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May 3
Lavonia Speedway,
Lavonia, GA
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated May 5, 11:04 am)
Lavonia gives Lanigan back-to-back WoO wins
  1. Darrell Lanigan
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Rick Eckert
  4. Clint Smith
  5. Brent Dixon
  6. Boom Briggs
  7. Morgan Bagley
  8. Shane Clanton
  9. Chase Junghans
  10. Kyle Bronson
  11. Chub Frank
  12. Casey Roberts
  13. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  14. Eric Wells
  15. Tyler Millwood
  16. Clayton Turner
  17. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
  18. Tim Elrod
  19. G.R. Smith
  20. Benji Cole
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Chris Dolack
Darrell Lanigan led the last 10 laps in his victory at Lavonia, Ga.
What won the race: Going ahead in the final 10 laps for the second straight night, WoO points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., overtook outside front-row starter and race-long leader Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., on lap 41 and captured his series-leading third victory of the season. McCreadie settled for second with Rick Eckert of York, Pa., taking third.
On the move: Eckert rallied from his ninth starting spot in the Rocket Chassis house car to finish third.
Winner's sponsors: Lanigan's Club 29 Race Car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine with sponsorship from Gotta Race, Keyser Manufacturing, Performance Rod & Custom and Xtreme Graphics.
Points chase: Lanigan has opened up a healthy lead over Eckert atop the standings with top-five finishes in nine of the tour's 10 events thus far in 2014.
Car count: 20
Fast qualifier: Rick Eckert
Time: 15.940 seconds
Polesitter: Brent Dixon
Heat race winners: Brent Dixon, Tim McCreadie
Next series race: May 16, 201 Speedway (Sitka, KY) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Chris Tilley
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

LAVONIA, Ga. (May 3) — Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., made a power move on Tim McCreadie of Watertown,N.Y., with 10 laps to go Saturday night at Lavonia Speedway to earn his second consecutive World of Outlaws Late Model Series win.

This was Lanigan's third victory of the season as well as his 56th career series victory while driving his Club 29 Race Car to the $10,000 payday.

"The car has been awesome this weekend. It’s been awesome since we brought it out, can't thank my crew enough, we definitely got good piece here, can't wait for the rest of the year,” said Lanigan, who also won Friday’s tour stop at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Brent Dixon and McCreadie brought the field of 20 to life for Lavonia's main event. A false start for Dixon, who fired before the starting point, moved him back to the second row and new polesitter Clint Smith brought himself and McCreadie to the green on the next try. Smith hugged the middle and held down the top spot to lead the opening circuit. McCreadie eventually took the spot from Smith on the third lap with Smith, Lanigan, Dixon and Rick Eckert in tow.

By the eighth lap, Tim Elrod was the first lapped car McCreadie would encounter. Meanwhile, Lanigan worked his way up behind Smith for second and finally grabbed the spot on the 21st lap.

Following another caution on lap 28, McCreadie brought the field down for the restart, then just 10 circuits later Lanigan was on his back bumper to challenge for the lead. Coming off the second turn, Lanigan powered to the inside and grabbed the spot away from McCreadie and held him off for the remaining 10 circuits.

Lanigan crossed the line ahead of McCreadie, Eckert and Smith. Dixon ended up fifth.

McCreadie, who was runner-up, led the majority of the race, blamed himself for losing the lead to Lanigan behind lapped traffic.

"I tried to move him, which was probably the wrong move, and it cost me the race. Dumb mistake on my part,” the Watertown, N.Y., driver said. “We made big gains in a month, that's all I can say, give us another month, we'll be even better.”

Lanigan liked the track, which brought the series to town for the first time. "You could definitely maneuver all over this place,” the winner said.

The ninth-starting Eckert made a run at the end of the 50-lapper and the Rocket Chassis House Car came to life to finish third.

"I made a mistake in the heat race, probably cost me the feature, but the car was really good in the (feature) race there,” Eckert said. “The racetrack was excellent, you could go wherever you wanted to.”

Notes: Lanigan's victory extends Tim McCreadie's winless streak on the series; his last victory came Aug. 3, 2013, at Cedar Lake Speedway's USA Nationals. … Besides the first start, the lone caution appeared on lap 28 when a slowdown was required so emergency personnel could exit the infield and reach the grandstands. ... It was the tour's 14th event in Georgia.

WoO Points

(Through May 3)
1. Darrell Lanigan – 1,508
2. Rick Eckert – 1,426
3. Shane Clanton – 1,380
4. Tim McCreadie – 1,358
5. Morgan Bagley – 1,328
6. Chub Frank – 1,316
7. Eric Wells – 1,308
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. – 1,306
9. Clint Smith – 1,280
10. Chase Junghans – 1,208
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