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Daily Dirt 02/24/2020 15:42:54

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August 31
Selinsgrove Speedway,
Selinsgrove, PA
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Late Model National Open) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated September 1, 8:20 am)
Lanigan ties mark with 15th win at Selinsgrove
Late Model National Open
  1. Darrell Lanigan
  2. Rick Eckert
  3. Shane Clanton
  4. Austin Hubbard
  5. Chub Frank
  6. Tim Fuller
  7. Tim McCreadie
  8. Dylan Yoder
  9. Jeff Rine
  10. Morgan Bagley
  11. Eric Wells
  12. Clint Smith
  13. Russ King
  14. Matt Cochran
  15. Chase Junghans
  16. Jim Yoder
  17. Hayes Mattern
  18. Jerry Bard
  19. Jason Schmidt
  20. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  21. Vic Coffey
  22. Dan Stone
  23. Boom Briggs
  24. Coleby Frye
presented by
Barry Lenhart/pbase.com/cyberslash
Darrell Lanigan picked up his 15th series victory of 2014.
What won the race: Leading all 50 laps, WoO points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., tied his own series record with his 15th victory of the season. The polesitting Lanigan's triumph tied his 2012 mark of 15 victories with four races remaining in 2014. He was never seriously threatened with Rick Eckert finishing second.
On the move: Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., came from 12th to fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Lanigan's Club 29 Race Car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Baird Trucking, Gotta Race, Keyser Manufacturing, Performance Rod & Custom and Xtreme Graphics.
Points chase: Lanigan pushed his points lead over Rick Eckert to 284 points and Tim McCreadie to 334 points with just four events remaining on the 2014 WoO schedule.
Car count: 40
Fast qualifier: Rick Eckert
Time: 20.326 seconds
Polesitter: Darrell Lanigan
Heat race winners: Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Dylan Yoder, Darrell Lanigan
Consolation race winners: Jerry Bard, Frank Heckenast Jr.
Provisional starters: Clint Smith, Boom Briggs
Next series race: September 12, Berlin Raceway (Marne, MI) $8,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Joshua Joiner
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

SELINSGROVE, Pa. (Aug. 31) — Darrell Lanigan made sure his stellar 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign will be remembered as one of the best ever on the national tour with a dominating victory Sunday at Selinsgrove Speedway.

The two-time series champion and current points leader scored his 15th WoO victory of the season at the historic half-mile oval, tying his own single-season win record set during his championship-winning season in 2012. Lanigan paced every lap of Sunday's 50-lapper, earning $10,650 for his second straight victory in Selinsgrove's National Late Model Open.

"This definitely means a lot," Lanigan said of the record-tying performance that marked his series-leading 68th career WoO LMS victory. "We go every week to win a race so to get that many wins just shows how great a car we have and how hard we're working. That would be a helluva record to break."

Lanigan was never seriously challenged after starting from the pole in his Club 29 Race Car. He crossed the finish line 3.572 seconds ahead of Rocket Chassis house car driver Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who finished second to Lanigan in the National Late Model Open for the second straight year. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was third in his Capital Race Car with Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., fourth in his MasterSbilt by Huey ride and 12th-starting Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., fifth in his Rocket.

Lanigan's impressive victory came on the second night of Selinsgrove's two-race weekend. In Saturday's Showdown on Sand Hill, Lanigan set fast time and won his heat race but had to start 23rd in the main event after his car weighed in light at the scales following his heat race victory. He salvaged the night by charging through the field to finish fourth but felt that he had a car capable of winning the event.

"I definitely would've liked to have started up front last night because as awesome as this car is, I think we could have got another win," said Lanigan, who claimed the opening leg of the WoO weekend tripleheader Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. "But it is what it is and things happen. I'm just glad they treat everybody fair.”

Lanigan's biggest challenge in Sunday's race was negotiating lapped traffic. That proved difficult on multiple occasions, especially as Lanigan attempted to lap hometown driver Jim Yoder during the race's closing laps. With Eckert steadily cutting into his lead, Lanigan struggled to find a way around Yoder and even made contact with the slower machine inside of five laps remaining. He finally got around Yoder on lap 47 and cruised the remaining distance.

"I was just trying to get away from him there," Lanigan said of his close call with Yoder. "There was a little bit of contact, but I didn't mean to get into him. I was trying to get through there and it was getting close."

Eckert again fell just short of ending his season-long winless streak in WoO action, but continued his streak of solid performances at Selinsgrove. In finishing runner-up to Lanigan for the second straight year, Eckert scored his fourth top-five finish in the four WoO races held over the last two years at the track where he began his Late Model career in the mid-1980s.

"It's always great to come back and race near home," said Eckert, who finished third in Saturday's Showdown on Sand Hill behind Tim McCreadie and Clanton. "Our car was really good. We probably missed a little bit on tire choice, but still we got a second. That's pretty good."

Clanton's third-place effort came in a backup car after his primary mount suffered mechanical issues during hot laps. His backup machine proved up to the challenge, however, as he bagged his second top-three finish in as many nights.

"We had to get Old Faithful here out," said Clanton, who has improved his performance since debuting a new Capital car in a near victory Aug. 22 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. "It's amazing what all we've went through during the year. To struggle as bad as we have and change some stuff on this car like the other car, this one's as good as the other one. At least we got two good pieces now."

Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., charged from his 16th starting spot to finish sixth, while McCreadie, also of Watertown, finished seventh after running among the top five early in the race. Hometown driver Dylan Yoder turned in his second solid performance on the weekend with an eighth-place finish, while Selinsgrove veteran Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., finished one position behind Yoder for the second straight night in ninth. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, rounded out the race's top 10 finishers.

The race was slowed by two cautions. The first appeared on the first attempt to start the race when outside polesitter Coleby Frye of Dover, Pa., slid high entering the first corner and tagged the wall. He rolled to a stop on the backstretch and retired to the pit area when the yellow waved. The second caution appeared with 27 laps complete when Matt Cochran of Williamsport, Pa., slowed with a flat tire.

WoO points

(Through Aug. 31)
1. Darrell Lanigan - 4,846
2. Rick Eckert - 4,562
3. Tim McCreadie - 4,512
4. Morgan Bagley - 4,310
5. Chub Frank - 4,266
6. Eric Wells - 4,248
7. Shane Clanton - 4,242
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. - 4,108
9. Clint Smith - 4,020
10. Chase Junghans - 3,848
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