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Lanigan and McCreadie - Sharon Speedway World of Outlaws

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" Stop

Kevin Kovac

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.

Dave Satterlee - Josh Richards - Sharon Speedway World of Outlaws

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.

Lanigan, Richards, and McCreadie at Sharon Speedway World of Outlaws 

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 Battin)

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.

Rick Eckert - Shane Clanton - Sharon Speedway World of Outlaws

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 Battin)

"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 fortune.

McCreadie, meanwhile, was gracious in defeat. He accepted the blame for initiating the race-deciding contact with King.

"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.

(Todd Battin)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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.

Russell King spin - Sharon Speedway World of Outlaws

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 Battin) 

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 (prov.)
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.

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