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Atomic Speedway Adds Second World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event, Setting Up Aug. 21-22 Doubleheader

Ohio Oval to Host Back-to-Back WoO LMS Races as Part of Tripleheader Weekend with Pennsylvania's Eriez Speedway

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - July 5, 2015 - August's World of Outlaws Late Model Series visit to Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, has been expanded to two events, setting up an Aug. 21-22 WoO LMS doubleheader at the 3/8-mile track.

The additional Atomic event, which replaces a recently canceled race at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y., gives the national tour a three-race weekend with Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa., set to host the series on Sun., Aug. 23. The weekend opener at Atomic on Fri., Aug. 21 will pay $8,000 to the winner, while the event on Sat., Aug. 22 will pay $10,000.

"With a second night at Atomic Speedway, an already big weekend for the World of Outlaws will now be even bigger," said WoO LMS Director Tim Christman. "I want to thank Brad McCown for jumping on the chance to have the series at Atomic on back-to-back nights. We also appreciate all of the other tracks that expressed interest in filling the open date."

Support division action at Atomic will feature AMRA modifieds and sport mods both nights. For information on camping at the track and to reserve a camping spot, call 740-703-9749 or 740-701-2908. General admission prices are $22 on Friday and $25 on Saturday with children 12 and under free.

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event Scheduled For Aug. 22 at Stateline Speedway Cancelled

National Tour Plans to Replace Cancelled Event, Aug. 21 & 23 Races at Atomic & Eriez Remain on Schedule

CONCORD, N.C. - July 1, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Series event scheduled for Aug. 22 at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y., has been cancelled, WoO LMS officials announced Wednesday. The date will remain open on the national tour's schedule with a potential replacement to be announced at a later date.

The Stateline event was scheduled to be the middle race of a three-race weekend for the WoO LMS. Events remain scheduled at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Aug. 21 and Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa., on Aug. 23.

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Chub Frank Rides Momentum Of Improved Performance Into Lernerville Speedway’s Ninth Annual Firecracker 100

Home-State Driver Hopes to End World of Outlaws Late Model Series Winless Streak During Blockbuster Three-Night Weekend Kicking Off on Thursday

SARVER, Pa. - June 24, 2015 - Chub Frank always looks forward to Lernerville Speedway's Firecracker 100, but the World of Outlaws Late Model Series veteran may be looking forward to it more this year than ever.

Frank, 53, of Bear Lake, Pa., heads into Lernerville's ninth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com this weekend with plenty of confidence in his new Longhorn Chassis after a much-improved first half of the 2015 season. He hopes to be among the contenders during Lernerville's blockbuster weekend, which features three nights of WoO LMS action that include preliminary race programs on Thursday and Friday ahead of Saturday's $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale.

"We've had some good cars at the Firecracker before, but I think we might be better going into this one than we've been in a long, long time," said Frank, who enters the Firecracker 100 fourth in the WoO LMS points standings. "I always love going to Lernerville, but I'm definitely looking forward to going there this time with this car and seeing how we do."

Indeed, Frank's performance has improved noticeably since debuting his new Longhorn machines at the beginning of the season. After 18 WoO LMS A-Mains this year, Frank is already two top-fives and two top-10s away from matching his 2014 tally in both statistical categories. His six top-fives and 13 top-10s have Frank on track to have his best season statistically since 2009, which coincidentally, was the last season in which Frank won a WoO LMS event.

Frank has been close to ending his lengthy WoO LMS dry spell, especially recently with two runner-up finishes in the past four WoO LMS events. While those near-misses have been frustrating for a driver longing to make his return to victory lane, they also tell Frank he's close to finally breaking through.

"We're learning stuff all the time about these Longhorns," said Frank, whose 16-career WoO LMS wins ranks ninth on the tour's all-time wins list. "We just haven't got it quite perfect, but it's a lot better than we were. We're finishing in the top five and got a couple seconds and that's promising.

"We're still off a little bit, but we're a lot closer than we've been in a long time. I know we can get it there, we just have to keep working on it and fine-tuning it here and there."

Frank will have three chances at a breakthrough victory at Lernerville thanks to the Firecracker's three-night format that includes complete WoO LMS programs each night. Thursday's and Friday's programs feature 30-lap, $6,000-to-win A-Mains that count for full WoO LMS points. They also determine drivers' starting spots in Saturday's Firecracker 100 heat races.

With that in mind, Frank knows it's important to run as well as possible in both preliminary features while also preparing his car for the conditions he'll likely face in Saturday's finale.

"You race those preliminary races just like any other race, but you also keep in mind what you're looking at as far as the track on Saturday," said Frank, whose best Firecracker 100 finish of fifth came in the inaugural running of the event in 2007.

"You're adjusting to what you think the car needs the whole time you're there. You're just trying to get it right, while keeping in mind that the track's probably going to be really slick for the feature on Saturday and you want to work your way toward that at the same time."

With his confidence boosted by his improved performance this season, Frank is nearly certain that a return to victory lane is coming soon, perhaps even this weekend at Lernerville.

"We've got the cars to do it now, and I think we're probably going to do it at some point," Frank said of his chances of scoring his first WoO LMS victory since Aug. 22, 2009. "The problem is there's always someone that's just a little bit better than us. That's why we've gotta keep working to find that last little bit to get where we're the one that's better than everyone else.

"If we keep plugging away and running top fives, it'll eventually happen. I'm not going to say it'll happen at Lernerville, but I'm not going to say it won't. We'll just try our best and see where we end up."

The Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com kicks off on Thurs., June 25 with a complete WoO LMS program featuring a 30-lap, $6,000-to-win A-Main. Another preliminary night program is set for Fri., June 26 with another 30-lap, $6,000-to-win main event.

The two prelim events determine the lineups for Firecracker 100 heat races on Sat., June 27. Those heat races, along with Last-Chance Showdowns will set the lineup for the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale. Saturday night also features the $3,000-to-win Uncle Sam 30 for non-qualifiers.

The Firecracker 100 weekend also includes plenty of activities off the track to keep fans entertained. The third annual Firecracker 100 Kick-It Cup Kickball Game and Silent Auction will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The kickball game features drivers competing in a friendly match to raise awareness and money for programs and research devoted to childhood cancer.

Kick-It Cup Participants will include Gregg Satterlee, Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Morgan Bagley, Boom Briggs, Eric Wells and several others. To raise money for the fight against childhood cancer, fans can donate money on behalf of their favorite participating driver by logging on to http://www.kick-it.org/games/2015/06/3rd-annual-firecracker-100-kick-it-cup where each driver's name can be found in the pulldowns under 'Team 1' and 'Team 2.'

Following Thursday night's WoO LMS action, national recording artists LOCASH will headline the Froggyland Hometown Country Tour in the parking lot behind the turn four grandstands. LOCASH will be joined on stage by opening acts Abby Abbondanza from Hillbilly Way and Cody Gibson. Friday night's concert will follow post-race fireworks and features Thursday night alums the Justin Fabus Band and Vanessa Campagna along with newcomer Bridget McCrum.

Saturday afternoon features the traditional slate of Fan/Driver Horseshoe and Cornhole tournaments, followed by the driver autograph session later in the afternoon.

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Clanton Completes Sweep of New York’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Events With Finger Lakes 40 Victory at Weedsport Speedway

Red-Hot Georgia Driver Scores Sixth WoO LMS Victory of 2015 & Builds Momentum Heading into Lernerville Speedway's $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - June 23, 2015 - Shane Clanton made the most of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series' trip to New York.

Completing a sweep of the national tour's two 2015 Empire State stops, Clanton, 39, of Zebulon, Ga., led every lap of Tuesday night's Finger Lakes 40 at Weedsport Speedway to earn an $8,650 victory in the final round of the WoO LMS Great Northern Tour.

