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McCreadie tops Silver Dollar Nationals

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Greenwood, Nebraska Tim McCreadie took the lead on lap 21 and never looked back as he went on to the biggest win of his career on Saturday night at I-80 Speedway. The New York native earned $53,000 for his win in the 7th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals. It was McCreadie’s fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season. The event was also co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association.

Polesitter, Steve Francis led the first eleven laps of the race until former event winner Don O’Neal took over the top spot. Just a few circuits later, O’Neal and second-place running Brian Shirley made contact in the middle of the backstretch as both cars got into the wall. Both cars kept going as Shirley suffered minimal damage, but O’Neal’s nose-piece was heavily damaged and he started to lose spots in the running order.

McCreadie, in the Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn Chassis, surged underneath both O’Neal and Shirley to take the lead on lap 21. McCreadie then had to hold off a hard-charging Brandon Sheppard, at the finish to earn the victory. Kyle Bronson placed third. Scott Bloomquist and Shannon Babb both rallied from the tail after making pit stops to finish fourth and fifth.

“Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight. When I heard them say Sheppard was second on that final restart. I thought, WOW, because he started in the back. On that last restart, my crew motioned for me to go out further on the track from where I was running. They showed me where Brandon was running. Holy cow, $53,000, that’s a lot of money. After Don [O'Neal] and Shirley got together I just got by them. My car was good on the bottom anyway so I just stayed there.”

“Sometimes you have to have a little luck. I have only run this Pro Power motor twice before. Hats off to Bill Schlieper and everyone at Pro Power. I want to thank Longhorn Chassis, Bobby, Terry and Justin Labonte for giving me this opportunity to drive their car. This whole deal is amazing. We have had our growing pains, but everyone has stuck behind me.”

Sheppard needed to pass just one more car to make his night complete, but instead, he came up just short in second place after starting 32nd on the grid. “We crashed the car pretty good in the heat race last night. We just put it all behind us. We had a pretty good racecar tonight, we got behind early on the weekend, but it just shows how resilient we are to run like we did tonight,” said the driver of the Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket House Car.

Bronson, in the Brandon Ford, Rocket Chassis, was pleased with his podium finish in his first trip to I-80 Speedway. “To do what we did with this level competition tells us how far we have come as a team. I want to thank my crew. They have busted their rear ends this entire month we have been gone. The tires got hot and I slowed down a little, then I would get going again once they cooled off. For our first time here, we put on a good show.”

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Shirley, Chris Simpson, Hudson O’Neal, and Don O’Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
7th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals
I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 – ROUND ONE Finish: Chad Simpson, Josh Richards, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mike Marlar, Chris Simpson, Randy Timms, Timothy Culp, Boom Briggs, Bob King, Allan Hopp, Kyle Berck

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 – ROUND ONE Finish: Don O’Neal, Shannon Babb, Brian Shirley, Mason Zeigler, Justin Duty, Joey Moriarty, Brantlee Gotschall, Mike Stadel, JC Wyman, Brandon Sheppard

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 – ROUND ONE Finish: Steve Francis, Terry Phillips, Hudson O’Neal, Billy Moyer, Clay Daly, Ben Schaller, Jimmy Mars, Tad Pospisil, Matt Buller, Al Humphrey

QA1 Heat Race #4 – ROUND ONE Finish: Darrell Lanigan, Tony Jackson, Jr., Jason Krohn, Jesse Stovall, Rodney Sanders, Kyle Bronson, Austin Siebert, Dave Eckrich, John Duty, Bill Leighton, Jr.

