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Clanton Completes DIRTcar Nationals Domination With Unprecedented Fourth Victory In Five Events At Volusia Speedway Park

Georgia Driver Pads World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Lead With Fourth Series Victory Of 2015

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 21, 2015 - Putting an exclamation mark on his tremendous DIRTcar Nationals performance, Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., led the final 19 laps of Saturday's World of Outlaws Late Model Series main event to claim his fourth victory in five races at Volusia Speedway Park's annual week of Super Late Model racing.

The utter domination solidifies Clanton's recovery from a dismal 2014 season the saw the 39-year-old racer go winless on the WoO LMS for the first time since the national tour was restarted in 2004. Looking for his first ever WoO LMS championship, Clanton has firmly established himself as the 2015 title favorite as he leaves Florida with a commanding 90-point lead over defending series champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky.

"That was a good ole Georgia ass-kickin' right there," said Clanton whose early-season trip through Georgia and Florida included five victories overall with nine top-five finishes in 11 events between three tracks. "We were by far the class of the field. I don't give a damn what anybody says. We worked our ass off all winter long. This feels good."

Clanton became the first driver in the 44-year history of Volusia's annual week-long stretch of February Late Model racing to claim four victories in the same year. The unprecedented performance began with a DIRTcar Late Model-sanctioned victory in Monday's opener and concluded with a sweep of the week's three WoO LMS programs.

The four triumphs and a fifth-place finish in Wednesday's DIRTcar-sanctioned event lifted Clanton to the DIRTcar Nationals overall points championship, earning the WoO LMS veteran his first Big Gator trophy to go along with his four smaller Gator trophies earned throughout the week.

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., finished second in Saturday's A-Main, 2.234 seconds behind Clanton at the finish of the 50-lap race. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., was third, while three-time and defending WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., charged from his 22nd starting spot to finish fourth and 15th-starting Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., finished fifth.

Driving a Clements-powered Capital Race Car owned by his father-in-law Ron Davies, Clanton moved forward from his sixth starting spot and settled in behind polesitter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., in the early going.

Clanton was content to ride behind McCreadie until the race's waning laps, but a hard-charging Owens forced him to abandon those plans.

Owens briefly took the second spot from Clanton on a lap-24 restart, but Clanton quickly took the spot back and went to work on McCreadie. After Clanton's lap-29 pass for the lead was nullified by a caution, he took advantage of McCreadie's lap-32 slip in turns three and four to race ahead for good.

Clanton turned back brief challenges from Owens and Bloomquist on the race's final two restarts and pulled away to the 24th WoO LMS victory of his career.

"I drove me heart out tonight just biding my time and making the right moves at the right time," said Clanton, who has already equaled his winningest WoO LMS seasons of 2008 and 2013. "The pace tonight was just unbelievably fast. I was afraid I was gonna hurt my right-rear tire, so I just paced myself the first 15 or 20 laps. Owens got up to second there and I knew I had to go then. I just took the right moves and got back by him and made the right move to get by McCreadie."

Owens appeared to be the class of the field when he charged by Clanton on lap 24, but his bid to claim his first career DIRTcar Nationals victory fell short to Clanton's domination.

"I didn't want to see them restarts," said Owens, who drove his Brian Rowland-owned Club 29 machine to his first top five in three starts at Volusia this week. "Shane's been in a different zip code all week, so I consider this a win instead of second."

Bloomquist was the only driver besides Clanton to win a Late Model feature at this year's DIRTcar Nationals with his DIRTcar-sanctioned triumph on Wednesday night. But his bid to drive his Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car to a second victory was denied.

"Shane really just had everybody covered tonight and he was good all week," Bloomquist said. "We know when we get beat, and we got beat this weekend."

McCreadie slid back to sixth at the finish with Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., seventh. Former WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., was eighth at the finish with fellow series regulars Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., and Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., rounding out the top 10.

The race was slowed by six cautions, all for either flat tires or mechanical woes. The race's first yellow flag came just after second-running Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., clipped the rear of Walker Arthur's slowing machine. The contact caused significant damage to the left-front of the 2014 Rookie of the Year's car, eventually forcing him out of the race.

Other potential contenders to fall by the wayside included Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., who slowed from the fourth position with apparent engine troubles on lap 29. Mechanical issues also struck three-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., ending his run from 18th to seventh on lap 38.

Saturday's event concluded the WoO LMS tour's stretch of seven events in Georgia and Florida to open the season. The series returns to action March 20-21 with a doubleheader weekend at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, Ky., and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.

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.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (6) Shane Clanton/50 $10,100
2. (4) Jimmy Owens/50 $5,000
3. (12) Scott Bloomquist/50 $3,100
4. (22) Darrell Lanigan/50 $2,600
5. (15) Steve Francis/50 $2,100
6. (1) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,950
7. (3) Kent Robinson/50 $1,900
8. (5) Eric Wells/50 $1,350
9. (17) Chase Junghans/50 $1,300
10. (30) Boom Briggs/50 $550
11. (25) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,100
12. (9) Ricky Weiss/50 $1,050
13. (11) Chub Frank/50 $1,000
14. (29) Rick Eckert/50 $350
15. (27) Brandon Sheppard/50 $850
16. (7) Tyler Bruening/50 $800
17. (18) Josh Richards/37 $920
18. (20) Kenny Pettyjohn/37 $750
19. (21) Chad Hollenbeck/35 $730
20. (19) Dennis Erb Jr./30 $700
21. (8) Billy Moyer/29 $800
22. (13) Kyle Bronson/29 $700
23. (24) Jonathan Davenport/24 $700
24. (2) Frank Heckenast Jr./20 $750
25. (10) Mark Dotson/19 $700
26. (16) Walker Arthur/15 $700
27. (14) Jared Landers/13 $700
28. (26) Brandon Overton/12 $700
29. (23) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./10 $700
30. (26) Dale McDowell/2 $700

Time of Race: 30 Mins., 52 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.234 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Six (laps 17, 20, 23, 29, 34, 38)
Lap Leaders: McCreadie (1-31); Clanton (32-50)

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 21 - Seven A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 1,032
2. Darrell Lanigan 942 (-90)
3. Morgan Bagley 916 (-116)
4. Josh Richards 914 (-118)
5. Chub Frank 910 (-124)
6. Tim McCreadie 894 (-138)
7. Frank Heckenast Jr. 868 (-164)
8. Chase Junghans 856 (-176)
9. Rick Eckert 866 (-186)
10. Eric Wells 842 (-190)
11. Boom Briggs 838 (-194)
12. Brandon Overton 828 (-204)
13. Mason Zeigler 742 (-290)
14. Jordan Yaggy 714 (-318)

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Clanton Continues Early-Season Revival With Second Consecutive Victory At Volusia Speedway Park's DIRTcar Nationals

Series Points Leader Tops McDowell To Earn Third World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Of 2015

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 20, 2015 - Shane Clanton's 2014 struggles are no more than a distant memory.

Continuing his 180-degree transformation from a season ago, Clanton, 39, of Zebulon, Ga., outdueled Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., late in Friday's DIRTcar Nationals main event at Volusia Speedway Park to earn his third World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season. Clanton's triumph marked his third of the week at Volusia's 44th annual DIRTcar Nationals as he stretched his lead in the WoO LMS standings to 82 points.

"God dog this feels good," said Clanton, who has a perfect six top-five finishes in six WoO LMS events this season. "Hats off to (car builder) Marshall Green and (car owner) Ron Davies and everyone that helps on this program. It's been a long road. Hopefully we can keep on this road because we're loving it."

Clanton earned $10,100 in steering his Weldbank Energy-sponsored Capital Race Car to victory lane for the second straight night at Volusia's half-mile oval. He took the checkereds 1.479 seconds ahead of McDowell's Team Dillon Racing Warrior. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., continued his resurgence with a third-place finish, while former WoO LMS champions Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., and Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., rounded out the top five.

