Lanigan Rebounds From Subpar Night With Dominating Victory In Excel Tower Service 50
Rebounding from an uncharacteristic subpar performance the previous evening, the defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion drove to a dominating victory in Thursday night’s Excel Tower Series 50 Presented by Dibbits Excavating, Campbellford Chrysler and J.J. Stewart Motors at Brighton Speedway.
Lanigan, 43, of Union, Ky., roared off the outside pole starting spot to grab the lead from front-row mate Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., at the initial green flag and never looked back. His two-race-old Rocket Chassis machine became stronger as the race wore on, propelling him to a convincing 3.187-second margin of victory over Richards.
Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., advanced from the seventh starting spot to finish a season-best third and Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., placed fourth for his second consecutive top-five finish on the WoO LMS. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., completed the top five after starting 12th.
The $10,650 triumph in Brighton’s first-ever WoO LMS event was Lanigan’s tour-leading fifth of the 2013 season. It came almost exactly 24 hours after he was nearly lapped while struggling to a 14th-place finish in a WoO LMS event at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway.
“We struggled to death last night, so man, it definitely pays off to work hard,” said Lanigan, whose streak of seven straight top-three finishes ended at Fonda. “Me, (chief mechanic) Jason (Jameson) and (crewman) Adam (Logan) put our heads together and we came up with a pretty good plan. We put some stuff that Jason learned last week on (a car) he drove and it definitely works good.
“I’m telling you – that car there was unbelievable. The car would just go anywhere. It didn’t matter if you were top, bottom – wherever, it was unbelievable.”
Lanigan’s impeccable mount was the same car he debuted so inauspiciously the previous night at Fonda. Everything the car didn’t do in its first racetrack appearance it did flawlessly in Canada.
“I thought we were good (at the start),” said Lanigan, “and then we moved to the bottom and got really good. I could actually run through the corner and not hardly even lift. It was just unreal.”
Richards, 25, stayed within a few car lengths of Lanigan during the race’s first 24 laps, which were slowed by caution flags for Gil Tegg Jr. of Rochester, N.Y. (slowed in turn three on lap six); a turn-two tangle involving seventh-place Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., and the lapped Jon Rohacevich of Prattsville, N.Y. (lap 18); and Larry Wight of Phoenix, N.Y. (slid to a stop high in turn four). But over the final 26 green-flag circuits Lanigan pulled away with ease.
“I knew I had a big lead,” said Lanigan, whose increased his alltime-best WoO LMS win total to 46. “But I could just roll right through the center and be just as good, so I just kept rolling.”
Richards conceded that Lanigan was the class of the field.
“I knew after we made one corner that we just didn’t tighten up enough (for the feature),” said Richards, who extended his WoO LMS points lead to 32 points over Clanton. “I’m frustrated that we started on the pole and got beat, but Darrell just had the better car and beat us tonight.
“The track had a lot more grip in it earlier and we really didn’t adjust our car enough for later. We just kind of left it alone. It still drove really good, but it just wasn’t quite right for that (slicker) condition in the feature.
“The track had shiny spots and traction spots and as long as I hit the traction spots I was fine,” he added. “The longer the race went on, though, the black (shiny) spots got a lot wider. I was a little too free in those spots, but Darrell could go right through them and maneuver through lapped real good.”
Beyond the top-two finishers, Frank, 51, was story of the race. He enjoyed his best outing of the season, reaching third by lap 20 and holding strong to the show position for the remainder of the distance.
“It was a good run for us,” said Frank. “We were a little tight if we slowed down and loose if we ran in there hard like them (leaders) were, but we’re happy. (Lanigan and Richards) are the two guys that you gotta beat, so I guess finishing behind them is almost like a win – for us anyway right now.”
Finishing in positions 6-10 was Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who quietly inched forward from the 10th starting spot; WoO LMS rookie Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, who started third and briefly nosed ahead of Richards for second on two restarts before falling from the top five late after he was forced off the track’s wall-less backstretch; Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., who was celebrating his 36th birthday; Andrew Reaume of Blenheim, Ont.; and 17th-starter Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y.
Thirty-six cars were signed in for the evening’s action.
Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, with the first half competing for starting positions in heats one and two and the second half racing against the clock to align heats three and four. Wells’s lap of 13.753 seconds in Group A was the fastest overall time of the night.
Wells earned his second WoO LMS fast-time honor of 2013 in what was his first-ever start at a track in Canada.
Heat winners Richards, McCool, Fuller and Reaume, who became just the second Canadian driver in WoO LMS history to claim a heat. The B-Mains were captured by Decker and Corey Earl of Picton, Ont.
