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June 20
Brighton Speedway,
Brighton, ON
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Mud Slinger 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated June 21, 9:38 am)
Richards outduels Clanton, grabs Brighton victory
Mud Slinger 50
  1. Josh Richards
  2. Shane Clanton
  3. Tim McCreadie
  4. Morgan Bagley
  5. Rick Eckert
  6. Chub Frank
  7. Ross Robinson
  8. Eric Wells
  9. Chase Junghans
  10. Gregg Satterlee
  11. Darrell Lanigan
  12. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  13. Greg Oakes
  14. Boom Briggs
  15. Andrew Reaume
  16. Jordan Yaggy
  17. Brandon Overton
  18. Bryan Bernheisel
  19. Phil Potts
  20. Steve Baldwin
  21. Jim Bernheisel
  22. Corey Earl
  23. Charlie Sandercock
  24. Michael Oakes
presented by
Ken Kelly
Eventual feature winner Josh Richards (1) battles in Brighton prelims.
What won the race: Polesitter Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., led the entire 50-lap distance, holding off second-starting Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., for a $10,000 World of Outlaw Late Model Series victory.
On the move: Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., charged from the 17th starting spot to finish ninth.
Winner's sponsors: The Rocket Chassis house car has an Andy Durham Racing Engine sponsored by Ace Metal Works, Hoosier, Joy Global, Seubert Calf Ranches, Sunoco Race Fuels and Valvoline.
Points chase: Clanton saw his commanding points lead just slightly decrease, leaving Brighton with a 94-point edge (2,558-2,464) over Richards.
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Shane Clanton
Time: 13.205 seconds
Polesitter: Josh Richards
Heat race winners: Eric Wells, Frank Heckenast Jr., Shane Clanton, Josh Richards
Consolation race winners: Chase Junghans, Corey Earl
Next series race: June 21, Cornwall Motor Speedway (Cornwall, ON) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Joshua Joiner
WoO Late Model Series

BRIGHTON, Ont. (June 20) — Josh Richards was fast all night at Saturday's Dibbits Excavating and Vanderlaan Building Products Mud Slinger 50 presented by Excel Tower Service at Brighton Speedway. But in the final 10 laps, the three-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion needed more patience than speed to claim his fourth series victory of the season.

After leading from the start of the 50-lap race, Richards, 27, of Shinnston, W.Va., expertly picked his way through heavy traffic during the race's closing laps and held off points leader Shane Clanton's furious late charge to win the second round of the Great Northern Tour in a side-by-side finish at the third-mile oval.

"It was all about patience tonight," said Richards, who earned the 53rd WoO victory of his career in just the second series race ever held at the Ontario track. "I just stayed really patient because there was really nowhere to go.

"I knew Shane was coming and we kept getting boxed in. I saw Shane at the white flag, but I knew if I could just keep my speed up and not have (a lapped car) push up into me I could win it."

Clanton, 39, of Zebulon, Ga., nearly pulled off the last-lap pass when Richards was forced to drive to the high side of the slower machine of Boom Briggs entering turn three, but the low line was blocked just enough by Briggs to slow Clanton's run off the corner. Richards edged back ahead to claim a $10,650 victory by a thin margin of 0.142 seconds.

The victory was a nice rebound for Richards, who finished seventh in the Great Northern Tour opener at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway on Thursday after an engine problem forced him to start from the tail of the main event in a backup car.

With Clanton winning the Fonda race and scoring points in the championship chase, Richards was happy to regain at least a few points on Saturday. He heads into round three of the Great Northern Tour at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway on Sunday 94 points behind Clanton.

"I feel like we've had a really fast car most of the year, but we've just had a lot of bad breaks like what happened at Fonda," said Richards, who thanked the crew on his Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car team for their hard work repairing the issues from Thursday to get ready for Saturday's race. "Shane's been really fast and consistent. We've just got to focus on winning races and finishing up front. It felt really good to get a win tonight and pick up some points, even if it was only a few."

Clanton settled for the runner-up spot in notching his 15th top-five finish in 18 races this season. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., crossed the finish line third, well behind the lead battle. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, was just behind McCreadie in fourth with Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rounding out the top five.

Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was sixth at the finish, while Ross Robinson of Georgetown, Del., advanced from the 11th starting spot to finish seventh. Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., finished eighth with Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., ninth and Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., 10th.

Gunning for what would have been his second straight WoO victory and his sixth on the season, Clanton challenged Richards through the middle portions of the race and gave all he had to catch Richards in the closing laps. But his Weldbank Energy Capital Race Cars house car came up half a car short of completing the winning pass.

"I tried the top, bottom, middle - it didn't matter," Clanton said of his late-race bid for the lead. "We were doing all we could to get by him, but he was just a bit better in lapped traffic.

"I got to running the top and caught him a little bit, but then I think I hurt my tires and got them a little too hot. I caught him at the end when he got boxed in behind those cars and made a valiant effort on the last lap."

The race was slowed by four cautions. The first appeared with two laps complete for a tangle back in the pack involving Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa., and Steve Baldwin of Trenton, Ont. Another yellow flag waved just after the restart for the slowing machine of Charlie Sandercock of Belleville, Ont. A lap-eight caution was for Union, Ky., driver Darrell Lanigan's brief adventure off the banking in turn four, and a flat tire for Bernheisel brought out the final caution with nine laps complete.

WoO move to another Canada oval on Sunday in Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway for round three of the Great Northern Tour. The four-race trek concludes on Tuesday with a visit to Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway.

WoO points

(through June 20)
1. Shane Clanton - 2,558
2. Josh Richards - 2,464
3. Darrell Lanigan - 2,418
4. Chub Frank - 2,396
5. Tim McCreadie - 2,312
6. Morgan Bagley - 2,300
7. Rick Eckert - 2,280
8. Eric Wells - 2,250
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. - 2,246
10. Chase Junghans - 2,194
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