World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Leaders Shine, McCreadie Flips During Firecracker 100 Qualifying Night Action
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
SARVER, PA – June 26, 2009 – The top three drivers in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series points standings shined during Friday night’s heat-race action for the third annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway.
Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. – who rank 1-3, respectively, in the tour’s hotly-contested points battle – scored victories in the series of six 15-lap heats that kicked off western Pennsylvania’s premier dirt Late Model event.
A stellar field of 61 cars was signed in for the qualifying program, which also saw 2007 Firecracker 100 winner Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., and Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, W.Va., register heat-race triumphs.
The six heat winners will redraw for the top-six starting positions in Saturday night’s Firecracker 100, which tops off a full day of entertainment at Lernerville.
Former WoO LMS champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., meanwhile, barrel-rolled his car twice in a tangle off turn four during Friday’s second heat. Making just his fifth start since returning last week from a back injury suffered in a Jan. 15 crash during the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., McCreadie slid up the track when he hit a spot of water along the inside berm, made contact with Jared Miley of South Park, Pa., and then was hit by his Sweeteners Plus teammate Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.
The shove from Coffey sent McCreadie’s car into a pair of flips. It came to rest on its wheels and McCreadie gingerly climbed out of the cockpit, sore but otherwise uninjured. He expects to drive his backup car on Saturday night in an attempt to qualify for the Firecracker 100.
Richards, 21, put his Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket machine back at the front of the pack 24 hours after winning the postponed WoO LMS ‘Showdown in Sarvertown’ A-Main at the four-tenths-mile oval. The tour points leader raced to a convincing victory in the fourth heat on a slick track surface that was completely different than the heavy one he mastered on Thursday night.
“I think that’s as slick as (the surface) will get tomorrow (in the Firecracker 100), so I feel pretty good about our chances,” said Richards, a five-time WoO LMS winner this season who is hoping to make Saturday’s $30,000-to-win blockbuster his first-ever victory in a crown-jewel event. “Usually when it’s slick and I’m creeping around, nothing feels good (on the car). But tonight I actually had a good feel in that condition and that gives me some confidence.”
Both Francis and Lanigan won heats after installing backup engines in their cars earlier in the day. Francis found a broken lifter in the powerplant of his Beitler Motorsports Rocket after finishing fourth in Thursday night’s A-Main, while Lanigan’s Fusion Energy Rocket was sidelined by terminal motor problems as he led the ‘Showdown in Sarvertown.’
Lanigan enjoyed a perfect qualifying night, preceding his win in the first heat with the fastest lap in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials. He toured the track in 17.754 seconds to record his series-leading fourth fast-time honor of the 2009 season.
Lanigan, who finished second in last year’s Firecracker 100 after leading laps 1-69, will seek to end a frustrating 45-race winless streak on the WoO LMS in Saturday night’s headliner.
Bloomquist drove his Team Zero by Bloomquist car to victory in the third heat over defending Firecracker 100 winner Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who earlier this month won the UMP DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned $100,000 Dirt Late Model Dream event at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, grabbed the third-and-final transfer spot in the preliminary.
The evening’s upset heat winners were Lathroum, who captured his first career WoO LMS A-Main victory last month at Delaware International Speedway, and Horton. Lathroum’s triumph came in his first-ever appearance at Lernerville.
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who sits fourth in the WoO LMS points standings, grabbed the final transfer position in the first heat when he slid around the outside of New Bethlehem, Pa.’s Mike Blose exiting turn four with the checkered flag waving.
“I just threw it in on the top,” said Eckert. “It was the last lap and I didn’t want to run the B-Main.”
Friday’s program ended with Lanigan’s crewmen, Randall Edwards and Eric Fulwood, earning a $1,000 check for winning the Integra Shocks Crew Chief Challenge. They survived four rounds of head-to-head battles in the tire-changing competition, beating Tim Fuller’s wrenches, Mike ‘Smoke’ Countryman and Barry Knapp, in the final.
Fifteen two-crewman teams participated in the tournament-style event, which was contested on the track’s homestretch. The crews had to change the right-rear tires on their cars in each round.
