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July 28
Quincy Raceway,
Quincy, IL
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Workforce 40) - $8,000
Information provided by: Series and staff reports (last updated July 29, 4:15 pm)
Clanton races to $8,000 WoO victory at Quincy
Workforce 40
  1. Shane Clanton
  2. Rick Eckert
  3. Brian Shirley
  4. Bobby Pierce
  5. Steve Casebolt
  6. Chub Frank
  7. Tyler Erb
  8. Josh Richards
  9. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  10. Chase Junghans
  11. Morgan Bagley
  12. Billy Moyer Jr.
  13. Boom Briggs
  14. Joey Coulter
  15. Brandon Overton
  16. Clint Kirkham
  17. Jason Perry
  18. Vance Wilson
  19. Justin Reed
  20. Eric Wells
  21. Dustin Griffin
  22. Denny Woodworth
  23. Mark Burgtorf
  24. Michael Kloos
presented by
Brendon Bauman
Shane Clanton (25) and Brian Shirley (3s) battle for the lead.
What won the race: Regaining the lead on the 12th lap from second-starting Brian Shirley, polesitter Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., led the rest of the Workforce 40 at Quincy Raceway for a World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory worth $8,000.
Key notes: Clanton earned his sixth World of Outlaw Craftsman Late Model victory of the season and the 36th of his career. ... A year earlier, when the WoO tour made its first-ever stop at Quincy, Clanton lost to Billy Moyer in the final laps. ... The Workforce 40 kicked off a three-day stretch of World of Outlaws action in the Land of Lincoln, with Fairbury American Legion Speedway's Prairie Dirt Classic to follow on July 29-30.
On the move: Tyler Erb of Magnolia, Texas, started 13th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Clanton's Capital Race Car has a Clements Racing Engine and sponsorship from Hoosier Racing Tire South, Hornburg Oil, Keyser Mfg., Penn Gold Well Services, Super K Express, VP Racing Fuels, and Weldbank Energy.
Points chase: Entering Quincy, Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., had a substantial 224-point led over Clanton atop the standings.
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Brian Shirley
Time: 13.562 seconds
Polesitter: Shane Clanton
Heat race winners: Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce, Rick Eckert
Consolation race winners: Billy Moyer Jr.
Next series race: July 29, Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, IL) $27,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Brendan Capria
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series

QUINCY, Ill. — Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., won an early duel with fellow front-row starter Brian Shirley and raced to a World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory worth $8,000 Thursday at Quincy Raceway.

Clanton notched his 35th career series victory — fourth on the all-time list — and his sixth of the season in the weeknight affair in western Illinois.

“Our car was just excellent tonight,” Clanton said. “It went where we needed to go – top to bottom.”

Fifth-starting Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished second with Shirley, of Chatham, Ill., settling for third. Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., rounded out the top five at the 3/8-mile oval.

Though Clanton led the 24-car field to green for the Workforce 40, he didn’t lead all the way. Shirley went ahead on an early restarting, solidifying his top spot by building his momentum in the top groove while Clanton gave chase.

By lap 12, Clanton mustered up enough speed for he and Shirley to exchange the lead three times, weaving in and out and trading paint entering the frontstretch. Clanton was able to slam the door and take control with Shirley and Josh Richards in pursuit. A lap-18 caution bunched the field.

“I was just biding my time at the bottom and kept getting lower and lower,” Clanton said. “The car just kept getting better and better. Hats off to the guys who worked on the racetrack. It was really racy.”

Richards took second from Shirley on the mid-race restart, and other cautions followed, including when Shirley made contact with Richards, who spun and had to rally from the rear to finish eighth.

“The cushion was really tall and it was hard to run against it,” said Shirley, who rode the top of the track for the majority of the race. “It was one of those deals where we should’ve moved down. We just have to get a little better.

“(Richards) moved up a little bit in turn one and was already committed to the top, and I didn’t mean to get into him. Last thing I’d want to do is spin anybody out. It was my fault out there.”

Eckert took advantage, moving into second with 16 laps remaining as he tried to reel in Clanton.

Eckert made a last-ditch run at Clanton, but he couldn’t get close enough to take a serious shot at the winner.

“I got the gain on (Clanton) really hard and his tire was slowing-up a little bit,” Eckert said. “Mine was probably getting a little better. I got to thank every sponsor on this car. I’m happy.”

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