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Brandon Overton Announces Plans To Follow World Of Outlaws Late Model Series, Joins Impressive 2015 Rookie Class

Up-And-Coming Georgia Driver Hopes Strong February Performances Lead To Successful First National Touring Season

CONCORD, N.C. - March 13, 2015 - Brandon Overton didn't get enough of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series when the national tour visited his home region in February so he's making plans to join the series on the road.

The 23-year-old standout from Appleton, Ga., has officially entered this year's WoO LMS Rookie of the Year chase and will be eligible for the $10,000 prize awarded to the tour's top first-year regular at season's end as well as the $250 Rookie of the Race bonus that's awarded to the highest-finishing rookie in each WoO LMS A-Main throughout the season.

After a strong performance during February's season-opening stretch of seven WoO LMS races in Georgia and Florida, Overton enters the tour's next action March 20-21 at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, Ky., and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., 12th in the overall series standings and leading Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., and Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., in a talent-filled Rookie of the Year chase.

"This is all I've done my whole life and it's what I want to keep doing. Running a national series is the next step and I feel like I'm ready for it," said Overton, who began his Late Model career a decade ago at the young age of 13. "We've looked at it and decided we're gonna try to do it with the goal of winning Rookie of the Year. We'll just see where the rest of the points play out, but I feel like we've got a pretty good shot at winning the rookie deal and maybe even winning a race or two."

Overton has plenty of reason to be optimistic about his chances after his performances in February. Debuting a brand new MasterSbilt by Huey Race Car for longtime car owners Doug and Cathy Varnadore, Overton nearly pulled off a surprise victory in the WoO LMS tour's season opener Feb. 6 at Screven Motor Speedway's Winter Freeze, leading 43 of 50 laps before finishing second to Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind.

Proving that the runner-up effort wasn't a fluke, Overton again contended to win in the following night's Winter Freeze event at Screven, leading six laps before eventually dropping to third behind current WoO LMS points leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., and Casebolt.

He kept the momentum rolling as the tour moved to Bubba Raceway Park for two races during the Bubba Army Winter Nationals Feb. 14-15, finishing sixth in the first leg before mechanical woes dropped him from a top-five spot the following night.

Overton struggled in the three WoO LMS events during Volusia Speedway Park's DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 19-21, failing to qualify for the first A-Main and finishing 20th and 28th in the other two races. But as he looks forward to his first year of full-time national traveling, Overton is confident he can show more of the promise he displayed at Screven and Bubba Raceway Park.

"I know I can race with those guys and I feel like we're gonna have some good runs," said Overton, whose No. 76 machine sports a large Budweiser logo thanks to sponsorship from A.B. Beverage, an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Evans, Ga., owned by the Varnadores. "I know we're gonna go and struggle at some places, but I think that we've got a good shot at winning the Rookie of the Year."

Overton has also proven his capabilities with his past success. He won numerous special events in the Crate Late Model ranks before bursting onto the Super Late Model scene in 2014 with regional victories with the Carolina Clash and Southern Nationals tours and a pair of runner-up finishes on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

But to claim Rookie of the Year honors this season, Overton will have to overcome two drivers that have shown plenty of promise of their own. Zeigler, 22, turned heads in limited WoO LMS action last year, earning a top five, two top 10s and a fast-qualifier award in nine appearances on the series. Yaggy, 23, was also solid last season with a fast-qualifier award and two heat race wins in his six appearances on tour.

"Mason and Jordan, they're both good drivers," Overton said of his fellow rookie contenders. "We're gonna go places where I might be a little better, but we'll go places where they'll probably be better than me. It's cool that we're all from different regions and now we get to run against each other and see how we stack up."

As excited as he is to chase the rookie title, Overton is also tackling the tour with a bit of restraint. With just one car and one engine at his team's disposal, Overton knows he'll have to be smart and do his best to avoid setbacks that might derail his points chances or overburden his team owner.

"Mr. Varnadore has been great to me and the reason he's stuck behind me as long as he has is because I race within my means and take care of my stuff," Overton said. "I've got one motor and one car. Most anybody else that does this has two motors and two cars. Maybe we can pick up another sponsor or something and get another car, but right now we're gonna do our best and try to take care of our stuff and just see how it goes."

