McCreadie Holds Off Lanigan In Delaware
Shane Clanton finished fifth. He started from the pole position but was outgunned for the lead by McCreadie at the initial green and gradually fell through the top five, finally settling into fifth place when Eckert sailed by him on lap 36.
McCreadie held firm control of the top spot for most of the distance, maintaining a half- to full-second edge until Lanigan pulled close late in the race. Lanigan nosed his Rocket machine underneath McCreadie for the first time on lap 40 and eventually surged in front as lap 43 was scored, but the winningest WoO LMS driver in 2013 couldn’t make the pass stick.
“I was trying to run that middle-to-the-top (line) and he pretty much drove right on by me,” McCreadie said of Lanigan. “I just thought, Oh my God, I just gave this one away. But then he just slipped up in (turns) one and two.
“But we were lucky that Darrell just slipped up a little bit off of (turn) two (the following lap) and I could get back by him. Then we just held on.
“Darrell’s been the guy the last three years,” he added, “and anytime you can get lucky enough to beat him, we’ll take it for Sweeteners Plus and our whole program.”
With a fresh ProPower engine under his car’s hood, McCreadie registered his 22nd career victory on the WoO LMS and first at the half-mile Delaware oval. His previous win this year came on April 20 at 311 Motor Speedway in Pine Hall, N.C.
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