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Shane Clanton Claims First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship

Brandon Overton named the 2015 Rookie of the Year presented by ButlerBuilt

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 12, 2015 - An emotional Shane Clanton stood before his friends, family and fellow competitors on Monday afternoon to receive his first World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship at the annual 'Night of Champions' banquet.

Clanton and his Weldbank Energy Racing team were a force through 2015, picking up 10 series wins, including a sweep of DIRTcar Nationals in February and the coveted 'Big Gator,' 34 top-five finishes and 37 top-10 finishes. With the $100,000 championship check, Clanton earned $322,320 during the 2015 series season.

"I know for a long time I've been sitting at one of them tables," Clanton said. "Not the first two like Josh (Richards) said. Those have been occupied by Darrell (Lanigan), Josh and (Rick) Eckert for the last seven years, I think. It's been tough. Brandon (Overton) and (Jordan) Yaggy, I've been doing this for a long time, I was back there where you are for the first two years I did this deal. Just keep your head down and work hard and you'll prevail.

"It's been a journey. A lot of people have helped me through my career and I never had enough money to do this on my own. Just hard work. I had some good car owners back in the past."

Clanton thanked his family and crew members Brock Wise and Joe Armistead Jr. for their support.

"It's a real special week for us. My dad, he's not here but I know he's looking down," Clanton said. "Next Saturday he's getting inducted into the Hall of Fame in Georgia and that means a lot. This week has been emotional for sure and I know he's looking down and smiling at everything we're doing. It means a lot to my family, the next coming week. I just love doing what I'm doing and he put this in me to do what I'm doing and it's very special."

Clanton also received the VP Racing Fuels Award.

Clanton's crew chief Brock Wise was the 2015 Crew Chief of the Year award recipient.

In addition to his 10th place position in the championship points standings, Brandon Overton was named the 2015 Rookie of the Year presented by ButlerBuilt and received a $10,000 bonus. He congratulated his fellow rookie of the year contender Jordan Yaggy.

"(Jordan) deserves to win this thing as much as I do," Overton said. "He and his family are probably the nicest people I've ever met. I'm proud of finishing 10th and this rookie deal but more than that, this thing is tough. I really didn't know what I was getting into and, like I said, it's just a struggle to keep going. Last night when I took that checkered flag at Charlotte, I didn't win a race and all, but it made me feel so good that I stuck it out through all the bad. I finished it out and I won the rookie. I've got to thank everyone else who helps me."

Overton also received the Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award for the best average pill draw of the season. The award came with a $500 bonus.

Josh Richards, a three-time series champion who finished second in the points standings this season, received the award for the worst average pill draw and a $500 bonus.

Matt Curl and Gunner Sullivan, promoters of Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, were honored as the 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Promoters of the Year.

Additional awards were presented to Clements Racing Engines as the Engine Builder of the Year, Capital Race Cars as the Chassis Builder of the Year and Chase Junghans as the DirtOnDirt.com Hard Charger.

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Fund Awards
1. Shane Clanton - $100,000
2. Josh Richards - $60,000
3. Chub Frank - $40,000
4. Rick Eckert - $35,000
5. Morgan Bagley - $30,000
6. Tim McCreadie - $23,500
7. Chase Junghans - $22,500
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. - $23,000
9. Eric Wells - $21,000
10. Brandon Overton - $20,000 plus $10,000 Rookie of the Year bonus

Final World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Standings
1. Shane Clanton 5,736
2. Josh Richards 5,694 (-174)
3. Chub Frank 5,482 (-386)
4. Rick Eckert 5,396 (-472)
5. Morgan Bagley 5,296 (-572)
6. Tim McCreadie 5,256 (-612)
7. Chase Junghans 5,228 (-640)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 5,182 (-686)
9. Eric Wells 5,134 (-734)
10. Brandon Overton 4,854 (-1,014)
11. Boom Briggs 4,782 (-1,086)
12. Darrell Lanigan 4,722 (-1,146)


Davenport Caps Spectacular Season With $12,000 Victory In CharlotteĀ’s Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Finale

Clanton Celebrates $100,000 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2015) - Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., topped off his dream 2015 season with a final flourish, rolling to a convincing victory in Sunday's 50-lap Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The 32-year-old superstar passed Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., for the lead on lap 31 and never looked back in the season-ending World of Outlaws Late Model Series event, which was postponed one day by wet weather.

