ANDERSON, Ind. — Jeff Shackleford won the inaugural Winged Outlaw Figure 8 Series (WOFS) event Saturday night at Anderson Speedway.
Shackleford picked up $1,500 for his efforts. It was the third career Outlaw Figure 8 win for Shackleford at Anderson Speedway. More importantly, Shackleford becomes the first-ever WOFS feature winner.
Rookie driver Jacob Garrigus, making his first Outlaw Figure 8 start, looked impressive from the beginning. Garrigus set fast time with a lap of 17.199 seconds.
Garrigus got the jump and lead the first twelve laps before handing the lead to Mike Hadley Jr. when he spun entering turn three. Garrigus may have got into oil from another car, which may have caused the spin. Hadley then assumed the point until a hard charging Shackleford worked his way into the lead on lap twenty-one.
A multi-car battle ensued behind Shackleford that saw several cars running in close formation the majority of the race that included Hadley Jr., R.J. Norton Jr., Jeremy Vanderhoof and Garrigus. Garrigus had gotten himself back up to third and looked like a serious challenger for the lead until he spun exiting turn two with less than ten laps remaining. Shackleford built a small cushion over the final ten circuits en route to his win.
With his WOFS win, Shackleford may arguably be the hottest Outlaw Figure 8 driver to date. He picked up a victory in 64th annual Nation Crown in October. He then followed that up with a second place finish in the Southern Figure 8 World Finals in Pinellas Park, FL in February after setting quick time.
“We expect to win every race we pull up at,” explained Shackleford. “We bring some good faith with us and I believe we got the team to beat. All I have to do is get in and drive it when it’s time for the show. The real show’s done back at the garage. My guys are second to none. They’re awesome.”
The only serious challenge came from Hadley on a couple of restarts when the field was put into double-file formations.
“Hadley’s a good kid and is futures bright. He was a little inexperienced and over motored I think. I was able to get under him. He ran me pretty clean,” said Shackleford.
Following Shackleford to the line was Hadley, Vanderhoof, R.J. Norton III and Dennis Whisman rounding out the top five.