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Daily Dirt 04/22/2021 09:19:16

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June 9
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) (Merritt Showdown) - $6,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated June 10, 3:30 pm)
Marcoullier dominates Ethanol opener for $6,000
Merritt Showdown
  1. Dona Marcoullier
  2. Ryan VanderVeen
  3. Eric Spangler
  4. Brian Ruhlman
  5. Bill Bray
  6. Brandon Thirlby
  7. Rich Neiser
  8. Jayson Playter Jr.
  9. Casey Noonan
  10. Nick Kurtz
  11. Sam Epling
  12. Josh Knoll
  13. Travis Stemler
  14. Eddie Reyes
  15. Chad Foster
  16. Chris Brindley
  17. J.T. Anderson
  18. Mike Staszak
  19. Brad Harden
  20. Steve Fairbanks
  21. Kyle Borgman
  22. Logan Arntz
  23. Adam Erickson
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Dona Marcoullier earned $6,000 at the Merritt Showdown.
What won the race: Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., went around Kyle Borgman on the third lap and never looked back in winning the Merritt Showdown in dominating fashion. Marcoullier won by 1.540 seconds over Ryan VanderVeen, earning a career-high $6,000.
Quotable: "This is great, it's our biggest career payday ... this year's been awesome," said Marcoullier, who has six victories overall in eight starts in his trusty Rocket car. "This racetrack, it was racy top and bottom, it had some good character to it. Thanks to Merritt Speedway for putting the show on."
Key notes: The third series victory ties the 31-year-old Marcoullier with Rich Neiser of Fruitport, Mich., atop the all-time Ethanol list. ... Before cautions bunched the field, the winner stretched his lead to more than a three-second margin. ... Kyle Borgman was running third when he drew a lap-17 caution. ... Rich Bell won the non-qualifiers' race, picking up $1,500. ... The event opened the season for the Ethanol tour after a May 27 rainout at Winston Speedway. ... Don's Auto Clinic sponsored the race.
On the move: Eric Spangler of Lake City, Mich., rallied from his 18th starting spot to finish third; Brian Ruhlman of Clark Lake, Mich., started alongside Spangler on the ninth row and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Marcoullier's Rocket Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Dennis Craft Construction, Dubie Groomer, Jimmy's Collision, McBain Body Shop and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Marcoullier leads the standings after a single event.
Car count: 42
Fast qualifier: Dona Marcoullier
Time: 15.003 seconds
Heat race winners: Travis Stemler, Jayson Playter Jr., Kyle Borgman, Dona Marcoullier
Consolation race winners: Brian Ruhlman, Eric Spangler
Next series race: June 17, Hartford Speedway (Hartford, MI) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
 
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