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Daily Dirt 10/17/2019 15:33:33

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September 14
Hartford Speedway,
Hartford, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) (Hartford Fall Special) - $4,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated September 15, 8:10 am)
Schlenk tops Stemler for $4,000 at Hartford
Hartford Fall Special
  1. Rusty Schlenk
  2. Travis Stemler
  3. Dave Baker
  4. Ryan VanderVeen
  5. Brandon Thirlby
  6. Logan Arntz
  7. Eric Spangler
  8. Rich Bell
  9. David Mielke
  10. Garrett Wiles
  11. Phil Ausra
  12. Greg Gokey
  13. Rachel Carpenter
  14. Gregg Haskell
  15. Brett Miller
  16. Ryan Lanphierd
  17. Ryan Heskett
  18. Doris Lajeunesse
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Rusty Schlenk picked up $4,000 in a touring victory at Hartford.
What won the race: Fifth-row starter Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, overtook Travis Stemler with 12 laps remaining and captured to his eighth career American Ethanol Late Model Tour victory in Saturday’s Fall Special at Hartford Speedway. Winning by 3.302 seconds, Schlenk earned $4,000 in topping Stemler and polesitter Dave Baker.
Quotable: “The car was awesome. We struggled early,” Schlenk said. “We threw a bunch of stuff at it — a bunch of educated guesses, I guess you’d say — before the feature. Thanks to the crew for busting their butts. Man, we worked right up until the time we went on the racetrack, and we hit it perfect."
Key notes: Runner-up Travis Stemler, who started outside the front row, led the first 28 laps. ... Brandon Thirlby, a series winner earlier this season at Hartford, finished fifth. ... Greg Gokey got into the wall between turns three and fourth on the first lap, triggering a six-car pileup. ... Nine drivers completed 40 laps.
On the move: Winner Rusty Schlenk started ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Schlenk’s C.J. Rayburn Race Car is powered by an ECR Engine and sponsored by Buckeye Concrete Coatings, Tom Finch Automotive, Dominator Race Products, Velocita USA, Landrum Performance Springs, VP Racing Fuel, Vahlco Racing Wheels, Wilwood and CP-Carrillo.
Points chase: Entering the event, Brandon Thirlby (792) led Travis Stemler (751) and Logan Arntz (716).
Current weather: Sunny, 67°F
Car count: 18
Fast qualifier: Rich Bell
Time: 16.257 seconds
Polesitter: Dave Baker
Heat race winners: Greg Gokey, David Mielke, Eric Spangler
Next series race: September 27, Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN) $12,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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