis brand. Club 29's extraordinary debut season produced the most victories for a chassis brand since Rocket Chassis visited victory lane 32 times in 2010.

Rocket, which saw its decade-long reign as the tour's top chassis brand derailed by Club 29, was second on the 2014 wins list with 12 triumphs, divided among McCreadie, Brady Smith, Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Mike Marlar, Shannon Babb, Davey Johnson, Tim Fuller, Gregg Satterlee, and Curtis Roberts.

MB Custom was the only other chassis brand to claim multiple wins with two victories both earned by Jimmy Mars. Capital Race Cars (Casey Roberts), Longhorn Chassis (Billy Moyer) and MasterSbilt (Austin Hubbard) each claimed one checkered flag.

A total of seven engine builders scored a WoO LMS A-Main triumph in 2014. Cornett Racing Engines led the way with 22 victories, split among Lanigan, Marlar, Owens and Hubbard.

ProPower was second on the list with seven victories posted between McCreadie, Mars, Bronson and Curtis Roberts. Other engine builders with multiple victories were Clements (three) and Durham (two), while single wins went to Custom, Vic Hill and Craiger.

PLAYING THE AVERAGES: A fantastic win rate combined with outstanding consistency produced a nearly unbelievable average A-Main finish of 2.70 for Lanigan's 2014 campaign. That was well ahead of Eckert's 7.00 average. McCreadie was just behind Eckert with 7.11 average finish, followed by Bagley (11.30), Clanton (10.94), Frank (11.43), Wells (12.19), Heckenast (13.06), Smith (14.97), Junghans (16.03) and Briggs (17.48). Fuller maintained an average finish of 9.92 in the 26 races he entered.

One of Lanigan's keys to success was earning A-Main starting spots near the front of the field. He led the series in average starting position at 5.27. Eckert's average starting spot was 8.59 followed by McCreadie (8.89), Clanton (10.97), Heckenast (13.11), Bagley (13.97), Wells and Frank (tied at 14.35), Junghans (14.88), Smith (16.51) and Briggs (16.97).

Wells was the hardest charger on the series, averaging 4.08 positions improved per race. Bagley was second at 3.70, followed by McCreadie (3.51), Frank (3.46), Smith (3.23), Eckert (3.03), Lanigan (2.95), Junghans (2.79), Briggs (2.58), Clanton (2.57) and Heckenast (2.54).

TRACKING LEADERS AND WINNERS: The deepest in the starting field from which a driver advanced to win a WoO LMS A-Main in 2014 was 17th when McCreadie stormed through the pack at Fairbury on July 26 to claim a thrilling Prairie Dirt Classic victory.

Seventeen A-Mains were won by drivers starting from the pole position and four were captured off the outside pole. The average starting spot for a WoO LMS A-Main winner in 2014 was 2.92.

There were a total of 61 official lead changes among the 37 WoO LMS A-Mains contest in 2014 for an average of 1.65 lead changes per race. Seven races were won by a driver leading every lap, while there were also seven races that featured three or more lead changes. Fairbury's Prairie Dirt Classic featured the most lead changes with eight passes for the top spot, while Cedar Lake's USA Nationals was second with six changes.

The 2014 WoO LMS season saw 34 drivers lead at least one A-Main lap. Lanigan (547) led the most by a substantial margin over McCreadie (135), Owens (118) and Babb (99). Clanton (88) was fifth on the laps led list, making him the driver who led the most laps without winning a race. Other WoO LMS regulars who led laps were Eckert (45), Junghans (25), Frank (24), Bagley (19) and Smith (4).

MISSING MAN: While Lanigan was clearly the class of the field on the WoO LMS tour in 2014, it's easy to wonder if his season's numbers would have been less lofty if three-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards had been around to spoil some of the fun. After claiming his third WoO LMS title in 2013, Richards was just as much a favorite to win the 2014 title as Lanigan until medical issues sidelined him for all of 2014 except for the World Finals at Charlotte. Richards, who has averaged 8.2 wins per season in each of his last five full-time seasons on the tour, is expected to return to full-time WoO LMS action in 2015.

