SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Darrell Lanigan made sure his stellar 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign will be remembered as one of the best ever with a dominant victory at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday evening.
The two-time series champion and point leader scored his 15th WoO LMS victory of the season at the historic half-mile oval, tying his own single-season win record set during his championship-winning season in 2012. Lanigan paced every lap of Sunday’s 50-lap A-Main, earning $10,650 for his second straight victory in Selinsgrove’s National Late Model Open.
“This definitely means a lot,” Lanigan said of the record-tying performance that marked his series-leading 68th career WoO LMS victory. “We go every week to win a race so to get that many wins just shows how great a car we have and how hard we’re working. That would be a hell of a record to break.”
Lanigan was never seriously challenged after starting from the pole in his Club 29 Race Car. He crossed the finish line 3.572 seconds ahead of Rocket Chassis house car driver Rick Eckert, who finished second to Lanigan in the National Late Model Open for the second straight year. Shane Clanton was third in his Capital Race Car with Austin Hubbard fourth in his MasterSbilt by Huey ride and 12th-starting Chub Frank fifth in his Rocket.
Lanigan’s impressive victory came on the second night of Selinsgrove’s two-race WoO LMS weekend. In Saturday’s Showdown on Sand Hill, Lanigan set fast time and won his heat race but had to start 23rd in the main event after his car weighed in light at the scales following his heat race victory. He salvaged the night by charging through the field to finish fourth but felt that he had a car capable of winning the event.
“I definitely would’ve liked to have started up front last night because as awesome as this car is, I think we could have got another win,” said Lanigan, who claimed the opening leg of the WoO LMS weekend tripleheader Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. “But it is what it is and things happen. I’m just glad they treat everybody fair.”
Lanigan’s biggest challenge in Sunday’s race was negotiating lapped traffic. That proved difficult on multiple occasions, especially as Lanigan attempted to lap hometown driver Jim Yoder during the race’s closing laps. With Eckert steadily cutting into his lead, Lanigan struggled to find a way around Yoder and even made contact with the slower machine inside of five laps remaining. He finally got around Yoder on lap 47 and cruised the remaining distance.
“I was just trying to get away from him there,” Lanigan said of his close call with Yoder. “There was a little bit of contact, but I didn’t mean to get into him. I was trying to get through there and it was getting close.”