Lanigan Completes Perfect Road Trip With Triumph At Wisconsin’s Shawano Speedway
Record-Setter Captures Sixth Straight Win, Becomes Alltime Winningest Driver On World of Outlaws Late Model Series
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
SHAWANO, WI – Aug. 7, 2012 – Darrell Lanigan made more World of Outlaws Late Model Series history on Tuesday night at Shawano Speedway.
Completing a spectacular road trip to the Upper Midwest, Lanigan registered a convincing victory in the ‘Mid-States Equipment 50’ to extend his record-setting win streak to six and become the national tour’s alltime winningest driver.
Lanigan, 42, of Union, Ky., roared off the outside pole to grab the lead on the opening lap and never looked back, pacing the entire distance to register his 13th win of 2012 and the 39th of his career on the WoO LMS. He overtook Josh Richards and Billy Moyer to move atop the national tour’s career win list for both the modern era (2004-present) and overall (including the original 1988-89 seasons).
“It’s unbelievable,” said Lanigan, who captured Shawano’s WoO LMS event for the second consecutive year. “It’s a real honor to be at the top of that (alltime win) list. It means a lot.”
Lanigan dominated the A-Main, keeping his rivals at arm’s length throughout behind the wheel of his Cornett-powered Rocket. WoO LMS rookie Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., was able to close within a car’s length of Lanigan late in the distance, but he couldn’t make a serious bid and crossed the finish line 0.214 of a second behind the victor in his Victory Circle mount.
Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., briefly grabbed second from McCool on a lap-15 restart but settled for a third-place finish. It was his best outing since moving to the seat of the Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car.
Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., placed fourth and defending WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished fifth. Both drivers ran Team Zero by Bloomquist machines.
Lanigan led by nearly a straightaway early in the race, but he cooled his jets as the A-Main wound down to make sure tire wear wouldn’t hamper his effort.
“I know last year there was some cars that blew out tires late in the race, so I was just trying to be conservative there at the end and finish,” said Lanigan. “Anytime you get to lapped traffic when it’s rubber, you don’t want to catch ’em. I was just trying to slow the pace down a little bit.”
McCool, 35, was satisfied just to follow the country’s hottest dirt Late Model driver under the checkered flag.
“I felt the longer the race run under green, we was getting better and better and I could get to (Lanigan) a little bit,” said McCool, who registered his seventh top-five finish of the 2012 WoO LMS campaign. “But I don’t know if could’ve gotten by him. Hell, he was right down around that bottom in the rubber and it would’ve been hard to do anything.
“But with our last few finishes, we’re happy with anything in the top five. It was a good night for us.”
Lanigan’s $10,650 win put a put a cap on his perfect – and very lucrative – three-race WoO LMS swing. He began the trip on Aug. 4 with a $50,000 triumph in the USA Nationals 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., and then outdueled Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., to win Monday night’s 50-lapper at Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway.
The checkered-flag hat trick was worth $71,350 and pushed his WoO LMS earnings for the 2012 season to an astounding $269,400 after just 30 races. He also extended his points lead to 170 points over Eckert as he chases his second career championship with 12 races remaining on the schedule.
Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., finished sixth after his attempts to make time on the outside of the track on the lap-30 restart caused him to fall out of the top five. Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., was seventh; Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., quietly moved forward from the 15th starting spot to place eighth; Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., finished ninth despite switching to a backup ignition halfway through the race and running the last 10 laps on seven cylinders; and Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., advanced from 18th to round out the top 10.
The race’s most significant casualties were polesitter Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who relinquished second place due to a broken rearend on lap three; Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., who spun out of 10th place on lap 30 due to a broken j-bar bolt; and rookie Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., who retired after cutting a right-rear tire while running fifth on lap 40.
Thirty-seven cars were signed in for the event, which was run on brilliantly clear summer evening. The race had been postponed by wet track conditions following a thunderstorm on its original Aug. 1 date.
Fuller was quickest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials with a lap of 20.151 seconds, earning his third fast-time honor of the 2012 season but first since joining the Kennedy Motorsports team.
Heat winners were Fuller, Eckert, Lanigan and McCreadie. The B-Mains were captured by Paul Parker of Kaukauna, Wis., and Clanton.
The next action for the WoO LMS is a Michigan doubleheader on Aug. 17 at Winston Speedway in Rothbury and Aug. 18 at Merritt Raceway in Lake City.
Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Mid-States Equipment 50’ at Shawano Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (4) Bub McCool/50 $5,850
3. (6) Tim Fuller/50 $3,550
4. (8) Brady Smith/50 $2,550
5. (7) Rick Eckert/50 $2,650
6. (5) Tim McCreadie/50 $2,350
7. (9) Frankie Heckenast Jr./50 $1,900
8. (15) Jimmy Mars/50 $1,300
9. (12) Vic Coffey/50 $1,800
10. (18) Shane Clanton/50 $1,650
11. (11) Terry Casey/50 $1,100
12. (10) Nick Anvelink/50 $1,000
13. (20) Brett Swedberg/50 $1,100
14. (22) Jake Redetzke/50 $950
15. (21) Justin Hirt/50 $850
16. (19) Troy Springborn/50 $850
17. (13) Ron Burna/50 $770
18. (3) Kent Robinson/39 $1,300
19. (14) Todd Frank/39 $730
20. (16) Clint Smith/30 $1,250
21. (24) Jack Sullivan/23 $1,250
22. (17) Paul Parker/22 $700
23. (23) Pat Doar/13 $1,250
24. (2) Chub Frank/3 $1,250
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 28 Mins., 24.611 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.214 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 3 (Laps15, 30, 40)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Doar, Sullivan
Rookie of the Race: McCool ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Heckenast ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 20.151
2. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 20.154
3. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 20.160
4. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 20.185
5. 99Jr.-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 20.206
6. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 20.281
7. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 20.446
8. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 20.567
9. 27-Justin Hirt/Tigerton, WI 20.574
10. 89-Mike Spatola/Manhattan, IL 20.581
11. 42-Terry Casey/New London, WI 20.649
12. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 20.696
13. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 20.707
14. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 20.736
15. 28-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 20.740
16. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 20.773
17. 18c-Ross Camponovo/Clarksdale, MS 20.787
18. 21F-Todd Frank/Ashland, WI 20.890
19. 7JL-Jerry Lierly/Quincy, IL 20.930
20. 3-Brett Swedberg/Shawano, WI 21.050
21. 10x-Paul Parker/Kaukauna, WI 21.145
22. 1b-Doug Blashe/Marion, WI 21.160
23. 10-Pete Parker/Kaukauna, WI 21.222
24. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 21. 276
25. 66-Ron Berna/Abrams, WI 21.293
26. 15-Nick Anvelink/Navarino, WI 21.343
27. 27R-Jake Redetzke/Eau Claire, WI 21.377
28. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 21.415
29. 81-Troy Springborn/Shawano, WI 21.545
30. 7-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 21.550
31. 00-Robby Bunkelman/Abbottsford, WI 21.800
32. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 22.038
33. 28R-Mark Rose/Elko, WI 22.319
34. 5E-Jason Enoch/Colgate, WI 22.379
35. 51-Chris Oertel/Marshfield, WI 22.455
36. 55-Duane Treadwell/LaGrange, GA N/T
37. 93-Cody Welch/Coleman, WI N/T
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Fuller, Robinson, Heckenast, Berna, Paul Parker, Hirt, Springborn, Rose, Welch, Camponovo
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Eckert, B. Smith, Anvelink, T. Frank, Sullivan, Spatola, Blashe, Erb, Enoch
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Lanigan, McCool, Casey, Mars, Redetzke, Pete Parker, Oertel, Bunkelman, Lierly
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): McCreadie, C. Frank, Coffey, C. Smith, Clanton, Swedberg, Doar, George, Treadwell
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Paul Parker, Springborn, Hirt, Erb, Sullivan, Spatola, Blashe, Rose, Enoch, Welch, Camponovo
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Clanton, Swedberg, Redetzke, Pete Parker, Doar, Bunkelman, Treadwell, George, Oertel (DNS) Lierly
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher I n A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Frankie Heckenast Jr.
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Brett Swedberg
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher 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): Paul Parker/Brett Swedberg
Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Troy Springborn
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Terry Casey
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Jack Sullivan
Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher or next highest finisher): Kent Robinson
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): none
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Brady Smith
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Justin Hirt
Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Brett Swedberg
Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal – $100 value): Kent Robinson
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jake Redetzke
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main or next highest with decal – $30 value): Mike Spatola
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bret Swedberg
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed – $200 value): Darrell Lanigan
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Terry Casey
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Terry Casey
XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Shane Clanton
2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 7 – 30 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 4198
2. Rick Eckert 4028 (-170)
3. Tim McCreadie 3926 (-272)
4. Shane Clanton 3878 (-320)
5. Chub Frank 3844 (-354)
6. Bub McCool 3728 (-470)
6. Clint Smith 3694 (-504)
8. Vic Coffey 3590 (-608)
9. Pat Doar 3506 (-692)
10. Tim Fuller 3498 (-700)
11. Kent Robinson 3376 (-822)
12. Jack Sullivan 3268 (-930)
13. John Lobb 2300 (-1898)
14. Jill George 2084 (-2114)
15. Mike Marlar 1966 (-2232)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filter, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Longacre, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.