Friday's victory didn't come nearly as easy as Clanton's dominating performance on Thursday night. Starting from pole, Clanton cruised through the early portions of the 50-lap race before the first caution with 21 laps complete erased his massive half-track lead.

The seventh-starting McDowell took advantage of the restart to grab second from Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and quickly moved to challenge Clanton for the lead. After chasing Clanton for 10 laps, McDowell completed the pass on lap 31 when Clanton jumped the turn-four cushion.

As McDowell pulled away, Clanton lost second to Frank and was in danger of dropping ever farther back before the second of the race's two cautions gave him a much-needed respite on lap 36.

The break in the action was just what Clanton needed to get his No. 25 machine back in gear. He quickly cleared Frank for second on the restart and after a side-by-side battle with McDowell, completed a high-side pass to regain the lead on lap 38.

"Dale made me get up on the wheel," Clanton said of the battle with his fellow Peach State driver. "I was driving too hard and sealed the right-rear tire. Luckily that caution came out and let me cool it off and get the edges back cool so it would go again."

McDowell fell just short of claiming his first WoO LMS victory since 2005, but his runner-up effort continued a solid week at Volusia for the 48-year-old former series regular.

"The caution killed us," said McDowell, who enters Saturday's DIRTcar Nationals finale with a pair of runner-up finishes and a sixth-place result in the three events he's entered so far this week. "It kinda dirtied up his groove up top when we ran that long green. Under the caution, it packed it back down. I knew where he was going, but I was a little too tight to go up there.

"We're happy with a top three a couple of times already. We'll work on it a little bit more for tomorrow night and see if we can go one spot better."

The third-place finish continues Frank's string of improved performances since switching to a Longhorn Chassis at the start of the season. Looking to end a more than five-year WoO LMS winless streak, the 52-year-old series veteran is pleased with the performance of his new car.

"This car's been really good," Frank said. "We ran third over at Ocala and ran some top fives and stuff. We're real happy with the car and the way things are gelling. We just gotta keep it going."

Lanigan, the three-time and defending WoO LMS champion, slid back to sixth at the finish after charging from his ninth starting spot all the way to second in just six laps. Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., logged his best WoO LMS finish of the season with a seventh-place effort, while Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., advanced from 22nd to eighth. Former WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished ninth with three-time series titlist Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., taking 10th.

The race was slowed on just two occasions with the first yellow flag appearing when Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., slowed on lap 21. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., caused the second caution when he slowed from the fourth position with damage to the right front of his race car.

The DIRTcar Nationals conclude on Saturday with another $10,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series event. Saturday's slate features a complete program of time trials, heat races, Last-Chance Showdowns and the 50-lap main event. The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will also contest a complete program. More information is available at www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Shane Clanton/50 $10,100
2. (7) Dale McDowell/50 $5,000
3. (6) Chub Frank/50 $3,050
4. (2) Scott Bloomquist/50 $2,600
5. (10) Billy Moyer/50 $2,150
6. (9) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,850
7. (4) Eric Wells/50 $1,450
8. (22) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,300
9. (19) Rick Eckert/50 $1,450
10. (11) Josh Richards/50 $1,250
11. (21) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,100
12. (3) Ricky Weiss/50 $1,550
13. (13) Jimmy Owens/50 $950
14. (26) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,150
15. (24) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./49 $900
16. (12) Mason Zeigler/48 $1,050
17. (27) Chase Junghans/48 $160
18. (25) Frank Heckenast Jr./48 $800
19. (26) Boom Briggs/47 $160
20. (18) Brandon Overton/45 $700
21. (5) Jonathan Davenport/36 $700
22. (23) Earl Pearson Jr./34 $700
23. (17) Don O'Neal/20 $700
24. (15) Kenny Pettyjohn/20 $700
25. (16) Casey Roberts/14 $725
26. (14) Jared Landers/13 $700
27. (8) Walker Arthur/13 $700
28. (20) Kent Robinson/11 $700

Time of Race: 21 Mins., 42 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.479 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Two (laps 21 & 36)
Lap Leaders: Clanton (1-30; 38-50); McDowell (31-37)

2015 WoO points
1. Shane Clanton 882
2. Darrell Lanigan 800 (-82)
3. Josh Richards 798 (-84)
4. Morgan Bagley 788 (-94)
5. Chub Frank 786 (-96)
6. Frank Heckenast Jr. 766 (-116)
7. Tim McCreadie 756 (-126)
8. Brandon Overton 734 (-148)
9. Chase Junghans 724 (-158)
9. Rick Eckert 724 (-158)

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Clanton Cruises To Second World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Of 2015 At Volusia's DIRTcar Nationals

Georgia Driver Continues Stellar Early-Season Hot Streak With Dominating Performance On Thursday Night

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 19, 2015 - Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., continued his tremendous start to the 2015 season with a dominating display in Thursday's DIRTcar Nationals A-Main at Volusia Speedway Park.

Clanton, the 39-year-old World of Outlaws Late Model Series veteran, led every lap of Thursday's 50-lap race to earn his second WoO LMS victory of the season and his second victory during the 2015 version of Volusia's six-day stretch of Super Late Model racing.

"This shows how hard we worked over the winter to get where we're at," said Clanton, whose only opposition came in the form of brief challenges from runner-up Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., and third-place finisher Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., following restarts. "This sport is grueling at times and great at others. Right now it's just great to me."

Indeed, 2015 has been more than kind to Clanton thus far. Following a disappointing 2014 campaign, Clanton has been fantastic in his Weldbank Energy-sponsored Capital Race Car this season with top-five finishes in all five WoO LMS events and a DIRTcar-sanctioned victory during Monday's DIRTcar Nationals opener to go along with his two WoO LMS triumphs. The early-season hot streak has landed Clanton firmly atop the WoO LMS standings by 64 points as he chases his first series title.

"It feels great to know what it feels like to win a lot again," said Clanton, who ended a 66-race WoO LMS winless streak with his first victory of the year at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., on Feb. 7. "It's been a long struggle to get where we're at, but we work hard and never give up."

O'Neal crossed the finish line well behind Clanton in the second spot, with Davenport farther back in third. Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., advanced from his 19th starting spot to finish fourth with 12th-starting Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., rounding out the top five in a race slowed by five cautions, all for either slowing cars or single-car spins.

O'Neal gave Clanton his biggest challenge following a lap-29 restart, using the high side to nearly pull even with the leader exiting turn two. But O'Neal's bid came up empty and after a similar challenge following the race's final restart on lap 33, Clanton pulled to more than a five-second advantage in the closing laps.

O'Neal fell short of claiming his first DIRTcar Nationals victory since 2011, but the 50-year-old racer was boosted by the strong performance.

"I couldn't run it any harder than I ran it up there them couple of laps," said O'Neal, who pilots a Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil-sponsored Barry Wright Race Car for Clint Bowyer Racing. I realized when I couldn't get buy him I was just getting the tires hot, so I had to move back down.

"This is a lot better than we've been doing. We just lacked a little bit there when (the track surface) slicked off. But we've got something to work with now so maybe we can have another good couple of nights."

Davenport ran second for much of the race's first half, but he wasn't able to keep pace with Clanton and eventually allowed O'Neal to slip passed him following a lap-16 restart. With his third-place result, the 31-year-old Davenport recorded the best DIRTcar Nationals finish of his career in his Lee Roy and Kevin Rumley-owned Longhorn Chassis.

"We're finally getting a little better here," said Davenport, whose previous best DIRTcar Nationals finish was a fifth-place result in 2011. "I ain't ever been any good at this place when it comes feature time. I've won a bunch of heat races, but as soon as it gets slick I struggle.

"Kevin's been working on the car and getting it really good and maybe my driving's getting a little better. Maybe tomorrow we'll move up and try to get a win."

Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., was sixth in Thursday's final rundown after climbing as high as third midway through the race. Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., advanced from his 15th starting spot to finish seventh, while three-time and defending WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., charged from 24th to eighth.

