Clanton Captures win No. 4 at Moler Raceway Park

Richards and Carrier battle to a two-three finish

Williamsburg, Ohio – May 27, 2016 – Shane Clanton made his mark Friday night as the first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series to win a series race at Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio. This is Clanton’s fourth win of the season.

“I’m glad we started up front and got this win,” said Clanton, who walked away with a $10,000 purse.

Clanton’s No. 25 Weldbank Energy/ Coopers Meat Packers Capital machine beat runner-up Josh Richards in the 50-lapper, while Eddie Carrier Jr. rounded out the podium. Richards’ Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car and Carrier’s Engines Inc. of Ohio / Grover Motorsports Rocket car separated the Top 3 from the rest of the 24-car field.

This win not only bettered Clanton’s standing in the 2016 statistical columns, but also in series history.  With career win No. 34, Clanton is one win shy from tying Rick Eckert for third all-time – the same driver who challenged him most of the night.

Clanton, who also won his heat race, led the pack to begin the race with Eckert and Richards behind him in rows two and four respectively. It did not take long for Eckert’s No. 7 Monumental Paving & Excavating/ P-J Contracting Co. Longhorn car to challenge Clanton for the lead-spot – within the first lap. Richards lingered a few spots back, battling local favorite Carrier.

“This is my first time here, and I’ve seen video so I knew whereabouts to be on the racetrack,” said Clanton, who mainly used the bottom groove early in the race. “But this track is so wide.”

Within the first lap Eckert moved into second position, passing Frank Heckenast Jr. who dropped -back to fifth position. Richards moved up to third with Carrier full-steam ahead behind him. Clanton was able to separate himself by nearly a three-second differential from Eckert by this time, while Richards and Carrier traded paint throughout the first half of the race.

By lap 16, Clanton began to weave through lapped traffic, choosing the top shelf of the track as his passageway through; a few other drivers later followed suit, including Brian Shirley, who placed sixth on the night. The lapped traffic created a back-and-forward with Richards and Carrier, who swapped positions twice sifting through the lapped cars.

“I just knew they had to be really good to pass me up-top,” Clanton said. “And before that I just kept the bottom line and held my own.”

It was not until lap 40 when the Top 5 drivers began to use the top groove of the track. Richards switched his line to build-up enough speed to challenge Eckert and Clanton. However, a tough break for Eckert – a broken rear-end – on that lap took one more car out of the equation for Richards.

Within the next two laps, three cautions recollected the field and diminished Clanton’s lead. The field restarted single-file for those cautions, giving Clanton enough leeway to rebuild his lead. As for Richards and Carrier, they were still battling.

“Well, it seemed like I was right there with him,” said Carrier, who competed in his first Outlaws race in 2016. “I’m just happy to get a Top 3, competing against some of the best competition in the sport.”

Richards may have got the better of Carrier, but not Clanton. But for the duo, it is similar to last year. At this point in 2015, Clanton had more than a 100-point buffer over Richards for in the series championship; it’s vice-versa in 2016.

“Shane did a great job running a nice, wide arch,” Richards said. “I finally went to the top and got a little momentum, but we just couldn’t maintain it in laps three and four. I think we were a little better than him at the end, but he was doing what he needed to do.”

Clanton said with this win, he is hopeful to make-up some points on Richards, who had a 142-point buffer leading into the race. It is Richards’ consistent finishes that are hard to beat, he said. Richards has now placed within the Top 10 in all 13 series races.

“He’s so consistent right now, and we’re just trying to get to where we were last year and be consistent,” Clanton said. “Wins will come”

The World of Outlaws will now test their luck at Tyler County Speedway for a two-night showing of the Jackpot 100 on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Statistical Report; May 28, 2016; Moler Raceway Park; Williamsburg, Ohio

A-Main (50-laps): 1. 25- Shane Clanton [1][$10,800]; 2. 1- Josh Richards [8][$5,875]; 3. 28- Eddie Carrier Jr. [4][$3,600]; 4. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr. [2][$3,200]; 5. 99m- Devin Moran [5][$2,000]; 6. 3s- Brian Shirley [7][$2,400]; 7. 1g- Devin Gilpin [6][$1,400]; 8. 76- Brandon Overton [11][$2,100]; 9. 18c- Chase Junghans [9][$1,750]; 10. 20c- Duane Chamberlain [13][$1,120]; 11.12- Jason Jameson [12][$1,100]; 12. 21jr- Billy Moyer Jr. [14][$1,850]; 13. 88- Greg Johnson [15][$950]; 14. 32- Chad Stapleton [19][$1,000]; 15. 1*- Chub Frank [18][$1,400]; 16. 71r- Rod Conley [20][800]; 17. 71C- R.J. Conley [17][$770]; 18. 18- Eric Wells [16][$1,300]; 19. 77a- Adam Bowman [22][$730]; 20. C9- Steve Casebolt [23][$1,250]; 21.14m- Morgan Bagley [24][$1,250]; 22. 7- Rick Eckert [3][$1,300]; 23. 18b- Ethan Burgess [21][700]; 24. 0H10- John Whitney [10][$700]

