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Fuller Edges McCreadie at River Cities for First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory of the Season

New York Driver Returns to Victory Lane at Site of First Career Series Victory

GRAND FORKS, S.D. – July 18, 2014 –
A return to the site of his first career series victory was just what Tim Fuller needed to return to victory lane on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Competing at the track where he earned his breakthrough series victory during his rookie WoO LMS season in 2007, Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., overtook Tim McCreadie midway through Friday’s A-Main at River Cities Speedway and turned back McCreadie’s late challenges to claim his first WoO LMS victory since Aug. 17, 2013.

The fifth-starting Fuller used a three-wide move to complete the winning pass as McCreadie, also of Watertown, struggled to clear traffic on lap 24 of the 50-lap race. McCreadie recovered to pressure Fuller through the closing stages of the caution-free event, but Fuller turned back each of McCreadie’s challenges to earn $10,050 for the 14th WoO LMS A-Main victory of his career.

“To be honest, I really don’t even think of this place as one of my better tracks,” said Fuller, who recently returned to full-time WoO LMS competition after running roughly half of the national tour’s races through the first half of the season. “It’s not really my style of track, but for whatever reason we run good here. I guess there’s something about the track that clicks with me, but I really can’t tell you what it is.”

Fuller’s Clements-powered Kennedy Motorsports Rocket Chassis crossed the finish line 0.910 seconds ahead of McCreadie, who settled for second after leading the race’s first 24 laps from the outside of the front row. Polesitter Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., finished third with third-starting Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., placing fourth. WoO LMS points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., improved one position from his sixth starting spot to round out the race’s top five finishers.

Fuller put himself in contention early with a charge to third on the race’s opening lap. He pulling away from an early back-and-forth battle with Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., Fuller began to pressure Smith for the second spot just after lap 10 as both he and Smith closed in on McCreadie in traffic.

Fuller and Smith went back and forth for second just behind the leader before Fuller cleared Smith for good on lap 18 and set his sights on McCreadie. By lap 20, Fuller was pressuring McCreadie in traffic as Smith and Clanton battled side-by-side for third just behind the leaders.

As McCreadie struggled to find a way around the slower cars of Lance Matthees and Jordan Yaggy, Fuller took advantage to drive around both McCreadie and Yaggy to take the lead in a three-wide, race-winning move on lap 24.

Fuller opened a slight advantage after moving out front and used numerous slide jobs to clear traffic without opening the door for McCreadie.

“Timmy got hung on the bottom and I wasn’t leaving the top,” said Fuller, who survived a lap-33 scrape with Clint Smith while attempting to put him a lap down. “We had to slide lapped cars because everybody wanted to stay on the top. But we managed it and got through those guys like we needed to.

“This thing looked like it had been through a demolition derby anyway, so I didn’t care if I wrinkled up a quarter-panel. You just had to be rude every now and then and take it.”

Fuller’s lap-33 contact with Clint Smith allowed McCreadie to close the gap. McCreadie kept pace with Fuller the rest of the way, but Fuller’s aggressive handling of traffic prevented McCreadie from making a serious bid for the lead.

“I just never really had a chance,” said McCreadie, who scored his third top-three finish in the past four WoO LMS events. “We didn’t get as many guys running side by side like they were early in the race. They all went to the cushion and left room where he could slide ‘em. Early when I was stuck there behind them, they’re running double file and there was no room to slide them.

“He did a good job. He knew what to do. When he got by me, he didn’t mess around with anybody. He did it the way I should’ve done it, which was lay a fender on them. I was just being too nice to everybody and should’ve been more aggressive.”

Mars faded to sixth at the finish after running as high as third early in the race. Rick Eckert or York, Pa., was seventh with Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., eighth. After going to a backup car following hot laps, Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., advanced from 18th to ninth in the main event with rookie contender Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., rounding out the top 10 finishers.

Friday’s race concluded the WoO LMS Wild West Tour. The four-race stretch took the national tour through the Upper Midwest with events at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway, Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., and River Cities.

