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One venue, two days, two races, two wins.  That was Kevin Harvick’s weekend after capturing the NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, and completing the weekend sweep of the Cup Series doubleheader.

With Harvick’s victories, Ford took home the Michigan Heritage Trophy for 2020, symbolic of the top OEM at Michigan International Speedway.  Today’s win was Ford’s 41st at MIS and the 53rd by Ford Motor Company (12 wins by Mercury).  It also was Ford’s sixth straight win, their longest in the Irish Hills.

Harvick’s victory Sunday was somewhat reminiscent of his triumph on Saturday in the FireKeepers Casino 400.  He led a total of 90 of the 156-lap race Sunday after being at the head of the pack for 92 laps Saturday.  He won each of the first two stages Saturday and secured the second stage Sunday, giving him five stage wins on the year.

Harvick’s win was his 55th in the NASCAR Cup Series, as he surpassed Hall of Famer Lee Petty for 11th on the all-time list.  In addition, Harvick became the first driver to win back-to-back races at the same track on consecutive days in the NASCAR Cup Series. The last driver to win Cup races on consecutive days was Hall of Famer Richard Petty in 1971 (July 14 & 15 at Islip and Saratoga).

Even with all of his success in his career and particularly in 2020 – a season in which he now owns a Cup Series-best six victories – Harvick deflects a good portion of the credit to his team.

“It drives you,” Harvick said of his No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang.  “I think when you look at my team we’ve been together for going on seven years now and you look at the confidence everybody has in each other.  The details of the race cars and the thought of everything that goes into everything that we do is untouchable.  That’s what it takes are details to make these race cars go fast.”

Clint Bowyer led the first 43 laps of the race, including a win in Stage 1.  After that however, Harvick would go on to lead 90 of the final 113 laps.  Stewart-Haas racing teammate Aric Almirola challenged Harvick briefly, as he led nine laps before relinquishing the lead to Harvick, who finished it off by leading the way for the final 41 laps.  Almirola finished sixth.

Denny Hamlin, one of three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers to finish among the top-4, looked as though he had a chance to overtake Harvick over the final several laps, but could just not make up ground, as he was edged out by .093 seconds.

“Just needed to maneuver a little bit better and I think that we could be a little better,” Hamlin said. “Overall, our car handled well. Just needed a little more speed there and a little bit more handling to pass. Obviously, I thought we were definitely the fastest car by running him (Kevin Harvick) down there.”

Martin Truex Jr. produced a third-place finish for the second straight day.

“We don’t do anything easy, that’s for sure,” Truex said.  “We were awful at the start of the race. I don’t know, we didn’t make a lot of changes from yesterday. We tried to do different things to try to get better. We definitely were worse. Just have to grind them out, that’s what we do. It’s good to be grinding out top-three finishes, that’s what the Playoffs are all about. We need to get some more points before that starts.”

Sunday’s win was a little different for Harvick in that he secured the Michigan Heritage Trophy for Ford.  He knew coming in that it was an extremely important piece of the weekend for his manufacturer.

“Well, when you start getting texts from Edsel Ford on how important the weekend is, you answer those,” Harvick said.  “I’ve been around Ford for several years now and you understand the importance of winning at Michigan.  The energy and effort that they not only put into our cars, but that they put into the engines at Roush Yates.  This is the place - right behind Daytona - that everybody from Ford wants to win at.”

Kyle Busch (4th) and Joey Logano (5th) completed the top-5.  For the second day in-a-row, Christopher Bell (17th) was the race’s highest finishing rookie.

There were five cautions for 24 laps in the race, and 10 lead changes among six drivers.


Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Team Overcome Challenges to Earn Strong Top-10 Finish at Michigan

"It was a good day for our Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet team. We had to start last after going to a backup car and we were issued a pass-through penalty on lap one for making unapproved adjustments on pit road. Despite the challenges, we stayed on the lead lap in Stage 1, which just shows how fast our Chevy was today. The race played out pretty similar to yesterday with strategy and the call to take fuel-only on our last pit stop. We were digging at the end of the race, moving from outside the top 15 to eighth. I thought we had something for seventh, but we just ran out of laps. It feels good to work as a team to overcome what we had to and to finish the race as the first Chevrolet in the field. Thanks to Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Off Road and everyone at Textron and E-Z-GO for their support."
-Austin Dillon 

Tyler Reddick and No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories Team Showcase Teamwork at Michigan International Speedway 

"We fought hard today at Michigan International Speedway, but our No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories Camaro ZL1 1LE was a challenge during the race. We fired off extremely tight, which made it hard to move around and run the bottom like I needed to be able to do. My crew chief, Randall Burnett, made some good adjustments during the race that helped loosen me up, but we just needed a little bit more today. We'll definitely look back at this weekend as a team to see what we can learn from it and regroup for next weekend."
-Tyler Reddick


Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

Started 24th, finished 30th.

● Suárez hovered around his 24th starting position during the opening laps, first reporting his Toyota Camry was a little free but better than at the start of Saturday’s race. He then slid to 29th by lap seven and held that relative position until the latter part of the stage, ultimately crossing the finish line 30th, one lap down but the beneficiary of the Lucky Dog pass back onto the lead lap.

● He pitted during the break for multiple adjustments – right-rear air pressure, track bar and right-side wedge.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-85):

Started 29th, finished 30th.

Like the opening stage, this one also went green from start to finish.

Suárez took the green flag 29th on lap 47 and dropped a position by the end of the stage. He said his Toyota Camry was slightly tight in the center and on corner exit and lacked straightline speed. He pitted during the break to lower the rear end on both sides, remove packer from the front, and added air pressure in the right-rear tire.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 86-156):

Started 23rd, finished 26th.

Suárez took the green flag 23rd to start the stage on lap 91 and was in that same position when the first incident-related caution flag of the day appeared on lap 95. He said his Toyota was tight and was called to pit road for four fresh tires and a bit of packer added back to the left front. Suárez restarted 24th when the race went back to green on lap 101.

The caution flag appeared for a single-car incident on lap 105 with Suárez running 25th. He pitted for a slight wedge adjustment and to top off the fuel tank. He restarted 21st when the race went back to green on lap 109.

Suárez was running 26th when the caution flag flew for a single-car incident on lap 136. He pitted to free up his Toyota a bit for the short run to the finish, taking four fresh tires, air pressure adjustments to both fronts and another track bar adjustment. He took the green flag 26th on the lap-141 restart.

The race went green to the checkered flag with Suárez holding position all the way, just missing his second consecutive top-25.


Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 96 Toyota Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing:

“It was a good job by Dave (Winston, crew chief) making changes, a good job by the pit crew, a good job by everyone. We got the most out of what we had. We thought our Toyota was going to be better at the start of the race – definitely didn’t expect it to be as loose as it was. But we were able to make it better. I just wish I could have some more straightline speed to race some of those guys ahead of us, but I know we’ll get there. We’ll just keep on digging.”


Race Notes:

● Today’s result was the 21st in a row with Suárez and his No. 96 Toyota running at the finish, and it was the team’s sixth lead-lap finish of the season and fourth in the last six points-paying races.

● Kevin Harvick won the Consumers Energy 400 for his 55th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his sixth of the season and his fifth at Michigan. Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Denny Hamlin was .093 of a second.

● There were five caution periods for a total of 24 laps.

● Twenty-eight of the 39 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● Harvick remains the championship leader after Michigan with a 137-point advantage over second-place Brad Keselowski.


Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule for Daniel Suárez and Gaunt Brothers Racing is the Go Bowling 235 on Sunday, Aug. 16 on the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The race begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.



