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Daily Dirt 02/05/2023 21:54:04

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April 26
I-96 Speedway,
Lake Odessa, MI
Sanction: Sunoco American Late Model Series - $2,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated April 27, 6:12 am)
Schlenk grabs $2,000 payday at I-96
  1. Rusty Schlenk
  2. Logan Arntz
  3. Brandon Thirlby
  4. Travis Stemler
  5. Chad Finley
  6. Casey Noonan
  7. Rich Bell
  8. David Mielke
  9. Chad Stapleton
  10. Eric Spangler
  11. Scott Fisk
  12. Phil Ausra
  13. Austin Burns
  14. Rob Anderzack
  15. Nick Kurtz
  16. Rich Neiser
  17. Chad White
  18. Hillard Miller
  19. Jayson Playter Jr.
  20. Ryan Missler
  21. Garrett Wiles
  22. Ryan VanderVeen
presented by
Steve Datema
Rusty Schlenk picked up his 28th career ALMS victory.
What won the race: Sixth-starting Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, captured Friday’s Sunoco American Late Model Series season-opener. Schlenk topped polesitter Logan Arntz for a $2,000 victory at I-96 Speedway. Brandon Thirlby finished third.
Key notes: Rusty Schlenk’s win came on a night of gradual improvement. He started seventh in his heat and finished second before starting on the third row of the main event and improving five more positions. … The win also came on the 79th birthday of Hall of Fame chassis builder C.J. Rayburn, whose Whiteland, Ind.-built chassis brand Schlenk pilots. … It was Schlenk’s second win overall of 2019 and his 28th career Sunoco ALMS triumph. He’s currently fourth on the tour’s all-time win list. … Schlenk tied Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., with four ALMS victories at I-96. His previous wins there came in 2018, 2014 and way back in 2004. … Outside front-row starter Ryan Vanderveen failed to start the feature. ... Saturday's ALMS event at Eldora Speedway was scrapped with the Rossburg, Ohio, oval, facing road closures from flooding conditions in the area.
On the move: Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Mich., started 18th and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Schlenk’s C.J. Rayburn Race Car is powered by an ECR Engine and sponsored by Buckeye Concrete Coatings, Tom Finch Automotive, Dominator Race Products, Velocita USA, Landrum Performance Springs, VP Racing Fuel, Vahlco Racing Wheels, Wilwood and CP-Carrillo.
Points chase: Schlenk grabbed the early ALMS points lead.
Current weather: Partly Cloudy, 50°F
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Brandon Thirlby
Time: 15.985 seconds
Polesitter: Logan Arntz
Heat race winners: Logan Arntz, Ryan VanderVeen, Chad Stapleton
Consolation race winners: Chad Finley
Next series race: May 10, Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Arntz, Vanderveen
Row 2: Stapleton, Stemler
Row 3: Spangler, Schlenk
Row 4: Bell, Noonan
Row 5: Neiser, Anderzack
Row 6: Mielke, Missler
Row 7: White, Kurtz
Row 8: Fisk, Finley
Row 9: Burns, Thirlby
Row 10: Playter, Wiles
Row 11: Ausra, Miller

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