DELMAR, Del. — Tim McCreadie wasn’t going to let another World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main slip through his fingers.
Erasing memories of several recent disappointments on the national tour, McCreadie outdueled Darrell Lanigan down the stretch to capture Thursday night’s Fulton Bank 50 at Delaware International Speedway.
McCreadie, 39, started on the outside pole and led all but one lap en route to his second WoO LMS triumph of 2013, but he found himself in a dogfight with Lanigan over the final 10 circuits. After Lanigan slipped ahead to lead lap 43, McCreadie regained command the following circuit and made all the right moves the rest of the way to defeat the defending World of Outlaws champion by 0.875 of a second.
It was a satisfying $10,650 win for McCreadie, who snapped a run of tough luck with his Sweeteners Plus Warrior car.
“It’s been a bunch of races leading with no results for us lately, so this is nice,” said McCreadie, who over the past two weeks suffered heartbreaking losses on May 11 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. (tangled with lapped car while leading with five laps to go) and May 25 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. (flat tire while in front). “The Warrior car’s been fast but we haven’t had anything to show for it. It was just our day this time.”
Rick Eckert finished a hard-earned third. He charged forward from the 14th starting spot to reach the show position on lap 36 and shrank a near-straightaway deficit to Lanigan to a few car lengths within 10 laps, but he overheated his tires running down the leaders and thus was unable to mount a challenge.
Ricky Elliott, who entered the event undefeated in five dirt late model starts this season at DIS, finished fourth after starting fifth and climbing as high as third. It marked the third time in nine WoO LMS events at DIS that he placed fourth.