Lanigan Outruns Richards For Victory In Friday’s ‘Sunshine 50’ At Ocala Speedway
Kentucky Star Remains Undefeated In Two Career World of Outlaws Late Model Series Starts At Florida Track
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
OCALA, FL – March 25, 2011 – Darrell Lanigan has really taken a liking to Ocala Speedway.
The 40-year-old star from Union, Ky., emerged victorious for the second time in as many career starts at the egg-shaped track, capturing Friday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Sunshine 50.’
“Our car runs pretty good here,” said the modest Lanigan, who won the national tour’s inaugural event at Ocala almost exactly one year ago. “We definitely like coming to this place.”
Continuing his torrid comeback in the wake of missing last month’s WoO LMS season opener at Volusia Speedway Park due to a medical issue, Lanigan scored his second A-Main triumph in a row to join Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., as the tour’s only victors in four 2011 events. He pocketed $10,675 just six days after earning over $20,000 for winning the ‘Cash Cow 100’ at Columbus (Miss.) Speedway.
Lanigan, who started fifth, steered his self-owned Rocket car into third place by the second lap. The 2008 WoO LMS champion drove underneath Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., for second on lap 13 and made the same move to overtake race-long pacesetter Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., for the lead on lap 18.
The remainder of the distance belonged to Lanigan, who kept Richards at arm’s length and survived a lap-49 caution flag that necessitated a green-white-checkered conclusion.
Richards, who started third, settled for a season-best finish of second in his Rocket mount. He nearly passed Davenport for the lead on lap 12 but skirted high in turns one and two the following circuit, losing the runner-up spot to Lanigan.
Davenport, who started from the pole position, relinquished second to Richards on a lap-18 restart but held on to place third in the Barry Wright house car. Reigning DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., ran among the top five for the entire distance and finished fourth in his Bob Pierce-built machine, and WoO LMS veteran Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was fifth for his first top-five run of 2011 in his Rocket car.
“The track was a little one-lane tonight, but it was still racy at the beginning and you had to get there (to the front) – and we had the best car to get there,” said Lanigan, who recorded his 21st career win on the WoO LMS since 2004. “I knew I didn’t have too long to get to the front. We got to third quick, and then those two guys (Richards and Lanigan) slipped up a little and we were able to get by ’em.”
Lanigan maintained a half- to full-second edge over Richards throughout the green-flag run stretching from lap 18 to 49. He had just taken the white flag when the race’s third and final caution flag flew after Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., spun out of eighth place in a chain-reaction scramble caused by the slowing car of Seaford, Del.’s Austin Hubbard, who was struck by a flat right-rear tire while holding fifth place.
Richards, 23, was unable to offer a challenge on the ensuing two-lap sprint to the finish. He acknowledged that he had effectively allowed his opportunity to reach Victory Lane for the first time in 2011 slip through his fingers when his bid to unseat Davenport fell short early in the distance.
“When I was up beside of Davenport (on lap 12) he did what he had to do – he got wide and tried to run me out a little,” said Richards, who has won the last two WoO LMS championships. “When we slipped up (in turns one and two), Darrell got by. That was our shot right there. I knew from then on that there wouldn’t be much passing and Darrell was good, so it would be tough to get back by him.
“I took a chance. I probably should’ve waited because Davenport was softer on tires, but you never know. I knew the bottom was getting rubbered up and I knew we had tire at the beginning, so I figured if we were gonna make a move I probably should try it. It didn’t work out this time, but we still had a good car and it was a good night for us.”
Richards vaulted from fifth to second in the WoO LMS points standings with his performance, closing within two points of Moyer, who remained the leader despite tumbling to 20th in the finish. Lanigan, meanwhile, cracked the top 10 for the first time this season, reaching ninth place, 56 points in arrears of Moyer.
Both of the A-Main’s early cautions involved Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, Ga., a crate Late Model standout making his first-ever WoO LMS start. He spun in turn four on lap five as part of a tangle that included Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa, who ran a backup car after a B-Main accident forced her to use a provisional to start the headliner, and 2011 Rookie of the Year contender Brian Reese of Sharpsburg, Ga., and the upstart spun again on the backstretch on lap 18.
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished sixth and Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., placed seventh despite racing the final two laps with a virtually flat right-rear tire. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla., made his home track fans proud by advancing from the 17th starting spot to finish eighth – and earn the $500 ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest-placing driver who hasn’t won a WoO LMS A-Main and isn’t ranked among the top 12 in the points standings – while Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., and Tim McCreadie, whose night went downhill after he fell from second to fifth with two laps remaining in his heat race because he clipped the inside tractor tire in turn two, rounded out the top 10.
