• Owens Sweeps PEAK WF, Lanigan Champ
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Owens Completes Unprecedented Sweep Of Dirt Late Model Action During PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals by NAPA

Lanigan Falls Short Of Victory But Celebrates 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 3, 2012 – Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., completed an unprecedented sweep of the PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts with a convincing victory in Saturday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The $10,000 triumph marked the fourth consecutive year that Owens captured the Saturday-night finale of the spectacular weekend – and, as a result, shared the post-race spotlight with the newly-crowned WoO LMS champion. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who finished third, was presented his second career World of Outlaws championship trophy in a confetti- and fireworks-filled ceremony moments after Owens stood on the winner’s stage.

Owens, 40, certainly didn’t have his amazing feat diminished by the dual Victory Lane celebrations. He earned plenty of recognition from the standing-room-only crowd of over 14,000 and the national television audience that watched the PEAK World Finals by NAPA on the SPEED cable network.

“Words can’t describe how much it means to win these two races this weekend,” said Owens, who has been victorious a record five times in 12 WoO LMS A-Mains contested during the PEAK World Finals by NAPA since the event’s birth in 2007. “It just means so much to me to pull this off. The electricity in the air with all these people here for this show is like no other race we run.”

Owens, who started third, passed Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., for the lead on lap five and never looked back. He easily handled two restarts late in the distance to cross the finish line 1.646 seconds in front of Watertown, N.Y.’s Tim McCreadie, who charged forward from the ninth starting spot to register a runner-up finish that moved him past Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., to fourth in the final WoO LMS points standings.

Lanigan swapped second place with McCreadie before finally ceding the position on lap 43 and settling for third. Madden faded to fourth at the finish after starting second and leading laps 1-4 and WoO LMS regular Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., advanced from the 10th starting spot to complete the top five.

Owens, who outdueled Lanigan and 2011 WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., to win Friday night’s 50-lap A-Main at the four-tenths-mile oval, was never seriously challenged in his history-making repeat effort.

“We had a good car last night but I felt like we could still do some things to make it better,” Owens said of his potent Mike Reece-owned Team Zero by Bloomquist mount. “We worked on it today and it was just awesome. We really found something for this place.”

McCreadie, 38, didn’t get a shot at racing Owens from second place on either of the race’s restarts. He reached third with his Warrior machine two circuits before the first caution flag flew, on lap 38 after Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., slammed the turn-three wall. McCreadie then briefly took second from Lanigan on the ensuing restart before Lanigan nosed back ahead to sit in the runner-up spot when Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., slowed to bring out a caution flag on lap 42.

The bridesmaid finish was McCreadie’s best on the WoO LMS since he was second on July 7 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. It came at an opportune time, pushing him past Frank, who finished 19th, for fourth in the points standings – a one position jump worth an extra $5,000 in points-fund cash ($35,000 versus $30,000 for fifth).

Lanigan will receive $100,000 for his WoO LMS championship, giving him over $425,000 in earnings on the 2012 tour. It’s a pretty good consolation for falling short of victory once again at The Dirt Track, where Lanigan is winless in 20 career starts.

“I think we may have been a little bit better (than Owens) before that caution (on lap 38),” said the fourth-starting Lanigan, who steered his Rocket car into second place with a lap-18 pass of Madden. “I think we were catching him a little bit, but I think the caution hurt us a little bit. We just didn’t fire after the restart.

“We were good, but we just missed it a little bit and Jimmy was good this weekend.”

Lanigan’s final championship margin was a record 228 points over Eckert, who finished 21st after relinquishing a top-five spot when his car lost power during the lap-42 caution period.

“It’s definitely been a heck of a year,” said Lanigan, who also won the WoO LMS title in 2008. “To do what we did – win (a record) 15 races, win Cedar Lake (the USA Nationals), everything else – it’s just been a phenomenal year. The first (championship) was nice, but to get your second one the way we did is definitely unbelievable.”

Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., finished sixth in the Childress Racing No. K71. Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., advanced from the 16th starting spot to place seventh; Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., was a quiet eighth; WoO LMS rookie Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., was ninth; and Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., rounded out the top 10.

Heat winners were Owens, O’Neal, Madden, Eckert, Lanigan and McDowell. The B-Mains were captured by Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn.

The stars of the 2012 WoO LMS will be honored – and share in nearly $400,000 in points-fund cash – during the tour’s annual awards banquet on Sunday night (Nov. 4) at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C

The 2013 WoO LMS campaign is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 8-9 with the ‘Winter Freeze’ doubleheader at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.

