T-Mac Attack Invades & Wins $20,000 in NES Friends of Mike 100

New Egypt, NJ (July 30, 2011)
– Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY invaded the New Egypt Speedway Saturday night and picked up the first win of his career at the track pocketing a huge $20,000 for his efforts in the annual Friends of Mike 100 lap event. McCreadie topped a star studded field with a late race charge that saw him get within five car lengths of leader Billy Pauch before Pauch broke with 8 laps to go. McCreadie then overcame a final restart with 3 laps to go and then a near spin in turn four coming for the white flag to claim the popular victory.

“I thought I had made a $20,000 mistake,” explained a winded McCreadie in victory lane, “The car had almost stalled and was pointed toward the inside fence and I was just waiting to get run over when it suddenly came back to life and I was able to drive it off the corner and keep the lead. I wish Billy hadn’t broke, I was catching him and I was looking forward to racing him. I think we would have made it very interesting for the fans!”

David Van Horn and Mike Iles brought the 40 car field to the start with Van Horn taking the early lead while 3rd starter and defending Friends of Mike champ Willie Osmun moved into second. Osmun, who was the fastest car during the five heat races, wasted no time at all as he flew by Van Horn on lap 3 for the top spot. Osmun was looking to run away and hide, however 99 time career feature winner at NES Billy Pauch had other ideas. Pauch had started 12th and was 4th by lap 4 and looked to be the fastest car on the speedway as he ran down the leaders one at a time. Osmun proved to be the toughest of the group however as it took 4 laps of battling before Pauch assumed command on lap 10.  Once in front Pauch raced away at will, and began lapping cars wholesale as the fans focused their attentions on some great battles going on behind him involving drivers such as Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Jeff Strunk, and Duane Howard. 19th starting Howard was very fast as he raced into 3rd behind Pauch and Friesen by lap 14. Howard was up to second by lap 30 and as they raced thru lapped traffic at halfway the top five were Pauch, Howard, Friesen, Strunk and McCreadie. On lap 60 McCreadie found traction on the very bottom groove and began his march to the front as in two laps he passed Strunk and Friesen and began to chase down Howard for second. It took about 10 laps to catch Howard, and another 10 to actually pass him as he finally made the move stick on lap 81. Once he got by Howard, his sights shifted ahead for the leader Pauch who was almost a straightaway out front. Quickly it became obvious to the crowd that McCreadie was very fast as he visibly was cutting into Pauch’s lead with each passing lap. With ten laps remaining only five car lengths separated the two and a showdown seemed imminent.  But just as the crowd began to rise to their feet, the rear broke in Pauch’s #1, sending him coasting to the pits with just 8 laps remaining. The final caution with 3 laps left closed up the field and put the nine cars on the lead lap nose to tail for the restart. McCreadie raced away and seemed headed for a comfortable win when the car almost spun on the inside of turn four coming to the white flag. Somehow McCreadie overcame the bobble and as the car roared back to life he was able to correct and hold the lead.  At the checkered flag it was McCreadie in the Salerno Racing/4-Star Transmissions #4 taking the victory and the $20,000 first prize. Duane Howard was fast all night long and raced home second, followed by an equally fast Stewart Friesen. 2007 NES champ Matt Sheppard raced home 4th followed by the March RoC winner at New Egypt Jeff Strunk fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Richie Pratt Jr., 2-time defending NES champ Rick Laubach, Danny Johnson, Ron John Koczon and Sam Martz.

The five heat winners each took home $1000 for their efforts! They were Gary Butler, Willie Osmun, Billy Pauch, Matt Sheppard and Duane Howard.

Duane Howard also took home another $1000 as he won the Xtreme Graphics Rogie Rumble II match races, as he won the final 3 including the 2 lap finale over Osmun.

Pat Wall of New Egypt, NJ was declared the winner of the $1500 to win Sportsman feature after apparent winner Kyle Borror came up light at the scale immediately following the event. Third place finisher Bill Lester also was found to be light as well and was also DQ’d. Finishing second was 2 time defending champ Rocco Infante who now moves into the point lead once again. Infante did it after crashing his car in his heat race and moving into Jeff Marcucci’s #8c to qualify thru the consi. Infante started 22nd in the feature in the car he had never driven before and raced to the runner up finish. Third was Bob Lineman Jr., who bounced back from a tangle that sent him back to the rear earlier in the event. Mike Butler and Danny Bouc rounded out the top five. Heats paid the winners $250 each on Friends of Mike night and they were won by Ryan Beltz, Mike Lyons and Bouc.

Former Super Stock champ Mick Search of Allentown, NJ won the 20 lap Outlaw Stock feature and picked up the $1000 first prize. Bill Connelly couldn’t hold him back and finally had to settle for second, his best finish so far. Dan Collamer raced home third ahead of Jason Saredy and Gary Klimeczak. Heat winners pocketed $200 each on Friends of Mike night and they were Jarrod Burdge, Billy Wroble and John Carpenter.

Next Saturday night, Aug. 6, it will be Beach Party Night at the New Egypt Speedway. There will be Boardwalk games and Food Specials from 4pm till 6pm so come early and enjoy. On the track, Billy Pauch will make his third attempt at milestone win number 100 at NES in a full card of Big-Block Modifieds. Joining the Modifieds on the card will be the Crate-1 Sportsman, the FASTRAK Late Models and the TSRS 305 Sprint Cars. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the first race starting at 6:00 pm.  For more information, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.

