At A Glance: Outlaws to Shake up South Central

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series heads to Ponderosa Speedway (Ky.) on Friday, May 6 and Smoky Mountain Speedway (Tenn.) on Saturday, May 7. 

CONCORD, N.C. – May 3, 2016 – With nearly one-fifth of the season completed and one quarter of the states traveled, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will make its second-ever stop at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. on May 6 and then head to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. on May 7.

Pick your Poison:
With five wins in 10 races, it’s a consensus among all competitors that Josh Richards is the man to beat.

Richards, the current points leader, has yet to miss a feature event. He has finished all but one race in the Top 5 this season.

But as strong as Richards has been, the 14 other full-time drivers must also compete with the regional and local favorites. In back-to-back racing weekends, a non-Platinum driver has won the A-Main (McDowell, 4/8; Milliken, 4/30).

Shoe is on the other foot:
At this point in the series last year, Shane Clanton – the eventual 2015 points champion – led Darrell Lanigan and Richards by as many as 92 points. In both races, the trio recorded Top 10 performances. None of the drivers won the A-Main, and Clanton opened up his lead by as many as 94 points – with the same order.

The middle-man of 2015: Darrell Lanigan. In 2016 however, Lanigan is not there to split up the Clanton-Richards points battle. The two Outlaws are one-two heading into Ponderosa Speedway, but this time Richards has the upper-hand with a 130-point buffer.

Ticket information:
Tickets for the 24th annual Kentucky Klassic at Ponderosa Speedway will be available at the gate on the day of the event and are $30 for general admission. Children ages 6 to 12 are $10. Pre-sale tickets are still available by visiting Ponderosa Speedway’s website at ponderosaspeedway.net.

Tickets for the 4th annual Mountain Outlaw 50 Presented by Napa Auto Parts will be sold at the gate. General admission is $25. Children 6 to 11 are $5 and kids 5-and-under are free.

ABOUT THE TRACK
PONDEROSA SPEEDWAY, also known as “Kentucky’s Baddest Bullring,” is a 3/8-mile clay oval. The track record is 12.604 set by Mike Marlar on October 9, 2015.

Previous A-Feature winners:
2015 – Rick Eckert on May 8

SMOKY MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY, nicknamed “The Mountain,” is a 4/10 mile dirt oval.

Previous A-Feature winners:
2015 – Scott Bloomquist on May 9
2013 – Shane Clanton on April 26
2004 – Rick Eckert on April 30

DRIVER INFO
The following World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series drivers maintain websites:

Morgan Bagley – morganbagley.com
Boom Briggs – boombriggs.com
Steve Casebolt – stevecasebolt.com
Shane Clanton – shaneclanton25.com
Joey Coulter – joeycoulter.com
Rick Eckert – rickeckertracing.com
Chub Frank – chubfrank.com
Frank Heckenast Jr. – frankjr99.com
Chase Junghans – chasejunghans.com/
Billy Moyer Jr. – billymoyerjr.com/
Josh Richards – joshrichards.com
Brian Shirley – brianshirley.com
Eric Wells – ericwells18.com

SEASON WINNERS: Josh Richards – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Jan. 18,19, Farmer City Raceway on April 3,4, Carolina Speedway on April 29); Shane Clanton – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 20, Screven Motor Speedway on Feb. 12); Rick Eckert – 1 (Screven Motor Speedway on Feb. 13);  Dale McDowell – 1 (Duck River Raceway Park on April 8); Willie Milliken – 1 (Fayetteville Motor Speedway on April 30).

