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Daily Dirt 04/24/2024 01:46:39

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July 6
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: American Ethanol Late Model Tour (DIRTcar) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 7, 1:28 pm)
Mielke wins Merritt in dominant fashion
  1. David Mielke
  2. Brandon Thirlby
  3. Eric Spangler
  4. Travis Stemler
  5. Logan Arntz
  6. Rich Bell
  7. Nick Kurtz
  8. Brett Miller
  9. Michael Luberda Jr.
  10. Josh Knoll
  11. Andrew Terrill
  12. J.C. Witherspoon
  13. Steve Hillker
  14. John Goodrich
  15. Mike Vandermark
  16. Kyle Novak
  17. Dave Baker
  18. Dona Marcoullier
  19. Cody Bauer
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David Mielke after leading every lap at Merritt Speedway.
What won the race: David Mielke of Gladwin, Mich., dominated Saturday night's American Ethanol Late Model Tour action at Merritt Speedway, earning $5,000 for his second straight victory on the Michigan-based series. He beat defending series champion Brandon Thirlby to the finish line by 1.020 seconds in the 40-lap feature.
Quotable: “We just had a great weekend,” Mielke said. “A good starting (spot) definitely helped us. I don’t know how we would if we’d been back in traffic, but out in clean air this car was really good.”
Key notes: Mielke's previous series triumph came June 28 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. .... Three late cautions slowed the race, but Mielke launched off on each restart and was able to build a sizable lead on eventual runner-up Thirlby in a matter of a few circuits. ... Former tour champ Dona Marcoullier retired after two laps. ... All but five starters completed 40 laps.
On the move: Andrew Terrill of Sanford, Mich., started 18th and finished 11th.
Winner's sponsors: Mielke's Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Don's Auto Clinic, Warner Farms, Macon Marine Center, Highpoint, B.E. Motorsports and Thirlby Automotive.
Points chase: Thirlby (515 points) entered the event leading Travis Stemler (480), Logan Arntz (476), Rich Bell (446) and Rusty Schlenk (334).
Current weather: Cloudy, 72°F
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: David Mielke
Time: 14.903 seconds
Polesitter: David Mielke
Heat race winners: David Mielke, Travis Stemler
Consolation race winners: John Goodrich, Andrew Terrill
Next series race: July 19, I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Mielke, Stemler
Row 2: Spangler, Thirlby
Row 3: Marcoullier, Bauer
Row 4: Arntz, Novak
Row 5: Luberda, Kurtz
Row 6: Bell, Knoll
Row 7: Miller, Vandermark
Row 8: Hilliker, Witherspoon
Row 9: Goodrich, Terrill
Row 10: Nieuwenhuis, Baker  

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