Lanigan Rules Independence to Claim 10th World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory of the Season
Two-time Champion tops Heckenast to Win Independence for Third Straight Year
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa July 24, 2014 Darrell Lanigan is fast at most all of the tracks on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule, but he may be best at Independence Motor Speedway.
Lanigan, the two-time WoO LMS champion and current series points leader, claimed Independences WoO LMS event for the third straight year Thursday night, topping Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., at the 3/8-mile oval to earn $10,650 for his 10th WoO LMS victory of the season.
The second-starting Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., led every lap of the 50-lap race to extend his lead atop the national tours all-time wins list with his 63rd-career WoO LMS A-Main victory. Lanigans self-designed Club 29 Race Car crossed the finish line 3.2 seconds ahead of Heckenast, who also drove a Club 29 car in an event slowed by a single caution on lap 18.
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., advanced from sixth to finish third in the Rocket Chassis house car. Third-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., used a high-side charge to move his Rocket Chassis to second early in the race before fading back to fourth at the finish. Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., finished fifth in his Longhorn Chassis.
Starting from the outside of the front row, Lanigan pulled ahead of Heckenast on the start of the 50-lap race and used the middle groove of the racetrack to quickly build a comfortable lead on the low-running Heckenast.
The high-running McCreadie briefly closed in on Lanigan when he took second around lap 10, but he faded following the lap-18 restart.
The resurgent Heckenast pressured Lanigan as the leaders raced through traffic around races halfway point, but Lanigans superior experience showed as he knifed his way through traffic and pulled away in the second half of the race.
Hes got a good car and hes definitely coming on here at the end of the year, Lanigan said of Heckenast. I never did see his nose there, but I had a guy on the backstretch giving my signals. He gave me a big signal there at the end, so I just kinda bided my time with those lapped car.
Heckenast, who switched to a Club 29 car in late June, fell short of claiming his first career WoO LMS victory, but the 26-year-old driver strengthened his command of the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year chase with his solid performance.
Everything went our way and we had a pretty good night, said Heckenast, who recorded his first top-five of the season in a WoO LMS A-Main. Darrell, hes got a lot of experience racing in traffic and being out front. I dont have the confidence just yet to move around on the racetrack.
He was so much better through traffic, so hed get out on me. But after the restart ... my car was really good. I hung with him there for a while and didnt wanna show him everything. But hes so good, he normally gets faster from lap 40 to 50.
The third-place finish leaves Eckert still looking for first WoO LMS victory of the season, but the 2011 series champion was pleased with his teams progress.
Its not from lack of effort because weve been working hard to get there, Eckert said of the frustration of his current winless streak. We couldnt race by them tonight, but we were pretty close. Well take that.
The guys have been working real hard and giving me a good car. Tonight was about as good as weve got. We had a really decent car, so I think we can work from that.
The WoO LMS moves to Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway on Friday to kick off the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend at the popular quarter-mile oval. Friday nights preliminary action will set the lineup for Saturdays $25,000-to-win main event.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Independence Motor Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Darrell Lanigan $10,650
2. (1) Frank Heckenast Jr. $5,850
3. (6) Rick Eckert $3,650
4. (3) Tim McCreadie $2,150
5. (4) Billy Moyer $2,200
6. (12) Jimmy Mars $1,700
7. (13) Tim Fuller $1,400
8. (10) Shane Clanton $1,850
9. (19) Eric Wells $1,750
10. (8) Morgan Bagley $1,700
11. (15) Brian Birkhofer $1,050
12. (5) Chase Junghans $1,550
13. (7) Wendell Wallace $1,450
14. (17) Clint Smith $1,450
15. (16) Boom Briggs $1,450
16. (18) Tyler Bruening $800
17. (23) Dustin Virkus $770
18. (21) Jason Rauen $750
19. (9) Spencer Diercks $730
20. (11) Chad Smith $700
21. (14) Chub Frank $700
22. (20) Curt Martin $700
23. (22) Chris Simpson $700
24. (24) Mike Fryer $700
Time of Race: 16 Mins., 26 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 3.2 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 18)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps Top 6 Transfer): Heckenast, Eckert, Wallace, Clanton, Fuller, Rauen, Briggs, Martin, Metcalf.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps Top 6 Transfer): Moyer, McCreadie, Bagley, Chad Simpson, Frank, Smith, Wells, Fryer.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps Top 6 Transfer): Lanigan, Junghans, Diercks, Mars, Birkhofer, Bruening, Chris Simpson, Virkus.
