Sep 21, 2019 10:18 AM EST
SHANE CLANTON TAKES MORTON BUILDINGS WORLD OF OUTLAWS WIN AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY
Chad Chevalier nails down DIRTcar Hoosier Tire feature. Ray Hyer claims 4 Cylinder’s. Derrick Podsaidlo in Modifieds and Joe Trenca in 360 Sprints secure Dash wins.
(Dundee, NY) Night one of the 4th Annual Fall Nationals at the Outlaw Speedway played to an absolutely perfect nigh of weather, a packed house and a superb racing surface.
The Morton Buildings World of Outlaw Late Models made only their second ever appearance at the popular Yates County oval as 23 high powered machines took to the fast 4/10 of a mile clay oval.
The “Georgia Bulldog”, Shane Clanton set fast time and would prove to be the man to beat as he also picked up his qualifying heat event along with current series high point man, Brandon Sheppard and Cade Dillard and for Dillard it proved to be his first ever heat race win while competing with the WoO LM Series.
Six lucky youngsters were able to handle the re-draw for the top two finishers in each of the three heat races and by the luck of the draw, Sheppard and Clanton would start on the front row and lead the field to the start of the 50 lap grind.
At the drop of the opening green flag, Clanton immediately shot into the top spot from his outside front row starting spot as the outside of the speedway was definitely the fast way around. During the first one third of the event, Clanton opened up a comfortable full straight away advantage over Sheppard as the two weaved their way thru lap traffic. Clanton refused to move off the cushion as Sheppard worked several lanes trying to track down the race leader and at the lap 29 mark the first caution flag waved as then third place runner and Rookie of the Year contender, Rick Weiss had something break in the rear end of his machine entering thru number one and he was done for the night. It was also during that caution period that Dillard made a quick pit stop as he two was running in the top five at the time.
On the ensuing restart Clanton again showed his muscle as he again opened up a sizeable advantage over Sheppard, however it would be short lived as on lap 33, Darrell Lanigan suffered a flat right rear time and slowed on the speedway bringing out the second caution. Eight laps later, former series champion and York, Pa. native, Rick Eckert suffered the same fate as Lanigan bringing out the races third caution.
With no lap cars in sight and nothing but clean air in front of him, Clanton again opened a 5 car length advantage between himself and Sheppard, but it again would be wiped out as the final yellow flag waved on lap 47 as Gregg Satterlee stopped on the speedway with a flat right rear.
With the field now in single file restart mode, Clanton was able to keep Sheppard at bay over the final three circuits and went on to his fourth series win of the 2019 season. For Sheppard it was a bit of a disappointment as he was looking to make history by not only backing up his 2018 Outlaw Speedway victory, but a win would have also broken the all-time WoO LM Series season win total at 19. However, for Sheppard it was another very good point night and with only a handful of events remaining till they land in Charlotte, NC for the World Finals in November. Sheppard is in good shape to claim the 2019 title.
A gracious Shane Clanton in victory lane was greeted by a loud roar of cheers form the capacity crowd on hand and thanked everyone for attending and was appreciative of a near perfect racing surface. And oh, yes the $10,000 winner’s check would come in very handy!
Following Clanton and Sheppard across the line were Chase Junghans who started fourth at the opening green flag and ran in or around the top five throughout the 50 lap affair as Cade Dillard stormed back thru the field from his lap 29 pit stop to claim fourth. Dennis Erb Jr. who started tenth on the grid put on a steady performance to round out the top five.
Local favorites Bryce Davis and Mike Smith both fared very well. Davis, of Canisteo, NY and a former 360 Late Model and Rush Crate Late Model Series winner at Outlaw Speedway started ninth, ran with a tight pack of cars throughout and came home for a nice eighth place finish as he now competes fulltime in a Late Model. Smith of Arkport, another guy who had competed many times at Outlaw Speedway throughout his career in IMCA Modifieds , 360 and Crate Late Models started twentieth on field wound up fourteenth and was credited with the Hard Charger Award.
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Also on the card for the opening night of the Outlaw Speedway Fall Nationals some three dozen machines tried to qualify for the $1500 to win DIRTcar Hoosier Tire Sportsman feature event with the five qualifying heats going to 2019 Outlaw feature winner Kevin Roote along with Nick Guererri, Chad Chevalier, Stacy Jackson and Andy Smith. Two consolation events were required to set the feature field as they were picked up by Dylan Zacharias and 2019 track feature winner, Brett Buono.
At the completion of the 30 lap feature it was invader, Chad Chevalier picking up his first win at Outlaw Speedway as he was chased across the line by Andy Smith, Zach Sobotka, three time 2019 Outlaw DIRTcar feature winner, Steve Gray as Kevin Roote rounded the top five. For runner up Smith and third place finisher Sobotka the pair both had rare appearances at the track in 2019, but used that to their advantage in top five finishes.
In the Mighty 4 Cylinder Division over three dozen cars tried to qualify for the twenty lap feature with heat wins going to track regulars Scott Lehman JR., 2019 Track Champion, Adam Austin and Scott Lehman. Invaders Bob Schultz and Quinn Wallis claimed the remaining two qualifying heat races.
Like the Sportsman two consolation events were needed to set the feature line up with veteran driver, Brian Grant along invader, Lee Fritz getting the wins.
In the feature it was veteran competitor and one time 2019 Outlaw feature winner, Ray Hyer claiming the win as he stormed to the front from his third row starting position. Hyer was followed across the line by track regular and four time feature winner and pole position starter, Scott Lehman Jr. Other regulars in JJ Kreidler III and Bob Doolittle claimed third and fourth as opening day feature winner, Brad Sheppard rounded the top five.
Last but certainly not the least a pair of fifteen lap Dash Qualifiers were held for both the Patriot Sprint Tour/ESS 360 Sprints as well as the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds with the top two in each locked into night two racing as part of the 4th Annual Fall Nationals.
In the FCDJR Modifieds it was Penn Yan native, Derrick Podsaidlo picking up the non-stop victory in the seventeen car field as he was followed closely by Cory Costa. Likewise in the 360 Sprints, Joe Trenca, who started inside the second row stormed to the front and claimed the victory over a stout ten car field thus locking his potent number 98 into the top spot for the $5000 to win 360 Sprint Fall Nationals on Saturday.
Congratulations to all competitors. Some 123 cars jammed into the Outlaw Speedway pit area for the three full field features and two dash qualifiers.
Up next at Outlaw Speedway after the completion of the Fall Nationals the track will lay quiet for a month as the 4th Annual Dutch Hoag Triple 7’s Weekend will be held on October 18 and 19, 2019.