Lanigan’s crewmen Jason Jameson and Adam Logan did pull off the hood of their car and pour water on the engine to cool it down before Lanigan reached Victory Lane, but that was just a precautionary measure.
Eckert, meanwhile, watched Lanigan’s post-race celebration from about 100 feet away. His fifth runner-up finish of the 2013 WoO LMS campaign left him slightly frustrated, but he managed to put on a happy face because his run came with many of his family members and fans in attendance at a track less than an hour-and-a-half from his home.
“That’s just about the story of our whole year,” Eckert said when asked to comment on his bridesmaid run. “We get close to winning, but we just can’t win.
“We were a little too soft on tire. I couldn’t maneuver very good in traffic — and traffic was pretty tough.”
Eckert was glad to get the chance to compete in a WoO LMS weekend at Selinsgrove, the track where he ran the first dirt late model race of his career nearly three decades ago.
“It was great to come back here and great to see all the people come out,” said Eckert, who has one WoO LMS triumph this season. “Hopefully (Selinsgrove promoter) Charlie (Paige) keeps doing this. This is a cool deal this late in the year.”
Cochran drew plenty of attention with his visit to the Victory Lane ceremonies as the race’s surprise third-place finisher. A feature winner just four times in his six-year dirt Late Model career — twice at Selinsgrove, twice at Clinton County Speedway in Lock Haven, Pa. — he turned heads with his performance.
After starting sixth and finding himself still running in the same spot at the race’s halfway mark, Cochran came alive. He reached fourth place on lap 31 and then dogged Richards until finally slipping past the two-time WoO LMS champion for third exiting turn four on lap 48.
“I can’t believe I was going as far forward as I was,” said Cochran, who used a hard tire compound that made his car faster the longer the race ran under green-flag conditions. “But the car was working excellent.”
Cochran credited his burgeoning relationship with Lanigan for making his career-highlight outing possible. He proudly accepted a congratulatory handshake from Lanigan after his post-race interview.
“He definitely is running well up here,” Lanigan said of Cochran. “He calls me about once a week and I help him out. I put him on our program and he runs well.
“I enjoy watching them guys (that are part of ‘Club 29’) be able to do that. He helps me sell parts and cars up here so he helps me out too.”
Darrell Lanigan, Rick Eckert, Matt Cochran, Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, Dan Stone, Gregg Satterlee, Tim McCreadie, Morgan Bagley, Jeff Rine, Eric Wells, Coleby Frye,Vic Coffey, Dylan Yoder, Bub McCool, Jim Yoder, Bryan Bernheisel, Chad Hollenbeck, Tim Fuller, Jimmy Mars, Clint Smith, Kenny Pettyjohn, Donnie Schick, Jim Bernheisel, Chub Frank.