Shirley successful in home state

Erb makes late push for first career podium finish

LOVES PARK, Ill. – June 30, 2016 – Brian Shirley won the “Outlaw Clay Classic” in a crazy Thursday night at Rockford Speedway. Though Mother Nature warned The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series officials to speed-up the show, the Illinois-native remained patient. He coasted to 1.115-second win in his home state.

In lieu of clear skies from the sprint car series show the day before, dark clouds began to surround the track following heat races for the late models. The two-hour rain delay did not deter Shirley though, who was the quickest in hot laps and won his heat race. Shirley’s No. 3s Bob Cullen Racing/ Arnie Renta Motorsports Longhorn machine went on to lead the 24-car feature through challenging track conditions for all 30 laps.

“We’ll take it for what it is,” Shirley said. “It’s hard to put dirt on top of asphalt, but it’s just a good day for my team and all the fans that were here. At the end of the day somebody has to win, and we’ll take it.”

Within the first lap of the race, Shirley took advantage of his throttle-down technique through the wet track. Joey Coulter, who led the pack into the green flag, slipped-up entering turn two, leaving enough room for Shirley to swoop down under him. Coulter lost a few more spots because of the same spot of the track, while Shirley created a 1.861-second cushion in the top spot.

Shirley rinsed and repeated through the four cautions in the race. The first caution on with on lap 6 regrouped the field, but Shirley’s strong restarts extended his lead by more than one second each time. From the first caution to the race’s second caution on lap 13, Shirley lapped up to 18th position. He led by as much as 3.276 seconds in this sequence.

“Just trying to miss the ruts was the biggest part of it,” said Shirley, who frequently switched his lines to evade the more troublesome spots. “But we got 10,000 reasons but ruts ain’t one of them.”

While Shirley built his lead, 2015 series champion Shane Clanton battled to maintain the second spot. At the halfway mark, Clanton built a similar cushion to Shirley’s from the pack – about one-second separated his No. 25 Weldbank Energy/ Coopers Meat Packers Capital car from third place.

The third caution in the race opened up the door for Billy Moyer Jr. to make the charge for third; he and Coulter went bumper-to-bumper, fighting for the final podium position. That is, until Moyer’s car faded to a stop on the backstretch, causing the fourth and final caution with six laps to go.

Though the final caution did not create any opportunities to pass Shirley, rookie of the year contender Tyler Erb used the restart to make a break toward his first career podium finish in the series. Erb overtook third position with his No. 91 First Class Septic/ P&W Sales Club 29 car, and briefly challenged Clanton for the runner-up position.

“[The track] did the best they could, and that’s all we can ask for,” Erb said. “I was just trying to do all that I could do with the track we had. We just appreciate everyone coming out and supporting us. [These races] are only a part of the Outlaw deal. It can only make you better. I think that kind of showed tonight.”

The battle between Clanton and Erb lasted a couple laps until a rut sent Clanton’s car to the top of the track exiting turn four. Erb carried more momentum than Clanton coming out of turn four to make the final pass of the feature within the podium. The top three finished in one-second intervals of each other.

“We did what we could, and I wish we could have come home with second,” Clanton said. “I screwed up the last five laps.”

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Statistical Report; June 30, 2016; Rockford Speedway; Loves Park, Ill.

A-Main (30 laps): 1. 3s- Brian Shirley [1] [$10,700]; 2. 91- Tyler Erb [5] [$6,000]; 3. 25- Shane Clanton [3] [$3,800]; 4. Joey Coulter [2] [$2,700]; 5. 1*- Chub Frank [8] [$2,750]; 6. 76- Brandon Overton [7] [$2,250]; 7. 18- Eric Wells [6] [$1,900]; 8. 1m- Mike Mataragas [10] [$1,450]; 9.7- Rick Eckert [11] [$1,850]; 10. C9- Steve Casebolt [14] [$1,650]; 11. 54- Mike Fryer [16] [$1,100]; 12. 98- Jason Rauen [12] [$1,000]; 13. 89- Mike Spatola [15] [$1,050]; 14. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr. [4] [$1,450]; 15. 20JR- Reno Markham [19] [$850]; 16. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr. [9] [$1,350]; 17. 21- T.J. Markham [21] [$770]; 18. 14m- Mogan Bagley [13] [$1,300]; 19. 5H- Gary Hunt [18] [$730]; 20. 9- Lyle Zanker [22] [$700]; 21. 5- Jeff Hartzell [20] [$700]; 22. 1- Josh Richards [23] [$1,350]; 23. 99B- Boom Briggs [24] [$700]; 24. 18c- Chase Junghans [17] [$1,225]

Last Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 18c- Chase Junghans; 2. 20JR- Billy Moyer Jr.; 3. 21- T.J. Markham; 4. 09- Jeff Riddell; 5. 615- Matt Fabrizius; 6. 25B- Jay Brendle; 7. 99B- Boom Briggs; 8. 1- Josh Richards; 9. D1- Turk- Letizia (DNS)

Last Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. 5H- Gary Hunt; 2. 5- Jeff Hartzell; 3. 9- Lyle Zanker; 4. 11- Roger Markham; 5. R1- Randy Manos; 6.; 7. 28R- Mark Rose; 15- Kolby Vanderbergh; 7. 11s- Austin Smith

