Wisconsin’s Brady Smith Breaks Into World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Lane At Volusia
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 13, 2010 – Brady Smith won’t go winless on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2010.
The rising star from Solon Springs, Wis., made sure of that on Saturday night, capturing the national tour’s 50-lap A-Main that closed the 39th annual DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park.
Winless in 2009 during his first season as a WoO LMS regular, Smith broke through with a dominant performance in front of a chilled Sunshine State crowd. He fell to third place early in the distance after starting from the pole position but rallied to pass Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., for the lead on lap 20 and run then run away from the pack.
“It feels great to finally win an Outlaw race again,” said Smith, whose two previous WoO LMS triumphs came during the 2008 season. “It’s so hard to win these races. I know we’re capable of doing it, but we raced the whole season last year and didn’t get it done, so to be able to do it here at Speedweeks – man, it’s actually harder to win a race down here than it is all season.
“We’re just really thrilled. This gives everyone a boost – me, the crew, the sponsors, and definitely my bank account.”
Driving his Team Zero by Bloomquist car with a Vic Hill engine under the hood, Smith crossed the finish line with a winning margin of 2.456 seconds over Earl Pearson of Jacksonville, Fla., in the Bobby Labonte Motorsports MasterSbilt mount. Pearson was unable to challenge Smith following a lap-37 restart, leaving him with a runner-up finish in both WoO LMS events run during the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH.
Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., registered a hard-earned third-place finish, charging forward from the 28th starting position in the Sweeteners Plus Rocket. Behind the wheel of his backup car after driveline woes sidelined his primary machine during heat action, he gained entry to the A-Main through a provisional spot granted to the highest-ranked non-qualified driver in the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH points standings.
Opening-night WoO LMS winner Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who started third, finished fourth in the Rocket Chassis house car – good enough to hand him the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH Late Model championship for the second consecutive year. Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., completed the top five after starting seventh in the Sheltra Construction Rocket.
Smith, 32, pulled off a clean sweep of the evening’s program, earning the Ohlins Shocks Pole Award as well as a heat win. He also left Volusia as the WoO LMS points leader for the first time in his career – a far cry from the 2009 season, when he failed to qualify for the tour’s season-opening event and needed a second-place finish in the DIRTcar Nationals finale just to crack the top 20 in the points standings exiting Florida.
The $10,125 victory didn’t come easily despite Smith’s pole starting spot. He was outgunned for the lead at the initial green flag by Moyer, who started second, and lost second to Richards on lap two.
“I had a plan there before the feature and it was to run the bottom,” said Smith, who finished eighth in the 2009 WoO LMS points standings. “I took off and beat (Moyer) to the flagstand, but he wheeled around me pretty good (for the lead) and then even Josh got by me before that caution came out (on lap three).
“I just said, ‘Man, this is ridiculous. I gotta get up on the wheel here.’ So that’s what I did. Once I moved up the racetrack to Moyer’s groove, I instantly knew I had a car to race with.”
Smith regained second from Richards on the restart. By lap 15 he was on Moyer’s rear bumper, bidding for the lead.
“I used some patience and raced with (Moyer) a little bit,” said Smith. “Then I saw an opening there through (turns) one and two between him and a lapped car (on lap 20), so I just hit the gas and took it. The car stuck and didn’t miss a beat the rest of the race.”
Pearson slid past Moyer for second on the restart following the race’s second and final caution flag, on lap 37, but he never got close to Smith. The homestate driver spent the race’s late stages fending off McCreadie, who made a stirring come-from-behind drive.
After falling short to Richards in the WoO LMS lidlifter on Thursday night, Pearson found himself upstaged again.
“The other night there was a mud ring around the bottom and Josh beat us on tires,” said Pearson, who started fourth. “Tonight we all pretty much had the same tires on and the track was real racy, but I was just a little bit too tight through the center to run with Brady.”
McCreadie, meanwhile, had to catch his breath after driving his heart out to salvage a third-place finish. Sitting fourth for the lap-37 restart, he nearly pulled off a three-wide move inside Moyer and Pearson to grab second when the green flag flew but instead settled into third and stayed there to the finish.
“I was a little softer on tires than those guys,” said McCreadie, the 2006 WoO LMS champion. “I think if I would’ve had an earlier restart it would’ve helped, but we got where we got. I just couldn’t clear Earl to even think about trying to run down Brady.”
There were no serious incidents during the A-Main, which was slowed only on lap three for the stopped car driven by Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., and on lap 37 for a turn-four spin executed by Tim Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va.
