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October 15
Tri-City Speedway,
Granite City, IL
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (MLRA Championship Weekend) - $7,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 16, 8:49 am)
Martin slides by Shirley for $7,000 MLRA victory
MLRA Championship Weekend
  1. Logan Martin
  2. Brian Shirley
  3. Rusty Schlenk
  4. Billy Moyer
  5. Mike Harrison
  6. Jason Feger
  7. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  8. Gordy Gundaker
  9. Trevor Gundaker
  10. Daniel Hilsabeck
  11. Chad Simpson
  12. Kolby Vandenbergh
  13. Dylan Thompson
  14. Jeff Herzog
  15. Steve Stultz
  16. Mark Burgtorf
  17. Matt Furman
  18. Tony Jackson Jr.
  19. Dave Jumper
  20. Johnathan Huston
  21. Tyler Nicely
  22. Rickey Frankel
  23. John Clippinger
  24. Kayden Clatt
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Logan Martin celebrates in victory lane at Tri-City Speedway.
What won the race: Eighth-starting Logan Martin of West Plains, Mo., gained the lead with a turn-three slide job on lap 35 and led the rest of the way at Tri-City Speedway on Saturday, winning the $7,000 Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association season finale. Martin's victory is his second career MLRA triumph, after his first was over five years ago at Lakeside (Kan.) Speedway.
Quotable: "Track was super top-dominant, I want to apologize to Shirley and his crew, I think I got into him down there when I passed for the lead," Martin said. "It was for sure not our intentions. I got a ton of respect for that guy and hate that we made contact down there."
Key notes: Martin is the 16th winner in 24 MLRA races this season. ... After leading laps 10 through 34, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., settled for second place, 1.433 seconds back. ... Rusty Schlenk advanced seven positions and finished third. ... After leading the first nine laps, Billy Moyer faded to finish fourth. ... Jason Feger gained three spots and finished sixth. ... Brothers Gordy and Trevor Gundaker, Friday's MLRA winner, each gained multiple positions to finish eighth and ninth at their home track. ... Tony Jackson Jr. ran as high as fourth before retiring on lap 34 and finishing 18th. ... Saturday's feature, the MLRA tour's season finale, was slowed by three cautions and lasted 19 minutes, with 14 drivers completing 40 laps.
On the move: Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill., started 18th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Martin’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Adams Construction, AIM Services, Hughes Towing, Mr. Dent Collision Repair, MSM Fab, PPG Paints, Midwest Sheet Metal, Steed Bros., Bill Frye Motorsports, Integra Shocks and Reliable Chevrolet.
Points chase: MLRA final: 1. Chad Simpson (4,690); 2. Kolby Vandenbergh (4,265); 3. Daniel Hilsabeck (3,870); 4. Steve Stultz (3,160); 5. Johnny Scott (2,635).
Current weather: Clear, 50°F
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Frank Heckenast Jr.
Time: 14.932 seconds
Polesitter: Frank Heckenast Jr.
Heat race winners: Frank Heckenast Jr., Tony Jackson Jr., Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley
Consolation race winners: Daniel Hilsabeck, Mike Harrison
Provisional starters: Steve Stultz, Kayden Clatt
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Heckenast Jr., Moyer
Row 2: Jackson Jr., Shirley
Row 3: Herzog, Thompson
Row 4: Nicely, Martin
Row 5: Feger, Schlenk
Row 6: Vandenbergh, G. Gundaker
Row 7: Huston, Chad Simpson
Row 8: Jumper, T. Gundaker
Row 9: Hilsabeck, Harrison
Row 10: Frankel, Furman
Row 11: Burgtorf, Clippinger
Row 12: Stultz, Clatt
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