No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang
Started: 36th
Finished: 23rd
  • Stage One: 28th
  • Stage Two: 29th
  • Stage Three: 23rd
  • John Hunter Nemechek would start Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway in the 36th place but had to drop to the rear to take the green flag due to running a backup car following heavy damage during Saturday’s race. Shortly after the start of the race, Nemechek reported that his No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang was dragging, particularly on the straightaway. He continued to battle a tight-handling car through much of Stage 1, taking the green- and white-checkered flag in 28th place. He would pit at the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
  • Restarting P30, Nemechek radioed that his No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang got tighter as the run went on. On Lap 78, he noted that he was starting to get a vibration but continued to stay on track through the rest of Stage 2. He took the green- and white-checkered flag in 29th place, saying that the car’s balance was a little unpredictable… “like it wants to turn, but it doesn’t.” He pitted under caution for 4 tires, fuel, packer and track bar adjustments.
  • Nemechek would start the day’s Final Stage in 30th place. He was able to make up a bit of ground but continued to say that his No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang was dragging down the straightaway. When the caution came out on Lap 136, the crew took a big swing to try and improve his handling with 4 tires, fuel, and track bar, wedge and packer adjustments. Those adjustments helped, but with limited time left in the race, Nemechek would cross the finish line in 23rd place.
Nemechek on Michigan:
  • We struggled today in our No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang. We were tight at the start and dragged a lot, particularly when I would get within a few car lengths of another car. We made adjustments throughout the day, and the last one definitely helped us get more speed at the end, but we came home P23. My crew did a great job of sticking with it to the end and never giving up. Huge thanks to our partners at Mystik Lubricants for coming on board this weekend. We’ll have another chance to get them a good result at Bristol next month."


Ryan Newman worked his way from the back of the field for the second straight day to claim a 13th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway. A savvy strategy call in the tail end of the race gave Newman the track position he needed to capitalize on his well-balanced Castrol Ford Mustang. 


Newman began the day dropping to the tail end of the field after damage from yesterday’s race forced the No. 6 team to a backup car for the second leg of the Michigan doubleheader. Several competitors also had to drop to the rear, which meant Newman took the green flag from the 32nd position. 


An uneventful first stage saw no cautions, and Newman steadily worked his way up to finish the segment 25th. The stage break gave his team an opportunity to put four fresh tires on his Ford and make minor handling adjustments. Another caution-free segment stalled Newman’s progress as the dirty air in the middle of the field made passing difficult. He would end the second stage in the same position, 25th. 


Restarting for the final segment, Newman noted that the team had successfully found the handling balance on his Mustang and he began to work his way forward once again. By the time the first natural caution of the race fell at lap 96, the No. 6 had entered the top 20.  


Another caution just nine laps later gave crew chief Scott Graves the opportunity to secure some much-needed track position by taking just two tires and fuel. The strategy play worked out, and Newman restarted 6th with under 50 laps to go. However, the team was just short on fuel and asked the driver to save as he worked to maintain his position.  


A caution with 20 laps to go ensured that the team would be safe on fuel, and Newman restarted 16th for the final shootout. He was able to work through a crowded field, and secure the 13th position at the checkered flag. 


Newman and the No. 6 team return to action next Sunday, August 16 for NASCAR’s first-ever race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Coverage begins at 3pm on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.  



Chris Buescher and the No. 17 Fastenal Ford were set to start Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway from the pole position, but after sustaining heavy damage at the end of Saturday’s race the team was forced to start Sunday’s event in a backup car and at the back of the field. The 17 crew would battle all day, ultimately finishing 20th in the second half of a Michigan double-header.  


By lap four the driver worked his way up to 17th, a position he held for at least half of the stage. With reports of a tight handling Ford Mustang, the driver slid back to 20th where he held steady until the last few laps of the stage. The team finished the stage 22nd. 


Buescher and the team pitted during the stage break for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. The team restarted 17th. The driver got shuffled back to 22nd, where he held track position for much of the caution free stage. The No. 17 machine was very tight handling in traffic and in dirty air. As a result, Buescher took the green-white checkered flag for stage two in 24th. 


