Knoxville Raceway: McCreadie rides to...

Knoxville Raceway: McCreadie rides to $40,000 night

There are 11 comments on the Http story from Sep 28, 2008, titled Knoxville Raceway: McCreadie rides to $40,000 night. In it, Http reports that:

Green. White. Checkered. Whew. Tim McCreadie lost the lead, refocused and regained it on a breathtaking final two laps of Saturday's Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals A-main, clipping Josh Richards by 0.4 seconds ...

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Michelle Harrington

United States

#1 Sep 28, 2008
The Knoxville race last night was excellent. I am glad that McCreadie had won he was one nice guy. He signed and autograph for my daughter , even founnd a pen to do so. Then my uncle took a pictute of my daughter and me with Tim and it didnt take and Tim was patient and compassionate and waited for another one to be taken explaining how to take a picture. Many drivers don't take the time like that with there fans. WAY TO GO TIM MCCREADIE!!!!!!!

“Smoke and the Rocketman”

Since: Jan 07

United States

#2 Sep 28, 2008
Michelle Harrington wrote:
The Knoxville race last night was excellent. I am glad that McCreadie had won he was one nice guy. He signed and autograph for my daughter , even founnd a pen to do so. Then my uncle took a pictute of my daughter and me with Tim and it didnt take and Tim was patient and compassionate and waited for another one to be taken explaining how to take a picture. Many drivers don't take the time like that with there fans. WAY TO GO TIM MCCREADIE!!!!!!!
that is really cool.
Glad Tony had a GREAT night too..
Lost fan

Waunakee, WI

#3 Sep 29, 2008
Wow ! Glad Tony had a great night too in Knoxville ? It was painfully obvious he would, as he door slammed people to get to the front. I wasn't an anti-Stewart fan. In fact, I actually liked the guy because of his dirt track roots, until Saturday night. Gave him the benefit of the doubt after the first couple what I'm sure his die hards will call "rubs". Don't think "rubs" leave wrecked cars on the track. Wrecked cars of people that don't have the money to burn like they're driving rented go-karts. Mr. Stewart, you own a dirt track and dirt track racing teams. Yeah, you're famous. Yeah, you're talented. Yeah, you've got plenty of money. And yeah, you also left the track looking like a demolition derby. Money talks though, and you put butts in the seats. Good for the people that will benefit from that. However, the lack of respect shown to the racers that don't have your bank account in that dirt race shows that maybe the media is right on about your arrogance. And that sucks because I really enjoy pulling for the guys from dirt in Nascar. When my wife got home that night, anything with Tony Stewart was either shredded or just tossed out. You lost a fan Mr. Stewart, but as I'm sure you're fans here, along with yourself will say "who cares". "Good riddance". To that I would say, my point exactly.

“If you say so...”

Since: Dec 06

South Central Indiana

#4 Sep 30, 2008
Interesting post, Lost Fan. I wasn't at the race but did hear that the only thing Tony didn't hit was the lottery.

He's taken quite a bit of flack over the past few years because of his rough driving style. I think most fan expect contact, especially in the late models, but what most don't like is the way he tears up the equipment of those who are making their living on the dirt tracks.

A part of me thinks he might race a little differently if he was in their shoes, but then I think back to how he raced when he was a nobody and know that wouldn't be the case.

Big congrats to TMac for hanging tough and not letting Tony park him, too. That's 2 Crown Jewel wins for him this year plus the Jackson. Nicely done :)
Lost fan

Waunakee, WI

#5 Sep 30, 2008
Teri, I couldn't agree with you more about the contact that's made in dirt track racing. It will happen. You just hope thta it doesn't take out contender's who didn't deserve it.

That was awesome for TMac. I got a chance to talk to him as they brought the podium finishers under the grandstand for interviews. Not sure what others think of him, but he was very classy that night. He has been vocal in the past about his developmental driver situation for Nascar. I did get a pretty good laugh out of him when I told him what I thought they could do with that situation. He is much more fun to watch on dirt !
Mick B

Wayne, IL

#6 Sep 30, 2008
That was the second big win for Mcreadie as he won the Jackson 100 at Brownstown the week before. Good for him its a tough world late model racing.Tough to be consistent and tough to stay on top. Tough drivers, tough pit crews and a loyal bunch of tough fans who expect to see good door to door 3-4 wide racing racing. Its a what "goes around comes around world" And in defense of Stewart I bet he wished he would on NOT got into Timmie and cut down that tire. Probably cost him a better finish. Talk about tough fans even at his own track Eldora he was there personally for the World 100 to muss and fuss and make sure the race went well on time and even drove the tractor and watered the track beforehand. The fans were hollaring at him to water the track more so they could see a good race and I even heared someone say "water the track fatso". He didnt get any special privledges there and when he is the dirt late model world he knows he is in for it that they are a lot tougher crowd that the Sunday primadonas he races with.As far as Tony goes he has gave back to the world from which he came I dont think anyone would disagree with that. And if so name one person who has!!

“If you say so...”

Since: Dec 06

South Central Indiana

#7 Oct 1, 2008
Lost fan wrote:
Teri, I couldn't agree with you more about the contact that's made in dirt track racing. It will happen. You just hope thta it doesn't take out contender's who didn't deserve it.
That was awesome for TMac. I got a chance to talk to him as they brought the podium finishers under the grandstand for interviews. Not sure what others think of him, but he was very classy that night. He has been vocal in the past about his developmental driver situation for Nascar. I did get a pretty good laugh out of him when I told him what I thought they could do with that situation. He is much more fun to watch on dirt !
I remember a few years ago at the World...it must've been the Thursday night before things got started. The bar was open and the crowd was huge and there was TMac, holding court.