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 71C- R.J. Conley; 2. 32- Chad Stapleton; 3. 18b- Ethan Burgess; 4. 16- Justin Rattliff; 5. 14M- Morgan Bagley; 6. 99b- Doug Eck; 7. 22- Rusty Yarger; 8. 7P- Graylin Prince; 9. C9- Steve Casebolt

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1* Chub Frank; 2. 71R- Rod Conley; 3. 77A- Adam Bowman; 4. 99- Ben Sheets; 5. 91- Tyler Erb; 6. 91s- Blake Naylor; 7. 2c- Joey Coulter; 8. 15- Scott James

Qualifying Group A: 1. 3s- Brian Shirley, 14.027; 2. 0H10- John Whitney, 14.079; 3. 18c- Chase Junghans, 14.166; 4. 25- Shane Clanton, 14.227; 5. 28- Eddie Carrier Jr., 14.235; 6. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr., 14.305; 7. 20c- Duane Chamberlain, 14.343; 8. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 14.383; 9. 14M- Morgan Bagley, 14.453; 10. 71C- R.J. Conley, 14.496; 11. 99b- Doug Eck, 14.508; 12. 16- Justin Ratliff, 14.588; 13. 32- Chad Stapleton, 14.640; 14. C9- Steve Casebolt, 14.829; 15. 7P- Graylin Prince, 14.907; 16. 18b- Ethan Burgess, 14.946; 17. 47- Jerry Gibbson, 15.339; 18. 22- Rusty Yarger, 15.588

Qualifying Group B: 1. 99M- Devin Moran, 14.290; 2. 1g- Devin Gilpin, 14.375; 3. 7- Rick Eckert, 14.446; 4. 1- Josh Richards, 14.466; 5. 71R- Rod Conley, 14.488; 6. 12- Jason Jameson, 14.534; 7. 4- Cody Mahoney, 14.636; 8. 1*- Chub Frank, 14.641; 9. 76- Brandon Overton, 14.690; 10. 18- Eric Wells, 14.712; 11. 88- Greg Johnson, 14.714; 12. 77A- Adam Bowman, 14.722; 13. 91- Tyler Erb, 14.762; 14. 2c- Joey Coulter, 14.800; 15. 15 Scott James, 14.880; 16. 99- Bill Sheets, 14.906; 17. 91s- Blake Naylor, 15.424

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 3s- Brain Shirley; 2. 28- Eddie Carrier Jr.; 3. 18c- Chase Junghans; 4. 20c- Duane Chamberlain; 5. 32- Chad Stapleton; 6. 99b- Doug Eck; 7. 14M- Morgan Bagley; 8. 7P- Graylin Prince

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 25- Shane Clanton; 2. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr.; 3. 0H10- John Whitney; 4. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.; 5.71C- R.J. Conley; 6. 16- Justin Rattliff; 7. 18b- Ethan Burgess; 8. C9- Steve Casebolt; 9. 22- Rusty Yarger

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 7- Rick Eckert; 2. 99M- Devin Moran; 3. 76- Brandon Overton; 4. 88- Greg Johnson; 5. 4- Cody Mahoney; 6. 71R- Rod Conley; 7. 15- Scott James; 8. 91- Tyler Erb; 9. 91s- Blake Naylor

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1g- Devin Gilpin; 2. 1- Josh Richards; 3. 12- Jason Jameson; 4. 18- Eric Wells; 5. 1*- Chub Frank; 6. 77A- Adam Bowman; 7. 2c- Joey Coulter; 8. 99- Bill Sheets

World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):

Comp Cams – $50 Product certificate : Shane Clanton
MSD – $50 Cash: Josh Richards
QuarterMaster – $100 Product certificate: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards
Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Brandon Overton
JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Brandon Overton
VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Brandon Overton
Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Chase Junghans
Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Duane Chamberlain
Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Jason Jameson
Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Chad Stapleton
SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Chad Stapleton
QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Chub Frank
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Eric Wells
QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Adam Bowman
Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: Steve Casebolt
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Morgan Bagley
MSD – $25 Cash: Josh Richards
QA1 – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Shane Clanton
Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Josh Richards
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Frank Heckenast Jr.
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Brian Shirley
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Brandon Overton
 

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of May 27 – 13 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

Pos. Car # Driver Residence Earnings Points Trail By
1 1 Josh Richards Clarksburg, WV $84,050 1892 0
2 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $58,825 1754 138
3 7 Rick Eckert York, PA $34,400 1690 202
4 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $31,460 1676 216
5 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $20,445 1620 272
6 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR $22,210 1606 286
7 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA $21,460 1580 312
8 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN $16,420 1576 316
9 14M Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX $16,860 1560 332
10 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort, IL $18,600 1560 332
11 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY $16,000 1536 356
12 18C Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $14,015 1532 360
13 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $5,930 1308 584
14 2C Joey Coulter Union Grove, NC $5,920 1306 586
15 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $10,110 1132 760
16 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN $2,885 896 996
17 2F Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC $6,730 836 1056
18 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $7,950 742 1150
19 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $24,600 718 1174
20 17M Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $18,700 684 1208

 

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Bad Boy Off Road (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel) and DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, Penske Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.