Lanigan Breaks World of Outlaws Late Model Series Single-Season Wins Record With Third Keyser Down & Dirty 65 Victory
Kentucky Driver Remains Perfect in Three Visits to Dirt-Covered Berlin Raceway
MARNE, Mich. - Sept. 13, 2014 - Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., maintained his perfect record at Berlin Raceway with a $15,000 victory in Saturday's third annual Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty 65 Presented by NAPA A-Main.
With his16th World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season, Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., broke his own single-season wins record on the national tour and ensured that the he needs only to enter the season-ending World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 6-8 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to clinch his third WoO LMS championship.
"We broke a record and that's definitely something to be proud of," said Lanigan, who broke the record he set in his championship-winning season in 2012. "And to be the only winner of this event is definitely special, too."
Advancing from the fourth starting spot, Lanigan battled back and forth with polesitter Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., for the lead early in the 65-lap race before taking command for good when Van Wormer ran into trouble as the two leaders raced through slower traffic on lap 13.
Slipping too high in turns three and four, Van Wormer tagged the wall and slowed directly in front of Lanigan's Club 29 Race Car, causing Lanigan to get into the back of Van Wormer's Rocket Chassis. The contact sent Van Wormer spinning as Lanigan continued running and assumed the lead.
"I have to apologize to Jeep," Lanigan said of his involvement in the lap-13 accident. "It looked like he got up in the wall and then he kind of came back down. We had a head of steam coming in there and got into him. It wasn't nothing on purpose."
Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., drove his Rocket Chassis from the 12th starting spot to briefly challenge Lanigan midway through the race before fading and settling for second at the finish. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., also pressured Lanigan through the race's middle stages before dropping to third at the finish in his Capital Race Car.
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., recovered from a lap-33 flat tire to finish fourth in the Rocket Chassis house car, while Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., drove his Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car to a fifth-place finish in a race slowed by six cautions.
After taking second on a lap-41 restart, McCreadie appeared to have a car capable of challenging Lanigan for the victory. But Lanigan's car improved through the race's closing stages as McCreadie began to struggle with the handle on his own machine.
"I was having trouble steering from the center off," McCreadie said. "We're working on a lot of new things, trying to get better. I swear if we could just perfect it from the center out we'd have something special. I had to manhandle it a little bit and it's hard to be consistent like that."
Van Wormer was aiming to become the second home-state driver to win in three WoO LMS events in Michigan this season, but his bid for his third-career series victory was denied by the lap-13 scrape with the wall that led to the tangle with Lanigan. Van Wormer remained in the race after the incident but eventually dropped out on lap 20 in finishing 19th.
While he acknowledged his own mistake spurred the accident, Van Wormer felt Lanigan could have avoid making contact.
"I got my right-rear into the loose stuff a little bit and I started to spin, but I could have saved it," Van Wormer said. "Lanigan just cleaned me up. I'm sure he could've hit his breaks, but whatever. Our car was really, really good. It's unfortunate because I didn't feel like he needed to punt me."
The first of the race's six cautions appeared for Van Wormer's misfortune. The second yellow waved when Kyle Borgman of Muskegon, Mich., got into the turn-four four on lap 14. Eckert's flat tire caused a lap-33 caution and he slowed again on lap 37 to bring out the fourth yellow. The fifth caution appeared when Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., spun on lap 41, and the final caution was caused by a lap-58 spin by Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill.
The race was ran on a rugged racing surface that was plagued by wet weather in the days leading up to the event. Thursday's practice was cancelled due to wet track conditions from heavy rain early in the week, and more rain on Friday wiped out the first of the weekend's to WoO LMS program. With the weekend doubleheader cut to just one race, Berlin Raceway officials increased the purse for Saturday's event, boosting the winner's pay from $12,000 to $15,000 and the minimum pay to start the race from $800 to $1,000.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series concludes its 2014 season with a visit to The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., for the World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 6-8. The annual mega-event features two complete programs for the WoO LMS along with season-ending races for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds.
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Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty 65 Presented by NAPA at Berlin Raceway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (4) Darrell Lanigan /65 $15,650
2. (12) Tim McCreadie /65 $8,150
3. (8) Shane Clanton /65 $6,050
4. (2) Rick Eckert /65 $4,400
5. (6) Scott Bloomquist /65 $3,350
6. (7) Eric Wells /65 $3,350
7. (11) Tim Fuller /65 $2,350
8. (5) Nick Latham /64 $2,500
9. (3) Frank Heckenast Jr. /63 $2,650
10. (24) Ryan VanderVeen /59 $1,750
11. (23) Curtis Roberts /50 $1,600
12. (17) Chub Frank /41 $2,050
13. (19) Boom Briggs /38 $1,950
14. (9) Chase Junghans /33 $1,850
15. (13) Brian Ruhlman /29 $1,250
16. (16) Morgan Bagley /28 $1,750
17. (15) Kent Robinson /27 $1,150
18. (18) Alan Vochaska /25 $1,100
19. (1) Jeep Van Wormer /20 $1,050
20. (10) Curt Spalding /14 $1,000
21. (22) Kyle Borgman /13 $1,000
22. (21) Clint Smith /12 $1,550
23. (20) Brad Harden /6 $1,000
24. (14) J.R. Hotovy /3 $1,025
Time of Race: 38 Mins. 45 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.362 seconds
Yellow Flags: 6 (laps 13, 14, 33, 37, 41 & 58)
Lap Leaders: Van Wormer (1-3, 6-13); Lanigan (4-5, 14-65)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Sept. 13 - 35 A-Mains
1. Darrell Lanigan 4906
2. Rick Eckert 4622
3. Tim McCreadie 4572
4. Morgan Bagley 4370
5. Chub Frank 4326
6. Eric Wells 4308
7. Shane Clanton 4302
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4168
9. Clint Smith 4080
10. Chase Junghans 3908
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3744
12. Tim Fuller 3112
World 100 Notebook: Zeiglers Upset Bid Falls Short After Tangle With McDowell in DIRTcar UMP-Sanctioned Event
Bloomquist Ends Streak of Near-Misses while Davenport Suffers More Bad Luck
ROSSBURG, Ohio - Sept. 9, 2014 - Before Scott Bloomquist made his last-to-first run to win Saturday's World 100 A-Main, there was another driver who charged through the field in the finale of Eldora Speedway's crown jewel event.
Storming forward from his 21st starting spot, Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., put on a show of his own in the prestigious DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned race, only to reach a disappointing end when he tangled with Dale McDowell while battling for the lead on lap 61.
"It's just so frustrating," the 22-year-old Zeigler said after his bid for a major upset victory ended in heartbreak. "It's awesome to come here at a race like this and run like we did, but at the same time it really sucks. It just sucks to come that close and have something like that happen."
Zeigler took the blame for the contact that sent his Longhorn Chassis spinning and admitted that it was likely a case of him being overanxious. Indeed, after advancing to second just 46 laps into the 100-lap race, Zeigler easily caught McDowell by lap 50 and appeared to be much quicker than the race's outside polesitter.
At first, Ziegler showed patience in the lead battle, especially when his lap-59 slidejob attempt in turns three and four came up short. He wisely backed out of the move.
He wasn't so prudent two laps later. With a strong run exiting turn two, Ziegler closed in on McDowell down the back straightaway and attempted to drive under the leader with a hard charge into turn three. The bold charge proved disastrous as Zeigler's momentum carried him too far and toward McDowell, who had moved lower on the racetrack after running a higher line for much of the race.
Hoping to avoid hitting McDowell, Ziegler turned left, made slight contact with the inside wall and spun.
"I did all I could to keep from hitting him and actually took myself out," said Zeigler, whose spin also collected third-running Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis. "We were just fighting for the same real estate and it was either I was gonna hit him or hit the wall. I ended up hitting the wall. I didn't want to take him out too; at least one of us got to continue on.
"I should've waited and tried to work him on the top or something, but that's some experience I guess."
While the experience may turn out to serve Ziegler well in the future, it didn't do much to ease the pain of Saturday's disappointing end.
"It's unfortunate," said Zeigler, who was making his first World 100 A-Main start. "It sucks for me and my entire crew and everyone here. We thought we were in contention to win. I don't know if I was using my stuff up too early, but it was good up until that point, for sure. Who knows what would've happened if I had been a little more patient?"
Bloomquist Ends Streak of Near-Misses
In claiming his fourth World 100 victory Saturday night, Scott Bloomquist ended a frustrating string of near-misses on the 2014 season.
His biggest near-miss came in Eldora's Dirt Late Model Dream in June. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer, who owns six Dirt Late Model Dream victories at Eldora to go along with his four World 100 trophies, was in contention to claim his seventh Dream win in June until ending up third behind Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va.
Other missed opportunities included a fourth-place finish after leading laps in the $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100, a runner-up finish in the $50,000-to-win North-South 100 and a 23rd-to-fourth charge at the $40,000-to-win Topless 100.
All those top-five finishes may be enough to satisfy many dirt Late Model drivers, but for one of the winningest drivers in the history of the sport, even finishing second is disappointing.
"This is about as sweet as it gets," Bloomquist, 50, of Mooresburg, Tenn., said in his World 100 post-race interview. "It's been a really disappointing year. This makes up for all the disappointments that we've had this year.
"I think we've been the fastest we've ever been compared to the competition this year, but haven't capitalized on it. I thought this was gonna come a lot sooner in the season because I knew how good we were."
More Bad Luck for Davenport
Jonathan Davenport is growing far too accustomed to leaving Eldora Speedway wondering what might have been. For the third consecutive time in one of Eldora's crown jewel events, Davenport, 30, of Blairsville, Ga., had a car he thought was capable of winning Saturday's World 100 A-Main only to have a poor-luck situation keep him from contending.
Davenport started third in the 2013 World 100 only to fade to eighth with brake pressure issues. He charged from 21st into the top five during the Dream in June only to be derailed by a clash with Don O'Neal. And finally, his chances on Saturday were severely hampered when a lapped car spun in front of him while running second in his heat race, forcing him into the wall and causing heavy damage to the right side of his Longhorn Chassis.
"I figured starting up front in our heat, we'd be safe there, get a top three and get in the race so we had time to get prepared," said Davenport, whose optimism had been boosted by a preliminary feature on Friday night. "Last night we made some changes and was really, really good. I thought we had a car to at least run top five and maybe contend for the win, not go out there and run where we did. We should've been a lot better than that.
Davenport was able to nurse his car through the final laps and finish fourth in the heat race, and his K&L Rumley Enterprises team made repairs in time for him to win one of Saturday's two B-Mains. But the heat race setback was ultimately too much to overcome.