The WoO LMS returns to action Thursday, July 24 at Independence (Iowa) Speedway, before heading to Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway Friday and Saturday, July 25-26 for the $25,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Wild West Tour event at Brown County Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (5) Tim Fuller/50 $10,050
2. (2) Tim McCreadie/50 $5,650
3. (1) Brady Smith/50 $3,000
4. (3) Shane Clanton/50 $3,050
5. (6) Darrell Lanigan/50 $2,650
6. (7) Jimmy Mars/50 $1,700
7. (8) Rick Eckert/50 $2,050
8. (12) Eric Wells/50 $1,850
9 (18) Chub Frank/50 $1,950
10. (4) Chase Junghans/49 $1,900
11. (11) Frank Heckenast Jr./49 $1,600
12. (15) Morgan Bagley/49 $1,550
13. (17) Adam Hensel/49 $1,450
14. (9) Clint Smith/49 $1,450
15. (16) Dustin Strand/49 $850
16. (14) Lance Matthees/49 $900
17. (13) Boom Briggs/49 $1,320
18. (22) Bill Mooney/48 $750
19. (21) Zach Naastad/48 $730
20. (20) Jordan Yaggy/25 $700
21. (23) Gregg Hill/21 $700
22. (10) Mike Balcaen/15 $700
23. (19) Joey Pederson/14 $700
24. (24) Ward Imrie/2 $725

Time of Race: 11 Mins., 35 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.910 Secs.
Yellow Flags: none
Lap Leaders: McCreadie (1-24); Fuller (25-50)

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points as of July 18
1. Darrell Lanigan 3110
2. Rick Eckert 2898 (-212)
3. Tim McCreadie 2882 (-228)
4. Morgan Bagley 2812 (-298)
5. Chub Frank 2784 (-326)
6. Eric Wells 2726(-384)
7. Shane Clanton 2722 (-388)
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 2666 (-444)
9. Clint Smith 2614 (-496)
10. Chase Junghans 2516(-594)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2466 (-644) =
12. Tim Fuller 1600 (-1510)

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Lanigan Turns Back McCreadie & Bagley to Win World of Outlaws Late Model Series Return to Brown County Speedway

Series Points Leader Survives Challenges to Score Ninth Victory of 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. – July 15, 2014
– Darrell Lanigan may have led every lap of Tuesday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series race at Brown County Speedway, but collecting his ninth A-Main victory of the season was far from easy for the two-time series champion and current points leader.

Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., survived heavy pressure from Tim McCreadie midway through the 50-lap race and later turned back Morgan Bagley’s late charge to claim his second consecutive series victory in front of near-capacity crowd at the third-mile oval that hosted its first WoO LMS event since 2008.

Lanigan, who also won Sunday’s A-Main at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., led by 1.097 seconds at the finish in claiming the third of four races on the WoO LMS Wild West Tour.

“The car was good tonight, just got stuck in that lapped traffic a little bit,” said Lanigan, who added to his lead atop the national tour’s all-time wins list with his 62nd career WoO LMS victory. “McCreadie got up there on the outside of me and I had to move up a little bit. The car got better once I moved up and it definitely got better at the end.”

Advancing from his seventh starting spot, Bagley of Tyler, Texas, pressured Lanigan following the race’s only restart with 10 laps remaining. But the second-year WoO LMS competitor again came up one position short of claiming his first series victory in finishing runner-up to Lanigan for the second straight race.

Fifth-starting McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was third at the finish after recovering from near disaster when he slipped over the banking while attempting to drive around Lanigan on lap 33. Third-starting Rick Eckert or York, Pa., finished fourth while sixth-starting Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., rounded out the top in a race slowed by one caution.

McCreadie gave Lanigan his biggest challenge when he chased down the leader in traffic just before the race’s halfway point. McCreadie took multiple looks under Lanigan amid heavy traffic between laps 25 and 30 before switching to the high groove once the leaders reached clear track.

McCreadie’s high line appeared to be quicker than Lanigan’s lane around the bottom of the track, but his bid to take the lead was denied when Lanigan also switched to the high side entering turn one on lap 33.

Lanigan’s abrupt lane switch forced McCreadie up the track and over the banking, effectively ending his chance at victory even though he maintained control of his car and drove back on the racetrack in the fourth position.

McCreadie recovered to move by Eckert for third late in the race but couldn’t run down Lanigan and Bagley in the closing laps. He settled for third but wasn’t pleased with the lap-33 incident.

“He’s doing whatever it takes to win and that’s what we gotta start doing I guess,” said McCreadie, who’s currently third in the WoO LMS points standings with just one victory on the year. “It’s tough. Sometimes it’s like he’s got eyes in the back of his head. I never would’ve thought he could’ve went to the top when I poked him on the bottom for five laps. But he’s good right now; we just gotta get better.”

