Shirley Scores Squirrelly Feature Win at Hamilton County

Collects second consecutive victory, third of the season

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – July 7, 2016 – Brian Shirley was triumphant in a Thursday night thriller, winning the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series race at Hamilton County Speedway. This is Shirley’s second consecutive win, both coming almost within a week of one another.

“It was just one of those deals when you had a great car, there were a couple different options out there,” Shirley said. “Everybody was good. We decided to change a couple things and it worked right. All in all, I’m just happy.”

Shirley’s win did not come easy. From the start Jimmy Mars, who currently ranks 16th all-time in career wins with the Outlaws, muscled his No. 28m Deppe Enterprises/ S&S Transport, Inc. M.B. Customs car to the front. Mars took the lead on the first lap, leaving the rest of the pack to sort themselves out while he opened up a comfortable half-second cushion.

Two cautions occurred on lap 7 and during each of them, Brandon Overton and Rick Eckert traded paint for second position. Overton slammed the door on Eckert for the first restart, but Eckert managed to overtake him with the same move on the next restart in turn one. While they both lost momentum from their battle, 2013 Rookie of the Year Eric Wells stormed down the front straightaway into third place uncontested. Wells started ninth in the feature.

Shirley followed Wells up to the front from seventh to one position shy of the podium; they both passed Eckert following a caution with 25 remaining. From there, Wells and Shirley had he barnburner of their own. Wells’ No. 18 Allstar Performance/ Penske Racing Shocks Longhorn car skated through the top-half of the track while Shirley mowed the infield lawn with nose of his No. 3s Bob Cullen Racing/ Arnie Ranta Motorsports Longhorn machine.

Shirley began the tango between him and Wells when he passed him with 23 to go. But Shirley was not off the hook that easily. Wells reclaimed the second spot two laps after. The duo maintained a .100-second margin between each other when they weren’t swapping positions every-other lap.

It took a bold move from Shirley on lap 33 in turn three to catapult him into first. Wells needed two more laps thereafter to make his move for first. Though Mars could not fend-off Shirley, he was able to put the block on Wells’ pursuit after a lap 34 restart. Shirley opened-up his lead to more than one-second while Wells ran out of time to pass Mars.

“This is probably the best I’ve been all year,” said Wells, beaming ear-to-ear. “That was fun. The car was very maneuverable and could run anywhere on the track. I honestly did not expect that. Thanks to Brian and Jimmy for racing me clean. We put on a great show for these fans.”

Mars led 33 of the 40 laps in his first World of Outlaws appearance of the season. His last series win came on July 31, 2014 at Cedar Lake Speedway (Wisc.).

“Congratulations to Brian, he drove a good race,” Mars said. “I was kind of committed more to the top and it gotta a little dirty up there later in the race. But we’ll take it. It’s always fun running with the World of Outlaws when we get the chance.”

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Statistical Report; July 7, 2016; Hamilton County Speedway; Webster City, Iowa

A-Main (40-laps): 1. 3s- Brian Shirley [7] [$8,700]; 2. 28M- Jimmy Mars [2] [$4,100]; 3. 18- Eric Wells [9] [$3,475]; 4. 1- Josh Richards [14] [$3,100]; 5. 76- Brandon Overton [1] [$2,800]; 6. 25s- Chad Simpson [13] [$2,100]; 7. 7- Rick Eckert [4] [$2,200]; 8. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr. [6] [$1,850]; 9. 1*- Chub Frank [15] [$1,800]; 10. 25- Shane Clanton [5] [$1,750]; 11. 14M- Morgan Bagley [10] [$1,550]; 12. 15- Donny Schatz [23] [$900]; 13. C9- Steve Casebolt [17] [$1,400]; 14. 2c- Joey Coulter [22] [$1,100]; 15. 77- Jordan Yaggy [19] [$750]; 16. 91- Tyler Erb [18] [$750]; 17. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr. [3] [$1,210]; 18. 20- Rodney Sanders [16] [$640]; 19. B1- Brent Larson [24] [$620]; 20. 99B- Boom Briggs [12] [$600]; 21. 32- Chris Simpson [8] [$600]; 22. 18c- Chase Junghans [11] [$1,100]; 23. 11s- Austin Smith [20] [$600]; 24. Jason Rauen [21] [$600]

