Lanigan Regains Winning Rhythm In Milestone World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event At Dog Hollow Speedway
‘Laurel Highlands 40’ Marks 300th A-Main Contested By National Tour Since 2004
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
STRONGSTOWN, PA – July 26, 2011 – Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., rediscovered his winning form on a milestone night for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, capturing Tuesday’s ‘Laurel Highlands 40’ at Dog Hollow Speedway.
The 41-year-old star ended a nearly three-month checkered-flag drought in a memorable way, inking his name in the record book as the winner of the 300th A-Main contested by the national tour since it was reincarnated in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner.
“It’s pretty cool to win the 300th World of Outlaws feature,” said Lanigan, who has entered all but two WoO LMS events since ’04. “We’ve been running this deal for a long time so it feels good to win a race like this.”
Racing before a big crowd that turned out to witness the biggest dirt Late Model race in Dog Hollow’s history, Lanigan surged forward from the fourth starting spot to grab the lead from Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., on lap 15 and never looked back. He beat WoO LMS points leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa., to the finish line by 1.693 seconds in a caution-free 40-lapper that took just under 12 minutes to complete.
Two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., finished third after starting eighth. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., made a spectacular charge from the 18th starting spot to place fourth, and Davies slipped back to fifth at the finish after leading racing off the outside pole to lead laps 1-14.
Lanigan earned $8,775 for his series-leading fifth win of 2011 but first since April 30 at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky. He was the tour’s hottest driver early in the season with four victories in a five-race span before falling into a slight slump.
“We struggled there a little bit for a couple months and got our program off a little bit,” said Lanigan, who pushed his career win total on the WoO LMS to 24. “We put our program back together pretty much similar to where we had it the beginning of the year and the car’s pretty good right now.
“You get caught up in what everybody else is doing and then you get off of your own stuff. You need to just stick with what you’re doing. We kind of parked by ourselves tonight, did our own thing and kind of gambled on tires, and I think it paid off.”
Driving his GottaRace.com Rocket in Dog Hollow’s first-ever WoO LMS event, Lanigan wasn’t challenged after slipping underneath Davies for the top spot. For most of the race’s second half he maintained an edge of about two seconds over Eckert, who overtook Davies for second on lap 18.
“The car was awesome tonight,” said Lanigan. “I could put it anywhere I wanted to. We had to get around the lapped traffic, but once I got around it I knew they’d (his pursuers) would have to get around it too.”
Eckert, 45, started from the pole position but couldn’t convert the prime spot into his third win of the season. He concluded that his tire-compound choice on his Team Zero by Bloomquist car contributed to his loss.
“I’ve never been here before, so I went with tires that the Hoosier guys were saying (to run),” said Eckert, who is the only driver in WoO LMS history to start all 300 A-Mains contested since 2004. “(Lanigan) snuck by us at the beginning with a little softer left-rear tire, and then when I got mine going I came back towards him at the end but I couldn’t get close enough to challenge him.
“Track position was everything. I probably should’ve gambled on tires.”
The 23-year-old Richards made a solid advance in his father Mark’s Rocket house car, reaching third on lap 22 and running there to the finish. He drew within one second of Eckert in the final laps.
“I gave it everything I had there at the beginning just trying to get positions,” said Richards. “I definitely think we had a car that was good enough to win, but we got strung out. I was hoping for a caution to get everything cooled back down and get everybody bunched up, but we never got one.”
No one made more moves than McCreadie, who hustled his Sweeteners Plus Victory Circle car forward using primarily the outside groove around Jim Michny’s four-tenths-mile oval. He picked up five spots on the opening circuit and was 10th by lap 12, but it took him until lap 26 to break into eighth. He spent the remainder of the distance chasing down the cars ahead of him, finally reaching fourth with a lap-38 pass of Davies.
“I could see Josh once I got near the front, so I think that must mean I was at least as good as he was,” said the 37-year-old McCreadie, who ended the race over six seconds behind Richards. “I think a lot of guys didn’t even know there was something up there (on the outside), so I think I surprised them a little to move forward.
“I didn’t work on the car enough after qualifying and in the heat we were terrible, so we just went to work on it. I’m learning that these cars are definitely different than my old (Rocket) cars. It’s a learning process.”
Davies, 53, led a WoO LMS A-Main for the second time in his last three starts but couldn’t maintain that position to the finish in his Mars race car. His fifth-place finish was his best of the season and made him the first 2011 Rookie of the Year contender to crack the top five.
Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., finished sixth, earning the $500 ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn’t won a WoO LMS A-Main and isn’t ranked among the top 12 in the points standings. Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., placed seventh, Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., was eighth, Jared Miley of South Park, Pa., took ninth and Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., rounded out the top 10.
Richards was the quickest qualifier in the 33-car field, topping Ohlins Shocks Time Trials with a lap of 16.782 seconds. His first WoO LMS fast-time honor of 2011 established a new dirt Late Model track record at Dog Hollow.
