GRAND FORKS, S.D. – A return to the site of his first career series victory was just what Tim Fuller needed to return to victory lane on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
Competing at the track where he earned his breakthrough series victory during his rookie WoO LMS season in 2007, Fuller overtook Tim McCreadie midway through Friday’s A-Main at River Cities Speedway and turned back McCreadie’s late challenges to claim his first series victory since Aug. 17, 2013.
The fifth-starting Fuller made the winning pass as McCreadie struggled to clear traffic on lap 24 of the 50-lap race. McCreadie recovered to pressure Fuller through the closing stages of the caution-free event, but Fuller turned back each of McCreadie’s challenges to earn $10,050 for the 14th WoO LMS A-Main victory of his career.
“To be honest, I really don’t even think of this place as one of my better tracks,” said Fuller, who recently returned to full-time WoO LMS competition after running roughly half of the national tour’s races through the first half of the season. “It’s not really my style of track, but for whatever reason we run good here. I guess there’s something about the track that clicks with me, but I really can’t tell you what it is.”
Fuller’s Clements-powered Kennedy Motorsports Rocket Chassis crossed the finish line .910 of a second ahead of McCreadie, who settled for second after leading the race’s first 24 laps from the outside of the front row. Polesitter Brady Smith finished third with third-starting Shane Clanton placing fourth. WoO LMS points leader Darrell Lanigan improved one position from his sixth starting spot to round out the race’s top five finishers.
Fuller put himself in contention early with a charge to third on the race’s opening lap. He pulled away from an early back-and-forth battle with Jimmy Mars. Fuller began to pressure Smith for the second spot just after lap 10 as both he and Smith closed in on McCreadie in traffic.
Fuller and Smith went back and forth for second just behind the leader before Fuller cleared Smith for good on lap 18 and set his sights on McCreadie. By lap 20, Fuller was pressuring McCreadie in traffic as Smith and Clanton battled side-by-side for third just behind the leaders.