Rick Eckert advanced from the 12th starting spot to complete the top five. He reached fifth place on lap 44 when he overtook Clanton’s father-in-law, Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., who set fast time, won a heat and started from the pole position but failed to lead a lap and faded to a seventh-place finish.
Clanton started sixth in his Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car – moving up one row from his original starting spot thanks to Richards’s car change that sent him to the tail of the field – and steadily steered to the front. His deciding maneuvers came on a lap-nine restart when he immediately passed Knight for second and on lap 11 slid underneath race-long pacesetter Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs for the lead.
“We were just waiting, biding our time,” said Clanton, whose only previous starts at Stateline came in the track’s WoO LMS events in 2005 (he finished third) and 2006 (seventh). “(The leaders) were after their tires pretty hard there early in the race and I was just waiting and waiting and waiting, just easing up to ‘em. The opportunity came on the double file restart (on lap nine). I got under Boom and he pushed a little bit and gave me just enough room to get by him.
“We had a good car all night,” he added. “We were good on the bottom just picked ‘em off one at a time.”
Shane Clanton, Mike Knight, Darrell Lanigan, John Volpe, Rick Eckert, Josh Richards, Ron Davies, Tim Fuller, Eric Wells, Chub Frank, Clint Smith, Rich Gardner, Jason Dupont, Dick Barton, Greg Oakes, Bub McCool, Morgan Bagley, Bump Hedman, David Scott, Chris Hackett, Tim McCreadie, Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, Andy Boozel, Dave Hess Jr.