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Daily Dirt 09/24/2022 11:32:24

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June 10
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) (Merritt Summer Showdown) - $3,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated June 11, 7:31 am)
Spangler captures Merritt's Summer Showdown
Merritt Summer Showdown
  1. Eric Spangler
  2. Dona Marcoullier
  3. Austin Dillon
  4. Jeep Van Wormer
  5. Rich Neiser
  6. David Hilliker
  7. Herb Reich
  8. Steve Fairbanks
  9. Brook Brasington
  10. Justin Robinson
  11. Derrick Hilliker
  12. Chris Brindley
  13. Isaac Wolfgang
  14. Ross Kenseth
  15. Josh Knoll
  16. Ryan Lanphierd
  17. Andrew Terrill
  18. Curtis Roberts
  19. Eddie Reyes
  20. Derek Thebo
  21. Brandon Thirlby
  22. Kris Patterson Jr.
  23. Ryan VanderVeen
presented by
Steve Datema
Eric Spangler picked up $3,000 for his Summer Showdown victory.
What won the race: Multitime track champion and hometown driver Eric Spangler raced to victory from his fourth starting spot for a $3,000 midweek victory in the Merritt Summer Showdown. Spangler took the checkers ahead of Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., and NASCAR driver Austin Dillon of Lexington, N.C.
Key notes: Polesitter Brandon Thirlby finished 21st and fast qualifier Steve Fairbanks was eighth. ... The midweek event was the second race on the first-year Ethanol Tour. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Kevin Juusola, Rachel Carpenter, Kevin Reeve and Carl Ries. ... Besides Austin Dillon, NASCAR driver Ross Kenseth also competed in the Late Model division. .... NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader, Justin Allgaier and Kenny Wallace competed in the modified division. ... NASCAR action is set for Michigan International Speedway June 12-14.
On the move: Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., started 10th and finished fourth; consolation winner Rich Neiser of Fruitport, Mich., came from 18th to fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Spangler Heating & Cooling, Cyclo Products, Mark R. Mitchell Attorney at Law, J&H Iron & Metal, Atkins Electric, A&L Trading Post, Babb Ford, Goodman Heating & Cooling and Xtreme GrafX.
Points chase: Curtis Roberts of Coleman, Mich., led the points after one event on the first-year tour.
Car count: 42
Fast qualifier: Steve Fairbanks
Time: 14.355 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Thirlby
Heat race winners: Herb Reich, Austin Dillon, Brandon Thirlby, Dona Marcoullier
Consolation race winners: Eddie Reyes, Rich Neiser
Next series race: June 19, I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI) $2,000
Editor's note: Fixes Rich Neiser's starting position to fifth sted sixth.
 
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