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., recovered to finish ninth after having to start from the tail of the field because he switched to a backup car when his primary machine suffered mechanical woes during his heat race victory. He was followed at the finish by 18th-starting Steve Francis of Union, Ky.

A number of drivers charged into contention only to fade late in the race. Three-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., quickly advanced from his 10th starting spot into the top five, but faded during the race's middle portions. A pit stop under a lap-26 caution dropped him to a 19th-place finish. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., advanced into the top five from his 20th starting spot, but a lap-33 spin relegated the former series champion to a 15th at the checkereds.

The DIRTcar Nationals continue on Friday with another $10,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series event. Friday's slate features a complete program of time trials, heat races, B-Mains and a 50-lap A-Main. The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will also contest a complete program. More information is available at www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Shane Clanton/50 $10,550
2. (2) Don O'Neal/50 $5,500
3. (4) Jonathan Davenport/50 $3,050
4. (19) Kent Robinson/50 $2,500
5. (12) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $2,000
6. (7) Dale McDowell/50 $1,800
7. (15) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,400
8. (24) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,950
9. (6) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,250
10. (18) Steve Francis/50 $1,200
11. (13)' Ivedent Lloyd Jr./50 $1,150
12. (11) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,550
13. (28) Chase Junghans/50 $800
14. (23) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $900
15. (20) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,500
16. (8) Frank Heckenast Jr./49 $1,350
17. (22) Scott Bloomquist/49 $870
18. (17) Stormy Scott/49 $750
19. (10) Josh Richards/49 $1,380
20. (21) Gregg Saterlee/49 $700
21. (9) Kyle Bronson/49 $700
22. (26) Chub Frank/48 $1,250
23. (29) Boom Briggs/48 $550
24. (25) Rick Eckert/29 $1,250
25. (3) Billy Moyer/19 $850
26. (5) Justin Rattliff/15 $700
27. (14) Casey Roberts/14 $700
28. (27) Eric Wells/12 $550
29 (16) Mason Zeigler/10 $950

Time of Race: 28 Mins., 42 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 5.461 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Five (laps 14, 16, 26, 29, 33)
Lap Leaders: Clanton (1-50)

2015 WoO Points
1. Shane Clanton 732
2. Josh Richards 668 (-64)
3. Darrell Lanigan 662 (-70)
4. Morgan Bagley 660 (-72)
5. Frank Heckenast Jr. 652 (-80)
6. Chub Frank 642 (-90)
7. Tim McCreadie 634 (-98)
8. Brandon Overton 624 (-108)
9. Chase Junghans 608 (-124)
10. Boom Briggs 596 (-136)
11. Rick Eckert 592 (-140)
12. Eric Wells 572 (-160)
13. Steve Casebolt 566 (-166)
14. Mason Zeigler 544 (-188)
15. Jordan Yaggy 538 (-194)

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Heckenast Overcomes Challengers To Claim First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory In Saturday’s Bubba Army Winter Nationals A-Main

Second-Year WoO LMS Competitor Outduels Veterans Clanton & Frank In Dramatic 50-Lapper At Bubba Raceway Park

OCALA, Fla. - Feb. 14, 2015 -
Frank Heckenast Jr. refused to be denied again.

The second-year national traveler nearly saw another chance at his breakthrough World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory slip through his fingers Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park when Shane Clanton snuck by him late in the 3/8-mile oval's 50-lap race. But instead of settling for another near-miss, Heckenast, 26, of Frankfort, Ill., dug deep and willed himself back to the lead one lap later.

The 2014 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year held off both Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., and hard-charging Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., through the race's final eight laps to earn $10,550 for his first career WoO LMS victory during the second round of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals.

"When Shane passed me, reality started to set in and I told myself I wasn't letting another one get taken from me," said Heckenast, who joined Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., as the second first-time WoO LMS winner this season. "That next lap I just got up on the wheel and settled down and didn't get all flustered. I got beside him and drag-raced him off the corner and got ahead of him. I just did my best to drive a straight race the rest of the way."

Heckenast's Club 29 Race Car crossed the finish line 0.766 seconds ahead of Clanton's Capital Race Cars house car. Richards was third after catching the top two cars late in the race only for his Rocket Chassis house car to slip over the cushion just after edging ahead of Clanton for second on lap 48.

Defending series champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., recovered from an early spin in his Club 29 house car to finish fourth, while the Longhorn Chassis of early leader Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., rounded out the top five in a dramatic race that featured five lead changes and side-by-side racing near the front throughout its entirety.

For Heckenast, the hard-fought victory cements his status as a bonafide WoO LMS contender. After a seventh-place points finish on last year's WoO LMS, Saturday's strong performance now has Heckenast aiming much higher during his sophomore season.

"I feel like we belong here now," said Heckenast, whose No. 99JR machine carries sponsorship from St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part and Storage Squares. "Last year the rookie thing was beating me up pretty bad and I didn't have a whole lot of confidence. But in the second half of the year we were getting better and better and really just started putting everything together.

"I knew we could win a race this year, but I didn't want to have to wait until November to see if we could do it. Now that we've got it out of the way, I feel like we can win even more and have a really good chance at a good points finish this year."

The race was intense from the very beginning for Heckenast, who quickly charged forward from his fifth starting spot to challenge the teammates of Frank and Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., in a tight three-car battle through the race's early laps. Heckenast first edged into the lead at the completion of lap six, but he couldn't quite clear the veteran Frank, who was looking to end his nearly six-year WoO LMS winless streak.

Frank roared back ahead on lap eight and only narrowly held command with Heckenast and Briggs on his heels before a lap-11 caution slowed the lead battle. Heckenast took advantage of the restart, pulling alongside Frank through turns one and two on lap 12 before finally clearing him for the lead on lap 13.

Heckenast maintained a slight advantage through the race's middle portions while Clanton and Richards made their way forward. Richards took the second spot from Frank on lap 27 with Clanton following into third on the next lap. After overtaking Richards for second on lap 36, Clanton began to cut away at Heckenast's nearly straightaway advantage.

With Heckenast struggling in traffic, Clanton began to challenge for the lead by lap 40 and pulled ahead with a low-side pass in turns one and two on lap 41. A slight misstep by Clanton in turns three and four on the same lap allowed Heckenast to pull back alongside. He completed the winning move with a bottom-line pass of his own on lap 42.

Heckenast's bold recovery denied Clanton his second straight WoO LMS victory after he snapped his 66-race winless streak with a dramatic triumph of his own during the tour's Feb. 7 event at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. The runner-up performance continues Clanton's return to form following a dismal 2014 campaign that saw the WoO LMS veteran go winless on the tour for the first time since the series was restarted in 2004.

"I thought I was going to (win)," said Clanton, who took over the series points lead and is the only driver to finish among the top five in all three of this season's WoO LMS A-Mains. "I just messed up in three and four and Frankie's car was good enough to take advantage of my misfortune. But overall a good night. We started seventh, and to get to second was pretty good.

"We got our ducks in a row right now. Hopefully we can keep them in a row and get a good points lead here. We're optimistic for a good year."

Polesitter Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., was never a factor after jumping the cushion on the race's opening lap. But he recovered to score a sixth-place finish, continuing his solid start to the season that saw the regional standout finish among the top three of both WoO LMS A-Mains at Screven.

Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, advanced from his 18th starting spot to finish seventh, while Briggs faded back to eighth after running among the top three through the race's first 20 laps. Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., finished ninth and rookie competitor Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., notched his first career WoO LMS top-10 finish in the 10th position.

The race was slowed by two cautions with the first appearing for Lanigan's spin on lap four. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., slowed to cause the final caution with 11 laps complete.

The fourth annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals conclude on Sunday with another $10,000-to-win WoO LMS program. Action gets underway with hot laps at 5 p.m. followed by a complete slate of time trials, heat races, B-mains and another 50-lap A-Main.

