• Lanigan & Richards Top Kellogg’s Qualifying Night At Charlotte
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Lanigan & Richards Share Fast-Time Honors On Opening Night Of PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 1, 2012 – Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. – the only two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champions since 2004 – shared fast-time honors during Thursday night’s Kellogg’s Qualifying Night at the PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Friendly rivals who two years ago battled for the WoO LMS title at The Dirt Track, Lanigan and Richards topped a massive field of 72 dirt Late Models that were signed in for two rounds of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials. The qualifying program kicked off a blockbuster tripleheader that also attracted 50 winged machines for the companion World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series meet and 40 entries for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified action.

Kellogg’s Qualifying Night featured two rounds of WoO LMS time trials – the first to line up Friday night’s heat races and the second to align Saturday night’s preliminaries.

On an evening that saw him clinch his second career WoO LMS points crown simply by entering the competition, Lanigan, 42, blistered the four-tenths-mile oval in 15.155 seconds during the first round of time trials. It was his sixth fast time of 2012, giving him sole possession of first place in the category ahead of York, Pa.’s Rick Eckert.

Lanigan went on to time fifth-fastest in the second round of qualifying, leaving him just short of becoming the third driver in history to sweep both legs of WoO LMS time trials during the PEAK World Finals Presented by NAPA. His circuit of 15.522 seconds was just a hair off Richards’s quick lap of 15.425 seconds – even though Lanigan went on the track next to last in the qualifying order.

“We had a real good car,” Lanigan said of his Cornett-powered Rocket. “We missed out on a chance to sweep (the fast times) because the track definitely slowed down by the time we went out in the second round, but we’ll take two top-five qualifying runs. We know we’ll be on the pole for two heats.”

Lanigan, who previously registered a PEAK World Finals Presented by NAPA fast-time award in the first round of qualifying in 2009, will start from the pole position in the first heat on Friday night and the fifth heat on Saturday night.

Richards, 24, steered his father’s Rocket Chassis house car to his fourth WoO LMS fast time of 2012 despite running an abbreviated schedule while pursuing a pavement career on the NASCAR Nationwide Series. It marked the second straight year that he set fast time in one round of qualifying during the PEAK World Finals Presented by NAPA.

While Richards will start Saturday night’s first heat from the pole position, his seventh-fastest lap in Round 1 of time trials handed him the outside pole for Friday night’s first preliminary.

Lanigan was one of four drivers to time inside the top six in both rounds to secure a pair of pole-position starts, joining 2011 WoO LMS champion Eckert, Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind.

Other pole position winners for Friday’s program were Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., while Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., will start a Saturday heat from the inside of Row 1.

The PEAK World Finals Presented by NAPA continue on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 2-3), with gates opening at 3 p.m. and hot laps scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. each day. Each card will include a 50-lap A-Main for the WoO LMS, a 30-lap A-Main for the WoO Sprint Car Series and a 40-lap headliner for the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds.

Saturday night’s World Finals program will be televised by the SPEED cable network from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight ET.

For more information, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Results of Kellogg’s Qualifying Night at the PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts:

Round 1 Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results For Fri., Nov. 2 Heat Races (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.155
2. 18W-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 15.242
3. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.252
4. 44M-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 15.294
5. K71-Don O’Neal/Martinsville, IN 15.372
6. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 15.388
7. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.407
8. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.470
9. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 15.477
10. 87-Walker Arthur/Forest, VA 15.507
11. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 15.514
12. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.553
13. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 15.570
14. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 15.590
15. 17-Zack Dohm/Cross Lanes, WV 15.605
16. 17-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 15.619
17. 37c-Dennis Franklin/Gaffney, SC 15.637
18. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 15.653
19. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.669
20. 1b-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 15.673
21. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 15.675
22. 15d-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 15.713
23. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.734
24. 11H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 15.751
25. 28c-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 15.760
26. 28-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 15.766
27. 71c-R.J. Conley/Wheelersburg, OH 15.769
28. 44P-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 15.784
29. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 15.791
30. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 15.794
31. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 15.798
32. 53-Ray Cook/Brasstown, NC 15.804
33. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.832
34. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 15.860
35. 7L-Jerry Lierly/Quincy, IL 15.871
36. 71-B.J. Robinson/Shreveport, LA 15.930
37. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 15.938
38. 88-Andrew Reaume/Blenheim, ONT 15.969
39. 00-Jay Sessoms/Stanley, NC 15.998
40. 41-Josh McGuire/Grayson, KY 16.033
41. 5-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 16.034
42. 18c-Ross Camponovo/Clarksdale, MS 16.046
43. 20c-Duane Chamberlain/Richmond, IN 16.070
44. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 16.073
45. 91-Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY 16.174
46. 72-John Mason/Millersburg, OH 16.197
47. 71R-Rod Conley/Wheelersburg, OH 16.214
48. 22F-Chris Ferguson/Mt. Holly, NC 16.217
49. 20JB-Jerry Bowersock/Wapakoneta, OH 16.218
50. 24M-Kenny Moreland/Charlotte Hall, MD 16.438
51. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, pA 16.444
52. KB-Kerry King Sr./Delmar, DE 16.512
53. 31-Brian Force/Indiana, PA 16.586
54. 0H-Dale Hollidge/Mechanicsville, MD
55. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck/Kingsley, PA 16.620
56. 47-Brett Miller/Greenville, TN 16.647
57. C8-Anthony Culp/W. Monroe, LA 16.668
58. 31G-Bob Gordon/Keyser, WV 16.688
59. 2-Joe Ramey/Haverhill, OH 16.699
60. 93-Pancho Lawler/Hanover, MD 16.740
61. 555-Justin Coulter/Leamington, ONT 16.835
62. 77x-Coleby Frye/Dover, PA 16.882
63. 8-Matthew Sponaugle/Wileyford, WV 16.916
64. 10-Corey Weaver/Imler, PA 16.943
65. 21b-Rich Bell/Sheffield, IL 17.153
66. d8-Dustin Mitchell/Pine Level, NC 17.196
67. 53F-Chris Farrell/Clearfield, PA 17.259
68. 07-Brian Ledbetter/Dallas, NC 17.301
69. 55-Denny Fenton/Clearfield, PA 17.573
70. 00s-Randy Sterling/Morrisdale, PA 17.605
71. 33-Don Gordon/Chatham, ONT 17.832
72. 1G-Jacob Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 17.922