YEAR AFTER YEAR: With Clanton failing to win a WoO LMS A-Main for the first time in his career, Lanigan is left as the only driver to win at least one series feature event in each WoO LMS season since the tour was restarted in 2004.

STELLAR SOPHOMORE: By placing fourth in 2014's final points standings, Bagley became just the second driver to finish among the top five of the championship chase in the season following his rookie campaign. That feat was only previously accomplished by McCreadie, who followed his 2004 Rookie of the Year title with a third-place finish in the final 2005 standings.

Wells, who edged Bagley in the 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year points, also had a solid sophomore campaign. He tied Frank for fifth in the final standings, but Frank won the tie-breaking based on having more runner-up finishes than Wells since neither driver won a race.

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Lanigan’s Record-Setting 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Campaign Sets The Mark For National Touring Success

Kentucky Veteran Racks Up 17 WoO LMS A-Main Victories En Route To Third Series Championship

CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 17, 2014 - No driver has ever dominated a national tour quite like Darrell Lanigan dominated the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2014. Lanigan, the 44-year-old veteran racer from Union, Ky., was nearly unstoppable in scoring a record 17 WoO LMS A-Main victories on his way to claiming his third series championship.

In what was supposed to be an adjusting year as he debuted his new self-designed Club 29 Race Car, Lanigan was better than ever. He broke his WoO LMS single-season wins record of 15 victories set in 2012 and totaled a whopping $390,050 in WoO LMS earnings. In 37 WoO LMS events, Lanigan finished among the top five an astounding 33 times with 26 heat race wins and 11 fast-time awards. His dominance showed in the WoO LMS points chase with Lanigan topping Rick Eckert of York, Pa., by a modern-era record 328 points.

Few words can describe just how impressive Lanigan was on his record-breaking title run, but the driver himself summed up the season pretty well when he accepted the champion's trophy and $100,000 points-fund check at the annual World of Outlaws banquet in November.

"It's just unbelievable," said Lanigan, whose notable 2014 victories included his first Firecracker 100 victory at Lernerville Speedway, his third straight Down & Dirty weekend victory at Berlin Raceway and a title-clinching victory during the opening night of The Dirt Track at Charlotte's Bad Boy Buggies WoO World Finals. "It's been a phenomenal year. We topped our record. I didn't think we'd break 15, and we got 17. I wish everybody could have this kind of year because it makes it easy to keep going and go to the next race winning like we did."

While his 2014 season will be remembered predominantly for his dominating performance on the track, for Lanigan the outstanding campaign is just as meaningful based on the success of his first-year chassis brand. After many years of fielding Rocket Chassis and working closely with Rocket cofounder Mark Richards, making the leap to chassis builder was a major step for Lanigan, who partnered with renowned setup guru Ronnie Stuckey to design his new car.

With Lanigan's own race team serving as the fledgling chassis brand's house car program, Club 29 debuted to resounding success. Along with Lanigan's stellar season, drivers such as Jimmy Owens and Frank Heckenast Jr. also found success after switching to the cars mid-season. Owens of Newport, Tenn., drove his Club 29 car to major victories at Cedar Lake Speedway and Batesville Motor Speedway while a Club 29 car carried Heckenast of Frankfort, Ill., to the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Award.

"It definitely was a phenomenal year. Nobody really thought it would've turned out like it did, but it did," Lanigan said of his success as both driver and chassis builder. "It's definitely fulfilling. We did something that we thought we needed to do. Nothing against Mark Richards and Rocket Chassis; they build great chassis and Mark I consider a great friend of mine. I was just something we needed to do."

The decision to leave the Rocket Chassis stable wasn't easy for Lanigan. After many years of working with Richards and the Rocket staff, Lanigan was reluctant to break ties with his friend and mentor. But as he found himself often competing Richards' son Josh Richards and other Rocket house car pilots for WoO LMS victories and championships, Lanigan felt going his own direction was for the best.