"We just didn't have time to get prepared like we needed to be and I'm sure there's still stuff bent on the car that we didn't catch or didn't have time to change," said Davenport, who ended up 14th in Saturday's final rundown. "Instead of adjusting the car like we thought would help us win the race, all we had time to do was piece it back together."
While disappointed in the outcome, Davenport at least takes solace in knowing that he can compete in Eldora's major events.
"I've had a bunch of good cars here just had dumb luck every time," Davenport said. "I've finally figured out a little bit how to get around this place, now if we can just get some luck our way, I think we'll be just fine."
Clanton Heads To Eldora Speedways Prestigious World 100 Looking For Season-Making Victory
Crown Jewel Event Includes Twin Preliminary Features on Both Thursday & Friday Followed by Saturday's $47,000 Finale
ROSSBURG, Ohio - Sept. 2, 2014 - The 2014 season may not have been too kind to Shane Clanton thus far, but that doesn't mean the veteran 39-year-old racer is doubting himself entering this weekend's World 100 at Eldora Speedway. In fact, the former World 100 and Dirt Late Model Dream winner is as confident as ever as he prepares to head to the famed half-mile oval for Dirt Late Model racing's most prestigious event.
"We haven't had the kind of year we'd like to, but I still have plenty of confidence just like any time we go to Eldora," said Clanton, a regular on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series who has struggled to meet his usual standards this season with no victories on the national tour. "We unload every week with the confidence that we can go out there and win, but we really believe that even more when we unload at that place."
Clanton has earned the right to be self-assured when it comes to Eldora. The Zebulon, Ga., racer is one of just six drivers to claim the coveted Eldora double with victories in both the World 100 and the Dream. His first Eldora breakthrough came in the 2008 World 100 and he added the Dream's $100,000 paycheck in 2012. His most recent Eldora victory came in a World 100 preliminary feature last season.
Clanton will look to add to his Eldora accomplishments this weekend with perhaps another preliminary night victory - the event schedule features twin $5,000-to-win warm-up features on both Thursday and Friday. But he would prefer to claim the $47,000 winner's paycheck in Saturday's DIRTcar-sanctioned World 100 main event.
"To win any big race is sweet, but to win the World 100 makes your year," said Clanton, who drives the house car for Capital Race Cars, the Georgia-based chassis brand he founded with retired driver Marshall Green before the 2011 season. "It's been a long time since I won a big race, but hopefully we can capitalize on some of the things we do good there and hopefully come out with a win.
"Anytime you can win at Eldora, if it's a non-qualifier's race or a preliminary race like we won last year, that swings the whole season and really picks you up. Eldora's a prestigious place. Everybody's eyes are watching what happens at Eldora. To win there, it's exciting."
Another World 100 trophy is just what Clanton needs to salvage his 2014 season. He has just two victories on the season overall, with both coming in regional events. With just four races remaining on the WoO LMS schedule, he's dangerously close to going winless on the series for the first time since the tour's modern era began in 2004.
The season-long drought has left Clanton well out of the WoO LMS championship picture. Currently seventh in the tour's standings, if Clanton doesn't improve before the end of the season he'll equal his worst points finish since joining the tour full time in 2006.
But all that will be virtually forgotten if Clanton wins the World 100. A season that has been among his worst statistically could be remembered as one of his best depending on the results of one race.
The good news for Clanton is he's entering the World 100 on a high note thanks to a new Capital car he and Green built with an eye toward the World 100. Clanton nearly won in the car's first night out during the Aug. 22 WoO LMS event at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., dominating the 50-lap race before a flat tire knocked him from the lead with eight laps remaining. He's since followed that with a victory in an Aug. 24 regional event at Little Valley (N.Y.) Speedway and a pair of top-three finish in the WoO LMS Labor Day weekend doubleheader at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway.
While one of the two strong runs at Selinsgrove came in the car he ran earlier in the season, the backup machine featured many of the changes included on the new chassis. With both of his cars performing well, Clanton is confident his team has found a setup that will also be fast at Eldora.
"We've definitely got a good race car and now we know this one's a good piece, too," Clanton said after his third-place finish in the Aug. 31 WoO LMS event at Selinsgrove. "We've changed a lot of stuff trying to get a baseline where we can race and know what to do to change for the feature and we're getting really close.
"You hate to go into the World blind with a new race car, but so far it's working pretty good. I'm pretty sure we've found a good baseline with it; I just hope we can make the right adjustments when we get there. We know we should be fast when we get there, but making the right adjustments at the right time is crucial up there."
Indeed, fine tuning a car to best fit track conditions is vital to success at Eldora just as it is at any other dirt track. That, Clanton believes, has been the main source of his struggles this season.
"I know I can run with any of these guys," Clanton said. "It's just, today's racing, you miss it just a little bit and it seems like you're off a mile. The competition is so close, but I feel like we're back to the point with our program, if we just make the right adjustments we can beat anyone. It's just making that right adjustment at the right time."
In addition to his new car, Clanton's recent performance upswing has also been helped by some positive changes to his race team. He recently welcomed back crew chief Jonathan Owenby, the mechanic who was with Clanton for both his Dream and World 100 victories, and brought on Billy Ward to handle tires. Along with a renewed focus on communication and teamwork, the personnel additions have allowed Clanton and crew to better keep up with those crucial adjustments that need to be made to the car throughout a race night.
"When you struggle like we've been struggling, it's not like we're not working," Clanton said. "It takes a whole program to run with these guys. Getting our program better for one is what we've really been working on. Our car had to change a little bit, but it all revolves around your program. When the program's good, everything's good.
"It's the crew, it's the driver - it's everybody working together that's the main key. When you're working good together and you're communicating and you make the right adjustments on the car, that's when the good results start to show."
A proven driver, a fine-tuned race car and a team chemistry are just some of the parts of the equation it takes to win at Eldora. Another part, as Clanton well knows, is luck. With the first three parts of the equation seemingly coming together at the right time, Clanton hopes the some luck will also go his way this weekend.
"A lot of it goes back to Lady Luck," Clanton said. "There's just so many good cars there and the competition is so close these days that you gotta have some things go right for you. A good draw and get a good invert in the heat race is big. If you hit those and you have a good car, you'll probably find yourself sitting pretty."
The World 100 weekend gets under way with two complete racing programs on Thursday, Sept. 4, headlined by a pair of 25-lap, $5,000-to-win features. Two more full programs on Friday, Sept. 5, will again feature twin 25-lap features also paying $5,000 to win. The grand finale on Saturday, Sept. 6, featuring World 100 heat races, consolations and the 100-lap main event that pays $47,000 to the winner.
Fans can purchase race tickets and campsites for the World 100 by going online to www.EldoraSpeedway.com. Tickets and campsites may also be purchased through the Eldora offices during normal business hours by calling (937) 338-3815.
Lanigan Scores Record-Tying 15th World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Of The Season At Selinsgrove Speedway
Kentucky Driver Claims Selinsgrove's National Late Model Open for Second Straight Year
SELINSGROVE, Pa. Aug. 31, 2014 Darrell Lanigan made sure his stellar 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign will be remembered as one of the best ever on the national tour with a dominating victory at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday evening.
The two-time series champion and current points leader scored his 15th WoO LMS victory of the season at the historic half-mile oval, tying his own single-season win record set during his championship-winning season in 2012. Lanigan paced every lap of Sundays 50-lap A-Main, earning $10,650 for his second straight victory in Selinsgroves National Late Model Open.
This definitely means a lot, Lanigan said of the record-tying performance that marked his series-leading 68th career WoO LMS victory. We go every week to win a race so to get that many wins just shows how great a car we have and how hard were working. That would be a hell of a record to break.
Lanigan was never seriously challenged after starting from the pole in his Club 29 Race Car. He crossed the finish line 3.572 seconds ahead of Rocket Chassis house car driver Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who finished second to Lanigan in the National Late Model Open for the second straight year. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was third in his Capital Race Car with Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., fourth in his MasterSbilt by Huey ride and 12th-starting Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., fifth in his Rocket.
Lanigans impressive victory came on the second night of Selinsgroves two-race WoO LMS weekend. In Saturdays Showdown on Sand Hill, Lanigan set fast time and won his heat race but had to start 23rd in the main event after his car weighed in light at the scales following his heat race victory. He salvaged the night by charging through the field to finish fourth but felt that he had a car capable of winning the event.
I definitely wouldve liked to have started up front last night because as awesome as this car is, I think we could have got another win, said Lanigan, who claimed the opening leg of the WoO LMS weekend tripleheader Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. But it is what it is and things happen. Im just glad they treat everybody fair.
Lanigans biggest challenge in Sundays race was negotiating lapped traffic. That proved difficult on multiple occasions, especially as Lanigan attempted to lap hometown driver Jim Yoder during the races closing laps. With Eckert steadily cutting into his lead, Lanigan struggled to find a way around Yoder and even made contact with the slower machine inside of five laps remaining. He finally got around Yoder on lap 47 and cruised the remaining distance.
I was just trying to get away from him there, Lanigan said of his close call with Yoder. There was a little bit of contact, but I didnt mean to get into him. I was trying to get through there and it was getting close.
Eckert again fell just short of ending his season-long winless streak in WoO LMS action, but continued his streak of solid performances at Selinsgrove. In finishing runner-up to Lanigan for the second straight year, Eckert scored his fourth top-five finish in the four WoO LMS races held over the last two years at the track where he began his Late Model career in the mid-1980s.
Its always great to come back and race near home, said Eckert, who finished third in Saturdays Showdown on Sand Hill behind Tim McCreadie and Clanton. Our car was really good. We probably missed a little bit on tire choice, but still we got a second. Thats pretty good.
Clantons third-place effort came in a backup car after his primary mount suffered mechanical issues during hot laps. His backup machine proved up to the challenge, however, as he bagged his second top-three finish in as many nights.
We had to get Old Faithful here out, said Clanton, who has improved his performance since debuting a new Capital car in a near victory Aug. 22 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. Its amazing what all weve went through during the year. To struggle as bad as we have and change some stuff on this car like the other car, this ones as good as the other one. At least we got two good pieces now.
Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., charged from his 16th starting spot to finish sixth, while McCreadie, also of Watertown, finished seventh after running among the top five early in the race. Hometown driver Dylan Yoder turned in his second solid performance on the weekend with an eighth-place finish, while Selinsgrove veteran Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., finished one position behind Yoder for the second straight night in ninth. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, rounded out the races top 10 finishers.
The race was slowed by two cautions. The first appeared on the first attempt to start the race when outside polesitter Coleby Frye of Dover, Pa., slid high entering the first corner and tagged the wall. He rolled to a stop on the backstretch and retired to the pit area when the yellow waved. The second caution appeared with 27 laps complete when Matt Cochran of Williamsport, Pa., slowed with a flat tire.