Hubbard established a new track record in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, blazing around the track in 14.873 seconds for his first quick-time honor of 2011. He was one of six drivers in the 28-car field to surpass the former one-lap standard of 15.041 seconds set by Richards on Feb. 13, 2011.
Heat winners were Hubbard, Lanigan and Davenport, and Brent Robinson of Smithfield, Va., topped the B-Main.
The WoO LMS continues its Southeastern tripleheader on Saturday night (March 26) at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and Sunday night (March 27) at Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Ga.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Sunshine 50’ at Ocala Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (5) Darrell Lanigan/51 $10,675
2. (3) Josh Richards/51 $5,750
3. (1) Jonathan Davenport/51 $3,000
4. (6) Jason Feger/51 $2,500
5. (8) Chub Frank/51 $2,550
6. (9) Rick Eckert/51 $2,250
7. (13) Shane Clanton/51 $1,950
8. (17) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./51 $1,800
9. (11) Steve Francis/51 $1,850
10. (15) Tim McCreadie/51 $1,750
11. (10) Vic Coffey/51 $1,100
12. (19) Brent Robinson/51 $1,000
13. (20) Pat Doar/51 $1,250
14. (16) Ron Davies/51 $900
15. (14) Tim Fuller/51 $1,400
16. (18) Clint Smith/51 $1,350
17. (22) John Lobb/51 $770
18. (23) Brian Reese/51 $750
19. (2) Austin Hubbard/51 $1,280
20. (7) Billy Moyer/51 $800
21. (24) Jill George/34 $1,200
22. (12) Tyler Ivey/33 $700
23. (21) Chip Brindle/17 $775
24. (4) David Breazeale/11 $700
NOTE: Race distance went to 51 laps due to green-white-checkered finish
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 21 Mins., 35.568 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.803 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 3 (Laps 5, 18, 49)
Lap Leaders: Davenport (1-17); Lanigan (18-50)
Provisional Starters: Reese, George
Rookie of the Race: Doar ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Lloyd ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 14.873 (NTR)
2. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 14.881
3. 49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 14.907
4. 21B-Chip Brindle/Chatsworth, GA 14.921
5. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 14.941
6. 54-David Breazeale/Four Corners, MS 14.950
7. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.045
8. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.085
9. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.104
10. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 15.109
11. 21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 15.123
12. 47-Tyler Ivey/Tallahassee, FL 15.166
13. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 15.169
14. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.194
15. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.198
16. 11d-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 15.206
17. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 15.261
18. 3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA 15.311
19. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 15.387
20. 35-Christian Augspurger/Palm Beach Gardens, FL 15.445
21. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.550
22. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 15.614
23. 1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 15.751
24. 16-Brian Nuttall Jr./Claxton, GA 15.761
25. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 15.893
26. 33-Brian Reese/Sharpsburg, GA 16.172
27. 10-Leon Henderson/Laurel, MS 16.565
28. 1*K-John Koller/Grand Island, FL 17.500
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Hubbard, Richards, Moyer, Coffey, Clanton, Davies, George, Brindle, Doar, Koller
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Lanigan, Feger, Frank, Francis, Fuller, Lloyd, Lobb, Augspurger, Reese
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Davenport, Breazeale, Eckert, Ivey, McCreadie, Smith, Robinson, Henderson, Nuttall
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Robinson, Doar, Brindle, Lobb, Reese, Nuttall, Augspurger, George, Henderson (DNS) Koller
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Ron Davies
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Jason Feger
Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
Comp Cams (certificate to 11th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Brent Robinson
JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
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): Vic Coffey
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): Jill George
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): Chip Brindle
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Chip Brindle
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Jonathan Davenport
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Tim Fuller
R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Josh Richards
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
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): Christian Augspurger
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
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 March 25 – 4 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Billy Moyer 536
2. Josh Richards 534 (-2)
3. Rick Eckert 530 (-6)
4. Austin Hubbard 528 (-8)
5. Jason Feger 496 (-40)
6. (tie) Tim McCreadie 492 (-44)
6. (tie) Shane Clanton 492 (-44)
8. Steve Francis 490 (-46)
9. Darrell Lanigan 480 (-56)
10. Chub Frank 476 (-60)
11. Clint Smith 468 (-68)
12. Tim Fuller 456 (-80)
13. Brent Robinson 430 (-106)
14. Scott Bloomquist 424 (-112)
15. Pat Doar 412 (-124)
16. Vic Coffey 410 (-126)
17. Jonathan Davenport 372 (-164)
18. Ron Davies 364 (-172)
19. Brian Reese 356 (-180)
20. John Lobb 350 (-186)
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