New Yorker Registers Biggest Win Of Decade-Long Dirt Late Model Career
NEW RICHMOND, WI – Aug. 3, 2013 – Tim McCreadie celebrated like he’s never celebrated before after capturing Saturday night’s 26th annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway.
With the $50,150 score representing the biggest and most prestigious triumph of his decade-long dirt Late Model career, the 39-year-old star from Watertown, N.Y., did joyful donuts in his Sweeteners Plus Warrior car off turn four, applauded the standing-room-only crowd in Victory Lane and even invited the fans to join him at his team’s trailer for a raucous post-race party.
Yes, it was a memorable evening for McCreadie, the 2006 World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion who has been chasing a signature win since returning fulltime to the national tour in 2010 following a brief foray into NASCAR (2007) and six months on the sidelines in 2009 due to a back injury.
“After everything I’ve gone through just with health and where I thought my career was going five years ago and where it ended up,” said McCreadie, “yeah, this is probably definitely at the top of the list.”
McCreadie earned his fifth WoO LMS victory of the season after inheriting the lead on lap 54 of the 100-lap A-Main when race-long pacesetter A.J. Diemel of Elk Mound, Wis., pulled to the infield with engine trouble. He controlled the remaining circuits, outrunning Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., in a race slowed by just a single caution flag.
O’Neal, 49, spent the late stages of the event turning back repeated challenges from defending USA Nationals champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to secure the runner-up spot and a $20,500 payday. The veteran driver steered Larry Moring’s MasterSbilt machine across the finish line 1.186 seconds behind McCreadie.
Lanigan, 43, settled for third place in his Rocket car after surviving a lap-96 backstretch scrape with O’Neal that momentarily sent both drivers sideways. He started ninth and ran behind O’Neal for the race’s final 58 laps.
WoO LMS points leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who won the USA Nationals in 2011, finished fourth after starting from the outside pole in the Rocket Chassis house car and 12th-starter Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., who captured Thursday night’s WoO LMS preliminary A-Main, registered a career-best USA Nationals finish of fifth in his Rocket mount.
McCreadie started from the pole position after winning Friday’s six-lap dash for winners of the six 15-lap heat races, but he took an immediate back seat to home-state favorite Diemel when the green flag flew. Diemel bolted from the third starting spot to the lead on the opening lap and quickly established a convincing advantage, leaving McCreadie to battle for second with O’Neal.
Bidding to become just the second Wisconsin driver to win the USA Nationals alongside Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Diemel led by as much as three seconds – nearly a full straightaway – before WoO LMS rookie Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, slowed with engine problems on lap 42 to trigger the lone caution flag of the 100. Diemel resumed his lead on the restart, but his hopes for an upset victory came to an end on lap 53 when he abruptly pulled his car into the infield with an apparent broken crankshaft.
Diemel’s departure presented a golden opportunity for McCreadie, who had his doubts about overtaking the popular Dairy State racer for the lead. McCreadie could only watch helplessly as Diemel blasted past him at the start of the race and was never able to mount a serious challenge for the top spot before Diemel retired.
“I went into (turn) one on the first lap and I couldn’t see or hear Josh (Richards) no more, so I just figured the cushion would be good and I eased up, turned it sideways because it was kind of slimy and A.J. just blew right on by me,” said McCreadie. “I thought, Oh man. So I just settled in and I was trying to run easy, but it’s hard to run easy here. Then Don O’Neal passed me (for second on lap 12) and that was it for me. I just got up and ran as hard as I could until it was over with.
“We had that one restart (on lap 42) and I stayed with (Diemel),” he continued. “I couldn’t stay with him before, but I stayed with him and I thought, Oh man, we might have a chance. I kept nosing beside him a little bit on the outside of (turns) three and four, but before he broke I lost a little bit of ground. I thought, Maybe we can hang on to second. That’s really kind of what I was hoping for. Then (Diemel) just had bad luck.
“I don’t think or know for sure if we could’ve passed him. I’m not gonna pretend or say I was taking it easy (while in second place), because I was running as hard as I could. I hate it for him because he is a real good guy. I’ve been around him a little bit and he’s first-class. His day will come, that’s for sure.”
