Last season we caught up with Watertown, N.Y.'s, Tim McCreadie, who was riding the roller-coaster mottorsports. [Click here for that story]
It was almost a year to the day and not much had changed in the logistics. The weather was perfect and even the haulers were parked near to the exact spots just as the year prior at Canandaigua Speedway in the Northern Finger Lakes region of New York, but the expression on McCreadie's face had changed. In the last 12 months, mainly the past six, McCreadie had gone through an extraordinary turn of events. He was severely injured at the Chili Bowl in January. His back was seriously hurt and with little insurance to fall back on, McCreadie had to find a way to survive and ultimately get back behind the wheel.
On this particular Tuesday night, it was another World of Outlaw Late Model event - but not for McCreadie, his back admittedly sore from his return on the Outlaws Great Northern Tour, where raced a couple of times prior to this night, not making the show in his return at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, but finishing second the night before at Can-Am Motorsports in LaFargeville, N.Y., it was McCreadie's turn to shine. It was quite a scene in victory lane when he wheeled his Rocket Chassis to a halt and exited the machine.
“This is just amazing,” smiled McCreadie following his victory. “To win at one of my home tracks and to win with my Dad (Bob McCreadie) here makes it just that much better.”
It was the first time that the legendary and senior McCreadie was able to witness his son winning an Outlaw Late Model event.”
For McCreadie the event provided the platform to show that he was indeed back and it provided some vindication that he could still do this at the most optimum of levels.
“It just feels great to be back racing,” McCreadie, who is 35, winced a little. “But I am definitely sore and this is taking it's toll on my body. I'm going to give Dr. Terry Trammel a call and speak with him. I know it's only been six months that I haven't raced, but it felt like ten years.”
“I really wanted to win last night at Can-Am,” he continued. “We all did, but we finished second. It was a great run for us, but we wanted that win, the same as we did tonight.”
McCreadie hugged his Dad in victory lane. It was an emotional for son and Father, while Father continues to hold the most wins in the history of the Land of Legends at 99 he addressed the crowd and nearly brought the house down.
“Now it's one hundred,” stated the usually quiet McCreadie reflecting on his win total.
It was almost a surreal setting, one that the McCreadie's won't soon forget. The well-wishers and fans carried over to the pits, while the competition even took the night in stride.
“Tim's a good personal friend,” offered second place finisher Steve Francis. “So we'll take finishing second to him tonight. This is a big win for him and he had the best car tonight. I didn't have anything for him.”
As the crowd lightened a bit, you could see McCreadie and the relief in his eyes but you could also see the visible leftovers of the incident at the Chili Bowl. He'd occasionally wince, sometimes grimace and he leaned up against his racecar for support. That may be all the support he needs right now or at least the next little while. No matter how you look at it, it's nice to have T-Mac back running dirt Late Model races and smiling again.