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July 26
Highland Speedway,
Highland, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Supers (Challenge of Champions) - $6,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated July 28, 2:33 pm)
Klein conquers Highland's Challenge of Champions
Challenge of Champions
  1. Daryn Klein
  2. Rodney Melvin
  3. Mike Harrison
  4. Kye Blight
  5. Paul Kuper
  6. Dan Jacober
  7. Shannon Kuhn
  8. Jason Suhre
  9. Jimmy Miller
  10. Justin Durbin
  11. Jason Zobrist
  12. Barry Quade
  13. Doug Tye
  14. Josh Heuiser
  15. Austin Tettaton
  16. Ashton Zobrist
  17. Tony Wolf
  18. Blaze Burwell
  19. Steven Reinacher
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Daryn Klein takes the checkers at Highland Speedway.
What won the race: Pole-starting Daryn Klein of Fairview Heights, Ill., led all 30 laps in dominating fashion at Highland Speedway, winning Wednesday's $6,000 Challenge of Champions feature in DIRTcar Super Late Model competition. Third-starting Rodney Melvin moved into the runner-up position on lap 12 and finished a distant 4.135 seconds back.
Key notes: After winning July 15's DIRTcar-sanctioned race at Highland, Klein notched his second victory of the season there and secured a $100 bonus for going topless and winning without a roof. ... Modified standout Mike Harrison moved into third on lap 23 and rounded-out the podium at his home track. ... After following the entire DIRTcar Summer Nationals schedule, second-starting Kye Blight battled Melvin for second in the early laps before fading to finish fourth. ... Dan Jacober and Shannon Kuhn each advanced four positions, finishing sixth and seventh. ... Fifth-running Josh Heuiser pulled off on lap 21. ... Running in conjunction with the Madison County Fair, Wednesday's feature was slowed by one caution and lasted nine minutes, with nine drivers completing 30 laps; 12 were running at the finish. ... Blaze Burwell and Steven Reinacher scratched following hot laps. … Highland Speedway hosts the MARS Late Model Championship Series on Aug. 19 for a $5,000-to-win event.
On the move: Paul Kuper of Aviston, Ill., started ninth and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Klein’s Rocket Chassis carries sponsorship from Kohnen Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Inc., Klein’s Appliance & Bedding, Maytag, Aggressive, Hooker Harness, Menard, Equity Realty Group Chad Sellers Team, CC Food Marts, Randy Korte Consulting, Taylormade Performance, Dynamic Drivelines, DMK Properties, Tonnies Hardware & Rental and Penske Racing Shocks.
Points chase: Highland points before Wednesday: 1. Michael Kloos (248); 2. Daryn Klein (215); T3. Todd Rehg (188); T3. Rusty Griffaw (188); 5. Dan Jacober (163).
Current weather: Few Clouds, 81°F
Car count: 19
Fast qualifier: Daryn Klein
Time: 13.154 seconds
Polesitter: Daryn Klein
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Klein, Blight
Row 2: Melvin, Harrison
Row 3: Heuiser, Suhre
Row 4: J. Zobrist, Miller
Row 5: Kuper, Jacober
Row 6: Kuhn, Durbin
Row 7: Tye, Quade
Row 8: Wolf, A. Zobrist
Row 9: Tettaton, Reinacher
Row 10: Burwell

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