On the night before the big $10,000-to-win show for the Modified portion of the Gateway Dirt Nationals, Illinois ace Mike Harrison made a statement that he may be the favorite to watch on Saturday. Sweeping the top spot on in time trials, heat racing, and the 20-lap feature Friday under The Dome at America’s Center, Harrison seemed poised to back up the sentiment.
Despite losing the lead off the initial start to Kyle Bronson, Harrison’s car came to life after a few laps under green, taking back the lead and not looking back with a car that had been out of commission for most of 2019.
“We got something that works pretty good on these little bullrings, and you just got to man up on these little tracks and get with it. It’s good, this is the first night we’ve actually brought this car back out, these are the first laps I’ve turned in this car since I rolled it early this year, and this is the car I won the Dome with last year,” Harrison said in victory lane.
Harrison could tell just from hot laps that the car was already back in winning form.
“When I went out and qualified, I knew this was a special car to me, and I had that feeling back. That other car I ran a lot of this year, I never was comfortable with it, it had good results, but I wasn’t comfortable. As soon as I got back in this car and made a few laps, I went back and told the boys I hadn’t had that feeling since. Hopefully that’s good things to come.”
With $3,000 in hand from Friday, Harrison feels there’s only one thing left to do on Saturday night in St. Louis.
“Get up on the wheel, that’s all about that right there. I’m ready, let’s get it on.”
Kyle Bronson and Michael Long’s second and third-place finishes, respectively, locked them into the Modified A-main on Saturday along with Harrison.
Bronson experienced a bout of trouble after the checkered flag, when his car ground to a stop and spewed so much smoke that it set off The Dome’s fire alarms.
Speed51 will have the latest on the Modifieds, Late Models and Midgets starting Saturday afternoon with Race Day Now coverage of the 4th Gateway Dirt Nationals.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51
Modified Friday A-Main Unofficial Results
- Mike Harrison
- Kyle Bronson
- Michael Long
- Clay Money
- Trent Young
- Tyler Erb
- Tommy Sheppard Jr
- Jeff Leka
- Rick Conoyer
- Denny Tribout Jr
- Chase Allen
- Brayden Berry
- Peyton Taylor
- Trey Harris
- Kenny Wallace
- Jeff Larson
- Joe Dresch
- Evan Fink
- Nick Hoffman
- Mark Anderson
- Drake Troutman