The 48th Annual World 100 Finally Ends With T-Mac On Top

T-Mac wins going away at the checkers.

Every year in September, fans come from across the country to catch the biggest late model race in the country at Eldora Speedway: the World 100. The format of the race is every die hard race fans dream, hosting three days of high powered action. But this year was a little different. Fans were only able to catch one day of action in September due to mother nature raining out the remainder of the weekend. Eldora’s management pushed the event to mid-October, slating a two-day show to crown a World 100 champion. Again mother nature would crash the party. Rain and cold temperatures on Friday night would force the track to push the show into a one-day event. The rain-delayed Friday night program would run Saturday during the day, with the crown jewel World 100 to follow in the evening.

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Saturday hot laps would begin at 10:30am making for a full-day of super late model racing. Needless to say, the day show made for an interesting dynamic. In the cool air of the morning we would see a new track record set in qualifying by Brandon Sheppard, only to be followed by a slick and tricky racing surface. The slick surface would create action from top-to-bottom, and provide two dominant prelim feature winners in Josh Richards and Ricky Thorton Jr.

2018 Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series Champion Jonathan Davenport.

Chris Ferguson timed in second fast breaking his own track record only to be bested by Brandon Sheppard.

The afternoon show would move along quite nicely – but it wouldn’t a crown jewel race at “The Big E” without a little drama sprinkled in. We all know the standard post-race process. If you transfer through the heat you need to go to the scales to make weight. It was no different at Eldora for this event, but there was an added step. After transfer cars hit the scales they were required to go to a secondary tech inspection. It was almost like a temporary impound type of process, where officials would look a little closer under a car. Failure to do so would result in disqualification.

This process added quite a twist to the daytime event. Notable drivers Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer and Jason Jameson would all finish in heat race transfer position and all would forfeit those positions for missing the post race tech inspection. Bloomquist would go on to transfer to the A-main through his consolation race.

Scott Bloomquist made the trip back to Eldora in his special gold paint scheme.

The World 100 feature would get to a little bit of a late start as the track preparation would delay the start of hot laps. Cool temps and a fading sun would leave the track prep crew in a pickle to get racing surface prepared in time. However, the fan’s patience would pay off as good things come to those who wait. The track prep would prove to be top notch for the evening.

Brian Birkhoffer gets ready for action.

The heat race action would start off with a nightmare as Jimmy Owens brought the first heat race to start line. Ultimately the group would be bested by a dominant Scott Bloomquist. Heat two would be led to the green by Tim McCreadie, who would go on to win the event, earning the 5th starting position for the World 100 A-feature. Heat three would go to World of Outlaw Late Model point leader Mike Marlar. Marlar would slip around polesitter Brian Shirley to take the lead on the opening lap and go on to take the checkered flag.

Brandon Sheppard set fast time on the day setting a new track record.

Devin Moran before heat race action.

Donald McIntosh give a thumbs up before his heat race.

Shane Clanton would take a heat 4 win, but the bigger story was an accident where Duane Chamberlain rolled over. Chamberlain would walk away from the accident but was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Heat five was about two-time World 100 winner Brian Birkhofer. The #30 car would get a challenge from Indiana driver Kent Robinson in lapped traffic, but that wasn’t enough to get by the Iowa driver. “Birky” would go on to take the win giving the fan favorite the outside pole starting position for the $51,000 to win main event. Devin Gilpin would go on to win heat number six, putting him on the coveted pole position for the World 100. This would also be Gilpin’s first World 100 start.

Darrell Lannigan makes his way down the back stretch.

Jimmy Owens makes his way around turn 4.

Bobby Pierce sporting his “Joker” themed family car.

The feature would be another one for the record books. Devin Gilpin would jump out to an early lead, pacing the field. Shane Clanton followed closely on his tail. Clanton would eventually fade giving way for Tim McCreadie on lap 30. A caution flag would come out for a slowing Mike Marlar on lap 36, bunching the field back together. On the restart, the Indiana driver would hold on to the lead for a few more circuits. While Gilpin had the lead, the crowd had their eyes on the #39 from Watertown, New York. Gilpin would hold the lead just before the halfway point when Tim McCreadie was able to pass him on lap 45. T-Mac pull away after taking the lead,  amassing a six second lead until a caution for a slowing Bobby Pierce with 16 laps to go. The question on everyone’s mind was if McCreadie had anything left in the tank. On the restart, McCreadie  would see a nose under him, but ultimately kept the lead and was able to inch away from the field to take a $51,000 payday.

