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Lucas Oil Series: McCreadie Plays to Home State Crowd With Utica-Rome Victory

James Essex

VERNON, N.Y. – July 28. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. thrilled the crowd on hand Thursday at Utica-Rome Speedway by winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Series-sanctioned "Coors Light 50". McCreadie took the lead from Jimmy Owens on lap 28 and led the rest of the way to pocket the $10,000 prize.
Owens finished second, followed by tenth starter, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; 19th starting Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.
“It always feels great to come here and win in front of these fans," McCreadie said. "They have been so supportive of me since I started racing. They cheered my Dad for many years and to come from eighth place to win here tonight, is just unbelievable, we wanted to come here and run with guys like Jimmy Owens and the other drivers on the Lucas Oil Series,” said the 37-year-old McCreadie who collected his second LOLMDS victory of 2011.
“The car we ran tonight, we haven’t been real happy with. We had a problem with the Victory Circle and didn’t get a chance to fix it after last night. Bill Schlieper of Pro Power Engines was here, he told us some things we were doing wrong and he straightened us out on the engine part of it. Man I thought Vic Coffey was going to win the race. He's been so deserving of it this year, he’s been like a brother to me and to see him win tonight would have been just as exciting,”  added the winner during his victory lane celebration.
Owens grabbed the lead at the start of the feature and for the second night in a row it looked like he had the car to beat. Owens built a huge lead over Scott Bloomquist with ten laps complete when the second caution of the race came out for a slowing Jim Bernheisel.
On the restart Owens pulled away again opening up a significant advantage over what was a tremendous battle for second among Bloomquist, Dan Stone, and Coffey. Stone passed Bloomquist for second on lap 11 and held the spot until Coffey stormed by him on lap 15.
But on lap 27 a caution would slow the field and wipe away Owens’ margin. The restart got quite exciting as McCreadie went to the outside and passed Owens on lap 28 to take over the lead as the crowd came to its feet. McCreadie and Owens then diced it out side-by-side for three laps until McCreadie pulled ahead for good.
McCreadie  kept enough distance between himself and Owens the rest of the way as he went on to secure his seventh career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph. Owens and Pearson battled to the finish with Owens edging out Pearson for the position. 
July 28 - Lucas Oil Series at Utica-Rome Speedway
1) Tim McCreadie, 2) Jimmy Owens, 3) Earl Pearson, Jr., 4) Billy Decker, 5) Vic Coffey, 6) Scott Bloomquist, 7) Jared Landers, 8) Don O'Neal, 9) Steve Francis, 10) Daniel Stone, 11) Larry Wight, 12) Ray Cook, 13) Tyler Reddick, 14) Brad Neat, 15) Dale Planck, 16) David Zona, 17) Frank Heckenast, Jr., 18) Bub McCool, 19) Dale Caswell, 20) Clint Smith, 21) Tim Fuller, 22) Eric Wells, 23) Jim Bernheisel, 24) John Blankenship
Fast Time (29 entries): Owens (18.923); Heat winners: Owens, Reddick, Bloomquist, Cook; B-Main winners: O’Neal, Blankenship

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