By CAMDEN PROUD (Heath Lawson Photo)
The last time Watertown, N.Y’s Tim McCreadie ran both a Big Block Modified and a Late Model at the DIRTcar Nationals prior to tonight was over ten years ago when McCreadie was behind the wheel of the No. 56 Finch owned car, but that is no longer. The 2006 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model champion is pulling double duty with the Vic Coffey owned Big Block Modified as well as the Coffey-McCreadie enterprises Sweetner’s Plus No. 39 Late Model this week at the Volusia Speedway Park.
McCreadie struggled the past seven days racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Winternationals over at Easy Bay. It was not an easy stretch at all for McCreadie and team, who were unable to grab a top ten finish, struggling with several DNF’s, among other issues. The team ended up taking a couple days off before returning to action beginning tonight at the DIRTcar Nationals.
“It’s been a terrible two week stretch,” commented McCreadie. “I told my guys that I think the only way we are going to dig out of this slump is a little financial capital and a lot of hard work. We worked for two days straight down here, missed a day, and right now this thing feels pretty cool. It’s a big improvement so far from last week and we are pretty happy with that. I feel like its been forever since I’ve done both classes down here.”
The No. 39 Longhorn Chassis Late Model is running “pretty cool” indeed as T-Mac scored a new track record in qualifying with a 15.648 and then went on to dominate his heat race by nearly two seconds.
“It feels really good right now,” cited McCreadie. “I definitely think it’s been over ten years since I’ve tried both and this Longhorn Chassis (Late Model) is awesome tonight. I feel like our Sweetner’s team is so much better prepared going into tonight and we are looking forward to seeing how this all shakes out, but this puts us in a pretty good spot right now.”
At the end of his Late Model heat, T-Mac was chomping at the bit to get back behind the wheel of the Coffey No. 39 Big Block, explaining the decision as to what caused the team to race with both cars at Volusia this year.
“We are just hungry,” smiled McCreadie. “Vic (Coffey) wanted me to come down. His son Kyle (Coffey) races these also and does a great job, but he isn’t doing it this week. We wanted to come down here and win some races. The late model feels great, the big block feels really good too. I’d like to get a little quicker, but I’m pretty much foaming at the mouth to get back in that car. We are outside of the front row in our heat race.”
There’s no doubt that the former World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Rookie of the Year and 2017 Super DIRTcar Series winner at Albany-Saratoga Speedway has a fantastic chance to park both cars in victory lane at the DIRTcar Nationals. “I’d love to be down here (in victory lane) twice at the end of the night,” he said.