CORNWALL, Ontario — Stick a maple leaf on Darrell Lanigan’s car and call him the King of Canada.
The defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion from Union, Ky., completed an undefeated trip north of the border with the national tour on Sunday night, outrunning the resurgent Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., down the stretch to capture the 50-lap A-Main at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
“I kind of like coming up here to Canada,” said Lanigan, whose $10,650 triumph backed up his WoO LMS score three days earlier at Brighton (Ontario) Speedway. “We always seem to run well at these tracks up here.”
Lanigan, 43, benefitted from a dose of good fortune to win his series-leading sixth race of 2013. After race-long leader Tim McCreadie had his full straightaway edge over Lanigan wiped out by a lap-28 caution flag, the restart saw McCreadie slow on the homestretch due to a broken driveshaft and spin into the infield – a dramatic turn of events that handed the top spot to Lanigan for good.
The 48-year-old Smith chased Lanigan’s Rocket car for the final 19 laps, drawing within striking distance of the leader with six circuits remaining. But the race’s fifth and final caution flag, on lap 47, cleared lapped traffic from the picture and allowed Lanigan to pull away, leaving Smith to settle for a season-best runner-up finish in his Rocket mount, 1.703 seconds behind the victor.
Bub McCool started and finished third in his Victory Circle machine. He slipped back as far as fifth midway through the race before rallying to match his best WoO LMS outing of the season.
DIRTcar big-block modified star Billy Decker, who started 10th, placed fourth in the Gypsum Racing Rocket, earning his second top-five finish in three WoO LMS starts over the past five days. Shane Clanton completed the top five with a quiet-but-steady run in the Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car.