McCreadie Snaps Year-Long World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Drought In Dramatic ‘Wild West Tour’ Event At River Cities
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
GRAND FORKS, ND – July 15, 2011 – ‘Top Side Timmy’ is back.
Tim McCreadie flashed vintage form on Friday night, snapping a year-long victory drought on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with a dramatic, cushion-pounding drive to the checkered flag in the 50-lap ‘Wild West Tour’ A-Main at River Cities Speedway.
McCreadie, 37, of Watertown, N.Y., began running the extreme outside lane of the high-banked, quarter-mile oval midway through the race and proceeded to vault forward. He passed Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., for the lead on lap 31 and spent the remainder of the distance battling to stay out front in an event that saw four drivers in contention for the win on the final lap.
“This place is a bad-ass, racy little joint,” said McCreadie, who ended a 35-race winless streak since his last WoO LMS victory on July 7, 2010, at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. “It’s long ways away from home, but it’s fun to come here. If you sleep for a lap or take it easy for a lap, the next thing you know you’re getting passed.
“Man, I’m whipped,” he added after earning $10,875 for triumphing on a hot and humid summer evening. “I can’t do this like I did when I was in my early 30s, that’s for sure. I just ran as hard as I could the whole time.”
McCreadie, who started ninth, crossed the finish line 0.649 of a second ahead of Mars to register his first victory behind the wheel of the Sweeteners Plus-sponsored Victory Circle car that he began campaigning in mid-May. It was his 17th career win on the WoO LMS.
Mars started from the pole and led laps 1-4 and 7-30 in his MB Customs machine, but he then slipped back to fourth. He rallied on the final lap to nip Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., for the runner-up spot by a mere 0.049 of a second.
The 19-year-old Hubbard, who won last year’s rain-shortened WoO LMS A-Main at River Cities, settled for third place in Dale Beitler’s Rocket car. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., fell from second to fourth on the last circuit in his Rocket mount, and WoO LMS points leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa., quietly advanced from the 12th starting spot to place fifth in his Team Zero by Bloomquist machine.
McCreadie, who matched his season-best WoO LMS finish of third in the ‘Wild West Tour’ opener on July 13 at Deer Creek, credited his decision to utilize the outside groove for propelling him to victory.
“(Tim) Fuller showed me (the cushion) was there early and I found it before most of them could,” said McCreadie. “We just got lucky tonight that nobody was where I was at up on the cushion when I got to the lead.”
Maintaining the lead, however, was a difficult chore for McCreadie. With the race running caution-free from lap 26 to the finish, he spent the final circuits mired in heavy lapped traffic with Hubbard, Lanigan and Mars all biting at his heels.
“Lapped traffic was tough,” said McCreadie, who nearly tangled with slower cars on several occasions. “I saw Jimmy (Mars) back beside with like three to go and I said, ‘Dammit, he’s gonna drive right on by me.’ But he’s a class act and left me enough room and we held on.
“It was just my night for a change,” he continued. “It’s been a pretty crappy year up until about a month ago, but we’ve turned it around. I told my guys the other day that if we could start somewhere up near the front, we’re gonna have a shot. We’re learning every time this Victory Circle car is on the track, and Bill (Schlieper) from Pro-Power (Engines) moved the power curve down on this thing a little and it’s been lights-out ever since.”
Mars, 39, attached his fate to the inside lane and fell short in the frenetic race.
“When I go to tracks with no guardrails (like River Cities), I tend to favor the bottom,” said Mars, who won the WoO LMS ‘Firecracker 100’ on June 25 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. “I’m just not real good on the top when there’s not a wall. I was good on the bottom and was just trying to keep up a pace that I was comfortable with, but then McCreadie passed me on the top so I had to step it up a little bit. When I did I ended up screwing up and getting passed, but we were able to get back to second.
“As close as it was at the end, one more lap I could’ve won or finished fourth,” he added. “It was getting crazy out there. If the crowd didn’t get their money’s worth tonight, I don’t know what else they would’ve wanted.”
Hubbard, who started fifth, was tired following the physically-demanding event but satisfied with his third-place finish. It was his first top-five finish since a fifth on April 30 at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky.
“That was definitely one of the best races we’ve put on this year and I’m just happy to have been a part of it,” said Hubbard, who matched his season-high finish of third in the ’11 WoO LMS opener on Feb. 17 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. “I probably could’ve moved up (to the top groove) earlier, but I started fifth and got to second on the bottom so I figured, ‘I’ll just ride down here.’
“It kind of seemed boring for the first 20 laps – I was thinking, Well, we’re gonna run second to Jimmy. Then all of a sudden it just turned up. Right when Pat (Doar) and Darrell split me right before that caution (on lap 26), I realized it’s about to get on.”
Lanigan, 41, largely used the inside groove and that left him in a bind when slower traffic entered the picture in the race’s closing stages.
“Lapped cars there at the end just kind of got us in trouble,” said Lanigan. “I was best in the bottom if I could just stay there, but them lapped cars made us get off the bottom. I tried to split those two cars on the last lap and it cost me second and maybe a chance to win.”
Five caution flags slowed the event, including two for Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., who had a promising outing go awry when he was forced over the turn-three bank on lap six while battling for fifth place. He continued after making a pit stop, but front-end woes caused him to slow and bring out a second caution on lap 26.
Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., also took a heartbreaking trip over the turn-three bank, sliding off the track on lap six while leading the race. The 53-year-old WoO LMS rookie, who passed Mars for the top spot on lap five, rallied to finish 12th.
Two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., started fourth and battled Hubbard for second early in the distance, but a faulty distributor forced him to slow and bring out a caution flag on lap 19. He limped into the pit area and did not return, absorbing a rare DNF (21st place) that dropped him 58 points behind Eckert in the WoO LMS standings.
