Sarver, PA - Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., returned to his winning ways on Friday night, scoring a convincing victory in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Working Man 50 at Lernerville Speedway.
Taking advantage of his position starting spot, Clanton jumped into the lead at the initial green flag and never looked back in his Ron Davies-owned Capital Race Car. He brushed off a mid-race threat from the Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., en route to beating the red-hot Rocket Chassis house car driver by 0.932 of a second.
The $10,550 victory was the 10th of the 2015 WoO LMS for the 39-year-old Clanton, who snapped Richardss three-race win streak on the national tour. It also ended Clantons personal eight-race winless stretch in WoO LMS competition and pushed his career win total to 30.
Josh was just a little more maneuverable in traffic lately so we just had to work on our race car in race conditions, said Clanton, who was the runner-up in three of Richardss five WoO LMS A-Main wins over the six races leading into Fridays action. Weve had speed the past month, but hes started in front of me most nights and could get through better than I could and he was just better than I was at Eriez (Speedway in Hammett, Pa., on Aug. 23).
But tonight I was better than him. I could be aggressive in the race and pass cars whenever I wanted to, and when you got that much confidence in your car its fun to drive.
Clantons performance, which extended his already massive WoO LMS points lead to 158 markers over Richards with just six races remaining on the 2015 schedule, was his second of 2015 at Lernerville and provided him a boost of confidence entering Saturday nights rescheduled $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100.
Right now everythings clicking and jelling, said Clanton, who won the first or two preliminary features for the Firecracker 100 in late June before the big event was postponed by rain. Our cars just phenomenal it showed tonight how good we are on a pretty slick racetrack. If its like this (for the 100), we feel good tomorrow night. We got a good starting spot in a heat tomorrow, so if we have Lady Luck on our side maybe we can win another one.
Richards, 27, hustled forward from the sixth starting to run second behind Clanton by lap six and briefly drew close to the leader after the halfway point. But the three-time WoO LMS champion lost ground to Clanton in the races late stages and wasnt able to mount a serious challenge after caution flags on laps 42 and 48.
I think we gambled on tires a little compared to the rest of the guys up front, said Richards, who used softer-compound rubber. We were just biding our time early and we were gaining on Shane that first two-thirds of the race, but I think once the track cleaned up on that really long green flag run he could maneuver a little bit better with his right-rear tire.
And then my right-front tire is actually going flat right now, he added while standing in victory lane after the race. I dont know how long its been doing that I got really tight going into the corners, so it was good to come home second. I think it we tweak on it for tomorrow well have a good car.
Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., finished third, advancing from the eighth starting spot to record his career-best run at Lernerville. He reached third place on lap 10 and raced closed to Richards during the A-Main final circuits.
Josh went a little bit softer on the right-rear and we were a car (length) away from him with like seven or eight (laps) to go so I thought we had a shot at second, said Heckenast. I pushed my right-front (tire) off with 20 to go and it was getting really hard to steer, but I havent been on this (post-race) stage before so Im excited.
Veteran Davey Johnson of Latrobe, Pa., marched forward from the 12th starting spot to place fourth and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finish fifth after starting in the position but slipping as far back as ninth midway through the race.
Finishing in positions 6-10 were Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa.; 16th-starter Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga.; Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa.; Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., who a Firecracker 100 preliminary feature in June; and Paul Wilmoth Jr. of Clarksburg, W.Va., who ran as high as sixth during the races first half.
Five caution flags slowed the event.
The first two cautions were for stopped cars on lap five for Kenny Pettyjohn of Millsboro, Del., and lap seven for Matt Lux of Franklin, Pa. A tangle involving Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., and Michael Lake of Uniontown, Pa., slowed the race on lap eight, and the final two cautions were for drivers who ran into trouble while running fourth first Alex Ferree of Saxonburg, Pa., who went over the turn-three bank with a flat tire on lap 42, and then Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who clipped the homestretch wall on lap 48 and had to ride a wrecker back to the pit area.
Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., was the overall fastest qualifier among 42 entrants in Ohlins Shock Time Trials with a lap of 15.797 seconds.
Heat winners were Frank, Lanigan, Heckenast and Eckert. The B-Mains were captured by Wells and Bump Hedman of Sugar Grove, Pa.
WoO LMS regular Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., escaped injury when he flipped his car onto its roof during the third heat. He returned later with his backup, used a provisional to start the A-Main and finished 15th.