B-Main (12 laps Top 4 Transfer): Wells, Martin, Rauen, Chris Simpson, Virkus, Metcalf, Fryer.
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of July 24 - 22 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 3170
2. Rick Eckert 2958 (-212)
3. Tim McCreadie 2942 (-228)
4. Morgan Bagley 2872 (-298)
5. Chub Frank 2844 (-326)
6. Eric Wells 2786(-384)
7. Shane Clanton 2782 (-388)
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 2726 (-444)
9. Clint Smith 2782 (-496)
10. Chase Junghans 2576 (-594)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2526 (-644)
12. Tim Fuller 1660 (-1510)
After Wild West Tour Success, Much-Improved Bagley Takes Aim at Lucrative Upcoming World of Outlaws Late Model Series Events
Second-Year Driver Continues Quest for Breakthrough Win at Fairbury and Cedar Lake
Morgan Bagleys rookie campaign on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series last year may not have gone as well as he had hoped, but hes doing his best to make up for it this season.
After falling short of the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Award in 2013, Bagley, 28 of Longview, Texas, has rebounded with a stellar sophomore season on the national tour. Just past the halfway point on the series schedule, Bagley sits fourth in the WoO LMS championship chase and has been knocking on the door of a breakthrough victory.
Of course we wanted to do better, but we learned a lot last year and really just went out and got a lot of experience under our belt, said Bagley, who scored just one top-five finish in 2013 on his way to finishing second to Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., in the WoO LMS rookie chase. This year, we came back and knew a lot more about what we needed to do and where we needed to be. With all the experience I got last year, its just all kinda started coming together and things are starting to mesh where were more competitive night in and night out.
After an up-and-down start this season, Bagley improved his consistency with eight top-10 finishes in nine events between May and June. He improved even more in July as the WoO LMS headed to the Upper Midwest for the annual Wild West Tour.
Bagley kicked off the four-race stretch with a fourth-place finish at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway on July 10 before scoring back-to-back runner-up finishes at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on July 13 and Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on July 15. The three consecutive top-five finishes were one more than his previous career top-five tally on the WoO LMS, and the second-place efforts bested his previous career-best A-Main finish of third last season at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
We definitely had a real good swing, said Bagley, who ended the Wild West Tour with a 12th-place finish at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on July 18. Were just kinda sticking with what we know and what works best for us. Just making small adjustments and putting on the right tires. Everybodys been working hard and things are going good.
Bagley was perhaps most impressive at Deer Creek, where he outdueled 2011 WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., to take the lead early in the 50-lap A-Main and led 20 laps before letting series points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., slip by in traffic. Bagley battled back and pressured Lanigan throughout the second half of the race but couldnt find a way back around the two-time series champion.
Bagley also finished second to Lanigan at Brown County Speedway. While he didnt spend any time out front in the main event, he again impressed with a run forward from his seventh starting spot and looked under Lanigan multiple times following a late restart.
It seems like the closer you get the more you want it, Bagley said of his near-misses on the Wild West Tour. You definitely cant hang your head running to second to that guy. Weve been close; its not like we couldnt see him when the checkered came out. We got to lead some laps and we got to get up there and get close to him.
Hes a real good driver and hes real hard to beat. So when we get up there and run with him, its just making me better. Im glad were in that situation.
While hes happy with his teams improved performance, Bagley is hoping for even better as he eyes his first series victory. Hell have plenty of opportunities to go for that long-awaited initial triumph as the WoO LMS hits one of the busiest stretches of the season with 13 races scheduled between now and the end of August. That stretch includes two of the years biggest races in this weekends $25,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury (Illinois) American Legion Speedway and the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals Aug. 1-2 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
Bagley will first return to action when the WoO LMS hits Independence (Iowa) Speedway for a $10,000-to-win event Thursday (July 24) and will follow the series to Fairbury for the quarter-mile ovals annual mega-event Friday and Saturday (July 25-26). The Prairie Dirt Classic will be sanctioned by the WoO LMS for the second consecutive year and will also see a purse increase with the winners payout up $5,000 from last season. The event is expected to attract well over 50 entries to what many consider one of the raciest tracks in the country.