ASi Racewear Heat #5 – ROUND ONE Finish: Dennis Erb, Jr., Chase Junghans, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Gregg Satterlee, Tim McCreadie, Corey Zeitner, Jake O’Neil, Jeremy Grady, Brian Kosiski

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 – ROUND TWO Finish: Brian Shirley, Steve Francis, Jason Krohn, Chase Junghans, Jimmy Mars, Mike Marlar, Joey Moriarty, Jeremy Grady, Randy Timms, Austin Siebert, Boom Briggs

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 – ROUND TWO Finish: Tim McCreadie, Kyle Berck, Timothy Culp, Jake O’Neil, Clay Daly, Tony Jackson, Jr., Terry Phillips, JC Wyman, John Duty, Brantlee Gotschall

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 – ROUND TWO Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson, Jr., Billy Moyer, Darrell Lanigan, Mason Zeigler, Al Humphrey, Dave Eckrich, Allan Hopp, Jimmy Owens, Justin Duty

QA1 Heat Race #4 – ROUND TWO Finish: Rodney Sanders, Don O’Neal, Tad Pospisil, Hudson O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Chris Simpson, Josh Richards, Brian Kosiski, Mike Stadel, Bill Leighton, Jr.

ASi Racewear Heat #5 – ROUND TWO Finish: Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Corey Zeitner, Shannon Babb, Chad Simpson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Ben Schaller, Bob King, Matt Buller, Jesse Stovall,

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (15 Laps – Top 3 Transfer): Josh Richards, Corey Zeitner, Tiothy Culp, Gregg Satterlee, Jake O’Neil, Justin Duty, Bill Leighton, Jr., JC Wyman, Jeremy Grady, Matt Buller, Brian Kosiski, Bob King, Dave Eckrich, Joey Moriarty, Tad Pospisil-DNS, Ben Schaller-DNS, Jesse Stovall-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (15 Laps – Top 3 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Chris Simpson, Terry Phillips, Clay Daly, Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Mars, Jimmy Owens, Randy Timms, Kyle Berck, Al Humphrey, Boom Briggs, Mike Stadel, Allan Hopp, John Duty, Austin Siebert, Brantlee Gotschall-DNS

Belt Bash Non-Qualifiers Race Finish: Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Mars, Kyle Berck, Dave Eckrich, Matt Buller, Jake O’Neil, Clay Daly, Austin Siebert, Allan Hopp, Brian Kosiski, Mike Stadel, Bob King, Justin Duty, Al Humphrey, JC Wyman, John Duty

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Adams, Brauer, and Koehler all on the High Side

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–Eagle Valley Speedway presented the best tradition in auto racing with Kid’s Night sponsored by Coca-Cola. All the racecars took to the track after the heats and the kids and kids at heart were allowed to mingle among the cars and drivers. They got treats, pictures, and autographs with laughter stemming from every direction. Once the track was cleared, the features were run with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. The feature winners on the night were Kevin Adams, Jeff Brauer, Nick Koehler, Ron Hanestad, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Brian Uthe.

The modified heats were won by Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson after both had started in the back row of their respective races. It was a pair of Hesslers on the front row of the feature with Anderson and Adams side by side, directly behind. Adams got the jump and took an early lead and restarted at the point after a quick caution. It was Anderson moving into second on the restart and a mirror image of the classic battle the two held in their last race at Eagle Valley began. Adams assaulted the top side of the race track as Anderson shadowed him in the same groove but a slightly different line.

Anderson moved down lower on the race track and Adams looked better up high. Adams began to stretch his advantage as third running Adam Hensel closed on Anderson. Anderson moved back up the track, regained an advantage over Hensel, and began to close on the leader. Catching Kevin Adams is never an easy task though as Adams blasted through lapped traffic. Anderson did close the distance to a few car lengths but it was Adams impressively to the finish line. Hensel ran a solid third as Justin Oestriech and Scott Duval rounded out a very tough top five finishers.

Tommy Richards won the Super Stock heat as the front row of Troy Fransway and Luke Schultz lead the feature to green. The opening lap saw the field three wide at the end of lap one but soon, Brad Ingram spun to draw the caution. The leader on the restart, Troy Fransway, spun in turn four, collecting Eric Schultz and Tommy Richards, ending Schultz’s night. With Fransway relegated to the rear, Jeff Brauer led them to green on the restart but Luke Schultz had a fine run to move to the point. Brauer used his topside momentum and closed back in and retook the lead as Richards moved into second. Richards fought down low to get under the leader as they crossed under the flag stand side by side when a caution flew for a spinning Lukas Koski and Troy Fransway, ending Fransway’s night.