The National Late Model Open concluded a Labor Day weekend tripleheader for the WoO LMS that saw Lanigan claim victory Friday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., and McCreadie win the first leg of Selinsgroves doubleheader on Saturday. Sundays event was ran under constant threat of inclement weather with numerous storms moving through the state of Pennsylvania throughout the day and evening. However, the management and staff of Selinsgrove Speedway committed to completing the Sundays program as planned.
A special thanks to Charlie Paige and his staff for rushing the show along with the threat of weather, said WoO LMS Series Director Tim Christman. Many promoters wouldve cancelled the show when rain fell at 9 in the morning, but Charlie and his staff not only forged ahead but also expedited the program to make sure fans enjoyed a complete show.
After a week off for the WoO LMS, Lanigan will attempt to set a new single-season wins mark when the tour heads to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., Sept. 12-13 for the third annual Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend presented by NAPA Auto Parts. Lanigan claimed both of the previous Down & Dirty races at the paved 7/16-mile oval that covers its surface with clay for the event.
For the first time, the Down & Dirty weekend will feature two complete programs this season with Fridays race paying $8,000 to the winner and Saturdays paying $10,000. For more information, visit Berlin Raceways website at www.berlinraceway.com.
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Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series National Late Model Open at Selinsgrove Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $5,650
3. (4) Shane Clanton/50 $3,550
4. (3) Austin Hubbard/50 $2,500
5. (12) Chub Frank/50 $2,650
6. (16) Tim Fuller/50 $1,750
7. (7) Tim McCreadie/50 $2,050
8. (6) Dylan Yoder/50 $1,900
9. (9) Jeff Rine/50 $1,300
10. (13) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,650
11. (11) Eric Wells/50 $1,600
12. (23) Clint Smith/50 $1,550
13. (19) Russ King/50 $950
14. (14) Matt Cochran/50 $1,000
15. (20) Chase Junghans/50 $1,500
16. (8) Jim Yoder/49 $800
17. (10) Hayes Mattern/49 $770
18. (17) Jerry Bard/49 $750
19. (21) Jason Schmidt/48 $730
20. (18) Frank Heckenast Jr./48 $1,250
21. (15) Vic Coffey/37 $700
22. (22) Dan Stone/32 $700
23. (24) Boom Briggs/12 $1,250
24. (2) Coleby Frye/1 $750
Time of Race: 26 Mins. 45 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 3.572 seconds
Yellow Flags: 2 (laps 1 & 27)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 31 34 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 4,846
2. Rick Eckert 4,562 (-284)
3. Tim McCreadie 4,512 (-334)
4. Morgan Bagley 4,310 (-536)
5. Chub Frank 4,266 (-580)
6. Eric Wells 4,248 (-598)
7. Shane Clanton 4,242 (-604)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4,108 (-738)
9. Clint Smith 4,020 (-826)
10. Chase Junghans 3,848 (-998)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3,684 (-1,162)
12. Tim Fuller 3,052 (-1,794)
Rookie of the Year Standings as of Aug. 31 (34 A-Mains completed; best 25 races counted)
1. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,312
2. Chase Junghans 3,130 (-182)
3. Boom Briggs 3,012 (-300)
McCreadie Overtakes Clanton Late At Selinsgrove Speedway, Earns Third World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Of 2014
New York Driver Charges from Sixth to Claim Half-Mile Ovals Showdown on Sand Hill Main Event
SELINSGROVE, Pa. Aug. 30, 2014 Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., charged forward from his sixth starting spot and overtook polesitter Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., with five laps remaining in Saturdays Showdown on Sand Hill A-Main at Selinsgrove Speedway on his way to his third World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season. The 40-year-old McCreadie earned $8,650 in the first leg of the national tours doubleheader at the historic central Pennsylvania dirt track.
McCreadie, the 2006 WoO LMS champion, pulled away through the final laps of the 40-lap race, crossing the finish line with an advantage of 2.121 seconds. His 28th career WoO LMS victory marked his first trip to victory lane at the sprawling half-mile oval.
It took me a little while to get going, but once I did, I think being able to move around early starting where I did helped me later, said McCreadie, who chased down Clanton in his Sweeteners Plus Rocket Chassis as the two leaders raced through traffic during the races closing laps. I dont think Shane knew the track had changed that much, but it was a great night for Sweeteners and the whole program.
Clanton was denied his first WoO LMS victory of the season in settling for the runner-up finish ahead of 2011 series champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who was also looking to end a season-long winless streak on the series.
Two-time series champion and current points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., roared through the field from the 23rd starting spot to finish fourth. Fresh off his 14th WoO LMS victory of the year during Fridays Working Man 50 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., Lanigan entered Saturdays race looking to tie his own WoO LMS single-season wins record. But he was dealt a setback when his Club 29 Race Car weighed in light at the scales following his heat race victory, forcing him to take a provisional starting spot for the A-Main.
Hometown driver Dylan Yoder started from the outside of the front row and challenged Clanton for the lead during the races early stages. The 22-year-old local fan favorite faded slightly through the middle portions of the race, which ran caution free after one restart before a lap was completed. But he settled in during the closing laps and came home with a solid fifth-place finish.
After turning back Yoder during the races opening laps, Clanton pulled to more than a straightaway advantage during the middle portions and appeared as though he may dominate the event. But McCreadie began cutting into Clantons advantage after taking second on lap 19 and was assisted by Clantons struggles in traffic.
McCreadie completely erased Clantons lead by lap 30 and began looking to the low side of the high-running leader. Clanton switched his line to the low groove as he felt the pressure from McCreadie, but that wasnt enough to hold on to the point. With a strong run exiting turn two on lap 35, McCreadie pulled even with Clanton down the back straightaway, edged ahead at the line and completed the winning pass through turns one and two.
McCreadie easily pulled away in the closing laps, earning his 16th top-five finish in a season thats been solid but no quite up to his usual standards.
It hasnt been a struggle because weve been running good, but I love winning, said McCreadie, who closed to 40 points behind Eckert in the battle for second in the WoO LMS championship standings. This is a lot more fun. No matter what the paycheck is, its always fun to be up front.
Clantons runner-up effort in his Capital Race Car continued his recent improvement on the WoO LMS after a dismal first half of the season. He fell just short of a drought-ending victory, but gained ground in the WoO LMS points chase as he looks to catch Chub Frank and Eric Wells in the standings in hopes of salvaging at a fifth-place result in the season-long campaign.
We worked awful hard trying to get what we got, said Clanton, who notched his 18th top-10 finish of the season. I guess I used my stuff trying to get by the lapped cars and McCreadie found the bottom first and made it around a couple of lapped cars and I didnt.
Like McCreadie, Eckert charged toward the front during the second half of the race, especially in the final 10 laps as he made large cuts into the gap that separated him from the two leaders. But a slow start left his Rocket Chassis house car with too much ground to make up and a caution never appeared to reset the field.
It looked like they were both dying and I was coming to em, Eckert said of his late charge. I got such a terrible start. I got boxed in, started in that bottom and got myself pinched up and lost some spots. I got them back and got to looking at the score board. I see McCreadie up there and said Well, hes within distance. I was like Ah man. I just couldnt get them run down.
Matt Cochran of Williamsport, Pa., turned in another solid performance by a local racer with his sixth-place result, with Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., in seventh. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas was eighth with Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., and Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., rounding out the top 10.
Selinsgrove Speedway hosts the WoO LMS again on Sunday for the $10,000-to-win National Late Model Open. Gates open at 4 p.m. EST with qualifying scheduled to kick things off at 7. For more information, visit the track's website at www.selinsgrovespeedway.com.
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Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Showdown on Sand Hill at Selinsgrove Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (6) Tim McCreadie/40 $8,650
2. (1) Shane Clanton/40 $4,550
3. (7) Rick Eckert/40 $3,350
4. (23) Darrell Lanigan/40 $2,950
5. (2) Dylan Yoder/40 $2,700
6. (5) Matt Cochran/40 $1,500
7. (4) Jeff Rine/40 $1,450
8. (8) Morgan Bagley/40 $1,850
9. (13) Eric Wells/40 $1,750
10. (9) Dan Stone/40 $1,250
11. (24) Austin Hubbard/40 $1,000
12. (3) Jimmy Bernheisel/40 $950
13. (15) Chub Frank/40 $1,400
14. (17) Gregg Satterlee/40 $850
15. (12) Coleby Frye/39 $750
16. (10) Vic Coffey/39 $700
17. (20) Bryan Bernheisel/39 $660
18. (14) Chase Junghans/39 $1,490
19. (19) Steve Campbell/39 $620
20. (22) Jim Yoder/39 $600
21. (16) Clint Smith/27 $1,150
22. (21) Tim Fuller/5 $600
23. (18) Boom Briggs/5 $1,150
24. (11) Frank Heckenast Jr./0 $1,150
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 17 Mins. 12 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.121 seconds
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 1)
Lap Leaders: Clanton (1-34); McCreadie (35-40)
Provisional Starters: Lanigan (WoO points), Hubbard (WoO points)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Eckert, J. Bernheisel, Stone, Wells, Campbell, Satterlee, Phillips, Trevitz, Millon, Hubbard. Disqualified: Lanigan.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Clanton, Rine, Coffey, Junghans, Lawler, Fuller, King, Snyder, Mattern, Hollenbeck.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Cochran, D. Yoder, Heckenast, Frank, Troutman, Adams, B. Bernheisel, Bard, Hons, Zona.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): McCreadie, Bagley, Frye, Smith, Briggs, J. Yoder, Richwine, Casner, Davis, Baer.
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps Top 3 Transfer): Satterlee, Campbell, Fuller, King, Lawler, Hubbard, Phillips, Hollenbeck, Snyder, Trevitz, Mattern, Millon.
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps Top 3 Transfer): Briggs, B. Bernheisel, J. Yoder, Troutman, Bard, Adams, Richwine, Hons, Casner, Davis. Did not start: Zona, Baer.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 30 33 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 4,696
2. Rick Eckert 4,416 (-280)
3. Tim McCreadie 4,376 (-320)
4. Morgan Bagley 4,180 (-516)
5. Chub Frank 4,126 (-570)
6. Eric Wells 4,120 (-576)
7. Shane Clanton 4,098 (-598)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,998 (-698)
9. Clint Smith 3,894 (-802)
10. Chase Junghans 3,728 (-968)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3,580 (-1,116)
12. Tim Fuller 2,914 (-1,782)
Rookie of the Year Standings as of Aug. 30 (33 A-Mains completed; best 25 races counted)
1. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,312
2. Chase Junghans 3,110 (-202)
3. Boom Briggs 3,008 (-304)
Lanigan Continues Lernerville Success With World of Outlaws Late Model Series Working Man 50 Victory
Firecracker 100 Winner Tops Early Battle with Marlar, Pulls Away From Eckert for 14th WoO LMS Victory of the Season
SARVER, Pa. Aug. 29, 2014 Series points leader Darrell Lanigan picked up right where he left off at Lernerville Speedway, earning his 14th World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season Friday night when the national tour returned to the western Pennsylvania track for the first time since Lanigans $30,000 Firecracker 100 victory in June.
Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., swept the program at Lernervilles inaugural Working Man 50 on Friday, earning $10,650 as he closed to within one victory of matching his WoO LMS record 15-win season of 2012. The triumph also marked the third win in four WoO LMS A-Mains at Lernerville this season for Lanigan, who claimed one of two preliminary races during the Firecracker 100 weekend to go along with his victory in the events blockbuster finale.
Lanigan started the evening by earning fast time honors and later won his heat race and drew the pole for 50-lap feature. However, his A-Main victory was far from easy, as outside polesitter Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., tried his best to spoil Lanigans party.
Marlar pressured Lanigan through the races opening laps before taking the lead on lap four. Marlar edged away just after taking the point, but Lanigan picked up his pace and reeled in Marlar by lap 15. After a back-and-forth battle through lapped traffic, Lanigan retook the lead for good on lap 17 and never looked back. He pulled away from runner-up finisher Rick Eckert of York, Pa., on multiple late restarts on his way to his series-leading 67th career WoO LMS victory.
Once (the track surface) blew off a little bit there our car got really, really good there in the middle to the bottom, said Lanigan, who drew closer to his third WoO LMS championship in stretching his lead in the series standings to 282 points over Eckert. It was just unbelievable. You hate to stop when a cars that good.
We could go anywhere on the racetrack. This cars been phenomenal all year. I cant think everybody enough on this crew. Theyre doing a great job.
Lanigan crossed the finish line 1.646 seconds ahead of Eckert, who once again fell just short of claiming his first WoO LMS victory of the season. Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., charged from his 13th starting spot to finish third with fellow Watertown driver Tim McCreadie fourth and Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., rounding out the top five. Marlar faded during the second half of the race, taking sixth at the finish.
Fridays race marked the second straight WoO LMS event that Lanigan gave up the lead during early going. But just as he recovered to retake the point from Brady Smith on his way to winning Aug. 23s event at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Mich., Lanigan once again maintained his composure after Marlar got by him in Fridays race and waited for his self-designed Club 29 Race Car to hit its groove.
Youre always worried when somebody gets the lead like that, said Lanigan, who logged his 28th top-five finish in 32 WoO LMS A-Mains contested this season. But I could stay right there with him and pressure him a little bit. I knew once it blew off a little bit we would be really good.
Eckert and the Rocket Chassis house car team continued their recent improvement with the runner-up performance, but Eckerts search for victory will continue into the tours final six races of the season as the 48-year-old driver looks to avoid going winless on the series for the first time since 2007.
That guys hard to beat when youre in front of him, Eckert said of Lanigan. When he starts in front of you its almost impossible. Hes really good. Our teams been working hard. I think we have something we can race with him now. Weve been working on it a little bit and I think weve got a shot.
Fullers run to the front marked another impressive performance since rejoining the WoO LMS mid-season. His Kennedy Motorsports Rocket Chassis appeared strong enough to contend for a victory as he charged through the field early in the race, but his run mellowed out once he reached the third position just past halfway.
Starting back so far, it was good to be able to come up through there, said Fuller, who claimed his best WoO LMS A-Main result since winning the tours July 18 event at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. Our strong point was on those restarts. We were pretty much on the bottom.
Leading series rookie Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., continued his solid season with a seventh-place finish, while Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., finished eighth after running as high as third. Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., advanced from 15th to finish ninth, with Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., rounding out the races top 10 finishers.
The race was slowed by four cautions. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., drifted over the banking on lap 18 for the first yellow and later drew another caution when he slowed with a flat tire on lap 24. The third caution appeared when hometown driver John Garvin Jr. spun and collected Alex Ferree of Saxonburg on lap 36, and the fourth and final yellow waved when Dan Angellicchio of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., slowed.
Russell King of Bristolville, Ohio, claimed a $3,000 victory in the Uncle Sam 30, a makeup race for Firecracker 100 non-qualifiers that was rained out at the event in June. King, the 2009 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year, earned his second Uncle Sam 30 victory.
The nights preliminary action was twice delayed by red flags, both appearing for rollover accidents. Hometown driver Michael Norris went for a wild ride during the fourth heat race when he got over the turn-four cushion, and Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., also rolled during the second B-Main. Both drivers emerged uninjured from their heavily damaged race cars.
The WoO LMS continues its three-race Labor Day weekend with a move to Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway for events on Saturday and Sunday. The half-mile oval hosts the series for the Showdown on Sand Hill Saturday and the National Late Model Open on Sunday.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Working Man 50 at Lernerville Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (3) Rick Eckert/50 $5,600
3. (13) Tim Fuller/50 $3,050
4. (6) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,200
5. (5) Eric Wells/50 $2,600
6. (2) Mike Marlar/50 $1,700
7. (4) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $2,200
8. (7) Shane Clanton/50 $1,850
9. (15) Clint Smith/50 $1,800
10. (8) Vic Coffey/50 $1,700
11. (22) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,600
12. (16) Russell King/50 $1,000
13. (11) Jared Miley/50 $950
14. (9) Chub Frank/50 $1,500
15. (20) Alex Ferree/50 $850
16. (12) Gregg Satterlee/50 $800
17. (18) Mike Benedum/50 $770
18. (19) Garrett Krummert/50 $750
19. (21) Chuck Sarver/49 $730
20. (19) Doug Drown/45 $700
21. (14) Dan Angellicchio/42 $700
22. (25) John Garvin Jr./36 $700
23. (10) Davey Johnson/21 $700
24. (23) Chase Junghans/8 $1,200
25. (24) Boom Briggs/7 $1,200
26. (26) Mike Pegher/2 $725
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 26 Mins. 13 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.646 seconds
Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 18, 24, 36, 45)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-3, 17-50); Marlar (4-16)
Uncle Sam 30 (makeup Firecracker 100 non-qualifiers race):
1. Russell King/30 $3,000
2. Vic Coffey/30 $1,500
3. Garrett Krummert/30 $800
4. Doug Drown/30 $700
5. Colton Flinner/30 $600
6. Chris Casner/30 $500
7. Dan Angellicchio/30 $400
8. John Flinner Jr./30 $375
9. Herman Bertolini/30 $350
10. Tony Musolino/30 $325
11. Todd Bachman/30 $300
12. Max Blair/14 $270
13. Ken Schaltenbrand/14 $260
14. Chuck Sarver/9 $250
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 29 32 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 4,554
2. Rick Eckert 4,272 (-282)
3. Tim McCreadie 4,226 (-328)
4. Morgan Bagley 4,046 (-508)
5. Chub Frank 4,002 (-552)
6. Eric Wells 3,988 (-566)
7. Shane Clanton 3,952(-602)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,896 (-658)
9. Clint Smith 3,786 (-768)
10. Chase Junghans 3,614 (-940)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2,476 (-1,078)
12. Tim Fuller 2,808 (-1,746)
LaSalle Speedway Cancels World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event Scheduled For Sept. 11
Illinois Oval Plans to Host WoO LMS Action Next Season
LaSalle, Ill. - Aug. 26, 2014 - The return of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series to LaSalle Speedway will have to wait until 2015. Citing scheduling conflicts and financial setbacks suffered from rainouts earlier in the season, officials at the quarter-mile Illinois oval on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the track's WoO LMS event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11.
"Six months ago it seemed like a good idea, but we've struggled just like everyone with rainouts," LaSalle Speedway co-promoter Tony Izzo Jr. said. "We lost a few races earlier in the year that help us financially so that we can put on other big races, and it being a Thursday night with school back in, I just feel like this is the best decision."
LaSalle and WoO LMS officials will work to secure a more favorable date on the tour's 2015 scheduled for a track that last hosted the series in 2007 for an event won by Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich. LaSalle was also on the tour's schedule in 2009 and 2011, but both events were rained out.
"I hate to cancel it because we've been looking forward to bringing the World of Outlaws Late Models back to LaSalle for a long time, but we want it to be a great show when we do it," Izzo said. "I just don't feel like we can do that right now, but hopefully we'll find a date that works next season."
The cancelled event was scheduled to kick off a busy weekend for the WoO LMS, which heads for Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich., Sept. 12-13. Berlin's Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend will now occupy the weekend on its own with Friday and Saturday action carrying on as planned at the 7/16th-mile dirt-covered asphalt oval.
Fresh off an Aug. 22-23 doubleheader in Michigan, The WoO LMS returns to action over the upcoming Labor Day weekend with three races in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State triple kicks off Friday (Aug. 29) with the inaugural Working Man 50 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver. Action moves to Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday (Aug. 30) and Sunday (Aug. 31) for a pair of races during the track's Late Model National Open weekend.
Darrell Lanigan Outduels Brady Smith at Saturday's NAPA Merritt 50, Earning His 13th World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory of 2014
Series Points Leader Pulls Away Late to Earn $10,650 for His First Merritt Speedway Victory
LAKE CITY, Mich. - Aug. 23, 2014 - Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., topped a back-and-forth battle with Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., midway through Saturday's NAPA Merritt 50 A-Main at Merritt Speedway and pulled away in the closing laps to earn his 13th World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season.
The 44-year-old Lanigan, a two-time series champion and current points leader, earned $10,650 for his series-leading 66th career WoO LMS victory and his first triumph at Merritt's 3/8-mile oval.
"We went a little different (on tire selection) and I knew we would be better on the long run," said Lanigan, who moved within two victories of his record 15-win mark set in 2012. "I was just biding my time and once my stuff came in it was like a rocket ship."
Smith settled for second, fading to 4.925 seconds behind Lanigan at the finish, while home-track driver Dona Marcoullier of Haughton Lake, Mich., made a late charge to finish third. Former WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert or York, Pa., was fourth with Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., who led the first four laps from the outside pole, rounding out the top five in a race slowed by four cautions.
Dropping back to second on the start, the polesitting Lanigan pressured Clint Smith through the first three laps before pulling ahead on lap four. Lanigan pulled away on three early restarts before 10th-starting Brady Smith reeled him just before lap 15.
Smith first took a look to the outside of Lanigan on the 15th lap, and was alongside the leader the following circuit. The two cars battle side by side over the next four laps before Smith pulled ahead just before the final caution waved with 19 laps complete.
