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Local auto racing: Friendly rivalry continues between Fuller, McCreadie

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North country World of Outlaws late-model drivers Tim Fuller and Tim McCreadie are battling for fifth place in the point standings. Forty-two points separate the pair following Fuller’s victory last week in Michigan.

McCreadie has 4,630 points and Fuller stands at 4,588. Fuller’s win was his first on the series tour since 2010. The winless streak was at 133 races before the Edwards native broke through.

“It’s been a slow start (with Kennedy Motorsports), and I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to win,” Fuller told reporters following the victory at Lake City, Mich.

Fuller was back working along with his crew in their garage in Edwards earlier this week.

“We had been mediocre this season until a couple of weeks ago when we hit on something with the new car,” Fuller said. “I guess now we can concentrate on trying to move into fifth place.”

McCreadie, reached at his garage in Avon, has won five tour series races this season and seven overall.

“It is starting to look like a good season for us for the first time in several years,” McCreadie said. “We’ve been competitive in a lot of races early but some stupid mistakes cost us.”

While the pair are good friends, when it comes to racing they each want to beat the other. That could result in some classic battles that began with Thursday night’s race at Little Valley (N.Y. Speedway), and continues with a race Saturday at Winchester (Va.) Speedway.

McCreadie and Fuller will return to Syracuse in October to compete in the big-block and small-block modified championship races during Super Dirt Week. McCreadie is the defending small-block champion.

Last season three north country drivers finished in the top three. Bill Dunn of Watertown finished second and Fuller was third.

RACING WINDING DOWN

Racing action at the three north speedways will be closing for the season in September. On Aug, 30, Can-Am Motorsports Park will hold its final point races in all divisions. The track’s season will end Sept. 13.

The Evans Mills Speedway plans to close for the season Sept 28. Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne will end the regular auto racing season on Sept. 13-14. There is a 100-lap enduro on Sept. 21 to close out the season.

HEARN TOPS FIELD

Brett Hearn leads in the points race for Super DIRTcar Series. He has 777 points with Matt Sheppard close behind with 732. Dunn is third with 643 points.

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