Tim McCreadie Takes Lucas Dirt Season Opener

Photo Credit: Heath Lawson

Tim McCreadie started off the 2020 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with a convincing win in the RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway.  The 45-year-old New York native was racing with a heavy-heart as his father, “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie was on his mind. The runner-up of the 2019 Championship went to victory lane after leading the entire 50 laps, which was his 16th career visit to Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

 The winner was challenged briefly by Mark Whitener and Jonathan Davenport while in traffic. Late in the race, a timely caution allowed McCreadie to pull away from 19th-place starter Brandon Overton. Overton earned the Hard Charger of the Race with a stirring run to finish in second behind McCreadie. 

McCreadie grabbed the lead at the start of the feature and bolted to the early lead over Davenport, Devin Moran, and Whitener. Whitener was the car on the move as he came from fifth to third and on lap seven, he overtook Davenport for second. Whitener was looking for his first career win and first-ever podium finish in series competition.

 As McCreadie cruised to his first-ever win at Golden Isles Speedway, Whitener suffered a flat-tire on the final lap, relegating him to a 22nd place finish.  Overton, in the Wells and Sons Motorsports Longhorn tried to catch McCreadie but came home in second. Brandon Sheppard crossed the line in third, followed by Mike Marlar, and the defending series champion, Jonathan Davenport.

 An emotional McCreadie commented that his father has been battling health issues and credited his new car owners for their belief in him. “They [Donald and Gena Bradsher] didn’t have to do this. They wanted to race like this, Donald has won a lot of races. For him to say, I want to sponsor a North Carolina team [where Longhorn Chassis is located] and even though you are from New York, we’ll take you.”

 “My former owners Ann and Carl Myers were great. In fact, Sweeteners Plus is still on this car. Donald recently lost one of his good friends and I’ve had issues going on with my dad. I hope he [dad] has turned the corner. He was cracking jokes earlier today and if I need to go back home, then I will. I want to thank all of the well-wishers who said we are thinking about you, it means a lot to me and my family.” 

Overton owns one career win at Golden Isles Speedway and was pleased with the effort for his new team.  “We dug ourselves into a hole in qualifying and really didn’t run well in the heat. We turned it around in the B-main and I began to feel like we had a pretty good car. There’s a lot of people here to watch me race and I felt like I let them down by not getting the win. Congrats to Timmy, I don’t want to take anything away from him and his team, they work very hard as well. I enjoy coming over here, and hope the fans enjoyed the show.”

 Sheppard said the early part of the race played a factor in the end. “I was too nice out there. Thanks to my guys for giving me a great race car.  In the early stages of the race I could’ve done better. Congratulations to Timmy and Overton they did a really good job tonight. I wish I could have done better for the team; they worked their tails off.” 

 The winner’s Donald and Gena Bradsher-owned Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and is sponsored by Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Bilstein Shocks, VP Fuels, Sweeteners Plus, and D&E Marine.

 Completing the top ten were Devin Moran, Kyle Bronson, Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb Jr., and Shane Clanton. 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA
Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Tim McCreadie / 14.844 seconds 
Fast Time Group B: Devin Moran / 14.782 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 5W-Mark Whitener[3]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[4]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 5. 1ST-Johnny Scott[5]; 6. 76-Brandon Overton[6]; 7. 50-Shanon Buckingham[7]; 8. F1-Coleby Frye[9]; 9. 94-Charles Powell[8]; 10. 2D-Dan Stone[11]; 11. 42-Chris Garnes[10]; 12. 20B-Todd Brennan[12]

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 3. 25-Shane Clanton[3]; 4. 89-GR Smith[8]; 5. 66C-Matt Cosner[7]; 6. 2S-Stormy Scott[11]; 7. 40-Joel Callahan[5]; 8. B1-Brent Larson[9]; 9. 71-Hudson O’Neal[4]; 10. 2W-Pearson Williams[6]; 11. 6B-Chris Blackwell[10]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 9-Devin Moran[1]; 2. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[5]; 4. 14-Josh Richards[4]; 5. 18J-Chase Junghans[8]; 6. 23-John Blankenship[3]; 7. 0E-Rick Eckert[7]; 8. 81E-Tanner English[9]; 9. 00P-Dalton Polston[11]; 10. 111-Steven Roberts[10]; 11. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[6]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[6]; 4. 87-Ross Bailes[3]; 5. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[5]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[4]; 7. 17-Logan Roberson[8]; 8. 00-Jesse Stovall[10]; 9. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[9]; 10. 1T-Tyler Erb[11]; 11. 11B-Stacy Boles[7]

