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Craig Gabriele
       

 

 
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Craig

 

Lanigan, Hearn Earn Final Wins of 2013 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals

World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Blocks close out two-week event

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 23, 2013 — Darrell Lanigan and Brett Hearn won two thrillers Saturday night to close out the 2013 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment in front of a huge crowd at Volusia Speedway Park on a very warm night.

Lanigan, the defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion, outdueled Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards in the 50-lapper to win for the first time at Volusia Speedway Park. Richards tried to close the gap down the stretch but Lanigan was too strong, winning by .990.

“I changed my line around a bunch down in three and four to try and get good,” said Lanigan, of Union, Ky. “For the last five laps I found a pretty good line right through the middle there. My car was awesome there and we were able to hold on. I got to thank my crew. They worked hard all week to put this car back together (after a Tuesday-night crash). We put it on the jig to straighten it out and it was awesome tonight.”

 

Richards’ runner-up finish was good enough to earn the overall Dirt Late Model event championship.

McCreadie was third with Shane Clanton and Tim Fuller completing the top five.

In Super DIRTcar Series action, Hearn was dominating the 50-lap finale before blowing a right rear with 15 laps to go and turning over the lead to Mario Clair. Hearn’s crew quickly changed the tire and he charged back through the 28-car field. Hearn moved to second with two to go and slid past Clair in turns 1 and 2 after taking the white flag. Hearn then held off Clair to the finish for his 21st victory at Volusia. Hearn was aloud to start in 10th place on the restart.

“I may have clipped a lapped car when I tried to split these guys off of turn four,” said Hearn, a seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champion from Sussex, N.J. “I’m sure we bent a wheel or something. Our car got tighter and tighter but we were still going through lapped cars like they were stopped. When I got that flat tire, we didn’t have the same compound to put back on the car. I could tell by the dejected look on the crew that they weren’t ready to change that tire with the same compound so I just went out there to do the best I could do.”

 

34 Dirt Modifieds and 46 WoO Late Models Signed into the pits for the last night of racing @ Volusia's 2013 UNOH Dirt Car Nationals.

 Justin Haers was impressive in finishing third with Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard rounding out the top five.

Danny Johnson finished sixth and earned the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Florida Tour championship.

 
World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main (50 Laps): 1. Darrell Lanigan ($10,150); 2. Josh Richards; 3. Tim McCreadie; 4. Shane Clanton; 5. Tim Fuller; 6. Rick Eckert; 7. Bub McCool; 8. Brady Smith; 9. Scott James; 10. Dale McDowell; 11. Billy Moyer; 12. Eric Wells; 13. Steve Francis; 14. Jimmy Mars; 15. Eric Jacobsen; 16. Earl Pearson Jr.; 17. Bobby Pierce; 18. Chub Frank; 19. Morgan Bagley; 20. Scott Bloomquist; 21. Dennis Erb Jr.; 22. Stormy Scott; 23. Pat Doar; 24. Vic Coffey; 25. Clint Smith; 26. Shannon Babb; 27. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 28. Billy Ogle Jr. Lap Leaders: Scott (1-2); McCreadie (3-11); Lanigan (12-15); McCreadie (16); Lanigan (17-50)

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds A-Main (50 laps): 1. Brett Hearn ($4,000); 2. Mario Clair; 3. Justin Haers; 4. Stewart Friesen; 5. Matt Sheppard; 6. Danny Johnson; 7. Mat Williamson; 8. Rick Laubach; 9. Rich Scagliotta; 10. H.J. Bunting III; 11. Pete Britten; 12. Rob Bellinger; 13. Bruno LaPage; 14. Jimmy Horton; 15. Randy Chrysler; 16. Tyler Siri; 17. Darwin Greene; 18. Chris Ostrowsky; 19. Dave Rauscher; 20. Jeremy Markle; 21. Francois Bernier; 22. Dan Vauter; 23. Andy Bachetti; 24. Michel Chicoine; 25. Billy VanInwegen; 26. Eric Kormann; 27. Jamie Mills; 28. Neal Williams. Lap Leaders: H.J. Bunting III (1-2); Stewart Friesen (3-17); Brett Hearn (18-34, 50); Mario Clair (35-49

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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