McCreadie Banks $50,150 Victory In World of Outlaws Late Model Series USA Nationals At Cedar Lake Speedway

New Yorker Registers Biggest Win Of Decade-Long Dirt Late Model Career

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

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 $20,000 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.

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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 17th 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.

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 $20,000
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 $3,350
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)

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.

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LIVE UPDATES 8/3: World of Outlaws Late Model Series USA Nationals 100 At Cedar Lake Speedway

NEW RICHMOND, WI – Aug. 3, 2013 – The 26th annual USA Nationals weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway concludes tonight with the running of the 100-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series finale paying a whopping $50,000 to win — the richest prize on this year’s tour.

Tonight’s program will include two B-Mains, a Last Chance Race and the USA Nationals 100, plus a full program for Cedar Lake’s weekly NASCAR Late Model division. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.

For live blog-style updates including news, notes and results from tonight’s action, click the ‘Full Story’ button below. Be sure to refresh your browser throughout the night to read the latest information.

Party at T-Mac’s

11:40 p.m. CT – There’s a giant celebration going in the back end of the pit area after Tim McCreadie captured the USA Nationals $50,000 first-place prize, earning him the biggest win of his decade-long dirt Late Model career.

McCreadie inherited the lead on lap 54 when race-long pacesetter A.J. Diemel retired with a steaming engine and never looked back. He outran Don O’Neal throughout the race’s second half, beating the Indiana driver to the finish line by 1.186 seconds for his fifth WoO LMS triumph of 2013.

O’Neal turned back repeated late-race challenges from Darrell Lanigan to secure the runner-up spot and a $20,000 payday. Lanigan settled for third place, Josh Richards was fourth and Thursday-night winner Brandon Sheppard placed fifth in a race slowed by only a single caution flag on lap 42.

USA Nationals Finish: 1. Tim McCreadie, 2. Don O’Neal, 3. Darrell Lanigan, 4. Josh Richards, 5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Chad Simpson, 7. Rick Eckert, 8. Jimmy Owens, 9. Billy Moyer, 10. Bobby Pierce, 11. Eric Wells, 12. Brady Smith, 13. Donnie Moran, 14. Kent Robinson, 15. Shane Clanton, 16. Gregg Satterlee, 17. Jason Feger, 18. Dillon Wood, 19. Tim Fuller, 20. Shannon Babb, 21. Scott Bloomquist, 22. Chub Frank, 23. A.J. Diemel, 24. Chris Simpson, 25. Morgan Bagley, 26. Jonathan Davenport, 27. Dale McDowell, 28. Bub McCool

Not much longer

9:55 p.m. CT – Drivers and crews are ringing the first and second turns of the speedway, carefully watching the track-prep crew complete its reconditioning work of the clay for the USA Nationals. The process should be finished soon to allow pre-race ceremonies to begin.

During the break WoO LMS director Tim Christman formally presented the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Promoters of the Year Award to the operators of Cedar Lake Speedway: brothers Chuck, Steve and Bob Kaufman and Brad Both. The Cedar Lake promotional team was unable to attend last November’s WoO LMS Awards Banquet in Concord, N.C., so they were feted in front of their own fans tonight.

Just a note for those following along here in the Live Updates – for the latest updates during the USA Nationals 100 A-Main, follow the WoO LMS Twitter feed @WoOLateModels. We’ll pick up the updates here again after the checkered flag falls.

How they’ll start

9 p.m. CT – Cedar Lake’s NASCAR Late Model feature is currently on the racetrack. After it’s completed some track reconditioning work will be done to the three-eighths-mile oval and then the traditional USA Nationals pre-race ceremonies will begin. The track lights will be turned out so the A-Main starters can roll onto the speedway off turn two one-by-one in dramatic fashion – their cars illuminated by a spotlight, and with the packed house of fans wildly waving blinking lights they received when they entered the track.

USA Nationals lineup

Row 1: Tim McCreadie/Josh Richards
Row 2: A.J. Diemel/Rick Eckert
Row 3: Bobby Pierce/Chad Simpson
Row 4: Billy Moyer/Don O’Neal
Row 5: Darrell Lanigan/Kent Robinson
Row 6: Jimmy Owens/Brandon Sheppard
Row 7: Jason Feger/Gregg Satterlee
Row 8: Donnie Moran/Dillon Wood
Row 9: Shannon Babb/Shane Clanton
Row 10: Chris Simpson/Eric Wells
Row 11: Tim Fuller/Brady Smith
Row 12: Dale McDowell/Morgan Bagley
Row 13: Chub Frank/Bub McCool
Row 14: Jonathan Davenport/Scott Bloomquist

Field complete

8:50 p.m. CT – Dale McDowell won the 12-lap Last Chance Race over WoO LMS rookie Morgan Bagley, advancing both drivers to the USA Nationals.

Chub Frank and Bub McCool claimed the WoO LMS provisional starting spots – and they’ll be teammates of sorts. McCool’s No. 57J suffered mechanical trouble during the B-Main so he will drive Frank’s backup in the 100.

Jonathan Davenport, meanwhile, received the FANSFund provisional and Scott Bloomquist picked up the past champion’s provisional as the most recent race winner who hasn’t qualified.