The green flag saw little delay in the fine battle for the lead as Richards continued to storm the bottom of the track as Brauer drove hard on the high side. Ever so slowly, Brauer inched back out and into control, leading the remainder of the race to the win. Richards was a strong second as Luke Schultz looked very good in third. Koski and Tony Falkner finished in the top five.

Shane Halopka, Jay Richardson, and Nick Koehler, won their Midwest Modified heats and Tyler Werner and Bob Wood owned the front row for the feature. As the green flag dropped, it was Wood to the front and he looked very strong for the first half of the race. Calvin Iverson raced impressively in second as Shane Halopka worked his way to third and eighth starting Jay Richardson moved to fourth. The yellow flag flew as Jason Vokovan spun in turn two, resetting the field. Under green, Richardson didn’t come to speed and faded to the back of the pack before he rebounded and began to accelerate.

The caution was shown for a Denny Cutsforth spin and under yellow, Richardson stalled and was pushed from the raceway. It was Shane Halopka driving from inside row two past Wood for the lead and soon thereafter, Vokovan spun, drawing a yellow. Halopka stayed at the point as Wood and Iverson held row two. The restart saw Koehler enter the picture as he moved to the ultra high side of the raceway. Koehler moved into the top three, overtook second, and blasted into the lead. From there, he never looked back as he impressively drove away from the others on his way to the checkered flag. Halopka came home in second over Iverson as Jake Smith and Michael Truscott used late race passes to secure top five positions.

In the Street Stocks, Braden Brauer won his first heat at Eagle Valley Speedway and Danny Richards added to the extensive collection of his heat wins. Brauer was on the front row with Jacob Hessler but it was second row starting Ron Hanestad moving into the lead coming off turn four on the first lap. Hanestad never looked back on the way to the checkered flag. Hunter VanGilder chased him the entire distance in second as Richards finished in third. Jay Kesan and Travis Hazelton rounded out the top five finishers in the caution free event.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Dean Pronschinske and George Richards as Cole Hill and Nicholas Hazelton led the feature to the start. The first attempt to go racing was aborted and the second attempt was scarred by a stalling Hazelton. Before the race was underway, the entire front row was eliminated when Cole Hill left the track under yellow. Third starting Dean Pronschinske become the pacesetter and he took the lead early. The ever strong George Richards raced to second, closed on the lead and took the top spot. However, soon after, his car lost a rear when and axle, sending him spinning. Pronschinske was back in the lead for the restart, but is was Tyler Wahlstrom on the prowl as he moved from his seventh starting position to drive under the leader for the point. Wahlstrom led the remainder of the race relatively comfortably as Pronschinske beat Pat Smith in third. Mike Grover finished a fine fourth over Ken Larson in fifth.

The Hornets saw Jason Holte, Dean Butler, and Jason Bauer win heats, and although all were involved in the race for the feature win, none could tame Brian Uthe. It was Uthe from the pole as Butler snuck by to lead lap one. Uthe wasn’t going to have any of it as he moved back into the lead the following lap. Holte moved into third and was involved in a physical battle for position with Kasey Gross. Gross took the third position as Kaden Baldwin pounded the front stretch wall, drawing the caution. It was Uthe in the lead as seven cars drove in a tight pack racing for the second position. Uthe used it to his advantage and drove to the checkered flag for the win. The gaggle for second saw Bauer beat Butler in a drag race to the checkers coming off the final turn. Kasey Gross and Chad Prissel finished in the top five as Derek Krumrie, Scott Westaby, and Dan Prissel finished closely behind.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will not be racing on Sunday, July 30, 2017, but will return on Sunday, August 06, 2017, with the WISSOTA AFCO Race of Champions qualifier. All regular weekly WISSOTA classes will be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night. They gave away six on this night of racing!

Mittag wins co-headliner in Pro 4 division as inaugural event wraps up on new Wheatland track

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Jeremy McGrath appeared down and out after an early spin dropped him to the rear of the field at Sunday’s finale of the GEICO Off Road Shootout at Lucas Oil Speedway. But the veteran kept plugging away and his persistence paid off with a Pro 2 feature victory to wrap up the inaugural weekend of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the new 1.3-mile track.

