BROWNSTOWN, Ill. – July 5, 2013 – Brent Mullins led for about 50 feet on Friday night in the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals main event at Fayette County Speedway, but it was the most important stretch of track as he out-sprinted race-long leader Rusty Griffaw and former DIRTcar national champion Mike Harrison to the checkered flag in a three-wide photo finish.
Mullins, of Litchfield, Ill., started the feature in the sixth position. Griffaw rode the cushion to an early lead and dominated for the second straight night. As the laps ticked down, though, Mullins and Harrison reeled in Griffaw, who ran up on lapped traffic. As the three exited turn four for the final time, Mullins kept his car glued to the bottom, Harrison went to the outside and they split Griffaw. In what could be the most exciting finish all season, Mullins barely nosed Harrison and Griffaw at the line to claim the $1,000 checkered flag.
“We just brought this car back. It’s been sitting for about a year and a half,” said Mullins, who continues the streak of 16 different winners so far in the six week season. “We dropped a motor in it, first time on the track in almost two years. You got to love it, just got to love it.”
Rusty Griffaw, Robbie Eilers and Dean Hoffman rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Rusty Griffaw, Nick Hoffman and Cody Clark.
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals continues Saturday night at Highland Speedway located in Highland, Illinois.
SCHEDULE UPDATES – The DIRTcar Summer Nationals event originally scheduled June 24 at Peoria Speedway that was lost to rain has been rescheduled for Monday, July 15. The event scheduled for July 18 at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Ind., has been canceled.
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Top 10
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Fayette County Speedway; Brownstown, Illinois; July 5, 2013
A-Main (25-laps): 1. Brent Mullins ($1,000), 2. Mike Harrison, 3. Rusty Griffaw, 4. Robbie Eilers, 5. Dean Hoffman, 6. Cody Clark, 7. Matt Goulden, 8. Lodge Donovan, 9. Steven Brooks, 10. Matt Mevert, 11. Larry Anderson, 12. Jake Griffin, 13. Rob Timmons, 14. Brian Bielong, 15. Tyler Ratatczyk, 16. Ryan Driemeyer, 17. Everett Bradham, 18. Clark Robertson, 19. David Shain, 20. Aaron Draege, 21. Craig Kern, 22. Nick Hoffman.
2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals
|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||Postponed/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|
|Sunday||July 7||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, IN|
|Tuesday||July 9||Florence Speedway||Union, KY|
|Wednesday||July 10||Terre Haute Action Track||Terre Haute, IN|
|Thursday||July 11||Macon Speedway||Macon, IL|
|Friday||July 12||Kankakee County Speedway||Kankakee, IL|
|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|
The Summit Racing Equipment 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), VP Racing Fuels (Official Fuel), along with these Contingency Parters: MSD Performance, TomCat Performance, Landrum Performance Springs, Dominator Race Products, QuarterMaster, KSE Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Wrisco Aluminum, Beyea Custom Headers, Fast Shafts, Bassett Wheels, QA1, Auto Meter, Schoenfeld Headers, University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), Racing Electronics, Intercomp, Bell Helmets, Shafer Enterprises’ Cool Shirts, XS Power Racing Batteries, and Chevy Performance.