Clanton's series-leading sixth WoO LMS victory of the season followed his win in the Great Northern Tour opener at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway on June 18 and a runner-up finish in the northern trek's other completed event at Brighton (Ont.) Speedway on June 20. He'll look to put an exclamation point on the WoO LMS early-summer trip north when the series heads to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., this weekend for the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com.

"It's awesome to come up here and run like we have and leave New York with two wins," said Clanton who stretched his points lead to 128 points over Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. "We've got things rolling along like we need it to right now. With the way we're running, I think we've got a car to go win Lernerville too."

Clanton was in control all night at Weedsport, beginning in time trials when he lowered the 3/8-mile oval's Late Model track record with his lap of 14.831 seconds. He led every lap of his heat race and later drew the pole starting spot in the night's Top Six Redraw.

Clanton's only serious challenge during the 40-lap A-Main came from 14th-starting Tim McCreadie of nearby Watertown, N.Y. McCreadie briefly pressured Clanton following a lap-29 restart, but he couldn't match Clanton's pace as the final 11 laps ran caution free.

McCreadie settled for second, 1.659 seconds back of Clanton at the checkereds. Defending WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., charged from 13th to third with seventh-starting Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., taking fourth. Fifth-starting Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, ran as high as second before dropping back to fifth at the finish.

Clanton's dominating performance gave him even more breathing room in the WoO LMS championship battle as he chases his first series title. He added a whopping 34 points to his advantage, thanks to both his victory and a 17th-place finish by Richards.

Coming off his victory in Saturday's race at Brighton, Richards started third and ran as high as second before tagging the inside wall entering turn one on lap 15. The damage to the front of his Rocket Chassis house car eventually caused Richards to slow and retire from the race with 23 laps complete.

For Clanton, the victory was a continuation of his turnaround season after a 2014 WoO LMS campaign that saw the series veteran go winless for the first time ever on the series.

"It's just dedication and hard work and the will and desire not to give up," Clanton said of his astonishing rebound in 2015. "It takes a whole team effort to get to where I'm at."

While he may have fallen one position short of a home-state victory that would've ended his season-long WoO LMS winless streak, McCreadie's runner-up effort continued his improved performance during the Great Northern Tour, which also saw the 2006 WoO LMS champion drive his Sweeteners Plus Rocket Chassis to finishes of fifth at Fonda and third at Brighton.

Tuesday's finish was perhaps the hardest-earned of McCreadie's three consecutive top-five performances. He had to overcome a scrape with the wall in hot laps and a brake-line failure in qualifying before making his charge in the feature.

"He's the man right now," McCreadie said of Clanton and his stellar season. "It's a shame I stuck it in the fence in hot laps then broke a brake line in qualifying. It just put us back. But it is what it is. We try to run as hard as we can."

Like McCreadie, Lanigan remains winless on this year's WoO LMS campaign, but Tuesday's solid run gives the three-time and defending series champion hope of a turnaround during the second half of the season.

"We had a good car tonight," Lanigan said of his GottaRace.com Club 29 Race Cars house car. "We've been throwing some stuff at it. Been a little off at the beginning of the year just trying to get some stuff together so we can run better in the second half."

The race was slowed by six cautions with the first appearing when Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa., slowed on the back straightaway. The yellow flag waved again just after the ensuing restart when sixth-running Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., ended up spun in the infield after a scramble on the front straightaway.

A tangle between Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., necessitated another caution on lap 14, while Richards' run-in with the turn-one wall forced him to slow and draw the race's fourth caution on lap 23. A lap-28 caution was for the slowing machine of Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., and a spin by Chad Hollenbeck of Montrose, Pa., caused the race's final caution with 29 laps complete.

Tuesday's race wrapped up the WoO LMS Great Northern Tour. Clanton and Richards split victories in the first two Great Northern Tour events with Clanton winning at Fonda on June 18 and Richards claiming the June 20 event at Brighton. The tour's third event was scheduled for June 21 at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway but was rained out.

1. (1) Shane Clanton/40 $8,650
2. (14) Tim McCreadie/40 $4,650
3. (13) Darrell Lanigan/40 $3,350
4. (7) Chase Junghans/40 $2,850
5. (5) Morgan Bagley/40 $2,600
6. (8) Eric Wells/40 $2,150
7. (15) Dan Stone/40 $1,400
8. (11) Frank Heckenast Jr./40 $1,850
9. (9) Greg Oakes/40 $1,800
10. (18) Dylan Yoder/40 $1,150
11. (2) Boom Briggs/40 $1,500
12. (22) Jim Yoder/40 $950
13. (23) Chad Hollenbeck/40 $900
14. (16) Gregg Satterlee/40 $850
15. (19) Jordan Yaggy/39 $1,000
16. (21) Dave Zona/35 $700
17. (3) Josh Richards/23 $1,310
18. (10) Brandon Overton/23 $1,140
19. (12) Ross Robinson/16 $620
20. (6) Chub Frank/14 $1,150
21. (17) Rick Eckert/14 $1,250
22. (20) Jim Bernheisel/12 $600
23. (4) Tim Fuller/12 $600
24. (24) Bryan Bernheisel/11 $625

Time of Race: 26 Mins., 31 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.659 Secs.

Points as of June 23 - 19 A-Mains completed
1. Shane Clanton 2708
2. Josh Richards 2580 (-128)
3. Darrell Lanigan 2562 (-146)
4. Chub Frank 2506 (-202)
5. Tim McCreadie 2458 (-250)
6. Morgan Bagley 2440 (-268)
7. Rick Eckert 2388 (-320)
(tie) Eric Wells 2388 (-320)
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2380 (-328)
10. Chase Junghans 2336 (-372)
11. Brandon Overton 2302 (-406)*
12. Boom Briggs 2136 (-572)
13. Jordan Yaggy 2006 (-702)*
*Rookie of the Year contender

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Clanton Prepares For Lernerville Speedway’s Ninth Annual Firecracker 100 June 25-27

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Leader Hopes to Add $30,000 Firecracker 100 Victory to His Stellar 2015 Season

SARVER, Pa. - June 22, 2015 - With a career-high five World of Outlaws Late Model Series victories already to his credit and a commanding lead in the national tour's points chase, Shane Clanton is well on his way to making the 2015 season the best of his career. But the Zebulon, Ga., driver would like to add even more luster to his stellar year with a crown jewel victory in this weekend's ninth annual Firecracker 100 presented at Lernerville Speedway.

Clanton, whose career highlights include a Firecracker 100 victory in 2010, will be among a star-studded field of Dirt Late Models converging on Lernerville's 4/10-mile oval for three nights of WoO LMS action as part of one of the summer's biggest race weekends. Both Thursday and Friday will feature separate WoO LMS programs that determine the lineups for Firecracker 100 heat races. Those heats will kick off a blockbuster night Saturday evening that culminates in the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale.

"Our goal is always to have a good season on the series and try to win a championship, but it also means a lot to win the big races," said Clanton who leads the WoO LMS standings by 94 points as he chases his first career series title. "It'll be a great year if we end up winning the championship, but to be able to look back and say we've had a helluva season, we really want to win one of those big races like the Firecracker to go along with it."

The Firecracker 100 is certainly among the events that can make the best seasons even better. Along with offering one of the year's highest payouts, the event has developed a prestige that makes it one of the Dirt Late Model racing's most coveted big-race wins.

That prestige attracts talented fields to Lernerville's 4/10-mile oval every year, making a Firecracker 100 victory all the more difficult to achieve. But for Clanton and his Weldbank Energy-sponsored Capital Race Cars house car team, competing against one of the toughest fields of the season only makes winning the race more meaningful.