Results of WoO Late Model Series PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts Race No. 2 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (3) Jimmy Owens/50 $10,000
2. (9) Tim McCreadie/50 $5,650
3. (4) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,650
4. (2) Chris Madden/50 $2,500
5. (10) Clint Smith/50 $2,550
6. (5) Don O’Neal/50 $2,200
7. (16) Steve Francis/50 $1,500
8. (7) Josh Richards/50 $1,450
9. (18) Kent Robinson/50 $1,950
10. (13) Walker Arthur/50 $1,100
11. (15) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,100
12. (12) Jason Feger/50 $1,100
13. (23) Ray Cook/50 $1,000
14. (14) Gregg Satterlee/50 $900
15. (27) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $900
16. (28) Bub McCool/49 $800
17. (29) Vic Coffey/49 $620
18. (22) Dennis Erb Jr./49 $750
19. (26) Chub Frank/49 $1,280
20. (24) Billy Decker/49 $725
21. (1) Rick Eckert/42 $1,350
22. (6) Dale McDowell/42 $700
23. (25) Shane Clanton/37 $1,250
24. (21) Scott Bloomquist/37 $800
25. (19) Jonathan Davenport/36 $700
26. (11) Kenny Moreland/32 $700
27. (20) Eric Wells/28 $700
28. (8) R.J. Conley/16 $700
29. (17) Morgan Bagley/16 $700

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 22 Mins., 6.900 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.646 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 2 (Laps 38, 42)
Lap Leaders: Madden (1-4); Owens (5-50)
Provisional Starters: Clanton, Frank (WoO points); Pearson (fastest pre-entered driver from time trials who failed to qualify); McCool, Coffey (WoO emergency)
Rookie of the Race: K. Robinson ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: O’Neal ($500)

Heat No. 1 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Josh Richards, 3. Walker Arthur, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. Pancho Lawler, 6. Chub Frank, 7. Earl Pearson Jr., 8. Duane Chamberlain, 9. Timothy Culp, 10. B.J. Robinson, 11. Brian Ledbetter, 12. Justin Coulter

Heat No. 2 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Don O’Neal, 2. R.J. Conley, 3. Gregg Satterlee, 4. Jonathan Davenport, 5. Rod Conley, 6. Andrew Reaume, 7. John Mason, 8. Ron Davies, 9. Chad Hollenbeck, 10. Chris Farrell, 11. Joe Ramey, 12. Dale Hollidge

Heat No. 3 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Chris Madden, 2. Tim McCreadie, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Eric Wells, 5. Tim Fuller, 6. Shane Clanton, 7. Eddie Carrier Jr., 8. Zack Dohm, 9. Chris Ferguson, 10. Dennis Franklin, 11. Bob Gordon, 12. Corey Weaver

Heat No. 4 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Rick Eckert, 2. Clint Smith, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Ray Cook, 5. Vic Coffey, 6. Eric Jacobsen, 7. Josh McGuire, 8. Coleby Frye, 9. Jerry Lierly, 10. Dustin Mitchell, 11. Pat Doar

Heat No. 5 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Kenny Moreland, 3. Morgan Bagley, 4. Scott Bloomquist, 5. Jared Landers, 6. Steve Shaver, 7. Jacob Hawkins, 8. Jay Sessoms, 9. Rich Bell, 10. Brian Force (DNS) Ross Camponovo

Heat No. 6 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Kent Robinson, 4. Billy Decker, 5. Austin Hubbard, 6. Bub McCool, 7. Dan Stone, 8. Kerry King Sr., 9. Jerry Bowersock, 10. Denny Fenton, 11. Randy Sterling

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Dennis Erb Jr., 3. Chub Frank, 4. Earl Pearson Jr., 5. Duane Chamberlain, 6. John Mason, 7. Timothy Culp, 8. Rod Conley, 9. Pancho Lawler, 10. Chad Hollenbeck, 11. B.J. Robinson, 12. Chris Farrell, 13. Brain Ledbetter, 14. Dale Hollidge, 15. Joe Ramey, 16. Andrew Reaume, 17. Ron Davies, 18. Justin Coulter

