Richards Wins Mud Slinger 50; Styres, Hennessy Also Take Checkers

(Rod Henderson photo).

By Clayton Johns

BRIGHTON (June 20, 2015) – A sold out Brighton Speedway saw Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV) win the World of Outlaws Late Models Series Mud Slinger 50 by just 0.142 seconds over Shane Clanton (Zebulon, Ga) in a thrilling battle that came down to the final lap.

Richards and Clanton started on the front row for the 50-lap main event and battled side-by-side on multiple occasions after Richards took the lead on the opening lap and never surrendered it. Third-place starter Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY) stole second from Clanton on lap two, but Clanton regained the position five laps later following a pair of restarts.

On lap 8, defending Brighton winner Darrell Lanigan (Union, Ky) spun off turn four to bring out the third yellow flag. One lap later Corey Earl (Picton, Ont) and Jimmy Bernheisel (Lebanon, Pa) tangled in turn two for the final yellow of the race.

The final 41 laps were caution free as Richards and Clanton distanced themselves from the rest of the field. Richards hit lapped traffic on lap 19 and negotiated without losing much of his lead.

The two drivers continued to battle in traffic with a couple of close calls as Richards has rode the cushion while Clanton tried to make it three-wide on the bottom. Richards lead grew to 1.6 seconds with 12 laps remaining, but Clanton had shaved a second from it with 10 to go.

With three to go, Richards had a scare after he made contact with a lapped car with Clanton pushing the pace behind him. Richards bobbled only slightly and maintained the lead off turn four. Clanton took advantage and pulled beside Richards to battle for the lead.

Richards maintained his spot on the cushion while Clanton stayed to the bottom. The two came door-to-door off the final corner, but Richards had enough momentum to prevail.

“It was all about patience tonight,” said Richards, who earned the 53rd World of Outlaws Late Models Series victory of his career in just the second series race at Brighton. “I just stayed really patient because there was really nowhere to go.”

“I knew Shane was coming and we kept getting boxed in. I saw Shane at the white flag, but I knew if I could just keep my speed up and not have (a lapped car) push up into me I could win it.”

Clanton, McCreadie, Morgan Bagley (Longview, Tx) and Rick Eckert (York, Pa) completed the top-five.

Brighton regular Charlie Sandercock (Trenton, Ont) had a rough feature after a third-place finish in his heat qualified him for the feature. Sandercock brought out the second yellow of the race after he hit an implement tire off the track in turn two. The damage ended his night.

Earl suffered a similar fate after his contact with Jimmy Bernheisel forced the team to remove a damaged nose cone. The No.11 rejoined the field, but pulled off a lap later with poor handling.

Phil Potts (Brighton, Ont) was the top finishing Brighton regular with a 19th-place finish, one spot better than Steve Baldwin (Trenton, Ont).

Styres Steals SOS Showdown

(Rod Henderson photo)

(Rod Henderson photo)

Glenn Styres (No.0 Renway Energy) took the lead from Dain Naida (No.77 Townline Variety) on lap six of the Southern Ontario Sprints main event and led the final 19 laps to claim his 14th win at Brighton Speedway and 43rd of his career.

Naida started on the pole for the 25-lap main event with Styres to his outside following the re-draw. The No.77 led early on a very slick racetrack following the World of Outlaws Late Models Series feature.

Styres took his traditional top line against the cushion to pull even with Naida on lap five. He used the same lane build momentum and carry the lead off turn four.

The field was reset for the final time on lap seven after April Wilson (No.15aw Riverside Bar and Grill) spun at the top of turn four.

Behind Styres’ and Naida’s battle for the lead, Mitch Brown (No.10b Haldex) and Chris Jones (No.11j Jones Automotive) battled for third. Brown prevailed with the spot on lap 17.

The leaders hit lapped traffic with seven to go, but Styres navigated the traffic flawlessly to earn the victory. Naida held off Brown, Jones, and Cory Turner (No.19 KT Tobacco), who completed the top-five.

Hennessy Claims Second Canadian Modified Win

(Rod Henderson photo).

(Rod Henderson photo).

Mitch Rosborough (No.36 Kerr Construction) and Kraig Handley (No.91 Tri-Canadian Energy) brought the Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modified to full speed for the 25-lap main event.

Handley claimed the lead early with Rosborough settling in to the second position. Ninth-place starter Andrew Hennessy (No.87 Custom Automotive) marched to third by the time Handley completed lap 10.

