Mitchell Takes Night 2 of ‘Summer Speedweek’ at Volunteer Speedway

Zach Mitchell celebrates his first career WoO series win in victory lane on Saturday. Photos by Michael Moats

Zach Mitchell captured his first career WoO Late Model series win Saturday night at “The Gap.” Mitchell capitalized on a front row start, leading wire-to-wire to seize the victory and a $10,000 prize.

“Man, if you would’ve told me I would win this race on the way up here, I would’ve said you’re a liar,” Mitchell said in disbelief after a jubilant celebration. “This is just surreal. To come here and win against competition like this, I just can’t believe it.”

The pit area was crowded with race cars and people at Volunteer Speedway.

An earlier heat race victory, plus a stout qualifying effort, put Mitchell on the outside of the front row at the start of the feature. Veteran driver Darrell Lanigan sat alongside in the pole position. While Mitchell eyeballed his first career series win, Lanigan was chasing his 74th WoO win.

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It was Mitchell that found traction and momentum into turn one to take the lead down the back straight on the first lap. He managed to hold a solid edge through the long green flag lap run, fighting through lap traffic from lap ten on, finally getting a caution on lap 29.

Cory Hedgecock (left) and Chris Madden (right) talk after qualifying.

Dealing with a trio of restarts just past halfway, Mitchell was never seriously challenged while McDowell focused on passing Lanigan for Second, which he did on lap 30. Acing the final restart with 19 laps left, Mitchell quickly distanced himself from McDowell.

“I was just aiming that thing into the corner and it went anywhere I wanted,” Mitchell said on his car’s ability. “This thing was flawless. Barry Wright Race Cars, Clements horsepower, everything ran great. It’s pretty cool to race on a track like this. We don’t get many slick tracks around home.”

Brandon Sheppard.

While it was Mitchell, Lanigan, and McDowell occupying the podium spots, Friday’s polesitter Scott Bloomquist and Friday’s winner Brandon Sheppard gave chase to them.

“Hats off to everyone on this deal: my dad, Tim, Mike, Dalton my fiancé, they all mean so much to me,” an emotional Mitchell let out. “I know I’m forgetting somebody, but wow. I’m out of breath. I think I held my breath the whole 50 laps.”

Chasing Mitchell to the line with a second-place finish was Dale McDowell, a former two-time winner at the Bulls Gap 4/10-mile. “I feel like I was probably a little better on the bottom side of the race track managing my tires, but those guys were a little better farther up,” McDowell noted post-race. “It just wasn’t our night. Congratulations to Zack, I know this is a huge win for him and he drove a really great race.”

Darrell Lanigan, a three-time World of Outlaws champion, became a force at the front again and actually gained ground on Brandon Sheppard and Ricky Weiss in the title hunt, where he sits third.

Michael Brown

“We just lacked a little bit of instant traction, but all in all we had a great car all night long,” Lanigan said afterward. “I’m just really proud of these guys. We struggled hard this past month and they went home to work on this car and got it way better. Dale was just better than us on restarts there, but overall no complaints.”

Race Results: 

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 13.502; 2. 29v-Darrell Lanigan, 13.598; 3. 76-Brandon Overton, 13.742; 4. 23-Cory Hedgecock, 13.753; 5. 7-Ricky Weiss, 13.758; 6. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 13.947; 7. 97c-Michael Chilton, 14.188; 8. 5h-Vic Hill, 14.209; 9. 28w-Jeff Wolfenbarger, 14.234; 10. 7t-Drake Troutman, 14.243; 11. 31-Tyler Millwood, 14.246; 12. B1-Brent Larson, 14.356; 13. 51m-Joey Moriarty, 14.475; 14. 3-Steve Smith, 14.63; 15. 7m-Donald Mcintosh, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 17m-Dale McDowell, 13.775; 2. 18-Chase Junghans, 13.805; 3. 0m-Chris Madden, 13.923; 4. 57-Zack Mitchell, 13.945; 5. 101-Forrest Trent, 14.058; 6. 97-Cade Dillard, 14.081; 7. 99b-Boom Briggs, 14.201; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler, 14.239; 9. 12-Ashton Winger, 14.286; 10. K37-Drew Kennedy, 14.418; 11. 28-Dennis Erb, 14.431; 12. 53-Ray Cook, 14.465; 13. 24d-Michael Brown, 14.833; 14. 4g-Kody Evans, 14.894

Drydene Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton [2]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [3]; 4. 97c-Michael Chilton [4]; 5. 31-Tyler Millwood [6]; 6. 28w-Jeff Wolfenbarger [5]; 7. 51m-Joey Moriarty [7]; 8. 7m-Donald Mcintosh [8]

Drydene Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [1]; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist [3]; 3. 23-Cory Hedgecock [2]; 4. 5h-Vic Hill [4]; 5. B1-Brent Larson [6]; 6. 7t-Drake Troutman [5]; 7. 3-Steve Smith [7]

Drydene Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 17m-Dale McDowell [1]; 2. 101-Forrest Trent [3]; 3. 12-Ashton Winger [5]; 4. 99b-Boom Briggs [4]; 5. 24d-Michael Brown [7]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [6]; 7. 0m-Chris Madden [2]

Drydene Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 57-Zack Mitchell [2]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler [4]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [1]; 4. K37-Drew Kennedy [5]; 5. 53-Ray Cook [6]; 6. 4g-Kody Evans [7]; 7. 97-Cade Dillard [3]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer – 1. 24d-Michael Brown [2][-]; 2. 31-Tyler Millwood [1][-]; 3. B1-Brent Larson [3][-]; 4. 53-Ray Cook [4][]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb [6][]; 6. 0m-Chris Madden [10][]; 7. 4g-Kody Evans [8][]; 8. 7t-Drake Troutman [7][$110]; 9. 28w-Jeff Wolfenbarger [5][$110]; 10. 3-Steve Smith [11][$110]; 11. 51m-Joey Moriarty [9][$110]; 12. 97-Cade Dillard [12][]; 13. 7m-Donald Mcintosh [13]

Morton Buildings World Of Outlaws Late Model Series Feature (50 laps): 1. 57-Zack Mitchell [2][$10,000]; 2. 17m-Dale McDowell [4][$5,000]; 3. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [1][$3,000]; 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist [6][$2,500]; 5. 76-Brandon Overton [5][$2,000]; 6. 12-Ashton Winger [10][$1,700]; 7. 8-Kyle Strickler [8][$1,400]; 8. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$1,300]; 9. 18-Chase Junghans [12][$1,200]; 10. 5h-Vic Hill [15][$1,100]; 11. 101-Forrest Trent [7][$1,050]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb [21][$1,000]; 13. 7-Ricky Weiss [9][$950]; 14. 0m-Chris Madden [22][$900]; 15. 97c-Michael Chilton [13][$850]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [19][$800]; 17. 53-Ray Cook [20][$770]; 18. 99b-Boom Briggs [14][$750]; 19. 97-Cade Dillard [23][$730]; 20. 4g-Kody Evans [24][$700]; 21. K37-Drew Kennedy [16][$700]; 22. 23-Cory Hedgecock [11][$700]; 23. 31-Tyler Millwood [18][$700]; 24. 24d-Michael Brown [17][$700]. 

Lap Leader(s): Mitchell 1-50

Hard Charger Award: Dennis Erb [+9]

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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