INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Darrell Lanigan is fast at almost all of the tracks on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule, but he may be best at Independence Motor Speedway.
Lanigan, the two-time WoO LMS champion and current series points leader, claimed Independence’s WoO LMS event for the third straight year Thursday night, topping Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., at the three-eighths-mile oval to earn $10,650 for his 10th WoO LMS victory of the season.
The second-starting Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., led every lap of the 50-lap race to extend his lead atop the national tour’s all-time wins list with his 63rd-career WoO LMS A-Main victory. Lanigan’s self-designed Club 29 Race Car crossed the finish line 3.2 seconds ahead of Heckenast, who also drove a Club 29 car in an event slowed by a single caution on lap 18.
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., advanced from sixth to finish third in the Rocket Chassis house car. Third-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., used a high-side charge to move his Rocket Chassis to second early in the race before fading back to fourth at the finish. Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., finished fifth in his Longhorn Chassis.
Starting from the outside of the front row, Lanigan pulled ahead of Heckenast on the start of the 50-lap race and used the middle groove of the racetrack to quickly build a comfortable lead on the low-running Heckenast.
The high-running McCreadie briefly closed in on Lanigan when he took second around lap 10, but he faded following the lap-18 restart.
The resurgent Heckenast pressured Lanigan as the leaders raced through traffic around race’s halfway point, but Lanigan’s superior experience showed as he knifed his way through traffic and pulled away in the second half of the race.