McCreadie has been working on R&D for Longhorn Chassis; Details the link with Kevin Rumley
In 2018, Kevin Rumley worked on the #49 of Jonathan Davenport. The team went on to claim the 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship.
In 2019, Rumley left to team. He and his father restarted their home based operation. The #6 would return to the tracks on a limited schedule of select events. Basically, the team would run what they wanted to and get off the road a bit.
Mike Marlar was crowned the World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion in 2018. He too was looking to get off the road a bit. He and Rumley teamed up and Marlar would become the pilot of the #6.
It only lasted a few months as Marlar would move to a different team. Now, Tim McCreadie runs the #39 full-time and the #6 part-time.
McCreadie has two wins in 2019. Both of those came in the #6 car. Most recently, he claimed the $30,000 check at Lernerville Speedway. While piloting the #6 last weekend, he claimed 2nd in the $50,000 to win show just lat week.
Tim McCreadie on Kevin Rumley
“He took a job to with Bilstein to be part of their engineering department. So, that’s going to limit how much he’s here. He’s been going to pretty much every show with the #39 team until Lucas Oil Speedway,” Tim McCreadie explained to RacingNews.co .
“His job will probably lead to him not being here as much. The whole deal with him is he works with Longhorn on some R&D stuff. When Mike Marlar and them split up, it just kinda made sense to do it all with us.”
How did that come about? Because at first, you weren’t in the #6 car. Then, you were.
“We never really looked to do anything different because we got our own stuff. It just kinda worked out. When Marlar wasn’t going to drive anymore, they still wanted to do something with it.”
“He just asked me if I’d be interested. There’s some races that I probably wouldn’t run because we’re scheduled out pretty hard. It’s hard to get to every one. We’re just running some of the events that I wouldn’t have gone to.”
“It is a bit of a test car, it’s not the same. We talked to see if Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal or some of these other guys that are Longhorn guys. To see what they thought of it, down the road when we think it’s really good.”
That’s still the long term plans?
“I don’t know. Right now, the plan is, I’ll drive it. If we can get it better than the #39 car then that will become the car that’s sold to customers.”
“Kevin keeps it as his place. Sometimes, it’s hard to build stuff to R&D when you’re in a situation where you gotta put cars together for customers.”
“His car can go away from the shop. If Kevin’s at home working on it and decide to change it, they can build it right there and do it on all his equipment at the shop. We can race it then bring it back to the Longhorn shop and say, ‘Ok, this is what we want to take to production.’ “
I would say you’ve had a lot of success in that #6 car this year. Has any of that translated to the #39?
“Yeah. But, we’ve run that #6 car with #39 panels on it for a good month and a half. So, it wasn’t that we just don’t drive it at all.”
“At Eldora, Cherokee, Fayetteville, Smoky Mountain and others, I used that Rumley car. We’ve run it a little bit. But, we’ve won a couple races with it. We haven’t won any with our stuff.”
“There’s not a lot really different with it. It’s just some different structural stuff with it. And the fuel cell is like what JD and them guys run. The shock stuff, is all the same, what we’re trying on both cars. The engine package is different than what I have with my own stable of cars.”
“Yeah, there’s some things that we’ve been able to try on both. But, some of it’s timing. Like I said, we’ve had that car out a few times with our #39 body panels and haven’t run very good with it. But, nobody sees it.”
“They just see the #6 car at Lernerville. Then we had it at Eldora and it wasn’t very good. But, it was the same car.”