Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Lanigan Wins World of Outlaws Loot at Eriez Speedway Again
by Jay Pees
HAMMETT, Pa, -- Rain was in the area when the Outlaws rolled into town but in time trials Union, KY’s Darrell Lanigan, defending race champion, set fast time with a quick time of 15.968 seconds around the 3/8 mile Eriez Speedway at an average of 84.544 MPH. Second quick was Watertown, NY’s Tim McCreadie at 16.079 seconds and 83.960 MPH. Rain appeared at lap three in the second B-Main bringing a rain-delay that lasted nearly an hour. Mother Nature didn’t win this time and the fans saw a competitive feature that saw Lanigan take home the winner’s share of the purse. Tim McCreadie, who led the most laps, wound up second with 2011 champion Rick Eckert third, rookie Bub McCool fourth, and pole-sitter Chub Frank fifth. The companion features were won by Pat McGuire, Dustin Eckman, and Max Blair.
In the first heat Davey Johnson got off to an early lead but spun sideways coming out of turn two, collecting the cars of Kent Robinson, John Lobb, John Volpe, and Doug Eck with Bloomington, IN’s Robinson flipping one and a half times, landing on his roof.
Four heat races transferred four cars each to the 50-lap “A” Main and two “B” Mains transferred three more cars each. Heat races were won by Lanigan, Boom Briggs, Russell King, and Chub Frank. B-Mains were won by Pat Doar and Jeff Fuller. In the redraw for starting positions from the top two in each heat, Chub Frank wound up on the pole with 2006 series champion Tim McCreadie outside front row. Provisional starters Kent Robinson and John Lobb were added to the field by the World of Outlaws and Rich Gardner was added as the track provisional. Lobb used his brother Randy’s car for the feature and Robinson, who had destroyed his mount in the heat race roll-over, used the “crate car” of local driver Rob Bates.
Tim McCreadie led the first lap with Shane Clanton, fresh off a $100,000 win in “The Dream” at Eldora Speedway, taking over at the front in lap two. After a lap two caution Frank re-assumed second when green again flew but Clanton was opening a lead. At lap nine Jack Sullivan looped his mount in turn four. Frank again ran second with McCreadie digging on the bottom of the track, regaining second at lap 13. Clanton’s excellent run at the front ended at lap 14, when he suddenly slowed and pulled to the infield. McCreadie, who won Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway, then led the way with Frank again second. Darrell Lanigan, the 2011 winner of this race was third at this point with Mike Knight, Eriez point’s leader, fourth. Two laps before halfway Frank got wide and “jumped the cushion” in turn two, allowing Lanigan to slip by for second. At 30 laps into the event, 2012 World of Outlaws champion Rick Eckert slipped by Frank for third. Caution again flew at lap 38 when fifth-running Mike Knight suddenly slowed on the backstretch. After green Lanigan went to the high side and began challenging for the lead just as John Lobb spun in turn four at lap 41, again slowing the field. Lanigan again immediately went to the high side after green and got by the leader three laps later, then went on to his second successive Eriez Speedway win.
With rain in the forecast and bearing down on the speedway, racing got underway for the Bonnell Collision Street Stocks with pole-sitter Mark Frontera leading the first five laps before being supplanted at the front by eventual winner, 2011 champion Pat McGuire. The finish was McGuire, Frontera, John Phelps Jr, Andy Faulhaber, and Kevin Wetherall.
Dustin Eckman took off with the immediate lead in the Conway & O’Malley Limited Late Model feature and built a big lead until Steve Kania spun mid-pack at lap six, collecting four cars. Eckman went on to the win, his first Limited Late Model triumph at Eriez over Chris McGuire, Dan Maxim, Stan Davis, and Mike Lozowski.
The Dan’s Route 8 Boardwalk Bar and Grill FASTRAK Late Model feature was brought to the green flag by Damian Bidwell and Zack Carley with Bidwell spinning on turn two. When racing resumed defending champion Kyle Zimmerman led the first lap with Bob Dorman coming to second and Max Blair third. At lap six Bruce Hordusky Jr and Bobby Rohrer got together in turn two, again bringing caution over the speedway. At green Blair succeeded in getting by Dorman in turn one ten by the leader in turn four. Dorman came to the lead when Blair and Zimmerman went high the next lap. Blair then retook the lead a lap later and went on to the win. Dorman spun from the second spot at lap 15. Zimmerman wound up second with Jamie Brown third, Chad Wright fourth, and Matt Latta fifth.
Jay's Auto Wrecking Super Late Models World of Outlaws Late Model Tour:
Heat 1: Darrell Lanigan, Shane Clanton, Dave Hess Jr, John Volpe, Scott Gurdak, Doug Eck, Davey Johnson, Kent Robinson, John Lobb
Heat 2: Boom Briggs, Tim McCreadie, Jack Sullivan, Vic Coffey, Pat Doar, Andy Boozel, Chris Hackett, Rich Gardner, Andy Kania
Heat 3: Russell King, Rick Eckert, Bub McCool, Jason DuPont, Jason Morell, Greg Johnson, Brent Rhebergen, Dave Lyon, Greg Oakes
Heat 4: Chub Frank, Mike Knight, Ron Davies, Scott Johnson, Clint Smith, Tim Fuller, Randy Lobb, Jill George, Bump Hedman (DNS)
B-Main 1: Pat Doar, Scott Gurdak, Andy Boozel, Rich Gardner, Andy Kania, Chris Hackett, Doug Eck, Davey Johnson (DNS), Kent Robinson (DNS), John Lobb (DNS)
B-Main 2: Jeff Fuller, Clint Smith, Dave Lyon, Greg Oakes, Jason Morell, Randy Lobb, Greg Johnson, Brent Rhebergen, Jill George, Bump Hedman (DNS)
Feature: Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert, Bub McCool, Chub Frank, Boom Briggs, John Volpe, Ron Davies, Jack Sullivan, Pat Doar, Dave Hess Jr, Scott Johnson, Jason DuPont, John Lobb, Dave Lyon, Vic Coffey, Mike Knight, Rich Gardner, Scott Gurdak, Andy Boozel, Russell King, Shane Clanton, Clint Smith, Tim Fuller, Kent Robinson.
Dan's Route 8 Boardwalk Bar and Grill FASTRAK Late Models:
Feature: Max Blair, Kyle Zimmerman, Jamie Brown, Chad Wright, Matt Latta, Bob Dorman, Zack Carley, Khole Wanzer, Chris Ottaway, Bobby Rohrer, Rob Bates, Damian Bidwell, Jason Genco, Bruce Hordusky.
Conway & O'Malley Limited Late Models:
Feature: Dustin Eckman, Chris McGuire, Dan Maxim, Stan Davis, Mike Lozowski, Mike Moon, Ken Wanzer, Chad Schauers, Ryan Scott, Steve Kania, Bob Vogt Jr, Tyler Green
Bonnell's Collision Center Street Stocks:
Feature: Pat McGuire, Mark Frontera, John Phelps Jr, Andy Faulhaber, Kevin Wetherall, Jimmy Kennerknecht