Shane Clanton Races to Win in 19th Annual Coors Light Fall Classic
Special to DirtOnDirt.com

MERIDIAN, Miss. (Oct. 26) — Fast qualifier Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., earned $15,000 Saturday at Whynot Motorsports Park in capturing the 19th annual Coors Light Fall Classic.

“It’s good to be back in victory lane in Mississippi,” said Clanton, whose biggest Magnolia State victories have come at Columbus Speedway.

Clanton, who started seventh, took the lead from last year’s winner and early leader Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., on the 11th lap and led the rest of the way in the long-distance event at the quarter-mile oval just south of Meridian.

O’Neal, who started outside the front row, finished second while eighth-starting Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., was third in Clint Bowyer Racing’s Barry Wright house car. Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo., driving the Greenbrier, Ark.-based GRT Race Cars house car, started and finished fourth while Klint Byars of Calhoun City, Miss., rounded out the top five.

Neil Baggett of Shannon, Miss., who started on the pole, was among the early retirees and was listed 22nd in the 24-car field during a chilly weekend.

Clanton raced into the second spot after just five laps, then used the low groove to roll past the high-running O’Neal for a lead he’d never give up.

“We changed a lot of things since hot laps. It’s a a good thing they gave us hot laps, because I was terrible,” Clanton said. “We changed the whole rear end, front end, everything but the driver … My crew, they’ve stuck with me all year long, and my wife.”

O’Neal was within striking distance of Clanton late in the race, but wasn’t able to make a serious challenge.

“The track rubbered up and we just pretty much ran out of tire once we caught him,” O’Neal said, “and we just had to ride there behind him.”

Francis also made early progress but never contended for the lead.

“I think Don and Shane were just a little better than we were,” he said. “You know, we were pretty good through (turns) one and two and down that back straightaway, but we really struggled off (turn) four a little bit. We just got to where we’d shove the middle of the corner a little bit there. … We ran third. Not a bad night.”

Notes: Clanton’s Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Core Construction, Keyser Mfg., Ironco and b3 Architecture + Planning. … Clanton notched his first victory since a Sept. 29 Southern All Star triumph at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala.; the World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular has eight feature victories overall in 2013. … Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series regular Don O’Neal was guest starring a No. 71 for Louisiana-based Childress Racing as a teammate to Chris Wall of Springfield, La., who finished 13th. … Jeremy Payne took second from O’Neal for a stretch after a restart in the first half of the race. … Two-time race winner Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, finished 21st in a Ray Moore-owned MB Customs chassis; Moore was 15th. … Jamey Boland of Cuba, Ala., won the weekend’s Crate Late Model feature over Shep Lucas.

