By Jordan Morris
PEORIA, Ill. — June 23, 2014 — David Wietholder captured his first win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals in dominating fashion Monday night, overtaking Jeff Curl on lap three and leading the final 23 laps en route to capturing the victory at Peoria Speedway.
Wietholder, whose last DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory came almost one year ago on July 3 at Jacksonville Speedway, started the race on the outside of pole-sitter Jeff Curl, who led the opening two laps of the 25-lap feature and looked as if he would be able to make-up points on championship leader Jacob Poel.
Curl’s early success was short-lived as Wietholder eventually powered his way around the leader and drove off from the rest of the field. Only Mike Harrison, who set quick time earlier in the night but started from the second row after a second place finish in heat two, was able to provide a challenge to Wietholder for the win.
Harrison passed Curl easily as Curl’s car suddenly became ill-handling as he slipped back to a 10th-place finish. Harrison would catch up to Wietholder but was not able to pass him. Wietholder held off Harrison by half a second as he grabbed the $1,000 checkered flag.
Erik Bruce, Charley Hess and Matt Goulden rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners were Curl and Wietholder.
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Wednesday night at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tenn.
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Peoria Speedway; Peoria, Ill.; June 23, 2014
A-Main (25-laps): 1. 05W-David Wietholder ($1,000), 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 3. 2-Erik Bruce, 4. 97-Charley Hess, 5. 41G-Matt Goulden, 6. 26D-Derick Doerr, 7. 17D-Dan Dozard, 8. 77-Ray Bollinger, 9. 4B-Cody Bauman, 10. 12-Jeff Curl, 11. 14-Brian Lynn, 12. 83-Nathan Balensiefen, 13. 27S-Gary Scharp, 14. 8-Jake Griffin, 15. 23T-Billy Tuckwell, 16. 27-A.J Hill, 17. 59N-Chad Evans, 18. A9-Austin May, 19. 40C-Mike Chasteen Jr, 20. 818-Zach Fordham.
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.||$1,000|
|June 26||Thur||Clayhill Motorsports Park||Atwood, Tenn.||$1,500|
|June 27||Fri||Paducah Int-Raceway||Paducah, Ky.||$1,000|
|June 28||Sat||Federated I-55 Raceway||Pevely, Mo.||$1,000|
|June 29||Sun||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 1||Tue||Belle-Clair Speedway||Belleville, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 2||Wed||Jacksonville Speedway||Jacksonville, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 3||Thur||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 4||Fri||Fayette Co-Speedway||Brownstown, Ill.||$1,000|
|July 5||Sat||Highland Speedway||Highland, Ill.||$1,000|
|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.