MACON, Ill. — July 11, 2013 — In a season that has proven difficult for any driver to score more than one win, Mike Harrison now has three in the 2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals as he claimed the victory Thursday night at 1/5th-mile Macon Speedway.
Harrison, of Highland, Ill., started the race from the outside of row two, just behind the front row of Brian Divley and Kenny Wallace. Staying glued to the bottom, Harrison passed Wallace within the first five laps and set his sights on leader Divley. With a restart coming on lap 9, Harrison was right on Divley’s tail. Harrison changed his line and moved to the top of the track to try and get around Divley, who did his best to hold his line but on lap 13 Harrison got a nose under Divley’s right corner and make the pass in turn one on lap 14.
With just a handful of laps remaining, Harrison maneuvered through thick lapped traffic. He searched for any open hole, and in doing so he did not see a stopped car on the front straightaway, resulting in Harrison colliding directly with the parked vehicle. Luckily for Harrison he would be able to restart from the first position with minimal damage. Harrison’s car was obviously hurting, but he held off Divley to capture the $1,000 checkered flag.
“Anytime you get in a wreck like that you never know what will be broke,” said Harrison, who took over the lead in the championship standings with the victory. “We went back to green and I just tried to stay on the bottom. Hopefully no one was going around me on the top because I was leery of diving off on the top and letting the cushion get ahold of me.”
Kenny Wallace, Jeff Leka and Jeff Curl rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Kenny Wallace, Cory Daugherty, Brian Divley and Mike Harrison.
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals continues Friday night at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois.
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Macon (Ill.) Speedway; July 11, 2013
A-Main (25-laps): 1. Mike Harrison ($1,000), 2. Brian Divley, 3. Kenny Wallace, 4. Jeff Leka, 5. Jeff Curl, 6. Matt Goulden, 7. Danny Smith, 8. Jake Griffin, 9. Cory Daugherty, 10. Jeff Graham, 11. Ray Bollinger, 12. Clark Robertson, 13. Tommy Sherpard Jr., 14. Steve Ewing, 15. Joe Strawkas, 16. Chad Evans, 17. Guy Taylor, 18. Eric Hamilton, 19. Norm Wood, 20. Ethan Schnapp, 21. Wes Odell, 22. Alan Crowder.
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Top 10
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||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|
|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.