Smith eased away from Lanigan after the restart, but Lanigan was soon making his bid to retake the point. Lanigan took advantage when Smith attempted to drive around a slower car on lap 30, dropping to the inside lane to make a three-wide pass for the lead on the back straightaway.
Once back in command, Lanigan's Club 29 Race Car drove away from Smith and had only to avoid trouble in traffic to secure the victory. That was no simple task, however, as slower cars ran two and three wide ahead of him. But he skillfully handled the congestion, passing cars two at time on more than one occasion.
"There was a couple times I snuck in there and was like 'Oh my God this is gonna get tight,' " Lanigan said of his run through traffic during the final 20 laps. "But we got enough room to get through and had an unbelievable car."
Recovering from mechanical issues that forced him out after just one lap of Friday's WoO LMS A-Main at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., Brady Smith settled for the runner-up finish in his Big Red Motorsports Rocket Chassis. The solid result marked the 37-year-old standout's fifth top-five finish in 15 WoO LMS A-Main starts this season.
"He had a little different tire selection than we did," said Smith, whose highlights in part-time WoO LMS competition this season include a victory during Florida Speedweeks action in February. "Ours was good early, but his was good at the end.
"I was trying to pace myself. We started 10th and I knew we went soft on (right-rear tire). I was trying not to murder the thing early, but I was pretty much the only car running the top of guys in front of me. I just went for it and tried to hold on."
Up next for the WoO LMS is a Labor Day weekend tripleheader at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., and Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Lernerville, the 4/10-mile oval that hosts the Firecracker 100 earlier in the summer, welcomes the tour for a second time this season for the inaugural Working Man 50 Friday, Aug. 29.
WoO LMS competitors move to Selinsgrove the remainder of the holiday weekend for the half-mile oval's Showdown on Sand Hill on Saturday, Aug. 30 and the Late Model National Open on Sunday, Aug. 31.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series NAPA Merritt 50 at Merritt Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (10) Brady Smith/50 $5,050
3. (4) Dona Marcoullier/50 $3,500
4. (3) Rick Eckert/50 $3,150
5. (2) Clint Smith/50 $2,600
6. (8) Tim McCreadie/50 $2,300
7. (11) Shane Clanton/50 $1,950
8. (15) Tim Fuller/50 $1,400
9. (7) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,750
10. (9) Ryan VanderVeen/50 $1,200
11. (5) Kris Patterson Jr./49 $1,050
12. (16) Eric Wells/49 $1,550
13. (6) Jeep Van Wormer/49 $950
14. (17) Eric Spangler/49 $1,000
15. (14) Mike Spatola/49 $900
16. (24) Kevin Juusole/49 $800
17. (18) Chub Frank/49 $1,320
18. (13) Chase Junghans/49 $1,500
19. (12) Boom Briggs/49 $1,280
20. (23) Herb Reich/47 $700
21. (22) Jordan Erickson/32 $700
22. (20) Curtis Roberts/22 $700
23. (21) Josh Knoll/19 $700
24. (19) Frank Heckenast Jr./9 $1,250
Time of Race: 24 Mins. 30 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 4.925 seconds
Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 6, 9, 14, 19)
Lap Leaders: C. Smith (1-4); Lanigan (5-18, 30-50); B. Smith (19-29)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 23
1. Darrell Lanigan 4,404
2. Rick Eckert 4,126 (-278)
3. Tim McCreadie 4,084 (-320)
4. Morgan Bagley 3,918 (-486)
5. Chub Frank 3,880 (-524)
6. Eric Wells 3,848 (-556)
7. Shane Clanton 3,818 (-586)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,760 (-644)
9. Clint Smith 3,654 (-750)
10. Chase Junghans 3,512 (-892)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3,376 (-1,028)
12. Tim Fuller 2,664 (-1,740)
Curtis Roberts Enjoys Dream Night at I-96 Speedway, Scores First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory
Michigan Driver Thrills Home-State Crowd in Claiming the NAPA Lake Odessa 50 Presented by Keyser
LAKE ODESSA, Mich. - Aug. 22, 2014 - Curtis Roberts lived his dream Friday night at I-96 Speedway.
A regional racer for more than 20 years, Roberts, 47, of Coleman, Mich., took the lead when Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., suffered a flat right-rear tire on lap 42 of the NAPA Lake Odessa 50 Presented by Keyser A-Main and held off a furious charge by Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., through the race's finale eight laps to claim his first career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory.
Roberts earned and career-high $10,550 for his breakthrough victory and thrilled a large crowd of his home-state fans as the 3/8-mile oval hosted the national tour first time since 2007.
"I've been racing a lot of years and this is definitely my biggest win," said Roberts, who became the fourth first-time winner on the WoO LMS this season. "To come in here and beat these guys - the best drivers in the country - it's a dream come true. This is really just unbelievable."
Surrounded by a pack of WoO LMS stars, Roberts turned in the performance of his life in Friday's A-Main. Starting from the pole, Roberts slipped into second behind Clanton on the race's opening lap and turned back challenges from series veteran Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., through the first half of the 50-lapper.
After pulling away from Frank after the halfway point, Roberts appeared to be headed for a runner-up result until Clanton's demise put him out front. Roberts continued his impressive performance by holding off Lanigan in a tense battle that saw the two-time series champion and current points leader pull even with Roberts with a hard charge into the final turn.
"I could hear (Lanigan)," Roberts said. "I didn't know for sure who it was, I just said, 'Hey, keep hitting your marks, you've been doing good the whole race. Just keep it up. Don't mess up.' "
Just as he had all race, Roberts remained steady and pulled back ahead down the homestretch, forcing Lanigan to settle for the runner-up finish in his self-designed Club 29 Race Car. Frank, who claimed the only previous WoO LMS stop at I-96 in 2007, was third in the Sorbera Chiropractic Rocket, while 2006 WoO LMS champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., took fourth in the Sweeteners Plus Rocket ahead of leading series rookie Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., in the Heckenast Racing Club 29 car.
After taking second from Frank on the race's final restart on lap 42, Lanigan followed Roberts' line around the track's top groove before moving lower on the track to make his bid for the lead though the final corner. Lanigan crossed the finish line a mere 0.408 seconds behind Roberts, notching his 26th top-five finish in 30 WoO LMS A-Mains this season.
"He was super good around the top," Lanigan said, describing how Roberts mastered the tricky cushion that kept drivers on their toes throughout the event. "I gave it a last-lap effort there to try to get it done, but he did a good job. Starting sixth and to come home second, I'm definitely happy. He did a great job to get his first win - super job."
After lowering the track record in time trials and dominating his heat race, Clanton appeared headed for victory in dominating the majority of the main event. He built leads of more than a straightaway at times and continued to pull away from his chasers even in traffic. But his bid to end his year-long WoO LMS winless streak came to an early end when he slowed in turn two with 42 laps completed.
"It's heartbreaking, but that's racing," said Clanton, who debuted a new Capital Race Car in Friday's event. "This being a brand new race car, as good as it was you can't ask for much more. Set a new track record, won the heat, led every lap that we were on the racetrack - that's a pretty good night. It just sucks that Lady Luck got us."
Restarting second after the lap-42 caution for Clanton, Frank was aiming to end a winless streak even longer than Clanton's, but he was unable to challenge Roberts as the race went back green and Lanigan drove by for the second spot.
"We just weren't any good on the restarts," said Frank, whose winless stretch on the WoO LMS reached exactly five years on Friday. "I don't know why - if it was tires or what. I just needed a few laps to get going and just could not get going on the restarts."
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., drove the Rocket Chassis house car to a sixth-place finish, while Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas finished seventh in the P&W Sales Rocket. Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., was eighth in the Todd Wood Racing Rocket with Eric Wells ninth in the Wells Motorsports Rocket and Mike Spatola 10th in a Warrior Race Car.
The race was slowed by four cautions, the first appearing when Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio had mechanical issues with 23 laps complete. The next yellow flag waved on lap 35 when WoO LMS rookie contender Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., slowed on the front straightaway, collecting Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y. Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., spun to bring out a lap-36 caution, and Clanton's flat tire caused the final caution on lap 42.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series completes its doubleheader weekend with a visit to Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Mich., on Saturday for the NAPA Merritt 50. Gates open at 4 p.m. at the 3/8-mile oval with qualifying scheduled for 6 and racing to follow at 7. General admission prices are $30 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-15. Additional information is available on the track's website at www.merrittspeedwaymi.com
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series NAPA Lake Odessa 50 Presented by Keyser at I-96 Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Curtis Roberts/50 $10,550
2. (6) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,650
3. (3) Chub Frank/50 $3,550
4. (5) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,200
5. (4) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $2,800
6. (12) Rick Eckert/50 $1,350
7. (15) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,950
8. (7) Clint Smith/50 $1,900
9. (9) Eric Wells/50 $1,800
10. (17) Mike Spatola/50 $1,200
11. (18) Jeep Van Wormer/50 $1,050
12. (16) Brandon Thirlby/50 $1,000
13. (10) Boom Briggs/50 $1,550
14. (22) Eric Spangler/50 $950
15. (2) Shane Clanton/42 $1,400
16. (8) Tim Fuller/35 $800
17. (11) Chase Junghans/34 $1,320
18. (20) Casey Noonan/24 $750
19. (13) Rusty Schlenk/23 $730
20. (23) Herb Reich/21 $700
21. (19) Ryan VanderVeen/20 $700
22. (20) Bry Sloan/7 $700
23. (24) Bill Bray/3 $700
24. (14) Brady Smith/1 $725
Time of Race: 26 Mins. 54 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.408 seconds
Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 23, 35, 36 & 42)
Lap Leaders: Clanton (1-42); Roberts (43-50)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 22
1. Darrell Lanigan 4,254
2. Rick Eckert 3,984 (-270)
3. Tim McCreadie 3,946 (-308)
4. Morgan Bagley 3,786 (-468)
5. Chub Frank 3,764 (-490)
6. Eric Wells 3,722 (-532)
7. Shane Clanton 3,682 (-572)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,658 (-596)
9. Clint Smith 3,514 (-740)
10. Chase Junghans 3,398 (-856)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3,264 (-990)
12. Tim Fuller 2,530 (-1,724)
Chub Frank Hopes To Build Momentum During World of Outlaws Late Model Series Doubleheader at I-96 Speedway & Merritt Speedway
Series Veteran Aims to End Winless Streak at NAPA-Sponsored Michigan Events
CONCORD, N.C. - Aug. 20, 2014 - The upcoming World of Outlaws Late Model Series visit to the Wolverine State could be just what Chub Frank needs to spark a much-needed hot streak. With the national tour visiting I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., Friday and Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Mich., Saturday, Frank heads to one track where he's the only series regular to score a victory and another that's a strong fit with his driving style.
