Davey Johnson Hits $20,000 Jackpot at Tyler County

Johnson's Jackpot

Pennsylvanian holds off World of Outlaws Late Model stars for huge payday

 

By Ben Shelton

MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. – May 25, 2014 – Maybe it was the four leaf clover, maybe it was the trick setup from crew chief, Austin Hargrove, or maybe it was just the relentless wheel of the veteran. No matter the exact reason, Davey Johnson overcame a furious late-race challenge from Chub Frank and Darrell Lanigan to claim the $20,000 payday in the 3rd Annual Jackpot 100 on Sunday night at Tyler County Speedway.

“This hot rod has just been great this whole year, and I always love this place…tonight we got ’em,” said the Greensburg, Pa., veteran in victory lane.

While Johnson was all smiles in victory lane, the 75 lap affair didn’t necessarily start with him being very happy. As the field came to green the pole sitter, Johnson, fired early, and was moved back a row with Morgan Bagley joining Jacob Hawkins on the front row.

As the race went green at the quarter-mile oval known as The Bullring, Hawkins jumped to the lead and held the top spot until lap 3, when Rick Eckert bolted to the lead as Hawkins dropped to the clutches of Johnson, Shane Clanton and Tim McCreadie, who was already on the move from the eighth starting spot.

Eckert quickly stretched his advantage over Johnson, who moved to the second spot on lap 6. While the York, Pa., driver motored away from the pack, Davey Johnson wasn’t too concerned in the early laps.

“I knew that he (Eckert) went softer than me on tires so I didn’t worry too much when he drove away from me early,” said the pilot of the #1J Rocket Imperial Towing Super Late Model.

By lap 9, Eckert was in lapped traffic before the race was slowed for the first time on lap 11 for Zack Dohm. At the time of the caution Eckert was the leader with Johnson, Hawkins, Clanton and McCreadie making up the top five.

As the race went back green the top five running order stayed the same, and by lap 23 traffic was an issue for leader Eckert. By lap 26, traffic became an even bigger issue, when a tangle with the lapped car of Tim Dohm sent Eckert spinning to a stop in turn one.

A dejected Eckert joined the tail of the field with Johnson assuming the lead. Despite several serious challenges over the remainder of the event it would prove to be a lead he would never relinquish.

While Johnson paced the field, a great battle raged behind him for the second spot with Clanton and McCreadie going wheel-to-wheel for the second spot with the Hawkins’ brothers in tow. Meanwhile as the race approached the midway point two drivers on the move were Chub Frank, who was up to fifth from the 11th starting spot by lap 42, while a motivated Eckert rocketed into the fifth spot on lap 48.

Unfortunately for Eckert his bad luck was far from over as the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion slowed with a flat tire on lap 54 before calling it a night seven laps later as a broken drive train.

With Johnson out front Frank continued his march forward with Hawkins in tow, and lap 61 found the duo catapulting into the second and third positions respectively with Lanigan lurking in the fourth spot.

With just 10 laps to go Frank turned up the wick and pulled alongside leader Johnson on multiple occasions, but just couldn’t make the pass stick, while Lanigan maneuvered past Hawkins into the third spot. The final 10 laps brought the crowd to its feet as Johnson, Frank and Lanigan battled in close confines.

With just a lap to go Johnson stretched his advantage to claim the victory, while Frank edged Lanigan by a nose for the second position at the line. Hawkins and McCreadie rounded out the top five.

A popular victory lane celebration in front of the West Virginia fans found Johnson thanking not only his crew, but also a special lady from the stands after claiming the third WoO LMS triumph of his career.

“Before the races today this sweet lady gave me a four leaf clover,” Johnson said. “I’m not saying that’s what did it tonight, but I’m not dismissing it either. This little flower is riding with me the rest of the year.”

Frank was more than pleased with his second place run.

“We seem to be getting better and better every time out this season, and it was a lot of fun running side-by-side with Davey (Johnson),” commented Frank. “Tonight definitely felt like the old days of me and him battling for the win.”

