Mike Marlar on a Mission at Duck River Raceway Park

By KAYLA MAY (WORLD OF OUTLAWS PR)

WHEEL, TN – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series wrapped up a two-day swing through Tennessee at Duck River Raceway Park on Mother’s Day. Tennessee-native Mike Marlar wheeled his way to victory lane to claim his second-ever Series win.

 “I love racing with the World of Outlaws,” said Marlar. “I don’t get to do it a lot but when they come to Tennessee or sometimes I will venture out and go racing with them. They are an awesome group of guys to race with… It’s fun to go racing at a top level like this.”
Marlar drove throughout the night after a racing in Illinois to take on the Outlaws in his home state. Luckily for him, the long haul paid off; $10,000 to be exact.
Marlar scored second in his heat race which put him in the redraw for the feature event. He then drew a fourth position start which would place him on the outside of the second row surrounded by Series young guns Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran and Tyler Erb.
Brandon Sheppard was able to gain an early lead over the field stretching the distance to 1.589 seconds by lap 15. The action ensued for second between Marlar and Moran until Moran got a right rear flat sending him to the pits on lap 23. The caution for Moran allowed for the field to reset ultimately shutting the door on Sheppard’s lead. Using his knowledge of the track to his advantage, Marlar began trying different lines to outrun the Rocket1 machine and on lap 35 he made the pass for the win. Marlar’s last win with the Series was in 2014 at Tazewell Speedway.
“I’m pretty happy with our finish but I know in my head that I probably gave that race up,” said Sheppard. “Mike did a really good job and he out did me there basically. I stayed in the same line and he kind of knew exactly where I was going to go and used it to his advantage. He got down in front of me on the front stretch here and I should have known it was time to start moving around a little bit.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series has seen nine different drivers appear in Victory Lane out 12 Series races this season. Next up for the Series will be three nights of action in Ohio at Atomic Speedway on May 26, Wayne County Speedway on May 27 and Tyler County Speedway on May 28.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Statistical Report; Duck River Raceway Park on May 14, 2017:
FEATURE:  1. 157- Mike Marlar[4]; 2. 1- Brandon Sheppard[1]; 3. 7- Rick Eckert[5]; 4. 116- Brandon Overton[8]; 5. 15- Steve Francis[11]; 6. 91- Tyler Erb[3]; 7. 3s- Brian Shirley[6]; 8. 25- Shane Clanton[12]; 9. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[9]; 10. 2c- Joey Coulter[14]; 11. 44- Chris Madden[15]; 12. 1*- Chub Frank[19]; 13. 98- Eric Hickerson[10]; 14. 9- Devin Moran[2]; 15. 18- Eric Wells[7]; 16. 14m- Morgan Bagley[17]; 17. 93- Donald Bradsher[13]; 18. 17r- Brad Skinner[18]; 19. 69*- Carder Miller[20]; 20. 18s- David Seibers[16]
HEAT 1:  1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 157- Mike Marlar[2]; 3. 18- Eric Wells[4]; 4. 98- Eric Hickerson[5]; 5. 93- Donald Bradsher[6]; 6. 18s- David Seibers[7]; 7. 1*- Chub Frank[3]
HEAT 2:  1. 91- Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 7- Rick Eckert[4]; 3. 116- Brandon Overton[2]; 4. 15- Steve Francis[3]; 5. 2c- Joey Coulter[6]; 6. 14m- Morgan Bagley[7]; 7. 69*- Carder Miller[5]
HEAT 3: 1. 3s- Brian Shirley[1]; 2. 9- Devin Moran[2]; 3. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[4]; 4. 25- Shane Clanton[5]; 5. 44- Chris Madden[3]; 6. 17r- Brad Skinner[6]