After Fairbury, the tour heads to Shawano (Wis.) Speedway for another $10,000-to-win midweek event on Tuesday (July 29) before invading Cedar Lake Speedway for the 3/8-mile ovals prestigious USA Nationals. The three-day blockbuster weekend kicks off Thursday (July 31) with a $6,000-to-win tune-up event before USA Nationals preliminary action Friday night (Aug. 1) and the $50,000-to-win main event Saturday (Aug. 2).
Like Fairbury, Cedar Lake is also expected to draw a stout field for its crown jewel event. But that doesnt faze Bagley. Instead, he looks forward to the chance to prove himself at both races.
Right now I really look forward to all the races we have coming up, Bagley said. Weve got things rolling good and you look forward to going to any track when youre running like this. I know were still gonna have some bad nights, but the way were running, I know were capable of running with these guys and that really helps youre confidence.
Itll be tough with the big money on the line at Fairbury and Cedar Lake, but I really look forward to those big races because theres a lot of good guys that come out and run those. I like to see where we compare when you get those tougher fields for the big money races. Hopefully we can keep things running good and get in the mix and be there at the end of those deals.
Having the confidence that he can compete for victories is a major improvement from where Bagley was one year ago, when the same stretch of racing hes set to face in the coming week and a half produced just one top-10 finish (a ninth-place result in the USA Nationals tune-up race). But the thought of last years struggles no longer haunts Bagley. He knows the hard times were all part of the process.
The main thing was I just had to stick it out and survive and stay positive and learn from it, Bagley said. Everything Ive raced from go-karts, modifieds or late models, when youre new to something it takes a little while to get going. I guess there may be some people that are a natural at it and can go out there and compete right off the bat. But I dont think you see that much at this level. These guys are the best in the sport, and I knew that it wasnt gonna be easy.
Of course I hoped it would come ASAP, but I knew that sometimes for some people it takes four or five years to get good at this level and then some guys never get it. Im just very fortunate that my car owners Wayman and Kay McMillan have given me the opportunity to do this and have given me the time to learn and have stuck with me while I was learning.
The McMillans have done more than simply stick with Bagley as he struggled through the growing pains of his rookie WoO LMS season. After Bagleys lucrative open-wheel modified ride fell through in 2010, the McMillans stepped in to not only keep Bagley racing at a high level, but to also give him his first chance to compete in Super Late Models.
The opportunity they gave me has kept me going, said Bagley, who joined the McMillans race team in 2011 and claimed a regional championship on the Southern United Professional Racers tour that season before expanding to more national events in 2012 and eventually tackling the WoO LMS in 2013. If it wasnt for them, I think Id be very lucky just to race at a local level every Saturday night. Ive had great people that helped me out on my local stuff back at home, but it wasnt nothing like this. I just really want to win one for Wayman and Kay and our whole team.
While Bagley longs to finally score his first WoO LMS victory for both himself and his team, he doesnt plan to change anything about his approach in order make it happen. Bagley knows that if he simply continues to run among the top five, the victories will come soon enough.
Were racing against some of the best drivers in the sport and were running right there with them, Bagley said. Thats what makes me feel good about what were doing. I mean, I want to win races, but I know we just need to focus on our thing and just continue to stay in the top five every night. I think as long as we keep running around that top five, thats gonna put us in contention to win races. Thats really what I look forward to.
Fuller Edges McCreadie at River Cities for First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory of the Season
New York Driver Returns to Victory Lane at Site of First Career Series Victory
GRAND FORKS, S.D. July 18, 2014 A return to the site of his first career series victory was just what Tim Fuller needed to return to victory lane on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
Competing at the track where he earned his breakthrough series victory during his rookie WoO LMS season in 2007, Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., overtook Tim McCreadie midway through Fridays A-Main at River Cities Speedway and turned back McCreadies late challenges to claim his first WoO LMS victory since Aug. 17, 2013.
