SWAINSBORO, GA – May 5, 2012 – Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., survived a mid-race challenge from Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and marched on to capture Saturday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Pine Tree 50′ at Swainsboro Raceway.
Madden, 36, raced off the outside pole to lead the entire distance, but it was a timely caution flag on lap 28 that allowed him to stay at the head of the pack. Lanigan had pulled ahead of Madden on the backstretch that circuit as the leaders negotiated lapped traffic but the 2008 WoO LMS champion couldn’t complete a pass because two cars spun between turns three and four.
The remainder of the event belonged to Madden, who kept his Team Zero by Bloomquist machine firmly in command following two more caution periods. He crossed the finish line 1.826 seconds ahead of Bear Lake, Pa.’s Chub Frank, who piloted his Rocket car past Lanigan for second place on the race’s final restart with four laps left.
Lanigan settled for third place after starting sixth in his Rocket. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who won his first A-Main of the season the previous night at 311 Motor Speedway in Pine Hall, N.C., started from the pole position but slipped to fourth at the checkered flag in the Sweeteners Plus Warrior, and Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., tied his season-high finish by steering his self-owned Rocket machine to fifth place.
The $10,000 triumph was the eighth of Madden’s career on the WoO LMS, making him the winningest driver who has never run at least one full season as a regular on the national tour since its reincarnation in 2004. He had shared the distinction with Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, at seven wins.
“We were a little tight for our heat race, but we freed it up for the feature and I think we had a great race car,” said Madden, who became the 10 th different winner in 11 WoO LMS A-Mains this season. “We were able to get the lead and hold our own for the 50 laps.”
Madden’s moment of truth came when the 41-year-old Lanigan bid for the lead on lap 28. With Madden pinned behind the slower car driven by Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., on the backstretch, Lanigan surged to the outside and powered ahead of both Madden and Coffey entering turn three.
But a tangle between turns three and four involving Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., and John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y., forced Madden and Lanigan to take evasive action and kept Madden in front.
“We got to lapped traffic and we were a little bit too tight to maneuver around,” said Madden. “When we got behind those lapped cars we got into an aero-push, and I think Darrell was gonna be a little better than us. I think in open racetrack we had a great race car, but we got lucky there with that caution taking us out of traffic.”
Lanigan, who wasn’t able to mount a serious challenge on Madden before losing second to Frank, didn’t mourn his fate. He professed satisfaction with earning his third straight third-place finish and pushing his points lead to 66 over defending champ Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who finished 19 th after engine problems forced him to relinquish fifth place on lap 40.
“I think we could’ve won if that caution didn’t come out (on lap 28),” said Lanigan, who reached second when he passed McCreadie on lap 22. “It’s kind of an unfortunate, but that’s racing.”
Frank, 50, slipped underneath Lanigan for second rounding turns one and two on the race’s final restart, on lap 46, but he didn’t have enough time to even draw within striking distance of Madden.
“I think (Lanigan) thought he had such a good car, and got such a good jump on that restart, that he could just roll around Madden on the outside,” said Frank, who finished in the runner-up WoO LMS spot at Swainsboro for the second consecutive year. “I just filled the hole (on the inside) before he got to it and then he was stuck out there in that loose stuff.
“We didn’t have anything for Madden. He was definitely harder on tire than we were.”
Frank, who started 12th, remained winless on the WoO LMS since August. 2009 – a stretch that has reached 93 races.
“We’re getting closer,” said Frank, whose third WoO LMS top-five finish this season puts him just two away from matching his total from all of 2012. “If we keep running int the top five, we’re gonna get one of these races soon.”
It took two attempts for the A-Main to successfully get a lap in the books. Back-to-back red flags were thrown due to multi-car tangles between turns three and four.
The first, on the original start, swept up WoO LMS regulars Coffey, Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., and Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., as well as Chesley Dixon of Swainsboro, Ga., and Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga. Only Overton didn’t pit, but all of the drivers restarted the race.
The second try brought on another crash – this one with even wilder results. Jordy Nipper of Macon, Ga., ended up rolling his car onto its side in the midst of a turn-three scramble that also included Greg Johnson of Bedford, Ind., Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla., Chris Ferguson of Mt. Holly, N.C., and Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va. No drivers were injured.
McCool escaped the second crash virtually unscathed and pressed on to finish sixth. Shaver and Ferguson also came back from the accident to place seventh and eighth, respectively, while Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., who used a provisional to start the A-Main, was ninth and Clanton rallied from the rear to finish 10th after receiving pit-area service for damage his car sustained in the opening-lap wreck.
Fuller’s quick lap of 14.768 seconds in the 29-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials was his eighth career WoO LMS fast-time honor but first since June 25, 2010, at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
Heat winners were Fuller, Ferguson and McCreadie, and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., captured the B-Main.