In 2007, Frank, 52, of Bear Lake, Pa., won the only previous WoO LMS event held at I-96, which welcomes the tour back for Friday's NAPA Lake Odessa 50 Presented by Keyser. For Merritt's NAPA Merritt 50 on Saturday, Frank makes his fourth visit to one of his more favorable racetracks.
"I'm looking forward to the Michigan tracks because we ran good there," said Frank, the veteran racer who owns 16 career WoO LMS A-Main victories. "Any track you win at, you always enjoy going back, and Merritt, it's a smaller track that's more along the lines of what I like. It's one of the tracks I really like."
Frank could use a pair of strong performances over the weekend to build some momentum for the remainder of the season. While 2014 has been an improvement on recent campaigns - his six top-five finishes are the most he's had in a WoO LMS season since 2009 - his program still isn't quite to the level he would like it. And there's the looming fact that his current winless streak on the series will reach the five-year mark on Friday.
"We've been better and more consistent, but we just need to get it a little bit better and find that little extra that helps you win races," said Frank, whose most recent WoO LMS victory came August, 22 2009, at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. "Right now, we're just looking for good runs and trying to figure out how to step up a little bit more. We've been close a lot and had a decent car, but it seems like somebody is always going to get their car just right. That somebody hasn't been us lately."
While Frank is optimistic about his return I-96 Speedway, he doesn't expect to have any advantage over the other series regulars based on his 2007 victory. The track hardly resembles the half-mile oval on which Frank won. In fact, that track is no longer there.
Since the tour's last visit, I-96 Speedway has undergone major reconfigurations. A smaller 3/8-mile oval was added in the infield of the original track several seasons ago and hosted the track's weekly action through the 2013 season while special events were often held on the outer track. Finally, following the between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the track's management started from scratch, replacing both the outer track and the inner track with a single 3/8-mile oval that was designed to be more symmetrical than the previous 3/8-mile configuration, which shared its front straightaway with the half-mile track.
If a completely new track isn't enough to wipe out Frank's advantage at I-96, seven years of technological advancements on dirt Late Model race cars should do the trick.
"Things have changed so much since then," Frank said. "Cars are different, shocks are different, everything's so much different now that anybody can go win there as far as whoever gets their car right. You can go back and remember somewhat about where you ran on the racetrack, but as far as any setup notes or anything, that stuff would be out the window anyway."
Even with a track that's completely different from the one he won on, Frank feels good about his return to I-96.
"It's still good to go back to a place you've won no matter how long it's been," Frank said. "Maybe we'll go there and have some good vibes that'll help get us going."
Frank might not have the results to show for it, but Merritt is a track that fits his driving style when the 3/8-mile oval's clay surface slicks over. In three WoO LMS races at Merritt, Frank has a best finish of seventh in 2011. It was a disappointing finish to a race in which he ran among the top five for much of distance before getting shuffled back late. He had another top-five run going in 2012 before suspension issues dropped him out of the event.
"We haven't had the finishes to show for it, but we've had some good runs there," Frank said. "We broke running top five and we've run up front a little bit, but it depends on what you get there as far as the track. We've had three or four different type surfaces there. When it's slick, that's what I look forward to. That kind of track just seems to fit my driving and the way I like my car."
Frank will indeed hope for a track surface that suits his driving style and his car's setup because adjusting his Rocket Chassis to an unfamiliar surface isn't one of his team's strong suits. With just one full-time crew member between Frank and teammate Boom Briggs, the team rarely has time in a race night to make major setup adjustments or keep a close eye on changing track conditions. That's been a major disadvantage for Frank in a sport where the driver and crew that best adjust their car to the racetrack is often the team who visits victory lane at the end of the night.
"You gotta be on it all the time as far as getting everything right," Frank said. "We're trying to win every night - I just know what we're up against. We have to be on when we get to the racetrack because we can't catch up. That's the biggest problem I'm facing right now. I just don't have enough help to catch up as far as changing the car around and stuff.
"We have to pretty much stay with a standard (setup) wherever we go and make small adjustments off of it. Hopefully we get everything right because if we get behind - which normally that's what happens - it's really hard for us to catch up."
Even with the challenge of working with slim crew, Frank has managed to put together a solid season. Improving on a disappointing ninth-place finish in the 2013 WoO LMS championship chase, Frank is fifth in the current points standings with nine races remaining on this year's tour. He has no plans of cruising to the end of the season, however, as fourth-place Morgan Bagley is just 30 points ahead of him and sixth-place Eric Wells and seventh-place Shane Clanton are just 30 and 58 points behind him respectively.
For Frank, who hasn't finished better than fifth in the series standings since logging his career-best result of second in 2007, improving to fourth by the end of the season would be a major boost.
"It's big," Frank said of the points battle. "Right now, we're trying to get to fourth - That's our goal. We know that third on up there's not really a chance to catch those teams. But right now, we're trying to stay in the top five and really trying to get to fourth. That would be like winning to us."
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa for Friday's Napa Lake Odessa 50 Presented by Keyser. Hot laps get under way at 6:30 with racing action scheduled to kick off at 8. General admission prices for the event are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-15. For more information, visit the track's website at www.i96speedway.com.
On Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m. for the Napa Merritt 50 at Merritt Speedway in Lake City. Qualifying is scheduled for 6 with racing following at 7. General admission prices are $30 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-15. Additional information is available on the track's website at www.merrittspeedwaymi.com.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/WorldofOutlaws .
Lanigan Overtakes McCreadie Late In Saturdays Gunters Honey 50 En Route To First Winchester Speedway Victory
Kentucky Driver Extends WoO LMS Points Lead With 12th A-Main Win of 2014
WINCHESTER, Va. - Aug. 16, 2014 - After starting the weekend with a pair of runner-up finishes, Darrell Lanigan returned to his preferred top spot Saturday night at Winchester Speedway with a victory in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series-sanctioned Gunter's Honey 50.
Lanigan, the two-time WoO LMS champion and current points leader, earned $10,650 for his series-leading 12th victory of the season as the national tour wrapped up a three-race weekend in the Mid-Atlantic region. The tour's all-time winningest driver earned his 65th career series victory in front of a near-capacity crowd at the northern Virginia track.
Advancing from his fourth starting spot, Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., overtook Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., on lap 44 of the 50-lap race and pulled away in his Keyser Manufacturing-sponsored Club 29 Race Car on his way to claiming his first victory at Winchester's 3/8-mile oval.
"I don't like second," said Lanigan, who settled for runner-up finishes Friday night at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., and Saturday night at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md. "It's always better to win, especially here at Winchester where we've struggled. To come here with our Club 29 car and get a win, it's awesome."
McCreadie, the 2006 WoO LMS champion who sits third in the current series standings, settled for second in his Sweeteners Plus Rocket Chassis, 2.360 seconds behind Lanigan at the finish. McCreadie started from the outside pole and took the lead from polesitter Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., on lap 22.
Thompson's Stone's Excavating Rocket was third at the finish after riding out front for the race's first 21 laps. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., was fourth in the Rocket Chassis house car with Kenny Pettyjohn of Millsboro, Del., rounding out the top five in his Rocket car.
Lanigan made his way to third early in the event and rode patiently in the spot through the race's opening laps as Stone paced the field ahead of McCreadie. When McCreadie began to pressure Stone in traffic around lap 15, Lanigan closed in on both drivers to make it a three-car battle for the lead.
After taking several looks under Stone in traffic, McCreadie pulled ahead for the lead on lap 22 as Lanigan looked to take second. Lanigan overtook Stone on lap 27 and erased what little advantage McCradie had built in just a couple of laps.
Lanigan pressured McCreadie as the leaders raced through heavy traffic, pulling alongside multiple times before finally completing the winning pass when McCreadie slipped high on lap 44.
The race's only caution on lap 47 gave McCreadie a chance to challenge Lanigan on a late restart, but Lanigan pulled away in building nearly a straightaway advantage before the finish.
"I was just biding my time a little bit," Lanigan said of his battle with McCreadie. "I didn't want to press the issue and take us both out. When your car's good like that you can move around, so I was just kind of waiting on him there until I finally got a good groove going.
"I raced him clean and he raced me clean. It was definitely a good race. It's fun when you can race with people like that that you trust to run around."
McCreadie was happy to improve on his finishes of 11th and fourth on Friday and Saturday, but was disappointed to come up short of the victory.
"I must've been fading. I just tried to go where the track felt the best," said McCreadie, a two-time winner on the WoO LMS this season who recorded his fourth runner-up finish of the year. "It's tough to run second, but it's better than we were all weekend. I'll take it and hope we put on a good show for everybody."
After dropping back to third, Stone switched grooves and rallied back to pressure McCreadie for second late in the race. He felt that his car was capable of winning the race if he had found the quicker way around the track sooner.
"The track was faster at the beginning there and I was really good," said Stone, a WoO LMS part-timer who was looking for his third career series victory. "I think the track slowed down, but I didn't slow down enough with it. I was gauging myself off those lapped cars, but obviously those guys were real fast behind me. I just slipped up there for probably 10 laps and messed up."
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns to action Aug. 22-23 with a doubleheader weekend in Michigan. The series returns to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa for the first time since 2007 Friday night before heading to Merritt Raceway in Merritt Saturday.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Gunter's Honey 50 at Winchester Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (4) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (2) Tim McCreadie/50 $5,650
3. (1) Dan Stone/50 $3,000
4. (3) Rick Eckert/50 $3,150
5. (7) Kenny Pettyjohn/50 $2,650
6. (6) Vic Coffey/50 $1,750
7. (5) Jamie Lathroum/50 $1,450
8. (8) Larry Ramsey/50 $1,350
9. (10) Allen Brannon/50 $1,250
10. (11) Jason Covert/50 $1,100
11. (18) Eric Wells/50 $1,600
12. (12) Dale Hollidge/50 $1,050
13. (13) Gregg Satterlee/50 $950
14. (20) Tim Fuller/50 $950
15. (16) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,400
16. (11) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $1,550
17. (15) Kenny Moreland/50 $770
18. (17) J.T. Spence/50 $750
19. (23) Shane Clanton/50 $1,280
20. (22) Mark Pettyjohn/45 $9,700
21. (14) Ross Robinson/49 $700
22. (19) Chub Frank/49 $1,250
23. (24) Clint Smith/49 $1,250
24. (21) Billy Beachler/45 $725
Time of Race: 17 Mins. 38 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.360 seconds
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 47)
Lap Leaders: Stone (1-21); McCreadie (22-43); Lanigan (44-50)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 16 - 29
1. Darrell Lanigan 4,108
2. Rick Eckert 3,846 (-262)
3. Tim McCreadie 3,804 (-304)
4. Morgan Bagley 3,650 (-458)
5. Chub Frank 3,620 (-488)
6. Eric Wells 3,590 (-518)
7. Shane Clanton 3,562 (-546)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,518 (-590)
9. Clint Smith 3,380 (-728)
10. Chase Junghans 3,282 (-826)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3,140 (-968)
12. Tim Fuller 2,412 (-1,696)
Hubbard Returns To National Spotlight with World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory at Potomac Speedway
Former WoO LMS Regular Leads All the Way to Earn Third Career Series Victory
BUDDS CREEK, Md. - Aug. 15, 2014 - Austin Hubbard may no longer travel nationally, but he's still capable of competing with the best dirt Late Model drivers in the country. The 22-year-old Seaford, Del., driver proved as much Friday night at Potomac Speedway with a dominating performance in the 3/8-mile oval's World of Outlaws Late Model Series event.
