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McCreadie Edges Hearn in ’02 Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH Thriller

2009 DIRTcar NationalsBarberville,FL — Jan. 23, 2009 — This year marks the 12th consecutive season the Advance Auto Parts Big Block Modifieds have kicked off their campaign at the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park. The two weeks of action from Feb. 3-14 at the high-speed half-mile dirt track is only 11 days away.

One of the most memorable Big Block events in Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH history came in 2002 and featured second-generation standout Tim McCreadie. He needed all 50 laps to find a fast lane at the Barberville, Fla., oval, and when he reached the final turn he filled it just in time to sweep past Brett Hearn and score his only career Big-Block victory at Volusia in a 25-mile main that was run off caution-free in just 16 minutes.

Despite leading the opening circuit, McCreadie slipped as far back as fourth before joining Hearn and Tim Fuller as they zig-zagged between lapped cars high and low as the track blackened during the second half of the race. “Tenderfoot” finally found the high line to his liking, charging around Fuller with four laps remaining to start the grandstand fans buzzing. Then he shadowed Hearn for the next three circuits before bringing the crowd to its feet one more time with a daring move around the reigning Mr. DIRTcar points king to snag a $5,000 top prize in the thriller.

To see who emerges as a star in the 38th running of the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, make sure to reserve your favorite seats in advance before they’re sold out. With infield trailer heights limited to 9 feet, 6 inches, there are no bad seats in the grandstands at Volusia Speedway Park, which is only 15 miles inland on State Road 40 from Ormond Beach, Fla.

Take advantage of special ‘Super Ticket’ deals that offer seats for all the events contested by each headline division, including six Sprint Car events (All-Star Circuit of Champions on Feb. 3-5, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Feb. 6-8); eight nights of UMP DIRTcar Modified action (Feb. 3-10); six-nights of Dirt Late Model racing (Feb. 9-14); the and four Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar big-block Modified dates (Feb. 11-14).

To reserve your seats, follow the ticket links at http://www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com, http://www.dirtcarnationals.com or call the Volusia Speedway Park office at 386-985-4402.

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