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Daily Dirt 02/21/2020 01:10:13

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July 8
Hartford Speedway,
Hartford, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) - $4,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated July 9, 10:56 am)
Hotovy captures $4,000 Ethanol triumph
  1. J.R. Hotovy
  2. Eric Spangler
  3. Mike Spatola
  4. Ryan VanderVeen
  5. Brandon Thirlby
  6. Rich Bell
  7. Chad White
  8. Rusty Schlenk
  9. Curt Spalding
  10. Rich Neiser
  11. Josh Haynes
  12. Phil Ausra
  13. Travis Stemler
  14. Hillard Miller
  15. Jesse Playter
  16. Brad Harden
  17. Brian Ruhlman
  18. Dona Marcoullier
  19. Justin Pauley
  20. Bill Bray
  21. Nick Kurtz
  22. Josh Borton
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J.R. Hotovy (20) works the inside lane in a Hartford heat race.
What won the race: Fourth-starting J.R. Hotovy of Covert, Mich., bested sixth-starting Eric Spangler of Lake City, Mich., for his first career American Ethanol Late Model Series victory at Hartford Speedway. Hotovy quickly bolted to the lead and never looked back en route to a $4,000 payday.
Quotable: "I want to say thanks to a very special friend of mine, Chad White, for letting me drive his race car tonight," Hotovy noted in a Facebook post after his triumph. "The thing was awesome fast and a blast to drive. We pulled out the win and I can't wipe the smile off my face."
Key notes: Hotovy kept Spangler several car lengths behind him through the race's late stages. ... Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Ill., bypassed a UMP DIRTcar Summernationals event in his backyard at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway to enter the Hartford show. He finished third. ... Front-row starters Dona Marcoullier and Brian Ruhlman both ran into problems while running in the top five. ... Marcoullier was struck by terminal engine woes; he planned to install a new Rhyne powerplant for his remaining weekend action. ... The American Ethanol Late Model Tour invaded the Hartford Speedway for the second time this season. ... Billy Moyer Jr. was the winner of the first Ethanol tour event at Hartford on June 17; he was not on hand Friday.
On the move: Ryan VanderVeen of Six Lakes, Mich., advanced from the ninth starting spot to finish fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Hotovy's No. 20 is sponsored by Bovo Bail Bonds, Automotive Electric, Delmars Lawn Care and Parritts Trading Post.
Points chase: Entering the event, Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., topped the tour standings (336 points) over Ryan VanderVeen (322) and Rusty Schlenk (314).
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Rich Bell
Time: 19.019 seconds
Polesitter: Dona Marcoullier
Heat race winners: Mike Spatola, Dona Marcoullier, J.R. Hotovy
Next series race: August 5, I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Marcoullier, Ruhlman
Row 2: Bell, Hotovy
Row 3: Spatola, Spangler
Row 4: Thirlby, Schlenk
Row 5: Vanderveen, Stemler
Row 6: Neiser, Spalding
Row 7: Haynes, White
Row 8: Brya, Kurtz
Row 9: Pauley, Playter
Row 10: Miller, Harden
Row 11: Borton, Ausra
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