The WoO LMS is idle until embarking on a busy Memorial Day Weekend tripleheader. The tour visits Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, on Fri., May 25; Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., on Sat., May 26, for the $25,000-to-win ‘Jackpot 100’; and I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, W.Va., on Sun., May 27.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Pine Tree 50’ at Swainsboro Raceway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Chris Madden/50 $10,000
2. (12) Chub Frank/50 $5,550
3. (6) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,650
4. (1) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,150
5. (3) Tim Fuller/50 $2,550
6. (9) Bub McCool/50 $2,500
7. (11) Steve Shaver/50 $1,450
8. (5) Chris Ferguson/50 $1,800
9. (23) Pat Doar/50 $1,750
10. (17) Shane Clanton/50 $1,650
11. (24) Jack Sullivan/50 $1,100
12. (19) Mike Marlar/50 $1,550
13. (13) Vic Coffey/50 $1,500
14. (21) Kent Robinson/50 $1,450
15. (16) John Lobb/50 $850
16. (20) Clint Smith/50 $1,350
17. (22) Duane Treadwell/50 $770
18. (7) Greg Johnson/50 $900
19. (4) Rick Eckert/39 $1,280
20. (15) Brandon Overton/24 $700
21. (18) Chesley Dixon/8 $700
22. (8) Jordy Nipper/0 $700
23. (14) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./0 $700
24. (10) Dillon Wood/0 $700
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 21 Mins., 23.266 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.826 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 3 (Laps 28, 40, 46)
Red Flags: 2 (both opening lap)
Lap Leaders: Madden (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Doar, Sullivan
Rookie of the Race: McCool ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Ferguson ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 14.768
2. 22F-Chris Ferguson/Mt. Holly, NC 14.980
3. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 14.999
4. 49-Greg Johnson/Bedford, PA 15.030
5. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 15.051
6. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.102
7. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.135
8. 44M-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 15.172
9. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.174
10. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 15.178
11. 1N-Jordy Nipper/Macon, GA 15.243
12. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 15.262
13. 1W-Dillon Wood/New Smyrna Beach, FL 15.271
14. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.315
15. 3d-Chesley Dixon/Swainsboro, GA 15.345
16. 28-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 15.354
17. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 15.401
18. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 15.432
19. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 15.440
20. 84-Jay Sessoms/Stanley, NC 15.462
21. 76-Brandon Overton/Evans, GA 15.488
22. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 15.598
23. 55-Duane Treadwell/Lagrange, GA 15.603
24. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.621
25. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 15.653
26. 2x-John Henderson/Aiken, SC 16.010
27. 3-Philip Pittman/Vidalia, GA 16.096
28. M31-Mike Akeson/Augusta, GA 16.830
29. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 15.890 (DQ)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Fuller, Eckert, Johnson, Wood, Coffey, Lobb, Marlar, Doar, Sullivan, Akeson
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Ferguson, Madden, Nipper, Shaver, Lloyd, Clanton, Henderson, George, Treadwell, Sessoms
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): McCreadie, Lanigan, McCool, Frank, Overton, Dixon, Robinson, C. Smith, Pittman
B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Marlar, C. Smith, Robinson, Treadwell, Sullivan, Pittman, Doar, Akeson, George, Henderson
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher I n A-Main or next highest w/decal): Duane Treadwell
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Steve Shaver
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Marlar
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Mike Marlar
Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Steve Shaver
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Greg Johnson
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Jack Sullivan
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Chesley Dixon
Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher or next highest finisher): Greg Johnson
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): none
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Greg Johnson
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Chris Madden
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim Fuller
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): John Lobb
Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jack Sullivan
Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal – $100 value): Greg Johnson
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main):
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Kent Robinson
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main or next highest with decal – $30 value): Jay Sessoms
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed – $200 value): Chub Frank
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Chub Frank
2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of May 5 – 11 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 1564
2. Rick Eckert 1498 (-66)
3. Chub Frank 1432 (-132)
4. Shane Clanton 1424 (-140)
5. Bub McCool 1374 (-190)
6. Tim McCreadie 1366 (-198)
7. Vic Coffey 1360 (-204)
8. Clint Smith 1350 (-214)
9. Pat Doar 1274 (-290)
10. Mike Marlar 1252 (-312)
11. Tim Fuller 1236 (-328)
12. Kent Robinson 1218 (-346)
13. John Lobb 1188 (-376)
14. Greg Johnson 1150 (-414)
15. Jack Sullivan 1142 (-422)
16. Josh Richards 974 (-590)
17. Jill George 914 (-650)
18. Billy Moyer 870 (-694)
19. (tie) Brandon Sheppard 782 (-782)
19. (tie) Billy Moyer Jr. 782 (-782)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gaskets, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filter, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Longacre, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.