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.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (5) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $10,550
2. (7) Shane Clanton/50 $5,500
3. (9) Josh Richards/50 $3,150
4. (10) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,150
5. (2) Chub Frank/50 $2,700
6. (1) Brandon Overton/50 $2,250
7. (18) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,950
8. (4) Boom Briggs/50 $1,900
9. (6) Chase Junghans/50 $1,750
10. (3) Jordan Yaggy/50 $1,400
11. (12) Steve Casebolt/50 $1,050
12. (20) Rodney Sanders/50 $1,050
13. (15) Rick Eckert/50 $1,600
14. (8) Austin Kirkpatrick/50 $1,000.00
15. (23) Eric Wells/49 $1,400
16. (14) Mason Zeigler/49 $800
17. (17) Dennis Franklin/49 $770
18. (16) Billy Ogle Jr./49 $750
19. (22) Tyler Clem/49 $730
20. (13) Mark Whitener/34 $700
21. (21) Bob Gardner/32 $700
22. (11) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./26 $700
23. (19) Tim McCreadie/12 $1,350
24. (24) Mike Hammerle/2 $725

Time of Race: 24 Mins., 04 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.766 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Two (laps 4 & 11)
Lap Leaders: Frank (1-5; 8-12), Heckenast (6-7; 13-40; 42-50), Clanton (41)

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 14
1. Shane Clanton 436
2. Brandon Overton 428 (-8)
3. Steve Casebolt 424 (-12)
4. Josh Richards 406 (-30)
5. Darrell Lanigan 404 (-32)
6. Frank Heckenast Jr. 402 (-34)
7. Chub Frank 400 (-36)
8. Morgan Bagley 394 (-42)
9. Boom Briggs 378 (-58)
10. Tim McCreadie 370 (-66)
11. Mason Zeigler 368 (-68)
11. Rick Eckert 368 (-68)

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Start Times Moved Up One Hour Each Day For This Weekend’s Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park

In Light Of Cool Forecasts, Friday's & Saturday's Programs Will Begin At 6 p.m. With Sunday's Action To Kick Off At 5 p.m.

OCALA, Fla. - Feb. 11, 2015 - With weekend forecasts calling for cool temperatures, officials with Bubba Raceway Park and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series have moved up the start times for this weekend's portion of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals by one hour each day.

Hot laps for the $5,000-to-win DIRTcar-sanctioned program on Friday and the $10,000-to-win WoO LMS program on Saturday will both begin at 6 p.m. with time trials and racing to immediately follow on both nights. Hot laps for Sunday's $10,000-to-win WoO LMS program are now set for 5 p.m. with racing to immediately follow.

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Eckert Heads To Bubba Raceway Park’s Bubba Army Winter Nationals After Unveiling New Race Team On World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Former WoO LMS Champion Continues To Gel With New Team As He Prepares For Ocala's Three-Race Weekend Feb. 13-15

OCALA, Fla. - Feb. 11, 2015 - Rick Eckert has plenty to be happy about.

After his status as a full-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitor came into doubt over the offseason, Eckert, 49, of York, Pa., not only landed a ride that has allowed him to remain on tour for the 12th consecutive season, but one that he also believes will allow help him contend for a championship and return to victory lane in 2015.

Eckert, who less than a month ago announced that he had teamed with Paul Crowl and Shawn and Lisa Martin of Viper Motorsports to field a new-look No. 7v MasterSbilt by Huey machine on the WoO LMS this season, hopes his new team finds success this weekend at Bubba Raceway Park, which welcomes the WoO LMS for a pair of events during the fourth annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals Friday (Feb. 13) through Sunday (Feb. 15).

"It's one of those places that you never really know what to expect," Eckert, the 2011 WoO LMS champion, said of Ocala's unique egg-shaped, 3/8-mile oval promoted by nationally known radio show host Todd 'Bubba the Love Sponge' Clem. "It's the kind of place that can be really fast or slippery and slow.

"But I've won at Ocala before and you always look forward to going back to a place where you've had success. That makes me excited to go there, but really I'm just excited and happy to be down here racing."

Indeed, just being in Georgia and Florida for this year's WoO LMS season-opening stretch of racing is a feat in of itself for Eckert. After filling in for the sidelined Josh Richards in the Rocket Chassis house car last season, Eckert wasn't sure if he would be able to remain on the series full time after vacating the seat of the No. 1 machine to make way for Richards' return this season.

It wasn't until a deal was struck with Crowl and the Martins in early January that Eckert was certain he would remain on the WoO LMS for the 2015 season.

"Over the offseason it was frustrating because I really didn't know where I'd be," said Eckert, who was one of the original 12 drivers that joined the WoO LMS when the tour was restarted under the World Racing Group banner in 2004. "I've been here since the beginning, and it's something that's important to me. I'm definitely happy to still be here."

Eckert will use the three nights of racing at Ocala to continue the adjustment process to his new race team after an up-and-down performance in his first action in the tour's season-opening weekend Feb. 6-7 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.

After rushing to prepare the team's equipment in time for the Screven's Winter Freeze V, Eckert debuted his new ride with an 11th-place finish in an unsanctioned tune-up event at Screven on Feb. 5. He suffered a broken brake caliper during Feb. 6's season-opening A-Main for the WoO LMS, relegating him to a 19th-place finish - his worst result in a WoO LMS event in nearly three years.

Eckert rebounded with a ninth-place effort in Feb. 7's Winter Freeze finale, but he knows his team still has plenty of work to do to achieve the performance level to which he's accustomed.

"We've still got a ways to go, but we're OK for this deal not coming together until about four weeks ago," Eckert said. "We had to build cars and get motors, so it's sort of amazing we even made it (to Georgia and Florida). But we're here and we worked hard to get here, so we're gonna work hard to make the most of the trip. It wasn't quite the way we wanted to start, but we made some progress."

While Eckert may be allowing himself and his new team plenty of time to gel before he worries over his performance, he also knows he'll need to get things rolling soon if he's going to challenge for a second WoO LMS title this season.

"It's really important to run good down here and not dig yourself into a hole early in the year," said Eckert, who finished second to Darrell Lanigan in the 2014 WoO LMS points chase. "Last year we left Florida way behind Darrell in the points and just never could get caught up.

"Hopefully everything works out the way that we hope that it does and we get things going like I know we can. It won't be from lack of effort, I can tell you that."

Of course there's also the matter of Eckert's lengthy winless drought that sits at 57 races following Screven's two events. That's a streak that Eckert plans to end soon.

"We're here to win races. That's why we do all this work," Eckert said. "If it wasn't for winning we wouldn't work in the shop like we do or travel up and down the road like we do. Winning races is what makes you keep going, and we're gonna keep going."

About Bubba Raceway Park

Bubba Raceway Park is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval that first opened in 1952, making it one of Florida's oldest race facilities. The track operated as a clay oval for its first 45 years before being covered with asphalt. After 10 years as a pavement track, it was converted back to a clay surface in 2008.

The Late Model track record is 13.771, set by Josh Richards in WoO LMS action on Feb. 15, 2013. For more information, visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com.

Event Information

Stretching from Jan. 28 until Feb. 28, the 2015 Bubba Army Winter Nationals consists of 14 nights of dirt track racing, with Super Late Models highlighting the schedule Feb. 12-15. An open practice gets things started on Thursday (Feb. 12), while Friday (Feb. 13) features a $5,000-to-win DIRTcar-sanctioned program. Saturday (Feb. 14) and Sunday (Feb. 15) feature separate $10,000-to-win WoO LMS programs. The track's V8 Thunderstock division will compete all three nights.

Adult general admission prices are $30 for Friday and $40 on both Saturday and Sunday. A weekend pass is available for $105. Children ages 6-12 are $20 on Friday and $25 both Saturday and Sunday with a $65 weekend pass option. Pit passes are $15 for Thursday's practice, $35 for Friday and $45 on both Saturday and Sunday.

