Lanigan Sweeps Program In World of Outlaws Late Model Series Return To New York’s Rolling Wheels Raceway
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
ELBRIDGE, NY – Aug. 19, 2010 – Darrell Lanigan should have been handed a broom in Victory Lane after Thursday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Rolling Wheels Raceway.
The 40-year-old star from Union, Ky., was simply perfect in the national tour’s first visit to the five-eighths-mile oval since 2005, sweeping the evening’s action to run his season win total to a career-high five and pull ever-closer to points leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., in the chase for the $100,000 World of Outlaws championship.
Lanigan set fast time, won a heat race and drew the pole position for the A-Main. Then he drove his GottaRace.com Rocket car to a $10,600 triumph, dominating the headliner after inheriting the lead when Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., ducked into the pit area during a lap-11 caution period to replace his car’s lost radiator cap.
No one seriously threatened Lanigan once he gained command – even with five of the race’s eight caution flags providing his rivals plenty of restart opportunities. He crossed the finish line 1.3 seconds ahead of York, Pa.’s Rick Eckert, who hustled forward from the ninth starting spot in his Team Zero by Bloomquist machine.
Ricky Elliott of Seaford, Del., finished third in his second start of 2010 behind the wheel of the Super Duece Racing Rocket car fielded by four partners from the Indianapolis area, including former Empire State resident Leo Milus, and currently maintained by veteran DIRTcar big-block Modified mechanic Randy Kisacky of Johnson City, N.Y. The 44-year-old driver earned the $500 ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest finisher who hasn’t won a WoO LMS A-Main and wasn’t ranked among the top 12 in the points standings.
Placing fourth was 11th-starter Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., who registered his first top-five finish on the WoO LMS since June 20 at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway, and eighth-starter Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., was fifth.
The low-key Lanigan raved about his car and the Rolling Wheels track surface after his victory, which left him just 20 points behind Richards in his quest for a second WoO LMS title. Richards finished eighth after starting 22nd on a trying night that saw him hastily jump into his backup car for time trials after damaging the nose of his primary machine during hot laps and then drop out of his heat because he again bent his mount’s nosepiece.
“The car was awesome when we unloaded it tonight and it was awesome in the feature,” said Lanigan, who recorded his 17th career win on the WoO LMS. “You couldn’t ask for a better car. Vic got me there at the start, but I knew once we got in the front we’d be alright because I could run my line.
“It was an excellent track,” he added. “The track cleaned up for the feature and you could race all over it.”
Lanigan was confident that he had a car capable of overtaking Coffey for the lead if the 2008 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year hadn’t experienced a heartbreaking twist of fate after pacing laps 1-11 off the outside pole.
“We were kind of playing there a little bit (behind Coffey) early in the race,” said Lanigan, who pushed his series-leading 2010 earnings to over $160,000. “I guess I can’t say for sure if I would’ve got him, but I know I moved up to the top (groove) and the car was good there so I think we could’ve passed him if we had to.”
Coffey, 39, wasn’t going to go down without a fight, however. He dearly wanted his first career WoO LMS win to come at a track he’s frequented with his DIRTcar big-block Modified.
“I felt really, really good in the line I was running,” said Coffey, who realized his Sweeteners Plus car’s radiator cap had come off when steam began shooting onto his helmet shield during the lap-11 caution period. “A lot could have happened still, but I think we would’ve been O.K. I think it would’ve been hard for anybody to pass us.”
Coffey returned after his crew replaced his car’s radiator cap and he rallied to finish 10th.
Eckert, 44, came on strong during the race’s second half, passing Elliott for third on lap 36 and then inheriting the runner-up spot on lap 42 when Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., slowed with a broken right-rear brake caliper. But he was unable to mount a challenge on Lanigan after restarts on laps 42 and 46.
“To pass everybody I had to be patient around that bottom,” said Eckert. “But probably once I got to second and got a little room I should’ve moved up and tried that line (Lanigan) had.
“With about three (laps) to go, I charged into (turn) one too hard and slid up and made a better corner than I had the whole race. I think I could’ve made up some time on (Lanigan) in one and two if I had done that sooner.”
Elliott felt he had a second-place car – if not for his own slip that let Eckert get by. Nevertheless, he was happy with a third-place finish in a car that is actually slated to be driven by former IRL and USAC racer Andy Michener.
“I was using the brakes real hard early when I was trying to get by Clanton for second,” said Elliott, who started seventh. “I didn’t lose ‘em, but I overheated them and got some brake-pad fade. Then I was having to pump them, and when you’re trying to pump the brakes and hit that corner down (in turn one) perfect, it’s tough. I ended up overshooting it a couple times and Rick got me.
“It was driver error. The car would’ve run second if the driver didn’t mess up down there – it was real good, one of the best cars I’ve had in awhile. We kept adjusting and working on it and it came around in the feature.”
Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., finished sixth, less than a second behind Francis at the checkered flag. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who won the 2005 WoO LMS event at Rolling Wheels, moved up from the 12th starting spot to finish seventh after slipping by Richards on lap 43. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started sixth at one of his DIRTcar big-block Modified hometracks but settled for a ninth-place finish after pitting on laps nine and 11 to change tires in hopes of improving his car’s performance, and McCreadie’s teammate Coffey rounded out the top 10.
Among the contenders who ran into trouble was DIRTcar big-block Modified star Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., who relinquished fourth place on lap 15 when the right-rear tire blew on his Gypsum Express car. He returned after a pit stop but only managed a 12th-place finish.
Lanigan was fastest in the 24-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials session, establishing a new track record of 19.450 seconds. He bested the standard of 20.883 seconds that Fuller had held since the only previous WoO LMS event at the Wheels five years ago.
Heat winners were Lanigan, McCreadie and Coffey. No B-Main was contested.
The WoO LMS continues its Northeast swing with a weekend invasion of Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y., which hosts the inaugural $20,000-to-win ‘Battle At Eastern Door 100’ on Aug. 20-21. The tour will also visit Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Que., on Mon., Aug. 23, and Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway on Tues., Aug. 24.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of WoO Late Model Series at Rolling Wheels Raceway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,600
2. (9) Rick Eckert/50 $5,575
3. (7) Ricky Elliott/50 $3,500
4. (11) Tim Fuller/50 $3,000
5. (8) Steve Francis/50 $2,600
6. (10) Dan Stone/50 $1,700
7. (12) Chub Frank/50 $1,900
8. (22) Josh Richards/50 $1,900
9. (6) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,800
10. (2) Vic Coffey/50 $1,100
11. (13) Austin Hubbard/50 $1,800
12. (5) Billy Decker/50 $1,000
13. (14) Ron Davies/50 $950
14. (18) Jeff Isabell Sr./49 $900
15. (3) Shane Clanton/41 $1,400
16. (4) Clint Smith/39 $1,300
17. (20) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/32 $770
18. (17) Russell King/31 $1,250
19. (16) Alan Fink/21 $730
20. (24) Justin Wright/16 $700
21. (15) Gregg Satterlee/10 $700
22. (19) Larry Wight/6 $700
23. (23) Michael Trapp/5 $700
24. (21) Jill George/0 $725
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 44 Mins., 51.476 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.300 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 8 (Laps 7, 9, 11, 15, 30, 33, 42, 46)
Lap Leaders: Coffey (1-11); Lanigan (12-50)
Provisional Starters: None
Rookie of the Race: Hubbard ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Elliott ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 19.450
2. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 19.717
3. 91-Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY 19.825
4. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 19.894
5. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 19.895
6. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 19.909
7. 99L-Larry Wight/Baldwinsville, NY 19.923
8. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 19.978
9. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 19.999
10. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 20.001
11. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 20.017
12. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 20.054
13. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 20.172
14. 71d-Ron Davies/Erie, PA 20.299
15. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 20.405
16. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 20.471
17. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 20.526
18. 5-Jeff Isabell Sr./Pennellville, NY 20.596
19. 2-Ricky Elliott/Seaford, DE 20.624
20. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 20.672
21. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 20.833
22. 72-Alan Fink/Central Square, NY 21.509
23. 70-Michael Trapp/Governeur, NY 22.388
24. 32x-Justin Wright/Linwood, NY 22.924
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Lanigan, Clanton, Elliott, Stone, Hubbard, Fink, Wight, Richards
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): McCreadie, C. Smith, Francis, Fuller, Davies, King, Briggs, Trapp
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Coffey, Decker, Eckert, Frank, Satterlee, Isabell, George, Wright
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sports Shirts ($50 product certificate): None
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Ricky Elliott
Eibach Springs (one free spring): None
MSD Ignition ($75 cash award): Rick Eckert
MSD Ignition ($25 cash award): Jill George
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash award to fastest qualifier w/decal): Shane Clanton
Pink Carburetors ($100 product certificate): Rick Eckert
Pink Carburetors ($50 product certificate): Jill George
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate): Rick Eckert
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate): Tim McCreadie
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate): Shane Clanton
R2C Performance ($100 certificate): Darrell Lanigan
STP ($50 cash award): None
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (two five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main if decal is displayed): None
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Rick Eckert
2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 19 – 36 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 4788
2. Darrell Lanigan 4768 (-20)
3. Tim McCreadie 4738 (-50)
4. Steve Francis 4612 (-176)
5. Shane Clanton 4514 (-274)
6. Rick Eckert 4482 (-306)
7. Austin Hubbard 4470 (-318)
8. Tim Fuller 4442 (-346)
9. Chub Frank 4320 (-468)
10. Clint Smith 4244 (-544)
11. Russell King 3996 (-792)
12. Brent Robinson 3470 (-1318)
13. Brady Smith 2992 (-1796)
14. Jill George 2772 (-2016)
15. Brian Birkhofer 1764 (-3024)
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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), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), SuperClean (Official Cleaner-Degreaser), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and Chizmark Larson Insurance; in addition to contingency sponsors Eibach Springs, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pink Carburetors, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance and Wrisco Aluminum.