McGrath made a last-lap pass for the win before a big crowd that roared its approval as the Motocross legend and former X Games star took the checkered flag. “We had some great racing and this is a great facility – by far the best one we have,” McGrath said. “We’ll be all smiles when we get back here next year.” In the co-headliner, Doug Mittag captured the Pro 4 feature as many of the contenders were eliminated in a race full of mayhem. Other feature winners in the second half of the weekend doubleheader saw Brandon Arthur double up, winning both the Pro Lite and Production 1000 UTV classes, Darren Hardesty won Pro Buggy and Trey D. Gibbs captured Mod Karts. Those who stuck around for the weekend finale in the Pro 2 class saw McGrath, after early misfortune, drive from last to first. It was the second win of the season for the series points leader. Rob MacCachren started on the pole and was eliminated early due to mechanical problems. McGrath, spun on the opening lap and dropped back to ninth place among the nine remaining trucks.

Saturday’s feature winner Brian Deegan appeared to be on his way to a sweep. Patrick Clark and R.J. Anderson were giving chase when a caution came out on lap seven as Rodrigo Ampudia rolled his truck in the final turn. Anderson was racing for position in the S curve after the restart when he was clipped by Bradley Morris and wound up on his top. Anderson crawled out, but his chance for victory was dashed. That left a two-lap shootout for the win, with Deegan leading Clark and Jerett Brooks – and McGrath lurking in fourth. As the race restarted, Deegan slowed suddenly after the table top jump on the backstretch, and pulled off the track. Clark assumed the lead and appeared in position for his first win of the season as he took the white flag. But Clark slowed in turn three of the final lap with mechanical issues of his own. McGrath, of Encinitis, Calif., got past Brooks who has to slow for a lapped truck, and found himself in front and went on to grab his third Pro 2 win of the season.

Brooks finished second and Kyle Hart was third. “The first half of the race I felt liked Stevie Wonder out there; I couldn’t drive it that good,” McGrath said. “We were having a tough time. But we set up the truck today for late in the race. “The track is tough on the trucks. It’s hot. My guys provided me a great truck at the end. When Jerett got unlucky and ran up behind a lapped car, the timing was right.” Brooks was nearly as happy after his best finish of the season. “We’re super pumped,” Brooks said. “A big thanks to the whole team. They worked their butts off.” Mittag wins Pro 4 thriller: Doug Mittag earned his first Pro 4 victory of the season in a wild race that had a big crowd on its feet. “It’s been a long time coming,” Mittag said. “I just want to thank my crew and I want to thank the fans coming out. This is an awesome facility.” The Pro 4 race had slam-banging action throughout, beginning when pole-sitter Bradley Morris got tangled up racing for position and hit the wall on the opening lap.

On lap three, season points leader Kyle LeDuc popped the wall in turn one after making contact with Rob MacCachren. It was the second straight day that an accident took LeDuc out of contention. MacCachren pitted for a flat tire and was half a lap behind the lead pack when the race resumed. And Carl Renezeder, who won Saturday’s Pro 4 opener, was dealt a blow in a lap six crash in the S curve. Mittag, of Temecula, Calif., took advantage of the carnage to assume the lead, with R.J. Anderson and Adrian Cenni behind him for a restart following the lap-six caution. Mittag held on for the win as a melee broke out behind him, with MacCachren and Renezeder storming back into late contention in a wild final lap. “It was a heck of a race. We just raced as hard as we could by ourselves for a while and were able to make it back up there,” MacCachren said. Chad Hord slipping into third, just a few feet in front of Renezeder at the finish line. It was Hord’s series debut. Pro Lites to Arthur: Brandon Arthur scored a front-running win in the Pro Lite division, leading all nine laps for his second win on Sunday. “It’s gonna make the drive home a lot easier,” the Californian said of his double win on the final day of the weekend doubleheader.