The Prosper, Texas native pitted at the stage break for four tires, fuel and some major air pressure adjustments. The driver restarted 26th and held position until a caution flag waved at lap 95.  The team elected to stay out to earn track position and restarted 18th. Three laps later a caution flag waved, and the No. 17 team took the opportunity to head down pit road. After a pit stop for four tires and fuel, they hit the track to restart 24th. Buescher worked his way up to 19th by lap 121 where he maintained position when the caution flag waved at lap 136.  


The team decided to stay out and maintain track position, and with only two cars pitting ahead of Buescher, the team restarted 17th on the top lane, before taking the checkered flag 20th. 


Buescher and the No. 17 team return to action at the Daytona International Speedway road course on Sunday, August 16 at 3 p.m. EST on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.  



Despite the fact that Riley Herbst is a rookie in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, his win in Sunday’s ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 at Michigan International Speedway was particularly gratifying since he hadn’t won a race in any series since 2017.

And he did it after competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

“When you don’t win for a while it starts to mess with you and gets in your head,” said Herbst, who last won on June 9, 2017 in an ARCA Menards Series race at Pocono Raceway.  “You just have to be strong, keep doing what you’re doing, work hard and do your homework.  Having fast cars that Joe Gibbs Racing gives me, sooner than later you’re going to crack the door and get a win.  It feels good, no matter what series.  Wins are hard to come by.”

Second-place finisher Bret Holmes was in command during the early parts of the race, leading the first 61 of the 100-lap race.  It was on the final restart, however, that Herbst made his move and never looked back.

“Clean air is everything, especially with these bigger tapered spacers you can’t get runs or anything like that,” said Herbst, who led the race’s final 33 laps.  “Tony Hirschman on top of the spotters stand for me said we had to get it done on a restart if we wanted to win this race, just because it’s tough to pass with the big spoiler and low horsepower.  We were aggressive on side-drafting and made it work.  So we got it done on the restart.”

The finish by Holmes was his ninth straight in the top-7, a stretch which included a win at Kansas Speedway on July 24.  Nevertheless, there wasn’t much satisfaction for the Munford, Alabama native.

“It’s just frustrating, said Holmes.  “On the intermediate tracks we come to win these races, not run second.  I want to be happy about that but we come to these races to win.  We did a lot of side-drafting and it was fun there at the beginning.  It was still a good run today, but it’s hard not to be mad, especially after leading.”

The top-5 was rounded out by Michael Self (3rd), Drew Dollar (4th) and Anthony Alfredo (5th).  Self, Holmes and Dollar stand 1-2-3 in the ARCA Menards Series championship points standings, with 544, 540 and 503, respectively.

The field for the VizCom 200 included Armani Williams, who hails from Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  A part-time driver in the ARCA Menards Series, the 20-year old Williams is the first NASCAR driver openly diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  The VizCom 200 was his second race of the season after competing at Phoenix on March 6.  He finished 10th in today’s race.

“It was a special day,” said Williams, who is a junior, majoring in mechanical engineering at Oakland University in Michigan.  “I can’t thank Centria Autism enough, because without their support and goal to raise awareness of autism and racing, none of this would have been possible.  Since we didn’t have a lot of ARCA starts, we came in with the mindset of keeping our nose clean, get to the end and salvage a top-10, which we did.  The fact that this was my first race at MIS I had a blast and a lot of fun.  It was a really, really big day.”

The Michigan International Speedway NASCAR weekend was scheduled to conclude on Sunday with the NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at 4:30 p.m. (NBCSN).  


2018 Delta Speedway Non-Wing champion Tj Smith won his first Delta feature win since July 27, 2019, scoring the 30-lap win ahead of 2019 champion Caden Sarale during Saturday night’s fifth points race at the 1/7th mile dirt oval. The Financial Center Credit Union-backed bullring at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds also saw a breakthrough win for Brody Rubio in the Jr. Sprints.

Smith topped Sarale in time trials by just .034 seconds but neither driver was able to win their heat races. A zero inversion played to their favor and lined the duo up on the front row for the $500 to win, 30-lap feature. 

