CLANTON FINISHES WITH A BANG AT FIRECRACKER 100
SARVER, PA (June 26, 2010) Shane Clanton had a weekend to remember after climbing to the top podium spot and finally winning the Firecracker 100 Saturday at Lernerville Speedway. It was an emotional event for the top two finishers with Clanton having a breakthrough performance and Darrell Lanigan feeling some frustration but finishing a split-second behind the champ.
Clanton, powered by VP's Late Model Plus race fuel, was the star of the show racing to a signature triumph worth $30,500 that he can put alongside his 2008 World 100 score at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.
Clanton, eager to advance early, started in fifth but reached second place in 22 short laps. He spent the next 50 circuits chasing McCreadie. Maintaining patience and finding that perfect line was what Clanton had his eyes set on. He made several bids for the lead but wasn’t successful until lap 73, when he sailed around the outside of McCreadie following the race’s third and final caution period.
“I felt we had a better racecar (than McCreadie),” said Clanton, who registered his second WoO LMS win of 2010 and the 13th of his career. “But we got to scrambling there a little bit – when I got to him, he’s turning left, and I get to the top and he’s turning right. I was biding my time there, so I was glad the caution came out.
“I chose the outside just to try and get a run on him. He left me the whole outside there and I took advantage of it.”
Clanton’s tactics paid off as he went on to cross the finish line a second ahead of Lanigan, who settled for a runner-up finish for the third consecutive year.
“To get a win at Lernerville – the legendary Lernerville Speedway – it’s a pretty good feeling,” said Clanton, who was a serious contender for victory in two of the previous three Firecracker 100s but never finished better than sixth (2007). “The place has been bad to me (he suffered a separated left shoulder at the track in 2005), and now it’s good to me so I love it.”
Behind Clanton finished Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Mars, and Tim McCreadie, with all top 4 racers using Late Model Plus. Overall, the 4 th Annual Firecracker 100 was not a disappointment to a rowdy Pennsylvania crowd. Each racer had their eyes on the prize, but to the victor belong the spoils.