Three-For-Four: Lanigan Back To Winning Ways With Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek Score At Muskingum County Speedway

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

ZANESVILLE, OH – July 31, 2010 – Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., returned to his winning ways on Saturday night at Muskingum County Speedway,’ dominating the ‘Pepsi 50’ for his third win in four starts during the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek.’  

The 2008 WoO LMS champion was flawless before a big crowd in the national tour’s fourth annual event at Ronnie Moran’s three-eighths-mile oval. He raced off the outside pole to grab the lead at the start and controlled the remainder of the distance, turning back an early challenge from Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., and then keeping his rivals at arm’s length in an A-Main that was run without a caution flag.

Despite facing heavy lapped traffic late in the frenetic race, Lanigan’s hold on the top spot was never seriously threatened. He kept his GottaRace.com Rocket glued to the inside groove and negotiated the slower cars with aplomb.

“I kinda committed to (running) the bottom,” said Lanigan, who earned $10,750 for his fourth World of Outlaws victory of 2010. “I wasn’t moving. You weren’t gonna get me off the bottom even when it got a little tricky around those lapped cars.

“If anybody was gonna pass me, they were gonna have to go to the outside.”

Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and Bart Hartman of Zanesville, Ohio, spent the last five laps battling for the runner-up spot without drawing close enough to make a move on Lanigan. McCreadie nipped Hartman by 0.050 of a second at the finish line to place second in the Sweeteners Plus Rocket car, but the 2006 WoO LMS titlist was 1.304 seconds behind Lanigan.

Shaver, who started from the pole position in a new K&L Rumley machine, nearly nosed ahead of Lanigan for the lead twice in the first four laps but ultimately slipped to fourth in the final rundown. Defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who started eighth, reached fifth on lap 29 and stayed there to the checkered flag.

Lanigan, 40, continued his torrid month on the WoO LMS with his first-ever triumph at Muskingum County. He has compiled eight consecutive top-three finishes – a streak that has allowed him to cut his points deficit to Richards from 78 to 22 points and move from third to second in the standings.

“Things have definitely turned around here lately,” said Lanigan, who entered Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek coming off four straight bridesmaid finishes during the ‘Wild West Tour.’ “I have no idea what the key to this (roll) has been, but we’re doing something right.”

Lanigan and his Randall Edwards-led crew made the right decisions once again on Saturday, turning their Cornett-powered machine into the class of the A-Main field after struggling to a second-place finish in the first heat.

“We were terrible in the heat race, so we threw a couple things at it for the feature and gambled a little bit on tires (softer compound) and everything came out O.K.,” said Lanigan, who recorded his 16th career win on the WoO LMS. “You couldn’t ask for a better car. This thing has been excellent everywhere we’ve gone lately.

“I think this car is finally getting worked in. I guess that sometimes you gotta run ‘em a little while to make ‘em good.”

There also might be a less tangible reason for Lanigan’s Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek victory explosion. His fortunes took a major turn for the better when he began wearing two Silly Bandz on his left wrist.

“This is my lucky charm right here,” Lanigan said after the race while displaying the two colorful rubber bracelets he received from his fiancée Erin’s young son Gavin. “(Gavin) gave me Silly Bandz before I left for this trip and said, ‘Don’t take ‘em off, they’ll bring you good luck.’

“They’ve been pretty good. Josh (Richards) has been trying to rip ‘em off me, but we’ll keep ‘em on.”

Both McCreadie and Richards – Lanigan’s primary competition for the $100,000 WoO LMS championship – also wore Silly Bandz on Saturday that were given to them by Gavin, who was on hand for the first time during Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek and celebrated with Lanigan in Victory Lane. But neither driver got quite the boost in fortune that the Bandz have provided to Lanigan.

McCreadie, 36, had to be content with his fifth runner-up finish on the 2010 tour after moving forward from the sixth starting spot. It was his first-ever start at Muskingum County.

“We were good from the green, but I just couldn’t get by Donnie (Moran) real quick (for fourth) and didn’t have enough time to get close to Darrell,” said McCreadie, who finally overtook Moran on lap 22 and then spent the next 14 laps erasing a straightaway deficit to Hartman and Shaver. “I would’ve liked to see a yellow to tighten the field, but who knows what would’ve happened on the restart. I might’ve lost some spots, so we’ll take second.”

The 41-year-old Hartman fell short in his bid for victory at his hometown track, but he was in good spirits after the race.

“We went a little harder on tires than these guys and we thought it would pay off in the end,” said Hartman, who grabbed second from Shaver with an outside pass on the backstretch on lap 36 but couldn’t repel McCreadie’s late pressure. “Actually, I thought with the straight (green-flag) running we’d be better off with the harder right-rear, but it seemed like I abused the left-rear until the right rear got going and then I didn’t have any drive.”

Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, W.Va., finished second, earning the $500 ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn’t won a WoO LMS A-Main and wasn’t ranked among the top 12 in the points standings. Rookie Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., moved up two spots to finish seventh, while Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., who used a provisional to start the A-Main, rallied from the 23rd starting spot to place eighth. Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., and fifth-starter Ron Davies of Erie, Pa., rounded out the top 10.