Hailie Deegan finished second with the finish line arriving not a second too soon. Her truck’s motor erupted in flames coming down the front stretch. Ryan Beat wound up in third. Hardesty wins in Pro Buggy: Darren Hardesty took the Pro Buggy victory despite crossing the finish line in second place. Eliott Watson, who passed Hardesty on the final lap to take the checkered flag, was disqualified for excessive contact on the pass. Watson, the winner of Saturday’s feature, was placed eighth in the official finish by series officials. Sterling Cling finished second with Broc Dickerson in third. Arthur takes UTV win: Brandon Arthur passed Jacob Weller with two laps remaining and went on to win the Production 1000 UTV feature.

Bouncing back from a sixth-place finish on Saturday, Arthur, of Ramona, Calif., took his fourth victory of the season. It was his first since May 20 as he snapped a four-race winless streak. “We’ve been fighting it a little bit, but … I think we’ve figured it out. What a great day,” Arthur said. Dustin Nelson finished third and Paul O’Brien, who started from the pole and led the first three laps, was fourth. Sweep for Gibbs: Trey Gibbs took a front-running victory in the Mod Kart class, an introductory division for ages 10-15. It was Gibbs’ third win of the season and gave him a weekend sweep of the doubleheader at Lucas Oil Speedway. Gibbs, of Murieta, Calif., never trailed, opening a comfortable lead over the final half of the race. Ricky Gutierrez was second and Brody Eggleson took third. “This is my first sweep; I’m pumped,” Gibbs said. “It feels great to go out there and take the points lead. I’d like to give a big thanks to all the fans for coming out.”

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com. Up next: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes next Saturday night on the Lucas Oil Speedway oval track. KOLR 10 and Z27 present the action, featuring the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. Join Forces with Lucas Oil Speedway, KOLR 10 & Z27 and the Ozarks Food Harvest and bring four non-perishable food items and get FREE Admission to the races. The Lucas Oil Street Stocks will be the evening’s featured class running for a special 25-lap, $500-to-win main event. Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com. To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Gustin wins 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

GREENWOOD, Neb–It’s a good thing they give out trophies instead of rings at USMTS crown jewel events because Ryan Gustin would be fresh out of fingers and toes.

In front of an overflow crowd Saturday night at the I-80 Speedway, the 26-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, nabbed his first feature win at the Greenwood, Neb., speedplant as he fended off Rodney Sanders for the $10,000 top prize and title of 7th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals champion.

Sanders, who started seventh on the grid and was looking to claim his eighth straight Silver Dollar Nationals feature win was within striking distance for much of the race and pulled even with Gustin on a couple of occasions, but he was never able to dislocate ‘The Reaper’ from the lead.

The 40-lap main event started three-wide with Gustin on the outside of the front row. Cade Dillard, who filled the middle of the front row next to polesitter Johnny Scott, jumped out to the early lead as he looked to complete a clean sweep of the weekend after winning of his qualifying heats on Friday.

But Gustin, who also won both of his heat races the night before, found the long way around the 4/10-mile high-banked oval to his liking and powered in front of Dillard with 11 laps in the books.

Sanders followed into second a few laps later and closed in on Gustin, but despite three late-race cautions that kept the field tight he could never wrestle the lead away and had to settle for the runner-up paycheck behind Gustin.

For Gustin, it was his 85th career USMTS triumph but his first at the I-80 Speedway and may have cleaned up some unfinished business he had with the race track.

Gustin came from the 34th starting position to take the lead on lap 47 of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event during the Silver Dollar Nationals in 2013. Gustin held the lead until misfortune struck on lap 55 when struck the back of a back-marker, causing significant damage to his car and bringing out the caution flag for the lapped car. Gustin fired into turn number one on the restart, but his ill-handling car rammed into the concrete wall, causing even more damage which ended his quest for a $27,000 check after a magnificent run.

The last ten months have been a completely different story for the two-time USMTS national champ.

Since last September, Gustin has won every dirt modified crown jewel event, including the USRA Modified Nationals ($40,000 to win), USMTS Chisholm Trail Showdown ($5,000 to win), USRA Fall Nationals ($12,000 to win) and King of America VII ($10,000 to win).

A little more than a month ago, Gustin captured the richest race in the 19-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series when he won $50,000 in The Modified Masters at the Cedar Lake Speedway, and now the Silver Dollar Nationals is a part of his résumé.