Stockton’s Sarale jumped ahead to the early lead before Smith was back into command on lap seven. Lapped traffic played a factor in the finish, giving Sarale a shot underneath Smith coming to the finish line. Smith persevered for the narrow .071 second victory – perhaps the closest of the season at Delta – ahead of Sarale. Cody Gray finished a close third ahead of Brian Gilbert and Ripon’s Brandon Carey.

An outstanding 22-car turnout came out to compete in the Super 600 competition, also worth $500 to the winner. 2018 champion Nikko Panella led an incredibly fast qualifying session at 9.400 seconds. The top 20 qualifiers all qualified into the nine second bracket for one of the fastest qualifying sessions in speedway history.

All three heat race winners – Colton Huelsmann, Cody Key, and Rickey Sanders – ran nine second laps as well. A four car invert placed 2019 champion Caden Sarale on the pole alongside 2019 Plaza Park champion Corey Day. Sarale charged ahead with the lead and faced a challenge from Panella in lapped traffic. Sarale drove ahead once more to take the win, ahead of Panella, Day, Sanders, and Raio Salmon.

“Big A” Austin Wood of Sacramento won his second Restricted main event of the year. Tracy’s Brandon Riveira led qualifying before round four winner Colin Kirby started on the pole position for the 25-lap feature. Wood leapt from fifth starting position into the lead by lap two. Wood topped Isabel Barnes of Brentwood by 1.5 seconds at the checkered flag with points leader Mattix Salmon finishing third. Kirby was fourth ahead of Reilee Phillips. Phillips overcame an earlier incident to salvage a top-five.

Brody Rubio of Manteca led all 20-laps for his first Delta Jr. Sprints win. 2019 season runner-up Kyle Fernandez finished second while seventh starting Hayden Stepps finished third. Stepps’ third place finish boosts her to a four-point advantage over 2019 champion Lucas Mauldin in the standings. A special 15-lap non-points race was held for $200 in cash with Stepps claiming the victory as well.

Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union continues on August 22nd with the sixth points race for all four of the track’s regular Micro Sprint divisions.

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Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union thanks Interstate Truck Center, Lovotti Air, Van De Pol Petroleum, Kludt Oil, Hoosier Racing Tire, Starr Property Management, Performance Electronics, Genova Bakery, Bruno's Peppers, Motion Media, and Panella Trucking for their support.

Jr. Sprints – 20 laps
1. 25R-Brody Rubio[1]; 2. 77K-Kyle Fernandez[4]; 3. 98-Hayden Stepps[7]; 4. 55X-Lucas Mauldin[5]; 5. 5-Kellan Harper[2]; 6. 10P-Peyton Whitehouse[3]; 7. 88M-Makayla Tatoole[6]; 8. 96-Briggs Davis[8]; 9. (DNS) 20-Jonathan Andrichuk

Non-Wing – 30 laps
1. 14-Tyler Smith[1]; 2. 32-Caden Sarale[2]; 3. 4G-Cody Gray[15]; 4. 4-Brian Gilbert[3]; 5. 55-Brandon Carey[4]; 6. 06-Blake Bower[5]; 7. 29M-Austin Stone[11]; 8. 77-Sage Bordenave[13]; 9. 55X-Nikko Panella[16]; 10. 74-Adam Elbert[18]; 11. 84B-Zacary Brooks[8]; 12. 2-Brody Petrie[14]; 13. 35W-Nate Wait[10]; 14. 52-Joe Silva[21]; 15. 4Q-Mike Graves[17]; 16. 27D-Don McLeister[19]; 17. 5K-AJ Kesler[20]; 18. 10-Johnathon Henry[7]; 19. 85-Robbie Lewis[6]; 20. 44X-Drew Laeber[9]; 21. 21K-Kyle Mentch[12]

