FONDA, N.Y. — New York race fans turned out for Fonda Speedway’s first World of Outlaws Late Model Series event Tuesday night with high hopes that Watertown’s Tim McCreadie would park his Sweetener’s Plus No. 39 on Checkerboard Square in front of the ancient covered grandstand and they weren’t disappointed.
The former WoO champion drew the pole for the 50-lap, $10,000 to win feature and led the non-stop event flag-to-flag with fellow front-row starter Dan Stone and DIRT modified kingpin Billy Decker in tow.
Eric Wells and Rick Eckert rounded out the top five, with Darrell Lanigan, Chub Frank, Bub McCool, Clint Smith and point leader Josh Richards trailing.
“T-Mac” caught the tail of the field after just seven tours of the egg-shaped fairgrounds half-mile, with the traffic allowing Stone to close at times, but McCreadie always managed to scoot away before the Pennsylvanian could pin him behind a lapped car.
By halfway, the track was black and glazed over and the field ran in line except for a few dueling lapped cars, who kept the crowd’s attention as the leaders worked through them.
“Anytime you see the guys in the infield taking pictures as you go by, you know somebody’s close,” offered the elated McCreadie as he celebrated his third 2013 score. “That one lapped car really made me work to get by him around halfway, but I’d moved up early and the car didn’t feel good, so I stayed on the bottom until he finally slipped up and let me by.”
“That was the only shot I had,” declared Stone. “But I hit a bump the wrong way and lost everything I’d gained. This place is so big and fast that when you get in with those lapped cars, all the air moving around hurts you and things don’t always go the way you want.”
The leaders, who had lapped well into the top ten, caught another gaggle of cars with five to go but McCreadie maintained his pace and won handily, after which he did a burnout on the frontstretch to celebrate.
“This is the best finish I’ve had in an Outlaw race,” offered a smiling Decker, who took advantage of his modified experience at Fonda.“I got to Stone once but then I missed the bottom in turn two and gave it all back. I guess the car was better than I was tonight.”
“I wasn’t very good in my heat, so we went to work and made this win a family affair,” McCreadie told the crowd as his father, modified legend ‘Barefoot Bob’ McCreadie and brother Jordan joined him. “Anytime my dad comes to a race, it’s special. I kept thinking that I’d lost one earlier in the year, when I wrecked with a lapped car, so I made sure that this one didn’t get away.”
Jeremy Wilder also turned in a green to checkers run to claim a $3,000 win in the modified feature, besting Danny Varin, invader Keith Flach, Elmo Reckner, Matt DeLorenzo, outsider Pat Ward and Ronnie Johnson.
Tim McCreadie, Dan Stone, Billy Decker, Eric Wells, Rick Eckert, Shane Clanton, Chub Frank, Bub McCool, Clint Smith, Josh Richards, Morgan Bagley, Tim Fuller, Vic Coffey, Darrell Lanigan, Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, Andy Haus, John Mason, Dave Zona, Jon Rohacevich, Larry Wight, Ronnie Johnson, Greg Oakes, Alan Sagi, Gil Tegg Jr.