Whynot Motorsports Park - October 25th-26th, 2013 Results

Super Late Model - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 7 25C    Shane Clanton     - 0.00
2 2 71    Don Oneal     - 0.00
3 8 15    Steve Francis     - 0.00
4 4 1P    Jeremy Payne     - 0.00
5 9 5B    Klint Byars    Carolton City, Ms 0.00
6 3 54    David Breazeale    Koscuckio , Ms 0.00
7 13 66    Jake Knowles     - 0.00
8 16 28    Dennis Erb    Carpentersville , Il 0.00
9 15 33C    Eric Cooley    Fulton , Ms 0.00
10 12 77M    J.r. Mcbride    Cardondale , Il 0.00
11 14 86    Rick Rickman    Columbus , Ms 0.00
12 5 15S    Chris Smith    Brewton , Al 0.00
13 19 71W    Chris Wall     , La 0.00
14 18 86B    Kyle Beard    Trumann , Ar 0.00
15 10 93    Ray Moore    Haughton , La 0.00
16 11 1C    Chad Thrash     , Ms 0.00
17 17 90    Brian Rickman    Columbus , Ms 0.00
18 6 88W    Wendell Wallace    Batesville , Ar 0.00
19 20 14M    Morgan Bagley     - 0.00
20 23 57J    Bub Mccool    Vicksburg , Ms 0.00
21 24 15B    Brian Birkhoffer Racing    Muscatine , Ia 0.00
22 1 K3    Neil Baggett    Columbus , Ms 0.00
23 22 33X    Jack Sullivan    Greenbrier , Ak 0.00
24 21 27    Chris Mcelhenney     , Ms 0.00
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Ne Smith LM - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 232    Jamey Boland    Cuba , Al 0.00
2 8 222    Shep Lucas     , Al 0.00
3 5 01    Nick Thrash     - 0.00
4 1 311    Chase Washington    Houlka , Ms 0.00
5 4 118    Randy Boyd     - 0.00
6 14 C11    Cliff Williams     , Ms 0.00
7 19 760    Jim Mcduffie    Meridian , Ms 0.00
8 7 K9    Steve Bryan     , Ms 0.00
9 6 73    Evan Ellis    Plantersville , Ms 0.00
10 9 09    Daniel Bridgmon    Meridian , Ms 0.00
11 21 4B    Josh Banes     - 0.00
12 18 11    Tim Dees    Meridian , Ms 0.00
13 23 77S    Michael Santangelo     - 0.00
14 13 711X    Steve Bynum    Florence , Ms 0.00
15 15 34    Doug Sanchagrin    Florence , Ms 0.00
16 20 21T    Chris Thornton    Penchtree , Ga 0.00
17 12 521    Mickey Trosclair Jr    Luling , La 0.00 DNF
18 22 J88    Jered Smith    Hazlehurst , Ms 0.00 DNF
19 3 4    Michael Arnold    Hattiesburg , Ms 0.00 DNF
20 24 000H    Rick Hassell    Meridian , Ms 0.00 DNF
21 16 2    Tyler Burgess    Quitman , Ms 0.00 DNF
22 10 25    Justin Mcree    Cottondale , Al 0.00 DNF
23 11 27M    Larry Murphy     , Ms 0.00 DNF
24 17 03    Chris O'conner     - 0.00 DNF
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UMP Modified - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 51    Scott Dedwylder     , Ms 0.00
2 1 34    Ben Stephens    Hattiesburg , Ms 0.00
3 7 12L    Lucas Lee     , Tn 0.00
4 5 17H    Gregg Hollingsworth     , Ms 0.00
5 15 29    Preston Seratt    Dyersburg , Tn 0.00
6 9 25B    Toby Hodge    Pulaski , Ms 0.00
7 8 10    Jason Henry    Brandon , Ms 0.00
8 12 4R    Ryan Allday    Byram , Ms 0.00
9 19 292    Glendale Shoemake    Prentiss , Ms 0.00
10 6 1A    Shane Akin     - 0.00
11 17 2S    Bo Slay    Milton , Fl 0.00
12 11 2    Rusty Harrison     , Ms 0.00
13 22 6    Rusty Cooper     - 0.00
14 16 17N    Noah Daspit    Kiln , Ms 0.00 DNF
15 20 04    Rodney Etheridge     , Al 0.00 DNF
16 23 88    Roger Pack     , Fl 0.00 DNF
17 14 7    Bill Taylor     , Ms 0.00 DNF
18 24 17X    Chad Shivers    Prentiss , Ms 0.00 DNF
19 3 K1    Randy King    Meridian , Ms 0.00 DNF
20 18 118    Nick Poole     - 0.00 DNF
21 10 3    Mike Ladner    Biloxi , Ms 0.00 DNF
22 4 21W    David Winslett    Bossier , La 0.00 DNF
23 21 9    Bryan Powell    Magee , Ms 0.00 DNF
24 13 31    Justin Galbreath    Chipley , Fl 0.00 DNS
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Street Stock - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 711W    Gregg Hollingsworth     , Ms 0.00
2 6 3L    Mike Ladner    Biloxi , Ms 0.00
3 8 54B    Jeff Butler    Mendenhall , Ms 0.00
4 22 9    Tony Crosby    Brassfield , Ms 0.00
5 7 82B    Trey Bright    Coker , Al 0.00
6 13 19    Michael Williams    Saucier , Ms 0.00
7 12 9H    Mike Haralson    Braxton , Ms 0.00
8 9 50    Landon Frith     , Ms 0.00
9 23 77    Chris Reeves    Meridian , Ms 0.00
10 1 30J    Richard Freeman    Franklington , La 0.00
11 19 10-4    Mickey Trosclair Jr    Luling , La 0.00
12 14 111M    Wayne Medders    Morton , Ms 0.00
13 24 74    Scotty Vowell    Philadelphia , Ms 0.00
14 2 1E    David Easterling    Star , Ms 0.00
15 21 12S    Josh Stringer    Foxworth , Ms 0.00 DNF
16 18 STR    Tony Coffman    Florence , Ms 0.00 DNF
17 15 1G    Wayne Gunn    Chunchula , Al 0.00 DNF
18 11 777    Brandon Leftwich    Meridian , Ms 0.00 DNF
19 4 23C    Bryan Cox    Sauier , Ms 0.00 DNF
20 17 51    Willie Willis    Gulfport , Ms 0.00 DNF
21 5 17    Wesley Hoomes    Brewton , Al 0.00 DNF
22 16 8    Brandon Nobles    Coila , Ms 0.00 DNF
23 20 2G    Jeffrey Walker     , Ms 0.00 DNF
24 10 0    Jeremy Flurry    Smithville , Ms 0.00 DNF
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Pure Stock - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 87    Bill Moffite    Meridian , Ms 0.00
2 17 01    Dustin Ladner     - 0.00
3 1 40L    Jeff Lewis     - 0.00
4 4 21    Mike Palmiter     - 0.00
5 6 77B    Leslie Brown     - 0.00
6 8 1    Tyler Smith     - 0.00
7 12 11    Brett Etheridge    Gallion , Al 0.00
8 9 04    Jimmie Moore    Vimville , Ms 0.00
9 10 3C    Josh Carpenter    Meridian , Ms 0.00
10 16 66    Tony Crosby    Brassfield , Ms 0.00 DNF
11 11 6M    Cody Mckay     - 0.00 DNF
12 5 X    Austin Rodgers     - 0.00 DNF
13 7 12    Brian Cannon    Linden , Al 0.00 DNF
14 13 28    Clint Crawford     , Al 0.00 DNS
15 3 22    Mark Lewis    Magee , Ms 0.00 DNS
16 18 16    Corey Adank    Meridian , Ms 0.00 DNS
17 15 5M    Tommy Mccall    Meridian , Ms 0.00 DNS
18 14 4    Bryant Reynolds    Meridian , Ms 0.00 DNS
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