latemodelamerica.com - May 8 - Bluegrass Speedway Part 2
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Lanigan settled for third place after a lap-21 scrape with Owens damaged the front end of his car, effectively ending his hopes of completing an impressive charge from the 11th starting spot to the lead. Outside polesitter Don O'Neal finished fourth and earned the $500 WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn't won a tour A-Main and isn't among the top 12 in series points.

The race's most important moment was the contact between Owens and Lanigan as they raced for the lead on lap 21. Lanigan hugged the bottom of the track to pull alongside Owens through turns one and two, but exiting the corner, Owens came down the track and touched the right-front of Lanigan's car, causing the 2008 WoO LMS champion to get out of shape and fall to third.

Lanigan regained second from O'Neal on a lap-25 restart and briefly threatened Owens after the A-Main's fourth and final caution flag on lap 33, but his car wouldn't allow him to ascend into the lead.

"I don't know if he didn't see me or what, but when I got together with Owens, it messed up the front end a little bit," said Lanigan. "It knocked the toe out on the right front and we weren't as good as we'd been. We went a little softer on tires too, so when the track kind of went away at the end, we were holding on."

Owens directed his apologies for the incident toward Lanigan.

"I was touching the cushion on the high side," said Owens, who earned $10,000 for his fourth career win at Bluegrass. "I rolled off (turn two) and seen Lanigan there (on the inside) about the same time I was done committed to the brown to get around the lapped car. I kind of misjudged – I didn't think Darrell would throw it out as far as he did and we just bumped a little bit.

"It was just a racing deal. I hope he feels the same way."

Francis, meanwhile, was satisfied with his second-place finish. It was a marked improvement over his disappointing 10th-place run in the previous night's WoO LMS event at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway.

"I couldn't run with Owens," said Francis, who married the Bluegrass Speedway promoters' daughter, Amanda, on Feb. 27. "But I can't complain about a second. At one point I thought I was gonna be about a 10th place car, so we were fortunate to get back to second."

Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., finished sixth, fading during the race's second half after moving from the 13th starting spot to fourth by lap 20.

Defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards, who entered the event tied for the points lead with McCreadie, finished 12th after pitting to change a cut right-rear tire on lap 25 while running inside the top 10. He left Bluegrass trailing McCreadie by 10 points.

Other caution flags were caused by Jordan Bland of Campbellsville, Ky., who stopped with engine problems on lap one; Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., who started sixth but fell to the back of the pack after a scramble sent him against the wall between turns one and two on the second lap; and Dustin Neat, who slid across the track in turn four on lap 33.

Forty cars were entered in the event. O'Neal set a new track record in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, blazing around the track in 14.563 seconds (123.601 mph).
Finish - Bluegrass - May 8

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