Tim McCreadie put on a performance for the ages Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park. The driver known as “T-Mac” charged from his last row starting spot to win the 50-lap Super DIRTcar Series feature and his first DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator trophy.
McCreadie was in a solid position entering the final night at Volusia Speedway Park. He entered the night sitting 11 points ahead of Danny Johnson in the points, needing to only keep “The Doctor” behind him. Things quickly took a turn for the worse once heat racing started, with “T-Mac” not making the top-five transfer in the heats and then not making the top three in the B-Main.
McCreadie was forced to start on the last row in the 27th position on a provisional, but before the feature his car owner Vic Coffey discovered the problem. His right rear tire was a bit too soft, causing the front of the No. 39 Sweetners Modified to pop up from the track surface.
“We worked all night, the track was so different tonight it was weird, the cushion was way lower on the track. I messed up with telling Vic what to do. Vic made a great call before the feature. He did some things to counteract what he saw.”
From their it was game on, with the first half of the race spent catching up to Johnson who ran mid-pack the first half of the race. After passing Johnson, the show wasn’t over as McCreadie took advantage of yellow flags and the tire wear of the leaders to move up to second. After chasing Stewart Friesen, who dominated most of the 50-lap feature, McCreadie took advantage of lapped traffic and took the lead from Friesen for good with four laps to go.
The win was McCreadie’s third win of the 2018 DIRTcar Nationals to go with a World of Outlaws Late Model win Wednesday and Super DIRTcar Series win Thursday.
“I knew the first 10 laps we were good; I didn’t know how good,” he said. “As we burned more fuel off and start moving around, I think guys kind of came back to us. We stayed the same speed and they slowed down. It just must have been meant to be I guess it was a lot of fun out there.”
While winning the Big Gator was on McCreadie’s mind, his driving style was geared for going for the race win from the start.
“I’ve never been good about worrying about points. I try to race hard and that’s probably why I haven’t won a lot of points titles. We got to racing and as soon as I got in the top eight I thought it’s going to land where it lands at this point. Then I started seeing Sheppard was coming back to me and I thought I’d see if we could catch a couple of breaks here we can make it run. Low and behold, it happened to work out.”
McCreadie felt he owed the success of the week in the Big-Block Modifieds to Vic Coffey, who is a one-man army most the time.
“Vic does all the work on that Modified himself. His son helps and I help when I am around, but most of the time he’s solo on everything,” McCreadie explained. “This is definitely for him and all the guys that work hard on both these cars.”
McCreadie ended the night running the World of Outlaws Late Model 50-lap feature, going from 24th to finish 10th.
Behind McCreadie in the Super DIRTcar feature, Stewart Friesen held on for second while Mike Mahaney fought hard all race long finishing third.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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