"We race against tough fields every night on the Outlaws," Clanton said. "But there'll be some sure enough heavy hitters at Lernerville - the Outlaws regulars, guys from the other series and regional and local guys. When you have that many quality cars and you run good and win, that's the kind of stuff that makes a year even more special."

Clanton has other reasons to desire a victory in the year's Firecracker. A year ago, he entered the event hoping for a solid weekend to help turnaround a sluggish first half of the 2014 season. Instead, Clanton's hopes of a second Firecracker 100 victory ended early on Saturday night when he was disqualified from the event following a heat race run-in with Chub Frank (Clanton made contact with Frank's car during a caution period and per WoO LMS rules, was disqualified from the remainder of the event).

"Last year I was especially looking forward to Lernerville, but circumstances just kept us out of the race," Clanton said. "You always look forward to going back to a place that you've run good at and a race that I've won before, but yeah, I'm really looking forward to going back there this time."

While he would like to score some redemption in his return to Lernerville, Clanton has certainly already put the disappointment of last year's Firecracker 100 outcome well behind him. In fact, he's essentially put the entire 2014 season out of memory with his fantastic performance this year.

After last year going winless on the WoO LMS for the first time since the tour was restarted under the World Racing Group banner in 2004 and recording just seven top-five finishes on his way to a 7th-place points finish, Clanton has been the exact opposite this season with 15 top fives in 18 races and a series-leading five wins.

Clanton acknowledges that part of his improved performance can be attributed simply to better luck this season over last, but he and his team have done a much better job of putting themselves in positions to capitalize when things fall their way. He'll look to do that once again this weekend at Lernerville.

"The main thing we focus on is having a good enough car to take advantage when the luck is going our way," Clanton said. "When you've got luck, but you're not running any good, the luck usually doesn't mean anything. You've gotta have luck in this deal, but you also have to have a good enough car to put yourself in a position where you can take advantage of that luck.

"We're just trying to keep the ball rolling right now like we have all year and just trying to keep putting ourselves in positions to win races. If we can just keep it rolling and keep things on track, maybe we'll come up with another big win at the Firecracker."

The Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com kicks off on Thurs., June 25 with a complete WoO LMS program featuring a 30-lap, $6,000-to-win A-Main. Another preliminary night program is set for Fri., June 26 with another 30-lap, $6,000-to-win main event.

The two prelim events determine the lineups for Firecracker 100 heat races on Sat., June 27. Those heat races, along with Last-Chance Showdowns will set the lineup for the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale. Saturday night also features the $3,000-to-win Uncle Sam 30 for non-qualifiers.

The Firecracker 100 weekend also includes plenty of activities off the track to keep fans entertained. The third annual Firecracker 100 Kick-It Cup Kickball Game and Silent Auction will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The kickball game features drivers competing in a friendly match to raise awareness and money for programs and research devoted to childhood cancer.

Kick-It Cup Participants will include Gregg Satterlee, Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Morgan Bagley, Boom Briggs, Eric Wells and several others. To raise money for the fight against childhood cancer, fans can donate money on behalf of their favorite participating driver by logging on to http://www.kick-it.org/games/2015/06/3rd-annual-firecracker-100-kick-it-cup where each driver's name can be found in the pulldowns under 'Team 1' and 'Team 2.'

Following Thursday night's WoO LMS action, national recording artists LOCASH will headline the Froggyland Hometown Country Tour in the parking lot behind the turn four grandstands. LOCASH will be joined on stage by opening acts Abby Abbondanza from Hillbilly Way and Cody Gibson. Friday night's concert will follow post-race fireworks and features Thursday night alums the Justin Fabus Band and Vanessa Campagna along with newcomer Bridget McCrum.

Saturday afternoon features the traditional slate of Fan/Driver Horseshoe and Cornhole tournaments, followed by the driver autograph session later in the afternoon.

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Inclement Weather Forces Cancellation of Sunday’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Race At Cornwall Motor Speedway

WoO LMS Competitors Travel to Weedsport Speedway on Tuesday before Heading to Lernerville Speedway for Ninth Annual Firecracker 100 Weekend

CORNWALL, Ont. - June 21, 2015 - Sunday's World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Cornwall Motor Speedway has been cancelled due to inclement weather at the Ontario, Canada, track.

WoO LMS competitors head next to Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway for Tuesday's Finger Lakes 40. The $8,000-to-win event serves as the finale for the scheduled four-race Great Northern Tour. Points leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., claimed the Great Northern Tour opener at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway on Thursday, while Josh Richards won the northern trek's second round at Brighton (Ont.) Speedway on Saturday.

Pit gates at Weedsport open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with general admission gates opening at 5 and racing starting at 7. Visit www.weedsportspeedway.com for more information.

The Weedsport event serves as the final tune-up ahead of the ninth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., June 25-27. The crown jewel event features three nights of WoO LMS action culminating in the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale on Sat., June 27.

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Clanton Adds to World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Lead With Victory in Great Northern Tour Opener at Fonda Speedway
 
Georgia Driver Cruises to Fifth WoO LMS Triumph of 2015 As National Tour Kicks off Busy Summer Stretch

FONDA, N.Y. - June 18, 2015 - Just as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series enters a busy stretch of early-summer action, Shane Clanton is showing signs of another potential hot streak on the national tour.

Clanton, who jumped out to an early lead in this year's WoO LMS championship chase with four victories in the tour's first seven races, returned to victory lane for the first time since his February win streak Thursday night at Fonda Speedway with a dominating performance in the opening round of the four-race Great Northern Tour.

The $8,550 victory stretched Clanton's lead in the WoO LMS standings to 98 points and gives the 39-year-old Zebulon, Ga., racer plenty of momentum as the tour tackles a stretch of seven races in 10 days between the four-race Great Northern Tour and Lernerville Speedway's three-race Firecracker 100 weekend presented by GottaRace.com.

"Maybe we can get on another roll here and just win all of them," said Clanton whose fifth WoO LMS victory of the season marked the 25th series triumph of his career. "We're working on stuff we've been doing all year long and just making minor adjustments. Tonight really suited our race car. Hopefully this is a sign of more things to come."

After taking the lead from outside polesitter Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., on lap eight, Clanton cruised through the remainder of the 40-lap race in his Weldbank Energy-sponsored Capital Race Cars house car. He pulled away on each of the race's four restarts and built leads of more than a straightaway on the sprawling half-mile oval before ultimately crossing the finish line nearly seven seconds ahead of Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa.

Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., scored his best career WoO LMS finish in taking third, while seventh-starting Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., finished fourth and eighth-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., finished fifth. Overton, the leading WoO LMS rookie who controlled the race's opening seven laps, tangled with a lapped car while battle Frank for second on lap nine; he ended up 15th.

In scoring his 14th top-five finish in 17 WoO LMS A-Mains this season, Clanton took even firmer control of the points battle thanks to both his strong performance and a turn of bad luck for championship rival Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.

Richards, a three-time WoO LMS champion, was leading his heat race during Thursday's prelims when his Rocket Chassis house car suffered mechanical woes, forcing him into a backup car and a 24th starting spot for the A-Main. Richards was able to rally to a seventh-place finish but dropped another 14 points to Clanton, who's continuing to inch closer to his first WoO LMS title.

"We're the points leader and trying to pad our lead here," Clanton said. "We've gotta keep winning and running top fives and the points will take care of itself. Right now we're feeling pretty good."

Starting from the pole, Frank was in prime position to end his nearly six-year WoO LMS winless streak, but he couldn't keep pace with Clanton. After losing second to Junghans on a mid-race restart, Frank took the spot back on a later restart and held it until the finish.

"We had nothing for Clanton," said Frank, who notched his sixth top-five finish of the season in his Sorbera Family Chiropractic-sponsored Longhorn Chassis. "He definitely had everybody covered. We were just trying to get to second.

