Lanigan Out-Duels Frank At Big Diamond

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“The bottom started picking up by the time I got to Darrell,” said Eckert, who was seeking his first WoO LMS victory since joining the Rocket Chassis house car team in late April. “It started to rubber a little bit, and I just couldn’t keep running up there anymore. That end (turns three and four) got so dirty too that I’d just float the whole car on exit.

“We had a great car, and I found something up top to get up to second. We just couldn’t get all the way to the front though.”

Seeking to end a WoO LMS winless streak dating back to August 2009, Frank led the race’s first 24 laps but couldn’t stay up front to the finish. He still recorded his second consecutive podium finish on the tour.

“I really didn’t feel that good, but nobody was catching us for the first half of the race,” said Frank, who finished second in the Jackpot 100 on May 25 at West Virginia’s Tyler County Speedway. “I think when I got in behind somebody (in traffic) it was dirty (air), and I didn’t feel right and Darrell got by us.

“I could see where we could adjust the car, so at least we held on to get a good finish.”

Three caution flags slowed the race: for Ben Whitaker’s turn-four spin on lap 11; Boom Briggs slowing on lap 26; and Chase Junghans slowing with a flat tire on lap 36.

Thirty-one cars entered the event.

Lanigan was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 15.968 seconds, and he joined Wells and Shane Clanton as heat winners.