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Daily Dirt 07/14/2024 21:11:39

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July 4
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: DIRTcar Racing (non-touring) - $10,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated July 5, 10:49 am)
Schlenk claims $10,000 victory at Merritt
  1. Rusty Schlenk
  2. Travis Stemler
  3. Chad Finley
  4. David Mielke
  5. Brandon Thirlby
  6. Curtis Roberts
  7. Logan Arntz
  8. Dave Baker
  9. Mike Staszak
  10. Cody Bauer
  11. Torrey Ahrens
  12. J.C. Witherspoon
  13. Kyle Roberts
  14. Kyle Novak
  15. Dona Marcoullier
  16. Dave Bowen
  17. Jake Thompson
  18. Eric Spangler
  19. Steve Nieuwenhuis
  20. Rob Lewis
  21. Rod Laney
  22. Isaac Wolfgang
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Rusty Schlenk poses with his trophy following his $10,000 July 4 win.
What won the race: Third-starting Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, overtook Eric Spangler for the lead on lap three and proceeded to run away to a $10,000 victory in Saturday night’s AllStar Performance Challenge Series event at Merritt Speedway. Schlenk topped Travis Stemler by 1.979 seconds the 50-lapper.
Key notes: Schlenk registered his seventh overall triumph of 2020 in an AllStar Performance Challenge Series event that highlighted a two-night race weekend at Merritt. … Fifth-place finisher Brandon Thirlby was involved in a crash that left the Traverse City, Mich., driver with two broken wrists and his car “not repairable” according to his Facebook page. Thirlby plans to see an orthopedic surgeon on Monday. … Action kicked off Friday with David Mielke of Gladwin, Mich., grabbing a $2,000 win. Mielke was fourth on Saturday. … Schlenk finished seventh in Friday’s weekend opener. … Saturday’s program boasted of the “largest fireworks display in northern Michigan.”
On the move: Chad Finley of Lansing, Mich., started 11th and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Schlenk’s Domination Race Car is powered by a Mullins 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, Bilstein, ML Performance, Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Entering the event, Dona Marcoullier and Chad Finley were tied atop Merritt’s standings with 161 points each.
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Travis Stemler
Time: 13.727 seconds
Polesitter: Eric Spangler
Heat race winners: Travis Stemler, Dona Marcoullier, David Mielke
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Spangler, Roberts
Row 2: Schlenk, Mielke
Row 3: Stemler, Thirlby
Row 4: Marcoullier, Arntz
Row 5: Baker, Staszak
Row 6: Finley, Bauer
Row 7: Thompson, Novak
Row 8: Ahrens, Laney
Row 9: Roberts, Bowen
Row 10: Niewenhuis, Witherspoon
Row 11: Wolfgang, Church
Row 12: Lewis
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