SELINSGROVE, Pa. – official release – World Racing Group photo — Darrell Lanigan made sure his stellar 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign will be remembered as one of the best ever on the national tour with a dominating victory at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday evening.
The two-time series champion and current points leader scored his 15th WoO LMS victory of the season at the historic half-mile oval, tying his own single-season win record set during his championship-winning season in 2012. Lanigan paced every lap of Sunday’s 50-lap A-Main, earning $10,650 for his second straight victory in Selinsgrove’s National Late Model Open.
“This definitely means a lot,” Lanigan said of the record-tying performance that marked his series-leading 68th career WoO LMS victory. “We go every week to win a race so to get that many wins just shows how great a car we have and how hard we’re working. That would be a hell of a record to break.”
Lanigan was never seriously challenged after starting from the pole in his Club 29 Race Car. He crossed the finish line 3.572 seconds ahead of Rocket Chassis house car driver Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who finished second to Lanigan in the National Late Model Open for the second straight year. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was third in his Capital Race Car with Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., fourth in his MasterSbilt by Huey ride and 12th-starting Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., fifth in his Rocket.
Lanigan’s impressive victory came on the second night of Selinsgrove’s two-race WoO LMS weekend. In Saturday’s Showdown on Sand Hill, Lanigan set fast time and won his heat race but had to start 23rd in the main event after his car weighed in light at the scales following his heat race victory. He salvaged the night by charging through the field to finish fourth but felt that he had a car capable of winning the event.
“I definitely would’ve liked to have started up front last night because as awesome as this car is, I think we could have got another win,” said Lanigan, who claimed the opening leg of the WoO LMS weekend tripleheader Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. “But it is what it is and things happen. I’m just glad they treat everybody fair.”
Lanigan’s biggest challenge in Sunday’s race was negotiating lapped traffic. That proved difficult on multiple occasions, especially as Lanigan attempted to lap hometown driver Jim Yoder during the race’s closing laps. With Eckert steadily cutting into his lead, Lanigan struggled to find a way around Yoder and even made contact with the slower machine inside of five laps remaining. He finally got around Yoder on lap 47 and cruised the remaining distance.
“I was just trying to get away from him there,” Lanigan said of his close call with Yoder. “There was a little bit of contact, but I didn’t mean to get into him. I was trying to get through there and it was getting close.”
Eckert again fell just short of ending his season-long winless streak in WoO LMS action, but continued his streak of solid performances at Selinsgrove. In finishing runner-up to Lanigan for the second straight year, Eckert scored his fourth top-five finish in the four WoO LMS races held over the last two years at the track where he began his Late Model career in the mid-1980s.
“It’s always great to come back and race near home,” said Eckert, who finished third in Saturday’s Showdown on Sand Hill behind Tim McCreadie and Clanton. “Our car was really good. We probably missed a little bit on tire choice, but still we got a second. That’s pretty good.”
Clanton’s third-place effort came in a backup car after his primary mount suffered mechanical issues during hot laps. His backup machine proved up to the challenge, however, as he bagged his second top-three finish in as many nights.
“We had to get Old Faithful here out,” said Clanton, who has improved his performance since debuting a new Capital car in a near victory Aug. 22 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. “It’s amazing what all we’ve went through during the year. To struggle as bad as we have and change some stuff on this car like the other car, this one’s as good as the other one. At least we got two good pieces now.”
Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., charged from his 16th starting spot to finish sixth, while McCreadie, also of Watertown, finished seventh after running among the top five early in the race. Hometown driver Dylan Yoder turned in his second solid performance on the weekend with an eighth-place finish, while Selinsgrove veteran Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., finished one position behind Yoder for the second straight night in ninth. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, rounded out the race’s top 10 finishers.
The race was slowed by two cautions. The first appeared on the first attempt to start the race when outside polesitter Coleby Frye of Dover, Pa., slid high entering the first corner and tagged the wall. He rolled to a stop on the backstretch and retired to the pit area when the yellow waved. The second caution appeared with 27 laps complete when Matt Cochran of Williamsport, Pa., slowed with a flat tire.
The National Late Model Open concluded a Labor Day weekend tripleheader for the WoO LMS that saw Lanigan claim victory Friday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., and McCreadie win the first leg of Selinsgrove’s doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday’s event was ran under constant threat of inclement weather with numerous storms moving through the state of Pennsylvania throughout the day and evening. However, the management and staff of Selinsgrove Speedway committed to completing the Sunday’s program as planned.
“A special thanks to Charlie Paige and his staff for rushing the show along with the threat of weather,” said WoO LMS Series Director Tim Christman. “Many promoters would’ve cancelled the show when rain fell at 9 in the morning, but Charlie and his staff not only forged ahead but also expedited the program to make sure fans enjoyed a complete show.”
After a week off for the WoO LMS, Lanigan will attempt to set a new single-season wins mark when the tour heads to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., Sept. 12-13 for the third annual Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend presented by NAPA Auto Parts. Lanigan claimed both of the previous Down & Dirty races at the paved 7/16-mile oval that covers its surface with clay for the event.
For the first time, the Down & Dirty weekend will feature two complete programs this season with Friday’s race paying $8,000 to the winner and Saturday’s paying $10,000. For more information, visit Berlin Raceway’s website at www.berlinraceway.com.
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Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series National Late Model Open at Selinsgrove Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $5,650
3. (4) Shane Clanton/50 $3,550
4. (3) Austin Hubbard/50 $2,500
5. (12) Chub Frank/50 $2,650
6. (16) Tim Fuller/50 $1,750
7. (7) Tim McCreadie/50 $2,050
8. (6) Dylan Yoder/50 $1,900
9. (9) Jeff Rine/50 $1,300
10. (13) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,650
11. (11) Eric Wells/50 $1,600
12. (23) Clint Smith/50 $1,550
13. (19) Russ King/50 $950
14. (14) Matt Cochran/50 $1,000
15. (20) Chase Junghans/50 $1,500
16. (8) Jim Yoder/49 $800
17. (10) Hayes Mattern/49 $770
18. (17) Jerry Bard/49 $750
19. (21) Jason Schmidt/48 $730
20. (18) Frank Heckenast Jr./48 $1,250
21. (15) Vic Coffey/37 $700
22. (22) Dan Stone/32 $700
23. (24) Boom Briggs/12 $1,250
24. (2) Coleby Frye/1 $750