McCreadie Nabs USA Nationals Pole
McCreadie has certainly enjoyed success at Cedar Lake in the past. He’s started the USA Nationals A-Main seven times, with a career-best finish of third in 2009 on his resume. The former DIRTcar Big-Block Modified regular also has two fourth-place finishes (’05, ’07), a 12th-place run in 2010 (after a flat tire and overheating engine knocked him from contention) and a 20th-place finish in 2008 (broke a right-rear wheel while leading).
With Friday night’s racing surface – which was drier, and slower, than Thursday evening’s tacky, fast track – suiting both his Sweeteners Plus Warrior and his own taste, McCreadie is hopeful that similar conditions will prevail for Saturday night’s century grind.
“I feel like if it gets faster we might not be as good as Josh (Richards) and maybe Brandon Sheppard (Thursday night’s WoO LMS winner),” said McCreadie, who won a DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned preliminary feature during the 2010 USA Nationals weekend. “But if it can slow down to in between the conditions on Thursday night and tonight, I think we’re gonna be O.K.”
A winner of four WoO LMS A-Mains this season, McCreadie is energized by his strong qualifying effort.
“Whenever you can go to an event like this and be relevant it’s awesome,” said McCreadie. “This race is it. We might be lacking a few guys here and there, but this field is the cream of the crop for Late Model drivers. And this is one of the biggest races we have all year long, so when you can be competitive it’s great.
“I don’t know if we’re gonna pull it off or not (on Saturday), but I feel like we can.”
Fifty-three cars were signed in for Friday night’s qualifying program.
Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, with the first half competing for starting positions in heats 1-3 and the second half racing against the clock to align heats 4-6.
Donnie Moran of Dresden, Ohio, was the overall fastest qualifier with his lap of 14.815 seconds in Group ‘A.’ It was the fourth career WoO LMS fast-time honor for Moran, who will start 15th in the USA Nationals after finishing third in the third heat.
A winner of the USA Nationals in 1998 and second-place finisher on four occasions, Moran will start the event for the first time since 2006.