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Eric Wells, 2. Ray Cook, 3. Shane Clanton, 4. Eric Jacobsen, 5. Vic Coffey, 6. Eddie Carrier Jr., 7. Zack Dohm, 8. Tim Fuller, 9. Josh McGuire, 10. Jerry Lierly, 11. Dennis Franklin, 12. Corey Weaver, 13. Pat Doar, 14. Bob Gordon, 15. Coleby Frye, 16. Chris Ferguson (DNS) Dustin Mitchell

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Billy Decker, 3. Jared Landers, 4. Steve Shaver, 5. Austin Hubbard, 6. Bub McCool, 7. Dan Stone, 8. Jacob Hawkins, 9. Rich Bell, 10. Jay Sessoms, 11. Kerry King Sr., 12. Jerry Bowersock, 13. Brian Force, 14. Denny Fenton, 15. Randy Sterling (DNS) Ross Camponovo

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Kent Robinson
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal):
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Brandon Sheppard
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Ray Cook
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Chris Farrell/Pat Doar/Bub McCool
Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Feger
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Brandon Sheppard
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Kenny Moreland
Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher or next highest finisher): Vic Coffey
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Billy Decker
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal – $100 value): Chub Frank
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main): Jimmy Owens
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Feger
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):
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed – $200 value): Tim McCreadie
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Earl Pearson Jr.
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Earl Pearson Jr.
XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Tim McCreadie

Final 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings 40 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Darrell Lanigan 5628
2. Rick Eckert 5400 (-228)
3. Shane Clanton 5162 (-466)
4. Tim McCreadie 5094 (-534)
5. Chub Frank 5080 (-548)
6. Clint Smith 5026 (-602)
7. Bub McCool 4970 (-658)
8. Vic Coffey 4856 (-772)
9. Tim Fuller 4712 (-916)
10. Pat Doar 4554 (-1074)
11. Kent Robinson 4498 (-1130)
12. Jack Sullivan 3474 (-2154)

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.

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LIVE UPDATES 11/3: PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 3, 2012 – The 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series season concludes tonight with the finale of the sixth annual PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts doubleheader at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Heat-race lineups were set by the second round of Thursday night’s Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Main will top the full-fender division’s card at the four-tenths-mile oval. Darrell Lanigan (above) has already clinched his second career WoO LMS championship.

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.

An ‘O-Show’ weekend

11:55 p.m. – Jimmy Owens completed an unprecedented sweep of dirt Late Model action during the PEAK World Finals by NAPA with a convincing victory in the 50-lap A-Main.

Owens passed Chris Madden for the lead on lap five and never looked back. He beat the hard-charging Tim McCreadie, who started ninth, by 1.646 seconds to capture the Saturday-night World Finals finale for the fourth consecutive year.

Darrell Lanigan capped his WoO LMS championship season with a solid third-place finish.

A-Main Finish: 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Tim McCreadie, 3. Darrell Lanigan, 4. Chris Madden, 5. Clint Smith, 6. Don O’Neal, 7. Steve Francis, 8. Josh Richards, 9. Kent Robinson, 10. Walker Arthur, 11. Brandon Sheppard, 12. Jason Feger, 13. Ray Cook, 14. Gregg Satterlee, 15. Earl Pearson Jr., 16. Bub McCool, 17. Vic Coffey, 18. Dennis Erb Jr., 19. Chub Frank, 20. Billy Decker, 21. Rick Eckert, 22. Dale McDowell, 23. Shane Clanton, 24. Scott Bloomquist, 25. Jonathan Davenport, 26. Kenny Moreland, 27. Eric Wells, 28. R.J. Conley, 29. Morgan Bagley

Moments away

10:45 p.m. – With the WoO Sprint Car A-Main now completed (Ohio’s Dale Blaney took the checkered flag), the WoO LMS 50-lapper is preparing to roll onto the racetrack.

T-Mac & Fuller fall short

10:05 p.m. – WoO LMS regulars Tim McCreadie and Tim Fuller finished fifth and 12th, respectively, in the 40-lap Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified feature that took the checkered flag moments ago. The race was won by New Jersey big-block Modified superstar Brett Hearn.

The 30-lap WoO Sprint Car A-Main is now underway, with the WoO LMS headliner to follow.

Remember, tune in to the SPEED cable network right now to check out coverage of the PEAK World Finals by NAPA.

A-Main lineup set

9:20 p.m. – A field of 29 cars are set to take the green flag in the 50-lap A-Main.