The fifth-starting Fuller used a three-wide move to complete the winning pass as McCreadie, also of Watertown, struggled to clear traffic on lap 24 of the 50-lap race. McCreadie recovered to pressure Fuller through the closing stages of the caution-free event, but Fuller turned back each of McCreadies challenges to earn $10,050 for the 14th WoO LMS A-Main victory of his career.
To be honest, I really dont even think of this place as one of my better tracks, said Fuller, who recently returned to full-time WoO LMS competition after running roughly half of the national tours races through the first half of the season. Its not really my style of track, but for whatever reason we run good here. I guess theres something about the track that clicks with me, but I really cant tell you what it is.
Fullers Clements-powered Kennedy Motorsports Rocket Chassis crossed the finish line 0.910 seconds ahead of McCreadie, who settled for second after leading the races first 24 laps from the outside of the front row. Polesitter Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., finished third with third-starting Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., placing fourth. WoO LMS points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., improved one position from his sixth starting spot to round out the races top five finishers.
Fuller put himself in contention early with a charge to third on the races opening lap. He pulling away from an early back-and-forth battle with Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., Fuller began to pressure Smith for the second spot just after lap 10 as both he and Smith closed in on McCreadie in traffic.
Fuller and Smith went back and forth for second just behind the leader before Fuller cleared Smith for good on lap 18 and set his sights on McCreadie. By lap 20, Fuller was pressuring McCreadie in traffic as Smith and Clanton battled side-by-side for third just behind the leaders.
As McCreadie struggled to find a way around the slower cars of Lance Matthees and Jordan Yaggy, Fuller took advantage to drive around both McCreadie and Yaggy to take the lead in a three-wide, race-winning move on lap 24.
Fuller opened a slight advantage after moving out front and used numerous slide jobs to clear traffic without opening the door for McCreadie.
Timmy got hung on the bottom and I wasnt leaving the top, said Fuller, who survived a lap-33 scrape with Clint Smith while attempting to put him a lap down. We had to slide lapped cars because everybody wanted to stay on the top. But we managed it and got through those guys like we needed to.
This thing looked like it had been through a demolition derby anyway, so I didnt care if I wrinkled up a quarter-panel. You just had to be rude every now and then and take it.
Fullers lap-33 contact with Clint Smith allowed McCreadie to close the gap. McCreadie kept pace with Fuller the rest of the way, but Fullers aggressive handling of traffic prevented McCreadie from making a serious bid for the lead.
I just never really had a chance, said McCreadie, who scored his third top-three finish in the past four WoO LMS events. We didnt get as many guys running side by side like they were early in the race. They all went to the cushion and left room where he could slide em. Early when I was stuck there behind them, theyre running double file and there was no room to slide them.
He did a good job. He knew what to do. When he got by me, he didnt mess around with anybody. He did it the way I shouldve done it, which was lay a fender on them. I was just being too nice to everybody and shouldve been more aggressive.
Mars faded to sixth at the finish after running as high as third early in the race. Rick Eckert or York, Pa., was seventh with Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., eighth. After going to a backup car following hot laps, Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., advanced from 18th to ninth in the main event with rookie contender Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., rounding out the top 10 finishers.
Fridays race concluded the WoO LMS Wild West Tour. The four-race stretch took the national tour through the Upper Midwest with events at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway, Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., and River Cities.
The WoO LMS returns to action Thursday, July 24 at Independence (Iowa) Speedway, before heading to Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway Friday and Saturday, July 25-26 for the $25,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Wild West Tour event at Brown County Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (5) Tim Fuller/50 $10,050
2. (2) Tim McCreadie/50 $5,650
3. (1) Brady Smith/50 $3,000
4. (3) Shane Clanton/50 $3,050
5. (6) Darrell Lanigan/50 $2,650
6. (7) Jimmy Mars/50 $1,700
7. (8) Rick Eckert/50 $2,050
8. (12) Eric Wells/50 $1,850
9 (18) Chub Frank/50 $1,950
10. (4) Chase Junghans/49 $1,900
11. (11) Frank Heckenast Jr./49 $1,600
12. (15) Morgan Bagley/49 $1,550
13. (17) Adam Hensel/49 $1,450
14. (9) Clint Smith/49 $1,450
15. (16) Dustin Strand/49 $850
16. (14) Lance Matthees/49 $900
17. (13) Boom Briggs/49 $1,320
18. (22) Bill Mooney/48 $750
19. (21) Zach Naastad/48 $730
20. (20) Jordan Yaggy/25 $700
21. (23) Gregg Hill/21 $700
22. (10) Mike Balcaen/15 $700
23. (19) Joey Pederson/14 $700
24. (24) Ward Imrie/2 $725
Time of Race: 11 Mins., 35 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.910 Secs.