On lap 10, the only caution of the race erased Handley’s lead. Warren Mowat (No.46 Tri-County Plastics) spun on the frontstretch and Doug O’Blenis (No.32 John’s Car Care) rolled to a stop in turn three with mechanical failures, ending his night.

The restart allowed Hennessy a shot at the lead as he quickly moved past Rosborough for second on the restart. Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) jumped from fifth to third on the restart.

Hennessy used a strong run down the backstretch to take the bottom lane away from Handley on lap 11 and took the lead off turn four.

Ferguson slipped in to second a lap later and the two drivers broke away from the field. Hennessy glued his No.87 to the inside lane while Ferguson went to the cushion in search of momentum to move around the top.

The shorter way around proved advantageous for Hennessy who claimed his second victory of the season. Ferguson, Handley, Adam Whaley (No.12 John’s Equipment) and Rosborough completed the top-five.

Complete Results – June 20 

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Dibbits Excavating and Vanderlaan Building Products Mud Slinger 50 presented by Excel Tower Service

World of Outlaws Late Models Series (32 Entries)

(Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (1) Josh Richards/50 $10,650

2. (2) Shane Clanton/50 $5,600

3. (3) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,650

4. (5) Morgan Bagley/50 $3,050

5. (7) Rick Eckert/50 $2,650

6. (9) Chub Frank/50 $2,250

7. (11) Ross Robinson/50 $1,900

8. (4) Eric Wells/50 $1,850

9. (17) Chase Junghans/50 $1,750

10. (8) Gregg Satterlee/50 $1,200

11. (14) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,700

12. (6) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $1,550

13. (10) Greg Oakes/50 $1,000

14. (13) Boom Briggs/50 $1,450

15. (19) Andrew Reaume/49 $850

16. (15) Jordan Yaggy/49 $1,050

17. (20) Brandon Overton/49 $1,320

18. (16) Bryan Bernheisel/45 $750

19. (23) Philip Potts/38 $730

20. (24) Steve Baldwin/36 $700

21. (22) Jim Bernheisel/22 $700

22. (18) Corey Earl/9 $700

23. (12) Charlie Sandercock/2 $700

24. (21) Michael Oakes/2 $725

Time of Race: 24 Mins., 10 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.142 Secs.

Yellow Flags: Four (laps 2, 2, 8, & 9)

Lap Leaders: Richards (1-50)

Provisional Starters: Potts, Baldwin

Time Trials

Group A

1. 22-Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills, Pa., 13.289

2. 22G-Greg Oakes, Franklinville, N.Y., 13.423

3. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.431

4. 29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky., 13.465

5. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 13.516

6. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 13.553

7. 99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.594

8. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 13.624

9. 88-Andrew Reaume, Blenheim, Ont. , 13.745

10. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 13.758

11. 22JR-Michael Oakes, Franklinville, N.Y., 13.824

12. 29P-Philip Potts, Frankford, Ont., 14.131

13. 5-Steve Baldwin, Trenton, Ont., 14.303

14. 46-Brandon Mowat, Brighton, Ont., 14.440

15. 77-Caley Weese, Carrying Place, Ont., 14.819

16. 11P-Jordan Peters, Fort Erie, Ont., 15.755

Group B

1. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 13.205

2. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 13.468

3. 76-Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga., 13.493

4. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 13.520

5. 77-Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, Minn., 13.523

6. 57-Charlie Sandercock, Belleville, Ont., 13.559

7. 7v-Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 13.560

8. 119B-Bryan Bernheisel, Lebanon, Pa., 13.566

9. 7R-Ross Robinson, Georgetown, Del., 13.707

10. 119-Jim Bernheisel, Lebanon, Pa., 13.925

11. 92-Adam Turner, Cherry Valley, Ont., 14.425

12. 42-Adam Nayler, Wooler, Ont., 14.460

13. 97-David McDonald, Brighton, Ont., 14.478

14. 12-Kyle Sopaz, Trenton, Ont., 14.515

15. 1M-Andy Mayhew, Pickon, Ont., 14.666

16. 11-Corey Earl, Picton, Ont., 15.266

Heat 1 (Top Four Transfer)

1. 18 Eric Wells

2. Gregg Satterlee

3. 1* Chub Frank

4. 99 Boom Briggs

5. 88 Andrew Rheaume

6. 22jr Mchael Oake

7. 77w Caley Weese

8. 5 Steve Baldwin

Heat 2 (Top Four Transfer)

1. 99jr Frank Heckenast Jr.