Francis pulled up lame in turn two when his Valvoline No. 15 was felled by a busted oil-pump belt. He finished 28th, leaving him mired in 15th in the points standings.
Finishing in positions 6-10 was Moyer, who tumbled out of the top five on the lap-37 restart; Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who was plagued with oil-pressure problems throughout the distance; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.; John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., who ran as high as fifth; and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga.
Sixty-three cars were signed in for the event, which was run on an unseasonably cool night that saw temperatures dip near the freezing mark.
Brady Smith turned a lap of 16.063 seconds in qualifying to earn the Ohlins Shocks Pole Award. It was his third career fast time in WoO LMS competition but first since Aug. 22, 2007, at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn.
Heat winners were Brady Smith, Richards, Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., Francis, Pearson and Moyer. The B-Mains were captured by Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, W.Va., Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., and Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa.
The WoO LMS will be silent for one month before returning to Florida on March 19 for the first-ever tour event at Ocala Speedway. A visit to Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., on March 20 will round out the early-season weekend in the Southeast.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of WoO Late Model Series at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Brady Smith/50 $10,125
2. (4) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $5,000
3. (28) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,000
4. (3) Josh Richards/50 $2,500
5. (7) Shannon Babb/50 $2,000
6. (2) Billy Moyer/50 $1,700
7. (12) Rick Eckert/50 $1,400
8. (8) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,300
9. (9) John Blankenship/50 $1,200
10. (11) Dale McDowell/50 $1,100
11. (21) Brian Birkhofer/50 $1,050
12. (25) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,000
13. (10) Clint Smith/50 $950
14. (5) Jimmy Owens/50 $900
15. (27) Jason Feger/50 $850
16. (17) Tim Dohm/50 $1,300
17. (16) Chub Frank/49 $770
18. (20) Jared Landers/49 $750
19. (14) Patrick Sheltra/49 $730
20. (18) Justin Rattliff/49 $700
21. (26) Tim Fuller/49 $700
22. (23) Austin Hubbard/48 $700
23. (15) Tyler Ivey/48 $700
24. (29) Russell King/28 $0
25. (24) Chris Madden/25 $700
26. (22) Dan Schlieper/21 $700
27. (13) Steve Casebolt/20 $700
28. (6) Steve Francis/3 $700
29. (19) Eddie Carrier Jr./3 $750
30. (30) Shane Clanton/0 $25
* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 23 Mins., 01.916 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.456 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 2 (Laps 3, 37)
Lap Leaders: Moyer (1-19); B. Smith (20-50)
Provisional Starters: Lanigan, Fuller, King, Clanton (WoO); Feger (UMP); McCreadie (DIRTcar Nationals)
Rookie of the Race: ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Tim Dohm ($500)
Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Brandon Bender (Brady Smith)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 16.063
2. 28e-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 16.096
3. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 16.192
4. 1V-Will Vaught/Crane, MO 16.242
5. 15B-Brian Birkhofer/Muscatine, IA 16.267
6. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 16.302
7. 18-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL 16.321
8. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 16.322
9. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 16.377
10. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 16.419
11. 44p-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 16.437
12. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.480
13. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 16.489
14. 23P-Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown, FL 16.490
15. 777-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 16.505
16. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 16.511
17. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.505
18. 7W-Ricky Weiss/Winnipeg, MAN 16.542
19. C9-Steve Casebolt/Richmond, IN 16.565
20. 41-Brad Neat/Dunnville, KY 16.567
21. 16T-Tyler Bruening/Decorah, IA 16.575
22. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 16.578
23. 18K-Brandon Kinzer/Allen, KY 16.581
24. 16R-Justin Rattliff/Campbellsville, KY 16.591
25. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 16.594
26. 25z-Mason Ziegler/Chalk Hill, PA 16.604
27. 47-Tyler Ivey/Tallahassee, FL 16.618
28. 9k-Mike Knight/Ripley, NY 16.619
29. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 16.620
30. 44M-Chris Madden/Gaffney, SC 16.622
31. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.653
32. 18W-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 16.669