One thing Overton does have in his favor is technical support from chassis builders Billy Vacek and Tader Masters of MasterSbilt by Huey. He switched to their chassis brand over the offseason and has given much credit to Vacek and Masters for his early-season performances. He hopes their continued support will lead to a successful rookie season.

"Now that I'm racing with Tader and Billy, they're there at the races and they're helping me more than anyone ever really has," Overton said. "That's the whole thing about it. I felt like with their help I can go out and run with just about anybody. They want to see me win and be successful. Hopefully that's what we're going to do."

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Chub Frank On The Mend After Undergoing Knee Replacement Surgery Following February’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Events


Chub Frank races down the frontstretch at Selinsgrove Speedway last year.


Veteran Pennsylvania Driver Hopes To Recover In Time For March 20-21 WoO LMS Doubleheader At Kentucky Lake & I-30

CONCORD, N.C. - March 10, 2015 - After his resurgence during February's World of Outlaws Late Model Series swing through Georgia and Florida, Chub Frank should be chomping at the bit for the national tour to return to action. Instead, the 53-year-old from Bear Lake, Pa., is wishing there were a few more weeks before he and the rest of the WoO LMS regulars head to Kentucky and Arkansas for a March 20-21 doubleheader at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and I-30 Speedway.

That's because Frank is recovering from knee replacement surgery on his left knee on Feb. 23, two days after the final race of Volusia Speedway Park's DIRTcar Nationals wrapped up the WoO LMS tour's season-opening stretch of seven races in the Southeast.

The recovery period typically requires at least six weeks of downtime. However, Frank intends to be back behind the wheel of his No. 1* Longhorn Chassis at Kentucky Lake, giving him just under five weeks to mend.

The timing of the surgery was by no means convenient, but Frank had already delayed the operation as long as he could.

"I'd rather not have had to do it, but it was something that had to be done," said Frank, who is going through physical therapy daily to help speed along his recovery. "I was getting sick of it. The only other option was to wait until November and I really wasn't waiting that long to do it. Something had to get done because I couldn't do what I want to do. I couldn't move around like I need to move around and I was always limping.

"They say it's six weeks. I don't know if that's a full recovery, but they say it's usually six weeks till you're up and doing what you want to do. But everybody's different. It's all about therapy and all that stuff.

While Frank has certainly heard suggestions that he should plan on sitting out the tour's upcoming events and focus on his recovery - including from his doctor - Frank plans to do everything possible to not miss a series race. A WoO LMS regular since the tour was restarted under the World Racing Group banner in 2004, Frank is considered an ironman on the series, having entered 441 of the 443 events contested in the WoO LMS modern era.

The only two races Frank has missed came at the 2009 World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, when while competing in a Thursday night makeup event, he suffered facial injuries from a flying clod of clay that struck his helmet. He was treated at a local hospital, but had to sit out the two ensuing World Finals programs and received 'hardship' points as a WoO LMS regular.

Frank could be eligible for hardship points again if he has to miss events due to his surgery, but he would rather avoid that if possible.

"The plan is to race," said Frank, who's currently fifth in the WoO LMS championship chase, 122 points behind leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. "We're getting everything ready with that gameplan and we'll just see what we have to do when the time comes. I've got like eight different backup plans, but I have no idea what I'm gonna do yet. We'll make a decision sometime in the next week or so, but hopefully I'm able to race so we don't have to worry about that."

Of course Frank would also like to race simply because he hopes to continue his race team's upward trajectory without having to rely on a substitute driver. Coming off a successful debut of his new Longhorn Chassis that featured two top fives and five top 10 finishes during February's action, Frank believes he's close to ending his nearly six-year WoO LMS winless streak.

"We've got things going better right now than we have in a long time," said Frank, who has 16 career WoO LMS victories but hasn't won on tour since Aug. 22, 2009. "We're definitely happy with the new car so far. It's done exactly what we have tried to make it do. The driver messed up a couple times, but for the most part the car's been really fast. We just have to get everything dialed in so we can get to victory lane. And I have to be racing for that to happen."

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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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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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