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Ricky Elliot at Brewerton Speedway. (Alex Bruce)

WoO: Elliot Travels Brewerton's Hub For First Series Win

Kevin Kovac

BREWERTON, N.Y. - Aug. 24. Ricky Elliott is a winner on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series... finally.

The 44-year-old driver from Seaford, Del., made his long-awaited breakthrough on Tuesday, ending his dogged pursuit of victory on the national tour with a dramatic win in the second annual "Dirt Demon 50" at Brewerton Speedway.

Driving the Super Deuce Racing Rocket no. 2, Elliott outdueled WoO LMS stars Rick Eckert of York, Pa., Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to join the elite group of racers with an Outlaw triumph on their resume'. He secured the lead from Clanton lap 39 and held off Eckert's late-race bid to bank a payday of $10,575, including the $500

Ricky Elliot - Shane Clanton - Brewerton Speedway World of Outlaws

Delaware's Ricky Elliot commits to the low side to pass #25 Shane Clanton for the lead in World of Outlaws action at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway. (Alex Bruce)

"Bonus Bucks" cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hadn't previously won a series event and wasn't ranked among the top 12 in points standings.

"This is absolutely fantastic,"”said Elliott, whose list of near-wins in limited WoO LMS appearances over the past six years included second place in 2005, at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway. "Any time you win a race it's great, but this ranks right up there with winning the big-block race at Charlotte (in 2004). It’s one of the biggest thrills of my racing career."

Elliott dedicated his win to the memory of the late Jack Starrette, a prolific car owner and sponsor from Augusta, Ga., who died on Aug. 19 at the age of 78 from severe injuries suffered when he fell from a front-end loader at the Starrette Trucking sand pit. Elliott received sponsorship support from Starrette and drove a Starrette-owned car several times over the past three years.

Eckert, 44, crossed the finish line 0.548 of a second behind Elliott, just a length ahead of the charging Clanton. The 34-year-old Clanton advanced from the seventh starting spot to lead laps 19-36 and lap 38.

John and Larry Wight - Brewerton Speedway
Track owner Larry Wight (left) not only hosted the World of Outlaws at his track Tuesday night, but also fielded three cars that he owns, including those of his son Larry (right), who finished 12th in the main event, and those of Empire State drivers Billy Decker, who finished sixth, and Tim Fuller, who was forced out early after receiving race damage. (Bill Moore Sr. photo).

Polesitter Lanigan led the race’s first 18 laps, but he slipped to fourth - good enough, however, to push him into the WoO LMS points lead by two markers over defending champion Josh Richards, who struggled to an 11th-place finish after an incorrect tire-compound choice caused him to tumble backward from the third starting spot and eventually pit for a tire change on lap 34.

Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., completed the top five, charging forward to finish fifth after starting 18th.

Elliott's triumph came in his third WoO start of 2010 behind the wheel of a car fielded by four partners from the Indianapolis area, including former Empire State resident Leo Milus, and currently maintained by veteran DIRTcar big-block Modified mechanic Randy Kisacky of Johnson City, N.Y.  The car is slated to eventually be driven by former IndyCar and USAC star Andy Michener, but Elliott was commissioned to help the new team get headed in the right direction. He proved the Custom-powered car is more than capable with a virtually flawless performance at the one-third-mile, D-shaped oval, sweeping the night with a fast-time award, heat-race victory, and feature win.

"We had a great car tonight, because we have some really good people working on it,"”said Elliott, a former DIRTcar big-block Modified regular. "With Randy Kisacky and Mark Zekalowski, a buddy of mine from Charlotte, N.C., who's come back up here to help me, putting their brain-power together, we have something going on."”

Elliott, who started fourth, kept his car glued to Brewerton's inside groove to come out on top of an entertaining race slowed by five caution flags. His insistence on running the hub was the key to his success.

"I knew I had to hold the bottom,"”said Elliott, who won using American Racer tires. "I wanted to move up bad when Shane passed me (for second on lap 14), but I said, `No, I'm just gonna' hang out here on the bottom.’ It just got slicker and slicker and slicker and I got a good rhythm going, and that got me into the lead."

