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April 12
Tazewell Speedway,
Tazewell, TN
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Scion of Knoxville 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated April 14, 11:52 am)
Marlar tames Tazewell, notches first WoO victory
Scion of Knoxville 50
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Shane Clanton
  3. Rick Eckert
  4. Darrell Lanigan
  5. Eric Wells
  6. Brandon Overton
  7. Chase Junghans
  8. Morgan Bagley
  9. Clint Smith
  10. Boom Briggs
  11. Brandon Sheppard
  12. Chub Frank
  13. Josh Putnam
  14. Jeff Wolfenbarger
  15. Bryan Hendrix
  16. Mark Gant
  17. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  18. Jack Sullivan
  19. Billy Ogle Jr.
  20. Tim McCreadie
  21. Terry Wolfenbarger
  22. Kyle Bronson
  23. Wade Byars
  24. Steve Smith
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Michael Moats/mrmracing.net
Mike Marlar (157) battles Tim McCreadie (39) for the early lead.
What won the race: Outside front-row starter Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., inherited the point when polesitter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., slowed with a flat right-rear tire under a lap-nine caution and hustled the final 41 laps to his first career World of Outlaws victory.
On the move: Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, climbed from 21st to finish eighth in the caution-plagued 50-lapper.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar's Ronnie Delk-owned Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Delk Equipment Sales, RS Trading and GW Performance.
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Rick Eckert
Time: 11.390 seconds
Polesitter: Tim McCreadie
Heat race winners: Rick Eckert, Eric Wells, Tim McCreadie
Next series race: April 25, Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Chris Tilley
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

TAZEWELL, Tenn. (April 12) — Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., took advantage of Tim McCreadie's misfortune Saturday at Tazewell Speedway to grab his first career victory on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

The Scion of Knoxville 50 made Marlar the tour’s seventh winner in seven series races as he held off Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., at the high-banked quarter-mile oval. Series points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., rounded out the top five.

"We actually scaled back on racing this year and I think we're going to have one of our best years yet,” said Marlar, who had a near mishap with the lapped car of Mark Gant. "My steering is bent, my arms are tired, but with all the help from my family and friends, Ronnie Delk (car owner), all of the work they put in, we're going stay in there and drive it all we can.”

McCreadie and Marlar brought the field of 24 to life for the start of the 50-lapper with McCreadie jumping to the high side and the early lead. Marlar tucked under T-Mac for second with Lanigan moving from his eighth spot to the fifth position by the second circuit. By the sixth lap, sixth-starting Clanton and his Capital Race Cars entry passed Eckert for the third spot.

"We're good, just need a little lady luck to start up front and maybe we can win one," said runner-up Clanton of Zebulon, Ga.

Eckert of York, Pa., held on to a third place-finish and said tire choice was the key.

"He was a little bit softer on the left rear tire, that one restart he took the bottom off two and snuck by me and I just couldn't get him back cleared,” the third-place finisher said.

Brandon Overton of Appleton, Ga., finished sixth while Rookie of the Year contender Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., finished seventh. Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., rounded out the top 10.

Eight caution flags slowed the main event. The first yellow flag would wave on lap three as Briggs got crossed up in turn four collecting three more. Lap nine would see leader McCreadie slowing for a right rear flat tire.

Bryan Hendrix spun at the top of turn two in front of the top-four cars and brought out the yellow on lap 17. Debris brought out the next yellow on lap 26. The next yellow flag would wave on lap 29 as the rescue squad had to come out of the infield and attend to a spectator.

Jack Sullivan slowed in turn three for a flat tire on lap 31 to bring out the next yellow flag. The lap-39 caution flag would be for Chub Frank's right-rear flat. Jeff Wolfenbarger would slow for the final yellow with two laps to go with a flat tire.

Notes: Marlar also won Thursday's Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals event at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C., picking up $4,000. ... Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., was the highest-finishing rookie contender in seventh. ... All 24 entrants started the feature which was slowed by eight cautions and took just over 34 minutes to complete. ... Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., switched to his back-up car after experiencing engine issues in his primary No. 44. ... Friday's WoO event at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., was rained out and rescheduled for May 18.

World of Outlaws points

(Through April 12)
1. Darrell Lanigan - 1,062
2. Brandon Sheppard - 1,026
3. Rick Eckert - 1,002
4. Shane Clanton - 986
5. Tim McCreadie - 936
5. Morgan Bagley - 936
7. Eric Wells - 934
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. - 924
9. Chub Frank - 912
10. Clint Smith - 888
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