Richards Ends Lanigan’s Domination Of Bubba Raceway Park In Friday-Night 50-Lapper

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OCALA, Fla – Josh Richards got the best of Darrell Lanigan on Friday night, ending his friendly rival’s domination of World of Outlaws Late Model Series action at Bubba Raceway Park with a hard-fought victory in the 50-lap Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals A-Main.

Richards, 23, of Shinnston, W.Va., made WoO LMS history in the process, becoming the national tour’s alltime winningest driver. He won for the 38th time in his career, moving him out of tie for first with Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., on the checkered flag list that includes races run in the modern era (2004-present) and the original 1988-89 seasons contested under late WoO Sprint Car Series founder Ted Johnson.

“That’s really crazy,” said Richards, who earned $10,100 for his first win of the 2012 WoO LMS campaign. “To look back at what we’ve accomplished (since 2004) is phenomenal. To win that many races against these guys, I couldn’t be more proud.”

Richards’s milestone score appeared headed toward a repeat of Thursday night’s Winter Nationals opener, however, when Union, Ky.’s Lanigan, who started outside of Richards on the front row for the second consecutive night, surged into the lead at the initial green flag. But Richards turned up the wick on his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car after falling to third place and rallied to grab the top spot from Lanigan for good on lap 26.

Lanigan, 41, settled for a runner-up finish in his Rocket mount, flashing under the checkered flag several car lengths behind Richards after his last-ditch bid fell short. It was the first WoO LMS defeat of 2012 for Lanigan, who followed his $20,000-plus victory in the season opener on Feb. 11 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., with a wire-to-wire win on Thursday evening.

WoO LMS Rookie of the Year contender Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., finished third in a Victory Circle by Moyer car. He marched forward from the 12th starting spot to register a career-best placing on the tour, bettering his previous high by eight positions.

Moyer drove his Victory Circle mount to a fourth-place finish after climbing as high as second and falling as far as fifth, and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., was fifth in the Bryson Motorsports Rocket to earn a top-five finish for the second consecutive night.

Richards gained a dose of redemption for his near-miss on Thursday night, when he finished second to Lanigan after having his bid for the lead turned back with two laps remaining. He didn’t let his opportunity to overtake Lanigan slip through his fingers this time.

“We got off to a little bit of a slow start again,” said Richards, who fell back to third by lap eight. “I kept hitting the black with a 20 on the right front and shoving across the center, and Billy (Moyer) got by me. I just had to get back up on it and get back by.

“Once we got some heat in the right front tire we were able to gain some speed and get up on top and roll. That was the key to getting by Darrell. He runs a really aggressive, wide line, and it’s hard to get clear. I knew when I passed him on the front straightaway (on lap 26) it was a make-or-break deal to try and squeeze up through there.”

Beating Lanigan to the finish line was a satisfying development for Richards, whose team parked alongside Lanigan’s in the BRP pit area.

“It was cool to get the 29 behind us,” smiled Richards.

Lanigan, meanwhile, wore a frustrated scowl following the race. The ultra-competitive driver was disappointed that he couldn’t hold on for another victory.

“Our right-rear (tire) sealed over for some reason,” said Lanigan. “I don’t know why, but it did. It happened under the (lap-15) caution. When we went back racing, it felt like we had an old tire on it. I thought we had a flat.”

Lanigan managed to close within a car length of Richards on lap 47, but his hopes evaporated when he bobbled on the cushion in turns one and two that circuit.

“We just got up there and started winging it on the top,” said Lanigan, who ended the night leading the WoO LMS points standings by eight markers over Richards. “We just missed it one lap and lost too much ground to make up.”

DIRTcar UMP star Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., finished sixth after taking the green flag from the fifth spot. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who switched to his backup car after failing to qualify through his heat, used a provisional to start the A-Main and then came alive, charging forward from the 25th spot to place seventh. WoO LMS rookie contender Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., recorded a career-best tour finish of eighth, while Sweeteners Plus teammates Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who used a provisional and started 24th, and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., placed ninth and 10th, respectively.

Four caution flags slowed the event. Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., was involved in two incidents, slowing on lap 15 and later tangling on the backstretch with Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., on lap 36. Defending BRP Late Model champion Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla., slowed with a smoking car on lap 32 and Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., relinquished second place on lap 40 due to a cut right-rear tire.

Lanigan was fastest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials for the second time in three 2012 events, besting the 51-car field with a lap of 13.938 seconds. He established a new track record, nipping Richards’s one-day-old mark of 13.994 seconds.

Heat winners Lanigan, Richards, Clanton, Feger and Moyer. The B-Mains were captured by Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., and Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill.

The Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals will conclude on Saturday night (Feb. 18) with a 60-lap A-Main paying $12,000 to win. Hot laps are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. each day and racing is set to get the green flag at 7 p.m.

