Outlaws '04 Rookie Of The Year McCreadie Bags Winter Nationals UMP LM Gold BARBERVILLE, FL - Second-generation standout Tim McCreadie once again proved he's found a home on the full-fender circuit as he turned back a last-lap bid by Billy Moyer...
Outlaws '04 Rookie Of The Year McCreadie Bags Winter Nationals UMP LM Gold
BARBERVILLE, FL - Second-generation standout Tim McCreadie once again proved he's found a home on the full-fender circuit as he turned back a last-lap bid by Billy Moyer to claim the thrilling 30-lap United Midwestern Promoters Super Late Model victory. It was McCreadie's second win of the season after the Watertown, New Yorker took his first set of checkers in the Sunshine State last week at East Bay Raceway outside of Tampa.
"It's just a total team effort out here, not only with our guys but everyone supporting this class," said McCreadie, 30, son of legendary big- block DIRT Modified driver 'Barefoot' Bob McCreadie. Arguably the Northeast's most popular father/son tandem in short-track racing today, Bob holds the DIRT-record with 43 big-block wins in a season while Tim is already ranked among DIRT's top-20 with 59 career triumphs.
"I can't thank everybody enough for giving me this ride and keeping the faith. Last year we went through motors as fast as tires so picking up a couple wins so far is a good payback for Ann and Carl (Myers, owners)," added McCreadie, who qualified for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'Dirty Dozen' after finishing among the top-12 in 2004 points.
McCreadie made his intentions known early as topped the field of 71 UMP Late Models pre-race qualifications, covering the fast half-miler in a time of 17.182 seconds for an average single-lap speed of 104.761 mph. He walked away with a win in the first heat race before pulling his sleek red and yellow no. 39 Sweeteners Plus-A&C Speedworld/Rocket into the pole- position to start the $5,000-to-win full-fender finale.
After holding down a commanding lead through most of the race, Billy Moyer made it a dead-heat as the dirt duo crossed the line side-by-side to bring the huge throng of race fans to their feet as starter Billy Ausburn waved the white to signal one lap to go. "Mr. Smooth" from Batesville, Arkansas showed his nose underneath down the back stretch but McCreadie slammed the door shut in turn three and held on for the dramatic victory to keep the crowd buzzing.
Opening night UMP LM winner Rick Eckert followed in third ahead of D12 counterpart Steve Francis while Donnie Moran filled out the front-five.
Super Late Models continue to battle for supremacy during the 34th Winter Nationals on Wednesday when they return to Volusia for round three of the four-race Florida tour. U.M.P. full-fender action concludes Fri., Feb. 18. with a whopping $10,000 on the line for the 40-lap feature race winner.
SUMMARY EVENT NO. 2
FEATURE (30-LAPS): 39-TIM McCREADIE, 21-Billy Moyer, 24, Rick Eckert, 15- Steve Francis, 99-Donnie Moran, e1-Mike Balzano, 44-Chris Madden, 32d- Darren Miller, 5m-John Vandenberg, 28-Dennis Erb, 32c-Vic Coffey, 29- Darrell Lanigan, 56-Rohn Moon, 19-Tim Fuller, 5wp-Eric Jacobsen, w11-Robbie Blair, 5-Johnny Collins, 28-Jimmy Mars, 71-Don O'Neal, 96-Terry English, 27- Rodney Melvin, 18-Brandon Kinzer, *1-Chub Frank, 17m-Dale McDowell.
HEAT 1: McCreadie, Madden, Moon, Fuller.
HEAT 2: Balzano, Francis, English, Duane Mahder.
HEAT 3: Eckert, Moran, Collins, Dave Pettyjohn.
HEAT 4: Lanigan, Miller, Jacobsen, Mars.
HEAT 5: Moyer, Coffey, McDowell, Dan Stone.
HEAT 6: Kinzer, Vandenberg, O'Neal, Erb.
CONSI 1: Mars, Frank, Shannon Babb, Greg Johnson.
CONSI 2: Erb, Blair, Jackie Boggs, Stone.
CONSI 3: Fuller, Melvin, Mahder, Jayme Zidar.
TIME TRIALS (Top-10): 17.182sec(101.752mph)-Tim McCreadie, 17.281-Anthony Rushing, 17.311-Eckert, 17.389-Lanigan, 17.420-Moyer, 17.572-Ricky Elliott, 17.577-Scott James, 17.590-Balzano, 17.625-Chuck Laney, 17.639-Jacobsen.