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COMING UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series returns to action with a full weekend of racing. The Outlaws will first travel to Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio on Friday, May 27.  Then the series moves to Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.V. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos. Car Driver Residence Points Trail By
1 1 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 1462 0
2 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 1332 130
3 7 Rick Eckert York, PA 1320 142
  3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 1320 142
5 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1238 224
6 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 1234 228
7 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA 1232 230
8 14M Morgan Bagley Longview, TX 1230 232
9 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 1222 240
10 99Jr Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort, IL 1198 264
11 18c Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 1172 290
12 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY 1154 308
13 2 Joey Coulter Moorseville, NC 1026 436
14 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1024 438
15 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 950 512
16 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN 888 574
17 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC 834 628
18 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 668 794
19 B1 Paul Wilmoth Jr. Clarksburg, WV 640 822
20 38 Kenny Pettyjohn Millsboro, DE 576 886


2016 STAT ATTACK
There have been 10 World of Outlaws Late Model Series features this season.

Winners (5 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins
1. – JOSH RICHARDS, Shinnston, W.V. – 5
2. – SHANE CLANTON, Zebulon, Ga. – 2
3. – RICK ECKERT, York, Penn. – 1
– DALE MCDOWELL, Chickamaugua, Ga. – 1
– WILLIE MILLIKEN, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – 1

Pole Positions (9 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Poles
1. JOSH RICHARDS, Shinnston, WV. – 2
2. – SCOTT BLOOMQUIST, Mooresburg, Tenn. – 1
– DALE MCDOWELL, Chichamaugua, Ga. – 1
– SHANE CLANTON, Zebulon, Ga. – 1
– MASON ZEIGLER, Chalk Hill, Pa. – 1
– BRANDON OVERTON, Evans, Ga. – 1
– JASON COVERT, York Haven, Pa. – 1
– WILLIE MILLIKEN, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – 1
– DONALD BRADSHER, Burlington, N.C. – 1

Time Trial leaders (9 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Quick Times
1. – BILLY MOYER JR., Batesville, Ark. – 2
2. – JASON COVERT, York Haven, Pa. – 1
– BRIAN SHIRLEY, Chatham, Ill. – 1
– GREGG SATTERLEE, Indiana, Pa. – 1
– SCOTT BLOOMQUIST, Mooresburg, Tenn. – 1
– STEVE CASEBOLT, Richmond, Ind. – 1
– SHANE CLANTON – Zebulon, Ga. – 1
– CHRIS FERGUSON, Mooresville, N.C. – 1
– WILLIE MILLIKEN, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – 1

Podium Finishes (16 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Finishes in the Top-Three
1. – JOSH RICHARDS, Shinnston, W.V. – 9
2. – SHANE CLANTON, Zebulon, Ga. – 2
– DALE MCDOWELL, Chickamaugua, Ga. – 2
– JONATHAN DAVENPORT, Blairsville, Ga. – 2
– SCOTT BLOOMQUIST, Mooresburg, Tenn. – 2
– BRIAN SHIRLEY, Chatham, Ill. – 2
– RICK ECKERT, York, Pa. – 2
8. – BOOM BRIGGS, Bear Lake, Pa. – 1
– JASON COVERT, York Haven, Pa. – 1
– IVEDENT LLOYD, JR., Ocala, Fla. – 1
– RYAN UNZICKER, El Paso, Ill. – 1
– BILLY MOYER JR., Batesville, Ark. – 1
– BOBBY PIERCE, Oakwood, Ill. – 1
– DARRELL LANIGAN, Union, Ky. – 1
– CHUB FRANK, Bear Lake, Pa. – 1
– WILLIE MILLIKEN, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – 1

