BARBERVILLE, Fla. — For the second year in a row, heavy fog led to a shortened World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series feature at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals, with fan-favorite Tim McCreadie taking home the victory on Wednesday night.
Taking the drivers safety as top-priority, the feature was called after 26 of the scheduled 50 laps.
The feature saw three leaders but it was McCreadie who made the right move at the right time. Leading only one lap of the feature, McCreadie claimed the $10,000 payday and his first series win since July 10, 2015 at River Cities Speedway.
“It sucks it ended the way it did because the three or four of us up there, man, it was slicy-and-dicey,” said McCreadie. “I know one thing in sports or things in general, and that’s if you start apologizing for doing good or winning, then you’re probably going to start working your way down the ladder instead of up.”
“I know this sucks for everybody including us as drivers, but thank you to Volusia Speedway and everybody for keeping our best interest as drivers and safety in mind. Hopefully tomorrow we can get a full 50 [laps] in and have some fun.”
McCreadie charged to the front during a restart on lap 25. His Sweeteners Plus Longhorn Chassis was on the outside of the second row, behind Josh Richards and beside Chase Junghans just before he made the definitive pass.
Richards led 18 laps of the feature but settled for second.
“We will certainly take it,” said Richards. “Timmy did a good job there. We spun our tires a little on that one start and I pushed and he got a run but I think we might’ve could’ve got him back. Our car was pretty good when I hit my marks right… It’s unfortunate that the weather is doing this. I would have rather raced it out but we still had a good car.”
Chase Junghans, who has announced his intentions of touring with the series in 2018, led eight laps of the feature and exchanged the lead with Richards twice.
“It’s definitely a big turnaround from what we’ve had in Speedweeks down here in the past… But we’re going to just keep on chugging along,” said Junghans. “We wish they would have called it a lap before or a lap and a half before but it is what it is. It was definitely fun especially with them guys. Those two are the in the business and to be able to run with them makes me feel really good.”
The Super DIRTcar Series was scheduled to follow the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series feature on night nine, but that 30-lap event was postponed due to the dense fog and will be run following Thursday’s opening ceremonies.
RESULTS: World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 14, 2018
Craftsman Club Feature (50 laps): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie [$10,000]; 2. 1r-Josh Richards [$5,000]; 3. 18c-Chase Junghans [$3,000]; 4. 44-Chris Madden [$2,500]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport [$2,000]; 6. 7-Rick Eckert [$1,700]; 7. 20-Jimmy Owens [$1,400]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb [$1,300]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton [$1,200]; 10. 71-Hudson O’Neal [$1,100]; 11. 9-Devin Moran [$1,050]; 12. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$1,000]; 13. 22-Chris Ferguson [$950]; 14. 157-Mike Marlar [$900]; 15. 1P-Earl Pearson [$850]; 16. 1x-Chub Frank [$800]; 17. 16-Tyler Bruening [$770]; 18. 116-Brandon Overton [$750]; 19. B1-Brent Larson [$110]; 20. 14m-Morgan Bagley [$110]; 21. C8-Timothy Culp [$110]; 22. 25z-Mason Zeigler [$110]; 23. 91-Tyler Erb [$700]; 24. 5-Don O’Neal [$700]; 25. 22s-Brian Shirley [$700]; 26. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [$110]; 27. 14-Darrell Lanigan [$700]; 28. 7mm-Michael Maresca [$700]; 29. 40B-Kyle Bronson [$700]; 30. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald [$700]; 31. 21jr-Billy Moyer [$700]; 32. 31-Tyler Millwood [$110]
CREDIT: World of Outlaws