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April 28
Atomic Speedway,
Alma, OH
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (Atomic 100) - $10,000
Information provided by: Various reports (last updated April 29, 11:17 am)
In Rumley debut, T-Mac earns $10,000 at Atomic
Atomic 100
  1. Tim McCreadie
  2. Kyle Strickler
  3. Devin Moran
  4. Tyler Erb
  5. Tyler Carpenter
  6. R.J. Conley
  7. Zack Dohm
  8. Rod Conley
  9. Kody Evans
  10. Steve Sabo
  11. Ryan Missler
  12. Robby Hensley
  13. Steve Casebolt
  14. Colten Burdette
  15. Chris Garnes
  16. Jackie Boggs
  17. Freddie Carpenter
  18. Jason Brennan
  19. Billy Staker
  20. Shannon Thornsberry
  21. Kenneth Howell
  22. Matt Melvin
  23. Pete Crum
  24. Mark Frazier
presented by
Zach Yost
Tim McCreadie earned $10,000 for winning Sunday's Atomic 100.
What won the race: Charging from the 10th row to overtake polesitter Tyler Erb on the 49th lap, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., led the rest of Sunday's Atomic 100 for a $10,000 victory. T-Mac won at Atomic Speedway making his debut in his part-time ride with K&L Rumley Enterprises No. 6 with Kyle Strickler second and Erb third.
On the move: The winner started 19th. R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, started 14th an finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: McCreadie's K&L Rumley Enterprises-owned Longhorn Chassis was powered by a Cornett engine and carries sponsorship from Bilstein Shocks, Sweeteners Plus, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, D&E Marine and Toste Construction.
Points chase: Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., tops the Atomic weekly points standings.
Current weather: Cloudy, 50°F
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Kyle Strickler
Time: 12.849 seconds
Polesitter: Tyler Erb
Heat race winners: Tyler Erb, Devin Moran, Steve Casebolt, Freddie Carpenter
Consolation race winners: Matt Melvin
Editor's note: Corrects winner's starting position and lap of winning pass.

ALMA, Ohio (April 28) — Making his debut in the K&L Rumley Enterprises No. 6, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., charged from his 10th-row starting position to earn a $10,000 Atomic 100 victory.

After a flat tire on the final lap of his heat race forced him to start 19th in Sunday’s 100-lapper at Atomic Speedway, McCreadie overtook polesitter Tyler Erb of New Waverley, Texas, on the 55th circuit. Leading the rest of the way, McCreadie outran Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., to capture his first victory of the 2019 season.

“It’s amazing,” McCreadie said in victory lane. “When you have bad luck, you just keep trying. We broke down Friday night. This morning the batteries were dead on the truck. I lowered the door down too far and messed a screw up. I thought, ‘Somebody’s telling us we don’t need to be running this car.’ But now I know why they didn’t want us in it because that was pretty fun tonight.”

It was Erb charging out to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag, falling to fourth-starting Freddie Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., in the early running as Carpenter shot ahead down the backstretch. After holding a comfortable lead, disaster struck for Carpenter on lap 29 as he slowed and retired to the infield pit area a few circuits later.

Regaining the lead, Erb showed the way out front, with McCreadie advancing from mid-field to run in fourth. Continuing his charge, McCreadie challenged the race leader just shy of the halfway mark, overtaking Erb when he began to slow with a flat tire on the 49th circuit. Setting a blistering pace through the middle stages of the distance, McCreadie fought back late-race challenges from Strickler to pick up the win in the event twice postponed by weather.

“My guy (Phillip Snellen) was signaling me,” McCreadie said. “I seen that Kyle (Strickler) must have been doing something different in (turns) one and two. I bicycled three or four times down there early and I thought, ‘Man, don’t charge in and roll this thing over leading.’ I just tried to slow down getting in and get a little wider and maybe gain some speed up off.”

Strickler finished runner-up, with Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, running third. Rallying back to the front of the field, Erb finished fourth, with Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., rounding out the top five after suffering a late-race flat tire.

McCreadie and the Rumley team had initially planned to make their debut in Friday’s Southern All Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., but suffered hauler problems en route to the racetrack. With guidance from Rumley, McCreadie will return to his familiar No. 39 for May 3-4 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway and Florence Speedway in Union, Ky.

“Kevin (Rumley) has helped us out with our own car the last couple of weeks and I’m glad I could do him and his dad and his whole family and Dave justice by putting it up front," McCreadie said. "It didn’t look like it for a while. But we got there in the feature. I thought, ‘We freed this thing up enough, it feels pretty comfortable in the holes.’ So hats off to the guys that prepare the No. 6 car.”

Notes: McCreadie’s first 2019 victory came in a race twice postponed by weather. ... A yellow flag waved on the second lap for a turn-four pileup involving Robby Hensley. … Jason Brennan slowed on the frontstretch to draw a caution on lap seven. … A yellow flag flew for Hensley on lap 15. … Kenneth Howell slowed to draw a caution on lap 17. … A yellow flag waved on lap 46 when Jackie Boggs slowed with a flat tire. … After leading early, second-running Tyler Erb slowed with a flat tire on lap 55; he rallied back to finish fourth. … A yellow flag flew on lap 78 for debris on the racing surface; Steve Casebolt retired after running among the top five. Tyler Carpenter slowed with a flat tire to draw another caution on the ensuing restart. … Another yellow flag waved for Ryan Missler. … Along with Erb, Freddie Carpenter also led early but slowed to retire on the 33rd circuit. ... Third-place finisher Devin Moran was the winner of the night's modified feature.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Erb, Moran
Row 2: Casebolt, F. Carpenter
Row 3: Strickler, Boggs
Row 4: Dohm, T. Carpenter
Row 5: Evans, Missler
Row 6: Thornsberry, Rod Conley
Row 7: Hensley, R.J. Conley
Row 8: Burdette, Garnes
Row 9: Brennan, Howell
Row 10: McCreadie, Staker
Row 11: Melvin, Frazier
Row 12: Crum, Sabo
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