Lanigan said he was aware that McCreadie was looking to his outside, but he felt he had moved back ahead of his challenger before making his move to the top groove.

“I knew it was close, but I thought I had him clear there when I moved up,” Lanigan said. “I don’t think I touched him. I think he kind of ran out of room up there and went over the lip a little bit. The lip’s really bad when you get to the top up there.”

Continuing his upswing on the series, Bagley, last year’s runner-up in the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year chase, notched his third straight top-five finish and his sixth top-10 result in the past seven series races. He was happy to score another solid finish but frustrated to once again fall just shy of a breakthrough victory.

“Maybe one night the tables will turn and you can talk to me first and Darrell second,” Bagley told WoO LMS announcer Ben Shelton during his post-race interview. “We got a good program working here, just trying to stick with it and do a little fine tuning and not get too far out of the ballpark.”

Fast qualifier Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., who won the Wild West Tour opener at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway on July 10, notched his third straight top-10 finish on the tour with a sixth-place performance. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was seventh, while leading series rookie Frank Heckenast Jr. placed eighth. Second-starting Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., dropped to ninth at the finish with hometown driver Kent Arment rounding out the top 10.

The race’s only caution occurred with 40 laps complete when Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., slowed woes on the front straightaway before heading to the pit area.

With three of four Wild West Tour events complete, World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitors head north to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., for the Wild West Tour finale Friday night. The $10,000-to-win event is the tour’s only stop in North Dakota this season.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Wild West Tour event at Brown County Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,575
2. (7) Morgan Bagley/50 $5,550
3. (5) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,500
4. (3) Rick Eckert/50 $3,050
5. (6) Tim Fuller/50 $2,050
6. (10) Jimmy Mars/50 $1,700
7. (4) Chub Frank/50 $2,050
8. (15) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $2,100
9. (2) Eric Wells/50 $1,750
10. (13) Kent Arment/50 $1,600
11. (8) Brady Smith/49 $1,150
12. (9) David McDonald/49 $1,000
13. (17) Chase Junghans/49 $1,500
14. (21) Clint Smith/49 $1,450
15. (12) Jordan Yaggy/49 $950
16. (11) Boom Briggs/49 $1,350
17. (16) Lance Matthees/47 $770
18. (19) Chad Becker/44 $750
19. (24) Mike Stadel/44 $730
20. (20) Shane Clanton/39 $1,250
21. (23) Brian Diede/35 $700
22. (14) John Winge/32 $700
23. (22) Dustin Virkus/20 $700
24. (18) Pat Weisgram/10 $700

Time of Race: 16 Mins., 02Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.097 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 40)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points
1. Darrell Lanigan 2970
2. Rick Eckert 2762 (-208)
3. Tim McCreadie 2736 (-234)
4. Morgan Bagley 2686 (-284)
5. Chub Frank 2652 (-318)
6. Eric Wells 2592(-378)
7. Shane Clanton 2580 (-390)
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 2538 (-432)
9. Clint Smith 2492 (-478)
10. Chase Junghans 2386 (-584)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2350 (-620)
12. Tim Fuller 1450 (-1520)

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Fuller Aims to Continue World of Outlaws Late Model Series Resurgence as Wild West Tour Concludes at Brown County and River Cities

Back on Tour, New York Driver Returns to Site of First WoO LMS Victory

ABERDEEN, S.D. – July 14, 2014 –
Tim Fuller is enjoying his return to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

After missing much of the first half of national tour’s 2014 campaign, Fuller, 46, of Watertown, N.Y., has returned to the series and is hitting his stride just as he prepares to visit the site of his first-ever series victory. In winding down the four-race WoO LMS Wild West Tour, Fuller heads for Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on Tuesday (July 15) and River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday (July 18).

“I don’t know if I’ve been this excited to race in years,” said Fuller, who competed full time with the WoO LMS from 2008 through 2013 before his ride with Kennedy Motorsports briefly took him in a different direction to start the 2014 season. “I’m happy to be back running with these guys and my car’s good. When you’re happy and you have a good car you want to race and you look forward to going racing.”

The return to River Cities could be just what Fuller needs to spark a rejuvenation in a career that has sputtered in recent seasons. The 3/10-mile oval gave Fuller his breakthrough WoO LMS victory during his first full Late Model season in 2007, providing a catalyst to get his Late Model career rolling as he transitioned from big-block modifieds.