LIVE UPDATES 8/7: World of Outlaws Late Model Series At Shawano Speedway
SHAWANO, WI – Aug. 7, 2012 – Six days after being unable to race because the track surface couldn’t be dried out following a late-afternoon thunderstorm, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series is back at Shawano Speedway tonight for another attempt to run off a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event.
A sprawling half-mile fairgrounds oval about 45 minutes northwest of Green Bay, Shawano has hosted the WoO LMS in each of the past two seasons. Last year’s race was won by Darrell Lanigan, who will bid to extend his new tour consecutive-win record to six.
For live updates of all the news, pit notes and results from tonight’s action, click the ‘Full Story’ link below. Be sure to refresh your browser throughout the night to see the latest information.
11 p.m. CT – Darrell Lanigan continued to dominate the WoO LMS, leading every lap of the A-Main to record his record sixth consecutive win.
Bub McCool drew within a car length in the closing laps, but Lanigan stepped it up and held the Mississippi rookie at bay to win by 0.214 of a second.
A-Main Finish: 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Bub McCool, 3. Tim Fuller, 4. Brady Smith, 5. Rick Eckert, 6. Tim McCreadie, 7. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 8. Jimmy Mars, 9. Vic Coffey, 10. Shane Clanton, 11. Terry Casey, 12. Nick Anvelink, 13. Brett Swedberg, 14. Jake Redetzke, 15. Justin Hirt, 16. Troy Springborn, 17. Ron Berna, 18. Kent Robinson, 19. Todd Frank, 20. Clint Smith, 21. Jack Sullivan, 22. Paul Parker, 23. Pat Doar, 24. Chub Frank
9:35 p.m. CT – After Paul Parker and Shane Clanton scored B-Main victories, the eight-minute horn to line up the 50-lap A-Main has just been blown.
Row 1: Chub Frank/Darrell Lanigan
Row 2: Kent Robinson/Bub McCool
Row 3: Tim McCreadie/Tim Fuller
Row 4: Rick Eckert/Brady Smith
Row 5: Frankie Heckenast Jr./Nick Anvelink
Row 6: Terry Casey/Vic Coffey
Row 7: Ron Berna/Todd Frank
Row 8: Jimmy Mars/Clint Smith
Row 9: Paul Parker/Shane Clanton
Row 10: Troy Springborn/Brett Swedberg
Row 11: Justin Hirt/Jake Redetzke
Row 12: Pat Doar/Jack Sullivan
Front row: Chub and…guess who?
9:10 p.m. CT – After the A-Main redraw, Chub Frank will start from the pole position in the 50-lapper as he seeks to snap a 112-race winless streak on the WoO LMS.
But there’s some bad news for ‘Chubzilla’ and his fellow racers. The driver who drew the outside pole is none other than Darrell Lanigan, who will bid to for his sixth straight victory on the tour. With a win, Lanigan can also snap a tie with Josh Richards and Billy Moyer to become the winningest driver of alltime on the WoO LMS — of the modern era (2004-present) as well as overall (including the original 1988-89 seasons).
The first of two 12-lap B-Mains (qualifying three drivers each) is now on the racetrack. The last-chance events will be followed immediately by the A-Main.
8:45 p.m. CT – Tim Fuller remained perfect on the night, winning the first of four 10-lap heat races by 0.877 of a second over WoO LMS rookie Kent Robinson. Other heat victors were Rick Eckert, Darrell Lanigan and Tim McCreadie, while the other runners-up (also going to the A-Main redraw) were Brady Smith, Bub McCool and Chub Frank.
Once again, Lanigan put up the biggest heat-race margin of victory, defeating McCool by a commanding 5.424 seconds. Eckert won by 3.250 seconds and McCreadie’s was triumphant by 3.880 seconds.
There were no major fireworks during the heat, other than Clint Smith demonstratively shaking his fist at fellow Georgian Shane Clanton. Obviously feeling that Clanton got into him a bit rougher than he should have during the fourth heat, Smith stuck his left arm out the window of his car and shook it hard to express his displeasure — while racing at speed down the long homestretch.
