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Ruhlman Oakshade Victor; Wallace Wins Summit Modified Nationals Crown

Summit Modified NationalsWauseon, Ohio – July 14, 2012 – Brian Ruhlman of Clarklake, Mich., raced to his first DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory Saturday night in the finale of the month long tour at Oakshade Raceway. Kenny Wallace of Concord, N.C., finished sixth and thus won his first Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Championship over defending champion Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill.

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Ruhlman, who was one of a few drivers competing in both a modified and late model, started eighth and charged around the track’s high groove the majority of the race. Ruhlman swapped the lead with Jake Ruefer of Roanoke, Ind., multiple times each lap in the races late stages eventually coming out on top.

“I ran 60-laps in the late model just before I went out there and I knew my car was going to work well on the top,” Ruhlman said. “It feels really good to get a win against the level of competition that was here tonight.”

Ruefer settled for second ahead of I-96 Modified Nationals winner Jacob Poel of Spring Lake, Mich.

Zach Schroder of Findlay, Ohio, finished fourth and Zack Olger of St. Johns, Mich., rounded out the top five.

Newly crowned DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Champion Kenny Wallace of Concord, N.C., finished sixth.

“After everything in my NASCAR career, this ranks right up there with that as a highlight of my career to outrun guys like Mike Harrison, Devin Gilpin, some of the winningest drivers in DIRTcar UMP Modified competition,” Wallace said. “The DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals are a big deal now for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds in its second year and I’m really excited to win it!”

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Wallace used two wins over the final week, coupled with an average point finish of 67 to edge defending champion Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill., by 16 points for the title, which is determined by a driver’s 10 best finishes throughout the course of the month long tour.

You know, we went on a special streak starting in Florence, Ky., when we won then we won at Terre Haute, and we had a bunch of second place finishes and all of a sudden someone said hey, you could win the DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals championship!”, he explained. “I almost said no I’m not going to do it but then I got sick to my stomach this morning because I knew I had to give up the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Championship in February to do SPEED TV and I said I can’t keep going through my career just laying down and giving championships away.”

Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Oakshade Raceway; Wauseon, Ohio; July 14, 2012 A-Main (20-laps): 1. Brian Ruhlman , 2. Jake Ruefer , 3. Jacob Poel , 4. Zach Schroder , 5. Zack Olger , 6. Kenny Wallace , 7. Taylor Cook , 8. Dona Marcoullier , 9. Lonnie Mcintyre , 10. Terry Hall , 11. Travis Stemler , 12. Brent Hole , 13. Nick Katerhenry , 14. Shannon Fisk , 15. Mark Anderson , 16. John Mcclure , 17. Brett Miller , 18. Clint Reagle , 19. Collin Thrlby , 20. Tyler Stump .

2012 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Schedule

Date

Track

Location

Winner (Cars)

13-Jun

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, IN

Devin Gilpin (39)

14-Jun

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

Jeff Curl (27)

15-Jun

Cedar Lake Speedway

Somerset, WI

Ryan Gustin (41)

16-Jun

Cedar Lake Speedway

Somerset, WI

Rodney Sanders (41)

17-Jun

Wilmot Raceway

Wilmot, WI

Lance Arneson (52)

19-Jun

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

David Wietholder (35)

20-Jun

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

Mike Harrison (26)

21-Jun

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

Larry Anderson (35)

22-Jun

Tri City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

Brent Mullins (41)

23-Jun

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

Lance Dehm (31)

24-Jun

I-96 Speedway

Lake Odessa, MI

Jacob Poel (33)

26-Jun

Lincoln Park Speedway

Putnamville, IN

Devin Gilpin (39)

27-Jun

Belle Clair Speedway

Belleville, IL

Dean Hoffman (36)

28-Jun

Clay Hill Motorsports Park

Atwood, TN

Matt Cooper (12)

29-Jun

Paducah Int. Raceway

Paducah, KY

Matt Mevert (22)

30-Jun

Federated Auto Parts I-55

Pevely, MO

Michael Long (31)

1-Jul

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

Canceled (Heat)

2-Jul

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

Ray Bollinger (36)

3-Jul

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL

Ken Schrader (37)

4-Jul

Lasalle Speedway

Lasalle, IL

Milo Veloz Jr. (28)

5-Jul

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

Ray Bollinger(31)

6-Jul

Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL

Michael Long (16)

7-Jul

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

Clayton Miller (20)

8-Jul

Tri State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

Michael Fox (53)

10-Jul

Florence Speedway

Union, KY

Kenny Wallace (43)

11-Jul

Brushcreek Motorsports

Pebbles, OH

Devin Gilpin (29)

12-Jul

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

Kenny Wallace (28)

13-Jul

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, OH

Taylor Cook (20)

14-Jul

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

Brian Ruhlman (41)

The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Summit Racing Equipment (Title Sponsor), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communications), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors: Auto Meter, Bell Helmets, Beyea Headers, Bilstein Shocks, Chevy Performance Parts, Shafer Enterprises’ Cool Shirts, Dominator Race Products, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems, Impact Race Products, Intercomp, KSE Racing Products, Landrum Springs, MSD Ignitions, QA1 Motorsports, Quartermaster, Schoenfeld Headers, UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), and XS Power Racing Batteries. 

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