Round 2 Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results For Sat., Nov. 3 Heat Races (Position/Driver/Best Lap):

1. Josh Richards 15.425
2. Don O’Neal 15.433
3. Chris Madden 15.510
4. Rick Eckert 15.512
5. Darrell Lanigan 15.522
6. Dale McDowell 15.549
7. Jimmy Owens 15.559
8. R.J. Conley 15.619
9. Brandon Sheppard 15.627
10. Clint Smith 15.635
11. Steve Shaver 15.650
12. Jason Feger 15.654
13. Walker Arthur 15.660
14. Gregg Satterlee 15.751
15. Tim McCreadie 15.760
16. Steve Francis 15.763
17. Kenny Moreland 15.804
18. Billy Decker 15.827
19. Earl Pearson Jr. 15.830
20. Ron Davies 15.842
21. Eric Wells 15.848
22. Vic Coffey 15.880
23. Scott Bloomquist 15.932
24. Kent Robinson 15.952
25. B.J. Robinson 15.962
26. John Mason 15.979
27. Tim Fuller 15.986
28. Ray Cook 16.011
29. Morgan Bagley 16.050
30. Austin Hubbard 16.050
31. Dennis Erb Jr. 16.078
32. Andrew Reaume 16.114
33. Eddie Carrier Jr. 16.132
34. Josh McGuire 16.137
35. Jared Landers 16.143
36. Bub McCool 16.172
37. Duane Chamberlain 16.184
38. Rod Conleyt 16.212
39. Zack Dohm 16.238
40. Pat Doar 16.261
41. Ross Camponovo 16.303
42. Dan Stone 16.316
43. Pancho Lawler 16.338
44. Jonathan Davenport 16.358
45. Dennis Franklin 16.363
46. Jerry Lierly 16.394
47. Brian Force 16.410
48. Jerry Bowersock 16.459
49. Chub Frank 16.464
50. Chad Hollenbeck 16.471
51. Chris Ferguson 16.562
52. Coleby Frye 16.634
53. Jay Sessoms 16.659
54. Kerry King Sr. 16.698
55. Justin Coulter 16.749
56. Dale Hollidge 16.886
57. Corey Weaver 16.906
58. Eric Jacobsen 16.912
59. Jacob Hawkins 16.973
60. Denny Fenton 17.125
61. Matthew Sponaugle 17.206
62. Anthony Culp 17.224
63. Brett Miller 17.262
64. Joe Ramey 17.270
65. Bob Gordon 17.292
66. Dustin Mitchell 17.432
67. Rich Bell 17.477
68. Don Gordon 17.688
69. Randy Sterling 17.714
70. Brian Ledbetter 17.816
71. Chris Farrell 17.927
72. Shane Clanton N/T

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LIVE UPDATES 11/1: PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 1, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte this weekend, kicking off the PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts tonight with Kellogg’s Qualifying Night.

Two rounds of WoO LMS Ohlins Shocks Time Trials will be contested — the first setting the heat lineups for Friday night, the second aligning Saturday evening’s heats. The WoO Sprint Car Series will also run two rounds of time trials this evening, while the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds will compete in two sets of qualifying heat races.

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.