Yellow Flags: none
Lap Leaders: McCreadie (1-24); Fuller (25-50)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points as of July 18
1. Darrell Lanigan 3110
2. Rick Eckert 2898 (-212)
3. Tim McCreadie 2882 (-228)
4. Morgan Bagley 2812 (-298)
5. Chub Frank 2784 (-326)
6. Eric Wells 2726(-384)
7. Shane Clanton 2722 (-388)
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 2666 (-444)
9. Clint Smith 2614 (-496)
10. Chase Junghans 2516(-594)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2466 (-644) =
12. Tim Fuller 1600 (-1510)
Lanigan Turns Back McCreadie & Bagley to Win World of Outlaws Late Model Series Return to Brown County Speedway
Series Points Leader Survives Challenges to Score Ninth Victory of 2014
ABERDEEN, S.D. July 15, 2014 Darrell Lanigan may have led every lap of Tuesday nights World of Outlaws Late Model Series race at Brown County Speedway, but collecting his ninth A-Main victory of the season was far from easy for the two-time series champion and current points leader.
Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., survived heavy pressure from Tim McCreadie midway through the 50-lap race and later turned back Morgan Bagleys late charge to claim his second consecutive series victory in front of near-capacity crowd at the third-mile oval that hosted its first WoO LMS event since 2008.
Lanigan, who also won Sundays A-Main at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., led by 1.097 seconds at the finish in claiming the third of four races on the WoO LMS Wild West Tour.
The car was good tonight, just got stuck in that lapped traffic a little bit, said Lanigan, who added to his lead atop the national tours all-time wins list with his 62nd career WoO LMS victory. McCreadie got up there on the outside of me and I had to move up a little bit. The car got better once I moved up and it definitely got better at the end.
Advancing from his seventh starting spot, Bagley of Tyler, Texas, pressured Lanigan following the races only restart with 10 laps remaining. But the second-year WoO LMS competitor again came up one position short of claiming his first series victory in finishing runner-up to Lanigan for the second straight race.
Fifth-starting McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was third at the finish after recovering from near disaster when he slipped over the banking while attempting to drive around Lanigan on lap 33. Third-starting Rick Eckert or York, Pa., finished fourth while sixth-starting Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., rounded out the top in a race slowed by one caution.
McCreadie gave Lanigan his biggest challenge when he chased down the leader in traffic just before the races halfway point. McCreadie took multiple looks under Lanigan amid heavy traffic between laps 25 and 30 before switching to the high groove once the leaders reached clear track.
McCreadies high line appeared to be quicker than Lanigans lane around the bottom of the track, but his bid to take the lead was denied when Lanigan also switched to the high side entering turn one on lap 33.
Lanigans abrupt lane switch forced McCreadie up the track and over the banking, effectively ending his chance at victory even though he maintained control of his car and drove back on the racetrack in the fourth position.
McCreadie recovered to move by Eckert for third late in the race but couldnt run down Lanigan and Bagley in the closing laps. He settled for third but wasnt pleased with the lap-33 incident.
Hes doing whatever it takes to win and thats what we gotta start doing I guess, said McCreadie, whos currently third in the WoO LMS points standings with just one victory on the year. Its tough. Sometimes its like hes got eyes in the back of his head. I never wouldve thought he couldve went to the top when I poked him on the bottom for five laps. But hes good right now; we just gotta get better.
Lanigan said he was aware that McCreadie was looking to his outside, but he felt he had moved back ahead of his challenger before making his move to the top groove.
I knew it was close, but I thought I had him clear there when I moved up, Lanigan said. I dont think I touched him. I think he kind of ran out of room up there and went over the lip a little bit. The lips really bad when you get to the top up there.