Restricted – 25 laps
1. 2A-Austin Wood[5]; 2. 30-Isabel Barnes[4]; 3. 5-Mattix Salmon[6]; 4. 83K-Colin Kirby[1]; 5. 88-Reilee Phillips[2]; 6. 05R-Brandon Riveira[9]; 7. 10R-Rylee Whitehouse[10]; 8. 67-JJ Loss[7]; 9. 88T-Matthew Tatoole[3]; 10. 63-Colton Key[12]; 11. 20-Otto Perreira[8]; 12. 76-Triton OBrien[11]

Super 600 – 30 laps
1. 24-Caden Sarale[1]; 2. 73-Nikko Panella[4]; 3. 41-Corey Day[2]; 4. 17-Rickey Sanders[12]; 5. 21-Raio Salmon[6]; 6. 10JR-Cody Key[8]; 7. 32A-Colton Huelsmann[10]; 8. 14X-Cody Christensen[7]; 9. 12-Alex Panella[5]; 10. 1-Travis Labat[11]; 11. 7T-Logan Trevino[9]; 12. 83V-Tim Vaught[20]; 13. 20-James Andrichuk[15]; 14. 2-Hailey Wood[14]; 15. 27-Ron Singh[17]; 16. 19-Nate Matherly[16]; 17. 34-Devon Courtnier[3]; 18. 44X-Jeffery Pahule[13]; 19. 91C-Colby Greig[19]; 20. (DNS) 22M-Brett McColloch; 21. (DNS) 1ST-Lee Brewer; 22. (DNS) 25B-Blaine Baxter

Delta Speedway PR

Duane Howard, the defending Grandview Speedway NASCAR T.P.Trailers Modified point champion, sidelined early in the Forrest Rogers Memorial race the previous Saturday night with shock problems, was back with a vengeance this time and became the seventh different feature winner this season by taking home the checkered in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified Advance Auto Parts feature. It was Howard’s first win of the year at the 1/3-mile oval moving his career win total to 78.

Another defending point champion struggling had been Brad Brightbill. He finally had a change of luck to become the seventh different 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature winner which was also his first win of the season and 11th career triumph.

Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Howard and Brightbill. Decker Swinehart earned an extra $100 bonus from the track for being the highest crate engine Sportsman racer to finish.

Polesitter and rookie Darrin Schuler set the pace for seven laps while Mark Kratz, Kenny and Brett Gilmore and Ron Haring Jr. juggled positions behind him. Howard joined the mix with five laps in the books as he advanced from 12th to fifth.

Ron Myers brought out the seventh lap caution when he slowed in the second turn. On the restart Howard, who by this time was running second, put the Norm Hansell owned No. 357 at the head of the pack.

Swapping paint behind him were Doug Manmiller, Craig Von Dohren, Schuler and K. Gilmore which allowed him to open some daylight.

The pack regrouped on the 14th lap when Jared Umbenhauer and Mike Lisowski tangled in the second turn as a result of the cars ahead of them dicing for positions giving no margin to error creating the situation. Despite Manmiller’s attempts to overtake Howard on the restart Howard was still in front.

Mike Gular, on the move from his 21st starting grid after winning the consi and running fifth, brought out the caution. Sparks were coming from his car previously bringing him to a stop in turn two and the yellow to be thrown. As action resumed Howard was off and running with Manmiller, Von Dohren, Briggs Danner and Kevin Hirthler right behind waiting for a Howard false move in hopes of advancement.

Brett Kressley, last week’s feature winner, set up a one lap shoot out when he stopped in the first turn with mechanical problems. Kressley, who went pit side earlier in the event, one of the previous caution periods and rejoined the pack in last, was running a solid fifth when misfortune struck. That didn’t deter Howard as he kept the momentum going and went on to the winner’s circle. Chasing him across the line were Manmiller, Von Dohren, Danner and Ryan Grim. Sixth through tenth were Hirthler, who was the Hard Charger coming from 22nd; K. Gilmore, Umbenhauer, Dillon Steuer, a rookie racer in his first outing; and Justin Grim.

Ray Swinehart, Schuler, Haring Jr. and Eric Biehn won the heats. The consies went to Gular and Hirthler.

