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Daily Dirt 12/11/2023 00:42:07

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July 25
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: DIRTcar Racing (non-touring) - $3,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 27, 10:33 am)
Stemler tops Spangler at Merritt for $3,000
  1. Travis Stemler
  2. Eric Spangler
  3. David Mielke
  4. Dona Marcoullier
  5. Brandon Thirlby
  6. Cody Bauer
  7. J.C. Witherspoon
  8. Andrew Terrill
  9. Ryan Lanphierd
  10. David Hilliker
  11. Chad Finley
  12. Torrey Ahrens
  13. Greg Gokey
  14. Kyle Novak
  15. Dave Baker
  16. Mike Staszak
  17. Craig Foster
  18. Rod Laney
  19. Rob Lewis
  20. Steve Nieuwenhuis
  21. Logan Arntz
  22. Rusty Schlenk
  23. Jake Thompson
  24. Dave Bowen
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Travis Stemler earned $3,000 for his Merritt victory.
What won the race: Travis Stemler of Ionia, Mich., turned back challenges from 19th-starting Eric Spangler to capture a $3,000 victory in the Allstar Performance Challenge Series feature at Merritt Speedway on Saturday night, completing a sweep of the series weekend doubleheader. Stemler took the checkers 2.988 seconds ahead of Spangler to extend his lead atop the series points standings.
Key notes: With his $3,000 victory Friday night at Tri-City Motor Speedway, Stemler completed the weekend sweep on Saturday evening to claim $6,000 in weekend earnings. … Twelfth-starting Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Mich., claimed a top-five finish with splints on both wrists from fractures sustained in a Fourth of July wreck at Merritt. … Merritt Speedway hosted the second leg of the weekend doubleheader for the The Allstar Performance Late Model Challenge Series presented by American Ethanol. The first-year series is a challenge series between Merritt and Tri-City Motor Speedway and offers a $10,000 payout to the champion.
On the move: Eric Spangler of Lake City, Mich., started 19th and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Stemler's Anklam Racing Rocket Chassis has a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsorship from McCallister Cat Rental, Great Lakes Directional Drilling, AP Smillie Contracting, Britt Heinz Tree Services, Cusack Collisions, Heim Electric, Gary and Sharon Patrick, Positive Cleaning, The Twisted Monkey and Fisk Trucking
Points chase: Stemler entered the weekend with 214 points to lead second-place Rusty Schlenk, who had 200 points before Friday’s race.
Current weather: Clear, 79°F
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Rusty Schlenk
Time: 13.697 seconds
Polesitter: Travis Stemler
Heat race winners: Travis Stemler, Andrew Terrill, Logan Arntz
Next series race: August 7, Merritt Speedway (Lake City, MI) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Stemler, Arntz
Row 2: Gokey, Mielke
Row 3: Thompson, Bauer
Row 4: Schlenk, Lanphierd
Row 5: Terrill, Nieuwenhuis
Row 6: Novak, Thirlby
Row 7: Witherspoon, Finley
Row 8: Marcoullier, Laney
Row 9: Baker, Hilliker
Row 10: Spangler, Staszak
Row 11: Bowen, Foster
Row 12: Ahrens, Lewis
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