Full heat-race results can be found here.
8 p.m. CT – Tim Fuller has been pretty quiet in his first four starts since joining the Kennedy Motorsports team — including a DNQ in Saturday night’s USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway — but he showed life tonight by turning the quickest lap in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials. His lap of 20.151 seconds nipped Brady Smith by a mere three-thousandths of a second.
The fast time was Fuller’s third of the 2012 WoO LMS campaign, but he’s hoping to stretch his success over the length of the night. He’s winless on the WoO LMS since June 2010.
Fuller picked up a $100 bonus for his fast time from race sponsor Mid-States Equipment, whose owner, Jim Gummerson, congratulated Fuller in a ceremony on the frontstretch (photo below). Fuller’s qualifying effort prevented Gummerson from greeting Smith, who carries sponsorship from Mid-States Equipment.
For full time trials results, click here.
Another good start
7:10 p.m. CT – Darrell Lanigan is setting the bar high again tonight, turning the fastest lap in practice at 19.586 seconds. The red-hot racer was nearly three-tenths of a second quicker than Jimmy Mars, who was second on the speed chart at 19.844 seconds.
Clint Smith appears ready to continue his resurgence, timing third-fastest in hot laps at 19.913 seconds. Todd Frank was fourth-fastest (20.089) and Chub Frank was fifth (20.116).
Ohlins Shocks Time Trials are now underway…
6:35 p.m. CT – When last Wednesday evening’s WoO LMS here was postponed to tonight, it put a kink in the plans of every WoO LMS traveler. But no one has felt repercussions from the postponement like Shane Clanton, who has had a monkey wrench thrown into his very big week.
Clanton, you see, is getting married to Michelle Davies, the daughter of western Pennsylvania dirt Late Model veteran Ron Davies, this Friday morning on a beach in Panama City, Fla. Shane and Michelle and supposed to be in Panama City tomorrow to get their marriage license, so they were planning to fly back this morning from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, after Clanton ran last night’s event at Independence Motor Speedway.
The Shawano rainout, however, forced Clanton and his soon-to-be-wife to make new arrangements. Michelle did fly back to Atlanta this morning, but she changed her flight to Milwaukee so Clanton could drop her off without driving his Kennedy Motorsports hauler too far out of the way. Shane will fly home tomorrow morning at 6, also from Milwaukee, which is just under a three-hour drive from Shawano; he’ll drive his hauler to the Milwaukee airport and then get out to hop on a plane, leaving the rig in the hands of his chief mechanic, Jonathan (Dumplin’) Owenby, who will steer it to Frankie Heckenast Jr.’s suburban Chicago shop and park it there for the next week. Owenby is flying to Georgia to attend the wedding, and then he’ll fly back to Chicago next week to work on the team’s cars at Heckenast’s place in preparation for the WoO LMS doubleheader in Michigan on Aug. 17-18.
Clanton and his bride will spend a few days honeymooning in Panama City before they return to the WoO LMS in Michigan as a married couple.
Race time nearing
6:10 p.m. CT – WoO LMS race director Bret Emrick is currently conducting tonight’s Drivers’ Meeting at the tour’s control trailer.
There’s certainly a large group of racers gathered to listen in — 37 cars are signed in for tonight’s action. The first race cars are scheduled to hit the track at 6:30 p.m. CT.
More cars possible?
5:15 p.m. CT – After last Wednesday night’s WoO LMS show here at Shawano was postponed because track crews simply couldn’t whip the drenched racing surface into shape for action, many doomsayers were predicting that the car count would drop off precipitously for tonight’s rescheduled date. There were nearly 40 cars on hand before last Wednesday night’s postponement.
Well, those critics — some of whom were even out there predicting that “only five or six” of the World of Outlaws regulars would return tonight — appear to be eating some crow. All 12 WoO LMS travelers are ready to race — in fact, they were all in the pit area working on their cars by 1 p.m. CT after making the five-and-a-half-hour overnight haul from Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway — and they’re joined by a solid group of regional and local challengers that have tonight’s field already in the mid-30s.
Some drivers in attendance last Wednesday have not returned, but tonight’s entrants include such luminaries as Jimmy Mars, Brady Smith, Terry Casey, Frankie Heckenast Jr., Mike Spatola, Dennis Erb Jr. (driving his sponsor Jerry Lierly’s second car for the second consecutive night), Ross Camponovo, Jake Redetzke and Nick Anvelink.