Group A Qualifying: 1. 1- Josh Richards, 14.120; 2. 3s- Brian Shirley, 14.216; 3. 91- Tyler Erb, 14.333; 4. 25- Shane Clanton, 14.455; 5. 18- Eric Wells, 14.732; 6. 18c- Chase Junghans, 14.879; 7. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr., 14.962; 8. 09- Jeff Riddell, 14.984; 9. 99B- Boom Briggs, 15.020; 10. 1m- Mike Mataragas, 15.253; 11. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 15.421; 12. C9- Steve Casebolt, 15.485; 13. 20j- Reno Markham, 15.770; 21- T.J. Markham, 15.775; 15. 25b- Jay Brendle, 16.050; 16. 615- Matt Fabrizius; 17. D1- Turk Latizia (DNS)

Group B Qualifying: 1. 76- Brandon Overton, 14.279; 2. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 14.351; 3. 2c- Joey Coulter, 14.391; 4. 1*- Chub Frank, 14.419; 5. 7- Rick Eckert, 14.570; 6. 54- Mike Fryer, 14.573; 7. 89- Mike Spatola, 14.859; 8. 98- Jason Rauen, 14.897; 9. 9- Lyle Zanker, 15.140; 10. 11s- Austin Smith, 15.162; 11. 15- Kolby Vanderbergh, 15.209; 12. 5- Jeff Hartzell, 15.311; 13. R1- Randy Manos, 15.473; 14. 11- Roger Markham, 15.533; 15. 5H- Gary Hunt, 15.982; 16. 28R- Mark Rose, 16.306

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 91- Tyler Erb; 2. 18- Eric Wells; 3. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr.; 4. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 5. 20jr; 6. 99B- Boom Briggs; 7. 25B- Jay Brendle; 8. 1- Josh Richards; 9. D1- Turk Letizia (DNS)

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 3s- Brian Shirley; 2. 25- Shane Clanton; 3. 1m- Mike Mataragas; 4. C9- Steve Casebolt; 5. 18c- Chase Junghans; 6. 09- Jeff Riddell; 7. 21- T.J. Markham; 8. 615- Matt Fabrizius

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76- Brandon Overton; 2. 2c- Joey Coulter; 3. 7- Rick Eckert; 4. 89- Mike Spatola; 5. R1- Randy Manos; 6. 5H- Gary Hunt; 7. 9- Lyle Zanker; 8. 15- Kolby Vanderbergh

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.; 2. 1*- Chub Frank; 3. 98- Jason Rauen; 4. 54- Mike Fryer; 5. 5- Jeff Hartzell; 6. 11- Roger Markham; 7. 28R- Mark Rose; 8. 11s- Austin Smith (DNS)

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 : Tyler Erb
MSD – $50 Cash: Tyler Erb
QuarterMaster – $100 Product certificate: Tyler Erb
Wrisco Aluminum – 3 Sheets of aluminum: Tyler Erb
Penske Shocks – TBD Product certificate: Tyler Erb
JE Pistons – $50 Cash: Chub Frank
VP Racing Fuels – $50 Cash: Mike Mataragas
Edelbrock – $50 Cash: Rick Eckert
Comp Cams – $50 Cash: Steve Casebolt
Morton Buildings – $50 Cash: Mike Fryer
Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash: Mike Spatola
JRI Shocks – $50 Cash: Mike Spatola
SuperFlow – $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr.
QuarterMaster – $25 Product certificate: Reno Markham
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Frank Heckenast Jr.
QuarterMaster – $50 Product certificate: Gary Hunt
Arizona Sport Shirts – $100 Product certificate: Lyle Zanker
JE Pistons – Set of rings: Jeff Hartzell
MSD – $25 Cash: Chase Junghans
QA1 – $50 Cash: Brandon Overton
Bonus Bucks – $500 Cash: Tyler Erb
Rookie Bonus – $250 Cash: Tyler Erb
Craftsman Bonus – $100 Cash: Mike Mataragas
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Brian Shirley
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Tyler Erb
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Shane Clanton
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Joey Coulter
Craftsman Bonus – $200 Cash: Chub Frank

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 30 – 20 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/residence/points/deficit to leader):

Pos. Car # Driver Residence Earnings Points Trail By
1 1 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $130,275 2828 0
2 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $80,875 2620 208
3 7 Rick Eckert York, PA $47,025 2546 282
4 76 Brandon Overton   Evans, GA $39,095 2488 340
5 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $50,530 2474 354
6 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR $34,185 2424 404
7 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN $30,570 2416 412
8 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA $34,110 2404 424
9 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfort, IL $27,910 2360 468
10 14M Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX $26,920 2336 492
11 18 Eric Wells Hazard, KY $26,250 2332 496
12 18C Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $22,225 2304 524
13 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $15,155 1984 844
14 2C Joey Coulter Union Grove, NC $10,940 1940 888
15 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $13,470 1718 1110
16 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $57,800 1116 1712
17 17M Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $27,800 1088 1740
18 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $11,400 1070 1758
19 11 Austin Smith Cedartown, GA $6,930 968 1860
20 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN $2,885 896 1932

 

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.