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Tim McCreadie picked up his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of 2019 on Friday night at Ponderosa Speedway.

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (August 30, 2019) – A record-setting crowd for the 15th annual John Bradshaw Memorial saw McCreadie become the fifteenth different winner on the tour this season.

McCreadie held off a mid-race charge from Tanner English to take his first-ever win at the d-shaped oval. English’s family owned Rocket Chassis finished in second, followed by current series point leader Jonathan Davenport, Don O’Neal, and Tyler Erb.

Billy Moyer Jr. and McCreadie made up the front row of the starting grid for the 50-lap main event. McCreadie charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag. Moyer Jr. held the second-spot until Kyle Strickler moved by him on lap ten. Strickler then pressured McCreadie for the race lead by closing on his bumper several times as the two entered heavy traffic.

The first caution of the race came on lap thirteen, just as the race for the lead was heating up. When the race resumed, McCreadie and English took the second spot after Strickler got stuck against the wall coming off of turn number two. At the halfway mark, McCreadie still showed the way with English in second and fifteenth starting Don O’Neal in his first race since mid-June.

O’Neal and Davenport went back-and-forth in the race for third and fourth for several laps. Davenport was finally able to clear O’Neal with four laps to go to earn a podium finish. Meanwhile, McCreadie pulled away from English in the waning laps to deny the Kentucky racer his first career Lucas Oil victory.

The New York native did his customary victory lane celebration to a cheering crowd. “It was very aggressive out there tonight. It was more demanding than I wanted it to be. Thanks to Longhorn Chassis, Kevin Rumley, Justin Labonte, Philip Snellen, and everybody else with the team. This car has won a lot of money this year. We keep parking it, so maybe we shouldn’t leave it in the stable anymore. It’s about time we finally won one of the Lucas Oil races.”

“It’s pretty cool to race here,” McCreadie added. “The crowd is right on you here with this d-shaped oval. We don’t normally run tracks like this. You can see when someone is coming behind you because the grandstand comes to its feet. So, I want to thank all the fans for helping me in lapped traffic. We have been working really hard on the shocks the last few weeks. This whole deal is tough, and we are just glad to be back in Victory Lane.”
English, who has been a frequent visitor at Ponderosa Speedway, was pleased with his runner-up finish. “I thought we might have had him [McCreadie] in lap traffic. I also thought I was the only one to make a softer tire work, but I was fading at the end and he [McCreadie] got away from me. I will take second against these guys any night.”

Davenport, who started eighth, charged to a third-place finish. “We have been working on this Longhorn program a lot. McCreadie has been catching up and doing really good. Kevin [Rumley] has been working with him and hopefully we can get him up to second in the points. I took my time at the start and was trying to save my tires until the end.”
The winner’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: Sweeteners Plus, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Bilstein Shocks, D&E Marine, and Popejoy Plumbing.
Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Kyle Bronson, Jared Hawkins, Josh Richards, and Earl Pearson Jr.


FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

 

1

2

39

Tim McCreadie

Watertown, NY

 

2

4

96

Tanner English

Benton, KY

 

3

8

49

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

 

4

15

5

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

 

5

17

1T

Tyler Erb ®

New Waverly, TX

 

6

16

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

 

7

11

40B

Kyle Bronson

Brandon, FL

 

8

10

11H

Jared Hawkins

Fairmont, WV

 

9

12

14

Josh Richards

Shinnston, WV

 

10

14

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

 

11

23

71

Hudson O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

 

12

18

50

Shanon Buckingham

Morristown, TN

 

13

1

21JR

Billy Moyer, Jr.

Batesville, AR

 

14

19

1st

Johnny Scott

Las Cruces, NM

 

15

6

12J

Jason Jameson ®

Lawrenceburg, IN

 

16

20

97

Michael Chilton

Salvisa, KY

 

17

22

22B

Austin Burns

Morgantown, IN

 

18

24

2s

Stormy Scott

Las Cruses, NM

 

19

5

1M

Devin Moran ®

Dresden, OH

 

20

3

8S

Kyle Strickler

Troutman, NC

 

21

7

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

 

22

9

11B

Tommy Bailey

Corbin, KY

 

23

21

17d

Zack Dohm

Cross Lanes, WV

 