Josh Richards won the first feature during the Saturday matinee show.

Ricky Thorton Jr captured his first Eldora victory by winning feature #2 during the day program.

Race Results: 

Heat #1 – (15)Laps – Top 3 Transfer: 1. O-Scott Bloomquist[2]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer[5]; 4. 28M-Jimmy Mars[7]; 5. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[6]; 6. 14-Darrell Lanigan[4]; 7. 83-Scott James[13]; 8. 51-Joey Moriarty[9]; 9. 995-Dwight Falcon[11]; 10. 21H-Robby Hensley[8]; 11. 45-Kyle Hammer[12]; 12. 18B-Shannon Babb[10]; 13. 1R-Josh Richards[3]

Kyle Bronson gets into the wall while running in a transfer position in his heat race.

Heat #2 – (15)Laps – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 76-Brandon Overton[5]; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson[2]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 6. 58-Donald McIntosh[7]; 7. 111-Steven Roberts[6]; 8. 25-Jason Feger[8]; 9. 4H-Jason Hughes[9]; 10. 44b-Colten Burdette[13]; 11. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[10]; 12. 5D-Bryant Dickinson[12]; 13. C9-Steve Casebolt[11]

Brandon Overton.

Heat #3 – (15)Laps – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 2. 9-Devin Moran[4]; 3. 3s-Brian Shirley[1]; 4. 17D-Zack Dohm[3]; 5. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[5]; 6. 18J-Chase Junghans[6]; 7. 89-Mike Spatola[7]; 8. 9R-Curtis Roberts[13]; 9. 32-Chad Stapleton[9]; 10. 8-Rob Anderzack[11]; 11. 69-Jonny Hodgkiss[12]; 12. 31-Nick Latham[10]; 13. OK-Freddie Carpenter[8]

Heat #4 – (15)Laps – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 25C-Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 5-Don O’Neal[3]; 3. 91-Tyler Erb[4]; 4. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[10]; 5. 3-Matt Miller[11]; 6. 71R-Rod Conley[9]; 7. 1GK-Ryan King[5]; 8. 84-Austin Smith[7]; 9. F4-Dwight Falcon Sr[13]; 10. 22F-Nick Fenner[12]; 11. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 12. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[8]; 13. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[6]

Heat #5 – (15)Laps – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 30-Brian Birkhofer[2]; 2. 7R-Kent Robinson[4]; 3. 32P-Bobby Pierce[1]; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[3]; 5. 97C-Michael Chilton[7]; 6. 32S-Chris Simpson[9]; 7. 12J-Jason Jameson[8]; 8. 17J-Greg Johnson[5]; 9. 4G-Kody Evans[10]; 10. 6-Blake Spencer[12]; 11. 4C-Ernie Cordier[13]; 12. 22R-Will Roland[11]

Heat #6 – (15)Laps – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 1G-Devin Gilpin[2]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[4]; 3. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 6. 50-Shanon Buckingham[1]; 7. 12D-Doug Drown[7]; 8. 2C-Joey Coulter[12]; 9. 20H-Jon Henry[8]; 10. 55-Jeep VanWormer[10]; 11. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[9]; 12. 1N-Casey Noonan[11]; 13. w13-Jason Whitaker[13]

B-Feature #1 – (20)Laps – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[3]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[5]; 3. 28M-Jimmy Mars[1]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 5. 18J-Chase Junghans[6]; 6. 14-Darrell Lanigan[7]; 7. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[23]; 8. 83-Scott James[10]; 9. 32-Chad Stapleton[15]; 10. 89-Mike Spatola[9]; 11. 4H-Jason Hughes[17]; 12. 25-Jason Feger[14]; 13. 22-Chris Ferguson[2]; 14. 44b-Colten Burdette[20]; 15. 45-Kyle Hammer[22]; 16. 111-Steven Roberts[11]; 17. 9R-Curtis Roberts[12]; 18. 8-Rob Anderzack[18]; 19. 69-Jonny Hodgkiss[21]; 20. 995-Dwight Falcon[16]; 21. 58-Donald McIntosh[8]; 22. 51-Joey Moriarty[13]

Scramble #1 – (20)Laps – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 14-Darrell Lanigan[1]; 2. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[2]; 3. 4H-Jason Hughes[6]; 4. 83-Scott James[3]; 5. 22-Chris Ferguson[8]; 6. 25-Jason Feger[7]; 7. 32-Chad Stapleton[4]; 8. 89-Mike Spatola[5]; 9. 44b-Colten Burdette[9]; 10. 9R-Curtis Roberts[12]; 11. 45-Kyle Hammer[10]; 12. 69-Jonny Hodgkiss[14]; 13. 995-Dwight Falcon[15]; 14. 8-Rob Anderzack[13]; 15. 111-Steven Roberts[11]

B-Feature #2 – (20)Laps – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 17M-Dale McDowell[2]; 2. 50-Shanon Buckingham[9]; 3. 97C-Michael Chilton[5]; 4. 32S-Chris Simpson[8]; 5. 71R-Rod Conley[7]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[3]; 7. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[1]; 8. 3-Matt Miller[4]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 10. 44-Chris Madden[22]; 11. 12J-Jason Jameson[11]; 12. 55-Jeep VanWormer[21]; 13. 12D-Doug Drown[12]; 14. 1GK-Ryan King[10]; 15. F4-Dwight Falcon Sr[16]; 16. 84-Austin Smith[13]; 17. 6-Blake Spencer[20]; 18. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[24]; 19. 22F-Nick Fenner[19]; 20. 4C-Ernie Cordier[23]; 21. 20H-Jon Henry[18]; 22. 17J-Greg Johnson[14]; 23. 2C-Joey Coulter[15]

Ohio drivers Matt Miller and Jerry Bowersock

Scramble #2 – (20)Laps – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[4]; 3. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[2]; 4. 44-Chris Madden[5]; 5. 55-Jeep VanWormer[7]; 6. 3-Matt Miller[3]; 7. 12J-Jason Jameson[6]; 8. 12D-Doug Drown[8]; 9. 1GK-Ryan King[9]; 10. 84-Austin Smith[11]; 11. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[13]; 12. 6-Blake Spencer[12]; 13. 22F-Nick Fenner[14]; 14. 4C-Ernie Cordier[15]

 

Brandon Sheppard and Tyler Erb.

A-Feature – (100)Laps: 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[7]; 3. 91-Tyler Erb[16]; 4. O-Scott Bloomquist[6]; 5. 76-Brandon Overton[14]; 6. 1G-Devin Gilpin[1]; 7. 1R-Josh Richards[19]; 8. 17M-Dale McDowell[22]; 9. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr[18]; 10. 7R-Kent Robinson[11]; 11. 18J-Chase Junghans[29]; 12. 25C-Shane Clanton[3]; 13. 40B-Kyle Bronson[12]; 14. 32P-Bobby Pierce[17]; 15. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[27]; 16. 9-Devin Moran[9]; 17. 97C-Michael Chilton[26]; 18. 5-Don O’Neal[10]; 19. 50-Shanon Buckingham[24]; 20. 21-Billy Moyer[13]; 21. 1-Brandon Sheppard[8]; 22. 71R-Rod Conley[30]; 23. 28M-Jimmy Mars[25]; 24. 49-Jonathan Davenport[23]; 25. 30-Brian Birkhofer[2]; 26. 17D-Zack Dohm[20]; 27. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 28. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[21]; 29. 3s-Brian Shirley[15]; 30. 32S-Chris Simpson[28]

Scott Bloomquist makes ground up on Devin Gilpin.

Brandon Sheppard and Devin Moran.

Tim McCreadie on his way to his first World 100 win.

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