"It was just something I needed to do," said Lanigan, who finished second to Josh Richards in both the 2010 and 2013 WoO LMS championship chases. "I always said it's hard for both of us running the same chassis to run for the same thing. It's really hard to do. Them coming to look at my car or me coming to look at their car, it's hard for the same chassis brand to run for the same championship. It was time for us to separate just to see what we could do."

With the success of 2014 behind him, Lanigan heads for a 2015 season that will require yet more adjusting for the veteran racer. Along with continuing to grow and improve his chassis business, Lanigan will also have to adjust to his Lanigan Autosports team operating as a two-car program with the addition of Jason Jameson as the team's second driver.

Jameson, 29, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., has severed as Lanigan's crew chief over the past two years. After showing potential as a regional racer in recent years, Jameson took advantage of the few opportunities he had to race this season to score a pair of special event victories at Florence Speedway.

Jameson's flashes of talent behind the wheel and his setup knowledge help convince Lanigan that his young protégé is deserving of an opportunity to compete at the sport's highest level. It may also provide Lanigan with an exit strategy from full-time racing in the future.

"My father gave me the opportunity that I got and like I said, I see special things in young people that I want to try to give them the opportunity," Lanigan said. "I see things in Jason that he definitely has the talent to do it. I just want to give him the chance to do it and see what happens there.

"I've been doing this for 25 years and kinda want to slow down a little bit. If everything works out, maybe he can do the deal and carry it on and maybe I can stay at home and build the cars. I don't know, we'll see what happens.

While Lanigan's long-term plan may be to slow down his own racing and focus on building race cars, don't expect to see that go into full effect any time soon. Just as his 2014 success proved, Lanigan believes he's still in the prime of his driving career with many more victories and championships ahead of him.

"I feel like wine right now; the older I get the better I am," Lanigan said. "Time just keeps on flying so fast, you really don't realize how long you've been doing it. But right now, I feel like I'm in my prime and we can go anywhere and win.

"I feel like I'm as good as I've ever been. I feel like I can go to any race and win the race. There's no doubt in my mind when I pull into that gate that I feel like I can win that race."

It's that confidence that has Lanigan already looking forward to the 2015 season with his eyes on another run at the WoO LMS championship and perhaps even more victories than his record-setting performance in 2014.

"It's definitely hard to top a season with 17 wins," Lanigan said. "But hell, maybe we can go to 20 next year. It's not gonna be from lack of trying because we're definitely gonna try."

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Record Number Of Events On 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule

National Tour Releases 50-Race Schedule Featuring Visits to At Least 38 Tracks in 20 States and Canada

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Dec., 11, 2014 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set for a record number events in 2015 with 50 A-Mains featured on the national tour's schedule released Thursday during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis. The country's longest-running national Dirt Late Model series has visits to 38 tracks in 20 states and Canada planned for its 12th season under the World Racing Group banner.

The tour's 2015 itinerary follows tradition in kicking off with a stretch of seven events in Georgia and Florida during the month of February. The Winter Freeze at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., Feb. 6-7 will serve as the 2015 lid-lifter with a doubleheader weekend featuring 50-lap A-Mains paying $10,000 to win on both Friday and Saturday.

Also part of the busy first month of WoO LMS action is the fourth annual Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. The three-night extravaganza kicks off with a $5,000-to-win DIRTcar Late Model event on Feb. 13 ahead of two $10,000-to-win WoO LMS programs Feb. 14-15. The early-season stretch wraps up with the traditional visit to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the DIRTcar Nationals that in 2015 will include three complete WoO LMS programs Feb. 19-21 after three DIRTcar Late Model programs Feb. 16-18.

Three high-dollar, long-distance races also highlight the 2015 schedule. The list of marquee events includes the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. July 30-Aug. 1; the ninth annual Firecracker 100 paying $30,000 to the winner at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. June 25-27; and the $26,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway July 24-25.

The 2015 season will conclude for the ninth straight year with a pair of $12,000-to-win 50-lap A-Mains during the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals on Nov. 5-7 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

Boasting three tracks that will host their first-ever WoO LMS events and nine tracks that are returning to the schedule after various hiatuses, the 50-race campaign is on course to surpass the tour's alltime single-season high of 46 A-Mains established in 2013 and equal the record of 38 different host tracks set in 2010.

