DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Tri-City Motor Speedway -- Auburn, MI
Friday, August 21, 2020
Event Info
Tri-City Motor Speedway
Friday
21
Aug

Winner: Dona Marcoullier
2nd: Rusty Schlenk
3rd: Ryan Gustin
DIRTcar Summer Nationals
August 21, 2020
Tri-City Motor Speedway
85 Wheeler Rd
Auburn, MI 48611 

 http://www.tricityracetrack.com/

Watch on DIRTVision
 http://www.dirtvision.com/broadcasts.php?action=show&id=3828

Event Description
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals make their final stop in the state of Michigan on August 21. It’s the first visit for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals to the 3/8-mile Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan.

Series
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Race Recap: Marcoullier Upsets Hell Tour Field for Big $10k Win at Tri-City Motor Speedway

AUBURN, MI – He’s cleared the scales. The crowd roars. The Patrick Plumbing #6M rolls onto the Tri-City Motor Speedway front-stretch and into one of the wildest session of doughnuts seen all year.

Dona Marcoullier is a DIRTcar Summer Nationals Feature winner for the first time in his career.

The Houghton Lake, MI-pilot upset the DIRTcar Late Model Hell Tour regulars Friday night after winning a big battle for the lead in traffic with Frank Heckenast Jr. in the closing laps.

Terry Page Photo

Pulling into Victory Lane, Marcoullier was so excited that he forgot to put the car in-gear, and it began to roll forward slightly as he celebrated the $10,000 victory atop his Black Diamond Race Car at one of his regular weekend tracks.

“This is awesome! This is our home track – they see me here every week, this is my favorite place, and I’m glad we got to show what we were capable of,” Marcoullier said.

His magical run started from outside Row 4, getting a great jump on the start and cracking the top-five inside the first five laps. Marcoullier stayed glued to the bottom and worked his way up into the podium by Lap 15, going by the likes of Travis Stemler, Rusty Schlenk and Ryan Gustin on his way up.

Heckenast Jr. had led from the pole since the drop of the green and was looking good for a third Feature win of the week, maneuvering through lapped traffic with ease and nailing the restarts. As the laps wound down inside 10-to-go, the lapped traffic got heavy, and Marcoullier was beginning to reel-in Heckenast.

As Heckenast struggled to get by a few slower cars, Marcoullier saw the open door on the very bottom of the 3/8-mile and walked through, swiping the lead away as they completed Lap 43.

Terry Page Photo

Marcoullier took Schlenk with him underneath Heckenast for second, as did Ryan Gustin on the top side. The Marshalltown, IA-native had another terrific night of action, winding up with the last spot on the podium after a runner-up finish the night before at Thunderbird Raceway.

As Heckenast slipped back to fourth, Marcoullier could see the light at the end of the tunnel. With Schlenk right on his tail, Marcoullier didn’t crack under the pressure from behind and brought home the victory in the tour debut at TCMS.

“To come from eighth, it’s awesome,” Marcoullier said The Summer Nationals… I was happy with third last night and now we get to pull this off.”

With his victory, Marcoullier becomes only the second driver from the state of Michigan to win a DIRTcar Summer Nationals Feature in the last 10 years.

UP NEXT

The 35th annual DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour comes to a close Saturday night at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, MI, where the Late Model champion will be crowned, and a cap will be put on this terrific season of racing action. Watch every lap live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (click for full results)

Feature (50 Laps) 1. 6M-Dona Marcoullier [8][]; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk [5][]; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin [3][]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr [1][]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley [10][]; 6. 4-Travis Stemler [2][]; 7. 44-Colten Burdette [4][]; 8. 25-Jason Feger [11][]; 9. M14-Brandon Thirlby [7][]; 10. 4G-Bob Gardner [15][]; 11. 21N-Logan Nickerson [6][]; 12. 27-Eric Spangler [12][]; 13. 48-Tim Lance [9][]; 14. 21D-David Hilliker [17][]; 15. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd [14][]; 16. 87-David Mielke [20][]; 17. 19X-Cody Bauer [18][]; 18. 19-Derrick Hilliker [23][]; 19. 16-Garrett Wiles [16][]; 20. 42-Chad Finley [21][]; 21. 48L-Tim Lance Jr [19][]; 22. 7-Drake Troutman [22][]; 23. 9R-Curtis Roberts [13][] Hard Charger: 6M-Dona Marcoullier[+7]

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Race Results: 8/21/20 – Tri-City Motor Speedway

