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Fuller at Can-Am World of Outlaws
By Kevin Kovac
LAFARGEVILLE, N.Y. - June 15. Tim Fuller found the perfect track to shake him out of his season-long
With a huge contingent of family members, friends and longtime fans looking on, Fuller rolled to his first World of
Outlaws Late Model Series victory of 2010 in Tuesday's "F.X. Caprara Car Companies 50" at his old stomping grounds,
Can-Am Motorsports Park.
A resident of nearby Watertown, N.Y., who was a DIRTcar 358-Modified regular at the half-mile oval early in his
career, Fuller thrilled the packed house with a nearly flawless performance. He qualified second fastest in time
trials, won a heat race, and blasted off the outside pole starting spot in the A-Main to lead the entire 50-lap
distance without facing a single serious challenge.
Fuller, 42, crossed the finish line a commanding 3.273 seconds ahead of another hometown hero from Watertown, 2006
WoO LMS champion Tim McCreadie, providing a storybook ending to the national tour's second annual event at
"You're not gonna' win in a better place this",”said Fuller, who earned $10,500 for his 11th career triumph on the
WoO LMS. "Winning my first race of the year here in front of this crowd, all these people who know me - you can't
"And then Timmy (McCreadie) finishing second - I like when that kind of cool stuff happens. It keeps people
interested and coming back for the next one," Fuller added.”
Fuller dominated the opening event of the WoO LMS "Great Northern Tour",’ outgunning last year's Outlaw winner at
Can-Am, Rick Eckert of York, Pa., for the lead at the initial green flag and never looked back. He easily handled
the restarts that followed four caution flags for minor incidents and was barely slowed by lapped traffic as he
sailed around the sprawling track in his Gypsum Express Rocket car.
The 36-year-old McCreadie, who started sixth, guided the Sweeteners Plus Rocket up to second place before the
halfway mark. But he couldn't stay with Fuller's fleet No. 19 after overtaking Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., for
the runner up spot on a lap 19 restart. McCreadie settled for a solid bridesmaid finish at Can-Am for the second
straight year, ending the race over three seconds ahead of third-place Lanigan, who started fifth in his
three-race-old Rocket car.
Defending WoO LMS champion and current points leader Josh Richards started and finished fourth in the Seubert Calf
Ranches Rocket after falling as far back as sixth, and ninth starter Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., used the
outside groove during the race's late stages to secure a fifth-place finish, despite being hampered by a stumbling
"That's all we had",”said McCreadie, who ended the night trailing Richards by 42 points in the WoO LMS standings.
"I gave it all I could, but we just had nothing for Fuller. I was just ditch-digging (running the inside lane) all
night - – that's all I could do to save my car".
"Fuller and those guys did a heck of a job. I followed that red-and-yellow car all night long (including to the
finish line of the second heat)".
Fuller's victory snapped him out of a 19-race winless streak on the WoO LMS dating back to the final three events
of the 2009 season. Immediately before that, he had enjoyed an amazing stretch of seven wins in 11 races, including
a tour record-tying four consecutive wins last summer - that made his failure to reach Victory Lane until
Tuesday night one of the mysteries of the 2010 season.
"We've sucked all year,"”admitted Fuller, whose victory represented just his third top-five finish in 17 A-Mains
this season. "We don't even deserve to be fifth in points right now, but we've finished every race and that's a
tribute to the crew (led by Mike "Smoke" Countryman).”
What was the key to Fuller's slump-busting triumph?
"We time-trialed well and won the heat,"”said Fuller, who used a motor from the Gypsum Express team's new in-house
engine program. "You gotta' time-trial well; that's all there is to it. Don't get me wrong, the car was great, but
I probably wasn't gonna' come from 15th (to win).
"I hope we're back on track now",”he added. "I hope this isn't just a product of the conditions - a freak
thing. I think we're rolling, but I guess we'll see in the races coming up".”
Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., advanced from the 13th starting spot to finish sixth despite being hampered by a bent
right-front spindle from a mid-race altercation. Seventh-place Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., earned the $500 WoO
LMS Bonus Bucks cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn't won a tour A-Main and isn't ranked among the
top 12 in the points standings. Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., placed eighth and Eckert faded steadily throughout the
distance to finish ninth. Russell King of Bristolville, Ohio, was one lap down in 10th place, matching his best
finish of the season.
Rookie Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., finished two laps down in 11th place after a broken rearend caused him to
slow while running fourth and ultimately stop between turns three and four with the checkered flag flying. The
mechanical malfunction topped off a night that began with the 18-year-old having his time-trial lap disallowed
because his Beitler Motorsports car weighed in light at the scales.
Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., brought out one of the race's four caution flags when he saw his promising run end due
to an expired engine on lap 18. He was running third at the time.
WoO - Can-Am Speedway - June
1) Tim Fuller, 2) Tim McCreadie, 3) Darrell Lanigan, 4)
Josh Richards, 5) Shane Clanton, 6) Chub Frank, 7) Vic Coffey, 8) Dan Stone, 9) Rick Eckert, 10)
Russell King, 11) Austin Hubbard, 12) Peter Mantha, 13) Steve Francis, 14) Larry Wight, 15) Greg Oakes,
16) April Farmer, 17) Greg Belyea, 18) Dale Caswell, 19) Michael Trapp, 20) Jordan Keruskie, 21) Jill
George*, 22) Clint Smith, 23) Ron Davies, 24) Mark Webb*
Fast Time (25 entries): Richards (19.240 secs.); Heat winners: Clint Smith, Fuller, Eckert, B-Main
Winner: Wight; (* Provisionals)
|Cory Stivason photo