working lap 22 and appeared ready to take the lead, but he slipped high rounding turn four
and lost second to McCreadie moments later.|
"We had the lead for about point-four seconds," said Hubbard, who started sixth and earned the $250 Rookie of the
Race prize. "I just completely drove into three and four too deep. I was a little overzealous."
McCreadie took up the chase of Lanigan and slipped inside the 'Bluegrass Bandit' several times, including one bid
while working lapped traffic between turns one and two on lap 45. But Lanigan had sufficient speed running the top
lane to turn back the challenge.
"I think we were a little softer than everybody else on tires and I was pretty dead there on the bottom," said
Lanigan. "So I moved up (on the track), found a momentum line and stayed out front. I don't even remember seeing
(McCreadie) inside me."
McCreadie settled for his third top-five finish in as many WoO LMS events this season, moving him to second in the
points standings, just two points behind Richards.
"I pushed the right-front (tire) off," said McCreadie, who started second but slipped back to fourth early in the
event. "As it got hot (the car) just wouldn't
Austin Hubbard helps polesitter Tim McCreadie bring the field to speed at Ocala before
settling into a third place at the finish of the World of Outlaws sanctioned event. (Rick Warren)
steer down there on the bottom, so it would push real bad and I'd have to drive across the track. That's
what happened when I got under Darrell – I just slowed down too much and lost too much ground."
Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., came on late in the distance to finish sixth after starting 17th. Young Tyler Ivey
of Tallahassee, Fla., started and finished seventh to earn the $500 WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' cash for the top finisher
who hasn't won a tour A-Main and isn't ranked among the top 12 in the points standings. Lloyd led laps 1-2 but
gradually faded and settled for eighth, ahead of Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., who relinquished the WoO LMS
points lead, and Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., who made his first competitive run of the season after a thumb
infection forced him to merely take the green flag and park his car in last month's first two events of 2010.
Four caution flags slowed the race – two for slow cars (14-year-old Christian Auspurger of Palm Beach Gardens,
Fla., on lap 18 and Justin Tilton of Dunnellon, Fla., on lap 26) and two for incidents (a turn-four tangle
involving Tilton and Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa, on lap five and a crash that eliminated Jordan Bland of
Campbellsville, Ky., on lap 32).
A field of 26 cars entered the event, which was contested under clear, comfortable conditions.
Lloyd, who won dirt Late Model championships at Ocala in 1992 and 1993, showed his knowledge of the oddly-shaped
layout when he earned his first-ever WoO LMS fast-time honor during Ohlins Shocks Qualifying. His blistering lap of
15.399 seconds was nearly a half-second faster than second-place Richards.
Heat winners were Lloyd, Richards and Lanigan, and J.R. Hotovy of Covert, Mich., captured the B-Main.