The $12,000 triumph was the 22nd overall of a historic 2015 campaign for Davenport, whose five crown-jewel wins helped push his earnings for the year over the $600,000 mark.

"Just to cap off this season we've had with this makes it extra special," said Davenport, who previously won World Finals features in 2010 and '11. "We can go into the winter with a big smile."

Starting sixth in the 31-car field, Davenport steered his K&L Rumley Longhorn Race Car to third on the race's opening circuit and reached second place by lap five. He briefly fell to third place when Lanigan passed him and early pacesetter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., for the lead on lap 11, but the indomitable Davenport regained second from Madden on a lap-18 restart and snuck underneath Lanigan for the top spot in turn two on the 31st lap.

Davenport dominated the remainder of the distance, crossing the finish line 1.557 seconds in front of the polesitting Lanigan for his fourth World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season and the sixth of his career.

Madden settled for third place after starting from the outside pole. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who won the World Finals finale in five of the past six years, finished fourth and Lanigan's Clint Bowyer Racing teammate, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., climbed forward from the 12th starting spot to place fifth.

Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was never a factor despite starting third, fading backward when the green flag flew and finishing a quiet ninth. But he still showed plenty of enthusiasm after the race when he celebrated his first-ever WoO LMS championship, which he clinched by starting Friday night's World Finals A-Main.

"It's a dream come true," the 40-year-old Clanton said after being presented his WoO championship trophy during the post-race ceremonies. "We've won a lot of big races but we've never put a whole season together. To put one together like we have this year, it's pretty special."

Clanton won a career-best 10 WoO LMS features and registered 34 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes in 41 features this season driving his father-in-law Ron Davies's Capital Race Cars. He led the standings from start-to-finish, ending the schedule with a commanding 174-point advantage over Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.

"It's just a testament to what we've done all year," said Clanton, who will receive his $100,000 WoO LMS title check during the tour's awards banquet that was rescheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C. "Consistency pays off -you look at the record, and we almost tied Darrell (Lanigan) for top-fives in a season and we had like three less races than he had.

"We made a wrong tire choice tonight and didn't groove them just right, but we'll come back next year and defend our title and maybe we'll be standing up here again."

Davenport preceded Clanton on the post-race winner's stage. He enjoyed ending a World Finals that began with subpar time-trial results on a high note.

"We didn't start off too well this weekend," Davenport said. "We had ignition problems Thursday night (during qualifying), but Friday night we finally got them worked out and I knew we had a good piece here."

Lanigan, 45, led laps 11-30 after blasting around the outside of both Davenport and Madden to assume command following a restart, but he couldn't recover after allowing Davenport to slip past him for the lead on lap 31 when he slid high in turn two while working lapped traffic.

"We had a really good piece," Lanigan said of the Club 29 car he debuted for Clint Bowyer Racing - his recently-acquired ride for 2016 - at the World Finals. "We just got on the outside of a lapped car and he kind of run me up the racetrack and that left the bottom open for Davenport."

The 40-year-old Madden, meanwhile, wasn't able to match the speed of Davenport nor Lanigan once the 4/10-mile oval's surface locked down.

"We had a real good car all weekend," said Madden, who also finished third in Friday's A-Main. "We just tightened up too much for the feature. When they dropped the green we were running extremely well, but then the racetrack got a little more grip to it and we just couldn't steer across the center and these guys were a little bit better."

Six caution flags dotted the event. Friday-night winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., slowed to trigger yellow-flag conditions on lap 18 and 34. Other cautions flew for Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., who spun in turn four and collected Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., on the opening circuit; Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, who slowed with a flat left-rear tire on lap one; James Rice of Verona, Ky. (turn-three spin on lap 10); and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., who slowed with mechanical trouble while running fourth on lap 41.

Sixty-eight of the 86 cars that were signed in for Thursday night's time trials returned for Sunday's postponed program.

Heat winners were Lanigan, Clanton, Davenport, Madden, Owens and Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark. The B-Mains were captured by Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., Donny Schatz of Fargo, N.D., and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga.

