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Daily Dirt 02/25/2020 07:57:35

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July 2
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) - $4,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 3, 10:15 am)
Marcoullier outruns Spangler for Merritt victory
  1. Dona Marcoullier
  2. Eric Spangler
  3. Ryan VanderVeen
  4. Rich Bell
  5. Devin Shiels
  6. Brandon Thirlby
  7. Travis Stemler
  8. Andrew Terrill
  9. Rich Neiser
  10. Brian Ruhlman
  11. Dave Hartman
  12. Chris Brindley
  13. Greg Gokey
  14. Kyle Roberts
  15. Dave Bowen
  16. Derek Thebo
  17. Curt Spalding
  18. Jason Playter Jr.
  19. Matt Shipley
  20. Nick Kurtz
  21. Craig Foster
  22. Chad Foster
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Dona Marcoullier won Sunday's American Ethanol Late Model Tour main event at Merritt.
What won the race: Winning a battle of track champions, ninth-starting Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., overtook hometown driver Eric Spangler on the 24th lap and led the rest of the way Sunday at Merritt Speedway. His American Ethanol Late Model Tour victory paid $4,000.
Quotable: “This car is awesome. Hat’s off to Mark Richards, Steve Baker … I mean this XR1 Rocket, it’s by far one of the best investments we’ve ever made,” said Marcoullier. “I guess it gives you character, starting ninth and winning the son-of-a-gun. I don’t know … I’m happy. Last night was kinda rough on things. We spent all day changing parts and bent pieces trying to get this thing back to where it needs to be.”
Key notes: Marcoullier notched his series-leading fourth victory of 2017 in front of the largest crowd in Merritt history. ... Thirteen drivers completed 40 laps. ... The feature began nearly eight hours after hot laps started. ... It was the second race of a weekend doubleheader for the Ethanol tour; Spangler won Saturday at Thunderbird Raceway. … Merritt hosts the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals on July 13.
On the move: Winner Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., advanced eight positions.
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: Entering the weekend, Marcoullier (429 points) led the series points over Eric Spangler (383), Brandon Thirlby (335), Brian Ruhlman (322) and Ryan VanderVeen (321).
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: Eric Spangler
Time: 14.701 seconds
Polesitter: Eric Spangler
Heat race winners: Eric Spangler, Dona Marcoullier, Travis Stemler
Consolation race winners: Chris Brindley
Provisional starters: Matt Shipley, Chad  Foster
Next series race: July 28, I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Spangler, Bowen
Row 2: Shiels, Bell
Row 3: Thirlby, Stemler
Row 4: Thebo, Neiser
Row 5: Marcoullier, VanderVeen
Row 6: Hartman, Kurtz
Row 7: Terrill, Ruhlman
Row 8: Ja. Playter, Brindley
Row 9: Spalding, Gokey
Row 10: Roberts, Cr. Foster
Row 11: Shipley, Ch. Foster

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