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September 24
Brownstown Speedway,
Brownstown, IN
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Jackson 100) - $20,000
Information provided by: Bryan Ault and series reports (last updated September 25, 1:56 pm)
T-Mac wins third Jackson 100 over Thornton, Erb
Jackson 100
  1. Tim McCreadie
  2. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  3. Tyler Erb
  4. Josh Rice
  5. Daulton Wilson
  6. Hudson O'Neal
  7. Mike Marlar
  8. Earl Pearson Jr.
  9. Trevor Landrum
  10. Spencer Hughes
  11. Brandon Sheppard
  12. James Rice
  13. Garrett Alberson
  14. Tristan Chamberlain
  15. Kent Robinson
  16. Greg Johnson
  17. Jason Jameson
  18. Skyller Lewis
  19. Raymond Humphrey
  20. Devin Gilpin
  21. Ross Robinson
  22. Chad Stapleton
  23. Tyler Collins
  24. Mike Benedum
  25. Camaron Marlar
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Tim McCreadie (39) and Tyler Erb (1) battle for the lead.
What won the race: Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., led 62 of 100 laps from the pole to capture his third career Jackson 100 on Saturday at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. McCreadie snatched the lead from Tyler Erb on lap 64 and led the rest of the way to top Ricky Thornton Jr. by 1.457 seconds.
Key notes: Tim McCreadie's third Jackson 100 victory was his second in his last two years, adding to triumphs in 2020 and '08. It was also McCreadie's 33rd career series win, which now ties him with Josh Richards for sixth all-time. ... Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, led laps 26 through 64 and finished third. ... Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., needed a provisional to start the feature where he eventually earned hard charger with a 23rd-to-11th effort. ... Three cautions slowed the 38-minute main event. ... Brownstown's 43rd annual Jackson 100 paying $20,000-to-win was the Jim Price-promoted track's biggest race of the season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in action. ... Hudson O'Neal won Saturday's $10,000 event postponed by Friday rain. ... Saturday's fast qualifier will receive $1,995 in honor of the late C.J. Rayburn's 1995 Brownstown track championship. The payout was donated by Dion Deason, Jason Grimes, Crystal Kenneda, Kevin Greene, Bobby Wolter Sr., Slicker Graphics and Wildfire Motors.
On the move: Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., started 23rd and finished 11th.
Winner's sponsors: McCreadie’s Paylor Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Mega Electrical Services, Racing for Heroes, Armslist.com, New Point Lighting & Design, Baker Mitchell Company, D&E Marine and Bilstein.
Points chase: After Brownstown: 1. Tim McCreadie (6,810); 2. Brandon Sheppard (6,630); 3. Ricky Thornton Jr. (6,510); 4. Hudson O’Neal (6,260); 5. Earl Pearson Jr. (6,180); 6. Tyler Erb (6,125); 7. Garrett Alberson (5,595); 8. Daulton Wilson (5,415); 9. Spencer Hughes (5,325); 10. Ross Robinson (4,840).
Current weather: Clear, 61°F
Car count: 39
Fast qualifier: Earl Pearson Jr.
Time: 13.408 seconds
Polesitter: Tim McCreadie
Heat race winners: Tim McCreadie, Garrett Alberson, Tyler Erb, Ricky Thornton Jr.
Consolation race winners: Camaron Marlar, Mike Benedum
Provisional starters: Brandon Sheppard, Skyller Lewis, Tristan Chamberlain
Next series race: September 29, Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, WV) $30,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. — Last week’s Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals, needless to say, did not go according to plan for Tim McCreadie, whose engine failure cut a 195-point lead to 105 into the final month of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season.

On Saturday at Brownstown Speedway, the Watertown, N.Y., veteran practically made up for the deficit, leading 64 of 100 laps from the pole for a third career Jackson 100 victory.

Now in topping Ricky Thornton Jr. by 1.457 seconds McCreadie’s lead that had been 105 points over Brandon Sheppard with eight races left is 180 points as the final three weeks of the season loom.

“It’s down to the nitty-gritty,” McCreadie said. “I’ve been in this situation before when you leave a little shot to get beat at the end of the year. We got beat (at Knoxville), so we’re trying to do the best we can and hope everything falls where it may.”

It was no ordinary win from the front row for McCreadie, who needed to outwork mid-race leader Tyler Erb — the leader of laps 26 through 64 — in testy lapped traffic to regain control and lead the final 36 laps.

For the first 25 laps, McCreadie looked poised to lead the duration of the event, executing restarts on laps four and 10 smoothly while racing into clean air around the top groove. In a role reversal, Erb — a driver who normally prefers the top, whereas McCreadie prefers the bottom — squeezed past McCreadie via the bottom groove as the leaders approached traffic on lap 26.

Erb led by as many as 1.8 seconds on lap 47 during a 70-lap green-flag run that lasted between laps 10 and 80.

“Unfortunately just took so long to get the outside cleaned up to keep up,” McCreadie said. "I mean, Terbo passed me down there and I thought I probably need to get back to the money lane (on the bottom), and I was able to get back by him.”

As the laps clicked away, Erb widened his entry around the top while McCreadie reverted to his trademark bottom-feeding habits. By lap 62, McCreadie erased the deficit by pulling to the inside of Erb amid traffic. McCreadie’s winning move came two laps later on a two-for-one maneuver that nudged the New Yorker past Erb and a lapped car sandwiched between the leaders.

“Just got by lapped cars and kind of broke my momentum there,” Erb said. “I passed him running lower than he was, then I caught the lapped cars and couldn’t pass them on the bottom, so I moved up to the top. I got a couple (cars), and then we literally split the 20 car at the same time and got ahead of me there. Literally at the same time I was going to turn down but Ricky (Thornton Jr.) was there to fill the hole.”

Though Erb couldn’t make anything happen on the race’s final restart with 20 laps to go, he gladly took his second podium in four races.

“It was a good race. Drove in on the restart and maybe thought I had something for them in the middle-top there,” Erb said. “You could be there for about three to four laps and I feel like to get your tires hot. All in all, it was a great weekend. We really needed some good runs.”

As for Thornton, he couldn’t run the bottom quite as well as McCreadie, which made it difficult to keep pace in the closing laps.

“He was better in different spots than I was,” Thornton said. “I think that was probably the main thing. We were both kind of riding there I felt like, and I kind of showed him my nose one time and he took off. Congrats to T-Mac. That’s pretty cool. As I said, they had heartbreak there at Knoxville so it was nice for them to bounce back. (We had) an awesome car.”

McCreadie’s victory is his second win in the Jackson 100 in three years, adding to his 2020 triumph, as well as his victory in ’08. It was also McCreadie's 33rd career series win, which now ties him with Josh Richards for sixth all-time as he continues to close in on a second career Lucas Oil Series title.

“The best part about these three guys behind me is Knoxville was tough … that’s your lowest of lows,” McCreadie said. “For those guys to really be upbeat about everything, maybe they knew something I didn’t about this car. It’s turning the corner.”

Feature lineup

Row 1: McCreadie, Erb
Row 2: Alberson, Thornton
Row 3: Pearson, Jo. Rice
Row 4: Jameson, Gilpin
Row 5: O'Neal, R. Robinson
Row 6: Ja. Rice, Wilson
Row 7: Hughes, Stapleton
Row 8: M. Marlar, Johnson
Row 9: C. Marlar, Benedum
Row 10: Landrum, Collins
Row 11: Robinson, Humphrey
Row 12: Sheppard, Lewis
Row 13: Chamberlain
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