Defending champion Josh Richards saw his
four-point lead in the WoO LMS standings turn into a four-point deficit despite placing a solid fourth in his
father Mark's Rocket house car, and 10th-starter Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., made a late charge to record a
career-best WoO LMS finish of fifth.
John Henderson and
Josh Richards race in close quarters at Swainsboro Raceway. (Craige Whyte)
Finally triumphant after knocking on the door to the Winner's Circle several times this season, McCreadie was
jubilant during the post-race ceremonies. He executed several celebratory 360-degree spins in turn four to rile the
standing-room-only crowd. And he kissed the unique keepsake he received for winning the WoO LMS portion of the
track's 'Pine Tree 100': a wooden replica of a pine tree sitting atop a dirt Late Model that was carved with a
chainsaw the by the 'Masters of the Chainsaw' group, top sculptors who conducted an exhibition during the town of
Swainsboro's annual Pine Tree Festival.
"It's a relief more than anything," said McCreadie, whose seven top-five finishes in the season's first nine
A-Mains included a close second-place run to Richards on Friday at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway. "I know
everybody on this tour works hard, but we're working as hard as we can because I wanna win so bad. Maybe I
shouldn't be this way, but (winning) rules my day and rules my night. If you don't win, (racing's) not as fun as it
McCreadie appeared headed toward another disappointing, close-but-no-cigar night when, on lap 29, he relinquished
the lead he had held the entire distance to Lanigan. But McCreadie was too hungry to give up and summoned enough
speed to move back in front on lap 40.
restarts outside of eventual winner Tim McCreadie having to duick out of fourth place with a flapping hood that
came as a result of a problem with a hood pin. (Craige
"I had to drive as hard as I could, but he left me a half a hole (on lap 40) and I kind of filled it up – maybe
with a little bit of door, but like (Lanigan) said, he got into me earlier and he knew it was coming back."
Lanigan offered no excuses for falling short in his bid for a second WoO LMS win in '10.
"He just got me getting into the corner," said Lanigan, who sits third in the