"Chase took the inside for the second (restart). I don't know what he was thinking because he beat me on the outside (on the first restart). I never gave it up like that. I was taking the outside every time."

Junghans noted his mistake of choosing to restart on the bottom lane and was disappointed not to complete a first-and-second sweep for Capital Race Cars, but the second-year WoO LMS regular was otherwise pleased with his solid performance in his first ever visit to Fonda.

"It definitely helps coming out of the box on this big swing with a good run," said Junghans, who notched his second consecutive top-five finish in WoO LMS action. "Hopefully we just keep on building off of it and get a W before we go back home.

"Me and Clanton were joking before we came out that we were gonna run one-two. I thought I had it, but on that restart I should've taken the top I guess. I tried everything to get back by him, but I couldn't get it done."

Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., advanced from his 10th starting spot to finish sixth, holding off a late challenge from the hard-charging Richards. Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., was eighth with Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, ninth and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., fifth.

Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., started the evening off by lowering the Fonda Speedway Late Model track record in time trials, but his night ended early after he suffered engine problems in his heat race. Decker's lap of 17.135 seconds topped the previous record of 18.367 seconds set by Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., in 2010.

The race was interrupted on four occasions. The first yellow flag was for Overton's lap-nine run-in with Greg Oakes of Franklinville, N.Y., while Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa., slammed the wall exiting turn-four on lap 18 to bring out the second caution.

Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., got the worst of a lap-22 tangle with Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa. Contact between the two cars in turn one squeezed Stone's machine into the wall and sent him into a slow rollover. He was OK.

The race's final yellow flag appeared when Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., suffered a flat tire, forcing Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., to spin to avoid Briggs' slowing machine.

The Great Northern Tour heads to Ontario, Canada, next for events at Brighton Speedway on Saturday and Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday. The northern trek wraps up back in New York on Tuesday at Weedsport Speedway.

From Weedsport, WoO LMS competitors head to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., for the ninth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com June 25-27. The crown jewel event features three nights of WoO LMS action highlighted by a $30,000-to-win finale.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Great Northern Tour at Fonda Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (3) Shane Clanton/40 $8,550
2. (1) Chub Frank/40 $4,550
3. (4) Chase Junghans/40 $3,250
4. (7) Frank Heckenast Jr./40 $2,850
5. (8) Tim McCreadie/40 $2,650
6. (10) Darrell Lanigan/40 $2,250
7. (6) Josh Richards/40 $2,050
8. (11) Eric Wells/40 $1,850
9. (9) Morgan Bagley/40 $1,750
10. (18) Rick Eckert/40 $1,800
11. (5) Gregg Satterlee/39 $1,000
12. (17) Ross Robinson/39 $1,450
13. (21) Philip Potts/39 $900
14. (15) Jordan Yaggy/39 $1,100
15. (2) Brandon Overton/35 $1,300
16. (12) Boom Briggs/23 $1,250
17. (19) Jim Bernheisel/22 $660
18. (16) Dan Stone/22 $640
19. (14) Tim Fuller/18 $620
20. (23) Bryan Bernheisel/17 $600
21. (22) Aaron Jacobs/16 $600
22. (20) Michael Oakes/8 $600
23. (24) Jon Rahacevich/1 $600
24. (23) Greg Oakes/0 $625

Time of Race: 27 Mins., 23 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 6.950 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Four (laps 9, 18, 22, 23)
Lap Leaders: Overton (1-7); Clanton (8-40)

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 18 - 17 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 2412
2. Josh Richards 2314 (-98)
3. Darrell Lanigan 2290 (-122)
4. Chub Frank 2258 (-154)
5. Tim McCreadie 2168 (-244)
6. Morgan Bagley 2158 (-254)
7. Rick Eckert 2140 (-272)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2120 (-292)
9. Eric Wells 2116 (-296)
10. Brandon Overton 2072 (-340)*
11. Chase Junghans 2062 (-350)
12. Boom Briggs 1886 (-526)
13. Jordan Yaggy 1768 (-644)*
*Rookie of the Year contender

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Lanigan Prepares For World of Outlaws Late Model Series Great Northern Tour & Lernerville’s Firecracker 100

Three-Time WoO LMS Champion Hopes to End Season-Long Winless Streak & Gain Ground in Title Chase During New York & Canada Races & Lernerville's Big Weekend

CONCORD, N.C. - June 17, 2015 - Darrell Lanigan knows that time for him to make up ground in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship chase is running out. Luckily for Lanigan, 45, of Union, Ky., the next two weeks set up nicely for the three-time and defending WoO LMS champion to begin a mid-season push for his record fourth series title.

Lanigan, who has yet to win on this year's WoO LMS campaign and is currently 110 points behind leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., in third in the series standings, will join the rest of the WoO LMS regulars in a stretch of seven series races over the final two weeks of June. With the majority of those races taking place at tracks where Lanigan typically runs well, he knows he needs to take advantage of the upcoming events if he's going to have any shot at challenging Clanton and second-place Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., for the $100,000 WoO LMS championship.

"If we're gonna make a run at this points deal, we definitely gotta get going soon and make some headway," said Lanigan, whose 70 career WoO LMS victories tops the national tour's all-time wins list. "We dug ourselves a bit of a hole and now every time we kind of get back in it, we keep having troubles. This is definitely the time to get going."

Lanigan will begin his attempt at a points-battle comeback when the WoO LMS heads to New York and Canada for four races during the Great Northern Tour. The 2015 version of the traditional northern trek features stops at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway on Thurs., June 18, Brighton (Ontario) Speedway on Sat., June 20, Cornwall (Ontario) Motor Speedway on Sun., June 21 and Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway on Tues., June 23. The four Great Northern Tour events lead into one of the year's biggest races in the ninth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., June 25-27.

For Lanigan, the two Canadian events are especially appealing. Besides being a location that he doesn't get to visit very often, trips north of the border have been good to Lanigan in the past. The last time the WoO LMS visited Canada it was a two-race trip to Brighton and Cornwall in 2013 with Lanigan sweeping both events.

"They're good tracks for us, so I definitely look forward to going back up there," Lanigan said of Brighton's third-mile oval and Cornwall's quarter-mile track. "It's always good to go back to places where you've won before, plus it's neat to go to places like that where it's kind of a different atmosphere. You're in a completely different country. It's definitely interesting to go up there and see something you don't get to see every day."

Of course, Lanigan always looks forward to visiting Lernerville. The 4/10-mile oval has always been one of his better tracks, especially during the Firecracker 100 weekend. In eight Firecracker 100 A-Mains, Lanigan has an average finish of fourth. He notched four runner-up finishes in the event from 2008 through 2012 and added a third-place effort in 2013 before finally breaking through for his first Firecracker 100 triumph last season.

Last year's Firecracker victory was a momentous accomplishment for Lanigan, not only because of the event's prestige and $30,000 winner's paycheck, but also for the relief he felt after finally overcoming his repeated close-but-no-cigar runs in the race.

Lanigan's Firecracker 100 performance, which also included a preliminary night victory, was part of an unbelievable 2014 season that saw Lanigan score a single-season record 17 WoO LMS victories on his way to his third series championship.

Stuck in one of his longest winless droughts in recent memory - Lanigan hasn't gone more than three races into a season without winning a WoO LMS race since 2009 - Lanigan is far from his 2014 performance level, but he's confident he and his Club 29 Race Cars house car team can get there soon.

"Lernerville is a place we always seem to run well at and it's always exciting to go to a big race like the Firecracker," Lanigan said of Lernerville's blockbuster weekend that features separate complete preliminary night programs June 25-26 that determine the lineups for June 27's Firecracker 100 heat races. "Things were really clicking (last season) and we felt like we could win any race we ran. We still can do that, we just gotta get our program turned around a little bit and get going with it."