"Then I hit the (uke) tire down (on the inside of turn two) with two (laps) to go and I said, `Oh ----, I’m gonna give it away',"’he added. "Fortunately I held on to it and was able to stay ahead of Eckert and Clanton".”

Eckert, who started sixth in his Team Zero by Bloomquist car, couldn't take advantage of Elliott's misstep.

"Ricky and I looked like we had about equal cars,"”said Eckert, who reached second place when he swept past Clanton on a lap-39 restart. "When he caught that uke tire off two with a couple laps to go I thought he was gonna' try to give it to me. I was gonna. wheel it out there and try to go around him, but he collected it right up."”

Eckert remained close to Elliott rounding turn four with the white flag flying, but Elliott snuck by the lapped car driven by Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa, on the homestretch to give himself just enough breathing room. Eckert cleared George between turns one and two but spent the remainder of the circuit primarily racing Clanton.

"I was right with (Elliott) off four on the last lap, but he caught Jill and knocked her out of the way on the frontstraight-away and I got held up there behind her for a second," said Eckert. "Then I turned in under her (in the first corner) and Clanton went around the pair of us on the top, so I had to fend him off for the last lap."

Clanton made his last-ditch effort with a Rocket car that was less than 100 percent.

"We had a pretty good race car,"”said Clanton. "We got the lead and I thought I was O.K., but me and (Austin) Hubbard got together (as Clanton lapped Hubbard on lap 31) and it knocked the toe-in out a little bit. I guess it bent a spindle and it quit steering."”

DIRTcar big-block star Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., finished sixth, running just outside the top five for virtually the entire distance. Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., salvaged a seventh-place finish after starting the night in a hole because a dead battery caused him to miss time trials, while John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y., placed a solid eighth. Tim McCreadie struggled to a ninth-place finish after drawing a caution flag on lap 11 and then pitting to change a tire.

The most serious of the event’s five caution flags involved Lanigan and Dan Stone, who used a provisional to start 24th, but was making an inside-lane bid for fourth place on lap 43 when he tangled with Lanigan in turn three. Stone's car sustained a broken right-front suspension from the contact with Lanigan, sending Stone straight across the track and causing Tim Fuller, who had run in the top five for the entire race, to spin to avoid him. Fuller's night ended witha hit from Russell King, who slid sideways into the pileup.

Aug. 21 - WoO - Brewerton Speedway
1) Ricky Elliott, 2) Rick Eckert, 3) Shane Clanton, 4) Darrell Lanigan, 5) Clint Smith, 6) Billy Decker, 7) Vic Coffey, 8) John Lobb, 9) Tim McCreadie, 10) Chub Frank, 11) Josh Richards, 12) Larry Wight, 13) Dale Planck, 14) Greg Oakes, 15) Steve Francis, 16) Austin Hubbard (prov.), 17) Dale Caswell, 18) Alan Fink, 19) Jill George, 20) Dan Stone, 21) Tim Fuller, 22) Russell King, 23) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs (prov.), 24) Dave Zona.
Fast Time (29 entries): Ricky Elliott (14.619); Heat winners: Elliott, Richards, Lanigan; B-Main winner: Lobb

Alex Bruce photo



 


 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 24
1. Darrell Lanigan 5060
2. Josh Richards 5058 (-2)
3. Tim McCreadie 5014 (-46)
4. Steve Francis 4872 (-188)
5. Shane Clanton 4794 (-266)
6. Rick Eckert 4766 (-294)
7. Austin Hubbard 4718 (-342)
8. Tim Fuller 4684 (-376)
9. Chub Frank 4582 (-478)
10. Clint Smith 4530 (-530)
11. Russell King 4230 (-830)
12. Brent Robinson 3470 (-1590)
13. Jill George 3006 (-2054)
14. Brady Smith 2992 (-2068)
15. Brian Birkhofer 1764 (-3296)

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