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DARRELL LANIGAN WIRES FIELD
ON HOOSIERS IN RENEGADE DIRTCAR SERIES

6-26-03

Darrell Lanigan after capturing the $7,000 Renegade win on Hoosiers. (Photo courtesy of David Allio)CHILLICOTHE, OH (June 21) -- Kentucky's Darrell Lanigan won his first Renegade DirtCar Racing Series race of the season Saturday night leading every lap of the 50-lap feature. Lanigan, along with 21 other drivers in the feature, competed on Hoosier tires en route to collecting the $7,000 win at KC Raceway. The DirtCar Series began in 1983 and allows competitors to run any tire brand. 

A total of 48 cars were on hand battling it out for a spot in the 25-car field in the "Summer Sizzler 50." Bart Hartman set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.278 seconds around the KC Raceway 3/8-mile clay oval. Chub Frank was second fastest with a lap of 15.313 seconds, while Darrell Lanigan rounded out the top three in qualifying with a lap of 15.335 seconds.

Hoosier-shod drivers captured three wins in the four heat races contested. R.J. Conley, Barry Bragdon and Jerry Rice were the three Team-Hoosier heat winners.

In the feature, 22 of the 25 starters opted to ride on Hoosier tires. Darrell Lanigan took immediate command of the race from the pole leading all 50 laps of the night's feature race. It was Lanigan's first series win of the season and earned the Union, KY driver $7,000. All told, Hoosier-shod drivers captured the first nine spots in the feature.

Following Lanigan to the finish line was defending series champion Chub Frank in second, Davey Johnson, R.J. Conley, Mike Balzano, Jerry Rice, Barry Bragdon, Rob Blair and Bart Hartman. In fact, Hoosier tires were on 15 of the first 16 drivers to cross the finish line in the night's final race. 

The race had four cautions and took 37 minutes to complete. Davey Johnson, who finished third, won the Hard Charger of the Race Award after starting 14th.

Chub Frank has been the series champion the past three seasons--all on Hoosier tires. The Bear Lake, PA native captured the point championship in 2002 after posting five victories in the 32 main events that were contested. Amazingly, the Renegade DirtCar Racing Series had 19 different main event winners last season. 

Currently, Chub Frank leads the series standings with 2,250 points as he continues to strive for his fourth consecutive series championship. In second place is Mike Balzano with 2,190 points. The entire top ten in the series standings all ride on Hoosier tires. For more information about tires used in the Renegade DirtCar Racing Series contact Hoosier Oval Track Dirt Product Manager Shanon Rush at srush@hoosiertire.com

The Renegade DirtCar Racing Series will next race on June 27, at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH.

To learn more about the exciting Renegade DirtCar Racing Series, visit their website at www.renegadedirtcar.com.  

      

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