The 2016 WoO LMS season kicks off with six nights of racing during Georgia-Florida Speedway beginning Feb. 12-13 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and continuing Feb. 14 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and Feb. 18-20 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Night No. 2 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (6) Jonathan Davenport/50 $12,000
2. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,200
3. (2) Chris Madden/50 $3,000
4. (5) Jimmy Owens/50 $2,500
5. (12) Don O'Neal/50 $2,000
6. (14) Gregg Satterlee/50 $1,850
7. (10) Josh Richards/50 $1,650
8. (9) Rick Eckert/50 $1,550
9. (3) Shane Clanton/50 $1,400
10. (7) Chris Brown/50 $1,350
11. (20) Donny Schatz/50 $1,250
12. (4) Billy Moyer Jr./50 $1,250
13. (13) Scott Bloomquist/50 $1,250
14. (22) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,150
15. (25) Chub Frank/50 $1,100
16. (11) Steve Francis/50 $1,100
17. (16) Brandon Overton/50 $1,300
18. (21) Dale McDowell/50 $1,000
19. (30) Boom Briggs/50 $50
20. (19) Chase Junghans/50 $1,050
21. (24) Nick Latham/50 $1,000
22. (26) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,050
23. (17) Eric Wells/50 $1,050
24. (18) Chris Ferguson/49 $1,000
25. (8) Casey Roberts/41 $1,025
26. (23) Brandon Sheppard/33 $1,000
27. (29) Frank Heckenast Jr./32 $50
28. (15) Will Vaught/31 $1,000
29. (31) Jordan Yaggy/30 $0
30. (28) Tim McCreadie/18 $150
31. (27) James Rice/9 $1,000

Time of Race: 29 Mins., 34.650 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 1.557 Secs.

Final 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings - 41 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 5,736
2. Josh Richards 5,694 (-174)
3. Chub Frank 5,482 (-386)
4. Rick Eckert 5,396 (-472)
5. Morgan Bagley 5,296 (-572)
6. Tim McCreadie 5,256 (-612)
7. Chase Junghans 5,228 (-640)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 5,182 (-686)
9. Eric Wells 5,134 (-734)
10. Brandon Overton 4,854 (-1,014)
11. Boom Briggs 4,782 (-1,086)
12. Darrell Lanigan 4,722 (-1,146)


Sheppard Drives Best Performance Ride To $12,000 Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Victory At Charlotte

Runner-up Clanton Clinches First-Ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2015)
- Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., made his guest appearance driving for the Ohio-based Best Performance Motorsports team a memorable one.

Taking advantage of the pole starting spot he drew after winning a heat race, Sheppard grabbed the lead at the initial green flag and never looked back en route to a rich $12,000 victory in Friday night's 30-lap Bad Boy Buggies World Finals A-Main for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The feature's scheduled 50-lap distance was cut by track officials due to the length of the racing program, which was stretched well past midnight by a delayed start due to morning rain and two crashes in the accompanying WoO Sprint Car division that forced breaks in the action so track crews could repair damaged catch fencing in turns two and four.

Sheppard, 22, kept Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., at bay throughout the middle portion of the blockbuster doubleheader weekend's first Dirt Late Model headliner to triumph by 0.634 of a second over the 40-year-old star, who officially clinched the 2015 WoO points championship by simply starting the evening's feature.

Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., finished solid third, nearly two seconds behind the victor at the checkered flag after he started sixth. Outside-polesitter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., slipped to a fourth-place finish in his first start driving for NASCAR Sprint Car standout Clint Bowyer's Georgia Boot-sponsored operation and Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.C., completed the top five after slipping from fourth to ninth on the race's opening circuit because he bicycled between turns one and two and lost ground.

Clanton, whose $100,000 WoO title came in his 11th season as a circuit regular, improved one spot from his third-place starting position in the event. He drew within a couple car lengths of Sheppard's Rocket Chassis machine on the final circuit but couldn't quite pull his Capital Race Car close enough to offer a serious challenge.

In the process of registering his first-ever top-five finish in World Finals competition, Clanton did manage to make Sheppard sweat at least a little bit.

"My right-rear (tire) would get to working after we'd get five or 10 laps and I'd get really tight," said Sheppard, who landed his sixth career WoO feature win. "The car would get to be a handful, especially in (slower) traffic, and I messed up one lap and jumped over the cushion down there in (turns) three and four and (Clanton) next to me (at the flagstand).

"Right then I knew I was either gonna run second in this race or I was gonna haul that thing off into one and give it all she had to stay ahead of him. So that's what I did - just drove it in there as hard as I could. Luckily, it stuck, and we made it to the finish line.

"Everything just fell our way," he added, "but everybody knows you gotta have a little luck in this game to be successful."

Sheppard was thrilled with the final result, which represented his second WoO victory of the 2015 season. He previously was triumphant on the national tour in the April 18 Illini 100 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway.