More information on the Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals is available by logging on to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or calling 352-622-9400.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

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Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals’ Night 2 at Bubba Raceway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (1) Josh Richards/50 $10,150
2. (2) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,150
3. (13) Bub McCool/50 $3,550
4. (4) Billy Moyer/50 $2,600
5. (7) Mike Marlar/50 $2,000
6. (3) Jason Feger/50 $1,750
7. (25) Chub Frank/50 $1,450
8. (6) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,400
9. (24) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,350
10. (10) Vic Coffey/50 $1,150
11. (8) Rick Eckert/50 $1,200
12. (14) Clint Smith/50 $1,050
13. (18) Dillon Wood/50 $950
14. (5) Shane Clanton/50 $1,000
15. (21) Jared Hawkins/50 $850
16. (11) Pat Doar/50 $850
17. (19) Jason McBride/50 $770
18. (17) Frankie Heckenast Jr./50 $750
19. (15) Billy Moyer Jr./50 $730
20. (20) Kent Robinson/50 $700
21. (27) John Lobb/49 $0
22. (9) Ron Davies/35 $750
23. (23) Dan Stone/35 $700
24. (12) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./31 $725
25. (22) John Lowery/15 $700
26. (16) Casey Roberts/15 $700
27. (26) Tim Fuller/1 $50

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Yellow Flags: 4 (Laps 15, 32, 36, 40)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-25); Richards (26-50)
Provisional Starters: McCreadie, Frank (WoO); Fuller, Lobb (WoO emergency)
Rookie of the Race: McCool
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: McCool ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 13.938 (NTR)
2. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 14.023
3. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 14.027
4. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 14.070
5. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 14.114
6. 11d-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 14.115
7. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 14.116
8. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 14.126
9. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 14.157
10. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 14.167
11. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 14.197
12. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 14.217
13. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 14.225
14. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 14.275
15. 21Jr.-Billy Moyer Jr./Batesville, AR 14.297
16. 1W-Dillon Wood/Daytona Beach, FL 14.304
17. 81-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 14.319
18. 77-Jason McBride/Carbondale, IL 14.321
19. 11-Austin Kirkpatrick/Ocala, FL 14.335
20. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 14.354
21. 25x-Mason Ziegler/Chalk Hill, PA 14.373
22. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 14.397
23. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 14.407
24. 91-Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY 14.431
25. 99Jr-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 14.472
26. 80-Nick Lyons/Centralia, IL 14.503
27. 28-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 14.526
28. 13-J.R. Hotovy/Covert, MI 14.535
29. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 14.553
30. B12-Kevin Weaver/Gibson City, IL 14.602
31. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 14.607
32. 47-Tyler Ivey/Tallahassee, FL 14.651
33. 49-Greg Johnson/Bedford, IN 14.702
34. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 14.709
35. 35-Christian Augspurger/Palm Beach Gardens, FL 14.737
36. 48-Tim Lance/Brimfield, IL 14.739
37. 8-John Lowery/Bakersfield, CA 14.799
38. 3C-Mike Collins/Carter Lake, IA 14.834
39. 57-Charlie Sandercock/Belleville, ONT 14.875
40. 77M-Jay Morris/Watseka, IL 14.886
41. 38G-John Gardner Jr./Germantown Hills, IL 14.894
42. 4G-Bob Gardner/Matamoras, IL 14.973
43. 22G-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 14.974
44. J4-John Garvin Jr./Sarver, PA 15.149
45. 16H-Mike Hammerle/St. Charles, MO 15.413
46. 15-Alan Fink/Brewerton, NY 15.814
47. 33-Don Gordon/Chatham, ONT 16.389
48. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN N/T
49. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV N/T
50. 37-Jared Hawkins/Fairmont, WV N/T
51. 3s-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL 14.560 (DQ – technical violation)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Lanigan, Sheppard, Doar, Wood, Lyons, Ziegler, Frank, Fink, J. Gardner (DNS) Shirley

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Richards, Marlar, Lloyd, Ivey, McCreadie, Satterlee, Lowery, Lobb, Gordon (DNS) B. Gardner

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Clanton, Eckert, McCool, McBride, Roberts, Hotovy, Johnson, George, Robinson, Collins

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Feger, Davies, C. Smith, Sullivan, Fuller, Decker, Garvin, Sandercock, Kirkpatrick (DNS) Shaver

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Moyer, Coffey, Moyer Jr., Stone, Heckenast, Augspurger, Hawkins, Weaver, Morris (DNS) Hammerle

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Roberts, Wood, Robinson, Lowery, Johnson, Lobb, Lyons, Fink, Ziegler, B. Gardner, J. Gardner, Satterlee, Frank, Gordon, McCreadie, Ivey (DNS) Lance, Shirley

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Heckenast, McBride, Hawkins, Stone, Fuller, Hotovy, Garvin, Sullivan, Decker, Augspurger, George, Morris, Weaver, Sandercock, Hammerle, Kirkpatrick (DNS) Collins, Shaver

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher I n A-Main or next highest w/decal): Casey Roberts
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jason Feger
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Casey Roberts/Frankie Heckenast Jr.
Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Brandon Sheppard
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Rick Eckert
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Ron Davies
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Ron Davies
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Mike Marlar
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Brandon Sheppard
Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal – $100 value): Frankie Heckenast Jr.
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main): Josh Richards
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main or next highest with decal – $30 value): Gregg Satterlee
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed – $200 value): Darrell Lanigan
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bub McCool
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Brandon Sheppard
XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Josh Richards

2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 17 – 3 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Darrell Lanigan 446
2. Josh Richards 438 (-8)
3. Shane Clanton 406 (-40)
4. Rick Eckert 402 (-44)
5. Bub McCool 394 (-52)
6. Chub Frank 386 (-60)
7. Tim McCreadie 384 (-62)
8. Mike Marlar 382 (-64)
9. Jared Hawkins 376 (-70)
10. Clint Smith 374 (-72)
11. Vic Coffey 372 (-74)
12. Ron Davies 366 (-80)
13. Brandon Sheppard 364 (-82)
14. Pat Doar 348 (-98)
15. Kent Robinson 336 (-110)
16. John Lobb 326 (-120)
17. Gregg Satterlee 312 (-134)
18. Tim Fuller 310 (-136)
19. Billy Moyer Jr. 308 (-138)
20. Billy Moyer 304 (-142)