With his right planted firmly to the floor once in command, McCreadie kept O’Neal at bay for the remainder of the distance. The former DIRTcar Northeast Big-Block Modified regular never let O’Neal get closer than a few car lengths.
“The closer it got to the end, the harder we ran,” said O’Neal, who started eighth. “At one point there when I started going into (turn) three real hard and sliding up to the top of four, I thought, Well, maybe I found something. We closed the gap there a little bit (on McCreadie), but then that sort of went away and I had to fend off the 29 car (Lanigan) from then on.”
O’Neal, whose best finish in four previous USA Nationals A-Main starts was 13th in 2012, remained winless for his career in WoO LMS competition.
“I keep getting that $500 (WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ for being the highest-finishing non-regular who hasn’t won a tour event), but I’d like to get a win,” said O’Neal. “We’ll go to (Iowa’s) Independence (Motor Speedway on Mon., Aug. 5) and see if maybe we can’t pull one off.”
Lanigan ducked underneath O’Neal often during the race’s second half, but the reigning WoO LMS champion wasn’t quite able to complete a pass.
“We just needed him to mess up one time so we could clear him,” Lanigan said of O’Neal. “He kept coming back on me and I really didn’t have the lane to get up on him.
“I would’ve liked to get to (heavier) lapped traffic because I was better on the bottom than them guys (McCreadie and O’Neal). They were kind of married to the top, so I think if I could’ve raced with them in lapped traffic it would’ve been interesting.”
McCreadie slickly handled all the slower cars he had to deal with in the closing circuits, keeping him on top and preserving the party at his trailer that he had promised fans the previous night if he were to win the race. Not surprisingly, after McCreadie’s post-race picture-taking ceremonies were completed, he was greeted in the pits by a huge throng of well-wishers.
“I pulled in and it was just as loud as when I was in Victory Lane,” said McCreadie, whose best finish in seven previous USA Nationals starts was third in 2009. “These fans up here are amazing, that’s for sure.”
Finishing in positions 6-10 was Chad Simpson of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, who started in the same spot; fourth-starter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who slipped out of the top 10 midway through the race but rallied late; a quiet Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn.; five-time USA Nationals champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark.; and 16-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., who recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish in the event.
Shannon Bobb of Moweaqua, Ill., was among the drivers who had a potential strong finish short-circuited by mechanical woes. He charged from the 17 th starting spot to fourth by lap 59 and – despite racing without rear brakes – was within striking distance of O’Neal and Lanigan when a burnt piston forced him to the infield on lap 79.
Saturday’s program kicked off with two 20-lap B-Mains won by Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, and Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., captured the 12-lap Last Chance Race that also transferred runner-up Bagley to the USA Nationals.
The event offered only show-up points toward the WoO LMS championship because it didn’t follow the tour’s normal format. All entrants received 60 points.
