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Darrell Lanigan

Darrell Lanigan in Victory Lane at Ocala Speedway. (Rick Warren)

Lanigan Holds On For Victory In Tense World of Outlaws Inaugural At Ocala Speedway

By Kevin Kovac

OCALA, Fla. - March 19. Darrell Lanigan didn't catch his breath until reaching Victory Lane on Friday night at Ocala Speedway.

In a tense battle that had a standing-room-only crowd cheering, Lanigan repelled several rivals to capture the inaugural 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at the unique three-eighths-mile oval in central Florida.

"That was pretty exciting," said Lanigan, who wasn't headed after grabbing the

McCreadie - Lanigan

Tim McCreadie looks underneath leader Darrell Lanigan during World of Outlaws action at Ocala Speedway, but he'd have to settle for second to the Kentucky ace. (Rick Warren)

lead on lap three but never got far enough ahead to relax. "This is a real tricky racetrack, so all it took was one mistake and somebody was gonna pass you. Luckily we were just able to hold on."

Lanigan, 39, of Union, Ky., fought hard from start-to-finish in his self-owned Rocket car, turning back especially strong challenges from teenage WoO LMS rookie contender Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., and 2006 tour champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., to emerge triumphant. The 2008 WoO LMS titlist pocketed $10,600 for his 13th career win on the national tour.

McCreadie, 35, settled for second place in the Sweeteners Plus Rocket, finishing 1.893 seconds behind Lanigan. The 18-year-old Hubbard placed third in Dale Beitler's Rocket – his career-best finish in World of Outlaws action – followed by defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.V. in the Rocket Chassis house car and 13th-starter Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., in his self-owned Rocket mount.

Lanigan, who started third, overtook hometown favorite Ivedent Lloyd of Ocala, Fla., for the lead heading down the backstretch of the egg-shaped track on lap three. He spent the remainder of the distance waiting for drivers to come knocking on his door.

"I kept looking on the (score) board and there was somebody different behind me every lap," said Lanigan, who registered his first victory on the WoO LMS since July 14, 2009, at Gillette (Wyo.) Thunder Speedway. "I was like, 'What's going on back there?' All I could do was run as hard as I could and try to stay in front."

Darrell Lanigan - Ocala

Darrell Lanigan rolls to his second win of the season and his second in Florida on
the World of Outlaws tour, this time at Ocala Speedway. (Rick Warren)

Hubbard was the first to threaten Lanigan, sailing around the outside of Richards to steal second on a lap-18 restart and almost immediately catching the leader. The teenager drove to the outside of Lanigan on the backstretch
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