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Darrell Lanigan at Hartford Motor Speedway

Darrell Lanigan sails toward a dominant win at Hartford, Michigan. (Steve Datema)

World of Outlaws: Lanigan Glides To Third Triumph Of 2011 In ‘Cabin Fever 50’ At Hartford

By Kevin Kovac

HARTFORD, Mich. – April 29. Darrell Lanigan glided forward from the sixth starting spot to score a convincing victory in Friday's World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'Cabin Fever 50' at Hartford Motor Speedway. Lanigan caught and passed early leader Jason Feger on lap 16 and led the remaining 33 circuits to take the win ahead of Feger by a nearly four-second margin.

Jason Feger - Josh Richards - Chub Frank

After dropping to second, early leader Jason Feger races past Chub Frank with Josh Richards in pursuit. (Jim Denhamer) 

The 40-year-old veteran from Union, Ky., continued his spectacular early-season comeback, winning for the third time in six events on the national tour. He missed the season-opening race in February but has quickly roared back into title contention with four consecutive top-three finishes.

"I'm telling you, right now we're on a roll",”said Lanigan, who earned $10,775 for a victory that gave him sole possession of third place on the WoO LMS win list since 2004, with 22 career wins. "I'm feeling better than I have in a while after getting a cortisone shot for my lower-back (which has been causing him discomfort due to the fractured tailbone recently found by doctors). Everything is just going great.

Austin Hubbard - Ron Davies - Hartford Motor Speedway

Ron Davies and series regular Austin Hubbard race back at midfield before finishing 10th and 11th at Hartford. (Jim Denhamer)

Lanigan discovered an extreme outside line around the sprawling 9/16th-mile oval before any of his rivals and used it almost exclusively to sweep through the top five. He completed his charge by passing pole sitter Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., for the lead on lap 17.

"I knew I had a good car at the beginning, but they kind of got me bundled up there on the bottom",”said Lanigan, who moved to fourth place in the WoO LMS points standings, just 38 points behind leader Josh Richards. I couldn't go nowhere, so I said, `I'm just going to the top.’And I'll tell ya, that thing was a rocket on the top.”

Clint Smith - Jeep Van Wormer - Hartford Motor Speedway World of Outlaws

Clint Smith races inside of #55 Jeep Van Wormer before taking a seventh place finish at Hartford. (Jim Denhamer)

The remainder of the distance belonged to Lanigan, who pulled away from the field following the race's second and final caution flag on lap 24.

"Man, that guy is on fire right now,"”the 32-year-old Feger said of Lanigan. "He passed me and took off there. It was his night." 

Darrell Lanigan at Hartford MS VL

Darrell Lanigan after his Hartford win. (Steve Datema) 

"It's not very often I get passed on the top side, but that's part of the disadvantage of leading - you don't know who's coming behind you. But I don't know if I would've been able to hold him off even if I could've gotten to the top. We're just happy to run second finally. We've been fast lately, but haven't had any good results".”

Richards, the two-time defending WoO LMS titlist and current points leader, finished third, but he had to rally during the second half of the A-Main after falling from third to fifth when he slid high between turns one and two on the lap 24 restart. He finally secured third place on lap 46 by passing outside pole sitter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who settled for a fourth-place finish that marked his first top-five run of the 2011 tour.

Lanigan hd - Hartford WoO 'Cabin Fever 50' - Hartford Motor Speedway
1) Darrell Lanigan, 2) Jason Feger, 3) Josh Richards, 4) Tim McCreadie, 5) Vic Coffey, 6) Rick Eckert, 7) Clint Smith, 8) Pat Doar, 9) Shane Clanton, 10) Austin Hubbard, 11) Ron Davies, 12) Matt Miller, 13) Brady Smith, 14) J.R. Hotovy, 15) Brent Robinson, 16) John Lobb, 17) Chub Frank, 18) Brian Ruhlman, 19) Curtis Roberts, 20) Jill George, 21) Jeep VanWormer, 22) Zack Olger, 23) Tim Fuller, 24) Alan Vochaska (prov.), 25. (24) Kent Robinson (prov.)
Fast Time (41 entries): Feger (18.770) Heat winners: Feger, McCreadie, Doar, Lanigan; B-Main Winners: Fuller, Lobb.

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