The WoO LMS will close its swing through the Midwest on Monday night (Aug. 5) with a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event at Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series 26th annual USA Nationals 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Tim McCreadie/100 $50,150
2. (8) Don O’Neal/100 $20,500
3. (9) Darrell Lanigan/100 $10,200
4. (2) Josh Richards/100 $6,150
5. (12) Brandon Sheppard/100 $5,000
6. (6) Chad Simpson/100 $4,500
7. (4) Rick Eckert/100 $4,450
8. (11) Jimmy Owens/100 $4,000
9. (7) Billy Moyer/100 $3,900
10. (5) Bobby Pierce/100 $3,550
11. (20) Eric Wells/100 $3,600
12. (22) Brady Smith/100 $3,000
13. (15) Donnie Moran/100 $2,850
14. (10) Kent Robinson/100 $2,700
15. (18) Shane Clanton/100 $2,550
16. (14) Gregg Satterlee/100 $2,400
17. (13) Jason Feger/100 $2,350
18. (16) Dillon Wood/97 $2,200
19. (21) Tim Fuller/88 $2,150
20. (17) Shannon Babb/79 $2,075
21. (28) Scott Bloomquist/71 $2,150
22. (25) Chub Frank/58 $2,075
23. (3) A.J. Diemel/53 $2,000
24. (19) Chris Simpson/51 $2,025
25. (24) Morgan Bagley/42 $2,050
26. (27) Jonathan Davenport/40 $2,000
27. (23) Dale McDowell/16 $2,000
28. (26) Bub McCool/1 $2,050
* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 28 Mins., 47.741 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.186 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 42)
Lap Leaders: Diemel (1-53); McCreadie (54-100)
Provisional Starters: Frank, Bagley (WoO); Davenport (FANSFund); Bloomquist (past champion)
Rookie of the Race: Wells ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: O’Neal ($500)
B-Main No. 1 (20 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Chris Simpson, 2. Tim Fuller, 3. Morgan Bagley, 4. Jimmy Mars, 5. Jake Redetzke, 6. Kevin Weaver, 7. Kyle Bronson, 8. Devin Moran, 9. Nick Anvelink, 10. Chub Frank, 11. Jared Hawkins, 12. Clint Smith, 13. Dan Stone, 14. Charlie McKenna, 15. Ross Camponovo, 16. Clay Fisher, 17. Bret Swedberg
B-Main No. 2 (20 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Eric Wells, 2. Brady Smith, 3. Dale McDowell, 4. Jonathan Davenport, 5. Scott Bloomquist, 6. Jeff Provinzino, 7. Tim Isenberg, 8. Andrew McKay, 9. Brian Birkhofer, 10. Lance Matthees, 11. Timothy Culp, 12. Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, 13. Brian Shirley, 14. Dennis Erb Jr., 15. Chad Williamson, 16. Ricky Weiss, 17. Bub McCool
Last Chance Race (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Dale McDowell; 2. Morgan Bagley; 3. Jimmy Mars ($1,000); 4. Jake Redetzke ($800); 5. Jonathan Davenport (provisional); 6. Scott Bloomquist (provisional); 7. Devin Moran ($500); 8. Nick Anvelink ($475); 9. Brian Birkhofer ($450); 10. Tim Isenberg ($425); 11. Andrew McKay ($410); 12. Kevin Weaver ($400); 13. Jeff Provinzino ($400); 14. Kyle Bronson ($400)
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal:
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Donnie Moran
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Chris Simpson/Eric Wells
VP Race Fuels ‘Nice Jugs’ Award: (One VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main): Ronny Lee Hollingsworth
Wrisco Aluminum (3 sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner only): Tim McCreadie
Armor All (One case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main): Chad Simpson
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Tim McCreadie
QuarterMaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner, $50 certificate to 5th-place finish): Tim McCreadie/Shane Clanton
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Tim McCreadie
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
Roush Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Josh Richards
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
American Race Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
VP Race Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Bobby Pierce
Edelbrock Manifolds ($50 cash to 9th-finisher in A-Main): Billy Moyer
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 11th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Shane Clanton
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
Super Flow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Kent Robinson
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 16th-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Gregg Satterlee
Klotz Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher in A-Main): Jason Feger
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): Scott Bloomquist
QuarterMaster ($25 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim Fuller
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Scott Bloomquist
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Scott Bloomquist
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Chris Simpson
XS Power ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): A.J. Diemel
Roush Yates ($25 gift card to driver who leads most laps in the A-Main): A.J. Diemel
Reliable Painting Award (one free tire): Rick Eckert
2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 3 – 33 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 4578
2. Shane Clanton 4500 (-78)
3. Darrell Lanigan 4480 (-98)
4. Rick Eckert 4418 (-160)
5. Tim McCreadie 4250 (-328)
6. Eric Wells 4186 (-392)
7. Tim Fuller 4176 (-402)
8. Chub Frank 4114 (-464)
9. Morgan Bagley 4088 (-490)
10. Bub McCool 4066 (-512)
11. Clint Smith 3848 (-730)
12. Scott James 2046 (-2532)
13. Gregg Satterlee 1898 (-2680)
14. Dan Stone 1846 (-2732)
15. Brady Smith 1834 (-2744)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.