28, 2012 - Now Bub McCool likes Tazewell Speedway.
really, really likes it.
McCool scored his first career World of Outlaws Late Model Series
victory in Saturday nights Outlaw Sizzler 50
presented by Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia of Morristown, the
intimidating high-banked bullring forever earned a special place
in his heart.
come in here having been here one time, said McCool, whose
previous visit to the third-mile oval came in 2011. I
wasnt really happy with (the challenging track) because
of just not having laps. But it turned out good (on Saturday).
Im starting to like this place.
34, of Vicksburg, Miss., solidified his status as the 2012 WoO
LMS Rookie of the Year frontrunner with a flawless performance.
He surged into the lead from the pole position at the initial
green flag and never looked back, holding off repeated challenges
from dirt Late Model legend Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg,
Tenn. a master of the third-mile Tazewell oval
to emerge triumphant in a caution-free race that was completed
in a tour-record 10 minutes, 47.989 seconds.
in front of a crowd that promoter Gary Hall called the biggest
in the history of the track, McCool steered his family-owned
Victory Circle car across the finish line with a slim edge of
0.281 of a second over Bloomquists self-built machine.
WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who started
fourth, finished third in a Rocket, close behind the leaders
after chasing them for the entire distance. Chris Madden of
Gray Court, S.C., who won the 2011 WoO LMS event at Tazewell,
placed fourth in a Team Zero by Bloomquist car and former track
champion Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., settled for a fifth-place
finish in his Rocket after starting third.
many observers expected another conquest of Tazewell by Bloomquist
after he drew the outside-pole starting spot, but McCool would
have none of that. He kept Bloomquist at bay throughout the
knew if I could just beat him to that first corner (at the start)
and stay ahead until it started rubbering up and not make no
mistakes do my job like I was supposed to I didnt
think he could get around me, McCool said of Bloomquist.
We just took it easy, saved our tires and ended up with
Bloomquist was unable to mount a serious challenge on the final
lap, McCool headed to Victory Lane as this seasons eighth
different winner in nine WoO LMS A-Mains. He also became the
45th driver to claim victory on the national tour since 2004.
means a lot to win our first World of Outlaws over Bloomquist
at a track where hes real good, said McCool, who
earned $10,550 the first five-figure race payday of his
driving career. Our goal this year was to win the rookie
deal and hopefully win at least one race during the season.
Now that weve got a win, hopefully this will lead us to
(the Rookie of the Year honor).
entered the 2012 season having entered 16 WoO LMS events and
made 10 A-Mains. He never finished better 11th in a WoO LMS
show until placing a sterling third on Feb. 17 at Bubba Raceway
Park in Ocala, Fla.
victory also vaulted McCool from eighth to fifth in the WoO
LMS points standings.
Owens of Newport, Tenn., a fan favorite and big winner at Tazewell,
fought hard to secure a sixth-place finish after starting 12th.
Defending WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., slipped
from the fifth starting spot to a seventh-place finish, followed
by Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., Eric Jacobsen of
Sea Cliff Beach, Calif., and Brad Neat of Dunnville, Ky., who
won his first-ever WoO LMS A-Main the previous night at North
Alabama Speeday in Tuscumbia, Ala.
Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., who won the 2010 WoO LMS event
at Tazewell, appeared to be a serious contender again after
finishing second in his heat race. But engine problems forced
his crew to swap in a backup powerplant work that wasnt
completed until the A-Main starting field was saluting the fans
with a four-wide pace lap.
Clanton reported late to the A-Main lineup, series rules necessitated
that he relinquish his sixth starting spot and tag the back
of the field. He managed only a 19th-place finish.
Kennedy Motorsports teammate, John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y.,
also was struck by terminal engines woes midway through the
night. He pitted and returned on the lead lap but settled for
a fourth-place finish.
caution-free A-Main supplanted the May 30, 2006, WoO LMS 50-lapper
at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., as the fastest
feature ever run on the World of Outlaws trail. That race on
a quarter-mile oval saw Lanigan take the win in 11 minutes,
was quickest of 32 entrants in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, blistering
his home-state track in 11.599 seconds. It was his first WoO
LMS fast-time honor of 2012 and the ninth of his career.
winners were Bloomquist, Jacobsen, McCool and Madden. The B-Mains
were captured by Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Jack Sullivan
of Greenbrier, Ark.
WoO LMS will remain in the Southeast for two another weekend
doubleheader, visiting 311 Motor Speedway in Pine Hall, N.C.,
on Fri., May 4, and Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway on Sat., May 5.
more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels
and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .
of WoO Late Model Series Outlaw Sizzler 50 presented by
Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia of Morristown at Tazewell
Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money
(1) Bub McCool/50 $10,550
(2) Scott Bloomquist/50 $5,200
(4) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,650
(8) Chris Madden/50 $2,500
(3) Billy Ogle Jr./50 $2,500
(12) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,700
(5) Rick Eckert/50 $2,050
(10) Jonathan Davenport/50 $1,300
(7) Eric Jacobsen/50 $1,200
(11) Brad Neat/50 $1,100
(16) Greg Johnson/50 $1,250
(14) Vic Hill/50 $1,000
(11) Vic Coffey/50 $1,550
(13) Mike Marlar/50 $1,450
(18) Jack Sullivan/50 $850
(17) Clint Smith/50 $1,350
(22) Chub Frank/50 $1,320
(21) Tim Fuller/50 $1,300
(6) Shane Clanton/50 $1,280
(19) Kent Robinson/50 $700
(20) Bryan Hendrix/50 $700
(24) John Lobb/50 $700
(15) Tim McCreadie/18 $1,350
(23) Pat Doar/6 $1,250
NOTE: Clanton forfeited his sixth starting spot and tagged the
rear of the field after reporting late to the A-Main lineup
while completing an engine change
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency
Time of Race: 10 Mins., 47.989 Secs.
of Victory: 0.281 Secs.
