On a cool fall night, a long-awaited dream came true for a former World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion. Although Watertown, NY veteran Tim McCreadie didn’t think his car was good enough to win the 48th annual World 100 at Eldora Speedway, the veteran late model dirt driver and his hard-working team made just the right adjustments to pick up the win in Saturday night’s feature race.
Although track regular and Eldora points leader Devin Gilpin and former two-time World 100 winner Brian Birkhofer would lead 30 of the best dirt Super Late Model drivers in the country to the wave of the green flag, fifth place starter McCreadie would begin to pick off the front runners within the first few laps.
Five laps before the halfway point of the race, McCreadie made would finally make the winning pass on lap 45 by sliding past Gilpin and pulling away from the rest of the field. With 25 laps to go, another former two-time World 100 winner, Jimmy Owens, was able to get by Gilpin for second and set his sights on a possible third career Globe Trophy.
Following the final caution flag, with just 16 laps to go, McCreadie made the perfect move to keep Owens and the rest of the field in his rear-view mirror. With his fast and furious No. 39 machine, McCreadie would leave everyone else in the dust and drive away with the most legendary win of his career.
“You just don’t know when things like this will go your way,” said McCreadie. “After failing to race my way into this feature in the past and winning this year this is an amazing experience. The struggles have been tough. It’s been hard on me, the crew guys, and on my family and I was afraid that I would once again let them all down after we struggled a bit earlier in the day. Fortunately, my team went to work to make the car drive better and it worked. It is just so surreal to know that we have now won a race as large as this one.”
Thanks to this win, McCreadie and his team took home a $51,000 payday, which should help them rack up more legendary wins like this one far into the future.
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