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Daily Dirt 06/21/2024 19:00:29

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September 4
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: Allstar Performance Challenge Series (Gene Kregear Championship Weekend) - $4,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated September 4, 11:20 pm)
Spangler sprints to $4,000 Merritt victory
Gene Kregear Championship Weekend
  1. Eric Spangler
  2. Dona Marcoullier
  3. Logan Nickerson
  4. Chad Finley
  5. Travis Stemler
  6. Rusty Schlenk
  7. Cody Bauer
  8. Dave Baker
  9. Greg Gokey
  10. Dave Bowen
  11. Andrew Terrill
  12. Jesse Playter
  13. Ryan Lanphierd
  14. Rylee Knoll
  15. Josh Henderschott
  16. Kyle Cole
  17. Jim Billett
  18. Steve Nieuwenhuis
  19. Dan Hersey
  20. Bob Timmer
  21. Rick Gokee Jr.
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What won the race: Eric Spangler took the lead on lap 18 and never looked back, pacing the final 23 circuits en route to winning Sunday's Allstar Performance Challenge Series feature at Merritt Speedway, earning $4,000. This is Spangler's second big win at his home track this year, after winning the $34,000 Wood Tic Dan Salay Memorial on August 6.
Key notes: The victory is Spangler's third of the season with the Allstar Performance Challenge Series, as he further extends his point lead. ... Series winner at Merritt earlier this year, Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., advanced seven positions to claim the runner-up position, 2.787 seconds back. ... Logan Nickerson of Vestaburg, Mich., moved into third place on lap 32 and completed the podium. ... Polesitter Chad Finley of Lansing, Mich., failed to lead a lap and finished fourth. ... Second-starting Travis Stemler of Ionia, Mich., led the first 17 laps before fading to finish fifth. ... Sunday's feature, the fifth Allstar Performance Challenge Series stop at Merritt Speedway this season, was slowed by one caution and lasted 15 minutes, with 11 competitors completing all 40 laps.
On the move: Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., started ninth and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Spangler’s MasterSbilt Race Car is sponsored by Spangler Heating & Cooling, Forbes Construction, Senior Insurance Solutions, Fisk Trucking, Atkins Electric, Taco Boy, A&L Trading Post and Babb Ford.
Points chase: Before Merritt: 1. Eric Spangler (596); 2. Dona Marcoullier (564); 3. Greg Gokey (552); 4. Travis Stemler (534); 5. Logan Nickerson (524).
Current weather: Clear, 63°F
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Logan Nickerson
Time: 13.266 seconds
Polesitter: Chad Finley
Heat race winners: Eric Spangler, Travis Stemler, Chad Finley
Consolation race winners: Jesse Playter
Provisional starters: Dan Hersey
Next series race: September 9, Thunderbird Raceway (Muskegon, MI) $2,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Finley, Stemler
Row 2: Spangler, Nickerson
Row 3: Schlenk, Gokey
Row 4: Terrill, Baker
Row 5: Marcoullier, Gokee Jr.
Row 6: Bauer, Henderschott
Row 7: Bowen, Lanphierd
Row 8: Nieuwenhuis, Playter
Row 9: Knoll, Cole
Row 10: Billett, Timmer
Row 11: Hersey
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