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Daily Dirt 02/24/2020 22:12:07

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September 5
Eldora Speedway,
Rossburg, OH
Sanction: UMP DIRTcar special events (non-touring) (World 100 Friday even feature) - $5,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated September 6, 1:15 am)
Miller halts Korte's bid for special Eldora victory
World 100 Friday even feature
  1. Matt Miller
  2. Randy Korte
  3. Tim McCreadie
  4. R.J. Conley
  5. Darrell Lanigan
  6. John Blankenship
  7. Brandon Sheppard
  8. Brandon Overton
  9. Tyler Reddick
  10. Eric Wells
  11. Gregg Satterlee
  12. Chris Brown
  13. Terry Phillips
  14. Doug Drown
  15. Kent Robinson
  16. Jason Feger
  17. Shane Clanton
  18. Chad Ruhlman
  19. Mike Spatola
  20. Rodney Melvin
  21. Nick Latham
  22. Mack McCarter
  23. Wendell Wallace
  24. Earl Pearson Jr.
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Matt Miller (3) works on Randy Korte (00) in turns one and two.
What won the race: Denying retiring driver and cancer survivor Randy Korte a victory in his final World 100, Matt Miller overtook his fellow front-row starter on the 13th lap and held on for a $5,000 victory.
Key notes: The three-day World 100 weekend is Dirt Late Model racing's most prestigious event. ... DirtonDirt.com and Eldora Speedway have teamed up for a live pay-per-view production of this weekend's World 100. ... Friday's action includes complete time trials, then the field is split into odd-even groups to run heats, consolations and $5,000-to-win feature events. ... When action begins, click the related story link in the left column for blog-style live updates and results.
On the move: Brandon Sheppard started 12th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Miller drives a Rick Delong-owned Rocket Chassis that is powered by a APD Design Race Engine and carries sponsorship from Corrigan Oil, Dominator Race Products and Sunoco Race Fuels.
Car count: 120
Fast qualifier: Brandon Overton
Time: 15.616 seconds
Polesitter: Matt Miller
Heat race winners: Brandon Overton, Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, R.J. Conley, Randy Korte, Matt Miller
Consolation race winners: Terry Phillips, Mike Spatola
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

Matt Miller was battling more than a fellow front-row starter in Friday’s second 25-lapper during Eldora Speedway’s 44th annual World 100. He was battling a cancer-surviving driver on an emotional quest for a victory in his final visit to the historic half-mile oval.

Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., his car carrying a special graphics scheme thanking fans who donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation led the first half of the race from outside the front-row, but the polesitting Miller went under him on the 13th lap and held off Korte the rest of the way for a $5,000 victory.

As rain fell in victory lane — sprinkles began on the 17th lap and the weather sent fans scurrying for shelter — Miller knew what it meant to beat Korte, a two-time UMP DIRTcar champion and one of the winningest Illinois drivers over the past 20 years.

“My buddy Randy, I know it’s his last time and I hate to take it from him, but it’s a race and we need it as bad as he does,” said Miller, the Whitehouse, Ohio, driver who steered his Rick Delong-owned car to victory.

Korte settled for second in a race with a four-car breakaway among the starters in the first two rows. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was third followed by R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, while Darrell Lanigan rounded out the top five.

Korte, who entered the weekend excited to help cap his successful career, gave it his best shot against Miller.

“When we got in traffic, you never know what’s going to happen,” Korte said. “It got close there. I think he found a better grove than me when he passed me. The middle started getting really good and he figured it out before me.”

Korte jumped into the lead from outside the front row with Miller, McCreadie and Conley evenly spaced over the first 10 laps with Brandon Overton trailing further behind in fifth. Miller closed in on Korte on the 11th lap, then nipped Korte by a nose at the line on the 13th lap.

Instead of pulling away, though, Korte — and McCreadie just behind — continued to hound the leader in the caution-free affair.

McCreadie briefly went under Korte in turn four, but Korte’s crossover move into turn one returned him to the second spot, and with seven laps remaining he closed within striking distance and never let Miller get out of touch the rest of the way.

On the final lap, a slower car hampered Miller’s progress out of turn four, but he was able to keep Korte in check to take the checkers a half-second ahead of Korte.

Preliminaries

First heat (top three transfer): Brandon Overton, Gregg Satterlee, Tyler Reddick, Chris Brown, Jason Riggs, Nick Latham, Aaron Scott, Andrew Gordon, Brian Ruhlman, Tim Sabo.

Second heat (top three transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Eric Wells, Wendell Wallace, Terry Phillips, Delmas Conley, Shannon Thornberry, Don Hammer, Greg Johnson, Ron McQuerry, Jay Johnson.

Third heat (top three transfer): Tim McCreadie, Doug Drown, Shane Clanton, Josh Adkins, Tanner English, Terry Wolfenbarger, Tim Lance, Rodney Hamblin, Austin Hubbard. Scratched: Brett Wyatt.