History Lesson

Bubba Raceway Park has hosted 11 WoO LMS events since the tour made its first visit in 2010. The track hosted the series once in March of both 2010 and '11 before the track joined the tour's annual February slate in 2012. The track hosted three series events in 2012, '13 and '14.

Darrell Lanigan leads all drivers with six WoO LMS victories in Ocala's 11 series events. Josh Richards has won two series events, while Rick Eckert, Brady Smith and Brandon Sheppard all have one win at the track. The track's highest-paying WoO LMS event was a $20,000-to-win program claimed by Richards in 2013.

Lanigan also leads the list for most top-five WoO LMS finishes in Ocala with 10 in 11 appearances, while Richards has finished among the top five in all of the eight WoO LMS events he's entered at the track. Chub Frank, Tim McCreadie, Shane Clanton, Mike Marlar, Rick Eckert and Brady Smith all have three top-five results.

Previous WoO LMS A-Main Winners at Bubba Raceway Park
2014 -Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 16
2014 - Brandon Sheppard on Feb. 15
2014 - Brady Smith on Feb. 14
2013 - Josh Richards on Feb. 17
2013 - Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 16
2013 - Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 15
2012 - Rick Eckert on Feb. 18
2012 - Josh Richards on Feb. 17
2012 - Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 16
2011 - Darrell Lanigan on March 25
2010 - Darrell Lanigan on March 19

Current WoO LMS Points Standings Top 10 (as of Feb. 7 - two A-Mains completed)
1. Steve Casebolt 296
2. (tie) Shane Clanton 290 (-6)
2. (tie) Brandon Overton 290 (-6)
4. Billy Moyer 286 (-10)
5. Tim McCreadie 266 (-30)
6. (tie) Josh Richards 262 (-34)
6. (tie) Darrell Lanigan 262 (-34)
8. (tie) Jordy Nipper 260 (-36)
8. (tie) Chub Frank 260 (-36)
10. Morgan Bagley 258 (-38)

2015 WoO LMS Event Winners
Feb. 6 Screven Motor Speedway - Sylvania, GA - Steve Casebolt
Feb. 7 Screven Motor Speedway - Sylvania, GA - Shane Clanton

Upcoming WoO LMS Events
Feb. 19-21 Volusia Speedway Park - Barberville, FL
March 20 Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway - Calvert City, KY
March 21 I-30 Speedway - Little Rock, AR
March 27-28 Farmer City Raceway - Farmer City, IL
April 10 Duck River Raceway Park - Wheel, TN
April 11 Tazewell Speedway - Tazewell, TN

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Clanton Snaps 66-Race World of Outlaws Late Model Series Winless Streak With Dramatic Final-Lap Pass At Screven Motor Speedway

Home-State Driver Overtakes Casebolt To Claim 21st-Career WoO LMS Victory During Final Night Of Screven's Winter Freeze V

SYLVANIA, Ga. - Feb. 7, 2015 - Shane Clanton doesn't have to worry about going winless on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2015.

The 39-year-old Zebulon, Ga., driver, who last season failed to win a WoO LMS event for the first time since the national tour was restarted in 2004, made his long-awaited return to victory lane with a dramatic triumph during Saturday's Winter Freeze V finale at Screven Motor Speedway.

Snapping a 66-race WoO LMS winless streak that stretched back to June 1, 2013, Clanton overtook Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., on the final lap of Saturday's 50-lap A-Main to earn $10,550 for the 21st WoO LMS victory of his career.

"This feels amazing," said Clanton, who piloted his Clements-powered Capital Race Cars house car to victory for the second time in WoO LMS action at Screven's 3/8-mile oval. "We've worked extremely hard to get back (to victory lane), and to get it done here close to home, it's a big night for us and great for our sponsors and everyone that's stuck with us."

Casebolt settled for second in wrapping up an impressive weekend that saw the Hoosier State driver claim his first-career WoO LMS victory during the tour's season-opening race Friday night. Brandon Overton, the Evans, Ga., driver who finished second to Casebolt in Friday's A-Main, was third in Saturday's feature after charging forward from his fifth starting spot and leading six laps early in the race.

Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., followed his third-place finish on Friday with a fourth-place effort Saturday evening, while Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., gave home-state drivers three top-five positions after taking the fifth spot from polesitter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., late in the race.

Clanton's dramatic charge to the lead nearly came too late. After riding among the front-runners the entire race, the fourth-starting Clanton was third when the race's only caution appeared with 41 laps complete.

The ensuing single-file restart marked the beginning of Clanton's rally. He immediately began pressuring Overton for the second spot once the race went back green, making multiple low-side challenges. Clanton first edged ahead of Overton on lap 45, but it took until lap 48 for him to complete the pass.

Clanton quickly erased Casebolt's slight advantage and was on the leader's back bumper by the time the white flag waved. Another hard charge into turn one allowed Clanton to drive alongside Casebolt through the center of the corner and he completed the pass after the two cars made contact exiting turn two.

"They started sliding there in lapped traffic and I was just biding my time, waiting for the signal for five to go," said Clanton, whose Ron Davies-owned Capital machine carries sponsorship from Weldbank Energy, Hornburg Oil, Penn Gold Well Services and VP Racing Fuels. "We had that restart and it was single-file, so I knew it was time to go.

"When I saw the white flag and (Casebolt) let up and just protected it, I just took a chance and leaned on him a little bit there. That's just what you do when you're racing for the win - especially as bad as I wanted to win. I knew he wanted to win it, but it's been a long time since I've been in victory lane."

Casebolt made no complaints over Clanton's aggressive final-lap move. He was actually happy to hold on to the second spot after his Club 29 Race Car began to fade late in the race.

"It's just a shame to lead that much and get passed on the last lap," said Casebolt, who midway through the race pulled away to a more than straightaway advantage after emerging from an early battle with Overton. "Shane drove her down in there and just beat me.

"I wasn't very good entering turn one and I actually thought somebody would've passed me way before they did, so I was happy to have held on like I did. The tires were blistered, and I think Shane maybe had a little bit harder tire on his right-rear. That's probably what won it for him."

The runner-up performance wrapped up an impressive weekend for Casebolt and his new Tye Twarog-owned race team. Along with his victory and second-place finish, the former Eldora Dream winner also notched a sixth-place result in Thursday's unsanctioned tune-up event at Screven.

"I wish the second place would've came first," Casebolt said jokingly during his post-race interview. "Now I'm disappointed. I'm spoiled now. But yeah, it was a good weekend."

The lap-41 yellow flag that set up Clanton's late charge was the race's only caution. It occurred when Roberts tangled with Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., while the two drivers battled for the sixth spot. The contact sent Richards for a spin, relegating the three-time WoO LMS champion to a 15th-place finish and marking the first time in seven WoO LMS events at Screven that he failed to finish among the top five.

The pole-starting McCreadie was never a factor in fading back to sixth at the finish. He was followed by 2015 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year contender Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., in the seventh spot. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, finished eighth with 2011 WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., rounding out the top 10 finishers.

Screven's Winter Freeze doubleheader kicked off a busy stretch of WoO LMS racing in Georgia and Florida. The tour moves next to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for a pair of $10,000-to-win events during the Bubba Army Winter Nationals Feb. 14-15 A $5,000-to-win DIRTcar-sanctioned event on Feb. 13 precedes Ocala's WoO LMS doubleheader.

The WoO LMS wraps up its February slate with three $10,000-to-win programs during the DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 19-21 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The DIRTcar Nationals also include three DIRTcar-sanctioned events Feb. 16-18.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Winter Freeze V at Screven Motor Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. Shane Clanton/50 $10,550
2. Steve Casebolt/50 $5,000
3. Brandon Overton/50 $3,500
4. Billy Moyer/50 $2,750
5. Casey Roberts/50 $2,050
6. Tim McCreadie/50 $2,350
7. Mason Zeigler/50 $1,650
8. Morgan Bagley/50 $1,850
9. Rick Eckert/50 $1,900
10. Chub Frank/50 $1,750
11. Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,700
12. Boom Briggs/50 $1,550
13. Jordy Nipper/50 $1,000
14. Tony Knowles/50 $950
15. Josh Richards/50 $1,500
16. Austin Smith/50 $800
17. Chase Junghans/50 $1,320
18. Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $1,300
19. Dan Stone/49 $730
20. Eric Wells/49 $1,250
21. Pancho Lawler/49 $700
22. Jordan Yaggy/17 $700
23. Dale McDowell/10 $700
24. Rodney Sanders/7 $725

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 14 Mins., 49 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.639 Secs.


Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

Group A
1. 76-Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga., 14.421
2. c9-Steve Casebolt, Richmond, Ind., 14.469
3. 101-Casey Roberts, Toccoa, Ga., 14.571
4. 21-Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark., 14.575
5. 11-Austin Smith, Cedartown, Ga., 14.694
6. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 14.806
7. 7v-Rick Eckert,York, Pa., 14.815
8. 29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky., 14.868
9. D8-Dustin Mitchell, Princeton, N.C., 14.898
10. 26-Tony Knowles, Newnan, Ga., 14.919
11. 17m-Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, Ga., 14.942
12. 93-Pancho Lawler, Glenville, Pa., 15.119
13. 21D-Dan Stone, Thompson, Pa., 15.172
14. 60-Jim Manka, Rincon, Ga., 15.271
15. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck, Montrose, Pa., 15.295
16. 86-Kyle Beard, Trumann, Ark., 15.425
17. 87-Josh Knoll, Lake, Mich., no time

Group B
1. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 14.776
2. 98-Casey Barrow, Bloomingdale, Ga., 14.785
3. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 14.798
4. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 14.954
5. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 14.968
6. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 14.976
7. 25z-Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, Pa., 14.986
8. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 15.066
9. 20-Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 15.131
10. 1N-Jordy Nipper, Gray, Ga., 15.137
11. 99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 15.225
12. 4-Brian Ligon, Augusta, Ga., 15.454
13. 1D-Doug Blashe, Marion, Wis., 15.793
14. 77-Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, Minn., 15.994
15. 1B-Eddie Blackman, Kennesaw, Ga., 16.480
16. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., no time

Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Overton, Roberts, Eckert, Smith, McDowell, Mitchell, Hollenbeck, Stone. Did not start: Knoll.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Casebolt, Moyer, Richards, Knowles, Lanigan, Lawler, Beard, Manka.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Clanton, Zeigler, Frank, Briggs, Sanders, Junghans, Blashe, Blackmon.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): McCreadie, Bagley, Heckenast, Nipper, Wells, Ligon, Yaggy, Barrow.

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Lanigan, McDowell, Lawler, Beard, Mitchell, Hollenbeck, Stone, Manka. DNS: Knoll.
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Wells, Junghans, Sanders, Yaggy, Ligon, Barrow. DNS: Blashe, Blackmon.

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 7 - Two A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Steve Casebolt 296
2. (tie) Shane Clanton 290 (-6)
2. (tie) Brandon Overton 290 (-6)
4. Billy Moyer 286 (-10)
5. Tim McCreadie 266 (-30)
6. Josh Richards 262 (-34)
6. Darrell Lanigan 262 (-34)
8. Jordy Nipper 260 (-36)
8. Chub Frank 260 (-36)
10. Morgan Bagley 258 (-38)

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Steve Casebolt Claims First-Career World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory In Friday’s Season Opener At Screven Motor Speedway

Indiana Standout Bags $10,600 After Passing Polesitter Brandon Overton Late In The First Leg of Screven's Winter Freeze Doubleheader

SYLVANIA, Ga. - Feb. 6, 2015 - Steve Casebolt added another major accomplishment to his resume Friday night at Screven Motor Speedway in earning his first-career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory during the opening race on the national tour's 2015 season.

Casebolt, 36, of Richmond, Ind., overtook Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., on lap 44 of Friday's 50-lap Winter Freeze A-Main at Screven's 3/8-mile oval and turned back Overton's last-ditched effort to retake the lead in the closing laps. The former Eldora Dream winner earned $10,600 in just his second start behind the wheel of a Club 29 Race Car for new car owner Tye Twarog.

"We started this new team kinda on a whim late last year," said Casebolt, who recently announced his partnership with Twarog during December's Performance Racing Industry trade show. "This is unbelievable. I'm thrilled and just couldn't be any happier. Everything turned out great."

Overton settled for the runner-up spot, falling just shy of claiming his own breakthrough WoO LMS victory after leading the race's first 43 laps. He was followed by a pair of three-time WoO LMS champions in third-finishing Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., and fourth-place Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., rounded out the top five finishers in a race slowed by five cautions.

The yellow flags made things difficult for the race winner. After starting to Overton's outside on the front row, Casebolt appeared to have the quicker car for much of the race, but multiple cautions spoiled his challenges.

Casebolt's first serious bid for the lead came just after the lap-20 mark when he began to look under Overton as the two leaders entered lapped traffic. The two cars were side by side on lap 24 when the race's fourth caution waved and thwarted Casebolt's strong run.

Overton edged away from Casebolt in the initial laps following the restart, but Casebolt was again looking under the leader before the race's final caution on lap 31 again slowed his run.

Overton again enjoyed a slight advantage in the laps following the restart, but Casebolt was back looking for the lead by lap 40.

The third time was a charm for Casebolt. Just as Overton reached the tail of the field, Casebolt used a bold move to drive to the outside of Overton in turns one and two on lap 44 and completed the winning pass down the back straightway as Overton remained stuck behind two lapped cars.

Overton quickly moved around the slower cars on the following lap and closed the gap to Casebolt as he had his own struggles with traffic. But it wasn't enough for Overton to make a serious challenge, and Casebolt pulled away over the final two laps.

"I did not need those cautions," said Casebolt, who became the first driver in the WoO LMS modern era to claim his first career series victory during a season-opening event. "Every time they came out I was getting ready to pass him. I was sitting there cussing and saying things nobody should ever say, but I finally got to him in lapped traffic. That was what we needed because we had the better car; we just had trouble getting to him and getting around him. He drove one heck of a race."

Although he missed out on what would have been his biggest career victory, Overton was plenty happy with his performance. Making just his second start in a new MasterSbilt by Huey machine, Overton earned his first top-five in a WoO LMS event with his career-best series finish.

"They were double file in front of me," Overton said of the lapped cars that slowed his pace and allowed Casebolt to make the winning pass. "When you get in traffic like that it's way easier to be running second than leading them things. But that's how it goes. For our second night in the car, I'm definitely happy with the way we ran tonight."

The race's only serious accident came on lap four when sixth-running Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, got over the cushion in turn four and rolled his No. 20 machine. Sanders emerged from his battered car without any apparent injuries, but the wreck ended what began as a promising run in his first-career WoO LMS A-Main start.

Reigning WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., began his sophomore season with a solid sixth-place performance. He was followed by Jordy Nipper of Gray, Ga., in the seventh spot.

Defending WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., was never a factor in finishing eighth. The result ended a streak of 11 consecutive top-five WoO LMS finishes for Lanigan, who two weeks ago broke his right thumb while racing in a non-series event in Arizona.

Tony Knowles of Tyrone, Ga., was part of a solid showing for home-state drivers, with his ninth-place finish making four top-10 results by Georgia-based teams. Behind him, Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., rallied from 20th to 10th in making his first appearance in a Longhorn Chassis.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns to Screven for the final night of the Winter Freeze weekend on Saturday. Another complete program is on tap, featuring time trials, heat races, last-chance qualifiers and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Main.

