February 25th, 2017 - On Monday Shane Clanton returned to action at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) for the opening night of the UMP DIRTcar Nationals. With 43 cars signed in, Clanton followed up the 3rd fastest time in his qualifying group with a 3rd place finish in his heat to lock his spot into the A-Main. With $7,000 on the line, Shane charged through the field six spots in the 30-lapper scoring a 4th place finish behind Chris Madden, Brian Shirley, and Tyler Erb with Dennis Erb Jr. coming in 5th.
Starting Tuesday off by recording the fastest time overall in a field of 48 cars, Shane went on to capture a 8-lap heat race win sending him into the redraw. Receiving the 3rd-starting position for the main event, Shane jumped up one position landing a runner-up finish behind Brandon Sheppard with Brian Shirley, Darrell Lanigan, and Rodney Sanders completing the Top 5 finishers. (Heath Lawson photos)
After persistent rain in the area cancelled Wednesday’s and Thursday’s nights program, Shane was one of 48 cars signed in at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on Friday for the final two World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned events. Laying down the fastest time overall in qualifying, Shane went on to capture a heat race win from the pole position. Receiving the 2nd-starting position for the feature after the redraw, Clanton jumped out into the lead on the drop of the green flag. Battling through dense fog in the early laps of the A-Main, Shane held the top spot until the lap 23 when race officials made the decision to end the race due to the limited vision. Scoring his first victory of the season and a $10,000 payday, Eric Wells, Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert, and Brian Shirley completed the Top 5 finishers in the weather-shortened main event.
Closing out the World of Outlaws DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday, Clanton secured his spot into the $10,000-to-win finale with a 2nd place finish in his heat race behind Dennis Erb Jr. With 40-laps to gain some ground, Shane dropped back to a 13th place outing. His performance on Saturday night was good enough to clinch the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals championship.
Shane is currently tied for the ninth in the World of Outlaws point standings. Full results are available at www.DIRTcarUMP.com and www.WoOLMS.com.
February 18th, 2017 - Shane Clanton kicked off the 2017 racing season on Friday night at Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia) for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season-opener. Drawing 44 Super Late Models for the two-day Winter Freeze VII, Clanton recorded a 6th place finish in his heat sending him into the B-Main. Needing a 3rd place finish or better to make the show, Shane landed a runner-up finish behind Steve Casebolt locking his spot into the main event. Rolling off 19th for the $8,000-to-win opening night feature, Clanton ran into issues midway through the A-Main forcing him to make a quick trip into the pits. Battling back from the tail of the field, Shane logged a 20th place outing.
The following night after laying down the fifth fastest qualifying time in his group, Clanton edged his way into the $10,000-to-win finale with the 4th and final transfer spot in his heat. Losing two positions in the 50-lap affair, Clanton recorded a 15th place finish. (Thomas Hendrickson photo)
Full results are available at www.WoOLMS.com.