SHAWANO, Wis. — Gregg Satterlee’s turn to bask in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series spotlight finally arrived Tuesday night at Shawano Speedway.
Racing for the first time at a track located over 750 miles from his home in Rochester Mills, Pa., Satterlee inherited the lead when Shane Clanton slowed with mechanical trouble on lap 21 and dominated the remainder of the 50-lap distance to record his coveted first triumph on the national tour.
Satterlee, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on Aug. 3, cracked victory lane on the WoO LMS in his 85th career event and 57th start. His best previous finish was fourth place on four occasions, most recently on June 29 in the Firecracker 100 by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
“It feels awesome to come all this way to a track we’ve never been to before and get our first World of Outlaws win,” said Satterlee, who earned $10,550, including the $500 WoO LMS Bonus Bucks cash for being the highest-finishing driver who isn’t a tour regular and had never won a series event. “We’ve been trying for a long time (to win on the WoO LMS). We’ve been close — I think we’ve had I-don’t-know-how-many fourths, and I’ve run in the front a bunch — but we could never get it done. I’m definitely glad we finally secured one.”
Flashing the talent that has made him a driver to reckon with in the Mid-Atlantic region, Satterlee easily handled a final restart on lap 45 to lead a trio of former WoO LMS champions — Tim McCreadie, Josh Richards and Rick Eckert under the checkered flag.
McCreadie, 39, was unable to offer Satterlee a challenge over the final five circuits and settled for second place, 2.219 seconds behind the victor. Richards extended his points lead with a third-place finish after starting 14th and Eckert slipped to fourth with a tight-handling race car after taking the green flag from the pole position.
A.J. Diemel completed the top five, scoring a career-best WoO LMS finish after starting seventh. He reached fifth just before the halfway point and stayed there to the finish.
Making his second start with a new family-owned Rocket Chassis/Roush Yates engine combination, Satterlee advanced from the fourth starting spot to second place in 15 laps. Moments later Clanton, who started second and had led from the initial green flag, began to show smoke from his Kennedy Motorsports car. The smoke quickly intensified due to a busted oil line, and on lap 21 the WoO LMS regular slowed to bring out the race’s second caution flag and retired to the pit area.