The lineup was expanded with five provisionals. Shane Clanton and Chub Frank earned the WoO LMS points provisionals; Earl Pearson Jr. receives the provisional for the fastest pre-entered driver in time trials who failed to qualify; and Bub McCool and Vic Coffey are using WoO LMS ’emergency’ provisionals (they will relinquish last-place money).

The 40-lap Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified feature — a race that has WoO LMS regulars Tim McCreadie and Tim Fuller starting sixth and 11th, respectively — is now on the racetrack. The 30-lap WoO Sprint Car A-Main will follow, and then the 50-lap WoO LMS season finale will close out the PEAK World Finals by NAPA.

A-Main Lineup:

Row 1: Rick Eckert/Chris Madden
Row 2: Jimmy Owens/Darrell Lanigan
Row 3: Don O’Neal/Dale McDowell
Row 4: Josh Richards/R.J. Conley
Row 5: Tim McCreadie/Clint Smith
Row 6: Kenny Moreland/Jason Feger
Row 7: Walker Arthur/Gregg Satterlee
Row 8: Brandon Sheppard/Steve Francis
Row 9: Morgan Bagley/Kent Robinson
Row 10: Jonathan Davenport/Eric Wells
Row 11: Scott Bloomquist/Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 12: Ray Cook/Billy Decker
Row 13: Shane Clanton/Chub Frank
Row 14: Earl Pearson Jr./Bub McCool
Row 15: Vic Coffey

Bloomer goes to A

9:10 p.m. – Scott Bloomquist captured the third 12-lap B-Main over big-block Modified star Billy Decker, completing the preliminary-race qualifiers.

B-Main No. 3 Finish: 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Billy Decker, 3. Jared Landers, 4. Steve Shaver, 5. Austin Hubbard, 6. Bub McCool, 7. Dan Stone, 8. Jacob Hawkins, 9. Rich Bell, 10. Jay Sessoms, 11. Kerry King Sr., 12. Jerry Bowersock, 13. Brian Force, 14. Denny Fenton, 15. Randy Sterling (DNS) Ross Camponovo

A Charlotte winner again

9 p.m.Kentucky’s Eric Wells scored a WoO LMS preliminary-race win for the third time in as many starts this season at The Dirt Track, capturing the second 12-lap B-Main. He had previously won heat races last night and on Oct. 10.

Wells beat Ray Cook to the finish line by 3.078 seconds. Shane Clanton fell one spot short of transferring in third, but he’ll gain entry to the A-Main thanks to a WoO LMS points provisional.

B-Main No. 2 Finish: 1. Eric Wells, 2. Ray Cook, 3. Shane Clanton, 4. Eric Jacobsen, 5. Vic Coffey, 6. Eddie Carrier Jr., 7. Zack Dohm, 8. Tim Fuller, 9. Josh McGuire, 10. Jerry Lierly, 11. Dennis Franklin, 12. Corey Weaver, 13. Pat Doar, 14. Bob Gordon, 15. Coleby Frye, 16. Chris Ferguson (DNS) Dustin Mitchell

Superman makes it

8:55 p.m. – Jonathan Davenport maintained control throughout the first 12-lap B-Main to emerge victorious and crack the A-Main starting lineup. He crossed the finish line 0.908 of a second in front of Dennis Erb Jr., who took the other transfer spot.

The race got off to a wild start, with the original green flag called back twice due to incidents. On the first attempt third-starter Pancho Lawler and WoO LMS regular Chub Frank got together off turn two, shuffling Lawler back and causing Ron Davies to spin on the backstretch in the chain-reaction jam-up. The restart saw Lawler get into the rearend of Frank in turn four and spin the Outlaw, who fortunately wasn’t hit hard by any passing cars. Frank got his spot back for the third restart by WoO LMS rule (multi-car tangles with no laps completed) and went on to finish third, forcing him to look to a provisional to start the A-Main.

B-Main 1 Finish: 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Dennis Erb Jr., 3. Chub Frank, 4. Earl Pearson Jr., 5. Duane Chamberlain, 6. John Mason, 7. Timothy Culp, 8. Rod Conley, 9. Pancho Lawler, 10. Chad Hollenbeck, 11. B.J. Robinson, 12. Chris Farrell, 13. Brain Ledbetter, 14. Dale Hollidge, 15. Joe Ramey, 16. Andrew Reaume, 17. Ron Davies, 18. Justin Coulter

Scrub on the pole

7:25 p.m. – Rick Eckert will begin his bid for his sixth WoO LMS A-Main victory of the season from the pole position in tonight’s 50-lapper. Chris Madden drew the second starting spot, last night’s winner Jimmy Owens starts third, Darrell Lanigan starts fourth, Don O’Neal goes fifth and Dale McDowell starts sixth.