"It means a lot to win this," Sheppard said. "A win here at Charlotte - it's not a crown-jewel, but it should be. It's an amazing feeling to win here in front of this crowd and at a facility this nice."

And Sheppard almost didn't even enter the World Finals because his family-owned team ended its season after the Oct. 17 Dirt Track World Championship event. His friendship with Randall Edwards, the Best Performance Motorsports crew chief who has spent the 2015 tutoring the team's up-and-coming driver Matt Westfall of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, led him to an unexpected ride for the huge season-ending event.

"It was kind of a last-minute deal," Sheppard said of the details behind his teaming with Westfall and Best Performance team owner Eric Brock for the World Finals weekend. "I was originally gonna come crew for them, but Randall just said, 'Well, why don't you just come drive?' I said, 'Why not?' I guess it was a good choice.

"We just put it all together," he added. "I went up there Monday (to the team's shop in St. Henry's) and put my seat in and everything just worked out."

Four caution flags and one red flag dotted the event.

Cautions flew on lap one for Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., who slowed on the backstretch; lap seven for Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., who was hampered by mechanical trouble; lap 17 when Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., spun on the inside of turn four; and Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., who slowed in turn four moments before Rick Eckert of York, Pa., Chad Hollenbeck of Kingsley, Pa., and Austin Smith of Cedartown, Ga., tangled in the second corner.

The race's lone red flag was needed for a grinding multi-car crash that occurred on lap 18. A mid-pack scramble swept up Hollenbeck, Smith and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., but no injuries were reported.

Sheppard's victory came in front of a packed grandstand at Charlotte's 4/10-mile oval as the track hosted the first of back-to-back tripleheaders featuring the WoO LMS, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. The World Finals conclude on Saturday with another tripleheader featuring the season finales for all three divisions. Gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and racing is set to begin at 5 p.m.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Night No. 1 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Brandon Sheppard/30 $12,050
2. (3) Shane Clanton/30 $5,550
3. (6) Chris Madden/30 $3,000
4. (2) Darrell Lanigan/30 $2,650
5. (4) Josh Richards/30 $2,650
6. (15) Mike Marlar/30 $1,700
7. (12) Jonathan Davenport/30 $1,500
8. (5) Chub Frank/30 $2,050
9. (18) Morgan Bagley/30 $1,900
10. (9) Steve Francis/30 $1,400
11. (16) Jimmy Owens/30 $1,250
12. (23) Chris Simpson/30 $1,800
13. (25) Tim McCreadie/30 $1,800
14. (8) Mason Zeigler/30 $1,150
15. (26) Chase Junghans/30 $1,600
16. (29) Jordan Yaggy/30 $300
17. (27) Boom Briggs/26 $1,550
18. (13) Frank Heckenast Jr./23 $1,550
19. (19) Brandon Overton/22 $1,550
20. (17) Rick Eckert/18 $1,650
21. (24) Scott Bloomquist/18 $1,100
22. (14) Austin Smith/18 $1,000
23. (20) Chad Hollenbeck/18 $1,000
24. (28) Eric Wells/18 $550
25. (7) Justin Labonte/17 $1,000
26. (11) Randy Weaver/17 $1,000
27. (21) Jason Feger/6 $1,000
28. (10) Chris Ferguson/1 $1,050
29. (22) Casey Roberts/0 $1,000

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 40 Mins., 22.311 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.634 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 4 (lap 1, 7, 17, 23)

Red Flags: 1 (lap 18)

Lap Leaders: Sheppard (1-30)

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Nov. 6 - 40 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 5,736
2. Josh Richards 5,558 (-178)
3. Chub Frank 5,362 (-374)
4. Rick Eckert 5,262 (-474)
5. Morgan Bagley 5,190 (-546)
6. Tim McCreadie 5,166 (-570)
7. Chase Junghans 5,118 (-618)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 5,086 (-650)
9. Eric Wells 5,030 (-706)
10. Brandon Overton 4,738 (-998)
11. Boom Briggs 4,670 (-1,066)
12. Darrell Lanigan 4,576 (-1,160)





















2015 Points
1. Shane Clanton 5736
2. Josh Richards 5694
3. Chub Frank 5482
4. Rick Eckert 5396
5. Morgan Bagley 5296
6. Tim McCreadie 5256
7. Chase Junghans 5228
8. F. Heckenast Jr. 5182
9. Eric Wells 5134
10. B. Overton 4854
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