Story By: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES – SARVER, PA – Tim McCreadie took the lead at the start of the 16th Annual Firecracker 100 Presented by Big River Steel on Saturday Night at Lernerville Speedway. The reigning Series Champion never looked back in taking the $50,000 victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event.
Even though the margin of victory was only 0.459 seconds in front of Brandon Overton at the finish line, McCreadie had total control over the event for most of the distance. McCreadie had a close call on the final lap with lapped traffic and that allowed Overton to close the gap in a hurry, which at one point was more than half a straightaway out in front.
Overton, the two-time and defending race winner was looking to tie Scott Bloomquist for the most wins in the event’s history by cutting more than 2 seconds off McCreadie’s lead but fell just short of stealing the win away.
Mike Marlar, who was looking to become the first driver in nine years to win all three nights at Lernerville for the Firecracker weekend came from his seventh starting position to finish in third after winning both Thursday and Friday night preliminary races.
Brandon Sheppard, the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader finished in fourth and four-time Series Champion Earl Pearson Jr. rounded out the top five drivers at the finish.
McCreadie, whose lone win in the crown jewel event was in 2019 when he drove the K&L Rumley #6 to victory, jumped to the lead at the start of the 100-lap event with Sheppard taking the second spot. It was a close battle up front with Pearson making it a three-car race for the lead early on. Pearson moved past Sheppard for second on lap five and stayed there until Sheppard returned the favor on the 11th circuit.
With McCreadie seemingly in control of the race his lead was shrinking as he was maneuvering through heavy lapped traffic. Sheppard had cut his lead down to where he was just two car lengths behind McCreadie when the caution flew on lap 57.
On the restart Overton was the benefactor as he got by Sheppard on lap 61 to take the second position.
By lap 64 Marlar was around Sheppard to take third as the current points leader fell to fourth. McCreadie built what looked like an insurmountable lead as he was on cruise control. Heading to the white flag lap McCreadie had an issue in turn four with traffic that allowed Overton to make a run at him on the final lap but fell just short of the win.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the third time this season not only did McCreadie pick up one of the biggest paydays of his career, but also took another slice out of Sheppard’s points lead in the battle for the $150,000 to win season championship. “Like I said earlier, racing this close to home for me all of these fans up here are people I used to see out at the band. I love this place this is a big win for my team. I want to thank Donald and Gena Bradsher for giving me this chance, Philip Snellen my crew chief, and all of my crew guys; they work their tails off every week to give me a great car to drive and it was pretty much flawless tonight.”
With the win McCreadie becomes the fourth different winner in the four $50,000 to win races for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series this year; joining Chris Ferguson (Show-Me 100), Jonathan Davenport (Historic 100), and Chris Madden (Mountain Moonshine Classic) on the win list.
Overton, who finished second earned a $20,000 payday for the Wells Motorsports team, has finished on the podium each time in the three $50,000 to win events he has participated in with the series in 2022. “I probably needed a little cleaner racetrack. It took me forever to get around the lapped cars. Man, if I can’t win, I am glad that Timmy did. He’s a really great guy and I enjoy racing with him. It was another good night for us, and we will take it.”
Marlar was trying to do something that no one has done since Josh Richards in 2013 and that was sweep the weekend. Rounding out the podium in third Marlar earned a $10,000 paycheck. “We had a great weekend, there were nearly 60 cars here, it’s a huge race, lots of competition so to be on the podium all three nights and to win two of them I don’t think anybody would have not wanted those results.”
It was the first time the Firecracker 100 has been sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and it drew one of the largest crowds to ever witness a series event in its history. The 56 cars that participated all 3 days was the largest car count for the event since 2013.
The winner’s Donald and Gena Bradsher-owned Paylor Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Mega Plumbing HVAC, Armslist.com, New Point Lighting and Design, Bilstein Shocks, Racing for Heroes, The Aesthetic Haus, SCT, Walker performance Filtration, and Baker Mitchell Company.
