Little Valley Speedway News

Lanigan Repeats At Little Valley; Scores 50th WOO Win
by Dave Sully

LITTLE VALLEY, NY- Defending champion Darrell Lanigan scored his second straight Little Valley Speedway World of Outlaws victory on Thursday, August 22nd, and it was a big one. It was the Hazard, KY, driver’s 50th career Series win, and he became the first driver to hit that milestone. Starting on the outside pole, just as he did last year, Lanigan bolted to the lead over polesitter and current point leader, Josh Richards, at the drop of the green and was never headed in the race that was slowed by only two minor cautions over the fifty lap distance.

Though he led every lap, there were times that it appeared his advantage was going to be threatened. One of his biggest challenges early came from local favorite “Hollywood” Mike Knight, who was flying around the outside, took fourth on lap 13 and was challenging Dan Stone for third, when he suddenly slowed on lap 16 for what was later reported to be a damaged radiator.

As Lanigan set the pace, there was a furious battle for the runner-up spots, as Richards, Rick Eckert, Shane Canton, and Dan Stone grappled for position. The big winner in that group was Stone, who found the outside to his liking and, making strategic use of lap traffic, was able to negotiate past Eckert and Richards to close on Lanigan, managing to finish second by .377 seconds.
Richards settled for third, followed by Clanton and Eckert to round out the top five. Other notables were Tim McCreadie, who came from eleventh to finish sixth, Bub McCool, winner earlier this year at Canandaigua, who came from twentieth to finish seventh, and Dutch Davies, who was the first local to cross the line, finishing ninth.

Lanigan, who was campaigning the car he used for much of his record breaking 2012 season but had been seriously damaged at Eldora in June, noted, “ We just finally made a couple weeks time and got it back together this week. We rebuilt the whole car and got it back to new, and it’s definitely back to where it was. Sometimes you get a good car, a car you really like, and this is definitely one of the good ones.”

Of the race he continued, “I knew somebody was coming. I looked at the board and knew it was a different car. I just kind of figured Stone had a harder tire on, but I come to find out that he was just running a different groove. I guess he found that high groove before anybody else did. I didn’t even think about going up there. It seemed crumbly to me, but he definitely got up there and made it work. It’s kind of hard to tell where the guy is behind you and what he’s doing, but I knew if I just ran my line on the bottom it was gonna be hard to pass.”

Stone, though pleased with his run, was frustrated over what he thought could have been. He described his effort, observing, “We had a good car, and when we got in lap traffic we could maneuver a lot better than the other guys. I could run the outside a lot better. When those guys got pinned by the lap cars I could roll around the outside. It was a shame that we just came up a little short, but we had a good car.”

Richards, who was overtaken by Stone late in the race, commented, “Darrell had clean track from the start, there. I couldn’t steer that well. Once I figured out how to drive it a little bit, we got better toward the end of the race and was definitely running him back down. We kind of got stuck behind lap traffic there. I couldn’t maneuver as well as I would have liked. We’ll take it. We don’t like starting on the pole and running backward.”

In other racing, Jeremy Wonderling, from Scio, captured the 20 lap BRP Can Am Series Feature, coming from his tenth place starting spot to grab the lead on lap six from pace setter Ray Bliss. From there, he held off friend and arch rival John Waters over several restarts before Waters eventually surrendered the runner-up spot to Bruce Miller, who made a spirited run from eleventh. Perhaps the best run of the night was turned in by Jon Rivers, who started twentieth, after having problems in his heat, and finished fifth.

Wonderling observed, “The car worked really good. It’s the first time I’ve been here with that motor. The car itself drove perfect and had good traction. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Finally, Steve Dixon, from Smethport, using a new car and a smaller motor, completed a sweep of the E-Mod races and won the track championship, as he won for the fourth time. Starting on the pole, he stayed in his favorite groove, the bottom, and was never challenged in the caution free 20 lap event. Brent Rhebergen, who also drove in the WOO Feature, was able to keep him in sight, but couldn’t get closer than about ten car lengths and settled for second. Rich Michael Jr. made a nice run from tenth to finish third.

NOTES: Long time favorite, Super Late Model driver, Ron Davies, who intended to race son-in-law, Shane Clanton, at Little Valley, but was injured the previous Friday at Lernerville, in what he termed the worst crash he’d ever been in, acted as the Grand Marshal and received thunderous applause from the crowd when he was introduced………The night didn’t start well for Lanigan, as his car shut off during hot laps and he had to be pushed to the pits. He reported later that the battery shorted out and was quickly replaced………….Next up for Little Valley is the season finale on Saturday, September 14th, when the Super Late Models and the 358 Modifieds are highlighted on a card that also includes the BRP Can am Series and the Street Stocks. Season titles in the Late Models, Can Am Series, and Street Stocks are at stake.

RESULTS:

World of Outlaws Late Models: (50 laps) - 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Dan Stone, 3. Josh Richards, 4. Shane Clanton, 5. Rick Eckert, 6. Tim McCreadie, 7. Bub McCool, 8. Eric Wells, 9. Dutch Davies, 10. Jason Dupont, 11. Coleby Frye, 12. Tim Fuller, 13. Chub Frank, 14. Vic Coffey, 15. Billy Decker, 16. Morgan Bagley, 17. Bump Hedman, 18. Brent Rhebergen, 19. Greg Oakes, 20. Dick Barton, 21. Boom Briggs, 22. Mike Knight, 23. Clint Smith, and 24. David Scott. Heat winners were Clanton, Knight, and Lanigan. Last Chance winner was Frye.

BRP Can Am Series: (20 laps) - 1. Jeremy Wonderling, 2. Bruce Miller, 3. John Waters, 4. Ray Bliss, 5. Jon Rivers, 6. Jason Knowles, 7. Mike Wonderling, 8. Bob Close, 9. Brian Knowles, 10. Quinn Sutherland, 11. John Zimmerman, 12. Barry Payne, 13. Kevin Olinger, 14. Bob Babbitt, 15. Jay McConnell, 16. Jared Hill, 17. Ron Wilkins, 18. Brad LaBarron, 19. DJ Krug, 20. Steve LaBarron, 21. Neil Patterson, and 22. Mikey Wonderling. Heat winners were Jeremy Wonderling and Miller.

E-Mods: (20 laps) – 1. Steve Dixon, 2. Brent Rhebergen, 3. Rich Michael Jr., 4. Vic Vena, 5. Joel Watson, 6. Nathan Hill, 7. Kyle Bedell, 8. Chad Ruhlman, 9. Randy Hall, 10. Dan Davies, 11. Kirk Bradley, 12. John Boardman, 13. Dan Sasso, 14. Jeff Johnson, 15. Brian Fardink, 16. Carl Ballinger, 17. Al Brewer, 18. John Woodward, and 19. TJ Downs. Heat winners were Hall and Michael.