The WoO LMSs two-day visit to Lernerville concludes on Saturday night with the running of the ninth annual Firecracker 100. The program includes heat races (lineups determined by drivers results in Junes preliminary programs), B-Mains, the Uncle Sam 30 Non-Qualifiers Race and the 100-lap feature.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Working Man 50 at Lernerville Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Shane Clanton/50 $10,550
2. (6) Josh Richards/50 $5,650
3. (8) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $3,550
4. (12) Davey Johnson/50 $2,500
5. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $2,700
6. (7) Chub Frank/50 $2,250
7. (16) Brandon Overton/50 $2,200
8. (19) Gregg Satterlee/50 $1,350
9. (9) Chase Junghans/50 $1,800
10. (14) Paul Wilmoth Jr./50 $1,600
11. (22) Austin Hubbard/50 $1,150
12. (17) Eric Wells/49 $1,550
13. (13) Morgan Bagley/49 $1,500
14. (23) Tim McCreadie/49 $1,550
15. (24) Boom Briggs/49 $1,400
16. (4) Darrell Lanigan/48 $950
17. (26) Gary Lyle/48 $770
18. (2) Alex Ferree/41 $750
19. (18) Bump Hedman/41 $730
20. (15) Mike Norris/37 $700
21. (25) Ken Schaltenbrand Jr./36 $700
22. (11) Jared Miley/15 $700
23. (21) Michael Lake/9 $700
24. (10) Billy Moyer/7 $825
25. (20) Matt Lux/6 $700
26. (3) Kenny Pettyjohn/5 $700
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 31 Mins., 58.192 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.932 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 5 (laps 5, 7, 8, 42, 48)
Lap Leaders: Clanton (1-50)
Provisional Starters: McCreadie, Briggs (WoO); Schaltenbrand, Lyle (track)
WoO LMS Bonus Bucks Winner: Wilmoth ($500)
WoO LMS Rookie of the Race: Overton ($250)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 15.933
2. 29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky., 15.972
3. 25z-Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, Pa., 15.976
4. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 16.035
5. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 16.101
6. 21-Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark., 16.112
7. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 16.126
8. 27-Michael Lake, Uniontown, Pa., 16.211
9. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 16.24
10. B1-Paul Wilmoth Jr., Clarksburg, W.Va., 16.307
11. 14M-Morgan Bagley, Tyler, Texas, 16.386
12. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 16.458
13. 14-Dan Angelicchio, Greensburg, Pa., 16.56
14. 3-Dan Swartzlander, Freeport, Pa., 16.572
15. 93-Pancho Lawler, Hanover, Pa., 16.701
16. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver, Pa., 16.701
17. 75-Colton Flinner, Allison Park, Pa., 16.825
18. 10L-Gary Lyle, Hyde Park, Pa., 16.981
19. 7x-Herman Bertolini, Creighton, Pa., 17.437
20. 77-Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, Minn., 21.689
21. 22-Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, Pa., N/T
1. 11-Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del., 15.797
2. 10-Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, Pa., 15.912
3. 99Jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 15.933
4. 7V-Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 15.994
5. 38-Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, Del., 16.072
6. 76-Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga., 16.087
7. 72-Michael Norris, Sarver, Pa., 16.126
8. 111-Matt Lux, Franklin, Pa., 16.2
9. 99b-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 16.305
10. 1J-Davey Johnson, Latrobe, Pa., 16.403
11. H1-Jared Miley, South Park, Pa., 16.431
12. B22-Bump Hedman, Sugar Grove, Pa., 16.656
13. 4J-John Mollick, Toronto, Ohio, 16.718
14. 66-Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights, Pa., 16.762
15. 88-Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury, Pa., 16.875
16. 73-Devin Lewis, St. Mary's, Pa., 17.198
17. 3d-Bill Davis, DuBois, Pa., 17.583
18. 44G-Derek Stefanick, Oakdale, Pa., 17.737
19. 7-Ross Robinson, Georgetown, Del., 18.203
20. 23T-Tony Burke, Sarver, Pa., 18.739
21. c33-Chris Casner, Mifflintown, Pa., N/T
Heat No. 1 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Frank, Clanton, Junghans, Bagley, Angelicchio, Satterlee, Lawler, Bertolini, Flinner, Zeigler, McCreadie.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Lanigan, Richards, Moyer, Wilmoth, Wells, Lake, Schaltenbrand, Yaggy, Lyle, Swartzlander.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Heckenast, Pettyjohn, Miley, Norris, Sarver, Mollick, Davis, Briggs, Robinson, Hubbard (DNS) Casner.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Eckert, Ferree, Johnson, Overton, Hedman, Lux, Bachman, Lewis, Stefanick, Burke.
B-Main No. 1 (10 laps Top 3 Transfer): Wells, Satterlee, Lake, Lawler, Lyle, Flinner, Bertolini, McCreadie, Angelicchio, Schaltenbrand, Yaggy, Swartzlander, Zeigler.
B-Main No. 2 (10 laps Top 3 Transfer): Hedman, Lux, Hubbard, Bachman, Sarver, Robinson, Davis, Stefanick, Mollick, Lewis, Briggs, Burke (DNS) Casner.
2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of - A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Hubbard
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Clanton
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Clanton
Quartermaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Clanton
Wrisco (three sheets of aluminum/certificate to A-Main winner): Clanton
Mobil 1 ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Eckert
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Eckert
Lincoln Welders ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Frank
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Satterlee
Edelbrock ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main): Junghans
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Hubbard
Cometic ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Wells
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Briggs
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): McCreadie
Quartermaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Briggs
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 16th-place finisher in A-Main): Lanigan
Quartermaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Hedman
Mobil 1 (20 percent certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Miley
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 21st-place finisher in A-Main): Miley
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Moyer
QA1 ($50 to driver with fastest lap of the night): Junghans
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 certificate to highest-finishing non-WoO driver): Satterlee
2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Sept. 4 - 34 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 5096
2. Josh Richards 4938 (-158)
3. Chub Frank 4772 (-324)
4. Rick Eckert 4656 (-440)
5. Morgan Bagley 4594 (-502)
6. Tim McCreadie 4590 (-506)
7. Chase Junghans 4526 (-570)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4512 (-584)
9. Eric Wells 4488 (-608)
10. Brandon Overton 4222 (-874)
11. Boom Briggs 4152 (-944)
12. Darrell Lanigan 3978 (-1118)
Story by: DIRTcar PR
Photo Credit: Paul Arch