PONTOON BEACH, Ill. – Mike Harrison ended a winless drought that stretched back to the 2013 season on Friday night, capturing the $1,000 checkered flag at Tri-City Speedway.
Harrison, the defending DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals champion, fought his way to the front following a poor finish in heat two. Dean Hoffman, the pole-sitter, charges out to the lead on lap one and dominated the first half of the 25-lap main event.
Hoffman’s car began to fade around lap 10, allowing Harrison and Michael Long to close to his back-bumper. Harrison was able to complete the pass for the lead on lap 11, as he quickly separated himself from the rest of the field. Long was able to complete the pass on Hoffman, but Harrison had already pulled away to an insurmountable lead.
Harrison claimed the victory over Long by more than four seconds as he dominated the second half of the race, leading 14 laps en route to capturing his first victory of the season.
Hoffman, Rusty Griffaw and Levi Kissinger rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Hoffman, Ray Walsh, Brent Mullins and Rusty Griffaw.
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals continues on Saturday night at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Ill.
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Tri-City Speedway; Pontoon Beach, Ill.; June 20, 2014
A-Main (25-laps): 1. 24H-Mike Harrison ($1,000), 2. 18L-MIchael Long, 3. 1D-Dean Hoffman, 4. 16-Rusty Griffaw, 5. 8K-Levi Kissinger, 6. 1W-Ray Walsh, 7. 41M-Brent Mullins, 8. 5-Steven Brooks, 9. 12-Jeff Curl, 10. 77-Ray Bollinger, 11. 14C-Rick Conoyer, 12. 0-Tim Hancock, 13. 35D-Steven Delonjay, 14. 3C-Cody Conner, 15. 36-Kenny Wallace, 16. 10XJY-Jim Black, 17. 05W-David Wietholder, 18. 10B-Bradley White, 19. 41G-Matt Goulden, 20. 18-Jake Seets, 21. 96D-Cory Daugherty, 22. 32-Donovan Lodge.
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.||$1,500|
|June 22||Sun||I-96 Speedway||Ionia, Mich.||$1,000|
|June 23||Mon||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, Ill.||$1,000|
|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.
– DIRTCar Modified Nationals press release and photo