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July 15
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: UMP DIRTcar special events (non-touring) (VanDuinen Wood Tic 100) - $5,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated July 18, 5:53 pm)
Finley claims $5,000 Wood Tic victory
VanDuinen Wood Tic 100
  1. Chad Finley
  2. Chris Brindley
  3. Sam Epling
  4. Rich Neiser
  5. Adam Erickson
  6. Eric Spangler
  7. Merv Hudson
  8. Travis Stemler
  9. Michael Luberda Jr.
  10. Chad Foster
  11. Jeremy Tulick
  12. Frank Seder
  13. Bob Hammar
  14. Jim Billett
  15. J.T. Anderson
  16. Greg Gokey
  17. Bob Timmer
  18. Brian Abernathy
  19. Mike Nelson
  20. Johnny Hittle
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Chad Finley celebrates his victory in the Wood Tic at Merritt Speedway.
What won the race: Polesitter Chad Finley of Lansing, Mich., raced to his biggest career Dirt Late Model victory, topping Chris Brindley of West Branch, Mich., and Rich Neiser of Fruitport, Mich., for a $5,000 payday in Merritt Speedway's 28th annual Wood Tic.
Key notes: Finley has made limited starts on dirt, primarily racing on pavement prior to 2016. ... Finley and Epling won even and odd preliminaries. They then battled hard for the lead in the feature, trading paint along the way. ... The 28th annual Wood Tic was a two-day event, with qualifying, heat races and a dash Friday, followed by consolation races, prelims and features on Saturday. ... All divisions ran extended features. ... Prior to the Wood Tic, Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., won a UMP DIRTcar Summernationals event at Merritt on Thursday evening.
On the move: Brindley came from sixth to record a runner-up finish.
Winner's sponsors: Finley's Rocket Chassis No. 29 is sponsored by Affordable Tire and Northside Service.
Points chase: Fifth-place finisher Eric Spangler of Lake City, Mich., entered the Wood Tic leading the Merritt standings.
Car count: 29
Fast qualifier: Eric Spangler
Time: 13.423 seconds
Dash winner: Eric Spangler
Heat race winners: Bob Hammar, Rich Neiser, Chad Finley, Sam Epling
Consolation race winners: Chad  Foster
Next series race: July 22, Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL) $5,000
Editor's note: Fixes feature with Sam Epling placing third
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