Part of Lanigan's excitement toward the upcoming busy stretch is the sheer number of opportunities it offers to race without the distractions that can occur during time off. While other race teams may find challenges in extended road trips, that's where Lanigan and his crew thrive. That has been especially true over the past two years since Lanigan launched Club 29 Race Cars. Getting out of the shop and racing every few days gives Lanigan the chance to focus on his own equipment.

"It definitely helps our racing to be on the road and racing more," said Lanigan, whose traveling crew is led by 2014 WoO LMS Crew chief of the Year Jason Jameson. "It hurts us at the shop some, but our main goal is to go out and win races. We definitely need to get our butts in gear and go out and do that."

Even though he's struggled to find his rhythm so far in 2015, Lanigan hasn't changed his approach or given up on his chances at another championship. Just like his successful 2014 season, Lanigan still goes to every race with the goal of winning.

"I think there's still a chance," Lanigan said of his title hopes. "Our goal is to win races and if you win races, the points will come.

"We've got a good team. If we can get on the road and get some racing under us, I think we'll be alright and get things turned around pretty quick. We're gonna go out to win races here on this trip and see what we can come up with."

Fonda's WoO LMS program on Thurs., June 18 features a complete slate of action, highlighted by a 40-lap, $8,000-to-win A-Main. Pit gates for the event will open at 4 p.m. with general admission gates opening at 5. On-track action is scheduled to kick off at 7. For more information on Fonda Speedway, visit the track's website at www.fondaspeedway.com.

The Great Northern Tour moves to Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario, on Sat., June 20 for the Dibbits Excavating and Vanderlaan Building Products Mud Slinger 50 presented by Excel Tower Service. The event features another complete WoO LMS program capped by a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. The program is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets for the Brighton event are available now atwww.dirtcar.ticketforce.com. Visit www.brightonspeedway.com for more information on Brighton Speedway.

Twinleaf Stores sponsors the Great Northern Tour stop at Cornwall Motor Speedway in Cornwall, Ontario, on Sun., June 21. The WoO LMS program features another 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Main. Action kicks off at 7 p.m. Visit www.cornwallspeedway.com for more information.

The Great Northern Tour wraps up on Tues., June 23 at Weedsport Speedway with the $8,000-to-win Finger Lakes 40. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with general admission gates opening at 5 and racing starting at 7. Visit www.weedsportspeedway.com for more information.

The Firecracker 100 kicks off on Thurs., June 25 with a complete preliminary WoO LMS program featuring a 30-lap, $6,000-to-win A-Main. Another preliminary program is set for Fri., June 26 with another 30-lap, $6,000-to-win main event. The two prelim events determine the lineups for Firecracker 100 heat races on Sat., June 27, which also features $3,000-to-win Uncle Sam 30 for non-qualifiers and the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale.

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Fuller Excited To Rejoin World of Outlaws Late Model Series For National Tour’s Return To New York State

Former Series Regular Plans to Enter WoO LMS Great Northern Tour Events at Fonda Speedway on June 18 & Weedsport Speedway on June 23

CONCORD, N.C. - June 15, 2015 - Tim Fuller wasn't able to follow the World of Outlaws Late Model Series full time this season as he had hoped, but now the national tour is coming to him.

Fuller, the Watertown, N.Y., driver who ran full time with the WoO LMS for the better part of eight seasons, will make his first series appearance of the year Thursday evening at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y., when the national tour returns to the Empire State for the first time since 2013 as part of the four-race Great Northern Tour.

Fuller, who has spent this season driving a DIRTcar Big-Block Modified for Dave and Kelly Rauscher after budget constraints forced him to abandon plans for another full-time WoO LMS campaign, plans to field his own Rocket Chassis with support from the Rauschers and their company D.C. Rauscher Inc. at Fonda as well as the Great Northern Tour finale at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., on June 23.

"I'm beyond excited to finally get back in a Late Model," said Fuller, who scored the most recent of his 14 career WoO LMS victories last July at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. "I hope we can show up and be competitive right out of the box. You always think you can jump back in it and go. It might take some laps to get acclimated, but I think we'll do OK."

Although he may need a few laps to knock the rust off, Fuller will certainly be among the drivers to watch at New York's two WoO LMS events, which bookend the Great Northern Tour (the trek also includes two events in Ontario, Canada, June 20-21 at Brighton Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway).

After more than a decade of modified success that included two Super DIRTcar Series titles, Fuller made the transition to Late Models in 2007, claiming the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Award while also still competing in modifieds. He spent the next six years following the WoO LMS full time, notching a career-best WoO LMS points finish of fourth in 2009 and establishing himself as a force in the full-fendered division.

But Fuller's Late Model progression began to slow in 2011, largely due to a split with the Gypsum Express team and owner John Wight, who gave Fuller his start in Late Models in 2005. Fielding his own team, Fuller went winless in WoO LMS action in 2011 and 2012 before a connection with Kennedy Motorsports got him headed in the right direction in 2013 and produced a long-awaited return to WoO LMS victory lane.

After plans for Kennedy Motorsports initially took Fuller away from the WoO LMS in 2014, Fuller rejoined the tour full time midway through the season and was again successful with eight top fives and one win through the tour's final 20 races, even while essentially funding the team mostly with his own money after Kennedy Motorsports ran into funding issues.

With his promising performance in the second half of last season, Fuller hoped to return to the WoO LMS full time this year, but without sufficient funding, he made the difficult decision to leave his Late Model equipment parked and pursue opportunities to race closer to home in a modified.

"I feel like, in a lot of ways, I didn't get a fair shake," Fuller said of his last few seasons in Late Models. "It's frustrating because when things were clicking, we were pretty good in the Late Models. But you just never know how that stuff's gonna happen.

"It kills me not racing the Late Model stuff. I still watch DirtonDirt.com and see all those guys and it kills me that I'm not out there doing it. But the money just isn't there. You just can't go out there and do it like I did. A lot of that was on my own dime. I just can't do that anymore when it puts my family in jeopardy."

With the WoO LMS returning to New York for the first time since 2013, Fuller will at least have the opportunity to race with the series twice without breaking the bank to do it. Plus, he gets the added benefit of taking on the series regulars at two of his favorite tracks in Fonda's half-mile oval and Weedsport's 3/8-mile circuit.

"I love Fonda; it's a great track and I've always loved racing there," Fuller said. "And I love Weedsport. We've won a couple championships there and a lot of races in the modified. I look forward to it. Both tracks have great people running the place, so that makes you want to support these races even more."

While Fuller may have plenty of experience in his modified at both Fonda and Weedsport, he doesn't expect that to be a major factor in his performance in the upcoming WoO LMS events. He only has a handful of Late Model starts between the two tracks and he's learned from his experience in both divisions that very little translates between the two cars.

"It's always different when we go somewhere with our Late Model that you're used to running your modified," Fuller said. "The cars just react different and race differently. I don't think there's really anything that carries over between the two. You know how to race the track, but that's it. As far as any similarities in the two different cars, there's none."

Fuller knows he'll have to make a quick adjustment from his modified back to his Late Model if he's going to compete with the WoO LMS regulars who have had nearly half a season to get their machines dialed in. However, after going back and forth between the two divisions numerous times over the years, he's confident he can get back up to speed quickly and score a pair of solid finishes.

"We've put a lot of time into this Late Model just for two races because we want to make the most of it," Fuller said. "I want to go out there and be competitive and prove that I can still do it. I know we can, but we're coming into it after not turning a lap (in a Late Model) since November. These guys have been hard at it almost half a season already and they're on top of their stuff.

"Would I love to come back for myself and do good in these two races? Absolutely. And I think we can. We're gonna do our best, but I'm gonna just enjoy being back in my Late Model regardless of how it goes."

