VP POWERS CLANTON, OWENS TO WoO VICTORIES
BARDSTOWN, KY (May 8, 2010) Shane Clanton and Jimmy Owens joined the ever-growing list of 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series winners, as Clanton rolled to victory in the 'Land of Lincoln 50' at Lincoln Speedway Friday, while Owens followed Saturday with the win at Bluegrass Speedway in the 50-lap 'My Old Kentucky Home Shootout.' Both were powered by VP’s Late Model Plus race fuel.
Clanton ended his 13-month winless drought on the WoO tour in the most dramatic way possible. Taking advantage of a problem in lapped traffic that Josh Richards experienced on the final lap, Clanton jumped to the outside racing off turn four and beat the defending tour champion to the finish line by mere inches.
Clanton, 34, of Locust Grove, Ga., appeared headed to a second-place finish after Shinnston, W.Va.'s Richards used the inside groove to grab the lead on lap 43. But Richards scrubbed off significant speed when he tangled with a slower car entering turn three for the last time, opening the door for Clanton to steal his first WoO LMS triumph since April 4, 2009, at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway.
"I'd rather be lucky than good any time," said Clanton, who snapped a 44-race winless streak with his 12 th career victory on the WoO LMS. "We needed a win bad, so we'll take it any way we can get it.”
Team VP swept seven of the top eight finishers as Brian Birkhofer, Tim McCreadie, Shannon Babb, Darrell Lanigan, Tim Fuller and Dennis Erb finished third through eighth.
On Saturday, Owens grabbed the lead from Steve Francis on lap two and never looked back in the national tour's inaugural visit to the high-banked, half-mile oval in Bardstown, KY. He survived a stern mid-race challenge from another Kentuckian, Darrell Lanigan of Union, to become the 11th different victor in 12 WoO LMS events this season.
It was the third career triumph on the WoO LMS for Owens, who has won three times and hasn't finished worse than third in the five starts he's made since late-March. His successful early-season run includes a second-place finish in the WoO LMS 'Commonwealth 100' on April 17 at Virginia Motor Speedway.
"It's been a great month for us," said Owens, a four-time DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion and two-time winner of the prestigious UMP-sanctioned World 100. "It takes a team to do this, and right now we're clicking pretty well."