The Firecracker 100 weekend continues on Saturday with a full day of activities, starting at 12 noon with a driver/fan horseshoe tournament, a Weenie Roast and a driver question-and-session session in front of the fans. A driver autograph session is scheduled for underneath the grandstand from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by B-Mains, the $3,000-to-win Uncle Sam 30 for non-qualifiers and the main event — the $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100.
Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information on the Firecracker 100 and the WoO LMS, visit www.lernerville.com or www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 17.754
2. 19-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 17.767
3. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 17.804
4. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 17.830
5. won11-Robbie Blair/Titusville, PA 17.966
6. 11H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 18.007
7. 19T-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 18.015
8. H1-Jared Miley/South Park, PA 18.028
9. 71d-Ron Davies/Erie, PA 18.038
10. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 18.060
11. 21-Matt Lux/Franklin, PA 18.069
12. 46-Doug Horton/Bruceton Mills, WV 18.080
13. 5-Mike Blose/New Bethlehem, PA 18.108
14. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 18.208
15. 15b-Brian Birkhofer/Muscatine, IA 18.213
16. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 18.244
17. 6-Jamie Lathroum/Mechanicsville, MD 18.250
18. 25-Shane Clanton/Locust Grove, GA 18.253
19. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 18.254
20. 11-Tyler Reddick/Corning, CA 18.256
21. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 18.266
22. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 18.291
23. 99B-Rick Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 18.317
24. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 18.321
25. 72M-John Mason/Millersburg, OH 18.337
26. 44p-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 18.345
27. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 18.362
28. 2J-Mike Johnson/Imperial, PA 18.377
29. 4J-John Mollick/Toronto, OH 18.431
30. 28M-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 18.434
31. 18K-Brandon Kinzer/Allen, KY 18.455
32. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 18.544
33. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 18.571
34. 10-Gary Lyle/Hyde Park, PA 18.574
35. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand/Sarver, PA 18.612
36. 4-Alex Ferree/Saxonburg, PA 18.630
37. 38R-Nick Reges/Butler, PA 18.666
38. 9k-Mike Knight/Ripley, NY 18.667
39. 1c-Lynn Geisler/Cranberry Twp., PA 18.748
40. 24M-Jeremy Miller/Gettysburg, PA 18.814
41. 44H-Dave Hess Jr./Waterford, PA 18.818
42. 12-Jordan Bland/Campbellsville, KY 18.824
43. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 18.868
44. F1-Coleby Frye/Dover, PA 18.914
45. 1J-Dave Murdick/Slippery Rock, PA 18.917
46. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 18.975
47. 17-Keith Barbara/South Park, PA 19.012
48. 30-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 19.034
49. 66-Todd Bachman/Natrona Heights, PA 19.054
50. 14-April Farmer/Livingston, PA 19.062
51. 22G-Greg Oakes/Franklinville, NY 19.132
52. J4-John Garvin/Sarver, PA 19.222
53. 7x-Herman Bertolini/Creighton, PA 19.290
54. 1M-Peter Mantha Jr./Gatineau, QUE 19.342
55. 3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA 19.353
56. 23-Tony Burke/Sarver, PA 19.372
57. 72N-Michael Norris/Sarver, PA 19.415
58. 21M-Tony Musolino/Scott Twp., PA 19.704
59. B22-Bump Hedman/Sugar Grove, PA 19.862
60. J19-Jason Fosnaught/Creighton, PA 20.529
61. 18H-Dustin Hapka/Grand Forks, ND N/T
Heat No. 1 (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Lanigan, Fuller, Eckert, Blose, Kinzer, Stone, Robinson, Mason, Hapka, Bachman, Reges
Heat No. 2 (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Francis, J. Miley, Frye, Pearson, Reddick, Knight, Burke, Farmer, McCreadie, Coffey
Heat No. 3 (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Bloomquist, Birkhofer, Owens, Carrier, Davies, King, Oakes, Geisler, Norris, Murdick
Heat No. 4 (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Richards, B. Smith, Frank, C. Smith, J. Miller, Lyle, Musolino, Garvin, Satterlee (DNS) M. Johnson
Heat No. 5 (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Lathroum, Briggs, Barbara, Hess, Lux, Hedman, Bertolini, Schaltenbrand, Mollick, Blair
Heat No. 6 (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Horton, McDowell, Mars, Hubbard, Shaver, Clanton, Ferree, Bland, Mantha, Fosnaught
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