Darrell Lanigan and Tim McCreadie battled up front for the third straight World of Outlaws Late Model Series event Sunday with the points-leading Lanigan coming out on top at Duck River Raceway Park for his series-leading fourth victory of the season.
It marked another outstanding race on the quarter-mile bullring just south of Shelbyville.
The third-starting Lanigan, of Union, Ky., took advantage of lapped traffic to slip by the pole-starting McCreadie on the 31st lap, then turned back a final charge from the Watertown, N.Y., driver with 10 laps remaining and edged away for a $10,000 payday in front of a record crowd at the tiny clay oval.
“He’s been really good here lately in making me get up on the wheel, so it just makes us work a little harder and I’m sure they’re working harder,” said Lanigan, who has three victories in his last four series starts.
McCreadie, who has finished in the top two with Lanigan each of the last three series events, was 1.315 seconds back at the checkers in the caution-free event that lasted fewer than 12 minutes.
Home-state driver Mike Marlar of Winfield rallied from eighth to finish third, but he couldn’t catch the frontrunners in crossing the finish line ahead of outside front row-starter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and Ray Cook of Brasstown, N.C. Fast qualifier Shane Clanton finished a lap down in 11th.
Brad Skinner (17th), Mark Fields (21st) and Josh Putnam (24th) were the only Duck River Raceway regulars to qualify for the 24-car starting field that drew 32 entries. Both Skinner and Putnam had to take provisionals to gain entry into the event, while Ben Kittrell (Mt. Pleasant), Robert Stutts (Murfreesboro), Matthew Summers (Estill Springs), Clint Nichols (Shelbyville), Joe Denby (Tullahoma) and David Seibers (Petersburg) were among area drivers who failed to qualify.
McCreadie jumped into the lead over Eckert at the outset and kept Lanigan in check through the first half of the race, but when he was trying to lap Chase Junghans with about 20 laps remaining, Lanigan was able to sneak past.
“I don’t know, he was a little bit better than I was and I just kind of, I got stuck behind Chase there a little bit … Darrell was already beside me, I didn’t really have nowhere to go,” McCreadie recounted. “I couldn’t really just cut left and rip his right front off, so I just … you know, it’s just the way it goes.”
Duck River Raceway Park will host another traveling Super Late Model series this Sunday night, as the track hosts a $5,000-to-win Southern Nationals Bonus Race, as well as a $1,000 to win Crate Late Model race.
—From track and series reports