"I am excited about our schedule and that we have been able to increase the number of races without adding much more travel for our teams," said WoO LMS series director Tim Christman. "A schedule of roughly 50 races has always been our goal number and we should end up right around that by the time Charlotte rolls around.

"We are thrilled that so many track promoters and managers have chosen to include the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in their 2015 plans. It's with their support that we're able to bring the most prestigious series in all of Dirt Late Model racing to fans across the country."

The three tracks set to host the WoO LMS for the first time are Friendship Motor Speedway in Elkin, N.C., a 4/10-mile oval that kicks off a May 1-2 Tar Heel State doubleheader that it shares with Fayetteville Motor Speedway; the 3/8-mile Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky., which hosts the series on May 8 ahead of a visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn.; and Quincy (Ill.) Raceways, which serves as a lead-in to Fairbury's Prairie Dirt Classic weekend with its event on Thurs., July 23.

Cedar Lake Speedway's 100-lap USA Nationals occupies a spotlighted position on the World of Outlaws trail for the sixth consecutive year and ninth time overall in its 28-year history. The three-day crown jewel event features two WoO LMS programs. A Thursday-night preliminary program on July 30 offering a $6,000 first-place check, leading into the traditional USA Nationals qualifying night on Fri., July 31 and the 100-lap, $50,000-to-win finale on Sat., Aug. 1.

Lernerville's Firecracker 100, meanwhile, will again feature three full nights of competition with a fan-friendly format that boasts 30-lap, $6,000-to-win preliminary A-Mains on Thurs., June 25, and Fri., June 26, before ending with the 100-lap headliner offering a $30,000 first-place prize on Sat., June 27.

Fairbury American Legion Speedway will once again welcome the WoO LMS for its popular Prairie Dirt Classic event on July 24-25. In the event's third straight year of WoO LMS sanctioning, the race payout will again see an increase with the winner's pay bumped to $26,000 for the 26th running of the event.

Special events are also set for the quarter-mile Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., for the Jackpot Weekend on May 23-24, Farmer City (Ill.) Speedway for the Illini 100 weekend March 27-28, and Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., a 7/16th-mile asphalt track that will be covered with dirt for the Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend on Sept. 18-19. Race formats and purse structures for all three events will be announced in the near future.

A pair of lucrative regional swings also bolster the 2015 schedule with both the Wild West Tour and the traditional Northeast swing featuring expanded slates. The Northeast swing features four events in New York and Canada between June 18-23. New York's Fonda Speedway kicks things off on Thurs., June 18 ahead of a pair of events in Ontario, Canada at Brighton Speedway on Sat., June 20 and Cornwall Speedway on Sun., June 21. The tour then returns to New York for a Tues., June 23 date at in Weedsport Speedway, which welcomes the series for the first time since 2007. The four-race stretch leads into the Firecracker 100 weekend June 25-27 at Lernerville Speedway.

The Wild West Tour, meanwhile, will take the tour to at least four states for seven races between July 9-16. Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway opens the Wild West Tour for the second straight year on Thurs., July 9 followed by a visit to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on Fri., July 10 and a yet-to-be-announced track on Sat., July 11. Gillette (Wyo.) Thunder Speedway and Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., both return to the Wild West Tour slate in 2015 with events on Tues., July 14 and Wed., July 15 respectively. Another yet-to-be-announced track will host the series on Thurs., July 15 ahead of the Wild West Tour finale at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Sat., July 18.

Three more tracks returning to the schedule in 2015 will make a late-summer three-race weekend. Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, will host its first WoO LMS event since 2009 on Aug. 21 ahead of another visit to the Empire State for an Aug. 22 event at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y., and an Aug. 22 and Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa.

Another three-day weekend is scheduled for Labor Day weekend with the WoO LMS making another visit to Lernerville Speedway on Sept. 4 followed by a doubleheader at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway Sept. 5-6.