Fourth heat (top three transfer): R.J. Conley, Earl Pearson Jr., Kent Robinson, Mike Spatola, Rodney Melvin, Mack McCarter, Rusty Schlenk, Steve Casebolt, Curtis Roberts, Ernie Cordier.

Fifth heat (top three transfer): Randy Korte, John Blankenship, Chad Ruhlman, Timothy Culp, George Lee, Wayne Chinn, Donald McIntosh, Steve Francis, Jerry Bowersock. Scratched: Chris Nash.

Sixth heat (top three transfer): Matt Miller, Brandon Sheppard, Jason Feger, Morgan Bagley, Mark Dotson, Jim Shereck, Brian Gray, Cecil Eunice. Scratched: Jackie Boggs.

First consolation (top three transfer): Terry Phillips, Chris Brown, Nick Latham, Josh Adkins, Don Hammer, Austin Hubbard, Tanner English, Delmas Conley, Brian Ruhlman, Terry Wolfenbarger, Shannon Thornsberry, Tim Lance, Aaron Scott, Greg Johnson, Jason Riggs, Tim Sabo. Ron McQuerry, Andrew Gordon. Scratched: Rodney Hamblin.

Second consolation (top three transfer): Mike Spatola, Mack McCarter, Rodney Melvin, Mark Dotson, Jim Shereck, Timothy Culp, Rusty Schlenk, Curtis Roberts, Wayne Chinn, Morgan Bagley, Jerry Bowersock, Brian Gray, George Lee, Cecil Eunice, Donald McIntosh. Scratched: Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis, Jackie Boggs.

Time trials (unofficial)

Pos. Driver (car no.), hometown, time

  1. Brandon Overton (5) Appling, Ga., 15.616
  2. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky., 15.649
  3. Brad Neat (41), Dunnville, Ky., 15.705
  4. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 15.755
  5. Duane Chamberlain (20c), Richmond, Ind., 15.773
  6. Rick Eckert (1), York, Pa., 15.814
  7. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.819
  8. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.831
  9. Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 15.853
  10. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.864
  11. Brian Shirley (81), Chatham, Ill., 15.879
  12. Brian Birkhofer (15B), Muscatine, Iowa, 15.898
  13. Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., 15.940
  14. Shannon Thornsberry (17), Martin, Ky., 15.948
  15. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 15.993
  16. Earl Pearson Jr. (44), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.997
  17. Randy Korte (00), Highland, Ill., 16.021
  18. Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 16.039
  19. Chris Brown (21), Spring, Texas, 16.047
  20. Eric Wells (18), Hazard, Ky., 16.059
  21. Doug Drown (20), Wooster, Ohio, 16.072
  22. Mike Spatola (89), Manhattan, Ill., 16.077
  23. Chad Ruhlman (49c), Bemus Point, N.Y., 16.083
  24. Matt Miller (3), Whitehouse, Ohio, 16.091
  25. Aaron Scott (33), Newark, Ohio, 16.127
  26. Jay Johnson (93), West Burlington, Iowa, 16.184
  27. Tim Lance (48), Brimfield, Ill., 16.203
  28. Jared Landers (777), Batesville, Ark., 16.219
  29. Ross Nicastri (3), Camden, New South Wales, 16.237
  30. Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 16.250
  31. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 16.280
  32. Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 16.303
  33. Josh Adkins (19m), Talladega, Ala., 16.324
  34. Mack McCarter (51), Gatlinburg, Tenn., 16.330
  35. Donald McIntosh (7), Dawsonville, Ga., 16.332
  36. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 16.345
  37. Steve Lance (25), Cuba, Ill., 16.349
  38. Greg Johnson (80), Bedford, Ind., 16.362
  39. Brett Wyatt (360), Crossville, Tenn., 16.368
  40. Steve Casebolt (c9), Richmond, Ind., 16.414
  41. George Lee (61), Millersburg, Ohio, 16.432
  42. Jim Shereck (17), St. Charles, Mo., 16.458
  43. Brian Ruhlman (49), Clarklake, Mich., 16.494
  44. Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo., 16.544
  45. Terry Wolfenbarger (14), Powell, Tenn., 16.601
  46. Curtis Roberts (9r), Coleman, Mich., 16.678
  47. Dan Schlieper (15) Oak Creek, Wis., 16.741
  48. Curtis Deisenroth (102D), Oak Harbor, Ohio, 16.810
  49. Andrew Gordon (18g), Dubois, Pa., 16.874
  50. Don Hammer (45) Clinton, Ill., 16.951
  51. Tanner English (96),Benton, Ky., 16.991
  52. Rodney Melvin (27), Benton, Ill., 17.114
  53. Timothy Culp (c8), West Monroe, La., 17.183
  54. Brian Gray (3), Hamilton, Ohio, 17.228
  55. Tim Sabo (16) Toledo, Ohio., 17.435
  56. Ron McQuerry (24hr), St. Albans, Mo., 18.004
  57. Rodney Hamblin (14), Downs, Ill., 18.187
  58. Ernie Cordier (4c), Brodhead, Ky., 18.467
  59. Chris Nash (54), Kalamazoo, Mich., no time
 
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