Heat race winners on Saturday evening included Davey Johnson, Rick Eckert, and Darrell Lanigan, while Sunday’s evening’s last chance showdown was topped by Tim Dohm.

The stars and cars of the WoO LMS will enjoy a four day break before invading the confines of Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Del.) on Thursday, May 29, for the Fulton Bank 50. A $10,000 winner’s check will be on the line for the tour’s only appearance in the state of Delaware in 2014.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

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Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Tyler County Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. Davey Johnson/75 $20,550

2. Chub Frank/75 $10,750

3. Darrell Lanigan/75 $7,000

4. Jared Hawkins/75 $5,200

5. Tim McCreadie/75 $4,850

6. Mike Benedum/75 $3,800

7. Morgan Bagley/75 $3,600

8. Corey Conley/75 $2,550

9. Doug Drown/75 $2,350

10. Boom Briggs/75 $2,4000

11. Jacob Hawkins/75 $2,200

12. Shane Clanton/75 $2,650

13. Eric Wells/75 $2,250

14. Clint Smith/75 $2,200

15. Chase Junghans/75 $2,150

16. Matthew Cochran/75 $1,630

17. Frank Heckenast Jr./75 $2,210

18. Rick Eckert/61 $2,590

19. Butch McGill/58 $1,520

20. Chris Garnes/34 $1,550

21. Tim Dohm/33 $1,500

22. Derek Doll/20 $1,500

23. Paul Wilmoth/17 $1,500

24. Zack Dohm/11 $1,575

25. Tim Senic/6 $1,500

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 30 :54.044

Margin of Victory: 1.358 Secs.

Yellow Flags: Six; (Lap 11 Zack Dohm, Lap 26 Rick Eckert, Lap 35 Chris Gaines, Lap 42 Jacob Hawkins, Lap 54 Rick Eckert, Lap 61 Rick Eckert)

Red Flags: None

Lap Leaders: Jacob Hawkins (1-2); Rick Eckert (3-26); Davey Johnson (27-75)

Provisional Starters: Eric Wells (WoO), Chase Junghans (WoO), Paul Wilmoth Jr. (Track)

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: ($500): Mike Benedum

WoO LMS ‘Rookie of the Race’ ($250): Boom Briggs

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 17z – Zack Dohm/Cross Lanes, W. Va. 12.835

