By Jordan Morris
HIGHLAND, Ill. July 5, 2014 Rusty Griffaw dominated his way to his first victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season Saturday night, leading flag-to-flag en route to capturing the $1,000 prize at Highland Speedway.
After coming up a few spots short on Friday night at Fayette County Speedway, Griffaw kept the pressure on the rest of the field the entire night by starting up front and capturing the lead early.
Griffaw held off a hard-charging Mike Harrison who managed to set the quick time for the night, but due to a poor finish in his heat, had to rally his way to the front. Harrison charged through the field, eventually getting to the runner-up position, but it would be too late as Griffaw had built an insurmountable lead.
Harrison for the second night in-a-row had to settle for the runner-up position. With only 10 events remaining in the grueling six week-long 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, Harrison holds a firm grasp in the championship hunt, maintaining a substantial points lead.
Griffaw, who is not running for the championship this year, still found a way to hold off a red-hot Harrison, leading every lap of the 30-lap feature event, and scoring the well-deserved $1,000 checkered flag at Highland Speedway.
Brian Beilong, Chris Smith and John Seets Sr. rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners were Griffaw, Tim Hancock and Matt Goulden.
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Saturday night at Highland Speedway in Highland, Ill.
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Highland Speedway; Highland, Ill.; July 5, 2014;
A-Main (30-laps): 1. 16-Rusty Griffaw ($1,000), 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 3. 70-Brian Beilong, 4. 15-Chris Smith, 5. 360-John Seets Sr, 6. 3D-Ryan Driemeyer, 7. 84-Tyler Deibert, 8. 16S-Steve Stotler, 9. 96-Matt Koch, 10. 128-Zach Schantz, 11. 52-Billy Knebel Jr, 12. 87Z-Zeb Moake, 13. 41G-Matt Goulden, 14. 76-Eric Goetter, 15. 7-Dennis Ponder, 16. 0-Tim Hancock, 17. 14R-Tim Burdel, 18. 18-Jake Seets, 19. 9S-Tommy Seets Jr, 20. 27-Len Garson, 21. 6K-Justin Ketrow, 22. 11-Chad Sellers.
2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Schedule
|June 7||Sat||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, Ind.||Tyler Nicely|
|June 11||Wed||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, Ind.||RAIN|
|June 12||Thur||Kankakee Co-Speedway||Kankakee, Ill.||Devin Gilpin|
|June 13||Fri||Kankakee Co-Speedway||Kankakee, Ill.||Jacob Poel|
|June 18||Wed||Spoon River Speedway||Canton, Ill.||Jacob Poel|
|June 19||Thur||Quincy Raceways||Quincy, Ill.||RAIN|
|June 20||Fri||Tri-City Speedway||Pontoon Beach, Ill.||Mike Harrison|
|June 21||Sat||Fairbury Speedway||Fairbury, Ill.||RAIN|
|June 22||Sun||I-96 Speedway||Ionia, Mich.||Jacob Poel|
|June 23||Mon||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, Ill.||David Wietholder|
|June 25||Wed||Clarksville Speedway Park||Clarksville, Tenn.||Mike Harrison|
|June 26||Thur||Clayhill Motorsports Park||Atwood, Tenn.||Hunter Rasdon|
|June 27||Fri||Paducah Int-Raceway||Paducah, Ky.||RAIN|
|June 28||Sat||Federated I-55 Raceway||Pevely, Mo.||Mike Harrison|
|June 29||Sun||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, Ill.||Jacob Poel|
|July 1||Tue||Belle-Clair Speedway||Belleville, Ill.||Mike Harrison|
|July 2||Wed||Jacksonville Speedway||Jacksonville, Ill.||Mike Harrison|
|July 3||Thur||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, Ill.||Mike Harrison|
|July 4||Fri||Fayette Co-Speedway||Brownstown, Ill.||Brian Shaw|
|July 5||Sat||Highland Speedway||Highland, Ill.||Rusty Griffaw|
|July 6||Sun||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, Ind.||$1,000|
|July 8||Tue||Florence Speedway||Union, Ky.||$1,000|
|July 9||Wed||Terre Haute Action Track||Terre Haute, Ind.||$1,000|
|July 10||Thur||Macon Speedway||Macon, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 11||Fri||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 13||Sun||Vermilion Co-Speedway||Danville, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 16||Wed||Atomic Speedway||Chillicothe, Ohio||$1,000|
|July 17||Thu||Brushcreek Motorsports||Peebles, Ohio||TBA|
|July 18||Fri||Attica Raceway Park||Attica, Ohio||$1,000|
|July 19||Sat||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, Ohio||$1,000|
The Summit Racing Modified Nationals is proudly brought to you by these fine partners : Summit Racing Equipment (Title Sponsor), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Provider), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Racing Tire), Racing Electronics (Official Communication ), Velocita (Official Uniform),VP Racing Fuels (Official Fuel), along with these Contingency Parters: MSD, TomCat Performance, Landrum Performance Springs, Dominator Race Products, QuarterMaster, KSE Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Joes Racing Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Beyea Custom Headers, Fast Shafts, Bassett Racing Wheels, QA1, Auto Meter, Fluidampr, Fox Shocks, Impact Race Products, Penske Shocks, Performance Friction Brakes, Strange Oval, Schoenfeld Headers, Bell Helmets, Shafer Enterprises Cool Shirts; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal and Intercomp.