“We had a fast race car,” said Richards, who now is just 50 points in front of third-place McCreadie in the standings. “I don’t know if we were good enough to win, but I really think we would’ve been all right. McCreadie was really good on top and I was up there early and felt pretty good.
“As soon as we pulled in I went up and watched the end of the race and it was awesome to watch. I just wish we could’ve been in it.”
Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., finished sixth, coming on late after starting 16th. Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., who won the ’08 WoO LMS event at River Cities, moved from the 15th starting spot to place seventh; McCreadie’s Sweeteners Plus teammate, Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., was eighth; Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., finished ninth after running as high as fifth early; and Rookie of the Year points leader Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., rounded out the top 10 after climbing as high as third just before the race’s midway point.
Lanigan was quickest in the 28-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, clicking off a lap of 12.292 seconds. It was his series-leading fourth fast-time honor of the season.
Heat winners were Lanigan, Mars and Clint Smith, and Bill Koons of Omaha, Neb., captured the B-Main.
Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa, nearly made history in the B-Main, falling just two laps short of becoming the first female driver to win a WoO LMS qualifying event. She led the 12-lap race from the start until her bid ended with a slap of the turn-one wall with the two-to-go signal out. Her car was repaired in time for her to start the A-Main using a provisional and finish 17th.
The WoO LMS ‘Wild West Tour’ concludes on Tues., July 19, with the third running of the ‘Cowboy 50’ at Gillette (Wyo.) Thunder Speedway. A $10,000 top prize will be awarded to the winner.
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Results of WoO Late Model Series at River Cities Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (9) Tim McCreadie/50 $10,875
2. (1) Jimmy Mars/50 $5,000
3. (5) Austin Hubbard/50 $3,550
4. (3) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,150
5. (12) Rick Eckert/50 $2,550
6. (16) Shane Clanton/50 $2,250
7. (15) Brady Smith/50 $1,450
8. (11) Vic Coffey/50 $1,850
9. (8) Tim Fuller/50 $1,750
10. (7) Pat Doar/50 $1,900
11. (14) Chub Frank/50 $1,600
12. (2) Ron Davies/50 $1,550
13. (17) John Lobb/50 $1,500
14. (13) Brad Seng/50 $900
15. (18) Dustin Hapka/49 $850
16. (21) Steffen Snare/49 $800
17. (23) Jill George/48 $770
18. (22) Cole Schill/46 $750
19. (10) Ricky Weiss/39 $780
20. (6) Clint Smith/25 $1,250
21. (4) Josh Richards/18 $1,350
22. (20) Troy Schill/11 $700
23. (19) Bill Koons/10 $700
24. (24) Joey Pederson/5 $725
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 22 Mins., 19.176 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.649 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 5 (Laps 0, 6, 6, 19, 26)
Lap Leaders: Mars (1-4); Davies (5-6); Mars (7-30); McCreadie (31-50)
Provisional Starters: George, Pederson
Rookie of the Race: Doar ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Lobb ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 12.292
2. 28-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 12.328
3. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 12.366
4. 7-Ricky Weiss/Winnipeg, MAN 12.377
5. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 12.414
6. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 12.421
7. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 12.481
8. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 12.492
9. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 12.513
10. 12-Brad Seng/E. Grand Forks, MN 12.525
11. 1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 12.537
12. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 12.549
13. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 12.573
14. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 12.577
15. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 12.666
16. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 12.726
17. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 12.751
18. 18-Dustin Hapka/Grand Forks, ND 12.752
19. 11s-Troy Schill/Grand Forks, ND 12.821
20. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 12.838
21. 7p-Joey Pederson/E. Grand Forks, MN 12.843
22. 29K-Bill Koons/Omaha, NE 12.998
23. 71-Steffen Snare/Hallock, MN 13.170
24. T1-Tom Corcoran/E. Grand Forks, MN 13.638
25. 84x-Josh Johnson/Harwood, ND 13.676
26. 44s-Cole Schill/W. Fargo, ND 13.693
27. 4*-Harold Schill Jr./W. Fargo, ND 13.848
28. 007-Jason Johnson/Karlstad, MN 14.132
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Lanigan, Davies, Doar, Weiss, Seng, Clanton, Koons, T. Schill, Jason Johnson, Josh Johnson
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Mars, Richards, Fuller, Coffey, Frank, Lobb, George, Snare, C. Schill
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): C. Smith, Hubbard, McCreadie, Eckert, B. Smith, Hapka, Pederson, H. Schill, Corcoran
B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Koons, T. Schill, Snare, C. Schill, H. Schill, Corcoran, Jason Johnson, Josh Johnson, George, Pederson
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Tom Corcoran
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Brad Seng
Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
Comp Cams (certificate to 11th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Cole Schill
JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Chub Frank
JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 21st-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Josh Richards
MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Joey Pederson
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Ricky Weiss
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Dustin Hapka
R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Tim McCreadie (cash)
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Brady Smith
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Harold Schill
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): John Lobb
Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Tim McCreadie
2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of July 15 – 17 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Rick Eckert 2490
2. Josh Richards 2432 (-58)
3. Tim McCreadie 2382 (-108)
4. Darrell Lanigan 2348 (-142)
5. Austin Hubbard 2306 (-184)
6. Chub Frank 2282 (-208)
7. Shane Clanton 2272 (-218)
8. Clint Smith 2258 (-232)
9. Tim Fuller 2160 (-330)
10. Vic Coffey 2118 (-372)
11. Pat Doar 2076 (-414)
12. Ron Davies 1934 (-556)
13. John Lobb 1874 (-616)
14. Jill George 1648 (-842)
15. Jonathan Davenport 1288 (-1202)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.