Devin Moran Wheels His Way to First Series Victory

Contact: Kayla May (World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series PR)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Devin Moran struck gold at Atomic Speedway during the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series first appearance in 2017 in his home state of Ohio. Moran landed his first quick time of the season during qualifying, won his heat race and led all 50-laps of the Craftsman Club Feature to wheel his way to his first career Series win.

“When I crossed the checker flag I was yelling in my helmet,” said Moran. “Everything fell in our favor tonight. We had the car right and that’s what it starts with. Then we got quick time, won our heat and drew a good pill. It’s been a picture-perfect night here. It’s awesome to get our first win in Ohio on a night like this.”

While pulling his Tye Twarog Racing/DMR machine down the front stretch on his way to park it in Victory Lane, fans rushed to the fence waving and yelling for their newly-earned home state hero. After letting out a battle cry under a shower of confetti, Moran jumped from the roof of his car and headed straight towards his dad, Donnie, for a high-five and a hug.

“This is awesome. This is what we have worked towards for a long time and he’s finally come to his age here a little bit and got up on the wheel and got the job done tonight,” said Donnie Moran of Devin’s win.




Moran’s redraw placed him on the outside of pole sitter, Frank Heckenast Jr. On the first lap Moran took the lead before creating an impressive 1.426-second gap between him and the rest of the field in only two laps time. With the help of lap traffic, Heckenast began to reel in the Rookie of the Year Contender but unfortunately due to mechanical issues he was forced to retire from the feature on lap 25.

The pivot point of the race for eventual second-place finisher, Steve Casebolt, was lap 30 when a caution fell for Morgan Bagley as he slowed on the track. Under the same caution, Brian Shirley called it an early night and Shane Clanton headed to the pits with a right rear flat. At the time of the caution, Shirley was running seventh and Clanton was running fourth. With Clanton out of the picture, Casebolt moved to fifth for the restart of which he took big-time advantage of. Casebolt jumped up the chain on the restart moving from fifth to second in the span of just one lap.

Casebolt was sporting a brand-new ride for the Outlaw race at Atomic Speedway thanks to Jim Beeman and Tader Masters, but you would never know because he was able to finish second from a thirteenth start.

“I think I got the call on Tuesday, and we put this thing together in a hurry,” said Casebolt. “Working with Tader Masters has always been a dream of mine. I know how good he is with racecars and I’ve always wanted to learn from him. I think tonight showed that he had no doubt in me. I have to thank Jim Beeman for putting this deal together. Without him there’s no way Tater and I would have gotten the chance to work together.”

Series powerhouse and current points leader, Brandon Sheppard, rounded out the podium for the 50-lap $10,000-to-win event at Atomic Speedway.

The next stop for the Series is on May 27 at Wayne County Speedway. The event will be the second and final show in Ohio for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series in 2017.

Additional Race Notes:

Rick Eckert and Chris Madden passed an impressive amount of cars during the feature as both drivers were able to gain at least 10 positions from the start. Eckert started fifteenth and finished fourth and Madden started sixteenth and finished sixth.

Chub Frank tied for his best finish of the 2017 season (fifth) at the home of his last Series win in 2009 at K-C Raceway; now Atomic Speedway.

Atomic Speedway Results:

Craftsman Club Feature: 1. 9- Devin Moran[2]; 2. C9- Steve Casebolt[13]; 3. 1- Brandon Sheppard[6]; 4. 7- Rick Eckert[15]; 5. 1*- Chub Frank[11]; 6. 44- Chris Madden[16]; 7. 25- Shane Clanton[7]; 8. 18- Eric Wells[9]; 9. 71R- Rod Conley[14]; 10. 10- Eddie Carrier Jr[3]; 11. 14m- Morgan Bagley[18]; 12. 44J- Jeremy Berwanger[19]; 13. 93- Donald Bradsher[23]; 14. 17- Shannon Thornsberry[24]; 15. 2c- Joey Coulter[17]; 16. 91- Tyler Erb[4]; 17. 71C- R.J. Conley[10]; 18. 3s- Brian Shirley[5]; 19. 1AM- Austin Mills[21]; 20. 21- Jason Montgomery[22]; 21. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 22. 20- Jacob Hawkins[20]; 23. 71- Delmas Conley[12]; 24. 4B- Jackie Boggs[8]

Last Chance Showdown 1: 1. 2c- Joey Coulter[1]; 2. 44J- Jeremy Berwanger[3]; 3. 1AM- Austin Mills[6]; 4. 17   Shannon- Thornsberry[7]; 5. 91s- Blake Naylor[5]; 6. 12- Derek Chaney[9]; 7. 4G- Kody Evans[2]; 8. 93- Donald Bradsher[4]; DNS. 11w- Ronnie Whitt

Last Chance Showdown 2:  1.14m- Morgan Bagley[1]; 2. 20- Jacob Hawkins[2]; 3. 21- Jason Montgomery[6]; 4. 9F- Mark Frazier[3]; 5. 9s- Chris Shannon[4]; 6. 33- Kevin Wagner[7]; 7. 11- Billy Gullion[5]; DNS. 99- Harrison Hall

Heat 1: 1. 9- Devin Moran[1]; 2. 91- Tyler Erb[3]; 3. 18- Eric Wells[2]; 4. C9- Steve Casebolt[5]; 5. 2c- Joey Coulter[6]; 6. 44J- Jeremy Berwanger[7]; 7. 91s- Blake Naylor[8]; 8. 17- Shannon Thornsberry[4]; DNS. 12- Derek Chaney

Heat 2: 1. 25- Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 10- Eddie Carrier Jr[3]; 3. 71C- R.J. Conley[4]; 4. 71R- Rod Conley[2]; 5. 4G- Kody Evans[5]; 6. 93- Donald Bradsher[6]; 7. 1AM- Austin Mills[7]; DNS. 11w- Ronnie Whitt

Heat 3: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 3s- Brian Shirley[3]; 3. 1*- Chub Frank[2]; 4. 7- Rick Eckert[4]; 5. 14m- Morgan Bagley[6]; 6. 9F- Mark Frazier[5]; 7. 11- Billy Gullion[7]; 8. 33- Kevin Wagner[8]

Heat 4: 1. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 2. 4B- Jackie Boggs[4]; 3. 71- Delmas Conley[5]; 4. 44- Chris Madden[7]; 5. 20- Jacob Hawkins[3]; 6. 9s- Chris Shannon[6]; 7. 21- Jason Montgomery[2]; 8. 99- Harrison Hall[8]

Qualifying A: 1. 9- Devin Moran, 13.406; 2. 25- Shane Clanton, 13.466; 3. 18- Eric Wells, 13.5; 4. 71R- Rod Conley, 13.665; 5. 91- Tyler Erb, 13.703; 6. 10- Eddie Carrier Jr, 13.809; 7. 17- Shannon Thornsberry, 13.888; 8. 71C- R.J. Conley, 13.905; 9. C9- Steve Casebolt, 13.938; 10. 4G- Kody Evans, 13.952; 11. 2c- Joey Coulter, 13.998; 12. 93- Donald Bradsher, 14.054; 13. 44J- Jeremy Berwanger, 14.121; 14. 1AM- Austin Mills, 14.354; 15. 91s- Blake Naylor, 14.67; 16. 11w- Ronnie Whitt, 15.005; 17. 12- Derek Chaney, 15.273

Qualifying B:  1. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 13.546; 2. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 13.643; 3. 1*- Chub Frank, 13.873; 4. 21- Jason Montgomery, 13.905; 5. 3s- Brian Shirley, 13.933; 6. 20- Jacob Hawkins, 13.966; 7. 7- Rick Eckert, 14.025; 8. 4B- Jackie Boggs, 14.074; 9. 9F- Mark Frazier, 14.153; 10. 71- Delmas Conley, 14.156; 11. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 14.173; 12. 9s- Chris Shannon, 14.41; 13. 11- Billy Gullion, 14.643; 14. 44- Chris Madden, 14.769; 15. 33- Kevin Wagner, 14.849; 16. 99- Harrison Hall, 14.948

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Craftsman/Sears ($200 Cash): Devin Moran, Brandon Sheppard, Rick Eckert, Chub Frank, Chris Madden; Craftsman/Sears ($100 Cash): Steve Casebolt; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate):Devin Moran; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Devin Moran; Quarter Master ($100 Product Certificate): Devin Moran; Wrisco (Three Sheets of aluminum): Steve Casebolt;  Penske Racing Shocks ($50 Product Certificate): Steve Casebolt; JE Pistons ($50 Cash):Chris Madden; VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Rod Conley; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Rod Conley; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Morgan BagleyExtended Stay America ($50 Cash): Morgan Bagley; Cometic ($50 Cash): Donald Bradsher; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Donald Bradsher; Superflow Dyno’s ($50 Cash): Joey Coulter; Quartermaster ($25 Product Certificate): Joey Coulter; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Frank Heckenast Jr.; Quartermaster ($50 Product Certificate): Devin Moran; Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 Product Certificate): Frank Heckenast Jr.; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Frank Heckenast; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Devin Moran; QA-1 ($50 Cash): Shane Clanton; Rookie Bonus: Devin Moran; Bonus Bucks: Eddie Carrier Jr.

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)
Devin Moran-1 (Atomic Speedway on May 26)

Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championship Standing

Pos. Car # Driver Points Trail By
1 1 Brandon Sheppard 1782 0
2 7 Rick Eckert 1680 102
3 44 Chris Madden 1674 108
4 91 Tyler Erb 1662 120
5 25 Shane Clanton 1634 148
6 9 Devin Moran 1626 156
7 18 Eric Wells 1624 158
8 3S Brian Shirley 1588 194
9 1* Chub Frank 1576 206
10 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. 1566 216
11 14M Morgan Bagley 1490 292
12 2C Joey Coulter 1476 306
13 93 Donald Bradsher 1384 398
14 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. 952 830
15 116 Brandon Overton 850 932
16 18C Chase Junghans 826 956
17 C9 Steve Casebolt 590 1192
18 4-D’s Chad Hollenbeck 572 1210
19 101 Casey Roberts 552 1230
20 21 Billy Moyer 538 1244