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Lanigan Dominates Then Has To Hold On For 1st Late Model Nationals Championship

Darrell Lanigan led 68 of the 100 laps last night and had to survive two red flag periods in the final six laps and a last ditch effort by Josh Richards to record his first win in the Tenth Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway last night. Lanigan grabbed the lead on lap 20 and looked as if he would run away and hide. However, Richards, who won the first night of racing kept in the vicinity until Lanigan seems to slow in the later stages. Richards passed him going into turn three and he began to pull away until a red flag came out on lap 94. Lanigan made the winning pass on lap 95, after a botched restart brought out another red flag, and held on for a victory margin of .326. Tim McCreadie, Steve Francis, and Billy Moyer completed the top five.