Lanigan Sets The Pace At Farmer City
FARMER CITY, Ill. — Darrell Lanigan topped 36 World of Outlaws Late Model Series racers as the fastest driver in Ohlins Shocks Qualifying during Friday’s opening night of the sixth annual Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway.
Along with winning his Qualifying Heat Race, Lanigan earns a place in Saturday’s top-eight redraw for the prestigious 100-lap, $20,000-to-win event at the quarter-mile bullring in central Illinois.
“The car was pretty good, track is a little bit different this year, seems like they got the top cut down, you kind of have to get around the bottom,” said Lanigan. “It was a new car we had at Florence, same one we brought here tonight, seems like a pretty good piece, so we’ll see what we got.”
Lanigan, who drives his self-prepared Club 29 Race Car also won the first heat race over Morgan Bagley, Shane Clanton and Chub Frank. Lanigan and Bagley will go to Saturday’s redraw.
Then it was time for the Illinois natives to shine in an effort to keep that $20,000 payday in the Land of Lincoln.
Shannon Babb was victorious in the second heat race by taking the win over Tim McCreadie, Scott Schmitt and Jason Feger.
Kevin Weaver, the fastest Group “B” qualifier, won the third heat race in his Bob Pierce Race Car over Frank Heckenast Jr.. Completing the top-four were Brian Diverley and Joe Harlan. Weaver won his heat race from the bottom of the track.
Bobby Pierce raced from the tail of the fourth heat to the lead in only five laps en route to winning over Rick Eckert, who made his debut filling in for three-time champion Josh Richards in the No. 1 Rocket car. Third was Brandon Sheppard, who had been filling in for Richards since the opener in Florida, and fourth was Rick “Boom” Briggs.