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Daily Dirt 10/07/2022 13:50:51

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September 5
Merritt Speedway,
Lake City, MI
Sanction: DIRTcar Racing (non-touring) - $4,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated September 6, 10:18 am)
Marcoullier turns back Spangler at Merritt
  1. Dona Marcoullier
  2. Eric Spangler
  3. Chad Finley
  4. Travis Stemler
  5. David Mielke
  6. Logan Arntz
  7. David Hilliker
  8. Colin Shipley
  9. Curtis Roberts
  10. Rusty Schlenk
  11. Greg Gokey
  12. Dave Baker
  13. Steven Hilliker
  14. J.C. Witherspoon
  15. Ryan Lanphierd
  16. Steve Nieuwenhuis
  17. Mike Staszak
  18. Rob Lewis
  19. Dan Hersey
  20. Rick Gokee Jr.
  21. Todd Spencer
  22. Rod Laney
presented by
Randy Ellen
Dona Marcoullier collects his hardware after winning Saturday at Merritt.
What won the race: Grabbing his second special event win in as many days, fourth-starting Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Mich., won Saturday's Lane Automotive-Allstar Performance Challenge feature at Merritt Speedway. Backing up Friday’s win at Tri-City Motor Speedway, Marcoullier topped second-row mate Eric Spangler for a $4,000 payday in the Tri-City-Merritt Speedway miniseries.
Key notes: Marcoullier finished 0.730 of a second ahead of Spangler to win his second Lane Automotive-Allstar Performance Challenge Series feature at Merritt. … Twelve of the 22 starters completed all 40 laps. … After breaking his motor during time trials, fast qualifier Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, borrowed Cody Bauer’s Domination Race Car and started in the rear of his heat. Schlenk improved two positions in the heat, started 15th in the feature and finished 10th. … Polesitter Ryan Lanphierd of Midland, Mich., finished 15th after completing only 26 laps. … Friday’s race was the first of back-to-back Lane Automotive-Allstar Performance Challenge Series action at Merritt. … Saturday’s finale pays $10,000-to-win.
On the move: Travis Stemler of Ionia, Mich., started ninth and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Marcoullier's Black Diamond Chassis is powered by a Ryhne Competition Engine with sponsorship from Patrick Plumbing, Dennis Craft Construction, Rosebrugh Construction, Jimmy's Collision, Todd Roseburg Trucking, Randall's Collision, Roscommon Auto Recyclers, McBain Body Shop, Wilds True Value, Quickcar Racing, Allstar Performance and KBC Graphics.
Points chase: David Mielke (383 points) of Gladwin, Mich., leads Merritt’s standings over Chad Finley (377), Cody Bauer (356), Eric Soangler (310) and Brandon Thirlby (307).
Current weather: Clear, 52°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Rusty Schlenk
Time: 13.066 seconds
Heat race winners: David Mielke, Logan Arntz, Eric Spangler
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Lanphierd, Mielke
Row 2: Spangler, Marcoullier
Row 3: S. Hilliker, Arntz
Row 4: Finley, D. Hilliker
Row 5: Stemler, Shipley
Row 6: Roberts, G. Gokey
Row 7: Lewis, R. Gokey Jr.
Row 8: Schlenk, Spencer
Row 9: Witherspoon, Baker
Row 10: Laney, Nieuwenhuis
Row 11: Hersey, Staszak

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