BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Shane Clanton was in the right place at the right time to win Friday night’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series feature during night 11 of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
When fog rolled in after 10 p.m., the race was called complete with 23 of the scheduled 40 laps in the books. Clanton, who was the fast qualifier with a 15.861-second lap on the half-mile oval, led all 23 laps.
“I hate that Mother Nature brought this fog in, but it’s pretty bad out there,” Clanton said. “Every straightaway you had to pull a tearoff because it’s like rain. I hate it for the fans. They didn’t get to see a full feature here. I think we had the best car tonight, so hopefully we can repeat tomorrow and do it all over.”
Eric Wells also had a strong night as he claimed the second overall fastest time with a 15.862-second lap. Wells also won his heat race and found his way to second place on the podium.
“The track was really demanding tonight,” Wells said. “It’s fast and it takes a lot of manpower. You hook a rut the wrong way and you don’t know which way the car’s going to go. That definitely didn’t help at all, but we’ve got a pretty good package. We’re going to work on it tomorrow and hopefully we’ll be in Shane’s spot.”
Not everybody had as successful a night as the top three. Several drivers battled both the elements and mechanical problems throughout the night and were forced to retire early.
As fog rolled over Volusia midway through the 40-lap feature, several drivers struggled with vision and ran out of tearoffs before the race was called at lap 23.
“I started way too far back. I had 40 some tearoffs and I used every one of them,” said Brandon Overton. “As soon as I would pull one off, the other one would be fogged up. I just kept yanking them and finally I ran out. I figured I had better pull in before we tear anything up.”
Podium finisher Tim McCreadie also struggled with the same vision issues due to fog.
“It wasn’t the easiest to see,” McCreadie said. “I’m not going to sit here and act like we can just fly around here no problem. We were wiping the mist [off our visors] all the way around.”
Shane Clanton, Eric Wells, Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert, Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Jason Fitzgerald, Kyle Bronson, Boom Briggs, Earl Pearson Jr., Chub Frank, Rodney Sanders, Dennis Erb Jr., Chad Hollenbeck, Donny Schatz, Frank Heckenast Jr., Morgan Bagley, Devin Moran, Joey Coulter, Billy Moyer Jr., Donald Bradsher, Tyler Erb, Brandon Overton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Don O’Neal, Dale McDowell, Chris Madden, Steve Francis.