Last-Lap Pass Lifts Darrell Lanigan

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Darrell Lanigan (14) passes Don O'Neal Thursday at Ohio's Atomic Speedway. (Jim Denhamer photo)

WAVERLY, Ohio — Darrell Lanigan made a thrilling last-lap pass of his Clint Bowyer Racing teammate Don O’Neal to win the Buckeye Spring 50 on Thursday night at Atomic Speedway.

Lanigan is the eighth different winner on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour in 2017. He pilots the I-Racing.com, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Cometic Gasket, Clements Racing Engines, Club 29 entry. O’Neal, who led the first 49 laps, fell just short as Lanigan made the winning pass off turn two on the final lap.

Defending series champion Scott Bloomquist finished third, while Devin Moran, who ran second for most of the race, finished fourth. Tim McCreadie charged from 11th to complete the top five.

“When you race a teammate, you have to race him differently,” Lanigan said. “Donnie [O’Neal] had a great car. We have had a good car the last few weeks and had some bad luck. It feels good to win here tonight and close to home.

“We were a little better there in one and two than him [O’Neal]. I kind of used the 71 [Hudson O’Neal] as a little bit of a pick on Donnie. I got through there clean and got the checkered,” Lanigan added. “This is why we do this every week, because we enjoy it. To get a win makes the next night a little bit easier. The track was in good shape tonight, the top finally died out and you could race all over it.”

O’Neal continued his streak of solid performances with his second-place finish.

“He [Lanigan] was better in one or two, it’s always better to be running second in lapped traffic because you can see up front better,” O’Neal said. “Congratulations to Darrell on the win. If you are going to lose on the final lap I guess it’s better to lose to your teammate. I never saw him [Lanigan] until I took the white flag. I wish now I had done something different on that last lap. Everybody on this crew is doing a great job and we now have the finishes to show for it.”

Bloomquist crossed the line in third after colliding with Rod Conley at the finish line.

“I didn’t even see him [Conley]. I tried to react,” Bloomquist said. “I think most of the damage is cosmetic, at least we didn’t destroy a car. It looked like it got the body panels and it didn’t knock the front end out. I didn’t know how the traffic was going to work out on that last lap. I just needed a longer race, but we will take this and head to Sharon.”

The finish:

Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, Jackie Boggs, Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Casebolt, Brandon Sheppard, Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb Jr., Timothy Culp, Eddie Carrier Jr., Josh Richards, Kody Evans, Hudson O’Neal, Boom Briggs, Rod Conley, Devin Gilpin, R.J. Conley, Steve Francis, Bobby Pierce, Mark Frazier.