The WoO LMS will be silent for two days before returning to action on Sunday night (June 23) at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway. The 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event brings the tour back to the quarter-mile oval after a one-year absence caused by wet weather in 2012.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Excel Tower Service 50 at Brighton Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Darrell Lanigan/50 $10,650
2. (1) Josh Richards/50 $5,650
3. (7) Chub Frank/50 $3,600
4. (5) Dan Stone/50 $2,500
5. (12) Shane Clanton/50 $2,550
6. (10) Rick Eckert/50 $2,400
7. (3) Morgan Bagley/50 $2,250
8. (6) Bub McCool/50 $1,850
9. (4) Andrew Reaume/50 $1,750
10. (17) Billy Decker/50 $1,100
11. (15) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,700
12. (8) Tim Fuller/50 $1,550
13. (9) Eric Wells/50 $1,750
14. (11) Clint Smith/49 $1,450
15. (13) Charlie Sandercock/49 $1,300
16. (18) Corey Earl/49 $850
17. (16) Larry Wight/49 $770
18. (19) John Mason/48 $750
19. (20) Greg Belyea/48 $780
20. (22) Philip Potts/47 $700
21. (14) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/33 $700
22. (23) Jon Rohacevich/18 $700
23. (21) Greg Oakes/16 $700
24. (24) Gil Tegg Jr./6 $725
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 23 Mins., 08.594 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 3.187 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 3 (laps 6, 18, 24)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Rohacevich, Tegg
Rookie of the Race: Bagley ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Reaume ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 13.753
2. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 13.849
3. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 13.958
4. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 13.977
5. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 14.020
6. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 14.102
7. 91-Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY 14.127
8. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 14.186
9. 72-John Mason/Millersburg, OH 14.452
10. RH21-Gregg Haskell/Chatham, ONT 14.480
11. 24J-Jon Rohacevich/Prattsville, NY 14.492
12. 22-Greg Oakes/Franklinville, NY 14.568
13. 99BX-Charlie Sandercock/Belleville, ONT 14.597
14. 20-Terry Hunt/Caring Place, ONT 14.951
15. 05-Mike Lewis/Wallaceburg, ONT 15.016
16. 09-Matt Vanderlinden/Trenton, ONT 15.089
17. 5-Steve Baldwin/Trenton, ONT 15.243
18. 55-Mark Rayner/Codrington, ONT 15.887
1. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 13.899
2. 88-Andrew Reaume/Blenheim, ONT 14.087
3. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 14.092
4. 99L-Larry Wight/Phoenix, NY 14.096
5. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 14.146
6. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 14.158
7. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 14.227
8. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 14.274
9. 1*x-Greg Belyea/Frankford, ONT 14.709
10. 11-Corey Earl/Picton, ONT 14.916
11. 97-David McDonald/Brighton, ONT 15.006
12. 29P-Philip Potts/Frankford, ONT 15.017
13. 22x-Gil Tegg Jr./Rochester, NY 15.028
14. 7-Brent Colby/Chatham, ONT 15.105
15. 49-Jason McCrory/Caring Place, ONT 15.360
16. 77-Caley Weese/Belleville, ONT 15.364
17. 12-Kyle Sopaz/Brighton, ONT 16.365
18. 92-Adam Turner/Picton, ONT 16.391
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Stone, Wells, Sandercock, Decker, Mason, Rohacevich, Baldwin, Lewis
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): McCool, Frank, Eckert, Briggs, Oakes, Vanderlinden, Haskell, Hunt, Rayner
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Fuller, Bagley, Smith, McCreadie, Belyea, Tegg, Sopaz, McDonald, McCrory
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Reaume, Lanigan, Clanton, Wight, Earl, Potts, Weese, Turner, Colby
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Decker, Mason, Oakes, Baldwin, Hunt, Rayner, Lewis, Haskell, Rohacevich, Vanderlinden
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Earl, Belyea, Potts, Sopaz, McCrory, Weese, Turner, Colby, McDonald (DQ – light) Tegg
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal:
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Eric Wells
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Greg Oakes/Corey Earl
VP Race Fuels ‘Nice Jugs’ Award: (One VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main): Gregg Haskell
Wrisco Aluminum (3 sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner only): Darrell Lanigan
Armor All (One case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main): Andrew Reaume
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Darrell Lanigan
QuarterMaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner, $50 certificate to 5th-place finish): Chub Frank/Corey Earl
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Josh Richards
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
Roush Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley
American Race Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley
VP Race Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
Edelbrock Manifolds ($50 cash to 9th-finisher in A-Main): Andrew Reaume
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 11th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Corey Earl
Super Flow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Clint Smith
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 16th-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Corey Earl
Klotz Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher in A-Main): Greg Belyea
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): John Mason
QuarterMaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Greg Belyea
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Greg Oakes
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Jon Rohacevich
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Gil Tegg Jr.
XS Power ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Darrell Lanigan
Roush Yates ($25 gift card to driver who leads most laps in the A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
Reliable Painting Award (free tire): Chub Frank
2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 20 – 20 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 2836
2. Shane Clanton 2804 (-32)
3. Darrell Lanigan 2772 (-64)
4. Rick Eckert 2736 (-100)
5. Tim McCreadie 2590 (-246)
6. Tim Fuller 2582 (-254)
7. Eric Wells 2560 (-276)
8. Chub Frank 2542 (-294)
9. Bub McCool 2528 (-308)
10. Morgan Bagley 2514 (-322)
11. Clint Smith 2392 (-444)
12. Scott James 1958 (-878)
13. Dillon Wood 1426 (-1410)
14. Gregg Satterlee 1248 (-1588)
15. Dan Stone 1018 (-1818)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), 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, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.