33. 77-Jason McBride/Carbondale, IL 16.693
34. 19d-Ronnie DeHaven Jr./Winchester, VA 16.699
35. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 16.714
36. 99z-Dave Zona/Montrose, PA 16.737
37. 11-Tyler Reddick/Corning, CA 16.759
38. 46-Greg Johnson/Bedford, PA 16.761
39. 00-Randy Korte/Highland, IL 16.772
40. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.814
41. 17T-Tim Dohm/Cross Lanes, WV 16.828
42. 3c-Mike Collins/Carter Lake, IA 16.851
43. 9-Dan Schlieper/Sullivan, WI 16.861
44. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 16.872
45. 3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA 16.897
46. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.914
47. 4T-Tommy Kerr/Maryville, TN 16.932
48. 26-Tony Knowles/Tyrone, GA 16.940
49. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 16.952
50. 27-Jeff Beyers/Pana, IL 16.999
51. 99B-Rick Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 17.001
52. 12-Jordan Bland/Campbellsville, KY 17.038
53. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 17.306
54. 16N-Brian Nuttall Jr./Claxton, GA 17.318
55. 29R-Ronnie Rihn/Bloom, WI 17.442
56. 1P-Darren Peters/Fort Erie, ONT 17.471
57. 5s-Steve Sheppard Jr./New Berline, IL 17.607
58. 40-Joe Callahan/Dubuque, IA 17.878
59. 1x-Ed Carley/Freedom, NY 17.946
60. 13d-Jonathan DeHaven/Winchester, VA 18.177
61. 16H-Mike Hammerle/St. Charles, MO 18.293
62. 57-Chuck Julien/Apopka, FL 19.176
63. 25-Shane Clanton/Locust Grove, GA N/T
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): B. Smith, Babb, Casebolt, Carrier, Schlieper, Lanigan, McCreadie, Fuller, Reddick, Rihn, Hammerle
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Richards, Erb, Sheltra, Neat, G. Johnson, Ziegler, Wells, Feger, J. Beyers, Peters, Julien
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Owens, Blankenship, Ivey, Landers, Korte, Bruening, McBride, Robinson, Briggs, S. Sheppard
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Francis, C. Smith, Frank, Hubbard, King, Knight, Bland, R. DeHaven, Vaught, Callahan
Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Pearson, McDowell, Dohm, Birkhofer, Kinzer, Kerr, B. Sheppard, George, Carley, Stone
Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Moyer, Eckert, Rattliff, Madden, Weiss, Knowles, Collins, Nuttall, Zona (DNS) J. DeHaven
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Carrier, Schlieper, Lanigan, G. Johnson, Wells, J. Beyers, Reddick, Rihn, Peters, Julien, Hammerle, Fuller, Neat, Feger, Ziegler, McCreadie
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Landers, Hubbard, Korte, King, Bruening, McBride, Robinson, Knight, Briggs, R. DeHaven, Bland, S. Sheppard (DNS) Vaught, Callahan
B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Birkhofer, Madden, Kinzer, Weiss, Kerr, B. Sheppard, Knowles, George, Zona, Nuttall, Stone, Collins (DNS) Carley, J. DeHaven
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sports Shirts ($50 product certificate to fifth-place finisher in each B-Main): Eric Wells, Tyler Bruening, Tommy Kerr
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Earl Pearson Jr.
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Eddie Carrier Jr., Jared Landers, Brian Birkhofer
MSD Ignition ($75 cash award to A-Main winner w/decal): Brady Smith
MSD Ignition ($25 cash award to last-place finisher in A-Main w/decal): Shane Clanton
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash award to fast qualifier w/decal): Brady Smith
Pink Carburetors ($100 product certificate for new/rebuild to A-Main winner w/decal): Brady Smith
Pink Carburetors ($50 product certificate for new/rebuild to last-place finisher in A-Main w/decal: Shane Clanton
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner w/decal): Brady Smith
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to fifth-place finisher in A-Main w/decal): Shannon Babb
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main w/decal): Jason Feger
STP ($50 cash award to the winner of B-Main No. 1 w/decal): Eddie Carrier Jr.
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (two free VP five-gallon containers to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main if decal is displayed): Will Vaught
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Brady Smith
2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 13 – 2 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Brady Smith 294 (-0)
2. (tie) Josh Richards 292 (-2)
2. (tie) Earl Pearson Jr. 292 (-2)
4. Tim McCreadie 286 (-8)
5. Billy Moyer 274 (-20)
6. Dale McDowell 268 (-26)
7. Dennis Erb Jr. 266 (-28)
8. Rick Eckert 260 (-34)
9. Shannon Babb 256 (-38)
10. Darrell Lanigan 254 (-40)
11. Tim Dohm 252 (-42)
12. John Blankenship 238 (-56)
13. (tie) Austin Hubbard 236 (-58)
13. (tie) Clint Smith 236 (-58)
15. Steve Francis 234 (-60)
16. (tie) Tim Fuller 230 (-64)
16. (tie) Chub Frank 230 (-64)
16. (tie) Jimmy Owens 230 (-64)
19. (tie) Eddie Carrier Jr. 218 (-76)
19. (tie) Jason Feger 218 (-76)
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