Continuing his upswing on the series, Bagley, last years runner-up in the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year chase, notched his third straight top-five finish and his sixth top-10 result in the past seven series races. He was happy to score another solid finish but frustrated to once again fall just shy of a breakthrough victory.
Maybe one night the tables will turn and you can talk to me first and Darrell second, Bagley told WoO LMS announcer Ben Shelton during his post-race interview. We got a good program working here, just trying to stick with it and do a little fine tuning and not get too far out of the ballpark.
Fast qualifier Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., who won the Wild West Tour opener at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway on July 10, notched his third straight top-10 finish on the tour with a sixth-place performance. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was seventh, while leading series rookie Frank Heckenast Jr. placed eighth. Second-starting Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., dropped to ninth at the finish with hometown driver Kent Arment rounding out the top 10.
The races only caution occurred with 40 laps complete when Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., slowed woes on the front straightaway before heading to the pit area.
With three of four Wild West Tour events complete, World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitors head north to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., for the Wild West Tour finale Friday night. The $10,000-to-win event is the tours only stop in North Dakota this season.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Wild West Tour event at Brown County Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,575
2. (7) Morgan Bagley/50 $5,550
3. (5) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,500
4. (3) Rick Eckert/50 $3,050
5. (6) Tim Fuller/50 $2,050
6. (10) Jimmy Mars/50 $1,700
7. (4) Chub Frank/50 $2,050
8. (15) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $2,100
9. (2) Eric Wells/50 $1,750
10. (13) Kent Arment/50 $1,600
11. (8) Brady Smith/49 $1,150
12. (9) David McDonald/49 $1,000
13. (17) Chase Junghans/49 $1,500
14. (21) Clint Smith/49 $1,450
15. (12) Jordan Yaggy/49 $950
16. (11) Boom Briggs/49 $1,350
17. (16) Lance Matthees/47 $770
18. (19) Chad Becker/44 $750
19. (24) Mike Stadel/44 $730
20. (20) Shane Clanton/39 $1,250
21. (23) Brian Diede/35 $700
22. (14) John Winge/32 $700
23. (22) Dustin Virkus/20 $700
24. (18) Pat Weisgram/10 $700
Time of Race: 16 Mins., 02Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.097 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 40)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points
1. Darrell Lanigan 2970
2. Rick Eckert 2762 (-208)
3. Tim McCreadie 2736 (-234)
4. Morgan Bagley 2686 (-284)
5. Chub Frank 2652 (-318)
6. Eric Wells 2592(-378)
7. Shane Clanton 2580 (-390)
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 2538 (-432)
9. Clint Smith 2492 (-478)
10. Chase Junghans 2386 (-584)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2350 (-620)
12. Tim Fuller 1450 (-1520)
Fuller Aims to Continue World of Outlaws Late Model Series Resurgence as Wild West Tour Concludes at Brown County and River Cities
Back on Tour, New York Driver Returns to Site of First WoO LMS Victory
ABERDEEN, S.D. July 14, 2014 Tim Fuller is enjoying his return to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
After missing much of the first half of national tours 2014 campaign, Fuller, 46, of Watertown, N.Y., has returned to the series and is hitting his stride just as he prepares to visit the site of his first-ever series victory. In winding down the four-race WoO LMS Wild West Tour, Fuller heads for Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on Tuesday (July 15) and River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday (July 18).
I dont know if Ive been this excited to race in years, said Fuller, who competed full time with the WoO LMS from 2008 through 2013 before his ride with Kennedy Motorsports briefly took him in a different direction to start the 2014 season. Im happy to be back running with these guys and my cars good. When youre happy and you have a good car you want to race and you look forward to going racing.
The return to River Cities could be just what Fuller needs to spark a rejuvenation in a career that has sputtered in recent seasons. The 3/10-mile oval gave Fuller his breakthrough WoO LMS victory during his first full Late Model season in 2007, providing a catalyst to get his Late Model career rolling as he transitioned from big-block modifieds.
You always remember your first win, said Fuller, who claimed multiple big-block modified championships in the Northeast before beginning the switch to Late Models in 2005. Theyre all tough to get, but I definitely remember that first one plain as day. It was good; it was a special moment and really let me know I could do this Late Model racing deal.
