RCR Development Driver Eyes Colossal 100
With a Richard Childress Racing driver development contract in hand and a possible NASCAR career in his future, 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Tim McCreadie has April 20-21 circled on his hectic racing schedule.
McCreadie is anxiously awaiting those dates because, if all goes as planned, it could be his final opportunity to win one of the nation's premier dirt-track events-the Circle K Colossal 100 at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"The Colossal is one of the biggest races on my calendar," McCreadie said about the two-day, $50,000-to-win spectacular. "We're looking to knock down some of the marquee late model events this year including the Colossal at The Dirt Track, the World 100 and the Knoxville Nationals.
"As far as RCR, I'm going to go out there and run as hard as I can for Richard because I'm so excited that he's given me a chance," added the 32-year-old racer from Watertown, N.Y. "I'm ready to do whatever he wants me to do, and give it everything I've got. I'm excited to be associated with a first-class race team like his. It's really pretty amazing."
In addition to wheeling Carl and Ann Myers' No. 39 Sweeteners Plus late model in selected dirt-track events this season, McCreadie will take the first steps in his transition to a possible NASCAR career. He will drive the No. 29 Golden Gate Meat Co. Chevrolet fielded by Jim Offenbach's Golden Gate Racing in association with RCR in the NASCAR West Series. He may also make a few NASCAR Busch Series appearances for RCR later in the year.
Even though his father, "Barefoot" Bob McCreadie, is a DIRT modified racing legend, the younger McCreadie literally had to work his way into the cockpit.
"We just didn't have the money to do an extra car to put me out there when I was 18," McCreadie explained. "So, I got a job on a military base as a civilian working on helicopters and then I could afford to race. I grew up in racing, so I figured I wanted to give it a try. Low and behold, I had a bunch of success my first year and 10 years later I'm racing for a living."
For McCreadie, 2006 was the type of year most drivers only dream about. He shocked the racing world in January by winning the prestigious Chili Bowl midget race and then settled into a late model campaign that led to the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship. Taking into account his on-track success and his off-track professionalism, members of the Eastern Motorsports Press Association voted him their 2006 National Driver of the Year.
"I've been very fortunate," McCreadie said. "I love what I'm doing.
I've been fortunate to be in some great equipment with some great owners throughout my career and we've won a lot of races.
"Winning is what drives me, but the people you meet and the crowds are also very important. The fans are simply amazing," McCreadie added. "No matter where we are, I'm just so amazed at how the fans will come to the pit area after the races and they are happy for you whether you've run bad or whether you've won."
McCreadie started 34th in last year's Circle K Colossal 100 and sliced through the field to finish 13th. Even though his charge was spectacular, it wasn't his best performance at the four-tenths-mile clay oval. That came on April 6, 2002, when he won a Super DIRT Series modified race.
"The conditions at The Dirt Track always warrant passing and that's what any driver likes to see," said McCreadie. "But also, you're going into an area that is one of the hottest places for racing. When we race in Charlotte, I get to see a lot of friends who have moved down there from New York. And, for toppers, we get to race for some serious money."
The Friday night portion of the Circle K Colossal 100 will feature group time trials and heat races. The top two finishers in each heat will secure a spot in the 100-lap finale and a draw will determine the starting lineup.
Saturday night's program begins with a driver autograph session and on-track action includes at least four additional qualifying races prior to the main event. The race will be part of the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series, but The Dirt Track's traditional format, including the extremely popular double-file restarts, will be utilized.
If purchased in advance, reserved tickets for both Friday and Saturday nights are $49 for adults and $19 for children ages 12 and under.
Two-day pit passes are $60 in advance.
Tickets and pit passes for the April 20-21 Circle K Colossal 100 can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.