SITKA, Ky. — Tim McCreadie only needed 25 laps to get the job done.
McCreadie earned his first World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season after he passed rookie-of-the-tear contender Chase Junghans halfway through the Moonshine Runner 50 to collect the $10,000 payday on Friday night at 201 Speedway.
McCreadie became the ninth different winner in 11 events this season, driving the Sweeteners Plus/Integra Racing Shocks sponsored, Pro Power Racing Engines powered Rocket Chassis.
Polesitter McCreadie and Junghans brought the field of 24 to life for the start of the 50-lapper with Junghans taking the point and leading early on. McCreadie slipped back to second spot with Rick Eckert behind him for the third spot.
By the fifth lap, eighth-starting Dustin Linville had worked the top of the track and found himself inside the top five, knocking on the back bumper of Morgan Bagley for fourth. By lap 10, though, Linville had a brush with the turn-four wall that knocked him out of contention for a top-five finish.
Behind leader Junghans, the battle for second was extremely close. McCreadie was holding off Lanigan, but Lanigan was able to get a run on the bottom and close distance on the leader. Lanigan slid into that runner-up spot behind Junghans on lap 17, but McCreadie raced back around the two-time champ on lap 25 as McCreadie took the lead away from Junghans one lap later.
Just over the halfway point in the race, McCreadie led Junghans, Lanigan, Clint Smith and Rick Eckert, who faded back on the long green-flag run after running second to Junghans on the opening circuits.
By the 32nd lap, Rod Conley made his presence known as he ventured up from 20th to challenge inside the top five a few laps, eventually taking away the spot from Junghans on lap 46.
Just a lap before Conley’s Rocket flew into orbit, Lanigan slipped around Junghans to grab second, which he would never relinquish.
At the checkered flag it was McCreadie, seventh-starting Lanigan, 20th-starting Conley, Junghans and 15th-starting Clint Smith.
“We didn’t fire very good in the heat and in the feature and it seemed like the more we ran the better it felt,” said McCreadie. “Anytime you got Darrell (Lanigan) behind you, you better tighten them up real tight because he’s on a roll and we feel fortunate enough to finish ahead of him tonight.”
McCreadie’s car was strong on the top-side of the track.
“Yeah it needed a little bit of stick to keep the car activated and keep it down on the right front, the bottom kind of finally dried up just enough and there’s a pretty big ledge to lean into three that saved me most of race.
“I’m just thankful, this is tough to switch cars as much as I have lately and I appreciate everything Warrior (Race Cars) did for me, I appreciate Mark (Richards) because he’s been really helping. We’ve struggled a little bit and Steve (Baker) and everyone at Rocket has been pushing.”
Lanigan never led a lap but stayed in contention to win all night, praising McCreadie’s driving efforts.
“Tim, he’s a good racer, he makes me get up on the wheel. We had a good car, and just came up a little short,”stated Lanigan. Already a three-time winner this season, Lanigan drove the Cornett Racing Engines powered Club 29 Race Car to the podium finish.
The mover of the race was definitely Conley.
“I’ve got a lot of laps down here, I had an idea of what my car would be like if the track slowed down, and it worked out pretty good,” stated Conley.
Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Rod Conley, Chase Junghans, Clint Smith, Rick Eckert, Eric Wells, Morgan Bagley, Shane Clanton, Mike Marlar, Chub Frank, Stephen Breeding, Rick “Boom” Briggs, Dustin Linville, Frank Heckenast Jr., Brandon Fouts, Derek Fisher, Brandon Kinzer, Shannon Thornsberrry, Steve Casebolt, Kenneth Howell, Zack Dohm, Jackie Boggs, R.J. Conley.