Lake City, MI
Sanction: Sunoco American Late Model Series - $2,000
Information provided by: Jim DenHamer and track reports (last updated August 16, 11:39 am)
Thirlby gets by Spangler for victory at Merritt
- Brandon Thirlby
- Rich Neiser
- Eric Spangler
- Mike Kresnak
- Frank Seder
- Merv Hudson
- Brook Brasington
- Jeremy Tulick
- David Hilliker
- Jason Playter Jr.
- Jacques Julin
- Darren Andras
- Bill Bray
- Chad Foster
- Bob Hammar
- Dave Bowen
- Herb Reich
- Ryan VanderVeen
- Greg Gokey
- James Williams
- Jim Waldfogel
Brandon Thirlby notched his third career Sunoco ALMS victory.
What won the race: Fifth-starting Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Mich., overtook outside front-row starter Eric Spangler amid traffic with four laps remaining Saturday at Merritt Speedway for a $2,000 victory on the Sunoco American Late Model Series. Spangler, who led the first 32 laps, finished third behind Thirlby and polesitter Rich Neiser.
Key notes: Thirlby notched his third career ALMS victory while denying Spangler his first. ... A lap-15 red flag slowed the action after a pileup in turns one and two. ... Dona Marcoullier set fast time and finished second in a heat race, but he scratched for the night with engine problems. ... Other Sunoco American Late Model Series competitors were in action Saturday at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway for a $10,000-to-win event claimed by Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Ill.
Winner's sponsors: Thirlby's Doug Finley-owned Rocket Chassis is sponssored by Northside Towing, Thirlby Automotive, Neail's Truck Parts and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, had 654 points to lead Ryan Unzicker (632) and Rich Bell (581).
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Dona Marcoullier
Polesitter: Rich Neiser
Heat race winners: Rich Neiser, Eric Spangler, Chad Foster
Consolation race winners: Greg Gokey
Next series race: September 4, Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL) $5,000
Editor's note: Corrects winner's sponsors and consolation winner.