Lanigan Finds Winning Touch With Club 29 Car In Sunday Night’s Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals Finale
Kentucky Star Holds Off O’Neal For $12,000 Top Prize At Bubba Raceway Park
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
OCALA, FL – Feb. 16, 2014 – Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., ended the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals on a high note, breaking through to capture Sunday night’s 60-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ at Bubba Raceway Park.
Finding the winning touch with his self-designed Club 29 car after top-five finishes in each of the first two events of the weekend, Lanigan passed Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., for the lead on lap seven and controlled the remainder of the distance. The two-time WoO LMS champion turned back a late challenge from O’Neal while racing through lapped traffic to pocket the race’s $12,000 top prize.
O’Neal settled for second place, about one second behind Lanigan at the checkered flag. The driver of NASCAR star Clint Bowyer’s Barry Wright car once again fell short of his elusive first-ever WoO LMS triumph.
Friday-night winner Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., finished close behind O’Neal in third place in his Rocket machine, sending him out the gates of the three-eighths-mile oval with the WoO LMS points lead.
O’Neal’s Bowyer Motorsports teammate, Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., placed fourth in his Barry Wright car after slipping as far back as eighth midway through the race. Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, completed the top five after battling past Saturday-night winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., for the position on lap 48.
A-Main Finish (60 laps): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Don O’Neal, 3. Brady Smith, 4. Steve Francis, 5. Morgan Bagley, 6. Brandon Sheppard, 7. Mark Whitener, 8. Tim McCreadie, 9. Shane Clanton, 10. Jack Sullivan, 11. Rick Eckert, 12. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 13. Chub Frank, 14. Brandon Overton, 15. Tim Fuller, 16. Ivedent Lloyd Jr., 17. Eric Wells, 18. Chase Junghans, 19. Raymond Merrill, 20. Clint Smith, 21. Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, 22. Scott Bloomquist, 23. Dan Stone, 24. Gregg Satterlee