Heat Race Winners (28 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Win
1. – JOSH RICHARDS, Shinnston, W.V. – 9
2. – SHANE CLANTON, Zebulon, Ga. – 4
– BRIAN SHIRLEY, Chatham, Ill. – 4
– BILLY MOYER JR., Batesville, Ark. – 4
5. – BRANDON OVERTON, Evans, Ga. – 3
6. – SCOTT BLOOMQUIST, Mooresburg, Tenn. – 2
– JARED LANDERS, Batesville, Ariz. – 2
8. – RYAN UNZICKER, El Paso, Ill. – 1
– DALE MCDOWELL, Chickamaugua, Ga. – 1
– STEVE CASEBOLT, Richmond, Ind. – 1
– FRANK HECKENAST JR., Frankfort, Ill. – 1
– CHASE JUNGHANS, Manhattan, Kan. – 1
– JOEY COULTER, Mooresville, N.C. – 1
– MASON ZEIGLER, Chalk Hill, Pa. – 1
– AUSTIN SMITH, Cedartown, Ga. – 1
– TIM MCCREADIE, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
– JONATHAN DAVENPORT, Blairsville, Ga. – 1
– GREGG SATTERLEE, Indiana, Pa. – 1
– JASON COVERT, York Haven, Pa. – 1
– BOBBY PIERCE, Oakwood, Ill. – 1
– SCOTT SCHMITT, Tonica, Ill. – 1
– CHUB FRANK, Bear Lake, Pa. – 1
– RICK ECKERT, York, Pa. – 1
– WILLIE MILLIKEN, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – 1
– EARL PEARSON JR., Callahan, Fla. – 1
– CHRIS FERGUSON, Mooresville, N.C. – 1
– JOHNNY PURSLEY, Clover, S.C. – 1
– WILLIE MILLIKEN, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – 1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (13 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins
1. – BRIAN SHIRLEY, Chatham, Ill.– 2
– CHUB FRANK, Bear Lake, Pa. – 2
– BILLY MOYER JR., Batesville, Ark. – 2
– ERIC WELLS, Hazard, Ky.– 2
5. – MORGAN BAGLEY, Longview, Tex.– 1
– CASEY ROBERTS, Toccoa, Ga.– 1
– RICK ECKERT, York, Pa. – 1
– MASON ZEIGLER, Chalk Hill, Pa. – 1
– MARK WHITENER, Middleburg, Fla. – 1
– KYLE BRONSON, Brandon, Fla. – 1
– DON O’NEAL, Martinsville, Ind. – 1
– DENNIS FRANKLIN, Gaffney, S.C. – 1
– BILLY OGLE, JR. – 1

Feature Winnings (Platinum Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Winnings
1. – JOSH RICHARDS, Shinnston, W.V. – $71,275
2. – SHANE CLANTON, Zebulon, Ga. – $35,650
3. – RICK ECKERT, York, Pa. – $28,800
4. – BRIAN SHIRLEY, Chatham, Ill. – $21,510
5. – CHUB FRANK, Bear Lake, Pa. – $17,530
6. – BILLY MOYER JR., Batesville, AR – $16,310
7. – BRANDON OVERTON, Evans, Ga. – $15,095
8. – STEVE CASEBOLT, Richmond, Ind. – $13,870
9. – MORGAN BAGLEY, Longview, Tex. – $13,650
10. – FRANK HECKENAST JR., Frankfort, IL – $13,510
11. – ERIC WELLS, Hazard, Ky. – $10,640
12. – CHASE JUNGHANS, Manhattan, Kan. – $10,460
13. – BOOM BRIGGS, Bear Lake, Pa. – $10,060
14. – JOEY COULTER, Moorseville, N.C. – $4,700
15. – JORDAN YAGGY, Rochester, Minn. – $3,545

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)
1. Friday, Feb. 12 / Screven Motor Speedway / Sylvania, Ga. / Shane Clanton (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 13 / Screven Motor Speedway / Sylvania, Ga. / Rick Eckert (1)
3. Thursday,  Feb. 18 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barbersville, Fla. / Josh Richards (1)
4. Friday, Feb. 19 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barbersville, Fla. / Josh Richards (2)
5. Sat., Feb. 20 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barbersville, Fla. / Shane Clanton (2)
6. Sat., April 2 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, Ill. / Josh Richards (3)
7. Sun., April 3 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, Ill. / Josh Richards (4)
8. Fri., April 8 / Duck River Raceway Park / Wheel, Tenn. / Dale McDowell (1)
9. Fri., April 29 / Carolina Speedway / Gastonia, N.C. / Josh Richards (5)
10. Sat., April 30 / Fayetteville Motor Speedway / Fayetteville, N.C. / Willie Milliken (1)
 

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