BROWNSTOWN, Ill. – July 3, 2015 – If Mike Harrison winds up winning the 2015 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals crown this year for the fourth time in his career, he might look back on Friday night’s race at Fayette County Speedway as the one that put him over the top.
Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace led the field to green, but it took Harrison only five laps to power his way around the top and into the lead, where he would survive two restarts, charge to his fifth victory of the season and strengthen his grasp on the overall championship.
“You could say that’s a little home turf advantage there,” said Harrison, who is a three-time DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals champion. “I know how this place is and I know if the stuff is right we can usually get around the top of this place pretty good and I think I took them all by surprise a little bit off the bat. I don’t think Kenny thought I was coming around the top there. It paid off.”
The race was Harrison’s seventh during this year’s DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour and he has five victories. The championship counts a driver’s top eight finishes.
Robbie Eilers, Brent Mullins, Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader rounded out the top five. Harrison’s nearest championship foe, Tyler Nicely, was sixth.
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour invades Highland (Ill.) Speedway on Saturday and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., on Sunday.
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DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; La Salle (Ill.) Speedway; July 2, 2015
A-MAIN (25 LAPS) – 1. (24H) Mike Harrison, Highland, IL ($1,000); 2. (3E) Robbie Eilers, Highland, IL; 3. (41M) Brent Mullins, Litchfield, IL; 4. (36) Kenny Wallace, Concord, NC; 5. (9) Ken Schrader, Concord, NC; 6. (25) Tyler Nicely, Owensboro, KY; 7. (1S) Brian Shaw, Robinson, IL; 8. (14C) Rick Conoyer, St Peters, MO; 9. (16) Rusty Griffaw, Festus, MO; 10. (128) Zach Schantz, Highland, IL; 11. (77) Ray Bollinger, Kewanee, IL; 12. (1BUD) Zach Fair, Petersburg, IN; 13. (43A) Larry Anderson, Clay City, IL; 14. (70) Brian Bielong, Summerfield, IL; 15. (32Z) Nate Zimmer, Mattoon, IL; 16. (196) Jon Ripperda, Posey, IL; 17. (84) Tyler Deibert, Highland, IL; 18. (59N) Chad Evans, Mattoon, IL; 19. (2M) Michael Meyer, Shobonier, IL; 20. (87Z) Zeb Moake, Freeburg, IL; 21. (9*) Jordan Bauer, St Jacob, IL; 22. (8B) Brendan Bittle, New Athens, IL.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Tyler Nicely, Brent Mullins, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace.
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Top 20
2015 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Schedule
|June 6||Saturday||Tri-State Speedway||Josh Harris|
|June 7||Sunday||Terre Haute Action Track||Bradley Sterrett|
|June 10||Wednesday||Brownstown Speedway||Devin Gilpin|
|June 11||Thursday||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Jeff Curl|
|June 12||Friday||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Rain|
|June 16||Tuesday||Jacksonville Speedway||Mike Harrison|
|June 18||Thursday||Spoon River Speedway||Rain|
|June 19||Friday||Tri-City Speedway||Rain|
|June 20||Saturday||Fairbury Speedway||Chad Kinder|
|June 21||Sunday||Quincy Raceways||Rain/PPD June 22|
|June 22||Monday||Quincy Raceways||Rain|
|June 23||Tuesday||Peoria Speedway||Mike Harrison (2)|
|June 24||Wednesday||Belle-Clair Speedway||Mike Harrison (3)|
|June 25||Thursday||Clarksville Speedway||Lucas Lee|
|June 26||Friday||Paducah International Raceway||Rain|
|June 27||Saturday||Federated I-55 Raceway||Rain|
|June 28||Sunday||Lincoln Speedway||Rain/PPD July 6|
|June 30||Tuesday||I-96 Raceway||Rain|
|July 1||Wednesday||Daugherty Speedway||Devin Gilpin (2)|
|July 2||Thursday||La Salle Speedway||Mike Harrison (4)|
|July 3||Friday||Fayette Co. Speedway||Mike Harrison (5)|
|July 4||Saturday||Highland Speedway||Highland, IL|
|July 5||Sunday||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, IN|
|July 6||Monday||Lincoln Speedway||From June 28|
|July 7||Tuesday||Vermilion Co. Speedway||Danville, IL|
|July 8||Wednesday||Florence Speedway||Union, KY|
|July 9||Thursday||Macon Speedway||Macon, IL|
|July 10||Friday||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City, IL|
|July 11||Saturday||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, OH|
|July 24||Friday||Fairbury A.L. Speedway||Fairbury, IL|
|July 25||Saturday||Fairbury A.L. Speedway||Fairbury, IL|
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