Rocket Man leads the way

10:05 p.m. – Round 2 of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials is complete with Josh Richards’s lap of 15.425 seconds earning him fast-time honors. It’s the second straight PEAK World Finals by NAPA in which he has topped one round of qualifying.

Don O’Neal was second-fastest at 15.433 seconds, followed by Chris Madden (15.510), Rick Eckert (15.512) and Darrell Lanigan (15.522).

Full results from time trials are posted here.

Round 2

9:30 p.m. – The second round of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials are now rolling. Darrell Lanigan is bidding to become the third driver to sweep fast-time honors in both ends of WoO LMS qualifying at the PEAK World Finals by NAPA, joining Steve Shaver (2007) and Jonathan Davenport (2010).

It’s the champ

8:35 p.m. – Darrell Lanigan has begun his quest for a first career win at The Dirt Track in impressive fashion, blazing to fast-time honors in the Round 1 of qualifying with lap of 15.155 seconds. He bested Eric Wells (15.242), Rick Eckert (15.252), Chris Madden (15.294) and Don O’Neal (15.372).

Full Round 1 Time Trials results can be seen here

Qualifying underway

7:55 p.m. – Round 1 of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials began a few minutes ago. Through 15 cars, Kentucky’s Eric Wells leads the way with a lap of 15.242 seconds. Scott Bloomquist is currently second at 15.388 seconds and Jason Feger is third at 15.590 seconds.

Unexpected ride

7:15 p.m. – Coleby Frye of Dover, Pa., got a last-minute opportunity to compete in the PEAK World Finals thanks to DIRTcar Northeast Modified driver/owner Carey Terrance, who phoned Frye on Monday to ask if he’d like to drive the single dirt Late Model in the stable of Terrance’s Rez Racing team. Frye quickly accepted the seat in the No. 77x, which Terrance’s regular DIRTcar 358-Modified driver, Dale Planck of Homer, N.Y., drove to a top-five finish in this year’s WoO LMS event at Quebec’s Autodrome Granby.

“I met Carey and his guys at Mohawk (International Raceway in Hogansburg, N.Y.) a couple years ago when I was working for Austin (Hubbard on the WoO LMS),” said Frye (at right in picture below). “I came down here last year to help them (Planck crashed in a World Finals prelim and didn’t the Late Model), and Carey called me on Monday and asked if I’d like to drive his Late Model because Planck wasn’t coming down. I said, ‘Sure.'”

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Busy guys

7:05 p.m. – Three drivers — WoO LMS regulars Tim McCreadie and Tim Fuller, and fellow New Yorker Billy Decker — are pulling double-duty this weekend, competing in both the Late Model and big-block Modified competition. McCreadie, of course, swept last year’s pair of PEAK World Finals big-block features and is returning to the seat of the 4-Star Racing Modified to shoot for a repeat.

With Round 1 of Sprint Car time trials nearing completion, the four 10-lap big-block Modified heat races for Friday night’s program will soon hit the track. Fuller starts on the pole in Heat 1 and Decker has the pole for Heat 4, while McCreadie will start fourth in Heat 2. Later, in the Saturday-night round of preliminary races, McCreadie starts second in Heat 1, Fuller starts third in Heat 3 and Decker starts fifth in Heat 4.

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Leaving the storm behind

6:35 p.m. – Several dirt Late Model teams based in the Northeast rode out Superstorm Sandy earlier this week, but those surveyed reported no major problems at their homesteads or with their travel plans to Charlotte.

The Mark Richards Racing Enterprises team did drive through the heavy snow that fell in the West Virginia mountains — there was only a couple inches at the Rocket Chassis shop, but the snow was measured in feet not all that far away — and still made it to Charlotte in about five hours yesterday.

We have heard of fans from the Northeast who had to cancel plans to attend this weekend’s action due to damage and/or power loss at their homes and/or businesses. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the storm.

Good start for Darrell

6:20 p.m. – Darrell Lanigan was quickest in tonight’s hot laps, turning a lap of 15.696 seconds on the four-tenths-mile oval. Steve Francis was second on the speed chart at 15.783 seconds, followed by Rick Eckert (15.802), Shane Clanton (15.819) and Eric Wells (15.859).

There will be some time before the Late Models return to the racetrack. WoO Sprint Car practice is currently nearing completion, and then opening ceremonies, Round 1 of Sprint Car time trials and big-block Modified heat races will be contested before the first round of Late Model qualifying gets the green flag.

Congrats, champ

5:55 p.m. – It’s official: Darrell Lanigan is the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion.

Not there was any doubt about that fact entering this weekend’s action, but Lanigan mathematically clinched his second career title when he signed in for tonight’s qualifying action, earning him a minimum of 60 show-up points for each of the weekend’s Late Model programs.

