By Chris Tilley
LAVONIA, Ga. – May 3, 2014 – Darrell Lanigan made a power move on Tim McCreadie with 10 laps to go Saturday night at Lavonia Speedway to earn his second consecutive World of Outlaws Late Model Series win.
This was Lanigan’s third victory of the season as well as his 56th-career series victory while driving the Keyser Manufacturing, Baird Transport, Performance Rod & Custom, GottaRace, Lanigan Racing, Cornett Racing Engines powered Club 29 Race Car to the $10,000 payday.
“The car has been awesome this weekend, it’s been awesome since we brought it out, can’t thank my crew enough, we definitely got good piece here, can’t wait for the rest of the year,” stated an excited Lanigan, who now becomes the only driver this season to capture multiple victories on the tour.
Brent Dixon and McCreadie would bring the field of 20 to life for the start of the main event. A false start for Dixon, who fired before the starting point, moved him back to the second row and new polesitter Clint Smith brought himself and McCreadie to the green on the next try. Smith hugged the middle and held down the top spot to lead the opening circuit. McCreadie eventually took the spot from Smith on the third lap with Smith, Lanigan, Dixon and Rick Eckert in tow.
By the eighth lap, Tim Elrod was the first lapped car McCreadie would encounter. Meanwhile, Lanigan worked his way up behind Smith for second and finally grabbed the spot on the 21st lap.
Following another caution on lap 28, McCreadie brought the field down for the restart, then just 10 circuits later Lanigan was on his back bumper to challenge for the lead. Coming off the second turn, Lanigan powered to the inside and grabbed the spot away from McCreadie and held him off for the remaining 10 circuits.
Lanigan crossed the line ahead of McCreadie, Eckert, and Clint Smith, who grabbed his second-straight top ten. Local favorite Brent Dixon finished fifth.
Completing the top 10 were Rookie-of-the-Year contender Rick “Boom” Briggs, Morgan Bagley, Shane Clanton, Chase Junghans and Kyle Bronson.
McCreadie, who was runner-up, led the majority of the race, says he blames himself for losing the lead to Lanigan behind lapped traffic.
“I tried to move him, which was probably the wrong move, and it cost me the race, dumb mistake on my part, we made big gains in a month, that’s all I can say, give us another month, we’ll be even better,” said McCreadie, of Watertown, N.Y.
Lanigan liked the track, which brought the WoO LMS to town for the very first time.
“You could definitely maneuver all over this place,” said Lanigan about the racy track surface.
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., turned the fastest overall lap of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, circling the oval at 15.940 second. Heat race winners were Brent Dixon and Tim McCreadie.
Eckert, who was third, made a run at the end of the 50-lapper and the Rocket Chassis House Car came to life.
“I made a mistake in the heat race, probably cost me the feature, but the car was really good in the (feature) race there. The race track was excellent, you could go wherever you wanted to,” said Eckert, who claimed his second-straight podium finish.
Twenty cars entered the event, which brought the WoO LMS to Lavonia, Ga., for the first time ever.
The WoO LMS will be back in action for a triple-header of action May 16-18 as the WoO LMS gang will make its first-ever visit to 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky on Friday May 16th, then Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. on Saturday May 17th then back to Bob Harris’ Duck River Speedway in Wheel, Tenn. on Sunday Night May 18th. All three events pay $10,000-to-win.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com .