Mac-Daddy takes it

7 p.m.Dale McDowell won the sixth and final heat by 0.849 of a second over Jason Feger. WoO LMS rookie Kent Robinson was third.

Heat 6 Finish: 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Kent Robinson, 4. Billy Decker, 5. Austin Hubbard, 6. Bub McCool, 7. Dan Stone, 8. Kerry King Sr., 9. Jerry Bowersock, 10. Denny Fenton, 11. Randy Sterling

Darrell scores

6:55 p.m. – Darrell Lanigan cruised to victory in a fifth heat race that had some surprises in its finish. Kenny Moreland finished second and 2013 WoO LMS rookie hopeful Morgan Bagley held off Scott Bloomquist to finish third.

Heat 5 Finish: 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Kenny Moreland, 3. Morgan Bagley, 4. Scott Bloomquist, 5. Jared Landers, 6. Steve Shaver, 7. Jacob Hawkins, 8. Jay Sessoms, 9. Rich Bell, 10. Brian Force (DNS) Ross Camponovo

Rick looks good

6:50 p.m. – Rick Eckert appears ready to improve his A-Main finishing position by one from last night after absolutely blowing out the field in the fourth heat. He beat fellow WoO LMS regular Clint Smith by a commanding margin of 5.821 seconds.

Smith held on to finish second despite showing smoke during the final circuits, and Steve Francis placed third.

Heat 4 Finish: 1. Rick Eckert, 2. Clint Smith, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Ray Cook, 5. Vic Coffey, 6. Eric Jacobsen, 7. Josh McGuire, 8. Coleby Frye, 9. Jerry Lierly, 10. Dustin Mitchell, 11. Pat Doar

Good recovery

6:45 p.m. – After experiencing a mechanical scare during hot laps, Chris Madden — with a new oil pump on his car — won the third heat by 2.287 seconds over Tim McCreadie. Brandon Sheppard placed third in the second Rocket Chassis house car.

Shane Clanton rallied from the 12th and final starting spot (he didn’t record a timed lap on Thursday because he hit the wall) to finish sixth, one spot behind his Kennedy Motorsports teammate Tim Fuller

Heat 3 Finish: 1. Chris Madden, 2. Tim McCreadie, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Eric Wells, 5. Tim Fuller, 6. Shane Clanton, 7. Eddie Carrier Jr., 8. Zack Dohm, 9. Chris Ferguson, 10. Dennis Franklin, 11. Bob Gordon, 12. Corey Weaver

The ‘Real Deal’ rolls

6:40 p.m. – Don O’Neal controlled the second heat, dominating the action from start-to-finish in the Childress Racing No. K71. He crossed the finish line 4.051 seconds ahead of Ohio’s R.J. Conley. Pennsylvania’s Gregg Satterlee placed third with Jonathan Davenport, who has won a PEAK World Finals by NAPA A-Main in each of the last two years, falling short of transferring by one spot. Conley’s older brother, Rod, finished fifth.

Heat 2 Finish: 1. Don O’Neal, 2. R.J. Conley, 3. Gregg Satterlee, 4. Jonathan Davenport, 5. Rod Conley, 6. Andrew Reaume, 7. John Mason, 8. Ron Davies, 9. Chad Hollenbeck, 10. Chris Farrell, 11. Joe Ramey, 12. Dale Hollidge

The ‘O-Show’ restarts

6:30 p.m. – Jimmy Owens picked up where he left last night, rolling to victory in the first heat. He easily outdistanced Josh Richards by 2.087 seconds in a race that ran caution-free. Virginia’s Walker Arthur grabbed the third and final transfer spot, rebounding nicely from problems last night (blown tire that forced him into the wall during heat action).

Heat 1 Finish: 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Josh Richards, 3. Walker Arthur, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. Pancho Lawler, 6. Chub Frank, 7. Earl Pearson Jr., 8. Duane Chamberlain, 9. Timothy Culp, 10. B.J. Robinson, 11. Brian Ledbetter, 12. Justin Coulter

Parade of states

5:35 p.m. – Tonight’s opening ceremonies featured the annual Parade of States, during which a fan from each state represented at the PEAK World Finals by NAPA carries their state’s flag on the road between the grandstand and frontstretch wall. This year a driver from each of the states was also included in the parade.

