CONCORD, N.C. — Tim McCreadie’s 36th late model start at The Dirt Track at Charlotte was a charm Thursday night.
McCreadie, who was winless in 35 races in the class at the four-tenths-mile dirt track, claimed victory in the Last Call feature that concluded the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season.
Driving past Ricky Weiss with a pitch-perfect slide job on lap 31, McCreadie survived a late bid from Wednesday night winner Brandon Overton to win his first late model feature at the track.
The 46-year old has four Super DIRTcar Series modified victories at the track.
“Hats off to Paylor Motorsports, this is our home race for Donald and Gina [Bradsher],” McCreadie said. “It’s pretty amazing to win here. I thought it was over in turn one when I made that mistake at the start. We were able to battle back and that’s pretty special considering the guys we had to race against.”
Falling as far back as seventh on the on the seventh circuit, McCreadie quickly recovered from his opening lap mistake and worked his Longhorn Chassis No. 39 back to third on lap 16 and into second on lap 20.
Attacking Weiss, who commanded the opening 30 laps from the outside pole, McCreadie capitalized on several restarts to build his momentum and finally clear a turn one slider on the 31st lap.
“It’s tough when you lead all those laps, we’ve all been there,” McCreadie noted. “I think the track changed at some point and I found a little bit of a cushion. I was really hooked up and timed it right on those restarts. I tried to be cautious on that slider so I didn’t K-O him there, and we ended up coming out clean.”
After leading the first 30 circuits, finished second to close out the year.
“I’m just proud of my guys and everyone who helps us,” Weiss said. “Thank you to everyone who is a part of this team. A lot of folks from Drydene are here tonight and I really a win for them. We ran our hearts out though, and that’s all we can do. Maybe next year we’ll get that win here.”
Overton finished third in Wells Motorsports No. 76. Rounding out the top five were Chris Madden and Dale McDowell.
Kyle Larson finished eighth.
Brandon Sheppard celebrated his third championship in four years after a season that saw him win 14 features with the series.
The potent Rocket1 Racing crew – including crew chief Danny White, tire guru Austin Hargrove, and floater Joel Rogers – has been a steady five-man unit throughout this entire dynasty-like run. For car owner Mark Richards, it was his seventh career owners’ championship (four with Josh Richards, three with Sheppard).
Feature (50 laps): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie ; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss ; 3. 76-Brandon Overton ; 4. 44-Chris Madden ; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell ; 6. 111-Steven Roberts ; 7. 8-Kyle Strickler ; 8. 6-Kyle Larson ; 9. 49-Jonathan Davenport ; 10. 42F-Chad Finley ; 11. 4B-Tyler Carpenter ; 12. 97-Cade Dillard ; 13. 1-Brandon Sheppard ; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs ; 15. 1G-Ryan King ; 16. 31-Tyler Millwood ; 17. 12-Ashton Winger ; 18. 14-Josh Richards ; 19. O-Scott Bloomquist ; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson ; 21. 58-Ross Bailes ; 22. 18-Chase Junghans ; 23. 20-Jimmy Owens ; 24. 6JR-Parker Martin ; 25. 32-Dustin Mitchell ; 26. 28-Dennis Erb ; 27. 11-Austin Kirkpatrick ; 28. B1-Brent Larson . Lap Leader(s): Weiss 1-30; McCreadie 31-50. Hard Charger Award: 99B-Boom Briggs[+13]