Lanigan heads onto the track tonight having already been in the Charlotte area for a full day. He arrived on Tuesday night so he could participate in a day-long media tour on Wednesday organized by the Charlotte Motor Speedway media department. Lanigan joined presumptive 2012 WoO Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz in visiting radio stations in the morning, dining with print media members at CMS during the afternoon and, finally, doing interviews with local television affiliates.

Huge turnout

4:15 p.m. – The drivers’ meeting has just been completed for this weekend’s superb dirt Late Model field, which numbers 72 cars strong (updated with a late addition). Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and the Kellogg’s Qualifying Night action is set to get the green flag at 6 p.m.

Here’s the complete list of drivers signed in for this weekend’s WoO LMS competition….

Car No. Driver Hometown Chassis/Engine
KB Kerry King Delmar, DE Rocket/ProPower
00 Jay Sessoms Stanley, NC Rocket/LED
00s Rabdt Sterling Morrisdale, PA Rocket/Edge
0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Bloomquist/Roush-Yates
0 Dale Hollidge Mechanicsville, MD MasterSbilt/Hershey
1 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV Rocket/Roush-Yates
1 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL Rocket/Roush-Yates
1G Jacob Hawkins Fairmont, WV Warrior/Custom
1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA Rocket/Roush-Yates
2 Joe Ramey Haverhill, OH MasterSbilt/Roush-Yates
4ds Chad Hollenbeck Kingsley, PA Rocket/Clements
5 Eric Jacobsen Sea Cliff Beach, CA Bloomquist/Roush-Yates
5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR Wright/Roush-Yates
6 Steve Shaver Vienna, WV Rocket/Rumley
7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN MasterSbilt/Dickens
7JL Jerry Lierly Quincy, IL Bloomquist/Roush-Yates
07 Brian Ledbetter Dallas, NC Rocket/Maiwald
8 Matt Sponagle Wileyford, WV Rocket/Baker
c8 Timothy Culp W. Monroe, LA TrakStar/PTS
d8 Dustin Mitchell Pine Level, NC MasterSbilt/Hill
10 Corey Weaver Imler, PA Rocket/ProPower
11 Pat Doar New Richmond, WI Mars/ProPower
11 Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE Rocket/Cornett
14M Morgan Bagley Longview, TX Rocket/Clements
15 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA Wright/Roush-Yates
15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Wright/Clements
17 Zack Dohm Cross Lanes, WV Rocket/Hill
17M Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA MasterSbilt/Clements
18 Ross Camponovo Clarksdale, MS Victory Circle/RPM
18W Eric Wells Hazard, KY Rocket/Custom
19 Tim Fuller Watertown, NY Capital/Clements
20 Jerry Bowersock Wapakoneta, OH Rocket/Dargie
20 Duane Chamberlain Richmond, IN Chamberlain/Dargie
20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN Bloomquist/Cornett
21b Rich Bell Sheffield, IL Rocket/Runyon
21d Dan Stone Thompson, PA Rocket/Cornett
22 Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC Warrior/Clary
22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA Rocket/Roush-Yates
24 Rick Eckert York, PA Bloomquist/Dickens
24 Kenny Moreland Charlotte Hall, MD Rocket/Custom
25 Shane Clanton Fayetteville, GA Capital/Clements
25 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL Pierce/Rhyne
28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV Rocket/Grover
28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL Bloomquist/Rhyne
29 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY Rocket/Cornett
31 Bryan Force Indiana, PA Rocket/Cornett
31 Bob Gordon Keyser, WV Rocket/Crescent
32c Vic Coffey Caledonia, NY Rocket/ProPower
33 Don Gordon Chatham, ONT Warrior/Custom
37c Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC Wright/Clements
39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY Warrior/ProPower
41 Josh McGuire Grayson, KY MasterSbilt/GCP
44 Chris Madden Gray Court, SC Bloomquist/Cornett
44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Longhorn/Wallace
44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA Rocket/RaceTek
47 Brett Miller Greenville, TN Warrior/Hill
53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC MasterSbilt/Red
53 Chris Farrell Clearfield, PA Rocket/RPM
55 Denny Fenton Clearfield, PA Rocket/Malcuit
57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS Victory Circle/Dickens
K71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN MasterSbilt/Dickens
71 B.J. Robinson Shreveport, LA Victory Circle/Dickens
71c R.J. Conley Wheelersburg, OH Rocket/Draime
71d Ron Davies Warren, PA MB Customs/Bullock
71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg, OH Rocket/Draime
72 John Mason Millersburg, OH Bloomquist/Hill
77x Coleby Frye Dover, PA Rocket/Kevlar
87 Walker Arthur Forest, VA MasterSbilt/CAMS
88 Andrew Reaume Blenheim, ONT Rocket/Cornett
91 Billy Decker Unadilla, NY Rocket/LJL
93 Pancho Lawler Hanover, MD Rocket/Hershey
555 Justin Coulter Leamington, ONT Rocket/Dickens