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Josh Richards - Chub Frank - Lernerville O'Reilly All Stars

Josh Richards and #1 Chub Frank battled for second throughout their heat race, then returned to the feature to dice for second in O'Reilly All Stars action at Lernerville Speedway. (Cory Stivason)

O'Reilly All Stars: Clanton Cruises to "Dual" Win at Lernerville

Jason Shank

LERNERVILLE, Pa. - Sept. 4. Shane Clanton had always been fast at Lernerville Speedway, but he never got the breaks needed to pick up a win at the famed half-mile until 2010. The Georgia ace made everything click back in June when he took home $30,000 from the fourth annual ‘Firecracker 100’ and continued his 2010 success at ‘The Action Track’ with a $5,000 win in the O’Reilly All Star Late Model Series sanctioned ‘Dual in the Dirt’, surprisingly, using the same right front tire that glued him to the speedway in June.

Shaner Clanton at Lernerville Speedway

After missing the previous night's event at West Virginia, Shane Clanton raced to Friday's O'Reilly All Stars victory at Lernerville. (Cory Stivason) 

Steve Francis, Chub Frank, Josh Richards - Lernerville Speedway

Steve Francis looks under #25 Josh Richards after advancing to fourth. He grabbed third from an out of shape Frank late in the race. (Cory Stivason)

"After 150 laps and $35,000, I think that tire has paid for itself," joked race winner Clanton.

Beating Chub Frank to the early lead, Clanton set a blistering pace on the ultra-fast surface that took almost a half-inch of rain a mere two hours before racing began, had action all over as Frank and Josh Richards ran behind the leader, and 11th starting All Star Rookie of the Year contender John Garvin Jr. slid into the sixth place on the second lap. Meanwhile,18th starting Steve Francis powered his way into the top ten by the eighth circuit while Gregg Satterlee fought with Clint Smith for the fifth spot.

Miley - Blair - Lernerville O'Reilly All Stars

Jared Miley works on O'Reilly All Stars defending champ Robbie Blair (#11) to eventually wind up sixth in the rundown.(Cory Stivason)

The laps started clicking away as Clanton diced his way through lapped traffic. Richards used momentum out of turn two to gain on second running Frank on each and every lap, attempting slide job after slide job in turn four with no success as Chub used his own outside momentum.

Francis continued to make his way to the front after climbing into the top five with a pass of Clint Smith on lap 22 and another under Blair for fourth on lap 23. Richards was finally able to make one of his patented Lernerville slide jobs stick on lap 27 to move into the second spot, while Francis was steadily gaining on the duo. Francis’s pass on Frank on lap 28 was made fairly easy as Frank made contact with the lapped car of Herman Bertolini, but was able to regroup before fourth running Clint Smith was able to get by.

Shane Clanton at Lernerville Speedway

Shane Clanton after his OAS win at Lernerville, Pa. (Cory Stivason)

Clanton masterfully worked lapped traffic to hold onto the lead during the caution-free race and bring home his second career All Star Late Model Series feature event.  Richards was second with Francis coming from his 18th starting position to finish third.

O'Reilly All Stars - Lernerville Speedway
1) Shane Clanton, 2) Josh Richards, 3) Steve Francis, 4) Chub Frank, 5) Clint Smith, 6) Jared Miley, 7) Greg Satterlee, 8) Greg Oakes, 9) Rob Blair, 10) Doug Eck, 11) John Garvin Jr., 12) Matt Lux, 13) Mike Johnson, 14) Lynn Geisler, 15) Rick “Boom” Briggs,16) Brian Swartzlander, 17) Jason Fosnaught, 18) Nick Reges,19) Herman Bertolini, 20) Michael Norris, 21) Dereck Frank.
Fast Time (22 entries): Satterlee (15.643); Heat winners: Blair, Richards
Craig Whyte photo


 

 

 

 

 

 

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