NES "Friends of Mike" RESULTS 7/30/11

Heat 1: 1. Gary Butler 2. Stewart Friesen 3. Dominick Buffalino 4. Jeff Strunk
Heat 2: 1. Willie Osmun 2. Tad Cox 3. Danny Johnson 4. Mike Hendershot
Heat 3: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Richie Pratt Jr. 3. Tim McCreadie 4. David Van Horn
Heat 4: 1. Matt Sheppard 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. John McClelland 4. Ron John Koczon

Heat 5: 1. Duane Howard 2. Mike Iles 3. Tim Fuller 4. John Stangle
B Main 1: 1. Bob Drayton 2. Mike McAleer 3. Jimmy Horton
B Main 2: 1. Wade Hendrickson 2. Rick Laubach 3. Danny Bouc
B Main 3: 1. Jimmy Blewett 2. Ryan Godown 3. Gary Tomkins
Guaranteed Starter: Mike Kolka

Provisionals: John Salvatore Jr., Darren McCaughey, Robbie Nixon, Sam Martz, Ryan Forte, Scott VanGorder, Frank Cozze Jr., Dave Hunt, Stan Frankenfield Jr., Tommy Carberry Jr.

Feature (100 Laps): 1. Tim McCreadie 2. Duane Howard 3. Stewart Friesen 4. Matt Sheppard 5. Jeff Strunk 6. Richie Pratt Jr. 7. Rick Laubach 8. Danny Johnson 9. Ron John Koczon 10. Sam Martz 11. John McClelland 12. Mike McAleer 13. Ryan Forte 14. Danny Bouc 15. Dave Hunt 16. Jimmy Blewett 17. Mike Hendershot 18. Billy Pauch 19. John Stangle 20. Gary Butler 21. Bob Drayton 22. Wade Hendrickson 23. Robbie Nixon 24. Jimmy Horton 25. John Salvatore Jr. 26. Willie Osmun 27. Mike Iles 28. Mike Kolka 29. Tommy Carberry Jr. 30. Scott VanGorder 31. Tim Fuller 32. Tad Cox 33. Dominick Buffalino 34. Tim Tanner Jr. 35. David Van Horn 36. Darren McCaughey 37. Stan Frankenfield Jr. 39. Frank Cozze Jr. 40. Gary Tomkins

DNQ: Rick Holsten, Tom Carberry Sr., Mike Franz, Chad Brachmann, Jimmy Chester, Mark Forte Jr., Rich Kuiken Jr., John Dixon, Tommy Farrell III

Heat 1: 1. Ryan Beltz 2. Mike Howardson 3. Kyle Borror 4. Ryan Osborne 5. Clay Butler 6. Kevin Vaclavicek
Heat 2: 1. Mike Lyons 2. Will Dupree 3. Pat Wall 4. Rich Rutski 5. Mike Mammanna 6. Paul Kline
Heat 3: 1. Danny Bouc 2. Joe Funk 3. Mike Butler 4. Bob Lineman Jr. 5. Randy Yaple 6. Kevin Beach
Consi: 1. Bill Lester 2. Tim Apgar 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Rocco Infante 5. Eric Engstrom 6. Bill Liedtka
Pts. Provisional: Ebby Ridge

Feature (20 laps): 1. Pat Wall 2. Rocco Infante 3. Bob Lineman Jr. 4. Mike Butler 5. Danny Bouc 6. Joe Funk 7. Ebby Ridge 8. Mike Mammana 9. Kevin Vaclavicek 10. Tim Apgar 11. Randy Yaple 12. Mike Howardson 13. Rich Rutski 14. Will Dupree 15. Ryan Simmons 16. Kevin Beach 17. Eric Engstrom 18. Ryan Osborne 19. Clay Butler 20. Mike Lyons 21. Ryan Beltz 22 Paul Kline 23. Bill Liedtka
DQ: Kyle Borror, Bill Lester

DNQ: Alan Bleacher, Gene Stravinsky, Richie Cass Sr., Mike Haggenbottom, Brian Roemer, Joe Systo, Eric Renninger, John Scarpati Jr., Justin Hoffman, John Cornell III

Heat 1: 1. Jarrod Burdge 2. Dennis Seeley 3. Gary Klimeczak 4. Mick Search 5. Brian Ludwig 6. Ed Tinsman
Heat 2: 1. Billy Wroble 2. Kevin Bifulco 3. Everett Taylor 4. Scott Dugan 5. Spider Ensinger Jr. 6. Jimmy Avery
Heat 3: 1. John Carpenter 2. Doug Debray 3. Bill Connelly 4. Jason Saredy 5. Dan Collamer 6. Kim Cooke

Feature (20 laps): 1. Mick Search 2. Bill Connelly 3. Dan Collamer 4. Jason Saredy 5. Gary Klimeczak 6. Everett Taylor 7. Scott Dugan 8. Ken Snook 9. Kim Cooke 10. Spider Ensinger Jr. 11. Kevin Bifulco 12. Herb Stout 13. Dennis Seeley 14. Jason Prater 15. Jim Avery 16. Jarrod Burdge 17. Marty Derr 18. Darren Cox 19. Billy Wroble 20. Doug Debray 21. Brian Willetts 22. Brian Ludwig 23. John Carpenter 24. Ed Tinsman 25. Tony Klimeczak DNS: PJ Oliver, Tom Princiotta.