Last-Chance Showdown (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 77- Jordan Yaggy; 2. 11s- Austin Smith; 3. 98- Jason Ruen; 4. 2c- Joey Coulter; 5. 15- Donny Schatz; 6. B1- Brent Larson; 7. 16- Austin Siebert

Qualifying: 1. 76- Brandon Overton, 17.249; 2. 25- Shane Clanton, 17.272; 3. 7- Rick Eckert, 17.364; 4. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 17.394; 5. 28M- Jimmy Mars, 17.413; 6. 91- Tyler Erb, 17.423; 7. 3s- Brian Shirley, 17.602; 8. C9- Steve Casebolt, 17.622; 9. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr., 17.630; 10. 25s- Chad Simpson, 17.678; 11. 18c- Chase Junghans, 17.703; 12. 99B- Boom Briggs, 17.712; 13. B1- Brent Larson, 17.727; 14. 32- Chris Simpson, 17.750; 15. 18- Eric Wells, 17.757; 16. 20- Rodney Sanders, 17.761; 17. 1- Josh Richards, 17.777; 18. 1*- Chub Frank, 17.802; 19. 15- Donny Schatz, 17.828; 20. 77- Jordan Yaggy, 17.842; 21. 98- Jason Rauen, 17.930; 22. 14M- Morgan Bagley, 17.950; 23. 11s- Austin Smith, 18.006; 24. 16- Austin Siebert, 18.079; 25. 2c- Joey Coulter, 18.292

Heat No. 1 (10 laps- Top 6 Transfer): 1. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.; 2. 76- Brandon Overton; 3. 3s- Brian Shirley; 4. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 5. 25s- Chad Simpson; 6. 20- Rodney Sanders; 7. B1- Brent Larson;8. 2c- Joey Coulter; 9. 15- Donny Schatz

Heat No. 2 (10 laps- Top 6 Transfer): 1. 25- Shane Clanton; 2. 28M- Jimmy Mars; 3. 32- Chris Simpson; 4. 18c- Chase Junghans; 5. 1- Josh Richards; 6. C9- Steve Casebolt; 7. 77- Jordan Yaggy; 8. 11s- Austin Smith

Heat No. 3 (10 laps- Top 6 Transfer): 1. 7- Rick Eckert; 2. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr.; 3. 18- Eric Wells; 4. 99B- Boom Briggs; 5. 1*- Chub Frank; 6. 91- Tyler Erb; 7. 98- Jason Rauen; 8. 16- Austin Siebert

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: Eric Wells
MSD – $50 Cash: Eric Wells
QuarterMaster – $100 Product certificate: Brian Shirley
Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Brian Shirley
Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Eric Wells
JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Brandon Overton
VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Shane Clanton
Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Morgan Bagley
Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Steve Casebolt
JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Tyler Erb
SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Joey Coulter
QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Jordan Yaggy
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Tyler Erb
QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Boom Briggs
Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: Chris Simpson
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Chris Simpson
MSD – $25 Cash: Eric Wells
QA1 – $50 Cash: Brandon Overton
Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Chad Simpson
Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Joey Coulter
Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Jimmy Mars
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Brian Shirley
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Eric Wells
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Josh Richards
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Brandon Overton
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Rick Eckert

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of July 7 – 21 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

Pos. Car # Driver Residence Points Trail By
1 1 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 2970 0
2 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 2750 220
3 7 Rick Eckert York, PA 2682 288
4 76 Brandon Overton  Evans, GA 2628 342
5 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 2624 346
6 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 2540 430
  C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 2540 430
8 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA 2536 434
9 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort, IL 2494 476
10 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2476 494
11 14M Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX 2464 506
12 18C Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 2410 560
13 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 2102 868
14 2C Joey Coulter Union Grove, NC 2062 908
15 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 1828 1142
16 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 1116 1854
17 17M Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 1088 1882
18 11 Austin Smith Cedartown, GA 1072 1898
19 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 1070 1900
20 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN 1016 1954

 

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, 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.