2. 39 Tim McCreadie

3. 22g Greg Oakes

4. 29 Darrell Lanigan

5. 18c Chase Junghens

6. 29p Phil Potts

7. 46 Brandon Mowat

8. 110 Jorden Peters

Heat 3 (Top Four Transfer)

1. 25 Shane Clanton

2. 7v Rick Eckert

3. 7 Ross Robinson

4. 77 Jordan Yaggy

5. 76 Brandon Overton

6. 97 Dave McDonald

7. 92 Adam Turner

8. 1m Andy Mayhew

Heat 4 (Top Four Transfer)

1. 1 Josh Richards

2.14m Morgan Bagley

3. 57 Charlie Sandercock

4. 119b Bryan Bernheisel

5. 11 Corey Earl

6. 119 Jimmy Bernheisel

7. 12 Kyle Sopaz

8. 42 Adam Nayler

Last Chance Showdown 1 (Top Three Transfer)

1. 18c Chase Junghens

2. 88 Andrew Rheaume

3. 22jr Michael Oakes

4. 29p Phil Potts (Provisional)

5. 5 Steve Baldwin (Provisional)

6. 46 Brandon Mowat

7. 11p Jorden Peters

8. 77w Caley Weese

Last Chance Showdown 2 (Top Three Transfer)

1. 11 Corey Earl

2. 76 Brandon Overton

3. 119 Jimmy Bernheisel

4. 92 Adam Turner

5. 97 Dave McDonald

6. 1m Andy Mayhew

7. 12 Kyle Sopaz

8. 42 Adam Nayler

Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main (25 Laps – 21 Entries)

1. 0 Glenn Styres, 2. 77 Dain Naida, 3. 10b Mitch Brown, 4. 5 Keith Dempster, 5. 19 Cory Turner, 6. 11j Chris Jones, 7. 11 Jamie Turner, 8. 91 Ryan Turner, 9. 42w Rick Wilson, 10. 57 Tyler Rand, 11. 66 Frank Baranowski, 12. 11z Darren Zumpe, 13. 10 Bob Crawford, 14. 01 Kyle Fraser, 15. 25 Warren Mahoney, 16. 77x Alex Hill, 17. 15 Mike Ferrell, 18. 71s Shawn Sliter, 19. 22 James Thompson, 20. 2 Lee Winger, 21. 15aw April Wilson. Time: 11:10.059.

Heat Winners: Glenn Styres, Chris Jones, Tyler Rand

Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds A-Main (25 Laps – 13 Entries)

1. 87 Andrew Hennessy, 2. 11 Dan Ferguson, 3. 91 Kraig Handley, 4. 12 Adam Whaley, 5. 36 Mitch Rosborough, 6. 07 Curtis King, 7. 74 Mike Lucas, 8. 88 Josh Hennessy, 9. 1 Shawn Gregory, 10. 46 Warren Mowat, 11. 03 Derek Bowers, 12. 32 Doug O’Blenis, 13. 28 Dan Insley (DNS). Time: 9:55.996.

Heat Winners: Josh Hennessy, Andrew Hennessy

Winners to Date – 2015

World of Outlaws Late Models Series: 4 – 1 Josh Richards (June 20 – Brighton Speedway; May 24 – Tyler County Speedway, May 23 – Tyler County Speedway, Feb.15 – Bubba Raceway Park); 4 – 25 Shane Clanton (Feb. 21 – Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 20 – Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 19 – Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 7 – Screven Motor Speedway); 2 – 0 Scott Bloomquist (May 9 – Smoky Mountain Speedway, April 17 – Farmer City Speedway); 2 – 22 Chris Ferguson (May 2 – Fayetteville Motor Speedway, May 1 – Friendship Motor Speedway); 1 – 7v Rick Eckert (May 8 – Ponderosa Speedway); 1 – B5 Brandon Sheppard (April 18 – Farmer City Raceway); 1 – 201 Bill Ogle Jr. (April 11 – Tazewell Speedway); 1 – 99jr Frank Hackenast Jr. (Feb. 14 – Bubba Raceway Park); 1 – c9 Steve Casebolt (Feb. 6 – Screven Motor Speedway).

Southern Ontario Sprints: 1 – 0 Glenn Styres (June 20 – Brighton Speedway); 1 – 11J Chris Jones (June 6 – South Buxton), 1 – 77M Parker Price-Miller (May 17 – Humberstone Speedway), 1 – 10B Mitch Brown (May 16 – Brighton Speedway)

OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds: 2 – Andrew Hennessy (June 20, May 3);  1 – 11 Dan Ferguson (June 13); 1- 74 Mike Lucas (June 6); 1 – 32 Doug O’Blenis (May 23); 1 – Curtis King (May 9)

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