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1ST-Johnny Scott[1]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton[3]; 3. 50-Shanon Buckingham[5]; 4. F1-Coleby Frye[7]; 5. 94-Charles Powell[9]; 6. 42-Chris Garnes[13]; 7. 20B-Todd Brennan[15]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[2]; 9. 2D-Dan Stone[11]; 10. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 11. (DNS) 40-Joel Callahan; 12. (DNS) B1-Brent Larson; 13. (DNS) 71-Hudson O’Neal; 14. (DNS) 2W-Pearson Williams; 15. (DNS) 6B-Chris Blackwell

FAST Shafts 
B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[2]; 2. 18J-Chase Junghans[1]; 3. 0E-Rick Eckert[5]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[12]; 5. 17-Logan Roberson[6]; 6. 81E-Tanner English[7]; 7. 23-John Blankenship[3]; 8. 00P-Dalton Polston[9]; 9. 11B-Stacy Boles[14]; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs[4]; 11. 00-Jesse Stovall[8]; 12. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[10]; 13. (DNS) 111-Steven Roberts; 14. (DNS) 76B-Blair Nothdurft

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

PosStartCarDriverHometownMoney Earned
1139Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$12,700.00
21976Brandon OvertonEvans, GA$5,500.00
361SBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL$3,500.00
44157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN$2,750.00
5349Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$3,350.00
629Devin MoranDresden, OH$2,500.00
7740BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$2,200.00
81020Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$2,100.00
9828EDennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL$1,200.00
101125Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$1,100.00
11231TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX$1,775.00
12123SBrian ShirleyChatham, IL$1,050.00
131414Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$1,825.00
141825ZMason ZeiglerChalk Hill, PA$1,000.00
152018JChase JunghansManhattan, KS$1,000.00
16916Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA$1,000.00
17220ERick EckertYork, PA$1,000.00
182471Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$1,700.00
19251Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL$900.00
202150Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$1,700.00
211321Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR$1,700.00
2255WMark WhitenerMiddleburg, FL$1,000.00
23171STJohnny ScottLas Cruces, NM$1,000.00
24262SStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM$800.00
251687Ross BailesClover, SC$1,000.00
261589G.R. SmithStatesville, NC$1,000.00

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 45
Lap Leaders: Tim McCreadie (Laps 1 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Tim McCreadie
Margin of Victory: 0.976 seconds
Cautions: G.R. Smith (Lap 5); Stormy Scott (Lap 30)
Series Provisionals: Tyler Erb; Hudson O’Neal
Lucas Oil Fast Time Provisionals: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr.; Stormy Scott
Big River Steel Podium Top 3:
 Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, Brandon Sheppard
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race
: Brandon Overton (Advanced 17 Positions; started 19th, finished 2nd
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Most Laps Led: Tim McCreadie (50 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Overton
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Phillip Snellen (Tim McCreadie)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Lap #17 – 15.085 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Mark Whitener
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tim McCreadie
Time of Race: 26 minutes 15 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings: 

PosCarDriverHometownPointsMoney Earned
139Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY260$12,700.00
276Brandon OvertonEvans, GA230$5,500.00
31SBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL220$3,500.00
4157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN210$2,750.00
49Devin MoranDresden, OH210$2,500.00
649Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA205$3,350.00
740BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL195$2,200.00
820Jimmy OwensNewport, TN190$2,100.00
928EDennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL185$1,200.00
1025Shane ClantonZebulon, GA180$1,100.00
111TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX175$1,775.00
123SBrian ShirleyChatham, IL170$1,050.00
1314Josh RichardsShinnston, WV165$1,825.00
1425ZMason ZeiglerChalk Hill, PA160$1,000.00
1518JChase JunghansManhattan, KS155$1,000.00
1616Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA150$1,000.00
170ERick EckertYork, PA145$1,000.00
1871Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN140$1,700.00
191Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL135$900.00
2050Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN130$1,700.00
2121Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR125$1,700.00
215WMark WhitenerMiddleburg, FL125$1,000.00
211STJohnny ScottLas Cruces, NM125$1,000.00
212SStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM125$800.00
2187Ross BailesClover, SC125$1,000.00
2189G.R. SmithStatesville, NC125$1,000.00

Wrisco Industries, Inc. Speed Weeks Point Standings:

PosCarDriverHometownPoints
139Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY260
276Brandon OvertonEvans, GA230
31SBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL220
4157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN210
49Devin MoranDresden, OH210
649Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA205
740BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL195
820Jimmy OwensNewport, TN190
928EDennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL185
1025Shane ClantonZebulon, GA180
111TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX175
123SBrian ShirleyChatham, IL170
1314Josh RichardsShinnston, WV165
1425ZMason ZeiglerChalk Hill, PA160
1518JChase JunghansManhattan, KS155
1616Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA150
170ERick EckertYork, PA145
1871Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN140
191Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL135
2050Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN130
2121Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR125
215WMark WhitenerMiddleburg, FL125
211STJohnny ScottLas Cruces, NM125
212SStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM125
2187Ross BailesClover, SC125
2189G.R. SmithStatesville, NC125

*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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