Ruhlman Wins, Harrison Champ



 

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Ruhlman Captures DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Finale at Oakshade 

Harrison scores back-to-back series titles

 

By Jordan Morris

 

WAUSEON, Ohio July 19, 2014 — Brian Ruhlman charged past Taylor Cook to claim the lead on lap two as he dominated the remaining 24-laps and scored his first win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.

 

For the second year in-a-row, and third time in four years, Mike Harrison claimed the overall season title after scoring six victories during the six week-long tour.

 

Ruhlman, of Clarklake, Mich., started the 25-lap feature event in the third position, just behind pole-sitter Randy Lines. Lines failed to lead the opening lap as Taylor Cook, who started on the outside of row one, surged to the top spot.

 

Cook, Lines and Ruhlman raced three-wide for the lead on lap two, as Ruhlman eventually captured the top spot exiting turn two. Ruhlman quickly pulled away from Lines and Cook to build an early lead as Matt Hamilton and Jeff Babcock joined the battle for the second position.

 

With most drivers stuck to the outside line, Hamilton found grip on the inside and charged his way to the second position as he passed Cook, who began to fade back, eventually finishing in the seventh position.

 

In a race that ran caution free, Ruhlman’s early lead proved to be beneficial as Hamilton didn’t have enough laps to reel in the leader. Hamilton settled for a second place finish as Ruhlman easily coasted to his first and only victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Oakshade Raceway.

 

Neither Mike Harrison nor Jacob Poel were present for the Saturday night feature, handing the $5,000 series title to Harrison, who held a slim six-point lead on Poel. Harrison’s six wins were good enough for second most of the year as only Poel had more (seven). The two drivers battled all season long for victories, with Poel winning the battle but Harrison winning the war as he successfully defended his 2013 series title, repeating in 2014.

 

Jeff Babcock, Collin Thirlby and Josh Scott rounded out the top five.

 

Heat race winners were Brad Wilson, Brian Ruhlman, Randy Lines and Taylor Cook.

 

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Oakshade Raceway; Wauseon, Ohio; July 19, 2014;

A-Main (25-laps):1. 49-Brian Ruhlman ($1,000), 2. 9H-Matt Hamilton, 3. 7B-Jeff Babcock, 4. 47C-Collin Thirlby, 5. 11JS-Josh Scott, 6. 18L-Randy Lines, 7. 21-Taylor Cook, 8. 555-Justin Coulter, 9. 42-Bob Baldwin, 10. 2-Travis Stemler, 11. 4-Taylor Wiles, 12. 4K-Jason Kinney, 13. 9J-Jared Guinn, 14. 52-Jordan Bailey, 15. 6-Dave Golembrewski, 16. 15B-Dave Baker, 17. 91T-Adam Thrush, 18. 71E-Pat Elhert, 19. 8C-Corey Bevard, 20. 15G-Jacob Gamber, 21. 43-Mark Anderson, 22. 21W-Brad Wilson.

 

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

July 12

Fri
Sat

Farmer City Raceway

Fairbury Speedway

Farmer City, Ill.

Fairbury, Ill.

Jacob Poel

RAIN

July 13

Sun

Vermilion Co-Speedway

Danville, Ill.

Jacob Poel

July 14

Mon

Off

   

July 15

Tue

Off

   

July 16

Wed

Atomic Speedway

Chillicothe, Ohio

Devin Gilpin

July 17

Thu

Brushcreek Motorsports

Peebles, Ohio

Daniel Ebert

July 18

Fri

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, Ohio

Dave Baker

July 19

Sat

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, Ohio

Brian Ruhlman

 

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