Three other doubleheader weekends highlight the 2015 WoO LMS tour. The series heads to Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, Ky., for the first time since 2005 on March 20 ahead of a visit to I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., which welcomes the tour for the third consecutive year with its March 21 event. Another weekend calls for a visit to the Volunteer State for events at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., on April 10 and Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway on April 11. A trip to the Mid-Atlantic region will see the tour hit Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., on Aug. 14 and Winchester (Va.) Speedway on Aug. 15.

Standalone events fill out the remainder of the 2015 WoO LMS slate, with Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., scheduled to host its 11th WoO LMS event on Thurs., May 28. Shawano (Wis.) Speedway will provide WoO LMS competitors a stop-off between Fairbury and Cedar Lake Speedway for the second straight year with its event on Tues., July 28.

For the most up-to-date schedule information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and at the tour's new Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries    

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule

(as of 12/11/14) Schedule subject to change. Check WorldofOutlaws.com for latest information.

Date Day Track/Location
Feb. 6 Friday Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA
Feb. 7 Saturday Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA
Feb. 14 Friday Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL
Feb. 15 Saturday Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL
Feb. 19 Thursday Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL
Feb. 20 Friday Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL
Feb. 21 Saturday Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL

March 20 Friday Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway/Calvert City, KY
March 21 Saturday I-30 Speedway/Little Rock, AR
March 27-28 Fri./Sat. Farmer City Raceway/Farmer City, IL

April 10 Friday Duck River Raceway Park/Wheel, TN
April 11 Saturday Tazewell Speedway/Tazewell, TN

May 1 Friday Friendship Motor Speedway/Elkin, NC
May 2 Saturday Fayetteville Motor Speedway/Fayetteville, NC
May 8 Friday Ponderosa Speedway/Junction City, KY
May 9 Saturday Smoky Mountain Speedway/Maryville, TN
May 23-24 Sat./Sun. Tyler County Speedway/Middlebourne, WV
May 28 Thursday Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE

June 18 Thursday Fonda Speedway/Fonda, NY
June 20 Saturday Brighton Speedway/Brighton, ONT
June 21 Sunday Cornwall Motor Speedway/Cornwall, ONT
June 23 Tuesday Weedsport Speedway/Weedsport, NY
June 25 Thursday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA
June 26 Friday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA
June 27 Saturday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA

July 9 Thursday Hibbing Raceway/Hibbing, MN
July 10 Friday River Cities Raceway/Grand Forks, ND
July 11 Saturday TBA
July 14 Tuesday Gillette Thunder Speedway/Gillette, WY
July 15 Wednesday Black Hills Speedway/Rapid City, SD
July 16 Thursday TBA
July 18 Saturday Deer Creek Speedway/Spring Valley, MN
July 23 Thursday Quincy Raceways/Quincy, IL
July 24-25 Fri./Sat. Fairbury American Legion Speedway/Fairbury, IL
July 28 Tuesday Shawano Speedway/Shawano, WI
July 30 Thursday Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI
July 31-Aug. 1 Fri./Sat. Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI

Aug. 14 Friday Potomac Speedway/Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 15 Saturday Winchester Speedway/Winchester, VA
Aug. 21 Friday Atomic Speedway/Chillicothe, OH
Aug. 22 Saturday Stateline Speedway/Busti, NY
Aug. 23 Sunday Eriez Speedway/Erie, PA

Sept. 4 Friday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA
Sept. 5 Saturday Selinsgrove Speedway/Selinsgrove, PA
Sept. 6 Sunday Selinsgrove Speedway/Selinsgrove, PA
Sept. 18-19 Fri./Sat. Berlin Raceway/Marne, MI

Nov. 5 Thursday The Dirt Track at Charlotte /Concord, NC
Nov. 6 Friday The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC
Nov. 7 Saturday The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC

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2014 Points
FINAL
1. Darrell Lanigan 5196
2. Rick Eckert 4868
3. Tim McCreadie 4852
4. Morgan Bagley 4590
5. Chub Frank 4550
5. Eric Wells 4550
7. Shane Clanton 4510
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4382
9. Clint Smith 4282
10. Chase Junghans 4134
 
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