Darrell Lanigan holds off a high flying Tim McCreadie at
Sharon Speedway World of Outlaws. (Todd Battin)
World of Outlaws:
Lanigan Two In a Row After Stealing Victory at Sharon "Ohio-Pa. Speedweek"
HARTFORD, Oh. - July 29. Darrell Lanigan felt like he stole one on Thursday at Sharon Speedway.
"We got a little lucky tonight,"”Lanigan said after making the 50-lap "Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek" event, his
second straight victory on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. "I was figuring we'd run third, but we got some
lucky breaks there late in the race."”
The first came on lap 43 when Josh Richards slipped high in turns three and four while bidding for the lead,
allowing Union, Ky.'s Lanigan to grab second.
Shortly thereafter, on lap 46, Lanigan vaulted into the top spot when race-long pacesetter Tim McCreadie of
Watertown, N.Y., got momentarily hung up in turn two attempting to lap Russell King, who was sent into a 360-degree
spin by contact from McCreadie, but continued without bringing out a caution flag.
Josh Richards looks to the high side of #22 Gregg Satterlee before
capturing third. Satterlee finished a very respectable fourth. against the WoO
regulars (Todd Battin)
Lanigan, 40, assumed command as lap 47 was scored and stayed there to the finish, holding off McCreadie's
frantic comeback bid to become the seventh different winner in the annual WoO LMS events held since 2004 at the
three-eighths-mile oval. The $10,600 triumph backed up his score in Tuesday's Ohio-Pennsylvania Speedweek opener at
Central Pa Speedway.
McCreadie, 36, settled for second place after starting from the pole position, crossing the finish line
0.240 of a second behind Lanigan.
Darrell Lanigan, flanked by runner up Tim McCreadie (right) and Josh Richards (left)
after Lanigan's second straight World of Outlaws victory at Sharon Speedway. (Todd
The quiet, low-key Lanigan was almost apologetic after capturing his 15th career win on the WoO LMS.
"We had a good car - good enough to run in the top three, but Timmy had the best car here,"”said Lanigan, who
started fourth. "We just were lucky and got the positions to win. Josh slipped up there and I got under him, and
then Timmy got into the 56 car and handed me the lead".”
Lanigan also was fortunate that King's twirl didn't result in a caution flag.
They weren't in winning contention, but that didn't keep #24 Rick Eckert and
#25 Shane Clanton from mixing it up at midfield. (Todd
"If there was a caution I would've had to pull in,"”said Lanigan, whose third victory of 2010 gave him a
single-season career high win total on the WoO LMS. “My right-rear (tire) would've been flat. It was leaking air. I
could feel the car getting looser and looser, so I was just holding on at the end.”
Lanigan's tire deflated as he celebrated with his crew in Victory Lane, the final clear signal that his luck has
turned for the better. The 2008 series champion said afterward that he might know the reason for his change in
McCreadie, meanwhile, was gracious in defeat. He accepted the blame for initiating the race-deciding contact with
"I just went in there like a rookie and made a bonehead move,"”said McCreadie, who drove his Sweeteners Plus Rocket
car to a lead of as much as a full straightaway during the event. “Russ wasn't doing anything wrong. I apologize to
him. I just got a little flustered and forced the issue because I thought those guys (Lanigan and Richards) were
right up behind me. I didn't know I had enough of a lead where I didn’t have to try and get by (King).
"I saw Lanigan come up on the (score) board when he passed Richards (for second) and thought, ‘Oh man, he must've
found a different part of the racetrack, because it wasn't like (the surface) had laid enough rubber to make just
one groove. It was multiple grooves and you could move around, so I thought, `I gotta go or he's gonna' roll me on
the outside because he's got nothing to lose.’”
Craig Vosbergen gets some bad news from a series official after failing to stop by the scales
after the B Feature.
McCreadie, who won a WoO LMS event at Sharon in 2005, registered his fourth runner-up finish of this year’s tour.
The 2006 series champion remained second in the points standings, 24 points behind Richards, but Lanigan is now
breathing down his neck, sitting just six points back in third after 30 events.
Three caution flags slowed the A-Main, all during the first 10 laps. Rookie Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del.,
brought out the first yellow on lap seven when he stopped in turn two with a broken driveshaft, the second
driveshaft to strike his Beitler Motorsports mount, which was also knocked out of heat competition. Subsequent
cautions were caused by a lap-eight tangle that left Bump Hedman, sitting between turns one and two and Corey
Conley, who stopped in turn two on lap 10.
A lapped Russell King gets spun by a passing Tim McCreadie, but managed to
keep going without a caution. It was an incident that McCreadie later apologized for. (Todd
World of Outlaws - Sharon Speedway
1) Darrell Lanigan, 2) Tim McCreadie, 3) Josh Richards, 4)
Gregg Satterlee, 5) Matt Miller, 6) Donnie Moran, 7) Rick "‘Boom"’ Briggs, 8) Steve Francis, 9) Mike
Knight, 10) Chub Frank, 11) Tim Fuller, 12) Robbie Blair, 13) Rick Eckert, 14) Davey Johnson, 15) Shane
Clanton, 16) Clint Smith, 17) Brent Robinson (prov.), 18) Jim Rasey, 19) Russell King, 20) Brent
Rhebergen, 21) Dennis Lunger, 22) Bump Hedman, 23) Corey Conley, 24) Austin Hubbard
Fast Time 34 entries: (16.445 secs.); Heat winners: Richards, Miller, Moran,
McCreadie. B-Mains winners: Eckert, RhebergenTime of Race: 21 Mins., 13.913 Secs.
Mike Ruefer photo