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TAMPA, FL (February 8, 2005)- Tim McCreadie from Watertown, NY captured his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Tuesday Night on Night 2 of the 29th Annual “Winternationals” from East Bay Raceway Park. The 30 year old racer earned $5000 for the biggest win of his dirt late model racing career.  McCreadie led all 30 laps and withstood a late race charge from Terry English in traffic as he secured the win behind the wheel of his Rocket Chassis Grand Prix powered by a C.C. Performance Engine and sponsored by Sweeteners Plus, A&C Speedworld and Hoosier Racing Tires.  English from Benton, KY finished second in the Arizona Sport Shirts/C.J.Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Don O’Neal of Martinsville, In placed third in the A-1 Auto Salvage/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Fourth place would go to Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR driving the J&J Steel/C.J. Rayburn entry and rounding out the top five was Dennis Erb, Jr. of Carpentersville, IL in the Petroff Towing/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  There was another record car count set on Tuesday Night as 117 entries from 23 states participated in the night’s racing program being the previous night’s record shattering 116 entries.

McCreadie, who captured the ninth and final heat race of the night was the last driver to redraw for the first nine spots in the main event and lucky for him the number one starting spot was all that was left by the time McCreadie drew.  McCreadie and Ohio’s Jason Montgomery would make up the front row grid for the 30 lap main event.  Once the green flag dropped it took McCreadie very little time to beat Montgomery to the inside of turn number one as he took a lead he would never relinquish. English would get by Montgomery on the initial lap with Moyer and O’Neal following gim.  The first caution of the race came out on the fourth place whe Mike Marlar and Ricky Elliott got together in turn number two.  When the race went green again McCreadie would hold the advantage over English as O’Neal would scoot by Moyer to grab third dropping Moyer to fourth with Dennis Erb, Jr. now running in fifth place.  The second and final yellow occurred on lap 11 on the frontstretch for Freddy Smith and Billy Drake.  On the lap 12 restart McCreadie would again use his positioning to get a two to three car length advantage over English.

As the race went past the halfway mark it was still McCreadie showing the way with English in second trailed closely by O’Neal, Moyer and Erb.  The top five running order would remain the same as the race entered the closing stages with less than five laps to go, but McCreadie would have little bit of business to deal with if he was going to take the checkered flag.  With less than five circuits to go McCreadie was coming up on the back of the field and that would allow English to close the gap to one car length in the closing moments of the race.  English got right on McCreadie’s bumper as the two picked up the tail end of the pack, but English just could not find an avenue to get by McCreadie, who held his line perfectly just as he had done for the entire race and that perfect driving would led him to the finish line first to score the biggest win of  his career.  “I knew I had to keep my line on the bottom lap after lap,” said the winner afterwards.  “English and O’Neal are two of the best in the business and I knew if I fouled up they would be by me in a hurry,” said the son of legendary racer, “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie.

English, who finished third on the first night of “Winternationals” competition bettered that by one spot on Tuesday placing second as the opening night winner, Don O’Neal would bring home third just ahead of Moyer and Erb.  Completing the top ten were Shannon Babb, Tim Dohm, RickEckert, Jason Montgomery ad Matt Miller.

In preliminary action Robbie Blair was the Fast Timer with a lap of 15.398 seconds.  The Heat Races went to Eddie Carrier, Jr., Tim Dohm, Jason Montgomery, Dennis Erb,Jr., Don O’Neal, Terry English, Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer and Tim McCreadie.  The First B-Main went to Billy Drake with the Second B-Main going to Steve Francis.  The other two B-Main winners who advanced to the feature were Terry Casey and Steve Shaver.  The Strawberry Dash Winner was Greg Johnson.

Race Summary  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Tuesday Night, February 8, 2005 East Bay Raceway Park

Fast Time Award:  Robbie Blair  15.398 seconds

First Heat:  1) Eddie Carrier, Jr.  2) Bo Feathers  3) Robbie Blair  4) Clint Coffman

Second Heat:  1) Tim Dohm  2) Rick Eckert  3) Chris Conley  4) Dan Schlieper

Third Heat:  1) Jason Montgomery  2) Matt Miller  3) R.J. Conley  4) John VanDenBerg

Fourth Heat:  1) Dennis Erb, Jr.  2) Brady Smith 3) Steve Francis  4) Earl Pearson, Jr.

Fifth Heat:  1) Don O’Neal  2) Jimmy Mars  3) Billy Drake  4) Brian Birkhofer

Sixth Heat:  1) Terry English  2) John Mason  3) Mike Marlar  4) John Gill

Seventh Heat:  1) Shannon Babb  2) Scott James  3) Steve Shaver  4) Darren Miller

Eighth Heat:  1) Billy Moyer  2) Donnie Moran  3) Terry Casey  4) Michael England

Ninth Heat:  1) Tim McCreadie  2) Ricky Elliott  3) Keith Nosbisch  4) Rod Conley

First B-Main: 1) Billy Drake  2) Robbie Blair  3) Earl Pearson, Jr.  4) Dan Schlieper

Second B-Main:  1) Steve Francis  2) Brian Birkhofer  3) Chris Conley 4) Davey Johnson

Third B-Main:  1) Terry Casey  2)  Garrett Durrett  3) John Gill  4) Mike Collins

Forth B-Main:  1) Steve Shaver 2) Darren Miller  3) Rod Conley  4) Barry Bragdon

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series A-Main (30 Laps):  1) Tim McCreadie  2) Terry English  3) Don O’Neal  4) Billy Moyer  5) Dennis Erb, Jr.  6) Shannon Babb  7) Tim Dohm  8) Rick Eckert  9) Jason Montgomery  10) Matt Miller  11) Scott James  12) Jimmy Mars  13) Eddie Carrier, Jr.  14) Steve Francis  15) Brady Smith  16) John Mason  17) Terry Casey 18) Donnie Moran  19) Shane Clanton  20) Steve Shaver  21) Dan Schlieper  22) Bo Feathers  23) Billy Drake  24) Freddy Smith  25) Mike Marlar  26) Ricky Elliott

Race Statistics Entries:  117 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Freddy Smith and Mike Marlar R.A.C.E.Provisionals:  Dan Schlieper and Shane Clanton PPM Racing Products Hard Charger of the Race:  Steve Francis (advanced 5 positions) Lap Leaders:  Tim McCreadie 1-30 Cautions:  2

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