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.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Winter Freeze at Screven Motor Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Steve Casebolt/50 $10,600
2. (1) Brandon Overton/50 $5,000
3. (7) Billy Moyer/50 $3,150
4. (4) Josh Richards/50 $2,650
5. (3) Shane Clanton/50 $2,550
6. (6) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $2,250
7. (10) Jordy Nipper/50 $1,400
8. (11) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,950
9. (9) Tony Knowles/50 $1,250
10. (20) Chub Frank/50 $1,650
11. (14) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,550
12. (5) Dale McDowell/50 $1,050
13. (13) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,500
14. (21) Eric Wells/49 $1,450
15. (24) Pancho Lawler/49 $850
16. (18) Boom Briggs/49 $1,350
17. (22) Chase Junghans/49 $1,320
18. (12) Mason Zeigler/49 $1,000
19. (16) Rick Eckert/48 $1,380
20. (19) Kyle Beard/29 $700
21. (23) Dan Stone/13 $700
22. (15) Casey Roberts/8 $700
23. (17) Jordan Yaggy/4 $700
24. (8) Rodney Sanders/3 $725s

Time of Race: 28 Mins., 49 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.491 Secs.

Yellow Flags: Five (laps 4, 5, 13, 24 & 31)

Lap Leaders: Overton (1-43); Casebolt (44-50)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Heckenast, Sanders, Knowles, Bagley, Yaggy, Wells, Beard, Hollenbeck.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Richards, McDowell, Nipper, McCreadie, Lawler, Stone, Ligon, Manka.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Moyer, Overton, Lanigan, Roberts, Frank, Junghans, Hickman, Mitchell.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Clanton, Casebolt, Zeigler, Eckert, Briggs, Smith, Barrow, Knoll.

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Yaggy, Beard, Wells, Lawler, Stone, Hollenbeck, Manka, Ligon.
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Briggs, Frank, Junghans, Smith, Mitchell, Knoll. Did not start: Hickman, Barrow.

2015 Points
1. Steve Casebolt 150
2. Brandon Overton 146 (-4)
3. Billy Moyer 144 (-6)
4. Josh Richards 142 (-8)
5. Shane Clanton 140 (-10)
6. Frank Heckenast Jr. 138 (-12)
7. Jordy Nipper 136 (-14)
8. Darrell Lanigan 134 (-16)
9. Tony Knowles 132 (-18)
10. Chub Frank 130 (-20)

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Clanton Hopes To End World of Outlaws Late Model Series Winless Streak At Screven Motor Speedway’s Winter Freeze

WoO LMS Veteran Looks To Rebound From Disappointing 2014 Campaign With More Home-State Success During 2015's Season-Opening Weekend Feb. 6-7

SYLVANIA, Ga. - Feb. 3, 2015 - Shane Clanton has had the weekend of Feb. 6-7 circled on his calendar since the 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule was released nearly three months ago. Not just because those dates serve as the national tour's season-opening weekend, but because that's when Clanton intends to end his 65-race WoO LMS winless streak.

Clanton, the 39-year-old WoO LMS veteran from Zebulon, Ga., will join 13 other WoO LMS championship hopefuls and a host of other national stars, regional standouts and weekend warriors in launching the 2015 WoO LMS season with separate $10,000-to-win WoO LMS programs on Friday and Saturday as part of Screven Motor Speedway's Winter Freeze weekend. The doubleheader kicks off a busy stretch of racing that features seven WoO LMS events in Georgia and Florida between Feb. 6 and Feb. 21.

Back on the WoO LMS schedule after a one-year hiatus, Screven's 3/8-mile oval is particularly inviting to Clanton. With his Capital Race Cars house car team based roughly three hours from the east Georgia race facility, Clanton has more laps around Screven than any of the other WoO LMS regulars. That advantage has led to plenty of success for Clanton, including a victory and four top-five finishes in Screven's six WoO LMS events.

At a time when he needs a WoO LMS breakthrough perhaps more than ever, Clanton hopes that trend continues this weekend.

"It would be a good start to the year just to go there and run good and get a couple top fives, but I'm going to Screven to at least win one of them, if not both," said Clanton, who scored finishes of first and second during Screven's most recent WoO LMS events at the 2013 Winter Freeze. "We always seem to run up front there I think just because of the amount of laps I have there over most of my competition. It seems to fit my driving style and fit our cars. Hopefully we can capitalize on that again because we really need a win or two."

Indeed, Clanton needs a victory to both end his winless streak and get the season started on a positive note as he looks to rebound from a 2014 campaign that fell well below his usual standards. Besides producing a disappointing sixth-place points finish, the 2014 season was also the first time since the WoO LMS was restarted in 2004 that Clanton failed to win a series event.

But Clanton and his Weldbank Energy-sponsored team have put their dismal 2014 results behind them and focused their sights on a comeback year in 2015. After putting in extra work in the shop and spending extra time testing over the offseason, Clanton is confident both his own race team and the Capital Race Cars program as a whole are headed for much better results.

"It's always a work in progress and if you slow down and quit working, you get behind," said Clanton, who recently welcomed back former crew chief Brock Wise after the two parted ways early last season. "That showed in our results last year. But we've worked real hard the past six months and I think we've got a real good package that we can keep making better and better.

"We're definitely going out to have a better year this year and we're gonna do our best to start off with a couple wins before we even get to Florida. We should have a good opportunity because we like Screven and run good every time we go there. Hopefully we can start the year off on the right foot."

About Screven Motor Speedway

Screven Motor Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval that first opened in 1997. The track is part of owner Redd Griffin's Screven Motorsports Complex that also features a dragstrip, two go-kart tracks and a mud bog. For more information, visit http://www.screvenmotorsports.com/.

Event Information

The WoO LMS doubleheader is part of four nights of racing during the Winter Freeze. Action kicks off Wednesday (Feb. 4) with Open-Wheel Modified racing and Super Late Model practice. An unsanctioned Super Late Model race paying $5,000 to the winner is slated for Thursday (Feb. 5) along with a $1,500-to-win Open-Wheel Modified race.

The WoO LMS portion of the event kicks off Friday (Feb. 6) with a complete program of time trials, heat races, last-chance qualifiers and a 50-lap A-Main. Friday's card also includes $1,500-to-win programs for the local Late Model division and Open-Wheel Modified. Another complete WoO LMS program is on tap for Saturday (Feb. 7) with a $4,000-to-win Open-Wheel Modified program and a $2,000-to-win event for the local Late Model division.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Feb. 3-4 and 9 a.m. Feb. 5-7. The drivers' meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5-6 with hot laps to follow, while Feb. 7's drivers' meeting is at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps to follow. Time trials begin at 7:30 Friday evening and 6:30 Saturday.

General admission tickets are $35 each night for Feb. 6-7 and include pit access; children 12-and-under free. Camping and parking is free for fans. Fans are invited to attend a meet and greet with WoO LMS drivers from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. There will also be a live concert featuring the David Cooler Band.

History Lesson

Screven Motor Speedway has hosted six WoO LMS events with the tour's first visit coming in 2008. The series' first two stops were both late-summer affairs in 2008 and 2009 before Screven moved up to a springtime date in 2010. After a March rainout in 2011, the WoO LMS began sanctioning February's Winter Freeze in 2012. The Winter Freeze was split into two WoO LMS programs for the first time in 2013 before dropping from the WoO LMS schedule in 2014 due to tire rule concerns.

Defending WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., scored the biggest WoO LMS payday at Screven with his $20,000 victory during the 2012 Winter Freeze. No driver has won more than one WoO LMS event at Screven. Additionally, all six events have been claimed by drivers who were WoO LMS regulars at the time of their victories.

Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who split victories with Clanton during the 2013 Winter Freeze, leads all drivers with six top-five finishes in six WoO LMS events at Screven. Clanton is second with four top-fives and Lanigan has three; Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., each have two top-five finishes.

