Tim McCreadie Plans Charlotte Dirt Double
The Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75 is part of the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series and features the New York-based big-block DIRT modifieds while the Jani-King Southern Showdown is headlined by the late model stock cars of the nomadic O'Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series.
The Dirt Track doubleheader is part of Coca-Cola 600 Week, which concludes with the annual 600-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday evening, May 29.
While the two race cars McCreadie will drive in the dirt-track races are vastly different, both will carry his familiar No. 39 and the red-and-yellow colors of Sweeteners Plus.
"I felt it would be best to travel to Charlotte and race in two different events in one week," McCreadie said about his decision to compete at The Dirt Track. "The atmosphere in Charlotte is just fun. It's a racing town, and it's a pleasure to race for the fans down there. I'm anticipating running really strong in both cars, and maybe we'll get lucky enough to get two good finishes-or even two wins."
McCreadie, the 31-year-old son of DIRT modified legend "Barefoot" Bob McCreadie, followed in his father's footsteps and began competing in the DIRT modifieds at an early age. Then last year, he turned his attention to the full-fendered machines and is now a regular on the World of Outlaws Late Model circuit where he earned the rookie-of-the-year title last season.
"I had run maybe 15 late model races in my career before I started the 2004 season and I was fortunate we ran so well," McCreadie said.
"The last two years at Charlotte, we've run four of the best races we've had," the Watertown, N.Y., resident added. "The race track lends itself perfectly to our type of racing, side-by-side. You can start in the back and drive through the field to lead; it's just really good racing on The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway."
If McCreadie could win both the modified and late model races, he would take home a minimum of $20,000. The big-block modifieds will battle for a $10,000 first-place prize while the late model winner will earn $10,000 with an additional $18,000 in bonus money available based on the winner's starting position.
If purchased prior to Friday, May 21, adult tickets for the May 25 Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75, which also includes the steel-head late models of the Dixie Thunder Series, are just $15 with children 12 and under admitted for $5. Adult tickets will be $25 after the Early Bird Special ends.
CRASHCars, the new division that is redefining entry-level short-track racing, join the late models for the May 27 Jani-King Southern Showdown. During the Early Bird Special, adult tickets are $20 with children 12 and under admitted for $10. After May 21, adult tickets will be $25.
Fans needing motel accommodations for The Dirt Track events should call 1-877-FAN-ROOM or visit www.vroomz.com. Charlotte Motor Speedway works closely with vroomz.com, a company that books large blocks of motel rooms in NASCAR race markets at discounted prices.
To order tickets for any of the May events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including The Dirt Track races, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit