Curl Captures His First Win of 2013 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Kankakee County Speedway

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified NationalsKANKAKEE, Ill. — July 12, 2013 — Jeff Curl passed race-long leader Nick Allen with six laps remaining and then held on to the checkered flag to secure his first win of the 2013 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season at Kankakee County Speedway.

Curl, of Forrest, Ill., started sixth and found the early-going a challenge to find room to make a pass, leaving him stuck outside the top five. A restart near the midway point gave him the opportunity he needed and with the field bunched up he moved to the outside line. Not many drivers chose to get off of the bottom of the track, giving Curl enough room to pass and catch Allen, who had dominated the entire race from his pole-position.

Allen, seeing Curl cutting into his lead, moved up to the high side to try and hold off Curl, but Curl was too strong as he got to the corner of Allen’s car and slipped by him going into turn three with six laps remaining. Curl then held off Kenny Wallace en route to scoring the $1,000 checkered flag, his first of the six-week long tour.

Curl becomes the 18th different winner in 21 races heading into the final week of the tour. Only Mike Harrison (3) and Devin Gilpin (2) have won more than once.

“I found something in the middle of (turn) one and two, and got alongside of Nick Allen, and I knew if I couldn’t get him in one and two then I would finish second to him,” said Curl, who won this same event last year. “To go by guys like (Mike) Harrison, Nick Allen and Kenny Wallace we’ve just worked really hard to get to this point and I can’t think all the guys enough.”

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Kenny Wallace, Nick Allen, Steven Brooks Dave Porth rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Kenny Wallace, Mike Harrison and Nick Allen.

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals continues Sunday night at Vermillion County Speedway located in Danville, Illinois.

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway; July 12, 2013

A-Main (25-laps): 1. Jeff Curl ($1,000), 2. Kenny Wallace, 3. Nick Allen, 4. Steven Brooks, 5. Dave Porth, 6. James Farris Sr., 7. Mike McKinney, 8. Mike Harrison, 9. Chad Osterhoff, 10. Todd Sherman, 11. Devin Wright, 12. Shawn Scripter, 13. Kevin Hastings, 14. Jason Hastings, 15. Richie Dawson, 16. Ray Bollinger, 17. Jason Klopp, 18. Thomas Pasek, 19. Andrew Funk, 20. Travis Kohler, 21. Dane Tilstra, 22. AJ Dixon, 23. Rusty Griffaw, 24. Shannon Mudro, 25. Joe Gillespie.

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points
1. 24 Mike Harrison 474
2. 16 Rusty Griffaw 452
3. C12 Jeff Curl 449
4. 36 Kenny Wallace 424
5. 3L Jeff Leka 402
6. 32 Donovan Lodge 393
7. 77 Ray Bollinger 379
8. O5 Dave Wietholder 357
9. 41 Matt Goulden 347
10. 8 Levi Kissinger 339

2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals

Day Date Track Location Winner
Saturday June 8 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN Devin Gilpin
Wednesday June 12 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN Devin Gilpin (2)
Friday June 14 Kankakee County Speedway Kankakee, IL Nick Allen
Sunday June 16 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, WI Mitch McGrath
Wednesday June 19 Spoon River Speedway Canton, IL Kenny Wallace
Thursday June 20 Belle-Clair Speedway Belleville, IL Brian Beilong
Friday June 21 Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL Michael Long
Saturday June 22 Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, IL Lance Dehm
Sunday June 23 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI Dona Marcoullier
Monday June 24 Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL PPD/Rain July 15
Wednesday June 26 Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, TN Matt Cooper
Thursday June 27 Clayhill Motorsports Park Atwood, TN Lucas Lee
Friday June 28 Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY Mike Harrison
Saturday June 29 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Canceled/Rain
Sunday June 30 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, IL Ray Bollinger
Tuesday July 2 Quincy Raceways Quincy, IL Steven DeLonjay
Wednesday July 3 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, IL David Wietholder
Thursday July 4 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, IL Donovan Lodge
Friday July 5 Fayette County Speedway Brownstown, IL Brent Mullins
Saturday July 6 Highland Speedway Highland, IL PPD/Rain Aug. 25
Sunday July 7 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN Mike Harrison (2)
Tuesday July 9 Florence Speedway Union, KY Ryan Thomas
Wednesday July 10 Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN Canceled/Rain
Thursday July 11 Macon Speedway Macon, IL Mike Harrison (3)
Friday July 12 Kankakee County Speedway Kankakee, IL Jeff Curl
Sunday July 14 Vermillion County Speedway Danville, IL
Monday July 15 Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL
Wednesday July 17 Brushcreek Motorsports Park Peebles, OH
Friday July 19 Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH
Saturday July 20 Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, OH

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