The two big-block Modified B-Mains began immediately after the parade and have already been completed. The five Sprint Car heats are now commencing, and then the six 8-lap WoO LMS heats will take to the track.

Chris Madden suffered mechanical woes during hot laps, forcing his crew to make a quick oil-pump change.

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Eckert fastest

5:30 p.m. – Rick Eckert turned the quickest lap in hot laps, touring The Dirt Track in 16.237 seconds. Jimmy Owens was second-fastest at 16.295 seconds, followed by Don O’Neal (16.486), Jason Feger (16.519) and Josh Richards (16.534). Darrell Lanigan was right there as well, clocking in sixth-fastest at 16.599 seconds.

Spoiler alert

4 p.m. – Tonight’s action is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and live updates will be provided throughout the program here and on Twitter. The SPEED television broadcast of tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. EST, however, so here’s a warning to put yourself in black-out mode from the updates if you’d prefer not to know the results before watching the races on television — if, that is, the broadcast does not synch up live to the action on the track during the course of the program.

Afternoon work

3:50 p.m. – WoO LMS regulars Clint Smith and Tim McCreadie made motor changes today so they can run their primary cars in tonight’s action. Both drivers had their number one machines sidelined by mechanical trouble during hot laps last night — Smith lost a motor, while McCreadie broke a rearend. Smith put a backup powerplant in his primary mount while McCreadie put a new ProPower in his primary Sweeteners Plus No. 39.

Correction

3:45 p.m. – WoO LMS officials announced today that a slight change in the finishing order of last night’s 50-lap A-Main has been made following a check of scoring. Zack Dohm moved from a 23rd-place finish in the original order to 21st (a mistake was made because he lost the transponder on his car during the race), which in turn moved Clint Smith and Chub Frank down one positions, to 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

The change cost Smith and Frank two points in the WoO LMS standings.

Final heats of 2012

3:30 p.m. – Six 8-lap heat races will be contested tonight, with the top-three finishers advancing to the A-Main and each winner redrawing for the top-six starting spots in the 50-lapper that will close tonight’s program. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and racing is set to get the green flag at 5 p.m.

Below are tonight’s heat-race lineups…

Heat 1

Row 1: Josh Richards/Jimmy Owens
Row 2: Walker Arthur/Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 3: B.J. Robinson/Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 4: Duane Chamberlain/Pancho Lawler
Row 5: Chub Frank/Justin Coulter
Row 6: Anthony Culp/Brian Ledbetter

Heat 2

Row 1: Don O’Neal/R.J. Conley
Row 2: Gregg Satterlee/Ron Davies
Row 3: John Mason/Andrew Reaume
Row 4: Rod Conley/Jonathan Davenport
Row 5: Chad Hollenbeck/Dale Hollidge
Row 6: Joe Ramey/Chris Farrell

Heat 3

Row 1: Chris Madden/Brandon Sheppard
Row 2: Tim McCreadie/Eric Wells
Row 3: Tim Fuller/Eddie Carrier Jr.
Row 4: Zack Dohm/Dennis Franklin
Row 5: Chris Ferguson/Corey Weaver
Row 6: Bob Gordon/Shane Clanton

Heat 4

Row 1: Rick Eckert/Clint Smith
Row 2: Steve Francis/Vic Coffey
Row 3: Ray Cook/Josh McGuire
Row 4: Pat Doar/Jerry Lierly
Row 5: Coleby Frye/Eric Jacobsen
Row 6: Dustin Mitchell

Heat 5

Row 1: Darrell Lanigan/Steve Shaver
Row 2: Kenny Moreland/Scott Bloomquist
Row 3: Morgan Bagley/Jared Landers
Row 4: Ross Camponovo/Brian Force
Row 5: Jay Sessoms/Jacob Hawkins
Row 6: Rich Bell

Heat 6

Row 1: Dale McDowell/Jason Feger
Row 2: Billy Decker/Kent Robinson
Row 3: Austin Hubbard/Bub McCool
Row 4: Dan Stone/Jerry Bowersock
Row 5: Kerry King Sr./Denny Fenton
Row 6: Randy Sterling