Heat winners were Richards, Davies, Lanigan and Covert. The B-Mains were captured by Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., and McCreadie.
The WoO LMS continues its three-race swing through western Pennsylvania with the ‘Penn Gold 40’ on Wednesday night (July 27) at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Sunday evening (July 31) at Eriez Speedway in Hammett.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Laurel Highlands 40’ at Dog Hollow Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (4) Darrell Lanigan/40 $8,775
2. (1) Rick Eckert/40 $4,700
3. (8) Josh Richards/40 $2,750
4. (18) Tim McCreadie/40 $2,950
5. (2) Ron Davies/40 $2,800
6. (3) Jason Covert/40 $2,100
7. (5) Tim Fuller/40 $1,950
8. (9) Vic Coffey/40 $1,850
9. (11) Jared Miley/40 $1,200
10. (6) Clint Smith/40 $1,650
11. (7) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/40 $1,000
12. (10) Pat Doar/40 $1,450
13. (12) Chub Frank/40 $1,400
14. (20) Corey Conley/40 $800
15. (13) Gregg Satterlee/40 $750
16. (17) Shane Clanton/40 $1,250
17. (14) Ron Delano Jr./39 $660
18. (22) Austin Hubbard/39 $1,190
19. (15) Devin Friese/39 $620
20. (24) Mike Johnson/39 $610
21. (16) Robbie Blair/39 $600
22. (21) John Lobb/39 $600
23. (19) Ken Schaltenbrand/24 $600
24. (23) Davey Johnson/6 $625
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 11 Mins., 56.940 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.693 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Davies (1-14); Lanigan (15-40)
Provisional Starters: D. Johnson, M. Johnson
Rookie of the Race: Davies ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Covert ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 16.782 (NTR)
2. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.824
3. 12-Devin Friese/Chambersburg, PA 16.831
4. 43A-Jason Covert/York Haven, PA 16.852
5. 5-Mike Blose/New Bethlehem, PA 16.970
6. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 16.973
7. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 16.998
8. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 17.008
9. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 17.100
10. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 17.126
11. H1-Jared Miley/South Park, PA 17.132
12. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 17.155
13. 56B-Denton Boyer/Punxsutawney, PA 17.187
14. 0-Ron Delano Jr./Stoystown, PA 17.188
15. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 17.201
16. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 17.202
17. 1d-Dane Laraway/Irwin, PA 17.227
18. 20H-Jacob Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 17.229
19. 2s-Sam Stile/Charleroi, PA 17.248
20. won11-Robbie Blair/Titusville, PA 17.282
21. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand/Sarver, PA 17.314
22. 1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 17.342
23. 1J-Davey Johnson/Latrobe, PA 17.363
24. 28c-Clate Copeman/Greensburg, PA 17.406
25. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 17.440
26. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, PA 17.461
27. 14-Corey Conley/Wellsburg, WV 17.469
28. 47-Mike Johnson/Imperial, PA 17.471
29. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 17.500
30. 12G-Sam Gindelesperger/Johnstown, PA 17.523
31. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 17.549
32. 33-Bern Whiteford/Hastings, PA 17.609
33. 55T-Rodney Phillips/Punxsutawney, PA 17.766
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Fuller, Coffey, Satterlee, Schaltenbrand, Boyer, Phillips, Laraway (DNS) Blose
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Davies, Eckert, Doar, Delano, Hawkins, Clanton, Lobb, Gindelesperger
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Lanigan, Briggs, Miley, Friese, Conley, Stile, Hubbard, D. Johnson
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Covert, C. Smith, Frank, Blair, McCreadie, Copeman, M. Johnson, Whiteford
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Clanton, Schaltenbrand, Lobb, Hawkins, Phillips, Boyer, Laraway, Gindelesperger (DNS) Blose
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): McCreadie, Conley, Hubbard, Stile, Copeman, M. Johnson, D. Johnson, Whiteford
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): John Lobb
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Jason Covert
Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Comp Cams (certificate to 10th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): John Lobb/Bern Whiteford
JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs
JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 21st-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): John Lobb
MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Davey Johnson
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Jason Covert
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Darrell Lanigan (cash)
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim Fuller
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Blose
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank
Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of July 26 – 19 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Rick Eckert 2772
2. Josh Richards 2718 (-54)
3. Tim McCreadie 2668 (-104)
4. Darrell Lanigan 2644 (-128)
5. (tie) Austin Hubbard 2546 (-226)
5. (tie) Chub Frank 2546 (-226)
7. Shane Clanton 2540 (-232)
8. Clint Smith 2522 (-250)
9. Tim Fuller 2420 (-352)
10. Vic Coffey 2354 (-418)
11. Pat Doar 2340 (-432)
12. Ron Davies 2194 (-578)
13. John Lobb 2096 (-676)
14. Jill George 1648 (-1124)
15. Jonathan Davenport 1288 (-1484)
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), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.