June (By Tyson Graves)
Every June everyone and their brother make the trek to the Mecca of dirt racing, Eldora Speedway. Each June the Dirt Late Model Dream happens that normally pays a hefty $100,000 to the winner. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the state of Ohio would not let fans attend one of the biggest events on the racing schedule.
Roger Slack and the Eldora staff got creative and came up with the idea of the “Dirt Late Model Stream.” It would be a invitational only event that would feature forty-eight of the best late model drivers across the country. Forty-four of the drivers were selected by the Eldora staff and the final four were selected from a nation-wide fan vote.
It was an eerie feeling as cars took the track at Eldora on Thursday night with no fans in the stands, no campers on the grounds, only cameras broadcasting the event live on FloRacing. Kyle Strickler picked up the prelim win paying $10,000 on Thursday night. The second prelim on Friday night went to Brandon Overton. Two of the rising stocks in late model racing got to hoist the trophies on the Eldora stage.
Saturday night’s event that paid $50,000 to win was an exciting event. It was a group of hard-chargers that rose to the top of the heap at the end of the 67 lap event. Chris Ferguson who started back in the eighteenth position came home in fifth. Runner-up Bobby Pierce came from his seventeenth starting spot to be in the battle for the lead in the closing laps. But with four laps to go the Watertown, NY native Tim McCreadie took the lead and held off Pierce for the Stream win. The 2018 World 100 winner McCreadie exited his car and pulled his mask over his head and stuck his hands out etching the image in our mind as one the moments to remember of the 2020 season.
Photo: Zach Yost