Hubbard, the former WoO LMS Rookie of the Year who followed the national tour full time in 2010 and 2011, claimed a victory worth $10,050 at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval, leading every lap from the pole starting spot to score his first series victory since winning twice on the series in 2010.
"This is a huge deal for us," said Hubbard, who has continued to compete part time on the WoO LMS after scaling back his racing program in recent seasons. "I've always believed we could win these big races. We've got good cars and good people supporting us. I definitely know we can run with these guys and we proved it."
Hubbard's victory came in front of a standing-room-only crowd as Potomac Speedway welcomed the WoO LMS back for the first time since 2004 in hosting the second leg of the tour's tripleheader weekend in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Hubbard's MasterSbilt by Huey Race Car was fast all night. He set fast time in his group during Ohlins Shocks Time Trials and dominated his heat race before earning the pole through a redraw among the race's top eight starters. He cruised during the opening stages of the main event before turning back challenges from Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., through the middle portions.
Lanigan pressured Hubbard on a number of restarts, but Hubbard pulled away from Lanigan and third-place finish Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., during the race's closing laps to take the checkereds with an advantage of 1.120 seconds.
The performance continued a stellar weekend for Hubbard, who finished third in Thursday night's WoO LMS A-Main at his home track of Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.
"I'm telling you, this car is on point. It's been that way all weekend," said Hubbard, who claimed his third overall victory of the season. "I don't have to do anything to it and it just goes right around there."
Lanigan, the two-time WoO LMS champion and current points leader, settled for his second runner-up finish in as many nights in his Club 29 Race Car. Satterlee, who topped Lanigan to claim Thursday's WoO LMS event at Delaware International Speedway, finished third in a Rocket Chassis. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., both also driving Rocket cars, were fourth and fifth respectively.
The victory was a special to Hubbard not only because of the competition it came against but also because of the track at which it came. With his previous WoO LMS victories coming at Georgia's Screven Motor Speedway and North Dakota's River Cities Speedway, Hubbard was ecstatic to win a major event in front of many of his fans at the track where he claimed his first-ever Late Model victory.
"This means a lot," said Hubbard, whose race shop is roughly two and half hours from Potomac. "The first Late Model race I ever won was at this track and it's pretty cool to win a national tour race at this place too. I love this crowd and this track. It's always a lot of fun to come out here."
Lanigan entered the event hoping for a special moment of his own. The veteran racer scored the first of his series-leading 64 career WoO LMS victories at Potomac when the tour made its only previous visit to the track in 2004, but he was denied a return to the track's victory lane.
"I remember that race here," said Lanigan, who recorded his 20th top-five finish in 28 WoO LMS A-Mains this season. "It'd been nice to win here again. I really wanted to it, but second is a good points night. We'll take it and go on to the next one."
The race was slowed by seven cautions and saw a number of top runners fall by the wayside. Heat race winners Stevie Long of Mechanicsville, Md., and Keith Jackson of Edenton, Md., each gave up top-five spots, Long for an overheating engine on lap 14 and Jackson with a lap-44 spin. B-Main winner Dale Hollidge of Mechanicsville, Md., retired from a top-10 spot to draw a lap-21 caution, and Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., slowed from 10th to draw a lap-35 yellow.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series wraps up a three-race weekend Saturday evening with a visit to Winchester (Va.) Speedway. General admission gates open at 4 p.m. at the 3/8-mile oval with hot laps set for 6:45.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Potomac Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Austin Hubbard/50 $10,050
2. (7) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,650
3. (3) Gregg Satterlee/50 $3,000
4. (6) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,200
5. (9) Chub Frank/50 $2,550
6. (4) Shane Clanton/50 $2,250
7. (8) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $2,150
8. (22) Kenny Pettyjohn/50 $1,950
9. (15) Rick Eckert/50 $1,850
10. (20) Eric Wells/50 $1,650
11. (24) Chase Junghans/50 $1,550
12. (14) Ross Robinson/50 $1,050
13. (23) Clint Smith/50 $1,450
14. (2) Keith Jackson/50 $1,050
15. (11) Jason Covert/50 $850
16. (21) Morgan Bagley/43 $1,300
17. (12) Kenny Moreland/43 $770
18. (13) Vic Coffey/38 $750
19. (17) Tim Fuller/35 $730
20. (16) Jamie Lathroum/27 $700
21. (18) Dale Hollidge/21 $700
22. (5) Stevie Long/15 $700
23. (19) J.T. Spence/13 $700
24. (10) Dan Stone/10 $725
Time of Race: 28 Mins. 32 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.120 seconds
Yellow Flags: 7 (laps 13, 14, 15, 21, 35, 38, 43, 44)
Lap Leaders: Hubbard (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Smith (WoO points), Junghans (WoO points)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 15 - 28 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 3,958
2. Rick Eckert 3,704 (-254)
3. Tim McCreadie 3,658 (-300)
4. Morgan Bagley 3,530 (-428)
5. Chub Frank 3,514 (-444)
6. Eric Wells 3,462 (-496)
7. Shane Clanton 3,450 (-508)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,400 (-558)
9. Clint Smith 3,276 (-682)
10. Chase Junghans 3,276 (-764)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2,194 (-902)
12. Tim Fuller 2,290 (-1,668)
Satterlee Survives Tangle In Traffic & Holds Off Lanigan for Fulton Bank 50 Victory at Delaware International Speedway
Pennsylvania Driver Rebounds From Recent Struggles with $10,050 WoO LMS Win
DELMAR, Del. - Aug. 14, 2014 - After a disappointing two-week trip through the Midwest, Gregg Satterlee returned to his home region and returned to form with a victory in Thursday night's Fulton Bank 50 at Delaware International Speedway.
Satterlee, 30, of Indiana, Pa., survived a close call in traffic and turned back challenges from Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., at the half-mile oval in southern Delaware, earning $10,050 for his third career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory.
"We had kind of a rough couple of weeks, but that's part of traveling," said Satterlee, who scored just one top-10 finish in four WoO LMS appearances in traveling with the WoO LMS to Illinois and Wisconsin in late July and early August. "We're learning and getting better. I'm sure if we hadn't done all that traveling we wouldn't be standing up here (in victory lane) tonight."
Sixth-starting Lanigan, the two-time WoO LMS champion and current series points leader, was second at the finish, 0.343 seconds behind Satterlee. Fourth-starting Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., was just behind the two leaders in third, while Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., advanced from eighth to finish fourth. Seventh-starting Ross Robinson of Georgetown, Del., rounded out the top five in a race slowed by four cautions.
Satterlee's victory featured plenty of drama. Starting from the pole, his Satterlee Petroleum Distributors-sponsored Rocket Chassis got the jump on outside polesitter Amanda Whaley of Millsboro, Del., who quickly dropped to the tail of the field after she pushed far up the track entering the first corner.
Whaley had made history earlier in the evening when she became the first female driver to ever make the redraw for a WoO LMS event with her second-place heat race finish. But her lap-one miscue dashed chance to become the first female to win a WoO LMS A-Main.
Whaley's push up the track created a scramble among the front few rows, and Lanigan took advantage to charge from sixth to second on the race's opening lap. He soon began applying pressure to Satterlee, making low-side bids for the lead through the race's opening laps with Hubbard lurking just behind in third.
The leaders caught the tail of the field by lap 14, setting up a tense battle. Satterlee opened the door for Lanigan to take the lead when he attempted to drive around tail-running Whaley on lap 17 and slid high in turn two. But Lanigan repeated Satterlee's mistake on the following lap, giving Satterlee room to muscle his way back into the lead on lap 18.
The excitement continued on the following lap when Satterlee got into the back of Nick Davis of Millsboro, Del., while trying to put him a lap down. The contact turned Davis sideways directly in front of Satterlee, but Satterlee stayed in the throttle and used more contact to push Davis' car up the banking and out of his path.
Satterlee made it through the incident without stopping, allowing him to retain his position at the front of the field as the race went under caution for Davis' stalled machine.
"I got into the one lapped car and turned him around. I didn't mean to do that, but he kind of come down on me," Satterlee said of the contact that nearly cost him the race. "When he hit me I had to just spin him out so I didn't get collected with him.
"I hit him way harder than I thought I was going to. I was hoping that the front bumper wasn't bent down into the racetrack or back into the tire. But luckily it was all good. These Rocket race cars are real strong and can take some abuse."
The caution for Davis calmed things at the front of the field as Satterlee began to edge away from Lanigan through the race's middle portions. But traffic again came into play in the final 10 laps, allowing Lanigan to close the gap and bring Hubbard along with him. The three leaders raced nose to tail through the closing circuits, but Satterlee kept his car glued to the track's dominant bottom groove and held on to claim the victory.
Lanigan settled for the runner-up finish in his Keyser Manufacturing-sponsored Club 29 Race Car, padding his already healthy WoO LMS points lead with his 23rd top-five finish in 27 A-Mains this season.
"We had a good hot rod," said Lanigan, a three-time winner at Delaware who was the runner-up at the track for the second straight year after fishing second to fellow WoO LMS regular Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., in 2013. "It sucks to run second, but sometimes you gotta do it."
The race's four yellow flags all appeared in the first half of the race. The lap-18 caution for Satterlee's tangle with Davis was the first break in the action, and a mid-pack tangle on the ensuing restart resulted in Andrew Mullins of Laurel, Del., spinning in turn and hometown driver Kerry King Sr. getting into the wall at the exit of turn two.
The third yellow waved when Whaley's left-rear tire blew, leaving rubber all over the front straightaway. The final caution appeared on the restart for a tangle involving Mullins, Davis and Pancho Lawler of Glenville, Pa.
The Fulton Bank 50 kicked off a tripleheader weekend for the WoO LMS in the Mid-Atlantic region. Action moves across Chesapeake Bay to Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., on Friday while a visit to Winchester (Va.) Speedway wraps up the weekend on Saturday.
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/WorldofOutlaws .