2. 6t – Tim Dohm/Cross Lanes, W. Va. 12.852

3. 29 – Darrel Lanigan/Union, Ky. 12.873

4. 1J – Davey Johnson/Greensburg, Pa. 12.913

5. 20H – Jacob Hawkins/Fairmont, W. Va. 12.916

6. 14 – Corey Conley/Wellsburg, W. Va 13.001

7. 25 – Shane Clanton/Zebulon, Ga 13.009

8. 1 – Rick Eckert/York Pa. 13.010

9. 14M – Morgan Bagley/Longview, Texas 13.016

10. 25B – Mike Benedum/Salem, W. Va. 13.018

11. 39 – Tim McCreadie/Watertown, N.Y. 13.021

12. 44 – Clint Smith/Senoia, Ga. 13.033

13. 1MC – Butch McGill/West Union, Pa. 13.060

14. 1* – Chub Frank/Bear Lake, Pa. 13.138

15. 37 – Jared Hawkins/Fairmont, W. Va. 13.139

16. 40B – Kyle Bronson/Brandon, Fla. 13.149

17. 99JR – Frank Heckenast Jr., Orland Park, Ill. 13.151

18. B1 – Paul Wilmoth Jr., Clarksburg, W. Va. 13.156

19. 20 – Doug Drown, Wooster, Ohio 13.184

20. 18 – Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky. 13.189

21. 87 – Derek Doll, Greenwood, W. Va. 13.205

22. 1×1 – Sonny Conley, New Martinsville, W. Va. 13.213

23. 18c – Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Ks. 13.228

24. 16 – Mathew Cochran, Williamsport, Pa. 13.250

25. S2 – Tim Senic, Elkins, W. Va., 13.314

26. 75 – Steve Weigle, Middlebourne, W. Va. 13.415

27. X – Dusty Hamrick, Clarksburg, W. Va., 13.516

28. J1M – Donnie Dotson, West Union, W. Va., 13.588

29. 99B – Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa. 13.620

30. 17L – Jeff Lilly, Beckley, W. Va., 13.633

31. 3 – Scott Irvin, Reeder, W. Va., NT

Heat No. 1 (17 Laps – Top 6 Transfer): Davey Johnson, Shane Clanton, Mike Benedum, Zack Dohm, Butch McGill, Tim Senic, Doug Drown, Kyle Bronson, Sonny Conley, Donnie Dotson

Heat No. 2 (17 Laps – Top 6 Transfer): Rick Eckert, Jacob Hawkins, Tim McCreadie, Chub Frank, Boom Briggs, Frank Heckenast Jr., Eric Wells, Tim Dohm, Steve Weigle, Chase Junghans

Heat No. 3 (17 Laps – Top 6 Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Morgan Bagley, Jared Hawkins, Clint Smith, Derek Doll, Mathew Cochran, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Dusty Hamrick, Corey Conley, Jeff Lilly

Last Chance Showdown (15 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Tim Dohm, Doug Drown, Corey Conley, Chris Garnes, Kyle Bronson, Chase Junghans, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Sonny Conley, Jeff Lilly, Donnie Dotson, Steve Weigle, Eric Wells, Eddie Carpenter

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):

Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Zack Dohm

Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Chub Frank

MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Chub Frank

Quartermaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Chub Frank

Wrisco (three sheets of aluminum/certificate to A-Main winner): Chub Frank

STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank

Penske Racing Shocks ($50 to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Mike Benedum

Roush-Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie

Mobil 1 ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie

JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main):Tim McCreadie

Lincoln Welders ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Mike Benedum

American Racing Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley

VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Corey Conley

Edelbrock ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main): Doug Drown

Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Boom Briggs

Cometic ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Shane Clanton

JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Chris Garnes

Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Clint Smith

Quartermaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Chase Junghans

JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 16th-place finisher in A-Main): Frank Heckenast Jr.

Roush-Yates ($50 certificate to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert

Quartermaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Chris Garnes

Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Chris Garnes

Mobil 1 (20% off gift certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Chris Garnes

JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 21st-place finisher in A-Main): Tim Dohm

Roush-Yates ($50 certificate to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Paul Wilmoth Jr.

MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Zack Dohm

Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO driver): Davey Johnson

Reliable Painting Award (one free tire): Eric Wells

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Car

Driver

Wins

T-5

T-10

F/T

Points

Trail

1

29

Darrell Lanigan

4

12

13

2

1948

0

2

1

Rick Eckert

0

6

10

2

1820

128

3

39

Tim McCreadie

1

5

9

0

1796

152

4

25

Shane Clanton

0

3

9

1

1766

182

5

14M

Morgan Bagley

0

1

7

0

1734

214

6

1*

Chub Frank

0

2

5

0

1728

220

7

18

Eric Wells

0

1

5

0

1702

246

8

44

Clint Smith

0

2

4

0

1664

284

9

99Jr

Frankie Heckenast Jr.

0

0

5

0

1662

286

10

18c

Chase Junghans

0

1

4

0

1596

352

11

99B

Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs

0

0

3

0

1552

396

12

B5

Brandon Sheppard

1

2

7

3

1156

792

13

157

Mike Marlar

1

2

5

0

958

990

14

2

Brady Smith

1

3

4

0

812

1136

15

18x

Jack Sullivan

0

0

1

0

808

1140

16

40b

Kyle Bronson

1

1

2

0

804

1144

17

21L

Ivedent Lloyd Jr.

0

1

2

0

744

1204

18

101

Casey Roberts

1

1

2

0

714

1234

19

76

Brandon Overton

0

0

1

0

688

1260

20

19

Tim Fuller

0

2

2

0

650

1298

 

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

 

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