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Local auto racing: Jordan McCreadie knows bar is set high

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HOGANSBURG — When your last name is McCreadie, it’s difficult to start an auto racing career without encountering high expectations.

Jordan McCreadie is a 23-year-old college graduate looking for his first full-time job while spending his weekends racing in the modified division at Mohawk International Raceway and the Evans Mills Speedway.

Only in his third year, he is enjoying varying levels of success. He leads the points standings at Evans Mills, which features an asphalt track, but is eighth in the standings on the dirt track at MIR.

But when you come to McCreadie’s pit stall, the first thing you notice is a giant picture of his father, DIRT racing legend Bob McCreadie, on the side of his hauler. Jordan’s older brother, Tim, is also well-known, winning the Chili Bowl in 2006 and competing regularly in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

“(Fans) assume I’m going to come up here and win, just hop into a (car) with no experience at all and win,” McCreadie said. “I’m happy with where we are. On pavement, we are pretty good. If we had a lot more cars (competing), it would be a better gauge to how good I can go. As far as the pressure, there is going to be pressure no matter what. Timmy had pressure too because of who our dad is, and he dealt with it.

“I’m just really competitive. I’ve always been super competitive and hard on myself when it comes to sports. If I fail at something, I just blame myself, that’s where the pressure comes from and not some outside source.”

McCreadie holds a comfortable lead in the points standings at Evans Mills. He has totaled 550 points, won three features and finished in the top five in every start. Murray Walts is in second place with 466 points.

The going has been tougher on the dirt track at MIR as McCreadie is tied with Zach Aubertine for eighth place with 304 points. Billy Dunn leads the division with 464.

“I’ve been happy with how we are going on pavement,” McCreadie said. “Here (at MIR), it’s a lot tougher. There are a lot more cars and the difference between second and 12th is about a tenth of a second. I’m not good enough yet to give anything away to these guys. These guys are really tough. I’m happy to be in the top 10. I’m not really running for points, just running to get the experience and running better so we can go to different places like Fulton and Brewerton.”

Racing on dirt on Friday nights and then switching to pavement on Saturdays has also taken some adjusting.

“It’s goofy,” McCreadie said. “You are driving a car sideways the whole night (Friday) and then you go on pavement and just turn on the right front. It’s two different mindsets pretty much. As a driver you are just trying to go the fastest way around. On pavement the fastest way is straight and here it’s sideways. You get used to it.

“I have more fun on the dirt. Up here it’s a solid 20 cars every week and it’s more fun to run in a pack and if you are running good it’s really fun because you get to pass cars. When you run good (at MIR) it makes you feel good.”

McCreadie graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2012 with a physics degree, and is still searching for a job in that field. He’s quickly coming to the realization it may mean having to leave the area.

“Nowadays you basically have to be an engineer (to race), read up on the books and do your homework,” McCreadie said. “There’s not a lot of people winning who don’t put the effort in the shop. It’s not just scaling the car and coming in here and winning. There’s a lot of effort in it and that’s what we’re trying to do, put a lot of effort in and have fun. This stuff is addicting, that’s the main deal. You get into one of these things and you never want to get out of them. That’s why we come two nights a week.”

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