Lodge Claims LaSalle

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Lodge Claims DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory at LaSalle Speedway

 

LaSALLE, Ill. July 4, 2013 Donovan Lodge outdueled race-long leader Rusty Griffaw in the final turn on the final lap to claim his first victory of the 2013 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals on Thursday night at LaSalle Speedway.

 

Griffaw, of Festus, Mo. and Lodge, of Moline, Ill., led the field to green, with Griffaw quickly escaping any challenges by pulling away. Griffaw was in charge the first 20 laps before Lodge reeled him in with five laps to go. As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Lodge moved his line up one lane, which proved crucial for the eventual race winner. Lodge got Griffaw’s door multiple times, but could never fully get around the leader until he finally got to Griffaw’s door in turn three on the last lap as the two encountered a lapped car. Griffaw had to lift out of the gas coming off turn four as he got stuck behind the lapper, giving Lodge the momentum and the lead coming to the $1,000 checkered flag, one night after fading at the finish at Jacksonville Speedway.

 

“After last night going from first place to fifth in the last five laps, this is great,” said Lodge, who only led for one turn on one lap the entire night. “Running with the Summer Nationals is always a class act, always 40 cars every night. It’s fast and it just makes us better. So this is great win.”

 

 

Milo Veloz, Jr., Jamie Lomax, and Jeff Leka rounded out the top five.

 

Heat race winners included A.J May, Jamie Lomax, Rusty Griffaw, and Donovan Lodge.

 

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals continues Friday night at Fayette County Speedway located in Brownstown, Illinois.

 

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway; July 4, 2013

A-Main (25-laps): 1. Donovan Lodge ($1,000), 2. Rusty Griffaw, 3. Milo Veloz Jr, 4. Jamie Lomax, 5. Jeff Leka, 6. Jeff Curl, 7. A.J. May, 8. Steven Brooks, 9. Travis Kohler, 10. Matt Goulden, 11. Brian Lynn, 12. Butch Weisser, 13. Vince Cooper, 14. Justin McCoy, 15. Cody Bauman, 16. Brock Bauman, 17. Jim Farris, 18. David Wietholder, 19. Tommy Duncan, 20. Jason Pershey, 21. Ray Bollinger, 22. Allen Weisser.

 

2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals

Day

Date

Track

Location

Winner

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

Cancelled (RAIN)

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

Postponed/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

 

Saturday

July 6

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

 

Sunday

July 7

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

 

Tuesday

July 9

Florence Speedway

Union, KY

 

Wednesday

July 10

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

 

Thursday

July 11

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

 

Friday

July 12

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

 

Sunday

July 14

Vermillion County Speedway

Danville, IL

 

Wednesday

July 17

Brushcreek Motorsports Park

Peebles, OH

 

Thursday

July 18

Twin Cities Raceway Park

North Vernon, IN

 

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.