Lanigan Bests Richards In Florida Finale
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Darrell Lanigan ended the 42nd UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment on a high note, capturing Saturday night’s 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main for his first victory in World of Outlaws Late Model Series action at Volusia Speedway Park.
The defending WoO LMS champion outdueled Tim McCreadie to assume command for good on lap 17, but he was challenged repeatedly during the race’s second half by both McCreadie and Josh Richards before pulling away following a final caution flag on lap 41.
Richards never seriously threatened Lanigan over the last nine circuits, crossing the finish line 0.990 of a second behind the victor. The runner-up finish sent Richards home with the WoO LMS point lead after a season-opening burst of eight events and he also was named the late model champion of the 2013 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit, earning himself a unique bronze gator-shaped trophy.
McCreadie, who paced laps 3-11 and nosed ahead of Lanigan to lead lap 16, settled for a third-place finish. Shane Clanton placed fourth — his sixth top-five finish of the young WoO LMS campaign — and Clanton’s Kennedy Motorsports teammate Tim Fuller scored a season-high and career-best Volusia finish of fifth.
Rick Eckert placed sixth after starting 14th and Bub McCool was seventh from the 16th starting spot, completing a sweep of the top seven finishing positions by WoO LMS regulars.
Lanigan, 42, earned $10,150 for his series-leading third win of the season. It was his tour-record 44th career win but first at the Volusia half-mile, where he had previously won twice in DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned Late Model action during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit but never in 18 previous WoO LMS starts dating back to 2004.
“It’s awesome to finally get a World of Outlaws win here at Volusia,” said Lanigan, whose last visit to victory lane during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals came in 2010. “We’ve been trying to win one here for a long time.”
The checkered flag certainly didn’t come easy. For starters, Lanigan and his crew had to put in overtime just to prepare the Rocket machine he drove to victory after it was damaged heavily in an accident during Tuesday night’s DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned feature.
“I gotta thank my crew, Jason (Jameson) and Adam (Logan),” said Lanigan. “They worked hard all week to put this thing back together. We put it on the jig (on Friday) to straighten it out and it was awesome tonight.”
Forty-six cars were signed in for the evening’s action with Kenny Pettyjohn turning the fastest qualifying lap of 15.790 seconds.
Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Shane Clanton, Tim Fuller, Rick Eckert, Bub McCool, Brady Smith, Scott James, Dale McDowell, Billy Moyer, Eric Wells, Steve Francis, Jimmy Mars, Eric Jacobsen, Earl Pearson Jr., Bobby Pierce, Chub Frank, Morgan Bagley, Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb Jr., Stormy Scott, Pat Doar, Vic Coffey, Clint Smith, Shannon Babb, Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Ogle Jr.