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Daily Dirt 09/24/2022 21:35:36

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August 15
Merritt Speedway,
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
  1. Brandon Thirlby
  2. Rich Neiser
  3. Eric Spangler
  4. Mike Kresnak
  5. Frank Seder
  6. Merv Hudson
  7. Brook Brasington
  8. Jeremy Tulick
  9. David Hilliker
  10. Jason Playter Jr.
  11. Jacques Julin
  12. Darren Andras
  13. Bill Bray
  14. Chad Foster
  15. Bob Hammar
  16. Dave Bowen
  17. Herb Reich
  18. Ryan VanderVeen
  19. Greg Gokey
  20. James Williams
  21. Jim Waldfogel
presented by
Jim DenHamer
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.
 
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