24

13

D8

Dustin Linville

Lancaster, KY

 

 

Todd Coffman(Junction City, KY) would lead green-to-checkers in the Crate Late Model A- Main, picking up his 3rd A-Main of the year at Kentucky’s Baddest Bullring. Justin Smith, Jim Couch, Jeff Watson & Zane Powell would round out the top 5.
CRATE LATE MODEL A-MAIN
35 Todd Coffman 2. 7 Justin Smith 3. 41 Jim Couch 4. 11 Jeff Watson 5. 28p Zane Powell 6. 10t Clay Turner 7. 28 Garry Yeager 8. 9 Cody Sasher 9. 75e Elliot Despain 10. 23t Robbie Settles 11. 94m Lane Merredith 12. m92 Tyler McGowan 13. 93 Derek Bottoms 14. 55 Collin Watson 15. 23b Dalton Brown 16. 23t Ethan Toedter 17. 14 Patrick Beasley 18. Jarrod Carey 19. Justin Williams 20. 59 Brian Wooldridge 21. 23 Eddie Stewart(DNS)

Jimmy Payne made it a clean sweep in the Open Wheel Modifieds, picking up the heat 1 win and leading all 20 laps of the A-Main. Peyton Harlow would battle to a 2nd place finish followed by Jt Ayers, Blake Brown and Ricky Arms rounding out the top 5.
OPEN WHEEL MODIFEID A-MAIN
1. 68 Jimmy Payne 2. 155 Peyton Harlow 3. 28t JT Ayers 4. 99 Blake Brown 5. 4r Ricky Arms 6. 44 Bryan Barber 7. 68 Adam Stricker 8. 1s Keith Smith 9. 2020 Greg Christian 10. 89 Jamie Mosley 11. 21 Dustin Branscum 12. 10x Billy Uptergraff 13. 7 Kyle Neat(DNS) 14. 22 Brian Nantz(DNS) 15. 2h Josh Hampton(DNS)

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Hardgrove and Yantz Team up for Something Special at the Lengendary Ponderosa Speedway!!
Junction City, KY (April 21, 2019) It’s no secret in the world of dirt racing Promoter Brandon Hardgrove knows how to bring in the fans from all over to pack the stands at his facility Lake Cumberland Speedway located in Burnside Ky. In the last two seasons as promoter,Hardgrove has not only exceeded his expectations with record car counts but fan counts as well with loads of support from fans and drivers racing every Saturday at the 3/8 mile dirt oval .

In a recent discussion between Mr. Hardgrove and Yantz they both agreed ponderosa Speedway did not need to die out like lots of other racetracks around the world. Mr .Yantz successfully promoted here in previous years and also was the recent promoter at Richmond Raceway in Richmond Ky before stepping down in retirement. It did not take him long to see their was a call for him to come back being involved again as Ponderosa had no plans of opening in 2019.

Mr.Hardgrove then agreed to lease the track from current owners and taking charge as promoter. As his main focus has to be Lake Cumberland Speedway for approx. 30 events a year racing every Saturday night. Mr. Hardgrove stated “that he always thought Larry Yantz was great for our sport and excited to join forces .” The first event kicks off May 17th paying $3000 to win!

They have both come to the conclusion that in order for the so called “POND” to be successful it will be special events only being it is so hard for fans and drivers to make it to a Friday Event . These events will be backed up to the special events at Saturday night tracks events including Lake Cumberland Speedway . ,Richmond Raceway ,and possibly Florence Speedway in northern ky in hopes of bringing in race teams from other states doubling up on winning and paying bonuses!

Mr. Hardgrove has now took the role as promoter of Ponderosa Speedway while Mr . Yantz is going to run day to day operations and be the general manager including track preparations being over the Speedway. Mr Hardgrove also stated “we have a lot of great people at LCS that are walking this journey as well willing to help Ponderosa Speedway way alive.” Brian Abner will fill the role as media director/ announcer while Chad and Sarah Yantz will lead tower controls involving scoring by transponders and Donnie Gumm as Flagman.

This looks to be a exciting future for a great team to keep dirt track racing alive. They will be running super late models , crate late models , open wheel modified, superstocks , and 4 cylinders for a total of at least 10 events throughout the season this year!

A full schedule of events will be released in the upcoming days...