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Daily Dirt 09/25/2022 18:14:24

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April 26
Winston Speedway,
Rothbury, MI
Sanction: Sunoco American Late Model Series East (Allstar Performance 50) - $2,500
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated April 27, 4:55 pm)
Schlenk tops Thirlby, wins $2,500 at Winston
Allstar Performance 50
  1. Rusty Schlenk
  2. Brandon Thirlby
  3. Ryan VanderVeen
  4. Chris Keller
  5. Dona Marcoullier
  6. Curt Spalding
  7. Rich Neiser
  8. Tom Sprague Jr.
  9. Devin Shiels
  10. Eric Spangler
  11. Dusty Moore
  12. Greg Gokey
  13. Phil Ausra
  14. Rob Taylor
  15. Brian Ruhlman
  16. Bill Bray
  17. Shawn Reed Jr.
  18. Jeramy Lange
  19. John McCaul
  20. Robert Bray
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Rusty Schlenk (91) goes by Rich Neiser (87) en route to victory.
What won the race: Fourth-starting Rusty Schlenk of Weston, Ohio, went by Traverse City, Mich., native Brandon Thirlby on the 21st lap at Winston Speedway to capture the Allstar Performance 50. Chris Keller dropped Thirlby to third after a lap-29 restart, but Thirlby regained the position to finish second.
Key notes: Schlenk, a two-time series champion (2006, ’08), posted his 17th career ALMS victory and first since May 24, 2013, in Mount Pleasant, Mich. … Cautions slowed the eighth annual event on laps 12, 28, 29 and 41. … Polesitter Rich Neiser led the first three laps but slipped as far back as eighth before finishing seventh. ... Chris Keller took second briefly from Brandon Thirlby but ended up fourth after losing a spot to Ryan VanderVeen in the final laps. ... Thirlby led laps 4-20.
On the move: Fifth-place finisher Dona Marcoullier advanced eight positions; Tom Sprague Jr. came from his 17th starting spot to finish eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Schlenk's Pierce Race Car is sponsored by Zeller Automotive, Allstar Performance, Dowdy Welding & Fabrication, Main & Company and Warpaint Motorsport Graphix.
Points chase: Schlenk entered the evening third in series points, but moves to the top of the standings with his victory.
Car count: 20
Polesitter: Rich Neiser
Heat race winners: Rich Neiser, Brandon Thirlby
Next series race: May 9, Kankakee County Speedway (Kankakee, IL) $2,000
Editor's note: Clarifies Schlenk's home state.
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