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May 26
I-96 Speedway,
Lake Odessa, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) (Dual on Dirt) - $4,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated May 27, 8:47 am)
Reigning champ rules in Ethanol season opener
Dual on Dirt
  1. Dona Marcoullier
  2. Brian Ruhlman
  3. Eric Spangler
  4. Brandon Thirlby
  5. Ryan VanderVeen
  6. Curt Spalding
  7. Rusty Schlenk
  8. Casey Noonan
  9. Scott Fisk
  10. Curtis Roberts
  11. Rich Neiser
  12. Derek Thebo
  13. Chad White
  14. Jayson Playter Jr.
  15. Travis Stemler
  16. Rich Bell
  17. Dan Wallace
  18. Nick Kurtz
  19. Bry Johnson
  20. Scott Phillips
  21. Mathew Chapman
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Dona Marcoullier takes the checkers in the Ethanol Tour opener.
What won the race: Improving eight positions in just 20 laps, ninth-starting Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., took command on the 21st circuit and controlled the remainder of the 40-lap distance for a 1.688-second triumph over polesitter Brian Ruhlman in the American Ethanol Late Model Tour season-opener. The reigning series champion earned $4,000 for his efforts.
Key notes: Marcoullier, who has a series-leading six Ethanol victories, also won I-96's season-opening program on April 28 over a field of 18 cars. ... Brian Ruhlman and Rich Bell each took turns out front in the first half of the 40-lapper; Bell went off the backstretch on lap 21 and drew a caution. ... Seventh-place finisher Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, swept the Ethanol tour's 2016 stops at I-96. ... The DIRTcar-backed Michigan series is entering its third season of competition. ... With an increased points fund, the tour's champion will earn $10,000 in 2017; all drivers attending at least 80% (11) of the tour's 14 events will receive a points fund check. ... As of May 22, a total of 22 teams had stated intentions of a full-time run on the tour this season. ... Sprint cars were also on the card. ... The series visited Lake Odessa for the first of three scheduled events; I-96 hosts the tour again on June 25 and July 28.
On the move: The winner advanced from the ninth starting position.
Winner's sponsors: Marcoullier’s Rocket Chassis has a Vic Hill Racing Engine and is sponsored by Dennis Craft Construction, Dubie Groomer, Jimmy’s Collision, McBain Body Shop and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Friday's race opened the tour's 2017 campaign. Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., was the tour's 2016 champion, while Rich Neiser of Fruitport, Mich., claimed the crown in 2015.
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Dona Marcoullier
Time: 16.271 seconds
Heat race winners: Dona Marcoullier, Curt Spalding, Eric Spangler
Consolation race winners: Curtis Roberts
Next series race: June 14, Merritt Speedway (Lake City, MI) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Ruhlman, Wallace
Row 2: Bell, Schlenk
Row 3: Thirlby, Spalding
Row 4: Spangler, Stemler
Row 5: Marcoullier, Neiser
Row 6: White, Fisk
Row 7: VanderVeen, Johnson
Row 8: Kurtz, Roberts
Row 9: Noonan, Chapman
Row 10: Thebo, Philips
Row 11: Playter

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