Last Chance Race Finish (12 laps): 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Morgan Bagley, 3. Jimmy Mars, 4. Jake Redetzke, 5. Jonathan Davenport, 6. Scott Bloomquist, 7. Devin Moran, 8. Nick Anvelink, 9. Brian Birkhofer, 10. Tim Isenberg, 11. Andrew McKay, 12. Kevin Weaver, 13. Jeff Provinzino, 14. Kyle Bronson

Gregg goes good

8:30 p.m. CT – Pennsylvanian Gregg Satterlee turned the fastest lap during the practice session for drivers who qualified through last night’s heat races, rounding the track in 15.619 seconds. He will start 14th in his first-ever USA Nationals A-Main appearance.

Teenager Bobby Pierce, who finished ninth in last year’s USA Nationals 100 at the ripe age of 15, was second-fastest at 15.668 seconds. A.J. Diemel was third-fastest (15.682), followed by Rick Eckert (15.719) and Josh Richards (15.735).

The 12-lap Last Chance Race is now on the track. Upon its conclusion Cedar Lake’s NASCAR Late Model division will run its feature and then it will be time for the USA Nationals 100 (with some track reconditioning work thrown in somewhere as well).

Four more in

8:15 p.m. CT – Chris Simpson led from flag-to-flag to capture the first 20-lap B-Main, joining his brother Chad in the USA Nationals field. Tim Fuller pulled off a late-race pass of Jake Redetzke to finish second and grab the final transfer position to the A-Main.

WoO LMS rookie won the second B-Main, beating Brady Smith to the finish line.

The Last Chance Race is still to come with two additional drivers transferring to the A-Main.

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

Here we go

6:40 p.m. CT – Engines are fired in the pit area and Cedar Lake’s NASCAR Late Models are now hot-lapping. Practice for tonight’s USA Nationals B-Main participants will heading out shortly, and then the NASCAR Late Model heats will precede the running of the two B-Mains.

What’s on the line

5:45 p.m. CT – The USA Nationals isn’t one of dirt Late Model racing’s crown-jewel events just because it’s been around for a quarter-century. It also pays out huge money — so much, in fact, that it ranks as the third-richest purse in the sport.

Tonight’s 100-lapper will pay out a whopping $152,350 if 28 cars take the green flag. The superb purse includes $50,000 for first, $20,000 for second, $10,000 for third, $6,000 for fourth, $5,000 for fifth, $3,500 for 10th and $2,000 to start. In addition, the first non-transfer in the Last Chance Race gets $1,000 for a purse of over $6,000, and all drivers whose weekend ends in the B-Main receive $200.

Throw in the over $35,000 paid out in Thursday night’s WoO LMS program and support-division purses, and Cedar Lake management will distribute nearly a quarter-million dollars this weekend.

We want in

5:20 p.m. CT – The lineups for tonight’s pair of 20-lap B-Mains have been posted at the WoO LMS trailer. The top-two finishers from each will move on to the USA Nationals, while drivers placing 3-9 will move on to the 12-lap Last Chance Race that will send two more drivers to the 100-lapper.

Looking through the consolation races, there’s some top talent still looking to gain entry to the USA Nationals. Former USA Nationals winners in the B-Mains include Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Mars and Brian Birkhofer, and WoO LMS regulars include Morgan Bagley, Chub Frank, Tim Fuller, Clint Smith, Eric Wells and Bub McCool.

The two highest-ranked WoO LMS regulars (drivers with perfect attendance this season) who do not qualify will receive provisional starting spots in the 100. With tonight’s race offering only show-up points, no WoO LMS emergency provisionals are available to the touring drivers.

In addition, drivers invited to Cedar Lake by the FANSFund program will have a shot at one provisional. Eleven drivers — Dan Stone, Kevin Weaver, Jared Hawkins, Devin Moran, Nick Anvelink, Clay Fisher, Bret Swedberg, Ross Camponovo, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Jonathan Davenport and Timothy Culp — are eligible for the provisional. The driver from the group who finishes highest in the Last Chance Race will receive the berth in the 100.

Finally, the most recent past champion of the USA Nationals who doesn’t qualify will be granted a provisional to start last in the 100. If Bloomquist fails to make the cut in a B-Main or the Last Chance Race, he would get the provisional thanks to his 2010 victory; Josh Richards (’11 winner) and Darrell Lanigan (’12) winner are already in the headliner.

B-Main 1 Lineup:

Row 1: Chris Simpson/Jake Redetzke
Row 2: Morgan Bagley/Chub Frank
Row 3: Tim Fuller/Dan Stone
Row 4: Kevin Weaver/Clint Smith
Row 5: Jimmy Mars/Jared Hawkins
Row 6: Devin Moran/Nick Anvelink
Row 7: Kyle Bronson/Clay Fisher
Row 8: Bret Swedberg/Charlie McKenna
Row 9: Ross Camponovo

B-Main 2 Lineup:

Row 1: Eric Wells/Brian Shirley
Row 2: Brady Smith/Jeff Provinzino
Row 3: Dale McDowell/Jonathan Davenport
Row 4: Andrew McKay/Tim Isenberg
Row 5: Bub McCool/Ronny Lee Hollingsworth
Row 6: Scott Bloomquist/Ricky Weiss
Row 7: Timothy Culp/Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 8: Lance Matthees/Brian Birkhofer
Row 9: Chad Williamson

The Big One

3:25 p.m. CT – With attendees enjoying yet another beautiful day — partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 70s — teams are at work in the pit area making final preparations for tonight’s USA Nationals finale. Many drivers will be heading over to the souvenir trailers at 4:30 p.m. CT to sign autographs for fans, and then at 6 p.m. CT the drivers’ meeting will set the stage for a pressure-packed night of competition.