Leaders: McCool (1-50)
Starters: Doar, Lobb
LMS Bonus Bucks Winner: Ogle ($500)
Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best
0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 11.599
5J-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 11.604
57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 11.647
24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 11.665
41-Brad Neat/Dunnville, KY 11.706
201-Billy Ogle Jr./Knoxville, TN 11.711
39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 11.718
44M-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 11.739
5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 11.579
1V-Vic Hill/Morristown, TN 11.759
25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 11.768
20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 11.806
29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 11.845
7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 11.850
32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 11.866
49-Greg Johnson/Bedford, IN 11.875
44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 11.891
15-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 11.897
19. 90J-Jason Trammell/Knoxville, TN 11.907
1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 12.038
28L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 12.039
14-Terry Wolfenbarger/Powell, TN 12.052
5-Bryan Hendrix/Knoxville, TN 12.074
1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 12.076
1W-Dillon Wood/New Smyrna Beach, FL 12.134
3-Steve Smith/Powell, TN 12.150
11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 12.202
28-Jeff Wolfenbarger/Clinton, TN 12.225
1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 12.245
17-Shannon Thornsberry/Martin, KY 12.346
22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 12.712
J12-Jeff Franklin/10 Mile, TN 12.767
Heat No. 1 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Bloomquist,
Lanigan, Neat, Marlar, C. Smith, Fuller, Lobb, Wood
No. 2 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Jacobsen, Ogle, Davenport,
Hill, Robinson, T. Wolfenbarger, S. Smith, Thornsberry
No. 3 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): McCool, Clanton,
Coffey, McCreadie, Hendrix, Trammell, Doar, George
No. 4 (10 laps Top 4 Transfer): Madden, Eckert, Owens,
Johnson, Sullivan, Frank, J. Wolfenbarger, Franklin
No. 1 (12 laps Top 3 Transfer): C. Smith, Robinson,
Fuller, T. Wolfenbarger, S. Smith, Wood, Thornsberry, Lobb
No. 2 (12 laps Top 3 Transfer): Sullivan, Hendrix,
Frank, Trammell, Doar, J. Wolfenbarger, Franklin, George
4 Cylinder class got the opportunity to qualify for their feature,
and the 99 of Chuck McMahan broke the track qualifying record
with a lap of 14.484 seconds. On the start of the feature, the
C11 of Michael Courtney, who was also under the track qualifying
record in time trials, took the lead into turn one. The events
only caution drew at lap 8 for a hard crash in turn four for
the 44J of Jeromy Collins, ending his night. Courtney would
lead the last laps en route to his flag-to-flag victory.
C11 - Michael Courtney
2. 99 - Chuck McMahan
3. 01 - Rocky McNabb
4. B7 - Bubby Braden
5. 72 - Rufus Collett
6. 13 - John Collett
7. 1 - Mark Wallace
8. 44J - Jeromy Collins
9. 007 - Hayston Collett
10. 20 - Shane Taylor
Street time trials wound up with the P21 of Robbie Buchanan
setting fast time at 13.799 seconds. On the initial start, the
second fast qualifier Larry Burke spun out of two. The field
was lined back up for a complete restart. On the restart, Buchanan
pulled into turn one first grabbing the lead from the high side.
The feature ran twenty caution-free laps with Buchanan taking
the flag-to-flag victory.
P21 - Robbie Buchanan
2. 54 - Larry Burke
3. 4 - Clyde Overholt
4. 33 - Warren McMahan
5. 56 - Tony Horton
6. 14 - Wayne Overholt
7. B2 - Bo Smith
8. 1 - Scott Johnson
9. 66 - Daniel Reece
10. 56H - Jordan Horton
DNS - 86 - Brandon Jarnigan
final feature of the night was the Classics. Robbie Sands claimed
fast time in time trials with a lap of 14.349 seconds. The event
was slowed by two cautions, both by single car spin from Eli
Keck and Jason Beeler. However, no one proved to be a match
for Sands as he cruised to the victory. After some rule/protest
debating, the protest was called off and Sands was declared
the winner making that three in a row for the 17 crew.
17 - Robbie Sands
2. 34 - Phillip Shockley
3. 59 - Shawn Walton
4. 1 - Shane Lockhart
5. 3 - Jason Beeler
6. 8 - Daris Braden
7. 18 - Eli Keck
8. 20 - Matt Tharp
9. 7 - Joe Keck
Hall would like to thank all the great fans for their support
in forming the largest crowd ever in Tazewell Speedway history.
Mr. Hall and the rest of the Tazewell Speedway crew would like
to invite everyone back out this Saturday night as we return
to our weekly racing program featuring the Tazewell Late Models,
Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders.