There have been some bizarre guest appearances at Lernerville over the years, but perhaps none in recent memory was more bizarre than Tim McCreadie’s sudden appearance in Brian Swartzlander’s backup car. The Watertown, NY driver found himself rained out at his scheduled Lucas Oil Late Model event at Sharon Speedway, and ventured south to take on the modifieds in a unique twist. His likely victory probably seemed like a forgone conclusion to many fans in attendance as the feature came to the green flag, but he still had to get around three cars in twenty five laps from his fourth starting spot.
One of those cars belonged to Jeremiah Shingledecker and he had no intention of letting anyone get around him on this night. Shingledecker shared the front row alongside Rodney Beltz as the action got underway and he quickly asserted himself as the man to beat, taking the early lead while McCreadie firmly positioned himself directly behind him in the early going. Behind them, Dave Murdick, Garrett Krummert, Kevin Bolland and Mat Williamson made up a formidable chase pack in the early going. The quick mover was Willimson who seemingly picked up one spot after another in the early laps. Out front Shingledecker and McCreadie began the battle for the lead as lapped traffic came into the equation on lap eight. Shingledecker used all available groves to get around the back markers and did so effectively as he put distance between himself and McCreadie as the halfway point approached.
Then with Rick Regalski’s car the next to potentially go a lap down, McCreadie made his move and almost got around Shingledecker as McCreadie’s car worked with precision in turns three and four. Shingledecker was able to finally get around Regalski as the laps wound down and then made his way past Mike Turner in much quicker fashion that McCreadie would be able to moments later.
The action then came to a halt on lap 19 when Steve Feder and Brian Swartzlander brought the red flag. Both drivers were unscathed in the incident, and the stage was set for a six lap shootout that saw Shingledecker elect the high side where he had not spent too much time in early green flag laps. The move paid off as Shingledecker got a great restart not once but twice as he elected the top side restart following a caution for Rex King Sr. on lap 20.
When action resumed, Shingledecker took a comfortable lead across the finish line for his 50th career victory and his first since May of 2014.
“It really feels good to get back here to victory lane,” Shingledecker said. “I really have to thank the whole crew for sticking with me while we weren’t winning, it’s been a struggle for all of us. Once you’ve got your foot to the floor you just can’t go any faster so you just hope you can beat them at that point. I think the high side was the right decision on the restarts and it really paid off for us.”
1. Jeremiah Shingledecker
2. Mat Williamson
3. Tim McCreadie
4. Dave Murdick
5. Rex King Jr.
6. Kevin Bolland
7. Jimmy Weller III
8. Rick Regalski
9. Rex King Sr.
10. Rodney Beltz
Jeremiah Shingledecker is celebrating his 20th racing season in 2016. It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been 20 years already. As 18 year old Jeremiah & his dad, Mike walked the pits of Mercer Raceway Park looking for a used racecar to buy, Jeremiah knew he wanted a modified. Family members such as Terry Wheeler, Leigh Wheeler, and Kevin Thompson were successful Stock Car drivers at the time, but there was no doubt Jeremiah wanted a modified. He and his dad ended up buying a car from Larry Johns. The car was a Troyer. It was so old that even Troyer couldn’t date it. The best guess is somewhere between 1978-1982.
Knowing absolutely nothing about modifieds, Jeremiah quickly made that car his own, working in a garage that was so small you couldn’t walk the entire way around the car without going outside & coming in the other door. Jeremiah & his dad even had to raise the roll cage about 2” so his head didn’t stick out the top. He built new body panels outside in the snow from material provided by one of his first sponsors ever…..Flexospan of Sandy Lake, PA. The sponsor was obtained by his crew member, the late Lew Clayton. Lew was Jeremiah’s uncle & enjoyed all things auto-related. He even helped build Jeremiah’s first couple motors with Jeremiah’s dad.
Even though green is supposedly an unlucky color in racing, it was Jeremiah’s favorite, so green & gold it was. Now it was time for the number (which was spray painted on the car with a homemade stencil). Jeremiah had already determined it would be 37md, in memory of his late brother, Michael. The summer before Michael died, he used # 37 for his demo derby car. Michael chose that number to honor his mom, who was 37 that year. Jeremiah borrowed 37 & added the “md” for “Michael’s Dream.” This is why Jeremiah has been “Living the Dream” all these years.
People race for a variety of reasons……Jeremiah’s reason started as a way to heal himself and his family over the loss of a loved one. You see, the whole family is involved. Jeremiah’s dad, Mike has built every engine Jeremiah has ever raced. His mom, Patty has always been an important part of the team too, whether it’s making sure his fire suit is clean, the crew has food, or watching his 2 beautiful girls so he can race. In past years, Jeremiah’s younger brother, Travis helped lead the crew before jumping behind the wheel himself. After a long hiatus, Travis will be making his return to modified racing this year, so it will be an exciting year for the Shingledeckers. Travis will once again be running number 73md, also honoring his brother. Jeremiah’s wife even helps turn wrenches.
June 6, 2014 was the date of Jeremiah’s first victory of 2014, which he scored at Lernerville Speedway!
Jeremiah Shingledecker, who will turn 37 years old this week, celebrated his birthday a few days early by rolling his #37MD car into Sheetz Victory Lane in the exact same way that Jared Miley did; from the outside pole, taking the lead around the top of turns one & two on the opening lap and leading the whole way to the checkered flag after 25 non-stop laps of green flag racing. His first win of the season is the 16th of his career.
Swartzlander came to second from the outside of the second row on the second lap of the race, but was never able to reel in Shingledecker as he had his hands full with Rex King Sr. for most of the race. Behind King Sr. in third was his son and Budweiser Points revival Rex King Sr. who came from 10th on the grid after winning last week. Defending Track Champion and May 23 feature winner Mat Williamson rounded out the top five in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds. Dave Murdick was sixth, Brad Rapp seventh, Tom Winkle eighth, Jim Weller Jr. ninth and Steve Feder was tenth. Rex King Sr. and Brian Swartzlander were heat race victors.