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May 28, 2021

McCreadie leads all the way to capture "Cowboy Classic" in Show-Me 100 first prelim; Timms wins USRA Modified feature

Tim McCreadie captured the "Cowboy Classic" on Friday night, the first preliminary feature for Saturday night's Show-Me 100. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)
WHEATLAND, MO. (May 28, 2021) - Tim McCreadie, in search of his first Show-Me 100 victory, wasted little time in taking a first step toward it Friday night in leading all 45 laps of the "Cowboy Classic" at Lucas Oil Speedway.
McCreadie started third and had the lead by the conclusion of lap one. He never gave it back, beating Hudson O'Neal by 1.225 seconds at the finish of the first of two qualifying events Friday night for Saturday's 29th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by
"This is an amazing weekend to be out here and to be patriotic," said McCreadie, whose car was covered with a military-themed "Honor for Heroes" wrap. "If you see anybody from the military, give them a thanks. They're way tougher than I am."
McCreadie said it was nice to bank some valuable points toward Saturday night with the strong start in a race delayed from Thursday due to rain. He earned $6,000 for the victory in the Longhorn-chassis house car.
"It helps the bank account," the 47-year-old veteran driver from Watertown, New York, said. "Money's money, no matter what you do. We need to perform."
McCreadie, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season points leader, fought off pressure from fifth-starting Bobby Pierce midway through the event as Pierce worked the inside groove to cut McCreadie's lead to .038 by lap 23.
But Pierce, the 2017 Show-Me 100 winner, was unable to keep pace and it was the 20-year-old O'Neal - after falling back from his pole-starting position to fifth for a time - who tried to mount a late charge.
"By the time I got to second, everybody was spread out," O'Neal said. "Not that I was any faster than Timmy, but I would have liked to have had a chance to race him a little bit.
"It took me about 15 laps to fire," O'Neal added. "I was a little too tight early. The car came around as the race track blacked over a little bit. It's nothing to complain about. We had a solid second-place finish behind an amazing guy. It's an honor to be on the podium and hopefully we can get one more spot, later."
McCreadie said that despite what might have looked like a smooth, decisive drifve to the finish he maintained an aggressive mind-set as he weaved through lapped traffic.
"When you see the 32 on the board (Pierce) and then Hudson, those guys don't take laps off," McCreadie said. "I just knew the best shot I had was to not wait around and catch a guy and pass. I got beat about a month ago by being a little too cautious at the end of a race."
Pierce said he can drive more aggressively in the second qualifying program, after getting solid points with his third-place run.
"We already know we're in good position, but I really wanted to get that win," Pierce said. "We were closing on T Mac and he moved down and pulled away from me. After that, I tried some things. Maybe the top was still there. Before I knew it Hudson was there and there was nothing I could really do."
Brandon Sheppard ran second in the early going and wound up fourth with Josh Richards in fifth and Ryan Gustin sixth.
Four-time Show-Me 100 winner Jimmy Owens charged from 22nd to seventh. Scott Bloomquist, who's won the Show-Me 100 a record six times, finished 10th in his first action in six weeks.
A total of 58 Late Models checked into the pits for the doubleheader program, necessitated by postponement of Thursday's scheduled action due to rain. The originally scheduled Friday portion of the action, the "Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson," was running later Friday night.
Drivers were accumulating points through their finishes in the preliminary events to help set the field for Saturday night's 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100.
The first and only caution occurred on lap seven as Earl Pearson Jr. slowed on the speedway. McCreadie had a two-car-length lead over Sheppard at the time, with a five-car gap back to Pierce in third.
Brandon Sheppard set fast overall qualifying time at 16.478 seconds.
Defending Show-Me 100 champion Payton Looney of Republic scratched from Friday's action with a motor problem following qualifying. Looney does, however, have a past champion's provisional to use for the feature on Saturday night if he's able to make repairs.
Timms wins USRA Modified thriller: Randy Timms made the fifth and final lead change of the race stick - coming out of turn four on the final lap - to nip Lucas Gibbs for the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified feature victory.
Timms, of Wheatland, Oklahoma, lost the lead to Gibbs as the two took the white flag. But Timms, in his first race of the season, was determined to come away first to the checkers and won by .386 seconds.
"I felt like I had a pretty good rhythm going and didn't really feel any pressure," Timms said. "Then, just out of the blue, he got a run on me and I was like 'damn, that's the last lap.'
"I wasn't going to give it away. He was going to have to earn it."
Timms and Gibbs started on the front row and it was Timms getting the jump to lead lap one, before the two swapped positions the next time around. One lap later, Timms regained the lead on a restart.
Timms held it from there until lap 19, when Gibbs dove to the inside to lead with one to go. But Timms came out on top for the $750 prize as the drivers earned points toward the starting field for Saturday night's $1,500-to-win, 30-lap feature.
Joe Duvall, who owns the car Timms was driving, finished third with Ryan Middaugh fourth and Dillon McCowan in fifth. Chad Wheeler charged to sixth from his 20th-starting position.