I think he fools a lot of people with that surfer-dude look, but he's a bad ass behind the wheel. And he learned from one of the best.

It's a shame his development situation ended the way it did, but that's dirt's gain and Nascar's loss. He's just fun, fun, fun to watch!

“If you say so...”

Since: Dec 06

South Central Indiana

#8 Oct 1, 2008
Mick B wrote:
That was the second big win for Mcreadie as he won the Jackson 100 at Brownstown the week before. Good for him its a tough world late model racing.Tough to be consistent and tough to stay on top. Tough drivers, tough pit crews and a loyal bunch of tough fans who expect to see good door to door 3-4 wide racing racing. Its a what "goes around comes around world" And in defense of Stewart I bet he wished he would on NOT got into Timmie and cut down that tire. Probably cost him a better finish. Talk about tough fans even at his own track Eldora he was there personally for the World 100 to muss and fuss and make sure the race went well on time and even drove the tractor and watered the track beforehand. The fans were hollaring at him to water the track more so they could see a good race and I even heared someone say "water the track fatso". He didnt get any special privledges there and when he is the dirt late model world he knows he is in for it that they are a lot tougher crowd that the Sunday primadonas he races with.As far as Tony goes he has gave back to the world from which he came I dont think anyone would disagree with that. And if so name one person who has!!
There are a lot of former dirt trackers who have given back to their roots, such as Kasey Kahne via his USAC and WoO teams, Jeff Gordon via the former Bickford team, Dave Blaney and his family own Sharon Speedway, and Kenny Schrader via his Federated Auto Parts late model and modified teams. And he also owns Pevely MO and is partial owner of Paducah KY. But you don't have to own a track to give back to where you came from.

Tony has had a rough year in the late model world. I know he lost some respect from fans for the goings-on at the Subway 50. I'd have to say that Jeep was ready for that night to end. This was the same race where Tony and Chub got together in 2007. And now he's bounced off all the other competitors at Knoxville for the second year in a row. I don't think those guys mind racing him...they know he's a die-hard and loves the dirt. But I think they do mind when he tears up their equipment. If he tears up his own, well that's no big deal. He's got the financial resources to chuck it all and get new if he wants. Most of the regulars don't have that level of funding.

Our last King's Royal was in 2006 or 2007...I can't remember now. It was a race where Tony and Larry Kemp spent so much time jacking around on the tractor and in the watering truck before the A that the race didn't push off until almost 1:30am and the fans began chanting "We Want Earl". That didn't go over very well with Tony. But hey, just because he's Tony Stewart and owns the place doesn't mean the fans should cut him any slack.
Mick B

Wayne, IL

#9 Oct 1, 2008
If someone from Southern Indiana tells you about dirt racing Late models or Sprints or just racing in general then you had better listen because they know what they are talking about. Schrader, Kenny Wallace and others own dirt tracks and have not forgotten where they came from.I stand corrected. And as far as Tony tearing up other peoples equiptment because of unliminted resourses I disagree its just the nature of the beast{dirt track racing}. I helped on a Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame driver from Norman Indiana for a number of years and he had hardly enough money to go from week to week. He raced like he had all the money in the world though and didnt alway bring the car back in one piece but it was the way it was.The way it is. We used to tell him "dont take any prisioners" and he didnt. Not everyone was happy {other drivers,crews and fans} with him all the time but I was proud to have helped him during those years. For me I wouldnt had it any other way. So when Tony comes into that world he knows what to expect.

“If you say so...”

Since: Dec 06

South Central Indiana

#10 Oct 2, 2008
We do love our dirt here in southern Indiana :)

I understand that the beating and banging is part of late model racing, much more so than it is sprint car racing. You beat OR bang in a sprint car and you're ass over tea kettle pretty quick. At the same time, I know that some of the drivers Tony has roughed up have said they enjoy racing against him but don't think he realizes how hard it is for them to put a car back together. Those comments may have been made in a moment of frustration and I think that's understandable. These guys run for 10k (if they're lucky) each weekend, they're not signed to multimillion dollar contracts.

You worked with Gentleman Jim?!?! Holy cow!! Talk about a class act!
Mick B

Wayne, IL

#11 Oct 4, 2008
It always amazed me as to just how many good racing people came from just a small area of Southern Indiana. Not just average racing people but people who WERE racing. To name some, the Kinsers, of course and others who have made Sprint Car racing what it is today are from there. Don Oneal,John Gill,Mike Jewell, Jim Curry, Lee Fleetwood and many thers who have helped to make Late Models what they are also from that area. Chassis builders Keith and Tater Masters,CJ Rayburn are from that area. Dill Whitymore who raced in ARCA. I believe the fellow who owns LUCAS OIL was originally from there. Tony Stewart from Columbus. Even John Mellencamp is from there.And there are more than that but that names a few and just a lot of other good folks who live there. They all seem to come from that same general area.If you drew a circle on a map its a pretty small area for so many who have given the meaning to the toughness that it takes to be better than average in my mind.They made racing what it is today. One thing everyone should do in their life is watch a Sprint Car race in Bloomington and a Late Model race at Brownstown. Maybe then they would see it for themselves.

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