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July 13
Deer Creek Speedway,
Spring Valley, MN
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated July 14, 12:47 pm)
Lanigan collects fourth career Gopher 50 win
NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50
  1. Darrell Lanigan
  2. Morgan Bagley
  3. Tim Fuller
  4. Rick Eckert
  5. Eric Wells
  6. Shane Clanton
  7. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  8. Jimmy Mars
  9. Lance Matthees
  10. Chub Frank
  11. Chase Junghans
  12. Tyler Bruening
  13. Boom Briggs
  14. Clint Smith
  15. Adam Hensel
  16. Tim McCreadie
  17. Jason Krohn
  18. Rodney Sanders
  19. Brady Smith
  20. Mike Fryer
  21. Pat Doar
  22. Jordan Yaggy
  23. Nick Herrick
  24. John Winge
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Darrell Lanigan's crew celebrates at Deer Creek Speedway.
What won the race: Fourth-starting Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., bested polesitter Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, taking the lead on lap 23 of 50 and leading the rest of the way for his fourth career Gopher 50 triumph and eighth World of Outlaws victory of 2014. He collected a $11,000 payday while receiving a $1,000 bonus for displaying a NAPA decal on his car for the event.
On the move: Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., advanced from the eighth starting spot to finish fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Lanigan's Club 29 Race Car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine with sponsorship from Baird Trucking, Gotta Race, Keyser Manufacturing, Performance Rod & Custom and Xtreme Graphics.
Points chase: Lanigan extended his already commanding points lead to an even 200 points (2,820-2,620) over Rick Eckert of York, Pa. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., is third in the standings.
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: Tim Fuller
Time: 13.900 seconds
Polesitter: Morgan Bagley
Heat race winners: Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Frank Heckenast Jr.
Consolation race winners: Nick Herrick
Provisional starters: John Winge, Lance Matthees
Next series race: July 15, Brown County Speedway (Aberdeen, SD) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Joshua Joiner
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (July 13) — Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., raced to his fourth career victory in Deer Creek Speedway's NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50 Sunday evening, earning $11,600 for his eighth World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season.

Lanigan, the two-time WoO champion and current series points leader, advanced from his fourth starting spot and drove his Gotta Race-sponsored Club 29 Race Car by polesitter Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, on lap 23 of the 50-lap event on his way to winning Minnesota’s biggest Late Model race for the second straight year.

Lanigan crossed the finish line 1.319 seconds ahead of Bagley, who settled for the runner-up finish after leading laps 4-22. Fifth-starting Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., was just behind Bagley in third, while second-starting Rick Eckert of York, Pa., slid back to fourth after leading the race’s first three laps. Eighth-starting Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., rounded out the top five after running as high as third midway through the race.

Lanigan’s 61st career WoO victory came in the second leg of the series’s four-race Wild West Tour and helped to ease the disappointment of a missed opportunity in the Wild West Tour opener Thursday night at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway when Lanigan fell to third after leading the first half of the race.

“We definitely let one get away the other night,” said Lanigan, who stretched his WoO LMS points lead to an even 200 points with the victory. “That was our own fault. But we’re having a great year, so I ain’t complaining.

“The car was great tonight; we could go anywhere we wanted to. Went a little harder than they did on tires, and I think it paid off in the end.”

Looking for his first career WoO LMS victory, Bagley topped an early battle with Eckert to put his P&W Sales-sponsored Rocket Chassis out front on lap four. He fought hard to turn back Lanigan’s challenge around the 20-lap mark but couldn’t hold him off after the two leaders raced side-by-side through traffic for three laps.

Bagley mounted a challenge to retake the lead just after the halfway point and even pulled alongside Lanigan on lap 27. But a lap-29 caution slowed Bagley’s momentum, and Lanigan pulled away after the restart.

“It was good to get out and lead some laps and be competitive,” said Bagley, who recorded his career best WoO LMS A-Main finish and his second consecutive top five on the series. “It was a good race. I just zigged when I should’ve zagged there. I knew it was gonna be hard to beat Darrell regardless. But at least I got to follow him and drive hard. Maybe we'll have something for him next time.

“We’ve been paying our dues and that’s part of it. We’re just gonna keep on digging and fine tuning. We’ve got a good team and hopefully (a victory) will come here pretty quick because everybody on this team deserves it.”

Fuller continued his recent resurgence in his Kennedy Motorsports Rocket Chassis with a solid performance that began with lowering Deer Creek’s Late Model track record in qualifying. After settling into fifth early in the main event, he later took third in a heated mid-race battle with Eckert and Wells, but he couldn't catch the leaders in the closing laps.

"It was a real good night," said Fuller, who plans to follow the remainder of the WoO LMS schedule after missing much of the first half of the season. “We just weren’t as good as Darrell and (Bagley). We've been running good, and you hang around the top five long enough and you're gonna grab some wins.”

The race was slowed by three caution flags. The first caution was thrown on lap seven for John Winge of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., drew a lap-24 caution when he slowed on the track; and the final yellow flew on lap 29 for Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa.

Notes: Lanigan has won eight of 19 WoO features this season and went over the $150,000 mark in earnings. … Former Gopher 50 winner Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was running eighth when he retired on lap 29 due to overheating. ... Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., who won the Wild West Tour opener on Thursday night at Hibbing, finished a quiet eighth. … The race was postponed by rain from its original Saturday-night date. … The WoO tour visited Deer Creek for the 10th consecutive year. … The WoO Wild West Tour continues Tues., July 15, with a visit to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., for the third-mile oval’s first WoO LMS event since 2008. River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., hosts the Wild West Tour finale on Fri., July 18.

WoO points

(Through July 13)
1. Darrell Lanigan – 2,820
2. Rick Eckert – 2,620
3. Tim McCreadie – 2,592
4. Morgan Bagley – 2,540
5. Chub Frank – 2,516
6. Shane Clanton – 2,470
7. Eric Wells – 2,46
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. - 2,404
9. Clint Smith – 2,370
10. Chase Junghans – 2,262
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