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Daily Dirt 09/19/2020 16:40:51

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May 27
Moler Raceway Park,
Williamsburg, OH
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series - $10,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated May 28, 12:24 pm)
Clanton wins $10,000 in WoO's Moler debut
  1. Shane Clanton
  2. Josh Richards
  3. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  4. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  5. Devin Moran
  6. Brian Shirley
  7. Devin Gilpin
  8. Brandon Overton
  9. Chase Junghans
  10. Duane Chamberlain
  11. Jason Jameson
  12. Billy Moyer Jr.
  13. Greg Johnson
  14. Chad Stapleton
  15. Rod Conley
  16. R.J. Conley
  17. Eric Wells
  18. Adam Bowman
  19. Steve Casebolt
  20. Morgan Bagley
  21. Rick Eckert
  22. Ethan Burgess
  23. John Whitney
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Shane Clanton scored his fourth WoO victory of the season.
What won the race: Charging to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag, polesitter Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., held off early challenges from third-starting Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and led the entire 50-lap distance to earn $10,000 in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series debut at Moler Raceway Park.
Key notes: Clanton scored his fourth series victory of the season. ... The first yellow flag waved on lap 40 when second-running Rick Eckert slowed on the backstretch. ... Chub Frank drew a caution on lap 44 when he slowed in turn one, suffering a flat tire after colliding with a charging Jason Jameson. ... The final yellow dropped on lap 45 when R.J. Conley spun on the frontstretch. ... The World of Outlaws made their first appearance at Moler to kickstart a three-race holiday weekend that also includes a pair of events at Tyler County Speedway. ... The track hosted its richest event in history with a $10,000 winner's purse.
On the move: Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., advanced from the eighth starting position to finish second.
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: With his victory, Clanton took a small bite out of Josh Richards's WoO points lead.
Car count: 35
Fast qualifier: Brian Shirley
Time: 14.027 seconds
Polesitter: Shane Clanton
Heat race winners: Brian Shirley, Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert, Devin Gilpin
Consolation race winners: R.J. Conley, Chub Frank
Next series race: May 28, Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, WV) $8,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Brendan Capria
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series

WILLIAMSBURG, Ohio — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series entered new territory on Friday night, but it was a familiar driver in victory lane — reigning series champion Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga.

The polesitting Clanton notched his fourth series victory of the season, taking the checkers ahead of a pair of West Virginia-based drivers, points leader Josh Richards of Shinnston and Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock.

“I’m glad we started up front and got this win,” said Clanton, who walked away with a $10,000 purse.

Clanton’s victory gave him 34 on his WoO career, one shy from tying Rick Eckert — the same driver who challenged him most of the night — for third on the all-time series victories list.

Clanton led the pack at the outset with Eckert and Richards giving chase. Eckert quickly challenged Clanton while Richards and Carrier battled a bit further back.

“This is my first time here, and I’ve seen video so I knew whereabouts to be on the racetrack,” said Clanton, who mainly used the bottom groove early in the race on the small oval. “But this track is so wide.”

While Clanton’s fellow front-row starter Frank Heckenast Jr. slipped back to fifth early, Eckert, Richards and Carrier gave chase with Clanton pulling out to nearly a three-second advantage.

By lap 16, Clanton began to weave through lapped traffic, choosing the top shelf of the track as his passageway through. A few other drivers later followed suit, including sixth-place finisher Brian Shirley. The lapped traffic created a back-and-forward with Richards and Carrier, who swapped positions twice sifting through the lapped cars.

“I just knew they had to be really good to pass me up top,” Clanton said. “And before that I just kept the bottom line and held my own.”

It wasn’t until 10 laps remaining when virtually all the frontrunners switched to the high groove. Richards worked on tracking down Eckert, who retired late when his car’s rear end gave up.

Three late cautions gave Richards and Carrier a shot at Clanton, but he stayed in command.

“Shane did a great job running a nice, wide arch,” Richards said. “I finally went to the top and got a little momentum, but we just couldn’t maintain it in laps three and four. I think we were a little better than him at the end, but he was doing what he needed to do.”

“Well, it seemed like I was right there with him,” said Carrier, who competed in his first Outlaws race in 2016. “I’m just happy to get a top-three (finish), competing against some of the best competition in the sport.”

Clanton edged a few points closer to Richards in the title chase, but he knows he has his work cut out.

“He’s so consistent right now, and we’re just trying to get to where we were last year and be consistent,” Clanton said. “Wins will come.”

Heckenast ended up fourth in the main event with Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, the top home-state finisher in fifth.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Clanton, Heckenast
Row 2: Eckert, Carrier
Row 3: Moran, Gilpin
Row 4: Shirley, Richards
Row 5: Junghans, Whitney
Row 6: Overton, Jameson
Row 7: Chamberlain, Moyer Jr.
Row 8: Johnson, Wells
Row 9: R.J. Conley, Frank
Row 10: Stapleton, Rod Conley
Row 11: Burgess, Bowman
Row 12: Casebolt, Bagley
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