The WoO LMS events at Fonda Speedway on June 18 and Weedsport Speedway on June 23 make up rounds one and four, respectively, of the four-race Great Northern Tour. The northern trek also features events at Ontario's Brighton Speedway on June 20 and Cornwall Motor Speedway on June 21.

Fonda's WoO LMS program features a complete slate of action, highlighted by a 40-lap, $8,000-to-win A-Main. Pit gates for the event will open at 4 p.m. with general admission gates opening at 5. On-track action is scheduled to kick off at 7. For more information on Fonda Speedway, visit the track's website at www.fondaspeedway.com.

The Great Northern Tour moves to Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario, on June 20 for the Vanderlaan Building Supplies and Dibbits Excavating Mud Slingin' 50. The event features another complete WoO LMS program capped by a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. The program is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets for the Brighton event are available now at www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com. Visit www.brightonspeedway.com for more information on Brighton Speedway.

Twinleaf Stores sponsors the Great Northern Tour stop at Cornwall Motor Speedway in Cornwall, Ontario, on June 21. The WoO LMS program features another 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Main. Action kicks off at 7 p.m. Visit www.cornwallspeedway.com for more information.

The Great Northern Tour wraps up on June 23 at Weedsport Speedway with the $8,000-to-win Finger Lakes 40. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with general admission gates opening at 5 and racing starting at 7. Visit www.weedsportspeedway.com for more information.

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Bloomquist & Davenport Open Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dream XXI Presented By Ferris Mowers With 25-lap Preliminary Feature Victories

Crown Jewel Event Continues with another DIRTcar-Sanctioned Preliminary Program on Friday Ahead of Saturday's $100,000-to-win Finale

ROSSBURG, Ohio. - June 4, 2015 - Scott Bloomquist and Jonathan Davenport rolled to impressive preliminary feature victories on the opening night of Eldora Speedway's Dirt Late Model Dream XXI presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers, splitting Thursday night's two 25-lap DIRTcar-sanctioned races at the historic half-mile oval.

The $2,500-to-win triumphs put Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., and Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., in prime position for Saturday's $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream finale. Saturday's heat races for the crown jewel event will be set based on drivers' performances on Thursday and in a second night of preliminary action on Friday.

Picking up where he left off at September's World 100, Bloomquist dominated the majority of Thursday's first 25-lapper. His only serious challenge came midway through the race when third-starting Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., used the track's high groove to pull into contention as the leaders entered lapped traffic.

But Bloomquist's self-designed Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car proved too powerful for Van Wormer, easily pulling away through the second half of the race. He built more than a straightaway advantage in claiming the caution-free race.

"We always love coming to this racetrack," said Bloomquist, the Hall-of-Fame racer who leads all drivers with six Dream victories to go along with his four World 100 wins. "The car just really works good on the bottom. I really think it works good everywhere. We're really looking forward to Saturday."

Van Wormer settled for second, 5.570 seconds behind Bloomquist. Sixth-starting Josh Rice of Verona, Ky., was third in a solid performance by the 16-year-old, second-generation racer. Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., was fourth at the finish with Matt Westfall of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, rounding out the top five.

Davenport, the current points leader on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, had to work a little harder for his victory in the second prelim feature. He advanced from his fifth-starting spot to battle polesitter Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. McDowell, last year's Dirt Late Model Dream winner, led the race's first 10 laps, but he couldn't hold off Davenport's Longhorn Chassis.

Davenport held McDowell at bay as the leaders raced through traffic during the closing laps, building an advantage of 1.311 seconds at the finish of another caution-free race.

"It always feels good to be in victory lane, but especially here at Eldora," said Davenport, who also won a preliminary feature at last year's World 100. "I got to rolling that bottom and was decent there, but was just way too tight. I saw that outside line was good and realized that was the place to be."

McDowell settled for second while Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., advanced from eighth to finish third. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was fourth at the finish. The current World of Outlaws Late Model Series points leader roared from sixth to third on the race's opening lap and challenged McDowell early before fading late. He held off a late challenge from Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who finished fifth.

The 21st annual Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend Presented Ferris Mowers continues on Friday with a second night of preliminary competition. The 84-car field will again be split into two groups for heat races, B-Mains and 25-lap features that will both pay $5,000 to the winners.

The blockbuster weekend concludes Saturday night with Dream heat races, B-Mains and the 100-lap, $100,000-to-win main event. Fans can obtain tickets information for the Dirt Late Model Dream by going online to www.EldoraSpeedway.com or contacting the Eldora offices at 937-338-3815.

Fans who can't make it to Eldora in person this weekend can still watch all the action live by purchasing the live Pay-Per-View video broadcast of all three nights of action that is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com or www.DirtonDirt.com.

21st Annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Commercial Mowers
June 4, 2015: First of three nights of racing

DIRTcar Late Models - 84 cars

A-Main 1 - (25 Laps)

1. 0-Scott Bloomquist[1] ; 2. 55-Jeep VanWormer[3] ; 3. 11JR-Josh Rice[6] ; 4. 777-Jared Landers[11] ; 5. 54-Matt Westfall[7] ; 6. 29-Darrell Lanigan[4] ; 7. 5-Don O'Neal[12] ; 8. 1J-Davey Johnson[2] ; 9. 7R-Kent Robinson[18] ; 10. 11S-Rusty Schlenk[13] ; 11. 21-Billy Moyer[16] ; 12. 31-Nick Latham[5] ; 13. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [21] ; 14. 22-Chris Ferguson[10] ; 15. 1G-Devin Gilpin[8] ; 16. 25-Jason Feger[9] ; 17. 28M-Jimmy Mars[14] ; 18. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[19] ; 19. 6m-Wendall Wallace[22] ; 20. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[24] ; 21. 3s-Brian Shirley[20] ; 22. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[15] ; 23. 39-Tim McCreadie[17] ; 24. 88-Andrew Reaume[23]

A-Main 2 - (25 Laps)

1. 6-Jonathan Davenport[5] ; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell[4] ; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [8] ; 4. 25C-Shane Clanton[6] ; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens[1] ; 6. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3] ; 7. 32P-Bobby Pierce[12] ; 8. 23B-John Blankenship[14] ; 9. 81JR-Jason Riggs[7] ; 10. 15-Steve Francis[13] ; 11. 157-Mike Marlar[18] ; 12. 99M-Devin Moran[9] ; 13. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr. [20] ; 14. 116-Randy Weaver[11] ; 15. 11R-James Rice[17] ; 16. 83-Scott James[10] ; 17. 18-Shannon Babb[24] ; 18. 3-Matt Miller[15] ; 19. R5-Chris Simpson[19] ; 20. 33-Tim Manville[22] ; 21. 91-Tyler Erb[21] ; 22. 18J-Chase Junghans[23] ; 23. 1N-Casey Noonan[16] ; 24. 25s-Chad Simpson[2]

Qualifying

Group A: 1. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 16.023, 2. Rusty Schlenk (11s), Weston, Ohio, 16.219, 3. Nick Latham (31), Winchester, Ohio, 16.282, 4. Davey Johnson (1j), Latrobe, Pa., 16.367, 5. Mason Zeigler (25z), Uniontown, Pa., 16.457, 6. Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 16.681, 7. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 16.683, 8. Mark Dotson (85D), Cameron, Mo., 16.761, 9. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 16.958, 10. Jason Bodenhamer (2), Centerview, Mo., 17.230, 11. Brian Ligon (444), Augusta, Ga., no time.

