Record 14th Victory Of 2012, 40th Of Career Moves Lanigan Back Ahead Of Richards On Tour’s Alltime Win List
LITTLE VALLEY, NY – Aug. 29, 2012 – Well, that ‘slump’ didn’t last long.
Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., snapped a modest two-race winless streak on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Wednesday night, rolling to a runaway victory before a standing-room-only crowd in the national tour’s inaugural 50-lap A-Main at Little Valley Speedway.
The 42-year-old star raced off the outside pole starting spot to lead the entire distance. He turned back a brief mid-race threat from Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., and then pulled away following a lap-32 restart to defeat the returning two-time WoO LMS champion by a commanding 2.231 seconds.
Lanigan’s triumph was his record 14th of the 2012 season and the 40th of his career in World of Outlaws competition, moving him out of a tie with Richards for the top spot on the circuit’s alltime win list.
“I think we’re bouncing that most wins (record) back and forth,” said Lanigan, who watched Richards tie him for career top-winner status with a victory on Aug. 18 at Merritt Raceway in Lake City, Mich. “We’ll see who comes up with it.”
Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., finished a distant third, nearly a half-lap behind Lanigan on the sprawling half-mile fairgrounds oval. Smith started from the pole position but was outgunned by Lanigan at the initial green flag and lost second to Richards on lap nine.
Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., a 54-year-old veteran who won the most recent dirt Late Model feature run at Little Valley, settled for a fourth-place finish after starting third. Sixth-starter Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., who won the only dirt Late Model feature of his career in 2007 at Little Valley, briefly grabbed fourth from Davies on a lap-16 restart but ceded the spot back two circuits later and went on to place fifth.
Of the top five finishers, only Davies did not drive a Rocket Chassis machine. He was behind the wheel of an MB Customs mount.
Lanigan, of course, raved about the performance of his Cornett-powered Rocket car after scoring a $10,650 checkered flag that pushed his 2012 WoO LMS earnings to an astounding $284,650.
“The car was just awesome,” said Lanigan, who extended his points lead to 172 over ninth-place finisher Rick Eckert of York, Pa., with just eight events remaining on the 2012 schedule. “The carburetor stumbled a little bit in the corners and kind of screwed me up, but man, that thing would run down the straightaways. It’s just an unbelievable motor.”
Lanigan, whose record streak of six consecutive wins ended with quiet finishes of fifth and eight during the tour’s Michigan doubleheader on Aug. 17-18, kept Richards from scoring a second straight victory. Richards, 24, took advantage of an open spot on his NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule to enter his third WoO LMS event in a row.
“We were softer (compound) with the left-rear and right-front tire than Darrell and I thought we had something on him,” said Richards, who started fourth. “They said we were a half-second faster (than Lanigan) when I got to second and he got hung up in some traffic during the first green flag run. We caught him and I felt like if we could’ve got by him we could’ve held him off even though he was better at the end, but we couldn’t get by him and then our tires started giving out.
“We were trying hard. It definitely wasn’t from lack of effort. But Darrell and his guys were really good tonight and we just gambled on tires and it didn’t work out. It was still good enough to run second, so we’re happy.”
Smith, 47, registered his third-place finish with a Rocket car making its debut run.
“We just had some brand-new car blues,” said Smith. “We built this car after Michigan, and if we would’ve got a shakedown night at Winchester or Selinsgrove (the Virginia and Pennsylvania tracks that had WoO LMS events rained out last weekend) we would’ve been more prepared here.
“We had some header problems that weren’t sealed for hot laps and qualifying, so we had to get all that fixed. We had a fifth-coil come loose in qualifying. Everything was good in the heat race, but we had an oil line come loose about lap 30 in the feature so I was dropping oil pressure and I had to just hold my spot and settle for third.
“But I feel good to be traveling with these three (Lanigan and Richards) right now,” he added. “It’s good to be in company with them and get on the podium with ‘em. Hopefully we’ll get our night. Josh ain’t here to stay, so maybe it can be between me and Darrell at a race coming up.”
Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., made a late-race charge to finish sixth, advancing five positions in nine laps after the race’s third and final caution flag flew on lap 32 for a turn-one tangle involving Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., and Bump Hedman of Sugar Grove, Pa. Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., was the last driver to fall to Clanton and finished seventh. Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., finished eighth after taking the final restart in sixth place; Rick Eckert of York, Pa., cracked the top 10 late to finish ninth; and Mike Knight of Ripley, N.Y., was 10th.
Twenty-nine cars entered the event, which was run on a cool summer evening.
