- Aug. 23 - Autodrome Drummond by Sam Holbrooks


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Darrell Lanigan after Monday's World of Outlaws win at Autodrome Drummond, Quebec. (Kevin Kovac)

WoO: Lanigan Storms To Sixth Series Win of Season at Quebec's Autodrome Drummond

Kevin Kovac

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. - Aug. 23. Darrell Lanigan's spectacular 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign rolled on Monday with a conquest north of the border.

The 40-year-old star from Union, Ky., stormed to victory in the tour's rescheduled 50-lap A-Main at Autodrome Drummond, thrilling the French-Canadian fans with an impeccable performance that saw him master both the top and bottom grooves of the four-tenths-mile oval.

And on the strength of his second straight and sixth overall WoO LMS triumph of the season, Lanigan tied Josh Richards as the tour's winningest driver in 2010 and pulled within 12 points of the defending series champion in the chase for the $100,000 Outlaw title. Richards, who has held the points lead for 25 consecutive races, finished fourth.

Darrell Lanigan - Tim Fuller

Tim Fuller (#19) led the first 35 laps of the Autodrome Drummond event, but he would finally give way to the charge of fourth starting Darrell Lanigan (#29). (Michael Moats)

Lanigan, who started fourth, used the inside lane to outduel Richards for third place on lap six and Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., for second on lap eight, then switched to the outside line to overtake race-long pacesetter Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., for the lead on lap 35. The 2008 WoO LMS champion survived two caution flags over the remaining distance to register his 18th career win on the series and first-ever on Canadian soil.

"The track was excellent tonight,"”said Lanigan, who earned $10,600 for winning an event that was postponed by rain on its original June 19 date. "I want to congratulate (the track crew) on the job they did. I figured it was gonna rubber up and be one lane right in the middle, but man, you could race all over that thing".”

Smith, who started from the pole position, crossed the finish line 1.868 seconds behind Lanigan in the runner-up spot, nipping the late-charging Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., for the position by the length of a nosepiece. Richards settled for fourth after surviving homestretch contact with McCreadie on lap 47 and ninth-starter Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., who won the inaugural WoO LMS event at Drummond in 2007, placed fifth.

Fuller, who blasted off the outside pole to lead the race's first 34 laps, slowed with a cut right-rear tire on lap 40 after tumbling from second to fourth immediately following a lap-38 restart. He returned after a pit stop and rallied to salvage an eighth-place finish.

Lanigan was able to run down Fuller and grab the lead before the former DIRTcar big-block Modified regular was hampered by the leaking tire. Lanigan faked a move to the inside and then put his #29 Gottarace Rocket car against the outside berm to sweep in front.

"I got to Fuller and showed him my nose on the bottom,"”said Lanigan, who also won on Thursday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, N.Y. “I knew he was gonna drop down and block me, so I just went around the top.

"You couldn't ask for a better car,"”the WoO LMS stalwart added after his fifth win in the last nine tour events. "Everything's just going right for us right now. It’s unbelievable".”

Smith, 45, took advantage of Fuller's late-race misfortune to reach second place and then held the spot to the checkered flag. The runner-up matched the struggling racer's best previous finish this season, on March 27 at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.

"I felt like I let one get away because I felt we had a good enough (Rocket) car to win," said Smith, who is winless in his last 107 WoO LMS starts dating back to his last score, on June 17, 2008, at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. "We just missed a little bit on setup. We should've put more gear back in it. I was struggling a little off the corner".”

The 36-year-old McCreadie, meanwhile, wasn't very talkative after his last-lap bid to pass Smith fell short, leaving him with a solid but disappointing third-place finish. He started sixth but fell back to ninth by lap two, forcing him to come from behind.

"We were just a touch harder than everybody on tires," said McCreadie, explaining his slow start. "It just took a little while to get going. That's just about it, I guess."”

McCreadie's lap-47 pass of Richards to snare third gained him two points on the championship leader, but the third-place driver in the standings still faces a 48-point deficit to Richards with nine races remaining on the 2010 schedule.

Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who won Drummond's 2008 WoO LMS event and finished second in 2007, placed sixth.

DIRTcar big-block and 358-Modified star Dale Planck of Homer, N.Y., made his dirt Late Model debut as a teammate to Rick "Boom" Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., and finished on the lead lap in 12th place.

The race's only caution flags flew on lap 38 for DIRTcar 358-Modified driver Carey Terrance of Hogansburg, N.Y., who spun Chub Frank's backup car in turn one after coming together with Smith as he was being lapped, and on lap 40 for Fuller's flat tire.

Richards earned his series-leading sixth fast-time honor of 2010, turning a lap of 17.188 seconds during the 24-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials session. His clocking was well off the dirt Late Model track record of 15.884 seconds set in 2007 by Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill.

Aug. 23 - WoO - Autodrome Drummond
1) Darrell Lanigan, 2) Clint Smith, 3) Tim McCreadie, 4) Josh Richards, 5) Steve Francis, 6) Rick Eckert, 7) Shane Clanton, 8) Tim Fuller, 9) Chub Frank, 10) Austin Hubbard, 11) Russell King, 12) Dale Planck, 13) Larry Wight, 14) Jill George, 15) Philip Potts, 16) Michael Trapp, 17) Dan Stone, 18) Carey Terrance, 19) Peter Mantha Jr./, 20) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, 21) Jay Cardy, 22) Brant Hardin, 23) Zach Frields, 24) Derik Reese

Fast Time (24 entries): Josh Richards (17.188 secs.); Heat winners: Richards, Smith, Eckert.

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2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 23 – 37 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Josh Richards 4930
2. Darrell Lanigan 4918 (-12)
3. Tim McCreadie 4882 (-48)
4. Steve Francis 4752 (-178)
5. Shane Clanton 4650 (-280)
6. Rick Eckert 4620 (-310)
7. Austin Hubbard 4600 (-330)
8. Tim Fuller 4576 (-354)
9. Chub Frank 4452 (-478)
10. Clint Smith 4390 (-540)
11. Russell King 4124 (-806)
12. Brent Robinson 3470 (-1460)
13. Brady Smith 2992 (-1938)
14. Jill George 2894 (-2036)
15. Brian Birkhofer 1764 (-3166)

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