Sportsman action saw B.J. Joly finally have a change of luck and show the way for two laps before Brad Arnold spun in the fourth turn for the yellow. Decker Swinehart became the new leader on the restart while Joly, Mike Mammana, Jesse Landis and Brid Brightbill tousled for positions.

By the 11th lap Brightbill advanced to second in pursuit of getting past Swinehart for first.

The red was thrown on the 13th lap after Mark Gaugler rode the second turn wall. When action went green again Brightbill shot past Swinehart on the outside and into the lead.

The battle for second through fifth was now between Swinehart, Mammana, Joly and Jack Butler.

On the 14th lap Mark Kemmerer got into Joly, had him sideways, but Joly somehow saved the car and kept going without an accident, but it cost him several positions as the field went by without incident on their part.

Butler took over second on the 16th lap and set his sights on Brightbill, but his quest ended on the 23rd lap when he pulled into the infield out of competition.

Brightbill never faltered and went on to score the win. Finishing second was Mammana followed by Kemmerer, Swinehart and Brian Hirthler. Rounding out the top ten were Landis, Kyle Smith, Cole Stangle, Joly and Nate Brinker.

Heats were won by Tom Miller, Landis and Nate Mohr. Brinker won the consi.

The 3-lap Diamond Disposal Cash Dash sponsored by Sportsman driver John Mc Govern worth $100 to the winner went to Ryan Beltz. Kemmerer received $75 with Brad Arnold getting $50. Rather than it being heat winners, it was the sixth place finishers competing. Scott Kohler actually finished sixth in the third heat, but opted out which put Kemmerer in the field.

Coming up on Saturday, August 15th, is a tripleheader show featuring the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and Blast From the Past Vintage racers. Spectator gates open at 5:30 pm. With the first racing event getting the green flag at 7:30 p.m. The weekly Meet & Greet takes place in the main gate area starting at 5 p.m. Adult admission for the tripleheader is $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

On Saturday, August 22, another exciting doubleheader with Modifieds and Sportsman. And then on Saturday, August 29, Excel 600 Modifieds are combined with the Mods and Sportsman for another exciting tripleheader.

Lap sponsorships, $20 each, for the 50th annual Freedom 76 remain available by contacting Tommy Kramer or Tina Rogers at the track. Several laps have already been claimed for the 50th Annual Classic.


  1. P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. Doug Manmiller, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Ryan Grim, 6. Kevin Hirthler, 7. Kenny Gilmore, 8. Jared Umbenhauer, 9. Dillon Steuer, 10. Justin Grim, 11. Dan Waisempacher, 12. Louden Reimert, 13. Darrin Schuler, 14. Bobby Gunther-Walsh (alternate), 15. Carroll Hine III, 16. Ron Haring Jr., 17. Ron Myers, 18. Mark Kratz, 19. Brett Kressley, 20. Mike Gular, 21. Jeff Strunk, 22. Mike Lisowski, 23. Brad Grim, 24. Ryan Lilick, 25. Brett Gilmore, 26. Kyle Weiss, 27. Richie Hitzler, 28. Eric Biehn. DNS: Ray Swinehart. DNQ: Mark Levy, John Willman, Colt Harris and Dylan Swinehart.

T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brad Brightbill, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Mark Kemmerer, 4. Decker Swinehart, 5. Brian Hirthler, 6. Jesse Landis, 7. Kyle Smith, 8. Cole Stangle, 9. B.J. Joly, 10. Nate Brinker, 11. Kyle Lilick, 12. Ryan Beltz, 13. Jimmy Leiby, 14. Brad Arnold, 15. Dakota Kohler, 16. Nathan Mohr, 17. John McGovern, 18. Lex Shive, 19. Jesse Leiby, 20. Chris Esposito, 21. Jack Butler, 22. Kenny Bock, 23. Mark Gaugler, 24. Scott Kohler, 25. Tom Miller. DNQ: Beau Drobot, Chuck Eckert, Nick Faust, Parker Guldin, Ryan Laise, Bryan Rhoads, Steve Young and Jesse Leiby.

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