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Daily Dirt 11/29/2023 21:22:00

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May 28
Sharon Speedway,
Hartford, OH
Sanction: World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series - $20,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 30, 3:01 pm)
Sharon gives Gustin first WoO victory, $20,000
  1. Ryan Gustin
  2. Shane Clanton
  3. Josh Richards
  4. Dennis Erb Jr.
  5. Devin Moran
  6. Tanner English
  7. Max Blair
  8. Gregg Satterlee
  9. Darrell Lanigan
  10. Brent Larson
  11. Mason Zeigler
  12. Gordy Gundaker
  13. Boom Briggs
  14. Colton Flinner
  15. Daryl Charlier
  16. John Garvin Jr.
  17. Kyle Hammer
  18. Zack Dohm
  19. Chub Frank
  20. Wyatt Scott
  21. Darrell Bossard
  22. Alex Ferree
  23. Michael Norris
  24. Ryan Scott
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Ryan Gustin captured his first World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series victory.
What won the race: Capturing his long-awaited first World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series victory, Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, slid under Shane Clanton on the 49th lap and led the rest of Saturday's 60-lapper at Sharon Speedway. Gustin pocketed $20,000 in taking the checkers 2.164 seconds ahead of Clanton, who displaced polesitter Max Blair on the 25th lap.
Quotable: "Yeah, just watching the board up there. The laps clicked down and it got to halfway," Gustin said. "It was time to give ‘er hell and that's what we did. And just hat’s off to everybody. Man. I can't thank everybody on this car enough.”
Key notes: Gustin, a second-year WoO regular, finished second to Kyle Larson in last year's WoO event at Sharon. ... He's the second straight first-timer tour winner following Jared Miley from a week earlier. ... Colton Flinner's turn-two spin drew a lap-39 caution. ... Michael Norris of Sarver, Pa., who was making a guest appearance in the Florida-based Big Frog Motorsports ride, retired after seven laps with nosepiece damage (Big Frog's regular driver Mark Whitener was competing in another event in Florida). ... Eleven of 24 starters completed 60 laps. ... Friday's scheduled $10,000-to-win event at Sharon was rained out.
On the move: Tanner English of Benton, Ky., started 14th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Gustin’s Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Tri-Star Engines and Transmissions, Mahle, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, ML Performance, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Performance Bodies & Parts, Swift Springs, VP Racing Fuels, Penske Racing Shocks and Ramirez Motorsports.
Points chase: After Sharon: 1. Dennis Erb Jr. (2,598); 2. Max Blair (2,492); 3. Tanner English (2,450); 4. Josh Richards (2,354); 5. Ryan Gustin (2,312); 6. Brent Larson (2,304); 7. Kyle Hammer (2,242); 8. Gordy Gundaker (2,208); 9. Boom Briggs (2,204); 10. Tyler Bruening (1,894).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 63°F
Car count: 39
Fast qualifier: Shane Clanton
Time: 15.819 seconds
Polesitter: Max Blair
Heat race winners: Dennis Erb Jr., Max Blair, Ryan Gustin, Josh Richards
Consolation race winners: Kyle Hammer, John Garvin Jr.
Next series race: June 3, Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

HARTFORD, Ohio — Among Ryan Gustin’s list of near-miss tracks on the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series the last two seasons was Sharon Speedway. A runner-up to Kyle Larson last year at the 3/8-mile oval, Gustin was anxious for another crack at it.

He wasn’t disappointed.

With his car coming to life just past halfway, the 31-year-old Marshalltown, Iowa, driver went from fourth to second on the 36th lap, then tracked down leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., with the winning pass on lap 49 to grab his first career WoO victory.

Gustin, who took the checkers 2.164 seconds ahead of Clanton, earned $20,000 in etching his name on the national tour’s win list.

“It was was elbows up, man,” Gustin said of his winning charge. “I knew it was win it or wear it time.”

The 2015 series champion Clanton, looking for his first tour victory since 2019 after recently rejoining the tour, settled for a runner-up finish after leading laps 21 and 25-48 while Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., tallied is fourth third-place finish in his last five series starts.

Series points leader Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., was fourth and Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio fifth. Poles-starting Max Blair of Centerville, Pa., led 23 of the first 24 laps but slipped back to a seventh-place finish.

Blair led in the early laps and was saved from being overtaken by Richards when a lap-seven caution erased a turn-three pass. Blair remained in control until Clanton turned up the wick, taking the point on lap 21 with Blair answering the move to regain the lead. But four laps later, Clanton took over again and stretched out to a comfortable lead.

Gustin, running fourth at halfway, got rolling and overtook Richard and Blair with 24 laps remaining and set his sites on Clanton, who led a nearly three-second margin. A caution erased Clanton’s lead and Gustin fought his way past Clanton with 12 laps remaining and led the rest of the 60-lapper.

“It just felt like I was a little bit straighter there toward the the first 30 (laps) of it. And the last 30 is probably the most sideways,” Gustin said his alter-ego performance. "Yeah, just watching the board up there. The laps click down. It got to halfway it was time to give ‘er hell and that's what we did. And just hat’s off to everybody. Man. I can't thank everybody on this car enough.”

After last year’s runner-up finish at Sharon, Gustin was glad to improve one spot in 2022.,

“I knew that we'd have a good shot coming back here,” he said. “We were really good here last year. So I knew that if we had a good shot anywhere, it was gonna be here at the Sharon Speedway. This place don't disappoint. It’s one racy joint. Hopefully they keep having us.”

Clanton wasn’t able to hold off Gustin’s charge.

“Well, it got a little rough down in (turns) three and four right in the middle and the cross-member started hitting the ground. I was having to bend (the car) too much, and it started hurting the tires,” Clanton said. “Then I seen Ryan was getting closer — my guy was telling me he was getting closer — and I needed to just hold on there through three and four and there wasn’t much I could do.”

Noting that Gustin’s “been fast a lot of times and it just slipped away from him,” he congratulated Gustin on the victory. But he was also glad for his second runner-up finish in his last three WoO starts. “We just gotta keep (getting) these top-fives here and get those podium finishes.”

Richards nearly took command early over Blair, but he admitted “the cream rose to the top. Ryan and Shane definitely had better cars they could turn into the corner a lot better than we could.”

Thanking car owner and fellow WoO driver Boom Briggs, he said the team is “still working. I’m not super-happy with the car, but we have speed, so that's good. So we just gotta keep tweaking on it and and try to get few spots better.”

The 60-lapper was slowed by two cautions, neither for serious incidents.

The first appeared on the eighth lap when Michael Norris of Sarver, Pa., caught an infield tire barrier and damaged the nosepiece of his Big Frog Motorsports entry (Norris was subbing for the team’s regular driver Mark Whitener, who was competing in his home state of Florida).

The second and final yellow appeared on the 39th lap when Colton Flinner took a spin inside turn two; Flinner retired.

Notes: Gustin notched his second overall victory of 2022; he won in non-touring DIRTcar competition during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. … Sharon hasn’t had a repeat WoO winner in 10 series events. … Series rookie Kyle Hammer limped his car to the infield on the 20th lap.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Blair, Richards
Row 2: Erb, Gustin
Row 3: Clanton, Satterlee
Row 4: Lanigan, Moran
Row 5: Briggs, Larson
Row 6: Frank, Charlier
Row 7: Gundaker, English
Row 8: Norris, Zeigler
Row 9: Hammer, Garvin
Row 10: Dohm, W. Scott
Row 11: Ferree, Flinner
Row 12: R. Scott, Bossard
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