latemodelamerica.com - July 2 - Wartburg Speedway - World of Outlaws Late Model Series
LateModelAmerica.com by Sam Holbrooks

 
 
Improving his stock somewhat in Tennessee, Charles Durning... uh, Chub Frank picked up a pair of fifth place finishes over Independence Weekend. (Thomas Hendrickson)
World of Outlaws: McCreadie Leads Wartburg "Invasion"

Kevin Kovac

WARTBURG, Tenn. - July 2. Tim McCreadie scrawled his name all over Friday's first-ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Wartburg Speedway.

But while the 2006 WoO LMS champion led every lap of the "Invasion 50" presented by All-State Trailers of Knoxville, Tenn., his third victory of 2010 on the national tour didn't come without one especially anxious moment.
 

Tim McCreadie after his win in the first appearance of the WoO at Wartburg, Tenn. (Thomas Hendrickson)


McCreadie, 36, of Watertown, N.Y., slid out of the preferred inside groove when he bumped a slower car between turns three and four on lap 41. The run-in nearly cost him the lead, but he regained control before Shane Clanton  could sneak by. McCreadie held on for the remainder of the distance in front of Clanton.

"Things got a little hairy in lapped traffic because you don't know where anybody is behind you," said McCreadie, who started second in and outgunned the pole-sitting Clanton to assume command at the race's initial green flag. "I kind of forced the issue to get by that lapped car (driven by Charles Hurst of Knoxville, Tenn.) after following him for a couple laps, but I'm not any good at moving people out of the way, so I almost took myself out.


Billy Ogle, Jr. moves past #44 Clint Smith for third late the race. Smith followed in fourth at the finish.

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Darrell Lanigan passes #15 Steve Francis before a flat tire sent him pitside for a replacement around the halfway point. (Thomas Hendrickson)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "I started sliding up the track with (Hurst) and I was like, `Man, I just got out of the rubber (lane) and somebody's gonna drive by me.' We were lucky to get back down in time to hold on."

The 34-year-old Clanton drew within a car length of McCreadie when the leader lost momentum, but that was as close as he got to the top spot. Clanton futilely chased McCreadie through the final laps and settled for a runner-up finish.

"When (McCreadie) hit that car, got sideways and pushed up the racetrack, he left the door open for me," said Clanton, "But I just wasn't close enough to take advantage. I don't think I had enough gear in (the car) for the race."

Sixth-starter Billy Ogle, Jr. of Harriman, Tenn., finished third in his GRT car, a career-best WoO LMS performance for the 46-year-old veteran who is a former dirt Late Model track champion at the circular quarter-mile oval.

Just over one month ago McCreadie was third in the standings and trailed Richards by 70 points, but he has slowly-but-surely crept back into the thick of the battle for the $100,000 series championship. He has won two of the last three tour A-Mains to join five-time winner Richards as the only other driver with at least three victories this season.

"I think we've hit on a few things we found back at the shop," said McCreadie, who earned $10,775 for his 15th career win on the WoO LMS. "I told the (crew) guys after Lernerville last week (McCreadie won a preliminary A-Main and finished fourth in the Firecracker 100) that we had a car capable of running up front on a regular basis and tonight we proved it."

Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., was quickest of the 39 cars that were signed in with a lap of 12.912 seconds, earning his second fast-time honor of 2010 on the WoO LMS. But he drew the eighth starting spot for the A-Main and was never a factor, driving to a seventh-place finish.

Three caution flags slowed the action, all for minor tangles midway through the event. The first incident, between turns one and two on lap 23, involved East Tennessee drivers Tommy Kerr, Stacy Boles, and Mark Vineyard, and nearly swept up McCreadie, Clanton and Smith.

Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., pitted during the lap-23 caution period to change a flat tire, hurting his WoO LMS title aspirations. He managed only a 14th-place finish, leaving him third in the points standings, 68 points behind Richards.

Heat winners were Hubbard, Clanton, McCreadie and Ogle. The B-Mains were captured by Tim Fuller and Hurst.

The much-anticipated WoO LMS stop at Wartburg was a nightmare for the track's top weekly Late Model competitor, Anthony White of Clinton, Tenn. A winner six times in eight starts this season at Wartburg, the 38-year-old racer never turned an official lap on Friday.

White was scheduled to start fourth in the third heat but was black-flagged before the race began because he spent several pace laps refusing to fall to the rear of the field as a penalty for reporting late to the staging area. Later, an opening lap tangle in the second B-Main left his car with night-ending damage.

Stacy Boles (#11) and provisional starters Brent Robinson and Jill George saw their races end early after spinning into each other early in the event. (Thomas Hendrickson)


World of Outlaws - Wartburg Speedway "Invasion 50"  1) Tim McCreadie, 2) Shane Clanton, 3) Billy Ogle, Jr., 4) Clint Smith, 5) Chub Frank, 6) Josh Richards, 7) Austin Hubbard, 8) Steve Francis, 9) Rick Eckert, 10) Eric Jacobsen, 11) Russell King, 12) Tim Fuller, 13) Steve Smith, 14) Darrell Lanigan, 15) Mark Vineyard, 16) Tommy Kerr, 17) Charles Hurst, 18) Dan Tipton, 19) Jill George, 20) Stacy Boles, 21) Brent Robinson, 22) Mike Marlar, 23) Chad Ogle, 24) Perry Delaney.

Fast Time (39 entries): Hubbard (12.912).

     Heat winners:     B-Main winner(s):     Provisionals

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