Lanigan was quickest in the 33-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials session, earning his third fast-time honor of 2010 with a lap of 15.699 seconds.

Heat winners were Shaver, Richards, Carrier and Hartman. The B-Mains were captured by Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., and Russell King of Bristolville, Ohio.

The WoO LMS Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek concludes on Sunday night (Aug. 1) at Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa. A 50-lap A-Main paying $10,000 will top the evening’s agenda.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Pepsi 50’ (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (2) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,750
2. (6) Tim McCreadie/50 $5,675
3. (4) Bart Hartman/50 $3,000
4. (1) Steve Shaver/50 $2,500
5. (8) Josh Richards/50 $2,600
6. (7) Eddie Carrier Jr./50 $2,200
7. (9) Austin Hubbard/50 $2,150
8. (23) Shane Clanton/50 $1,800
9. (12) Gregg Satterlee/50 $1,200
10. (5) Ron Davies/50 $1,100
11. (14) Clint Smith/50 $1,550
12. (24) Brent Robinson/50 $1,550
13. (3) Donnie Moran/50 $950
14. (10) Tim Fuller/49 $1,400
15. (16) Robbie Blair/49 $850
16. (13) Rick Eckert/49 $1,325
17. (17) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/49 $770
18. (20) Devin Moran/49 $750
19. (19) Chub Frank/49 $1,230
20. (11) Steve Francis/49 $1,300
21. (15) Rick Aukland/49 $700
22. (22) John Mason/49 $700
23. (18) Russell King/31 $1,200
24. (21) Cody Parker/27 $700
25. (25) Kyle Bates/8 $700

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 14 Mins., 36.634 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.304 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Clanton, Robinson (WoO); Bates (track)
Rookie of the Race: Hubbard ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Carrier ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.699
2. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.792
3. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 15.917
4. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 15.957
5. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.978
6. 99-Donnie Moran/Dresden, OH 15.979
7. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 15.988
8. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.990
9. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 15.999
10. 11-Kyle Bates/Kimbolton, OH 16.075
11. 71d-Ron Davies/Erie, PA 16.094
12. 75-Bart Hartman/Zanesville, OH 16.169
13. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.220
14. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 16.221
15. 12-Rick Aukland/Zanesville, OH 16.259
16. won11-Robbie Blair/Titusville, PA 16.282
17. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.293
18. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 16.305
19. 99M-Devin Moran/Dresden, OH 16.370
20. 17e-Lance Elson/Wellsburg, WV 16.396
21. 63-Cody Parker/Zanesville, OH 16.403
22. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.417
23. 72M-John Mason/Millersburg, OH 16.494
24. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 16.511
25. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 16.530
26. 12d-Doug Dodd/Cambridge, OH 16.627
27. T8-Mark Banal/St. Clairsville, OH 16.762
28. 72c-Carri Mason/Millersburg, OH 16.781
29. L19-Larry Holbrook/Heath, OH 16.817
30. 3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA 16.846
31. 22B-Paul Beaschler/Zanesville, OH 16.923
32. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 16.968
33. ½-Rodney Kimes/Zanesville, OH 17.116

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Shaver, Lanigan, Hubbard, Eckert, Frank, Clanton, Parker, Kimes, Holbrook

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Donnie Moran, Fuller, Smith, Briggs, Robinson, Dodd, Bates

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Carrier, Davies, Francis, Aukland, Banal, J. Mason, Devin Moran, Beaschler

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Hartman, McCreadie, Satterlee, Blair, King, Elson, C. Mason, George

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Briggs, Frank, Parker, Robinson, Bates, Kimes, Clanton, Dodd, Holbrook

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): King, Devin Moran, J. Mason, Banal, C. Mason, Beaschler, Elson, George

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sports Shirts ($50 product certificate): Doug Dodd/Jill George
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Gregg Satterlee
Eibach Springs (one free spring): Brent Robinson/Jill George
MSD Ignition ($75 cash award): Tim McCreadie
MSD Ignition ($25 cash award): Rick Eckert
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash award to fastest qualifier w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
Pink Carburetors ($100 product certificate): Rick Eckert
Pink Carburetors ($50 product certificate): John Mason
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate): Tim McCreadie
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate): Shane Clanton
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate): Rick Eckert
R2C Performance ($100 certificate): Tim McCreadie
STP ($50 cash award): Brent Robinson
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (two five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main if decal is displayed): Jill George
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Tim McCreadie

2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of July 31 – 32 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Josh Richards 4302
2. Darrell Lanigan 4280 (-22)
3. Tim McCreadie 4274 (-28)
4. Steve Francis 4142 (-160)
5. Shane Clanton 4062 (-240)
6. Austin Hubbard 4048 (-254)
7. Rick Eckert 4008 (-294)
8. Tim Fuller 3976 (-326)
9. Chub Frank 3888 (-414)
10. Clint Smith 3832 (-470)
11. Russell King 3600 (-702)
12. Brent Robinson 3260 (-1042)
13. Brady Smith 2786 (-1516)
14. Jill George 2414 (-1888)
15. Brian Birkhofer 1566 (-2736)

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