Schrader Scores a Win at Macon

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Schrader Grabs First Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Season at Macon Speedway

 

By Jordan Morris

 

MACON, Ill. July 10, 2014 — Ken Schrader overtook leader Jeff Curl with just four laps remaining, then held him off on two late-race restarts en route to securing his first $1,000 checkered flag of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Thursday night at Macon Speedway.

 

Cory Daughtery claimed the pole-position for the 25-lap feature event with points leader Mike Harrison starting to his outside. Daughtery slid out to an early lead as second place Harrison came under fire from Jeff Curl and Ken Schrader, who started in the row behind the leaders.

 

Daughtery led a race-high 13 laps but the tight, 1/5-mile dirt oval provided close racing all night long, keeping any one driver from dominating the feature event. With slower traffic starting to cause an issue, second-place Jeff Curl reeled in the leader with ease and quickly jumped to his outside. On lap 14, after a few laps of side-by-side battling, Curl managed to slip around Daughtery for the lead and brought Schrader with him.

 

Curl led the next eight laps, but slower lapped traffic caused problems for the leaders again, this time striking Curl on lap 22 who was stuck behind two slower drivers battling for position. Second-place Ken Schrader, seizing the opportunity, dove to Curl’s inside as the leader became blocked behind a slower car, allowing Schrader to slide into the lead.

 

Schrader navigated slower traffic and held off Curl after two late-race cautions in the final four laps, en route to claiming his first DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory of the 2014 season at Macon Speedway.

 

“We just got rolling around the middle,” said Schrader, who tested a USAC Silver Crown car in Indianapolis for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Tony Stewart earlier in the day. “We got to second and then lapped traffic worked out for us, so we just got lucky there.”

 

Jeff Leka, Harrison and Daughtery rounded out the top five.

 

Heat race winners were Schrader, Curl, Daughtery and Harrison.

 

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Friday night at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Ill.

 

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Macon Speedway; Macon, Ill.; July 10, 2014;

A-Main (25-laps):1. 9-Ken Schrader ($1,000), 2. 12-Jeff Curl, 3. 3L-Jeff Leka, 4. 24H-Mike Harrison, 5. 96D-Cory Daugherty, 6. 59N-Chad Evans, 7. 10R-Curt Rhodes, 8. 7-Rodney Bowman, 9. 41G-Matt Goulden, 10. 37-Dave Crawley, 11. 7S-Ethan Schnapp, 12. 98D-Danny Smith, 13. 77T-Guy Taylor, 14. 4B-Cody Bauman, 15. 77-Ray Bollinger, 16. 96M-Mike McKinney, 17. 111-Zach Bunning, 18. 6T-Tommy Sheppard JR, 19. 20-Eric Hamilton, 20. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 21. 1-Jeremy Nichols, 22. 11-Chad Sellers.

 

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 15

Sun

Off

   

June 16

Mon

Off

   

June 17

Tue

Off

   

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.

RAIN

June 22

Sun

I-96 Speedway

Ionia, Mich.

Jacob Poel

June 23

Mon

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, Ill.

David Wietholder

June 24

Tue

Off

   

June 25

Wed

Clarksville Speedway Park

Clarksville, Tenn.

Mike Harrison

June 26

Thur

Clayhill Motorsports Park

Atwood, Tenn.

Hunter Rasdon

June 27

Fri

Paducah Int-Raceway

Paducah, Ky.

RAIN

June 28

Sat

Federated I-55 Raceway

Pevely, Mo.

Mike Harrison

June 29

Sun

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, Ill.

Jacob Poel

June 30

Mon

Off

   

July 1

Tue

Belle-Clair Speedway

Belleville, Ill.

Mike Harrison

July 2

Wed

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, Ill.

Mike Harrison

July 3

Thur

LaSalle Speedway

LaSalle, Ill.

Mike Harrison

July 4

Fri

Fayette Co-Speedway

Brownstown, Ill.

Brian Shaw

July 5

Sat

Highland Speedway

Highland, Ill.

Rusty Griffaw

July 6

Sun

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, Ind.

Jacob Poel

July 7

Mon

Off

   

July 8

Tue

Florence Speedway

Union, Ky.

Devin Gilpin

July 9

Wed

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, Ind.

Kenny Wallace

July 10

Thur

Macon Speedway

Macon, Ill.

Ken Schrader

July 11

Fri

Farmer City Raceway

Farmer City, Ill.

$1,000

July 12

July 13

Sat

Sun

Off

Vermilion Co-Speedway

Danville, Ill.

$1,000

July 14

Mon

Off

   

July 15

Tue

Off

   

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.