"Barefoot" Bob Mccreadie: 299 And CountingAs of this writing, DIRT Modified legend Bob McCreadie is one big-block victory away from reaching 300 victories for his career. The milestone has been 22 years in the making.
Entering the month of August, the Watertown, New York, veteran has scored 299 DIRT Modified feature race victories, the highest total ever compiled in DIRT Motorsports' 27-year oval-track history.
"I never used to look back, but I guess it's something everybody does when they get older," said McCreadie, 51, who parked his legendary No. 9 mount in Victory Lane four times through July of this season. His newest Troyer entry carried him to his 99th career big-block triumph at Canandaigua (New York) Speedway on July 20.
"It's a record that probably won't last too long with all the talented drivers still racing full time," McCreadie added. "Guys like Alan (Johnson) and Timmy (Bob's son) still have a ways to go but at least it will be nice if I can hold it for a little while."
Prior to recording his first DIRT-sanctioned big-block victory at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, New York, in 1981, McCreadie was already lauded as a local hero in the north country, posting 104 victories from 1975-80. On the brink of taking his 300th checkered flag, triumphs at 27 more DIRT affiliates in five states and Canada have brought him greater recognition on the national level.
"I'm proudest about the fact that I stayed with the big-blocks and raced against the best drivers," McCreadie said. "If I can't continue to be competitive, that will be the time to call it quits."
"Barefoot" Bob McCreadie
McCreadie's core of New York tracks remains Canandaigua, Brewerton Speedway, Cayuga County Fair Speedway, and Rolling Wheels Raceway, where he has racked up 239 of his 299 big-block feature triumphs. Ten have been logged in 200-lap championship events staged at Rolling Wheels (six), Cayuga County (three), and Canandaigua.
On the road, McCreadie has captured 51 (third all-time) Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series wins. The two-time overall Mr. DIRT Modified champion set the all-time record for victories in a season with nine in 1994.
Currently a career record-holder with 19 DIRT big-block Modified track point championships, "Barefoot" Bob holds the single-season marks of 43 feature wins and 15 at Canandaigua (both in 1994). He won 14 times at Brewerton in 1995.
McCreadie was selected as DIRT Motorsports Driver of the Year in 1994 and 1995 and is a four-time winner of DIRT's Most Popular Driver award.
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