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Eight different winners visit victory lane

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 26) – It was a busy Saturday night at Independence Motor Speedway as three mid-season championship make-up features were held along with a complete program for all five weekly divisions.

Make-up features were held in the IMCA Northern SportMod, IMCA Late Model and IMCA Hobby Stock divisions prior to the regular program.


Lanigan claims 10th WoO Late Model Series victory of the season

Caution opens door for Cordes in XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour

(story courtesy of World of Outlaws and IMCA, photos courtesy of Jim Wittke)

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 24) – 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 3/8-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.

"He's got a good car and he's definitely coming on here at the end of the year," Lanigan said of Heckenast. "I never did see his nose there, but I had a guy on the backstretch giving my signals. He gave me a big signal there at the end, so I just kinda bided my time with those lapped car."

Heckenast, who switched to a Club 29 car in late June, fell short of claiming his first career WoO LMS victory, but the 26-year-old driver strengthened his command of the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year chase with his solid performance.

"Everything went our way and we had a pretty good night," said Heckenast, who recorded his first top-five of the season in a WoO LMS A-Main. "Darrell, he's got a lot of experience racing in traffic and being out front. I don't have the confidence just yet to move around on the racetrack.

"He was so much better through traffic, so he'd get out on me. But after the restart... my car was really good. I hung with him there for a while and didn't wanna show him everything. But he's so good, he normally gets faster from lap 40 to 50."

The third-place finish leaves Eckert still looking for first WoO LMS victory of the season, but the 2011 series champion was pleased with his team's progress.

"It's not from lack of effort because we've been working hard to get there," Eckert said of the frustration of his current winless streak. "We couldn't race by them tonight, but we were pretty close. We'll take that.

"The guys have been working real hard and giving me a good car. Tonight was about as good as we've got. We had a really decent car, so I think we can work from that."

The caution that Troy Cordes was hoping for finally came out with eight laps left in Thursday’s XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event.

Defending IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series champion Ronn Lauritzen drew the outside pole start and clearly had the fastest ride through the first 22 circuits. Cordes had taken the opening green from 11th and worked his way steadily to second but was still well off the pace before the fateful yellow flew for a car stopped on the track.

The two Independence regulars dueled up front before Cordes finally found his way to the front. The final caution, for a car perched on the backside of turn four, set up a green, white, checkered fin­ish.

Cordes pulled ahead to take the checkers a couple car lengths ahead of Lauritzen. He earned a spot on the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot along with his tour career first victory.

Vern Jackson, Jeff Waterman and Adam Johnson completed the top five. Point leader Mike Van Genderen was sixth.
Different drivers have prevailed in each of the first six series events this season; Cordes had run second to Darin Duffy when the Hawkeye Dirt Tour shared the midweek stage with the World of Outlaw Late Models last August.

Cordes has won 10 sanctioned events this season and now has 90 IMCA Modified victories to his ca­reer credit.



Feature (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Darrell Lanigan $10,650
2. (1) Frank Heckenast Jr. $5,850
3. (6) Rick Eckert $3,650
4. (3) Tim McCreadie $2,150
5. (4) Billy Moyer $2,200
6. (12) Jimmy Mars $1,700
7. (13) Tim Fuller $1,400
8. (10) Shane Clanton $1,850
9. (19) Eric Wells $1,750
10. (8) Morgan Bagley $1,700
11. (15) Brian Birkhofer $1,050
12. (5) Chase Junghans $1,550
13. (7) Wendell Wallace $1,450
14. (17) Clint Smith $1,450
15. (16) Boom Briggs $1,450
16. (18) Tyler Bruening $800
17. (23) Dustin Virkus $770
18. (21) Jason Rauen $750
19. (9) Spencer Diercks $730
20. (11) Chad Smith $700
21. (14) Chub Frank $700
22. (20) Curt Martin $700
23. (22) Chris Simpson $700
24. (24) Mike Fryer $700
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 16 Mins., 26 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 3.2 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 18)
Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Dustin Virkus, Mike Fryer
WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' Winner: Wendell Wallace ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 98-Jason Rauen/Farley, Iowa, 14.00
2. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, Ar., 14.04
3. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, Ky., 14.08
4. 24-Rick Eckert/York, Pa., 14.37
5. 25-Chad Simpson/Mount Vernon, Iowa, 14.40
6. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, Kan., 14.40
7. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr./Frankfort, Ill., 14.41
8. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, Pa., 14.41
9. 28m-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, Wis., 14.41
10. 1-Wendell Wallace/Batesville, Ark., 14.42
11. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, N.Y., 14.46
12. 29d-Spencer Diercks/Davenport, Iowa, 14.51
13. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, Ga., 14.55
14.14m-Morgan Bagley/Longview, Texas, 14.56
15. 15b-Brian Birkhofer/Muscatine, Iowa, 14.58
16. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, N.Y., 14.60
17. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, Ga., 14.76
18. 32-Chris Simpson/Oxford, Iowa, 14.63
19. 99B-Boom Briggs/Bear Lake, Pa., 14.71
20. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, Ky., 14.80
21. 16-Tyler Bruening/Decorah, Iowa, 15.50
22. 45-Curt Martin/Independence, Iowa, 14.90
23. Mike Fryer/Freeport, Ill., 15.08
24. Dustin Virkus/Clarkfield, Minn., 15.09
25. 2-Rory Metcalf/West Union, Iowa, 15.38

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Heckenast, Eckert, Wallace, Clanton, Fuller, Rauen, Briggs, Martin, Metcalf.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Moyer, McCreadie, Bagley, Chad Simpson, Frank, Smith, Wells, Fryer.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Lanigan, Junghans, Diercks, Mars, Birkhofer, Bruening, Chris Simpson, Virkus.
B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Wells, Martin, Rauen, Chris Simpson, Virkus, Metcalf, Fryer.

Feature –
1. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 2. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 3. Vern Jackson, Water­loo; 4. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 5. Adam Johnson, Independence; 6. Mike Van Genderen, New­ton; 7. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 8. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 9. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 10. Cay­den Carter, Oskaloosa; 11. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 12. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 13. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 14. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids; 15. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 16. Ed Thomas, Waterloo; 17. Tyler Groenendyk, Oskaloosa; 18. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 19. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 20. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 21. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; 22. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 23. J.D. Au­ringer, Waterloo; 24. Dustin Brown, Thornton.
1st heat (top three) – 1. Carter; 2. Waterman; 3. Johnson; 4. Duffy; 5. Groenendyk; 6. Snyder; 7. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 8. Ward.
2nd heat – 1. Van Genderen; 2. Gustin; 3. Cordes; 4. Sobbing; 5. Gansen; 6. Schulte; 7. Murray; 8. Derek Reimer, Marshalltown.
3rd heat – 1. Hogan; 2. Mills; 3. Docekal; 4. Flannagan; 5. Dustin Brown; 6. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Zach Less, Hopkinton.
4th heat – 1. Lauritzen; 2. Roberts; 3. Jackson; 4. Auringer; 5. Shane DeMey, Denison; 6. Thomas; 7. Brennen Chipp, Waterloo.
1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Duffy; 2. Flannagan; 3. Groenendyk; 4. Dustin Brown; 5. Snyder; 6. Kyle Brown; 7. O’Brien; 8. Droste; 9. Less; 10. Ward.
2nd “B” feature – 1. Sobbing; 2. Auringer; 3. Gansen; 4. Thomas; 5. Schulte; 6. DeMey; 7. Mur­ray; 8. Chipp; 9. Reimer.
Provisionals – Ward and Murray.


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