CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Bub McCool charged from third to first on a lap-29 restart and held off Tim Fuller down the stretch to capture Tuesday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Sweeteners Plus 40 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Racing just five days after celebrating his 36th birthday, the 2012 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year broke through for his first victory of the season and the second of his career on the national tour. The $8,550 triumph culminated a successful swing through New York and Canada for McCool, who finished no worse than eighth in four starts behind the wheel of his family-owned Victory Circle car.
“We’ve been working hard at it,” said McCool, whose victory came two nights after he matched his season-best finish with a third-place run at Cornwall (Ontario) Motor Speedway. “I think we found a little something on the car that’s working good and the last couple nights we’ve done a little more to it. I felt like we may have figured something out.”
Fuller, 45, equaled his top finish of ’13 on the WoO LMS after starting 11th in the Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car. The former DIRTcar big-block Modified regular at Canandaigua vaulted from fourth to second on the eventful lap-29 restart and raced within striking distance of McCool for the remainder of the distance but fell short at the checkered flag by 0.588 of a second.
WoO LMS rookie Morgan Bagley placed third, registering a career-best tour finish and first top-five outing on the circuit in his Rocket car. Polesitter Rick Eckert finished fourth in his Team Zero by Bloomquist machine after leading laps 1-7 and Tim McCreadie, who owns 14 career DIRTcar big-block Modified feature wins at Canandaigua, completed the top five in the Sweeteners Plus Warrior.
Clint Smith, who sailed around the outside of Eckert to take the lead on lap eight and held the top spot until McCool gained control on lap 30, faded to an eighth-place finish after his soft tires gave out during the race’s second half.
The pivotal moment of the A-Main came after the caution flag waved for the first time on lap 29 for Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, who slowed between turns one and two. As Smith, whose commanding early lead had shrunk to almost nothing over Eckert just before the caution, struggled to fire off on the restart, McCool turned up the wick and surged past both Eckert and Smith to assume command as lap 30 was scored.