Owens certainly saw an opportunity to swipe the big money from McCreadie’s grasp.
“Shannon went in there (on the restart) and jumped to the bottom and slid across and I was able to get around him, but I lost a little ground to McCreadie,” said Owens, who made his first dirt late model appearance at Fairbury. “Then (McCreadie) went in there (on lap 98) and jumped the cushion, and I thought, Aw man, I need to be just a little bit closer.
“I got under him there (through turns one and two on the final lap) and thought about putting a slider on him, but I thought best of it.”
Indeed, Owens didn’’t let his car drift directly in front of McCreadie off turn two, and as a result McCreadie was able to step on the gas and beat Owens off the corner.
“Jimmy gave me a lot of room off of two,” McCreadie said. “He could’ve knocked me straight into the catch fence, but he’s a true professional.
Babb, meanwhile, was left to hang on for a fourth-place finish after running the final three circuits with a left front that was cut when he and Owens made contact after the restart. He could only wonder if there was something he could have done different to score a second straight PDC triumph.
“The way it happened, I knew Timmy was gonna come back at me at some point,” Babb said. “When I had the lead I just kind of laid low for a minute. I didn’t run a hundred percent on the cushion – I guess I should’ve just kept going hard, but I didn’t want to make a mistake, jump the cushion and crash myself. It’s a fine line.
“Then we (McCreadie) did get by me (on lap 95), the biggest mistake I made was on that (lap-96) restart when I went to the bottom in one and killed my momentum. I lost a little momentum, and (Owens) pounded. They rolled me, and I ended up getting a flat left front when Owens went across my nose there in four.”
Zeigler quietly snuck back to third at the finish, giving him a career-best WoO LMS outing. He knew his performance could have been better, though.
“That’s experience I guess,” Zeigler said. “I just got out-wheeled tonight, straight up. The middle (lane) just sort of went away halfway through the race when I was leading and I was just too stubborn to get out of it.
“Once I got back to the bottom we were OK, but it took me the rest of the race to get back up there (in contention).”
Ryan Unzicker pocketed $1,500 for winning the 30-lap Prairie Dirt Shootout for PDC non-qualifiers that closed the evening’s action.
At the conclusion of the night, FALS and WoO LMS officials announced that the Prairie Dirt Classic will be run on July 24-25, 2015, and once again pay $25,000 to win.
1. (17) Tim McCreadie/100 $25,650
2. (11) Jimmy Owens/100 $10,000
3. (1) Mason Zeigler/100 $6,500
4. (2) Shannon Babb/100 $5,000
5. (3) Darrell Lanigan/100 $4,700
6. (22) Billy Moyer/100 $3,050
7. (6) Jason Feger/100 $2,850
8. (18) Morgan Bagley/100 $3,050
9. (21) Rick Eckert/100 $2,950
10. (8) Eric Wells/100 $2,650
11. (12) Dennis Erb Jr./100 $1,950
12. (27) Chase Junghans/100 $1,100
13. (9) Chris Simpson/100 $1,700
14. (7) Shane Clanton/100 $2,200
15. (20) Jimmy Mars/100 $1,600
16. (24) Frank Heckenast Jr./99 $2,080
17. (16) Brian Birkhofer/99 $1,560
18. (23) Chub Frank/99 $2,090
19. (26) Joe Harlan/99 $1,520
20. (4) Gregg Satterlee/96 $1,500
21. (5) Brian Shirley/88 $1,500
22. (19) Wendell Wallace/65 $1,500
23. (13) Randy Korte/50 $1,500
24. (15) Scott Bull/46 $1,500
25. (10) Jonathan Davenport/42 $1,500
26. (25) Daren Friedman/31 $1,525
27. (14) Tim Fuller/9 $1,500