Completing the top ten were Ricky Thornton Jr., Garrett Alberson, Daulton Wilson, Gregg Satterlee, and Mark Whitener.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Firecracker 100 Presented by Big River Steel
Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard; 2. 157-Mike Marlar; 3. 89-Ashton Winger; 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 5. 7-Ross Robinson; 6. 2D-Dan Stone; 7. 3RK-Daryl Charlier; 8. 112-Brandon Little; 9. 0R-Ryan Scott
Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson; 3. 22F-Chris Ferguson; 4. 0E-Rick Eckert; 5. 1C-Alex Ferree; 6. 22B-Darrell Bossard; 7. 9Y-Levi Yetter; 8. 10-Gary Lyle; 9. 11H-Gale Huey
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 46-Earl Pearson Jr; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens; 4. 1*-Chub Frank; 5. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand; 6. 44-Joe Petyak; 7. 17T-Tim Vance; 8. 66-Todd Bachman; 9. (DNS) 1CJ-Ryan Montgomery
Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb; 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee; 3. 58W-Mark Whitener; 4. 21L-Matt Lux; 5. 48-Colton Flinner; 6. 11-Spencer Hughes; 7. 14-Dan Angelicchio; 8. 1Z-Logan Zarin; 9. 11J-Joshua Powell
Wrisco Industries Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler; 5. 9Z-Mason Zeigler; 6. 7T-Drake Troutman; 7. 11AC-Trevor Collins; 8. 25S-Cory Sines
Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 72-Michael Norris; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 3. 94C-Charles Powell; 4. 10M-Jared Miley; 5. 12D-Doug Drown; 6. 77-Tyler Dietz; 7. 9-Breyton Santee; 8. J4-John Garvin Jr
Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 2. 0E-Rick Eckert; 3. 1C-Alex Ferree; 4. 7-Ross Robinson; 5. 3RK-Daryl Charlier; 6. 2D-Dan Stone; 7. 10-Gary Lyle; 8. 22B-Darrell Bossard; 9. 112-Brandon Little; 10. 9Y-Levi Yetter; 11. 11H-Gale Huey; 12. 0R-Ryan Scott
UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1*-Chub Frank; 2. 21L-Matt Lux; 3. 48-Colton Flinner; 4. 14-Dan Angelicchio; 5. 11-Spencer Hughes; 6. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin; 8. 44-Joe Petyak; 9. 66-Todd Bachman; 10. 11J-Joshua Powell; 11. 17T-Tim Vance; 12. (DNS) 1CJ-Ryan Montgomery
Lucas Oil B-Main #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler; 2. 10M-Jared Miley; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman; 4. 9Z-Mason Zeigler; 5. 12D-Doug Drown; 6. 11AC-Trevor Collins; 7. 77-Tyler Dietz; 8. 9-Breyton Santee; 9. 25S-Cory Sines; 10. (DNS) J4-John Garvin Jr
Uncle Sam Non-Qualifier Finish (30 Laps, Winner Transfers): 1. 2D-Dan Stone; 2. 48-Colton Flinner; 3. 77-Tyler Dietz; 4. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand; 5. 3RK-Daryl Charlier; 6. 12D-Doug Drown; 7. 10-Gary Lyle; 8. 1Z-Logan Zarin; 9. 25S-Cory Sines; 10. 11AC-Trevor Collins; 11. 9Y-Levi Yetter; 12. 66-Todd Bachman; 13. 9-Breyton Santee; 14. 44-Joe Petyak; 15. 9Z-Mason Zeigler; 16. 112-Brandon Little; 17. 14-Dan Angelicchio; 18. 7T-Drake Troutman; 19. 22B-Darrell Bossard; 20. (DNS) 11J-Joshua Powell; 21. (DNS) 11H-Gale Huey; 22. (DNS) 17T-Tim Vance
Firecracker 100 Presented by Big River Steel Feature Finish (100 Laps):
Lap Leaders: Tim McCreadie (100 Laps)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Tim McCreadie
Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: Tim McCreadie
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Tim McCreadie
Margin of Victory: 0.459 seconds
Stop-Tech Cautions: Jimmy Owens (Lap 4); Tyler Erb (Lap 44); Spencer Hughes (Lap 57)
Series Provisionals: Spencer Hughes; Ross Robinson
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Track Provisionals: Alex Ferree; John Garvin
Uncle Sam 30 Non-Qualifier Provisional: Dan Stone
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, Mike Marlar
Penske Shocks Top 5: Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, Mike Marlar, Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson, Jr.
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Advanced 11 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Brandon Sheppard
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Tim McCreadie (100 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard
O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Garrett Alberson
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Lap 2 – 16.288 seconds)
DirtonDirt.com Tough Break of the Race: Tyler Erb
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Philip Snellen (Tim McCreadie)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: n/a
Time of Race: 40 minutes 19 seconds