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May 6
Ponderosa Speedway,
Junction City, KY
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Kentucky Klassic) - $10,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis and series reports (last updated May 7, 10:08 pm)
Clanton goes flag-to-flag for victory at Ponderosa
Kentucky Klassic
  1. Shane Clanton
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Gregg Satterlee
  4. Eric Wells
  5. Don O'Neal
  6. Josh Richards
  7. Jason Jameson
  8. Michael Chilton
  9. Greg Johnson
  10. Rick Eckert
  11. Steve Francis
  12. Billy Moyer Jr.
  13. Mike Marlar
  14. Darrell Lanigan
  15. Brandon Overton
  16. Steve Casebolt
  17. Chase Junghans
  18. Brian Shirley
  19. Chub Frank
  20. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  21. B.J. Robinson
  22. Tyler Erb
  23. Morgan Bagley
  24. Dustin Linville
  25. Justin Rattliff
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Shane Clanton scored his third WoO victory of the season.
What won the race: Charging to the lead at the drop of the green flag, outside polesitter Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., led all 50 laps, outrunning Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., to capture a $10,000 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory in Ponderosa Speedway's Kentucky Klassic.
Key notes: Clanton scored his third World of Outlaws victory of 2016, the first since February's Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. ... The race was slowed by two cautions. ... The first yellow flag waved on lap 25 when home-state driver Darrell Lanigan slowed with a flat tire. ... Fourth-running Dustin Linville spun on the frontstretch to draw a caution on lap 41. ... Rick Eckert was the winner of last year's WoO stop at Ponderosa; he finished 10th. ... Defending Ponderosa track champion Michael Chilton posted an eighth-place finish after picking up an Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals victory at the central Kentucky oval last week.
On the move: Piloting a David Peterson-owned entry, Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., advanced from the 18th starting position to finish 11th.
Winner's sponsors: Clanton's Capital Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and is sponsored by Weldbank Energy, The Butcher Shop, Advocare, Super K Express, Keyser Manufacturing, Braille Battery, VP Race Fuels, and Hoosier Racing Tire.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., had 1,462 points to lead Shane Clanton (1,332) and Rick Eckert (1,320).
Car count: 29
Fast qualifier: Josh Richards
Time: 13.510 seconds
Polesitter: Gregg Satterlee
Heat race winners: Josh Richards, Don O'Neal, Dustin Linville
Consolation race winners: Chase Junghans
Provisional starters: Brian Shirley, Steve Casebolt
Next series race: May 7, Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Brendan Capria
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. – (May 6)— Shane Clanton claimed his third World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory of the season under Friday night’'s Ponderosa Speedway lights, winning the 24th annual “Kentucky Klassic.”

“"Well, just catching those lapped cars, I was able to get in better position in the corners,”” Clanton said. "“I knew if I got up against that berm, I could go down the straight-away and it would be difficult for someone to pass me.”

On the first lap, Clanton used the outside groove to wheel his No. 25 Capital machine into the front of the field. He thereon led the remainder of the race. This is the defending points champion’'s first win since February’s at DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

"“I think our car had a good balance as choppy as the track was,”” Clanton, who entered lapped traffic by lap nine, said. "“If you got a good balance, you don’t upset your car when you go over the holes. Our car is so balanced right now it could go wherever you want it to go.”"

Although Clanton led the enntire distance, second-place finisher Chris Madden made a late push in with 15 laps to go, –revisiting two out-of-series barn-burners the drivers had on April 23 at Senoia Raceway and Rome Speedway on April 24.

Madden, a regional favorite, challenged the Outlaws, specifically Clanton. But, it may have been the luck of the draw that diminished Madden’'s chances of catching Clanton in the end.

"“We just drew a bad number tonight,”” Madden, who drew a number six for the feature event, said. "“We had a great racecar, but we just needed to start toward the front.

“"Right toward the end we got into lap traffic when we went to make that late-charge. I won two in a row that night in Senoia and went to Rome Speedway and beat him again. I’m still up on him.”"

Madden bested Clanton at Senoia by a .013 margin, but he was only able to close the gap to four-one-hundredths of a second at Ponderosa. With five laps remaining, Clanton doubled the margin, slamming the door on Madden’'s late-pursuit and the possibility of a non-Outlaw winning a feature for a third-straight weekend.

In an uncanny resemblance, Clanton was doomed by lapped traffic in both prior battles with Madden; this time however, Clanton was able to weave through the field where Madden could not. It took slicing through a three-wide group of lapped cars to widen the gap.

"“Madden was closing in on me, but in the middle of lapped cars I did all that I can do,"” Clanton said. “"I just knew I had to meet my marks and get passed those lapped cars as best as I could and let him play havoc trying to get by them. To outrun him and the field feels pretty good.

“"Lapped cars cost me my race two weeks ago at Senoia with Madden, and I didn’t want to do it tonight. Luckily, we prevailed.”"

Rounding out the podium was Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa, who started the race on the pole. Satterlee kept to the bottom groove of the track, but said it was the harder tires that caused him to fade quicker than Clanton and Madden.

"“I guess we were a little harder on our tires than they were,”" Satterlee said. “"I think they had a softer right-rear tire, and I think that allowed them to get going a little quicker. We went 30 laps and I knew we were right with these guys, and in those last nine laps, it kind of got away.”"

Feature lineup

Row 1: Satterlee, Clanton
Row 2: Richards, Linville
Row 3: O'Neal, Madden
Row 4: Eckert, Wells
Row 5: Jameson, Erb
Row 6: Overton, Chilton
Row 7: Rattliff, Moyer Jr.
Row 8: Marlar, Johnson
Row 9: Lanigan, Francis
Row 10: Junghans, Heckenast
Row 11: Frank, Robinson
Row 12: Shirley, Casebolt

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