Both the Late Models and USRA Modifieds were back in action late Friday night in the "Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson" portion of the weekend.
29th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "Cowboy Classic"
Cowboy Classic A Feature - 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 2. 71-Hudson O'Neal[6]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[5]; 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 5. 14-Josh Richards[9]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin[4]; 7. 20-Jimmy Owens[22]; 8. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[8]; 9. 2S-Stormy Scott[15]; 10. 0-Scott Bloomquist[7]; 11. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[12]; 12. 12C-Scott Crigler[2]; 13. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[11]; 14. 25-Shane Clanton[24]; 15. 18B-Shannon Babb[10]; 16. 49-Jonathan Davenport[19]; 17. 22F-Chris Ferguson[16]; 18. 157-Mike Marlar[21]; 19. 40B-Kyle Bronson[14]; 20. 0E-Rick Eckert[20]; 21. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[13]; 22. 49T-Jake Timm[23]; 23. 3S-Brian Shirley[17]; 24. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[18]
Penske Shocks Heat 1 - 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist[3]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens[4]; 5. 50-Kaeden Cornell[5]; 6. 15D-Justin Duty[8]; 7. 18J-Chase Junghans[7]; 8. 6H-Al Humphrey[9]; 9. 7J-Jay Fields[10]; 10. (DNS) 15L-Payton Looney
Summit Racing Equipment Heat 2 - 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[4]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott[2]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 5. 15V-Kolby Vandenbergh[6]; 6. 91P-Jason Papich[5]; 7. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck[7]; 8. 1X-Aaron Marrant[9]; 9. 3W-Brennon Willard[10]; 10. 44W-David Webster[8]
Simpson Racing Products Heat 3 - 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 2. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[1]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 4. 49T-Jake Timm[3]; 5. 00S-Jesse Stovall[5]; 6. 25S-Chad Simpson[7]; 7. 59-Garrett Alberson[8]; 8. 55-Chris Kratzer[9]; 9. 11R-Justin Reed[6]
Ohlins Shocks Heat 4 - 1. 12C-Scott Crigler[2]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 4. 0E-Rick Eckert[5]; 5. 41-Jeremiah Hurst[4]; 6. 32S-Chris Simpson[6]; 7. 94-Austin Rettig[7]; 8. 78S-Steve Stultz[8]; 9. 43-Jeremy Grady[9]; 10. 7JR-Ryan Johnson[10]
Fast Shafts Heat 5 - 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[2]; 2. 18B-Shannon Babb[1]; 3. 22F-Chris Ferguson[4]; 4. 25-Shane Clanton[5]; 5. 93-Mason Oberkramer[3]; 6. 1T-Tyler Erb[6]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[7]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[8]; 9. L88-Larry Clawson[9]; 10. 14M-Reid Millard[10]
Lucas Oil Heat 6 - 1. 71-Hudson O'Neal[3]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 3. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 5. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[5]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[7]; 7. 7W-Cole Wells[6]; 8. 99L-Scott Lewis[9]; 9. 23-Cody Holtkamp[8]
Line X B Main 1 - 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 3. 15V-Kolby Vandenbergh[4]; 4. 50-Kaeden Cornell[3]; 5. 15D-Justin Duty[5]; 6. 91P- Jason Papich[6]; 7. 18J-Chase Junghans[7]; 8. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck[8]; 9. 1X-Aaron Marrant[10]; 10. 3W-Brennon Willard[12]; 11. 7J-Jay Fields[11]; 12. 6H-Al Humphrey[9]; 13. 44W-David Webster[14]; 14. (DNS) 15L-Payton Looney
UNOH B Main 2 - 1. 0E-Rick Eckert[2]; 2. 49T-Jake Timm[1]; 3. 00S-Jesse Stovall[3]; 4. 59-Garrett Alberson[7]; 5. 41-Jeremiah Hurst[4]; 6. 25S-Chad Simpson[5]; 7. 32S-Chris Simpson[6]; 8. 94-Austin Rettig[8]; 9. 78S-Steve Stultz[10]; 10. 11R-Justin Reed[11]; 11. 43-Jeremy Grady[12]; 12. 55-Chris Kratzer[9]; 13. (DNS) 7JR-Ryan Johnson