Group B: 1. Jonathan Davenport (6), Blairsville, Ga., 15.729, 2. Devin Moran (99m), Dresden, Ohio, 16.182, 3. Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 16.263, 4. James Rice (11r), Verona, Ky., 16.551, 5. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., 16.553, 6. Jay Johnson (93), West Burlington, Iowa, 17.083, 7. Kelly Guy (28G), Thomson, Ga., 17.358, 8. Rodney Hamblin (14H), Downs, Ill., 18.162, 9. Ernie Cordier (4c), Brodhead, Ky., 18.881, 10. Jeff Robertson (P3), Defiance, Ohio, 19.457, 11. Cody Mahoney (77), Madison, Ind., no time

Group C: 1. Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 15.762, 2. Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 16.000, 3. Eddie Carrier Jr. (28), Salt Rock, W.Va., 16.095, 4. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky., 16.104, 5. Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis., 16.141, 6. Josh Rice (11), Verona, Ky., 16.239, 7. Kent Robinson (7r), Bloomington, Ind., 16.373, 8. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., 16.959, 9. Riley Hickman (R1), Ooltewah, Tenn., 17.112, 10. Mack McCarter (51m), Gatlinburg, Tenn., 17.399, 11. Bryant Dickinson (5*), Ionia, Mich., 18.684.

Group D: 1. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 15.626, 2. Scott James (83), Bright, Ind., 16.334, 3. Chad Simpson (25), Mount Vernon, Iowa, 16.434, 4. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 16.711, 5. John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., 16.848, 6. Tyler Erb (91), Magnolia, Texas, 17.072, 7. Austin Smith (11), Cedartown, Ga., 17.133, 8. Jake O'Neil (68J), Tucson, Ariz., 17.139, 9. John Gill (75), Mitchell, Ind., 17.564, 10. Austin Siebert (16), Grandview, Mo., no time.

Group E: 1. Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 16.145, 2. Matt Westfall (54), Pleasant Hill, Ohio, 16.226, 3. Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., 16.908, 4. Jerry Bowersock (95j), Wapakoneta, Ohio, 16.931, 5. Brandon Kinzer (18), Allen, Ky., 16.937, 6. Jared Landers (777), Batesville, Ark., 17.004, 7. Duane Chamberlain (20c), Richmond, Ind., 17.055, 8. Mark Voigt (30), Alhambra, Ill., 17.423, 9. Brian Gray (3), Hamilton, Ohio, 17.730, 10. Charles LaPlant (3c), East Prairie, Mo., 18.671.

Group F: 1. Matt Miller (3), Whitehouse, Ohio, 16.315, 2. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 16.499, 3. Tim Manville (33), St. Jacob, Ill., 16.540, 4. Jason Riggs (81jr), Harrisburg, Ill., 16.712, 5. Brandon Overton (76), Appling, Ga., 16.722, 6. Randy Weaver (116), Crossville, Tenn., 16.764, 7. Chris Simpson (R5), Oxford, Iowa, 16.805, 8. Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 16.820, 9. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 17.035, 10. Morgan Bagley (14m), Longview, Texas, 17.224, 11. Benji Cole (121), Canon, Ga., 17.635

Group G: 1. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 16.544, 2. Don O'Neal (5), Martinsville, Ind., 16.884, 3. Devin Gilpin (1G), Columbus, Ind., 16.937, 4. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 16.965, 5. Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo., 17.223, 6. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 17.297, 7. Andrew Reaume (88), Blenheim, Ontario, 17.377, 8. Dan Shepherd (68), Greeley, Colo., 18.418, 9. Butch Kruckeberg (76), Edwardsville, Ill., 18.469, 10. Tim Shaffer (47), Aliquippa, Pa., 16.780 (disqualified; light at scales).

Group H: 1. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 16.071, 2. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 16.375, 3. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 16.422, 4. Casey Noonan (1N), Sylvania, Ohio, 16.421. 5. Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 16.552, 6. Tim Lance (48), Brimfield, Ill., 16.733, 7. Matt Cochran (16), Williamsport, Ind., 17.044, 8. Steve Casebolt (c9), Richmond, Ind., 17.127, 9. Garrett Alberson (F5), Las Cruces, N.M., 17.394, 10. Dustin Nobbe (5), Batesville, Ind., 17.875

Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps): 1. 1J-Davey Johnson[1] ; 2. 31-Nick Latham[2] ; 3. 25-Jason Feger[7] ; 4. 11S-Rusty Schlenk[3] ; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[9] ; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [4] ; 7. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[5] ; 8. 1-Josh Richards[6] ; 9. 444-Brian Ligon[11] ; 10. 85D-Mark Dotson[8] ; 11. 2B-Jason Bodenhamer[10]

Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps) : 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2] ; 2. 6-Jonathan Davenport[4] ; 3. 99M-Devin Moran[3] ; 4. 15-Steve Francis[5] ; 5. 11R-James Rice[1] ; 6. 93-Jay Johnson[6] ; 7. 28G-Kelly Guy[7] ; 8. 14H-Rodney Hamblin[8] ; 9. 4C-Ernie Cordier[9] ; 10. P3-Jeff Robertson[10] ; 11. 77-Cody Mahoney[11]

Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps) : 1. 29-Darrell Lanigan[1] ; 2. 11JR-Josh Rice[6] ; 3. 22-Chris Ferguson[4] ; 4. 28M-Jimmy Mars[5] ; 5. 7R-Kent Robinson[7] ; 6. 6m-Wendall Wallace[8] ; 7. R1-Riley Hickman[9] ; 8. 51M-Mack McCarter[10] ; 9. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[11] ; 10. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[3] ; 11. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr. [2]

Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps) : 1. 25s-Chad Simpson[2] ; 2. 25C-Shane Clanton[4] ; 3. 83-Scott James[3] ; 4. 23B-John Blankenship[5] ; 5. 157-Mike Marlar[1] ; 6. 91-Tyler Erb[6] ; 7. 75-John Gill[9] ; 8. 11A-Austin Smith[7] ; 9. 16-Austin Siebert[10] ; 10. 68J-Jake O'Neil[8]

Heat 5, Group E - (8 Laps) : 1. 55-Jeep VanWormer[4] ; 2. 54-Matt Westfall[3] ; 3. 777-Jared Landers[6] ; 4. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[1] ; 5. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[7] ; 6. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[2] ; 7. 18K-Brandon Kinzer[5] ; 8. 3G-Brian Gray[9] ; 9. 3c-Charlie LaPlant[10] ; 10. 30-Mark Voigt[8]

Heat 6, Group F - (8 Laps) : 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[3] ; 2. 81JR-Jason Riggs[1] ; 3. 116-Randy Weaver[6] ; 4. 3-Matt Miller[4] ; 5. R5-Chris Simpson[7] ; 6. 33-Tim Manville[2] ; 7. 18J-Chase Junghans[9] ; 8. 18-Shannon Babb[8] ; 9. 76-Brandon Overton[5] ; 10. 121-Benji Cole[11] ; 11. 14M-Morgan Bagley[10]

Heat 7, Group G - (8 Laps) : 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist[4] ; 2. 1G-Devin Gilpin[2] ; 3. 5-Don O'Neal[3] ; 4. 21-Billy Moyer[6] ; 5. 3s-Brian Shirley[1] ; 6. 88-Andrew Reaume[7] ; 7. 75P-Terry Phillips[5] ; 8. 47-Tim Shaffer[10] ; 9. 76K-Butch Kruckeberg[9] ; 10. 68-Dan Shepherd[8]

Heat 8, Group H - (8 Laps) : 1. 17M-Dale McDowell[4] ; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [3] ; 3. 32P-Bobby Pierce[1] ; 4. 1N-Casey Noonan[2] ; 5. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr. [5] ; 6. 16c-Matt Cochran[7] ; 7. 48L-Tim Lance[6] ; 8. F5-Garrett Alberson[9] ; 9. C9-Steve Casebolt[8] ; 10. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[10]

