The Volusia Speedway Park Winter Nationals Late Models


McCreadie Earns First Career World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model
Series Victory

Barberville, FL — February 19, 2005 — By World of Outlaws Late Model PR

What would you do if you had just won your first career World of
Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series event?

Well, if you’re Tim McCreadie you follow through with your plans to go
to Disney World. It certainly will be a much-deserved respite, too. Not
only did McCreadie earn his first career feature win Saturday night
with the Dirty Dozen, but the 2004 rookie of the year posted three late
model victories during the 34th Winter Nationals at Volusia Speedway

McCreadie was virtually unbeatable throughout the final night of
Volusia’s Speed Weeks. He posted the fifth-fastest time out of 50 cars,
won his heat and won the dash to start the $10,000-to-win main event on
the pole.

After Billy Moyer, winner of the Outlaws season-opening event Thursday
night, grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag, McCreadie surged
to the front on Lap 2 and led the rest of the way in the 50-lap

Three cautions in the final 10 laps, including one for a fire that
engulfed the engine compartment of Steve Francis’ car, only delayed the
inevitable. With each restart, McCreadie seemed to grow stronger as
Darrell Lanigan fought off Scott James to finish second.

“You just try not to make any mistakes because the last thing you want
to do is start over-driving the car and end up dropping back after we
were lucky enough to get up front all night,” said McCreadie, a
Watertown, N.Y.-native who split time between late models and big block
modifieds last season. “For my car owners, they had hardly seen me run
in one of these. When I won one of the races here last year they
weren’t at it so it’s nice to get a win for Ann and Carl Myers.”

The racing behind McCreadie was furious. Off a Delaware restart with 14
laps down, Lanigan plowed his way from fifth to third and used another
restart to surge past James for his second consecutive top-five finish
this season with the Outlaws. Finishing behind James were Don O’Neal,
Clint Smith, Moyer and Chub Frank.

But as the cautions mounted down the stretch, McCreadie remained cool,
knowing his car was perfect all night.

“I get nervous, but I’ve won some pretty big races back home,”
McCreadie said. “You just don’t want to mess up. The track was pretty
narrow and it would have taken a lot to give it away because our car
was so good. As long as I didn’t go in and hop the cushion or get in
the slick and get real jacked up sideways, I thought we’d be pretty
good. I felt pretty planted from the green to the checkered. You lead
that many laps, it would take a pretty good guy to come along and beat
you. I figured as long as I didn’t screw up myself, the car was good
enough that we’d be all right.”

Combined with a win last year at Volusia, McCreadie now has four late
model victories at the half-mile speedway in Barberville, Fla., but
none elsewhere. He knows the other Dirty Dozen racers will be aiming
for him when the Dirty Dozen next races in April at Cumberland, Md.

“Make no mistake, these guys who had bad nights in Florida doesn’t mean
anything when we get outside of here,” McCreadie said. “We need to
reorganize how we think we need to be and hopefully it will translate
into a good season.”

For Lanigan, who finished 11th in points last season, an impressive
push to a second-place run two nights after he went from 23rd to fifth
in the feature proves he will be a force on the circuit this year.

“You just had to drive it in deep going into Turn 1 to get past a guy
so you could turn back under him,” said Lanigan, of Union, Ky. “The car
really worked good tonight.”

Another driver looking to get off to a hot start is Clint Smith. After
struggling on opening night, Smith rebounded with his new GRT-backed
team to run with the leaders all night and earn a fifth-place finish.

“Starting up front makes a big difference,” said Smith, of Senoia, Ga.
“You don’t put yourself in a hole to start with. You come out banging.
We got a whole new team with GRT racecars, new rig, a whole new setup.
We spent a lot of money in the off-season and I’m glad to see it’s
beginning to pay off. We set up for tonight’s condition based on the
opening night’s condition and we made the right tire choice. We’re real
satisfied with tonight’s top-five run. It gets the season off to a good

But at the end of the night, there was no one jumping more than
McCreadie. After leaping onto the roof of his car in celebration,
McCreadie quickly turned his attention to what helped him earn his
first Outlaws victory, including fellow Rocket Chassis racers Rick
Eckert and Dale McDowell.

“I don’t think anybody in racing ever gets anywhere by themselves,”
McCreadie said. “You struggle when you try to be out on an island. The
whole traveling bunch of 12 guys really kind of helps each other out
for the greater good of this point deal. It’s weird. I had never been
in a series where you had 12 or more guys become a traveling family
like this deal did last year. I just hope we can do that again this
year because I know I made some good friendships over the year.”

One driver looking for some friendly comfort after Volusia is Steve
Francis. The Kentucky Colonel had nothing but bad luck during the week.
In the final three features, Francis had one of fastest cars each night
but was spun out one race, lost a rear end in another and during the
finale his engine caught fire. Fortunately, because the field was
outfitted with RACEceivers, a one-way radio connecting a track official
to the drivers, Francis and the other drivers were quickly informed of
the fire.

“When our car blew up, he told us we were on fire and all that,”
Francis said. “He’d tell us when there was a caution and where it was
at. I thought it was pretty neat.”

The World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series is brought to the
fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including
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Statistical Report, Volusia Speedway Park, February 19, 2005
A-Main Feature
Finish, Driver, Hometown
1. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.
2. Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky.
3. Scott James, Bright, Ind.
4. Don O’Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
5. Clint Smith, Senoia, Ga.
6. Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
7. Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa.
8. Mike Balzano, Parkersburg, W.Va.
9. Dan Schlieper, Sullivan, Wis.
10. Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
11. Donnie Moran, Dresden, Ohio
12. Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y.
13. Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, Ga.
14. Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.
15. Jimmy Mars, Elk Mound, Wis.
16. Shane Clanton, Locust Grove, Ga.
17. Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va.
18. Chris Madden, Gaffney, S.C.
19. Rick Eckert, York, Pa.
20. Shannon Babb, Mowequa, Ill.
21. Freddie Smith, Seymour, Tenn.
22. Robbie Blair, Titusville, Pa.
23. Terry English, NA
24. Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.

B-Main 1 (Top three advance)
1. Robbie Blair
2. Scott Bloomquist
3. Chub Frank

B-Main 2 (Top three advance)
1. Chris Madden
2. Freddie Smith
3. Billy Decker

Heat Race 1 (Top four finishers listed)
1. Tim McCreadie
2. Clint Smith
3. Shannon Babb
4. Josh Richards

Heat Race 2 (Top four finishers listed)
1. Scott James
2. Brian Birkhofer
3. Darrell Lanigan
4. Dan Schlieper

Heat Race 3 (Top four finishers listed)
1. Billy Moyer
2. Steve Francis
3. Terry English
4. Shane Clanton

Heat Race 4 (Top four finishers)
1. Rick Eckert
2. Don O’Neal
3. Donnie Moran
4. Jimmy Mars

1. Tim McCreadie
2. Billy Moyer
3. Scott James
4. Rick Eckert

Top five qualifiers
1. Josh Richards, 16.321 seconds
2. Brian Birkhofer, 16.415 seconds
3. Billy Moyer, 16.430 seconds
4. Rick Eckert, 16.503 seconds
5. Tim McCreadie, 16.513 seconds



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