B Main 3 - 1. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton[1]; 3. 93-Mason Oberkramer[3]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[5]; 5. 36-Logan Martin[7]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[6]; 7. 7W-Cole Wells[8]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[9]; 9. 99L-Scott Lewis[10]; 10. L88-Larry Clawson[11]; 11. 14M-Reid Millard[13]; 12. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[4]; 13. 23-Cody Holtkamp[12]
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds
A Feature - 1. 91X-Randy Timms[2]; 2. 51-Lucas Gibbs[1]; 3. 91-Joe Duvall[5]; 4. 21-Ryan Middaugh[3]; 5. 8-Dillon McCowan[7]; 6. 88-Chad Wheeler[20]; 7. 227-Chase Domer[11]; 8. 17-Rod Cordon[4]; 9. 3J-Lewis Jackson[15]; 10. 292-Kyle Thompson[14]; 11. 65-Kris Jackson[22]; 12. 38C-Jason Pursley[9]; 13. 21R-Rusty Skaggs[12]; 14. 23L-Lucas Dobbs[13]; 15. 7T-Treyton Gann[6]; 16. 21TW-Tracy Wolf[16]; 17. 74-Rodney Schweizer[8]; 18. 64-Casey Fowler[10]; 19. 10-Kyle Schmidt[19]; 20. (DNF) 02-Robert Powers[23]; 21. (DNF) 21C-Cody Schniepp[18]; 22. (DNF) 89-Tyler Hibner[17]; 23. (DNF) 07-Daniel Harris[24]; 24. (DNF) 98-Robert Heydenreich[21]
Heat 1 - 1. 51-Lucas Gibbs[4]; 2. 8-Dillon McCowan[1]; 3. 292-Kyle Thompson[2]; 4. 88-Chad Wheeler[3]; 5. 89-Tyler Hibner[8]; 6. 23-Adam Kates[10]; 7. 21C-Cody Schniepp[6]; 8. 21J-Johnny Fennewald[5]; 9. 02-Robert Powers[9]; 10. 27-Toby Ott[7]; 11. 24-Jarret Dotson[11]
Heat 2 - 1. 21-Ryan Middaugh[3]; 2. 91-Joe Duvall[6]; 3. 3J-Lewis Jackson[2]; 4. 07-Daniel Harris[5]; 5. 21TW-Tracy Wolf[9]; 6. 98D-Paden Phillips[7]; 7. 10-Kyle Schmidt[11]; 8. 21H-Andy Bryant[8]; 9. 98-Robert Heydenreich[10]; 10. 93D-Josh Dugan[1]; 11. 7-Daniel Franklin[4]
Heat 3 - 1. 17-Rod Cordon[3]; 2. 74-Rodney Schweizer[1]; 3. 7T-Treyton Gann[7]; 4. 64-Casey Fowler[8]; 5. 60-Cody Kretchmar[9]; 6. 92-Tyler Grooms[11]; 7. 99B-Brandyn Ryan[5]; 8. 90-Terry Schultz[10]; 9. 00-Scott Bryant[6]; 10. 18JR-Chase Sigg[2]; 11. 75L-Lane Whitney[4]
Heat 4 - 1. 91X-Randy Timms[4]; 2. 38C-Jason Pursley[2]; 3. 23L-Lucas Dobbs[1]; 4. 227-Chase Domer[8]; 5. 21R-Rusty Skaggs[10]; 6. 65-Kris Jackson[9]; 7. 24D-Donnie Fellers[5]; 8. 25-Frank Huff[3]; 9. (DNF) 21B-Bryce Schniepp[7]; 10. (DNF) 03-Chase Jones[6]
B Feature 1 - 1. 89-Tyler Hibner[2]; 2. 10-Kyle Schmidt[4]; 3. 98-Robert Heydenreich[9]; 4. 02-Robert Powers[10]; 5. 21J-Johnny Fennewald[8]; 6. 92-Tyler Grooms[5]; 7. 7-Daniel Franklin[12]; 8. 60-Cody Kretchmar[1]; 9. 24D-Donnie Fellers[6]; 10. (DNF) 90-Terry Schultz[7]; 11. (DNF) 18JR-Chase Sigg[11]; 12. (DNF) 23-Adam Kates[3]; 13. (DNF) 24-Jarret Dotson[13]; 14. (DNS) 03-Chase Jones
B Feature 2 - 1. 21C-Cody Schniepp[6]; 2. 88-Chad Wheeler[2]; 3. 65-Kris Jackson[3]; 4. 07-Daniel Harris[1]; 5. 98D-Paden Phillips[4]; 6. 21H-Andy Bryant[8]; 7. 93D-Josh Dugan[10]; 8. 27-Toby Ott[11]; 9. 00-Scott Bryant[9]; 10. 99B-Brandyn Ryan[5]; 11. 25-Frank Huff[7]; 12. (DNF) 21B-Bryce Schniepp[13]; 13. (DNF) 75L-Lane Whitney[12]
Lee Greenwood part of Saturday festivities: In addition to the racing on Saturday night, CMA and ACM Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award winner and American Patriot Lee Greenwood will serve as Grand Marshall for the action.
Greenwood will sing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies and also his iconic song "God Bless the USA," after driver introductions just prior to the green flag falling to begin the 100-lap feature.
Show-Me 100 Saturday schedule:
3 p.m. - Grandstands open
5:30 p.m. - Hot laps
6:15 p.m. - Racing begins
Saturday tickets:
General admission - $35
Seniors (62 and up)/Military - $32
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Family pass - $80
Pit pass - $40
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
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Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
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