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Daily Dirt 10/25/2021 17:37:39

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September 23
Berlin Raceway,
Marne, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) (Boyne Machine 40) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated September 24, 8:10 am)
Marcoullier tops Spangler for $5,000 at Berlin
Boyne Machine 40
  1. Dona Marcoullier
  2. Ryan VanderVeen
  3. Rich Bell
  4. Eric Spangler
  5. Greg Gokey
  6. Rich Neiser
  7. Jason Playter Jr.
  8. Kevin Reeve
  9. Nick Kurtz
  10. Zack Olger
  11. Brandon Thirlby
  12. Matt Shipley
  13. Brad Harden
  14. Phil Ausra
  15. Chad White
  16. Eddie Reyes
  17. Bill Bray
  18. Pat Elhert
  19. Drew Wilkerson
  20. Jared Guinn
  21. Chad Finley
  22. Tyler Norton
  23. Travis Stemler
presented by
Steve Datema
Dona Marcoullier (6m) works under Eric Spangler (27) at Berlin.
What won the race: Overtaking his closest title rival on the 31st lap, Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., led the rest of the way Saturday on the dirt-covered asphalt at Berlin Raceway for his series-leading fifth American Ethanol Late Model Tour victory of the season. Marcoullier earned $5,000 for the triumph using the high side to overtake Eric Spangler, who led laps 8-31 but slipped to fourth at the finish.
Quotable: "The car was really good in the heat race, and I just fine-tuned it for the feature. I was just mainly biding my time," winner Dona Marcoullier said of a lengthy battle with Eric Spangler. "I was just trying to find the right point where we didn't make any contact and just race clean."
Key notes: Marcoullier has 10 career series victories, half of them in 2017. He had a 0.912-second edge on runner-up Ryan VanderVeen at the checkers. ... Eric Spangler slipped from second to fourth after the lap-37 restart, allowing Ryan VanderVeen and Rich Bell past. ... Early leader Chad Finley, who competes on asphalt in the ARCA division, clipped an infield tire before halfway to bring out a caution, forcing him to the tail. ... Fifteen drivers completed 40 laps. ... The race was the first of three straight Saturdays of American Ethanol Late Model Tour action at Berlin, a 7/16-mile paved oval that is ending its 2017 campaign with a dirt covering the surface.
Winner's sponsors: Marcoullier’s Rocket Chassis has a Vic Hill Racing Engine and is sponsored by Northside Services, Dennis Craft Construction, Dubie Groomer, Jimmy’s Collision, McBain Body Shop and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Heading to Berlin, Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., had 847 points to lead Eric Spangler (761) and Brandon Thirlby (692).
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Brandon Thirlby
Time: 16.812 seconds
Heat race winners: Rich Neiser, Dona Marcoullier, Eric Spangler
Next series race: September 30, Berlin Raceway (Marne, MI) $0
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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