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Daily Dirt 10/01/2022 06:56:33

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August 6
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) (Dean Whaley Memorial) - $4,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 7, 8:49 am)
Marcoullier grabs Ethanol victory at Merritt
Dean Whaley Memorial
  1. Dona Marcoullier
  2. Rich Bell
  3. Rich Neiser
  4. Bill Bray
  5. Curtis Roberts
  6. Sam Epling
  7. Eric Spangler
  8. Rusty Schlenk
  9. Brandon Thirlby
  10. Nick Kurtz
  11. Ryan VanderVeen
  12. Josh Haynes
  13. Travis Stemler
  14. Mike Luberda
  15. Steven Hilliker
  16. Josh Borton
  17. Merv Hudson
  18. Chris Brindley
  19. Greg Gokey
  20. Andrew Terrill
  21. Jason Playter Jr.
  22. Logan Arntz
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Dona Marcoullier is joined in victory lane by runner-up Rich Bell (left) and third-place Rich Neiser (right).
What won the race: Second-starting Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., outran third-starting Rich Bell of Sheffield, lll., by 4.502 seconds to collect an American Ethanol Late Model Series victory in Merritt Speedway's Dean Whaley Memorial. Marcoullier, who drove the Chad Foster Sr. No. 3 because his own program is sidelined with engine and financial woes, collected $4,000.
Quotable: "This place is my home track and I've got thousands of laps around here, so that helps," Marcoullier said. "We're going to continue with this car with the Ethanol Series and hopefully we can get our own program going again and hopefully we can get some things figured out and get financially stable again so we can do our own deal."
Key notes: Marcoullier earned his second American Ethanol Late Model Series victory of the season in a car he previously drove that's now owned by Chad Foster Sr. and Robert Wilson. ... Seventeen of the 22 starters finished the feature. ... Marcoullier finished runner-up to Rusty Schlenk in Friday's Ethanol action at I-96 Speedway. ... Merritt is in the midst of a project to disassemble, move and reinstall bleachers from the new-closed Illiana Motor Speedway in Shererville, Ind. ... Michigan Kenworth sponsored the Dean Whaley Memorial, which honored the first-ever track champion. ... Past champions were welcomed with free grandstand admission (along with a guest) and were recognized on the frontstretch during the evening's festivities.
On the move: Bill Bray of Spring Lake, Mich., started 14th to finish fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Marcoullier drove a Rocket Chassis sponsored by H&H Construction, Anderson Builders, Don's Auto Clinic and Budget Transmission.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Marcoullier led the series standings with 390 points over Ryan VanderVeen (382) and Brandon Thirlby (370).
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Curtis Roberts
Time: 14.103 seconds
Heat race winners: Josh Haynes, Rich Bell, Josh  Borton, Dona Marcoullier
Consolation race winners: Steven Hilliker , Mike Luberda
Next series race: August 19, Mount Pleasant Speedway (Mount Pleasant, MI) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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