B-Main 1 - (10 Laps) : 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [1] ; 2. 6m-Wendall Wallace[2] ; 3. 88-Andrew Reaume[4] ; 4. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[5] ; 5. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[3] ; 6. 18K-Brandon Kinzer[7] ; 7. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr. [22] ; 8. 1-Josh Richards[9] ; 9. R1-Riley Hickman[6] ; 10. 75P-Terry Phillips[8] ; 11. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[18] ; 12. 85D-Mark Dotson[17] ; 13. 51M-Mack McCarter[10] ; 14. 3G-Brian Gray[11] ; 15. 47-Tim Shaffer[12] ; 16. 30-Mark Voigt[19] ; 17. 444-Brian Ligon[13] ; 18. 3c-Charlie LaPlant[15] ; 19. 68-Dan Shepherd[20] ; 20. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[14] ; 21. 76K-Butch Kruckeberg[16] ; 22. 2B-Jason Bodenhamer[21]

B-Main 2 - (10 Laps): 1. 91-Tyler Erb[2] ; 2. 33-Tim Manville[3] ; 3. 18J-Chase Junghans[7] ; 4. 18-Shannon Babb[11] ; 5. 76-Brandon Overton[15] ; 6. 93-Jay Johnson[1] ; 7. F5-Garrett Alberson[12] ; 8. 16c-Matt Cochran[4] ; 9. 48L-Tim Lance[8] ; 10. C9-Steve Casebolt[16] ; 11. 14M-Morgan Bagley[22] ; 12. 75-John Gill[6] ; 13. 28G-Kelly Guy[5] ; 14. 16-Austin Siebert[14] ; 15. 77-Cody Mahoney[21] ; 16. 4C-Ernie Cordier[13] ; 17. 11A-Austin Smith[10] ; 18. 14H-Rodney Hamblin[9] ; 19. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[20] ; 20. P3-Jeff Robertson[17] ; 21. 68J-Jake O'Neil[18] ; 22. 121-Benji Cole[19]

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Chris Ferguson Rides Success of Breakout Season Into Eldora Speedway’s Dream XXI presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers

North Carolina Standout Prepares For Crown-Jewel Weekend Featuring Twin Preliminary Features on Thursday & Friday & $100,000-to-win Finale on Saturday

ROSSBURG, Ohio - June 3, 2015 - With a string of impressive performances and breakthrough victories, Chris Ferguson is well on his way to making 2015 the best season of his career. This weekend, he'll attempt to add even more luster to his stellar season with a strong showing on the sport's biggest stage at Eldora Speedway's Dream XXI presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers.

"We've been blessed to have the success we've had this year and it's been awesome," said the 25-year-old Ferguson, whose breakthrough WoO LMS victories came at Friendship Motor Speedway in Elkin, N.C., on May 1 and Fayetteville (N.C) Motor Speedway on May 2. "To go up to Eldora and back that up with a strong showing at the Dream, that would just make it all that much more meaningful."

Ferguson is riding plenty of momentum entering Eldora's crown jewel event, which features twin preliminary features on both Thursday and Friday nights that determine drivers' starting spot in Saturday's heat races. With its $100,000 winner's paycheck, Saturday's 100-lap DIRTcar UMP Late Model-sanctioned finale serves as the highest paying annual Dirt Late Model event.

Along with his two WoO LMS triumphs, Ferguson has a pair of regional victories on the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series for a total of four victories in 12 A-Main starts this season.

He has also fared well away from the Carolinas with trips to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa., for a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event and Tyler County Speedway in Middleburg, W.Va., for a pair of WoO LMS events during the Jackpot 100 weekend. Ferguson impressed during both trips, with a top-five at Roaring Knob and a top five and a top 10 at Tyler County. He also set fast time and won his heat race at both Roaring Knob and in the Tyler County opener.

"Right now, we're kind of on Cloud Nine with the way we've been running," said Ferguson, who will return to Eldora this weekend for the first time since 2012. "We're not doing anything crazy to the race car. We're unloading every week with the same thing and we're fast right out of the box.

"I've ran good in some big races before with national tours and other big races, but I've never been this competitive week to week against these guys. Running all these big races, I think that's really going to help us to go (to Eldora) with confidence, where before we've always just gone up there somewhat unsure of ourselves."

Even with his big-race success this season, Ferguson still heads to Eldora as a considerable underdog in an event that will feature the sport's biggest national stars and top regional standouts. But that's a role that Ferguson and his low-budget, family-owned race team have grown accustomed to over the years. While Ferguson certainly hopes his success may lead to opportunities to race nationally more often with perhaps a top-level race team, he's enjoying his current underdog status.

"I like being that guy that comes to the track with one car and one motor and surprises everyone," said Ferguson, whose team fields a single Longhorn Chassis powered by a Clements Racing Engine. "Sometimes I don't like it so much, but it makes you feel all that much better when you go out and win against guys that do it for a living with the big rigs and the full-time crews.

"If I ever got a chance to race for a top team and travel, I'd love to be able to do it and I think I could run good. But you just never know. I know we're pretty competitive in our area racing like we are. I'd love to have the opportunity to go out and race all over country and see how I do, but right now I'm happy with our team and the way we do things and what we've accomplished."

Ferguson knows he'll be racing against one of the toughest fields of competitors of any event all season this weekend at Eldora, but even with that knowledge and his underdog status, he's confident in his chances of running well.

He's shown flashes of promise in his limited experience at Eldora. A 23rd-place finish in the 2011 World 100 marks Ferguson's only A-Main start in four appearances between the Dream and World. He ran well early in that race, advancing from 25th to 11th before dropping out with mechanical issues.

Ferguson has also typically qualified well at Eldora, including a fourth-fastest qualifying effort in his most recent trip to Eldora for the 2012 Dream. He nearly made the A-Main for that event as well, but mechanical problems while running in a feature transfer spot in his heat race ended his weekend.

With three years since his last Eldora appearance, Ferguson will have to readjust himself to the famed track and the new expanded three-night format instituted for the Dream and World 100 in 2013. But he's confident the extra track time provided by the new format will help him do just that.

"When we made the show (at the 2011 World 100), I was so much more comfortable the next time we went back there," Ferguson said. "Back when we were going up there before, you got so little track time that it was hard to get comfortable and get your car how you needed. Now, I'm looking forward to going up there and getting all those extra laps."

This week's action will feature a slight tweak to the three-night format with drivers prelim feature finishes on Thursday and Friday determining their starting spots for Saturday's heat races, whereas in the past only qualifying times from Thursday and Friday factored into Saturday's action. With that in mind, Ferguson knows it's important to perform well during the preliminary action.

"We have a good baseline setup for just about anywhere we go, but then Eldora isn't just anywhere," Ferguson said. "Hopefully we will make both preliminary features and have some time to learn the track and learn my car even more and at the same time put ourselves in good position for a heat race on Saturday."

Like many regional competitors heading to Eldora, Ferguson's goal for the weekend is simply to make the 28-car starting field for Saturday's 100-lap main event. But he's certainly not ruling out challenging for a career-best victory.

"If we can go up there and run good Thursday and Friday and make the show on Saturday, that would just be a good trip for us," Ferguson said. "But to be a contender or run a top 10, that would definitely say a lot about us and the success we've had. It'd not only validate the way we've ran all year close to home, but it would also show people we can go run with those guys even at the biggest races."

The Dirt Late Model Dream, sanctioned by DIRTcar, is the richest dirt late model race in the world with $100,000 going to the winner of Saturday night's 100-lap feature event. A total purse of $306,625 is available for the three nights of racing, including $214,875 available on Saturday.

For more information on the Dream and Eldora Speedway, visit www.eldoraspeedway.com. For more information on DIRTcar Racing and to see the complete final points standings for all DIRTcar-sanctioned divisions, visit www.DIRTcar.com.

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