Fuller Stops McCreadie In Big Blocks

Tim Fuller, seen here after winning a Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in November, has started off the 2013 season with a hot hand. (Dave Dalesandro photo)
Tim Fuller won the Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified feature Friday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — Tim Fuller wheeled his way to victory lane during the Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified portion of Friday’s PEAK Motor Oil World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ryan Godown started from the pole with Peter Britten alongside him. The race started with a quick five-car pileup at the exit of turn two on the first lap, forcing a complete restart.

On the restart Britten drove into the lead, but on lap two fourth-starting Tim McCreadie made his move. Coming out of turn four McCreadie and Britten made slight contact, with McCreadie pulling out into the lead as Britten fell into a battle for second with Fuller and Godown.

Fuller moved around Britten and Godown to take second away on lap nine and quickly began his pursuit of McCreadie. Soon McCreadie was in lapped traffic, which allowed Fuller to close the gap at the four-tenths-mile dirt oval.

McCreadie continued to lead as he worked his way through lapped traffic. Fuller kept looking for a way around McCreadie, but McCreadie continually closed the door. It was then that Fuller got the break he needed.

On lap 28 McCreadie found himself blocked by a lapped car, allowing Fuller to get a run and pass him to take the lead. McCreadie stayed behind Fuller for a short time, but soon Fuller began to inch away as McCreadie began to feel pressure from third-place Brett Hearn.

With McCreadie forced to deal with Hearn, Fuller pulled away to a 2.093-second victory. It was his second victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Tim McCreadie has been strong here ever since last year,” Fuller said from victory lane. “I tracked him down and once I caught him I couldn’t pass him. Thankfully we brought a good piece.

“You need a lot motor. This is a Syracuse motor and the same car we run at Syracuse and we actually got it done.”

McCreadie managed to hold off Hearn to finish second. Godown and Gary Tomkins completed the top five.

With one race left in the Super DIRTcar Series season, Matt Sheppard holds a 60-point lead over Hearn in the battle for the series championship. Jimmy Phelps is third, only 72 points behind.

The finish:

Tim Fuller, Tim McCreadie, Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Gary Tomkins, Peter Britten, Justin Haers, Kenny Tremont Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Billy Dunn, Dave Rauscher, Rich Scagliotta, Tom Sears Jr., Tyler Siri, Michel Chicoine, Mike Bowman, Rob Bellinger, Kevin Bates, Bob McGannon, Billy VanInwegen, Dan Vauter, Matt DeLorenzo, Tim Kerr, Vince Vitale.