Richards was fastest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials with a lap of 21.726 seconds. It was his second fast-time honor of 2012.
Heat winners were Richards, Coffey and Davies, and John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y., won the B-Main.
The next action for the WoO LMS comes on Saturday night (Sept. 1) with the running of the ‘Black Diamond 125’ at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., The unique $150,000-plus event includes a pair of 40-lap preliminary features paying $10,000 to win each and the 45-lap ‘Sweet Sixteen’ finale – for the top eight finishers in each prelim – that offers a $20,000 top prize.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of WoO Late Model Series at Little Valley Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (4) Josh Richards/50 $5,250
3. (1) Clint Smith/50 $3,550
4. (3) Ron Davies/50 $3,000
5. (6) Vic Coffey/50 $2,550
6. (9) Shane Clanton/50 $2,250
7. (5) Bub McCool/50 $2,250
8. (8) Jimmy Mars/50 $1,300
9. (11) Rick Eckert/50 $1,750
10. (7) Mike Knight/50 $1,300
11. (12) Tim Fuller/50 $1,600
12. (15) Kent Robinson/50 $1,550
13. (16) Bob Close/50 $950
14. (19) John Lobb/49 $900
15. (10) Jason Dupont/47 $1,050
16. (14) Dick Barton/37 $850
17. (22) Bump Hedman/34 $820
18. (20) Dan Stone/32 $750
19. (17) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/30 $730
20. (18) Brian Reese/25 $700
21. (24) Gregg Satterlee/19 $700
22. (13) Tim McCreadie/17 $1,350
23. (21) Chub Frank/15 $1,250
24. (23) Pat Doar/12 $1,250
* Earnings includeWinners Circle
program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 28 Mins., 14.431 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.231 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 3 (Laps 16, 32, 32)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Doar, Satterlee
Rookie of the Race: McCool ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Davies ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 21.726
2. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 21.740
3. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 21.780
4. 9K-Mike Knight/Ripley, NY 21.810
5. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 21.812
6. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 21.894
7. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 21.974
8. 29-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 21.993
9. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 22.063
10. N07-Jason Dupont/Cyclone, PA 22.120
11. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 22.139
12. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 22.148
13. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 22.174
14. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 22.175
15. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 22.214
16. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 22.252
17. 14b-Dick Barton/Ashville, NY 22.257
18. 3-David Scott/Garland, PA 22.258
19. 04-Bob Close/Eldred, PA 22.286
20. 22-Greg Oakes/Franklinville, NY 22.343
21. 33-Brian Reese/Sharpsburg, GA 22.372
22. B22-Bump Hedman/Sugar Grove, PA 22.383
23. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 33.439
24. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 22.455
25. 28L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 22.473
26. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 22.534
27. 32T-Terry Porter/Erie, PA 22.739
28. 07R-Brent Rhebergen/Clymer, NY 22.741
29. 9-Scott Gurdak/Bear Lake, PA 23.040
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Richards, C. Smith, Knight, Dupont, McCreadie, Close, Lobb, Hedman, Satterlee, Rhebergen
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Coffey, Lanigan, Mars, Eckert, Barton, Stone, Doar, Oakes, Gurdak (DQ) Briggs
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Davies, McCool, Clanton, Fuller, Robinson, Reese, Frank, Scott, Porter
B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Lobb, Stone, Frank, Hedman, Doar, Satterlee, Scott, Oakes, Rhebergen, Gurdak, Porter
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): John Lobb
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Knight
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Dupont
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Knight
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
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): Bump Hedman
Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Dick Barton
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Tim Fuller
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Tim McCreadie
Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher or next highest finisher): Bump Hedman
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Mike Knight
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Dupont
Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Dupont
Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal – $100 value): Chub Frank
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Dupont
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Knight
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): David Scott
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Dupont
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed – $200 value): Josh Richards
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Knight
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Knight
XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Shane Clanton
2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 29 – 33 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 4622
2. Rick Eckert 4450 (-172)
3. Shane Clanton 4252 (-370)
4. Tim McCreadie 4248 (-374)
5. Chub Frank 4194 (-428)
6. Bub McCool 4110 (-512)
7. Clint Smith 4092 (-530)
8. Vic Coffey 3998 (-624)
9. Tim Fuller 3872 (-750)
10. Pat Doar 3832 (-790)
11. Kent Robinson 3768 (-854)
12. Jack Sullivan 3268 (-1354)
13. John Lobb 2422 (-2200)
14. Jill George 2190 (-2432)
15. Mike Marlar 1966 (-2656)
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 Gasket, 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.