QUALIFYING: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 12.262; 2. 91- Tyler Erb, 12.376; 3. 3s- Brian Shirley, 12.427; 4. 157- Mike Marlar, 12.453 5. 116- Brandon Overton, 12.457 6. 9- Devin Moran, 12.512; 7. 1*- Chub Frank, 12.523; 8. 15- Steve Francis, 12.534; 9. 44- Chris Madden, 12.538; 10. 18- Eric Wells, 12.558; 11. 7- Rick Eckert, 12.573; 12. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 12.639; 13. 98- Eric Hickerson, 12.735; 14. 69*- Carder Miller, 12.74; 15. 25- Shane Clanton, 12.749; 16. 93- Donald Bradsher, 12.767; 17. 2c- Joey Coulter, 12.958; 18. 17r- Brad Skinner, 13.024; 19. 18s- David Seibers, 13.156; DNS. 14m- Morgan Bagley
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Craftsman/Sears ($200 Cash): Brandon Sheppard, Rick Eckert, Tyler Erb, Brian Shirley, Shane Clanton.; Craftsman/Sears ($100 Cash): Mike Marlar; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brandon Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; Quarter Master ($100 Product Certificate): Brandon Sheppard; Wrisco (Three Sheets of aluminum): Brandon Sheppard;  Penske Racing Shocks ($50 Product Certificate): Steve Francis; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Shane Clanton; VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Joey Coulter; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Joey Coulter; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Chris Madden; Extended Stay America ($50 Cash): Eric Wells; Cometic ($50 Cash): Eric Wells; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Donald Bradsher; Superflow Dyno’s ($50 Cash): Eric Wells; Quartermaster ($25 Product Certificate): Eric Wells; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Morgan Bagley; Quartermaster ($50 Product Certificate): David Seibers; Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 Product Certificate): Frank Heckenast Jr.; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): David Seibers; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): David Seibers; QA-1 ($50 Cash): Mike Marlar; Rookie Bonus: Devin Moran; Bonus Bucks: Eric Hickerson
SEASON WINNERS: 
Brandon Sheppard- 3 (Whynot Motorsports Park on March 24, Farmer City Raceway on April 1, Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 6)
Shane Clanton- 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 24, Cherokee Speedway on May 6)
Rick Eckert- 1 (Screven Motorsports Complex on Feb. 17)
Chris Madden- 1 (Screven Motorsports Complex on Feb. 18)
Don O’Neal- 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 25)
Timothy Culp- 1 (LoneStar Speedway on March 26)
Brian Shirley-1 (Farmer City Raceway on April 2)
Brandon Overton- 1 (Smoky Mountain Speedway on May 13)
Mike Marlar- 1 (Duck River Raceway Park on May 14)
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championship Standings
Pos.
Car #
Driver
Earnings
Points
Trail By
1
1
Brandon Sheppard
$65,125
1638
0
2
91
Tyler Erb
$30,000
1544
94
3
7
Rick Eckert
$33,825
1538
100
4
44
Chris Madden
$38,150
1536
102
5
25
Shane Clanton
$40,200
1498
140
6
18
Eric Wells
$26,100
1490
148
7
9
Devin Moran
$26,220
1476
162
8
3S
Brian Shirley
$29,500
1474
164
9
99JR
Frank Heckenast Jr.
$17,850
1458
180
10
1*
Chub Frank
$18,570
1436
202
11
14M
Morgan Bagley
$13,820
1362
276
12
2C
Joey Coulter
$11,420
1356
282
13
93
Donald Bradsher
$8,520
1260
378
14
21JR
Billy Moyer Jr.
$15,600
952
686
15
116
Brandon Overton
$20,900
850
788
16
18C
Chase Junghans
$4,970
826
812
17
4-D’s
Chad Hollenbeck
$2,755
572
1066
18
101
Casey Roberts
$6,900
552
1086
19
21
Billy Moyer
$11,650
538
1100
20
B1
Brent Larson
$1,190
516
1122
21
2F
Dennis Franklin
$3,120
464
1174
22
C9
Steve Casebolt
$3,260
444
1194
23
17M
Dale McDowell
$2,900
422
1216
24
15
Steve Francis
$4,650
410
1228
25
21
Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
$2,135
374
1264