HAUBSTADT, Ind. – Tyler Nicely beat 44 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds to kick off the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals on Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway.
Nicely earned $3,000 after a heated 40-lap battle with Levi Kissinger.
“This is a huge win for my team and I want to thank all of my sponsors and crew for everything they have done for me this year,” said Nicely, of Owensboro, Ky. “We had an awesome car tonight and it was great to race with Kissinger side-by-side for 39 laps. We raced each other hard but clean and gave the fans one outstanding show. That was a lot of fun tonight.”
Nicely began the night with a good qualifying run and a win in the fourth heat race. By luck of the draw, Nicely drew the outside pole on the redrew with Dave Beck drawing the inside pole. By turn 3 Nicely had the lead with Kissinger in toe. Kissinger went low as Nicely went high on lap 2 and the pair raced side-by-side the rest of the way, dodging and weaving through lapped traffic with precision.
Meanwhile, Beck, Trent Young and Zach Fair fought for 3rd. The three drivers swapped the position a handful of times over the course of the lap 40-lap feature.
The duo of Nicely and Kissinger hit a patch of heavy traffic going into turns 1 and 2 for the final time. Nicely was able to take the high side around while Kissinger got caught behind a car running the extreme bottom, which gave Nicely enough of an edge to catch the win by a mere car-length.
“I had a good car tonight and we were able to race with Nicely, but couldn’t get enough of a drive off the corner to make a pass,” said Kissinger, of Mt. Vernon, Ind. “It was really fun racing with such a good competitor, it was fun and we learned a lot about our car tonight. We’ll be a force this year on the Summit Racing Modified Nationals, we plan to hit about a dozen races and go for the Championship.”
The Summit Racing Modified Nationals will now be taking a few days off before heading to Brownstown Speedway on Wednesday, June 11 followed by consecutive nights at Kankakee County Speedway.
A-MAIN (40 laps): 1. 25-Tyler Nicely ($3,000), 2. 8K-Levi Kissinger, 3. 71X-Dave Beck, 4. 10Y-Trent Young, 5. 95Z-Zach Fair, 6. 1D-Dean Hoffman, 7. K37-Josh Harris, 8. 24H-Mike Harrison, 9. 66-Michael Fox, 10. 21S-Stephen Schnapf, 11. 41G-Matt Goulden, 12. 75-Dustin Beck, 13. 12-Grant Hagan, 14. 28-Paul Miles, 15. 10XJY-Jim Black, 16. 62K-Joel Jenson, 17. 29T-Josh Tomlin, 18. 7-Mark Lamont, 19. 37-Everett Bradham, 20. 22-Matt Mevert, 21. 1S-Brandon McDowell, 22. 50-Tyler Weiss.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Levi Kissinger, Trent Young, Dave Beck and Tyler Nicely.
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