On a brisk mid-April evening, the fans turned out for the Lucas Oil Late Model event and saw a last lap pass for the win. Tim McCreadie passed Ricky Thornton Jr. in turn two coming to the checkered flag and scored the victory, claiming the $15,000 prize. Thornton led the first 49 laps of the event and lost it with less than a half mile to go.
“I have been trying to stay in shape during the downtime we have had the last couple weeks,” McCreadie said. “I am not getting any younger, and these guys are so young and so fast. Being here and seeing this crowd going but this is why we all do it.”
“I could hear him more than anything,” Thornton said. “I kind of screwed up a bit. I got too close to Devin Moran in lapped traffic. It’s part of the process as a driver once I get to lapped traffic and what you need to do to get by them. Congrats to Tim. It’s tough to lose on the last lap, but we have really good equipment.”
Jonathan Davenport finished in third position and made a late run at second battling McCreadie before he ended up getting around Thornton for the win.
“Those guys ahead of us had little harder left rear tires on then we did. Once we got rolling there it made me lose at the end. I tried to roll the outside and my tires got overheated.”
Gregg Satterlee finished fourth, and Tyler Erb rounded out the top five.
Cody Kershner took the checkered flag in the Pure Stock race after leading all 15 laps.
“It is just unbelievable to be driving this car,” Kershner said. “A month or so ago, I didn’t know that I was going to be racing this car and to be where we are today is truly remarkable.”
Jamie Zentmeyer received the Interstate Batteries hard charger of the race award by gaining five positions.