Feature (50 Laps) 1. 6M-Dona Marcoullier [8][]; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk [5][]; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin [3][]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr [1][]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley [10][]; 6. 4-Travis Stemler [2][]; 7. 44-Colten Burdette [4][]; 8. 25-Jason Feger [11][]; 9. M14-Brandon Thirlby [7][]; 10. 4G-Bob Gardner [15][]; 11. 21N-Logan Nickerson [6][]; 12. 27-Eric Spangler [12][]; 13. 48-Tim Lance [9][]; 14. 21D-David Hilliker [17][]; 15. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd [14][]; 16. 87-David Mielke [20][]; 17. 19X-Cody Bauer [18][]; 18. 19-Derrick Hilliker [23][]; 19. 16-Garrett Wiles [16][]; 20. 42-Chad Finley [21][]; 21. 48L-Tim Lance Jr [19][]; 22. 7-Drake Troutman [22][]; 23. 9R-Curtis Roberts [13][] Hard Charger: 6M-Dona Marcoullier[+7]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 14.005; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 14.065; 3. 9R-Curtis Roberts, 14.178; 4. M14-Brandon Thirlby, 14.2; 5. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 14.236; 6. 42-Chad Finley, 14.306; 7. 48-Tim Lance, 14.348; 8. 25-Jason Feger, 14.433; 9. O3-JC Witherspoon, 14.482; 10. 4G-Bob Gardner, 14.503; 11. 87X-Dave Bowen, 14.581; 12. 19-Derrick Hilliker, 14.715; 13. 87-David Mielke, 14.739; 14. 23-Preston DeShano, 14.865; 15. 19M-Carter Murday, 14.968; 16. 5X-Bryant Dickinson, 15.117; 17. 16S-Mike Staszak, 15.269

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 4-Travis Stemler, 14.289; 2. 44-Colten Burdette, 14.4; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley, 14.405; 4. 6M-Dona Marcoullier, 14.532; 5. 4T-Andrew Terrill, 14.664; 6. 27-Eric Spangler, 14.713; 7. 21D-David Hilliker, 14.841; 8. 16-Garrett Wiles, 14.846; 9. 21N-Logan Nickerson, 14.854; 10. 6R-Carl Ries, 14.87; 11. 7-Drake Troutman, 14.95; 12. 19X-Cody Bauer, 14.975; 13. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd, 15.022; 14. 52-Brad Harden, 15.044; 15. 21SH-Steven Hilliker, 15.108; 16. 3-Kyle Roberts, 15.285; 17. 48L-Tim Lance Jr, 15.736

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin [1]; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk [3]; 3. 48-Tim Lance [4]; 4. 9R-Curtis Roberts [2]; 5. 87X-Dave Bowen [6]; 6. 19M-Carter Murday [8]; 7. 16S-Mike Staszak [9]; 8. O3-JC Witherspoon [5]; 9. 87-David Mielke [7]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr [1]; 2. M14-Brandon Thirlby [2]; 3. 25-Jason Feger [4]; 4. 4G-Bob Gardner [5]; 5. 42-Chad Finley [3]; 6. 19-Derrick Hilliker [6]; 7. 23-Preston DeShano [7]; 8. 5X-Bryant Dickinson [8]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 4-Travis Stemler [1]; 2. 21N-Logan Nickerson [5]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley [2]; 4. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd [7]; 5. 21D-David Hilliker [4]; 6. 4T-Andrew Terrill [3]; 7. 21SH-Steven Hilliker [8]; 8. 7-Drake Troutman [6]; 9. 48L-Tim Lance Jr [9]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 44-Colten Burdette [1]; 2. 6M-Dona Marcoullier [2]; 3. 27-Eric Spangler [3]; 4. 16-Garrett Wiles [4]; 5. 19X-Cody Bauer [6]; 6. 3-Kyle Roberts [8]; 7. 52-Brad Harden [7]; 8. 6R-Carl Ries [5]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 21D-David Hilliker [2][]; 2. 19X-Cody Bauer [4][]; 3. 19-Derrick Hilliker [7][]; 4. 42-Chad Finley [3][]; 5. 87-David Mielke [17][]; 6. 4T-Andrew Terrill [6][]; 7. 3-Kyle Roberts [8][]; 8. 87X-Dave Bowen [1][]; 9. O3-JC Witherspoon [13][]; 10. 5X-Bryant Dickinson [15][]; 11. 16S-Mike Staszak [9][]; 12. 48L-Tim Lance Jr [18][]; 13. 19M-Carter Murday [5][]; 14. 52-Brad Harden [12][]; 15. 23-Preston DeShano [11][]; 16. 21SH-Steven Hilliker [10][]; 17. 7-Drake Troutman [14][]; 18. 6R-Carl Ries [16][]


Tri-City Motor Speedway
85 Wheeler Rd
Auburn, MI 48611 

 http://www.tricityracetrack.com/

Track Phone
(989) 316-6804