Sanders, who captured his two USMTS national titles after Gustin’s two, was a $6,000 second-place finisher Saturday night with Dillard holding off Zack VanderBeek for the third spot.

Dereck Ramirez was fifth, Scott held on for sixth, Jake Timm finished seventh, Terry Phillips earned the eighth spot, ninth went to 19th-starting Cory Crapser and Zane DeVilbiss completed the top 10.

Dillard’s efforts were enough to claim the MSD Central Region title by 28 points over VanderBeek. Ramirez finished third in the regional standings, Stormy Scott finished fourth and Joe Duvall wound up fifth.

UP NEXT: The Hunt for the Casey’s USMTS National Championship kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo., with the first of four events that week.

On Friday, Aug. 4, the USMTS returns to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., and then the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., hosts the 8th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout on Saturday, Aug. 5. The week wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 6, with the 11th Annual Missouri Nationals at the Monett Motor Speedway in Monett, Mo.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Tim McCreadie Scores Biggest Career Win in Silver Dollar Nationals Triumph

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

GREENWOOD, NE-Tim McCreadie took the lead on lap 21 and never looked back as he went on to the biggest win of his career on Saturday night at I-80 Speedway. The New York native earned $53,000 for his win in the 7th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals. It was McCreadie’s fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season. The event was also co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association.

Polesitter, Steve Francis led the first eleven laps of the race until former event winner Don O’Neal took over the top spot. Just a few circuits later, O’Neal and second-place running Brian Shirley made contact in the middle of the backstretch as both cars got into the wall. Both cars kept going as Shirley suffered minimal damage, but O’Neal’s nose-piece was heavily damaged and he started to lose spots in the running order.

McCreadie, in the Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn Chassis, surged underneath both O’Neal and Shirley to take the lead on lap 21. McCreadie then had to hold off a hard-charging Brandon Sheppard, at the finish to earn the victory. Kyle Bronson placed third. Scott Bloomquist and Shannon Babb both rallied from the tail after making pit stops to finish fourth and fifth.

“Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight. When I heard them say Sheppard was second on that final restart. I thought, WOW, because he started in the back. On that last restart, my crew motioned for me to go out further on the track from where I was running. They showed me where Brandon was running. Holy cow, $53,000, that’s a lot of money. After Don [O'Neal] and Shirley got together I just got by them. My car was good on the bottom anyway so I just stayed there.”

“Sometimes you have to have a little luck. I have only run this Pro Power motor twice before. Hats off to Bill Schlieper and everyone at Pro Power. I want to thank Longhorn Chassis, Bobby, Terry and Justin Labonte for giving me this opportunity to drive their car. This whole deal is amazing. We have had our growing pains, but everyone has stuck behind me.”

Sheppard needed to pass just one more car to make his night complete, but instead, he came up just short in second place after starting 32nd on the grid. “We crashed the car pretty good in the heat race last night. We just put it all behind us. We had a pretty good racecar tonight, we got behind early on the weekend, but it just shows how resilient we are to run like we did tonight,” said the driver of the Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket House Car.

Bronson, in the Brandon Ford, Rocket Chassis, was pleased with his podium finish in his first trip to I-80 Speedway. “To do what we did with this level competition tells us how far we have come as a team. I want to thank my crew. They have busted their rear ends this entire month we have been gone. The tires got hot and I slowed down a little, then I would get going again once they cooled off. For our first time here, we put on a good show.”

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Shirley, Chris Simpson, Hudson O’Neal, and Don O’Neal.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include: Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Racing Engines, AR Bodies, ASi Racewear, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, Capital Race Cars, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, E3 Spark Plugs, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, FK Rod Ends, GEICO, General Tire, Heath Lawson Photography, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, K&N Engineering, Lucas Oil Products, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Longhorn Chassis, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Optima Batteries, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Protect The Harvest, QA1, Ram Mounts, Rhino AG, Rocket Chassis, Rugged Radios, Safecraft, Simpson Race Products, Spray Nine Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, Wallace Engines, WELD Racing, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers
About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.
About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.
About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.