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Daily Dirt 03/28/2023 03:28:44

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July 31
Duck River Raceway Park,
Wheel, TN
Sanction: Schaeffer's Southern Nationals - $3,500
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated August 1, 8:37 am)
Marlar storms from sixth to victory at Duck River
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Tanner English
  3. Dane Dacus
  4. Eric Jacobsen
  5. Terry English
  6. Josh Putnam
  7. Chris Madden
  8. Donald McIntosh
  9. Ryan Gifford
  10. Stacy Boles
  11. Craig Vosbergen
  12. Vic Hill
  13. Michael Chilton
  14. Brandon Kinzer
  15. Billy Ogle Jr.
  16. Mark Fields
  17. Eric Hickerson
  18. David Seibers
  19. Jim Manka
  20. Ronny Lee Hollingsworth
  21. Austin Smith
  22. Bub McCool
  23. Anthony Burroughs
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Mike Marlar takes he checkered flag at Duck River.
What won the race: Sixth-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., got around second-starting Tanner English of Benton, Ky., on the 11th lap to take the second position and stormed past polesitter and early race leader Dane Dacus of Lakeland, Tenn., one lap later. The 36-year-old Marlar never looked back over the final 23 laps en route to a $3,500 payday and his first Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series win of 2014.
Quotable: "Everybody was racing really hard, and I just kind of caught them guys guarding each other and got around on the outside," Marlar said. "A heckuva race. Man, they've turned this racetrack into an awesome racetrack. If you're good, you can start wherever and win the race."
Key notes: Dacus jumped out front at the drop of the green and led the first 11 laps. ... English followed Marlar past Dacus on the 12th lap and held second at the finish. ... The 35-lapper lapper was slowed by a few cautions over the first half of the race, but ran caution-free down the stretch. ... Bub McCool was eliminated when Eric Jacobsen squeezed him on the frontstretch. ... Another caution came when Josh Putnam got hung up in turn four, collecting Austin Smith and triggering scramble. ... Sixteen drivers completed all 35 laps. ... Marlar previously scored a last-lap victory on May 25 at Duck River, when he overtook the runner-up's father, Terry English, on the last circuit in a Ray Cook-officiated event. ... Marlar, who gave his winner's trophy to a young fan, has three career Southern Nationals victories; both of his previous triumphs came in 2012. ... Duck River hosted the eighth of 10 races on the Ray Cook-promoted miniseries.
On the move: Series points leader Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., scratched from his consolation race and was forced to take a provisional starting spot, but he salvaged the night with a charge forward from 21st to finish seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar's Ronnie Delk-owned Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Convenient Lube, Delk Equipment Sales, GW Performance, Midwest Sheet Metal and RS Trading Co.
Points chase: After eight races, Chris Madden has 1,527 points to lead Eric Jacobsen (1,495) and Billy Ogle Jr. (1,451).
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Austin Smith
Time: 12.293 seconds
Polesitter: Dane Dacus
Dash winner: Dane Dacus
Consolation race winners: Stacy Boles, Mike Marlar, Josh Putnam, Donald McIntosh
Provisional starters: Chris Madden, Jim Manka
Next series race: August 1, Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) $5,300
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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