“You always remember your first win,” said Fuller, who claimed multiple big-block modified championships in the Northeast before beginning the switch to Late Models in 2005. “They’re all tough to get, but I definitely remember that first one plain as day. It was good; it was a special moment and really let me know I could do this Late Model racing deal.”

Fuller went on to claim the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year title in 2007 and added two more A-Main victories in 2008 before exploding with seven series triumphs in 2009 on his way to a career-best fourth-place finish in the WoO LMS championship chase.

But 2009 has so far proved to be Fuller’s high-water mark on the WoO LMS. He added two more victories in 2010, but his performance declined beginning with a 2011 season that was marked by uncertainty surrounding his future in Late Model racing. Fuller, who parted ways with Gypsum Racing team owner John Wight early in 2011 and fielded his own underfunded team until landing a ride with Kennedy Motorsports late in 2012, has struggled to return to his previous performance level, going winless in WoO LMS action in 2011 and 2012 and winning just once in 2013.

But Fuller has shown plenty of promise in his recent return to the WoO LMS. Rejoining the national tour at June’s Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., Fuller recorded three top-10 finishes during the extended race weekend, finishing sixth in both Firecracker 100 preliminary events before posting an eighth-place result in the $30,000-to-win finale.

Fuller had another strong run going in the Wild West Tour opener at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway on Thursday (July 10), advancing from 16th to seventh before getting turned around midway through the race.

Fuller rebounded during Sunday’s Wild West Tour stop at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with his best WoO LMS performance since his most recent series victory in August of last season. After lowering Deer Creek’s Late Model track record in earning the night’s fast time honors, Fuller notched a solid third-place finish in Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50 A-Main.

Fuller hopes Friday’s trip to River Cities will continue his resurgence and set the stage for as successful second half of the season as he looks to build momentum for a full-time WoO LMS campaign in 2015.

“We haven’t won as many as what we want here lately, but we’re getting closer,” said Fuller. “Sometimes it takes something like that maybe to get wheels in motion. You go to a place like that where it all started and you never know, it could happen again.

“We’re really looking at getting ourselves in position where we jump a couple spots in points before the end of the season. That helps for 2015 to be up in points and being guaranteed provisionals to start the year. I’m excited to be back, so we want to do the best we can with it.”

In returning to WoO LMS action, Fuller has also worked through a chassis switch. After driving a Capital Race Car in 2013, Fuller has switched back to the Rocket Chassis cars he spent much of his Late Model career driving. It took some time for Fuller to readjust to a Rocket car, but after following the advice of Rocket Chassis’ Mark Richards and Matt Barnes, Fuller has things rolling in the right direction.

“It’s been a crazy year with us switching cars and everything,” said Fuller. “I tried to do some things that weren’t working relating back to the Capital car. But this thing here is a totally different creature. Now, I’ve just stuck with things that Mark (Richards) and Matt Barnes (both of Rocket Chassis) were talking about.

“We’ve stuck to the gameplan and we’ve really been pretty good everywhere. It was tough at first, but we’ve been getting better and better. We’ve been good right out of the box every racetrack we’ve raced at lately, so I’m looking forward to every racetrack we go to.”

While his past performance at River Cities has Fuller optimistic he can run well on Friday, he has just one previous result to draw on for Tuesday’s race at Brown County. The third-mile oval welcomes the WoO LMS for the first time since hosting a Wild West Tour race in 2008, an event in which Fuller was hampered by mechanical woes.

Even with his limited experience at Brown County, Fuller is looking forward to the Tuesday’s event, just as he looks forward to every race enters right now.

“I look forward to going (to Brown County). I don’t remember much about it, but each and every race right now is a pleasure,” Fuller said. “We’ve been running good and now we just need to get through and win. You hang around the top five long enough and you’re gonna eventually win some races. You get a win and usually things just seem to keep going good. Maybe that’s all we need. We’ve done it before, so maybe we can do it again.”

Tuesday’s action at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., gets underway at 7:30 p.m., while Friday’s action on River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., gets started with hot laps at 6:30 and qualifying at 7. For more information on Brown County Speedway, visit www.bcspeedway.com. For more information on River Cities Speedway, visit www.rivercitiesspeedway.com.

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2014 Points
July 18

1. Darrell Lanigan 3110
2. Rick Eckert 2898
3. Tim McCreadie 2882
4. Morgan Bagley 2812
5. Chub Frank 2784
6. Eric Wells 2726
7. Shane Clanton 2722
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 2666
9. Clint Smith 2614
10. Chase Junghans 2516
 
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