CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Devin Moran struck gold at Atomic Speedway during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series first appearance in his home state this season.
Moran landed his first quick time of the season during qualifying, won his heat race and led all 50 laps of the feature to wheel his way to his first series victory.
“When I crossed the checker flag I was yelling in my helmet,” said Moran. “Everything fell in our favor tonight. We had the car right and that’s what it starts with. Then we got quick time, won our heat and drew a good pill. It’s been a picture-perfect night here. It’s awesome to get our first win in Ohio on a night like this.”
While pulling his Tye Twarog Racing/DMR machine down the frontstretch on his way to park it in victory lane, fans rushed to the fence waving and yelling for their newly-earned home state hero. After letting out a battle cry under a shower of confetti, Moran jumped from the roof of his car and headed straight toward his dad, Donnie, for a high-five and a hug.
“This is awesome. This is what we have worked towards for a long time and he’s finally come to his age here a little bit and got up on the wheel and got the job done tonight,” said Donnie Moran of Devin’s win.
Moran’s redraw placed him on the outside of pole sitter, Frank Heckenast Jr. On the first lap Moran took the lead before creating an impressive 1.426-second gap between him and the rest of the field in only two laps time. With the help of lap traffic, Heckenast began to reel in the Rookie of the Year Contender but unfortunately due to mechanical issues he was forced to retire from the feature on lap 25.
The pivot point of the race for eventual second-place finisher, Steve Casebolt, was lap 30 when a caution fell for Morgan Bagley as he slowed on the track. Under the same caution, Brian Shirley called it an early night and Shane Clanton headed to the pits with a right-rear flat.
At the time of the caution, Shirley was running seventh and Clanton was running fourth. With Clanton out of the picture, Casebolt moved to fifth for the restart. Casebolt jumped up the chain on the restart moving from fifth to second in the span of just one lap.
Casebolt was sporting a brand-new ride for the Outlaw race at Atomic Speedway thanks to Jim Beeman and Tader Masters, and drove it from 13th to finish second.
“I think I got the call on Tuesday, and we put this thing together in a hurry,” said Casebolt. “Working with Tader Masters has always been a dream of mine. I know how good he is with race cars and I’ve always wanted to learn from him. I think tonight showed that he had no doubt in me. I have to thank Jim Beeman for putting this deal together. Without him there’s no way Tater and I would have gotten the chance to work together.”
Devin Moran, Steve Casebolt, Brandon Sheppard, Rick Eckert, Chub Frank, Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Eric Wells, Rod Conley, Eddie Carrier Jr., Morgan Bagley, Jeremy Berwanger, Donald Bradsher, Shannon Thornsberry, Joey Coulter, Tyler Erb, R.J. Conley, Brian Shirley, Austin Mills, Jason Montgomery, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jacob Hawkins, Delmas Conley,Jackie Boggs.