Previous WoO LMS A-Main Winners at Screven
2013 - Josh Richards on Feb. 9
2013 - Shane Clanton on Feb. 8
2012 - Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 11
2010 - Austin Hubbard on March 20
2009 - Tim Fuller on Aug. 29
2008 - Steve Francis on Aug. 16

Upcoming WoO LMS Events
Feb. 14-15 Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL
Feb. 19-21 Volusia Speedway Park - Barberville, FL
March 20 Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway - Calvert City, KY
March 21 I-30 Speedway - Little Rock, AR
March 27-28 Farmer City Raceway - Farmer City, IL

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Standout Roster Of Title Hopefuls Ready To Launch 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series With Seven February Events In Georgia and Florida

CONCORD, N.C. - Feb. 1, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set to launch its 12th season under the World Racing Group banner and once again a star-studded group of drivers plan to contend for the national tour's $100,000 championship.

Who from the list of seasoned veterans, improving drivers and promising rookies will emerge from the title battle will be determined by a long season that won't wrap up until November's World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but they'll all look to get their seasons off to a strong start when the series launches with seven events in Georgia and Florida between Feb. 6 and Feb. 21.

Drivers who have announced intentions of following the WoO LMS this season include:

* Darrell Lanigan. Fresh off a record-setting 2014 campaign that saw the 44-year-old Union, Ky., driver claim 17 WoO LMS A-Main victories and his third series championship, Lanigan enters 2015 hoping to maintain his unprecedented performance level in his new Club 29 Race Cars. Lanigan, who ended his longtime affiliation with Rocket Chassis and launched his own chassis brand in 2014, will have some adjustments to make this season, however, with his race team expanding to a two-car program and crew chief Jason Jameson being promoted to driver of the team's second entry. Lanigan also enters the season on the mend after suffering a hand injury during a non-series event at Arizona's USA Raceway in January.

* Rick Eckert. After logging just the second winless season of his 10-year WoO LMS career and his first since 2007, the 2011 WoO LMS champion has regrouped and is aiming for a return to victory lane in 2015 with a completely new team. Eckert, who finished second in the final 2014 standings while filling in for Josh Richards in the Rocket Chassis house car, has joined forces with Paul Crowl and Shawn and Lisa Martin of Viper Motorsports to field MasterSbilt by Huey cars this season. The association with Viper Motorsports is a new relationship for Eckert, while Crowl provided a part-time ride that carried Eckert to numerous regional victories over the past two seasons.

* Tim McCreadie. After an up-and-down 2014 campaign, the 2006 WoO LMS champion hopes to find more consistency and return to title contention in 2015. Entering his second season back in a Rocket Chassis, McCreadie, 40, of Watertown, N.Y., welcomes back Tommy Grecco as crew chief of his Sweeteners Plus entry. Grecco, who has spent the past eight seasons with Clint Bowyer Racing, was previously head wrench for McCreadie for five years, including McCreadie's championship season in 2006. McCreadie is coming off a third-place points finish last season that featured three WoO LMS A-Main victories.

* Morgan Bagley. With an impressive fourth-place points finish in his sophomore WoO LMS season, the 28-year-old Longview, Texas, driver hopes his third year of national touring produces his first WoO LMS victory. Bagley, who came close to the illusive breakthrough win with a pair of runner-up efforts last season, enters 2015 with just a handful of races in his new Wayman McMillan-owned Black Diamond by Club 29 equipment.

* Chub Frank. After improving from a ninth-place points finish in 2013 to a fifth-place result last year, the Bear Lake, Pa., veteran hopes to remain among the tour's top competitors in 2015. Frank, who celebrated his 53rd birthday on Jan. 22, enters the season looking to end a five-year winless streak on the series. For the second straight year, he'll follow the tour with fellow Bear Lake, Pa., racer Boom Briggs as his teammate.

* Eric Wells. The 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year narrowly missed scoring his first top-five points finish in 2014, losing the fifth spot to Frank only after a tiebreaker. Wells, 26, of Hazard, Ky., will look to rebound from that shortcoming this season as he returns for his third WoO LMS campaign. After switching to Rocket Chassis last year, Wells has opted to return to the same Team Zero by Bloomquist machines that carried him to his first and only WoO LMS A-Main victory and the Rookie of the Year title in 2013.

* Shane Clanton. After a disappointing 2014 campaign, the Zebulon, Ga., driver hopes to bounce back in a big way in the new season. Clanton failed to win a WoO LMS A-Main for the first time since the tour was restarted in 2004 and recorded his worst points finish since 2011 in ending up seventh in the final 2014 standings. The 39-year-old veteran is hoping an offseason of hard work and refocusing will lead him and the Weldbank Energy-sponsored Capital Race Cars house car team back to victory lane and into title contention in 2015.

* Frank Heckenast Jr. After a number of promising performances during his run to the 2014 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year title, the Frankfort, Ill., driver returns looking for even better this season. Still aiming for his first series A-Main triumph, the 26-year-old Heckenast returns to the tour with Club 29 Race Cars that helped him improve during the second half of last season.

* Chase Junghans. The 22-year-old racer fell short of the Rookie of the Year title in 2014, but he displayed promise with constant improvement throughout the season and a number of impressive runs. Entering only his third full year of Late Model competition, the former open-wheel modified standout and his Shop Quik Racing team will continue their association with Clanton and Capital Race Cars as Junghans continues to adjust to the life of a national touring driver.

* Boom Briggs. Racing as a teammate to the veteran Frank, the 43-year-old Briggs struggled to build much momentum during his rookie campaign a season ago. However, improvement throughout the second half of 2014 and a switch to Longhorn Chassis have enticed the regional standout turned national traveler into another go at the WoO LMS. He'll once again team with Frank for the venture.

* Josh Richards. The three-time WoO LMS champion from Shinnston, W.Va., finds himself in a familiar situation entering the season: having to readjust to life as a full-time Outlaw after a season away from the series. Richards, who missed most of 2012 while pursuing pavement-racing opportunities, was forced to sit out most of 2014 due to nerve issues in his hands, but he's poised to make a quick comeback after suiting up for the final two races of the season. With a clean bill of health, the 26-year-old Richards returns to the seat of the Rocket Chassis house car in 2015 aiming to beat Lanigan in a race to become the first four-time WoO LMS champion.

* Mason Zeigler. One of the sport's most promising up-and-coming drivers, Zeigler, 22, of Chalk Hill, Pa., will attempt to parlay his breakout 2014 season into a successful WoO LMS rookie campaign in 2015. Zeigler displayed multiple flashes of brilliance during his nine WoO LMS appearances last season, including seven A-Main starts that produced one top-five finish and a pair of top 10s. One of his most impressive performances came at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway's Prairie Dirt Classic, where Zeigler won his heat race and finished third in the $25,000-to-win event.

* Jason Jameson. After earning the 2014 WoO LMS Crew Chief of the Year Award for his efforts in helping Darrell Lanigan claim series title, the 29-year-old Jameson has traded in his tool box for a steering wheel. Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., will field a second Lanigan Autosports Club 29 entry in 2015 as he chases the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Award. A regional Late Model competitor since 2006, Jameson competed when not on the road with Lanigan last season and managed to record one of his best seasons even in limited action.

* Jordan Yaggy . A graduate of the Upper Midwest's WISSOTA Late Model division, the Rochester, Minn., driver is considering tackling the WoO LMS in just his second full season of Super Late Model competition. Yaggy, 23, got a good taste of the tour's competition level from the six WoO LMS events he entered in 2014, and he proved he's capable of mixing it up with the tour regulars in making all six A-Mains. He won two heat races and earned one fast time award. With backing from Arnie Ranta Motorsports for his Rocket Chassis entry, Yaggy plans to evaluate his performance at Screven, Ocala and Volusia before committing to a full-time run with the series.

The 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series season gets under way Feb. 6-7 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., with two WoO LMS events during the Winter Freeze. 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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2015 Points
Feb. 21
1. Shane Clanton 1,032
2. Darrell Lanigan 942
3. Morgan Bagley 916
4. Josh Richards 914
5. Chub Frank 910
6. Tim McCreadie 894
7. F. Heckenast Jr. 868
8. Chase Junghans 856
9. Rick Eckert 866
10. Eric Wells 842
 
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