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Lavonia Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (4) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (2) Tim McCreadie/50 $5,725
3. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $3,650
4. (3) Clint Smith/50 $3,050
5. (1) Brent Dixon/50 $2,600
6. (6) Rick “Boom” Briggs/50 $2,550
7. (8) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,950
8. (7) Shane Clanton/50 $1,850
9. (10) Chase Junghans/50 1,800
10. (16) Kyle Bronson/50 $1,150
11. (13) Chub Frank/50 $1,600
12. (12) Casey Roberts/50 $1,100
13. (14) Frank Heckenast Jr./49 $1,500
14. (11) Eric Wells/49 $1,450
15. (15) Tyler Millwood/48 $850
16. (17) Clayton Turner/48 $900
17. (9) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./9 $770
18. (18) Tim Elrod/8 $750
19. (20) G.R. Smith/7 $730
20. (19) Benji Cole/5 $700
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 18 Mins, 55 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.538 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Two (laps 0, 28)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Smith (1-2); McCreadie (3-39); Lanigan (40-50)
Provisional Starters: None
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Rick “Boom” Briggs ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 1-Rick Eckert/York, Pa. 15.940
2. 99-Rick “Boom” Briggs/Bear Lake, Pa. 16.016
3. 1-Brent Dixon/Elberton, Ga. 16.082
4. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, N.Y. 16.125
5. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, Ky. 16.149
6. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, Ga. 16.156
7. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, Ga. 16.271
8. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, Ks. 16.328
9. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, Fla. 16.340
10.14m-Morgan Bagley/Tyler, Texas 16.372
11.18-Eric Wells/Hazard, Ky. 16.385
12. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, Ga. 16.430
13. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, Pa. 16.450
14. 40B-Kyle Bronson/Tampa, Fla. 16.487
15. 121-Benji Cole/Canon, Ga. 16.567
16. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, Ill. 16.576
17. X-Tyler Millwood/Kingston, Ga. 16.594
18. 22-G.R. Smith/Cornelius, N.C. 16.668
19. 102-Clayton Turner/Toccoa, Ga. 16.845
20. 3-Tim Elrod/Lavonia, Ga. 17.408
Heat No. 1 (10 laps): Brent Dixon, Darrell Lanigan, Rick Eckert, Shane Clanton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Eric Wells, Chub Frank, Tyler Millwood, Clayton Turner, Benji Cole.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps): Tim McCreadie, Clint Smith, Rick “Boom” Briggs, Morgan Bagley, Chase Junghans, Casey Roberts, Frank Heckenast Jr., Kyle Bronson, Tim Elrod, G.R. Smith.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Brent Dixon
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Tim McCreadie
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Tim McCreadie
Quartermaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Tim McCreadie
Wrisco (three sheets of aluminum/certificate to A-Main winner): Darrell Lanigan
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
Penske Racing Shocks ($50 to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Casey Roberts
Roush-Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick “Boom” Briggs
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Brent Dixon
Lincoln Welders ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick “Boom” Briggs
American Racing Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Chase Junghans
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Shane Clanton
Edelbrock ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main): Chase Junghans
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Kyle Bronson
Cometic ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Casey Roberts
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Clayton Turner
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Clayton Turner
Quartermaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Tyler Millwood
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 16th-place finisher in A-Main): Clayton Turner
Roush-Yates ($50 certificate to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): G.R. Smith
Quartermaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): G.R. Smith
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 21st-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
Roush-Yates ($50 certificate to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO driver): Darrell Lanigan
Reliable Painting Award (one free tire): Morgan Bagley
World of Outlaws Late Model Series 2014 Event Winners:
Feb. 14 – Brady Smith-Bubba Raceway Park
Feb. 15 – Brandon Sheppard-Bubba Raceway Park
Feb. 16 – Darrell Lanigan-Bubba Raceway Park
Feb. 20 – Casey Roberts-Volusia Speedway Park
Feb. 22 – Kyle Bronson-Volusia Speedway Park
March 29 – Billy Moyer Sr.-I30 Speedway
April 12 – Mike Marlar-Tazewell Speedway
April 26 – Shannon Babb-Farmer City Raceway
May 2 – Darrell Lanigan-Fayetteville Motor Speedway
May 3 – Darrell Lanigan-Lavonia Speedway
Upcoming World of Outlaws Late Model Series Events:
May 16-201 Speedway-Sitka, KY-$10,000 to win
May 17-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$10,000 to win
May 18-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$10,000 to win
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), Lincoln Welder (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), 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, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.