Fuller went on to claim the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year title in 2007 and added two more A-Main victories in 2008 before exploding with seven series triumphs in 2009 on his way to a career-best fourth-place finish in the WoO LMS championship chase.
But 2009 has so far proved to be Fullers high-water mark on the WoO LMS. He added two more victories in 2010, but his performance declined beginning with a 2011 season that was marked by uncertainty surrounding his future in Late Model racing. Fuller, who parted ways with Gypsum Racing team owner John Wight early in 2011 and fielded his own underfunded team until landing a ride with Kennedy Motorsports late in 2012, has struggled to return to his previous performance level, going winless in WoO LMS action in 2011 and 2012 and winning just once in 2013.
But Fuller has shown plenty of promise in his recent return to the WoO LMS. Rejoining the national tour at Junes Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., Fuller recorded three top-10 finishes during the extended race weekend, finishing sixth in both Firecracker 100 preliminary events before posting an eighth-place result in the $30,000-to-win finale.
Fuller had another strong run going in the Wild West Tour opener at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway on Thursday (July 10), advancing from 16th to seventh before getting turned around midway through the race.
Fuller rebounded during Sundays Wild West Tour stop at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with his best WoO LMS performance since his most recent series victory in August of last season. After lowering Deer Creeks Late Model track record in earning the nights fast time honors, Fuller notched a solid third-place finish in Sundays NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50 A-Main.
Fuller hopes Fridays trip to River Cities will continue his resurgence and set the stage for as successful second half of the season as he looks to build momentum for a full-time WoO LMS campaign in 2015.
We havent won as many as what we want here lately, but were getting closer, said Fuller. Sometimes it takes something like that maybe to get wheels in motion. You go to a place like that where it all started and you never know, it could happen again.
Were really looking at getting ourselves in position where we jump a couple spots in points before the end of the season. That helps for 2015 to be up in points and being guaranteed provisionals to start the year. Im excited to be back, so we want to do the best we can with it.
In returning to WoO LMS action, Fuller has also worked through a chassis switch. After driving a Capital Race Car in 2013, Fuller has switched back to the Rocket Chassis cars he spent much of his Late Model career driving. It took some time for Fuller to readjust to a Rocket car, but after following the advice of Rocket Chassis Mark Richards and Matt Barnes, Fuller has things rolling in the right direction.
Its been a crazy year with us switching cars and everything, said Fuller. I tried to do some things that werent working relating back to the Capital car. But this thing here is a totally different creature. Now, Ive just stuck with things that Mark (Richards) and Matt Barnes (both of Rocket Chassis) were talking about.
Weve stuck to the gameplan and weve really been pretty good everywhere. It was tough at first, but weve been getting better and better. Weve been good right out of the box every racetrack weve raced at lately, so Im looking forward to every racetrack we go to.
While his past performance at River Cities has Fuller optimistic he can run well on Friday, he has just one previous result to draw on for Tuesdays race at Brown County. The third-mile oval welcomes the WoO LMS for the first time since hosting a Wild West Tour race in 2008, an event in which Fuller was hampered by mechanical woes.
Even with his limited experience at Brown County, Fuller is looking forward to the Tuesdays event, just as he looks forward to every race enters right now.
I look forward to going (to Brown County). I dont remember much about it, but each and every race right now is a pleasure, Fuller said. Weve been running good and now we just need to get through and win. You hang around the top five long enough and youre gonna eventually win some races. You get a win and usually things just seem to keep going good. Maybe thats all we need. Weve done it before, so maybe we can do it again.
Tuesdays action at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., gets underway at 7:30 p.m., while Fridays action on River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., gets started with hot laps at 6:30 and qualifying at 7. For more information on Brown County Speedway, visit www.bcspeedway.com. For more information on River Cities Speedway, visit www.rivercitiesspeedway.com.
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2. Rick Eckert 2958
3. Tim McCreadie 2942
4. Morgan Bagley 2872
5. Chub Frank 2844
6. Eric Wells 2786
7. Shane Clanton 2782
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 2726
9. Clint Smith 2782
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