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Fulton Bank 50 at Delaware International Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Gregg Satterlee/50 $10,050
2. (6) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,650
3. (4) Austin Hubbard/50 $3,000
4. (8) Tim Fuller/50 $2,550
5. (7) Ross Robinson/50 $2,500
6. (11) Clint Smith/50 $2,300
7. (3) Donald Lingo Jr./50 $1,400
8. (10) Rick Eckert/50 $1,950
9. (17) Kenny Pettyjohn/50 $1,400
10. (9) Shane Clanton/50 $1,650
11. (20) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,650
12. (16) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $1,800
13. (12) Eric Wells/50 $1,500
14. (19) Chub Frank/50 $1,500
15. (13) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,400
16. (14) Boom Briggs/50 $1,350
17. (18) Pancho Lawler/50 $770
18. (21) Nick Davis/49 $750
19. (15) Andrew Mullins/25 $730
20. (2) Amanda Whaley/24 $700
21. (5) Jason Covert/23 $700
22. (22) Kerry King Sr./18 $700
23. (23) Chase Junghans/9 $1,250
24. (24) Dan Stone/3 $725
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 29 Mins. 50 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.343 seconds
Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 18, 18, 24 & 24)
Lap Leaders: Satterlee (1-16, 18-50); Lanigan (17)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Fuller, Lanigan, Clanton, Bagley, K. Pettyjohn, Davis, Defino, Coffey, Dennis.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Hubbard, Satterlee, Eckert, Briggs, Frank, Elliott, Stone, Lathroum.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Robinson, Covert, Smith, Mullins, Lawler, McCreadie, Byram, M. Pettyjohn, Schirmer.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Lingo, Whaley, Wells, Heckenast, King, Snyder, Warren, Junghans.
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps - Top 3 Transfer): K. Pettyjohn, Frank, Davis, Elliott, Coffey, Stone, Dennis, Defino. Did not start: Lathroum.
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Lawler, McCreadie, King, Byram, M.Pettyjohn, Junghans, Snyder, Warren. Did not start: Schirmer.
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 14 - 27 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 3,812
2. Rick Eckert 3,572 (-240)
3. Tim McCreadie 3,516 (-296)
4. Morgan Bagley 3,412 (-400)
5. Chub Frank 3,374 (-438)
6. Eric Wells 3,332 (-480)
7. Shane Clanton 3,312 (-500)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,264 (-548)
9. Clint Smith 3,152 (-660)
10. Chase Junghans 3,066 (-746)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 2,966 (-846)
12. Tim Fuller 2,178 (-1,634)
Owens Battles Back at Cedar Lake Speedway, Tops Pierce for First Career USA Nationals Victory
Tennessee Driver's Dramatic Victory Pays $50,050 in World of Outlaws Crown Jewel Event
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. - Aug. 2, 2014 - Jimmy Owens added another crown jewel to his lustrous resume Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway, claiming a dramatic $50,050 victory in the 27th annual USA Nationals.
Owens, the 42-year-old veteran dirt Late Model driver from Newport, Tenn., gave up the lead three times in the 100-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series event but battled back each time to regain the top spot en route to his first career USA Nationals victory.
The race's most dramatic moments came in the final 20 laps when Owens raced back and forth with 17-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill. The two drivers swapped the lead and swapped paint multiple times as the laps counted down before Owens finally pulled ahead for good on lap 95 and edged away to an advantage of 1.083 seconds at the finish.
"There was way too much excitement going on for me," said Owens, whose victory came in his sixth career USA Nationals A-Main start. "To bring this race home in front of a crowd like this is pretty awesome, especially putting on a show like we did."
Pierce, making just his third USA Nationals A-Main start, settled for second after leading laps 79-86 and 94. Two-time USA Nationals winner Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., finished third after charging forward from the seventh starting spot to lead laps 17-37. Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., advanced from the 15th starting spot to finish fourth while 10th-starting Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., rounded out the top five in a race that ran green after three cautions in the first seven laps.
Mars was the first to seriously challenge Owens, reeling in both him and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., who ran second for much of the race's opening laps. Just as Mars was beginning to look under Davenport, Owens jumped the cushion in turn two, forcing Davenport to check up and allowing Mars to take second and pull alongside Owens for the lead.
Mars and Owens ran side by side for the following two laps before Mars pulled ahead on lap 17 and began to ease away. But Owens battled back, catching Mars just a handful of laps later as slower traffic came into play.
Owens pressured Mars for the next 15 circuits while Pierce worked his way into contention. It was a three-car battle for the lead by lap 30, as Owens began to pull to the outside of Mars and Pierce used the extreme low groove to look under both cars ahead of him.
Owens cleared Mars to retake the lead on lap 37, while Pierce pulled into second on lap 43. Pierce ran down Owens in traffic and was taking looks under the leader by the race's halfway point.
Owens and Pierce ran nose to tail for the majority of the next 25 laps with Mars just behind in third. Pierce upped the pressure around lap 75 before making a bold move to take the lead on 78.
With Owens held up slightly by a slower car in turns three and four, Pierce was able to pull alongside Owens and edged ahead at the completion of lap 78. The two drivers raced door to door into turn one, where heavy contact between the two cars allowed Pierce to pull into the lead and sent Owens up the track as Mars drove into second.
Owens quickly recovered, however, and jumped to the high side as he began making up the lost ground. Owens retook second from Mars on lap 84 and set his sights on Pierce as traffic again became a factor.
The high-running Owens wasted little time moving back ahead of Pierce, catching and passing the low-running leader by lap 87. He began to pull away from there and appeared to be headed for victory before another mistake of his own doing nearly cost him the race.
With Pierce pressuring him in traffic, Owens got too high down the back straightaway on lap 94 and scraped the wall. Owens was able to correct his machine without much damage, but the lost momentum allowed Pierce to pull alongside and edge ahead at the line.
Owens again battled back on the high side, driving alongside Pierce down the back straightaway and pulling ahead after the two cars made contact in turns three and four.
The third time out front proved to be the charm for Owens, as he pulled away in the final five laps.
"It's just good hard racing. We put on a show for the fans," Owens said of his back-and-forth, contact-filled battle with Pierce. "I knew Bobby was real good on that bottom. Once he got by me I knew I was gonna have to do something.
"I really was (surprised) because Bobby's really good at running that bottom. Once I got up on the top there and started rolling I thought 'Well man, I should've been up here the whole time.'"
Pierce attempted to mount one final charge after losing the lead, but his run was stymied by traffic in the closing laps. He was denied what would've been the biggest victory of his young career but settled for a runner-up finish worth more than $20,000.
"That was one of the most exciting races I've ever been in," said Pierce, who scored his third top-10 finish in three career USA Nationals A-Main starts. "To do it with Jimmy Owens just makes it that much more awesome. Coming here, I just was hoping to make the race. Finishing second, it's just phenomenal."
Like Owens, Pierce wasn't fazed by the late-race contact between him and Owens.
"We were both going for that spot and there's a lot of money on the line," Pierce said. "We don't get many opportunities to race for money like this and to be in that opportunity, it was just good hard racing. You just gotta go for it in that situation."
The back-and-forth battle between Owens and Pierce had Mars hoping he may be able to capitalize, but he ended up two positions shy of earning his first USA Nationals victory since 2009.
"We had a good car and got in the lead there. It kinda went away a while and then started coming back at the end," said Mars, who was gunning for a weekend sweep after winning Thursday's WoO LMS tune-up event and claiming both of the weekend's NASCAR Late Model features. "They got to running pretty hard there and I thought maybe something would happen between them two and maybe I'd luck up and get this thing anyway. But it didn't work out."
The race was slowed by three cautions. The first appeared with two laps complete when fast qualifier Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., spun in turn two. A stack-up between Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., Brian Birkhofer or Muscatine, Iowa, and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., on the ensuing restart left Bloomquist spun in turn four. The final caution waved with seven laps complete when Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., slowed on the front straightway.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitors take the upcoming weekend off before heading to the Northeast for a three-race weekend. The series visits Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., Aug. 14, Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., Aug. 15 and Winchester (Va.) Speedway Aug. 16.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series 27th annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/MoneyWon):
1. (1) Jimmy Owens/100 $50,000
2. (3) Bobby Pierce/100 $21,950
3. (7) Jimmy Mars/100 $10,000
4. (15) Steve Francis/100 $6,100
5. (10) Billy Moyer Jr./100 $5,100
6. (13) Shannon Babb/100 $4,550
7. (2) Jason Feger/100 $4,600
8. (4) Jonathan Davenport/100$5,700
9. (9) Billy Moyer/100 $3,900
10. (5) Tim McCreadie/100 $3,650
11. (16) Darrell Lanigan/100 $3,400
12. (14) Brandon Sheppard/100 $3,050
13. (17) Eric Wells/100 $2,850
14. (12) Scott Bloomquist/100 $2,750
15. (19) A.J. Diemel/100 $2,500
16. (27) Rick Eckert/100 $2,550
17. (25) Morgan Bagley/100 $2,350
18. (6) Jordan Yaggy/99 $2,200
19. (22) Don O'Neal/99 $2,100
20. (23) Wendell Wallace/99 $4,275
21. (18) Nick Anvelink/99 $2,050
22. (24) Mason Zeigler/52 $2,025
23. (26) Chub Frank/41 $2,060
24. (8) Brady Smith/25 $2,025
25. (20) Chase Junghans/25 $2,050
26. (21) Chris Simpson/24 $2,000
27. (28) Ryan Unzicker/23 $3,600
28. (11) Brian Birkhofer/11 $2,000
Time of Race: 35 Mins., 0 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.083 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Laps 2, 2 & 7
Lap Leaders: Owens (1-16, 38-78, 87-93, 95-100); Mars (17-37), Pierce (79-86, 94).
Provisional Starters: Bagley (WoO), Frank (WoO), Eckert (track), Unzicker (FANSFund)
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 2 - 26 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 3,666
2. Rick Eckert 3,438 (-228)
3. Tim McCreadie 3,388 (-278)
4. Morgan Bagley 3,292 (-374)
5. Chub Frank 3,252 (-414)
6. Eric Wells 3,208 (-458)
7. Shane Clanton 3,182 (-484)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,138 (-528)
9. Clint Smith 3,014 (-652)
10. Chase Junghans 2,962 (-704)
11. Rick Briggs 2,848 (-818)
12. Tim Fuller 2,036 (-1,630)
1. Darrell Lanigan 4906
2. Rick Eckert 4622
3. Tim McCreadie 4572
4. Morgan Bagley 4370
5. Chub Frank 4326
6. Eric Wells 4308
7. Shane Clanton 4302
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4168
9. Clint Smith 4080
10. Chase Junghans 3908