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Mike Harrison wins Summit Modified Nationals at Fairbury’s Prairie Dirt Classic!

Mike Harrison – Rick Neff Photo

Eighth all-time career wins leader scores win #44 & eighth of the season to clinch sixth title in eight years

FAIRBURY, IL — July 28, 2018 — The 2018 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals concluded on Saturday, July 28th as part of the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac. The fast quarter-mile of Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL), located northeast of Bloomington in Fairbury, IL, was the site of a dramatic, history-making weekend for the UMP Modifieds. Coming into the weekend, Mike McKinney led five-time defending Tour Champion Mike Harrison by just four points in the chase for the Championship.

After Friday night’s action, McKinney and Harrison were tied for the points lead after Harrison won his seventh Summit Modified Nationals Feature of the season and 43rd of his career, while McKinney finished fifth in the same race. Harrison, the all-time career wins leader in the eight-year history of the Summit Modified Nationals, had to win the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win Feature to lock up his sixth title overall and second in a row.

“I usually don’t get nervous with these races, but tonight, for some reason, this one had me on my toes a little bit. I was really worried about this one,” offered the 40-year-old driver of the #24 Rinderer Farms / Impressive Race Cars / Bill Faust Racing Engines entry while being congratulated from fans, friends and fellow competitors.

“Hats off to Mike (McKinney). He had a helluva year. But to come here on the last night, having to win the big show to win the points, this one is definitely at the top of the list. I’ll remember this one for a long time,” he added.

The 200th all-time Summit Modified Nationals Feature in the Tour’s eight-year history would see Allen Weisser and Danny Schwartz bring the stellar 27-car field to the green flag. Schwartz beat the field to the first corner to take the early race lead, while the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him. Jacob Hawkins, who started in fourth, quickly worked his way up to second and began his charge, directed at Schwartz. On lap 15, Hawkins drove by to take the point and lead the way.

Hawkins maintained the lead until lap 25, when the caution flag came out and the race leader went pit side with apparent damage. This handed the lead back to Schwartz, who now had Harrison on his back bumper. Lap 28 proved to be the most pivotal moment of the 2018 Summit Modified Nationals. Harrison took over the lead from Schwartz, and as that was happening, McKinney, who had climbed up into the top 10 from his 19th starting spot, spun in turn three. Harrison would not be challenged the rest of the way and went on to take the checkered flag first.

Kyle Strickler, who started 14th, passed Schwartz on the white flag lap to bring home the runner-up spot, while Schwartz settled for the final podium position in third. Weisser was fourth, and Derek Losh finished off the top five. 2012 Summit Modified Nationals Champion Kenny Wallace finished in sixth after starting 16th, while Chris Arnold, Tait Davenport, Lucas Lee and current FALS DIRTcar Modified points leader McKay Wenger completed the top 10.

The weekend of racing started on Friday as Davenport out-qualified the 61-car field with a 13.885-second lap. He also won a Qualifier Feature, as did Arnold, Harrison and Hawkins. On Saturday in the three Last Chance Showdowns, 2008 DIRTcar Modified National Champion Jeff Leka scored the win to transfer into the PDC, as did Steven Brooks and McKinney.

UMP B – Main 1

Results are not official
1 #3L Jeff Leka   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:24.569 8 00:14.655
2 #32 Donovan Lodge   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:25.025 15 00:14.962 0.456 0.456
3 #7L Jay Ledford   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:25.753 6 00:15.022 1.184 0.728
4 #18J Scott James   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:25.991 4 00:14.913 1.422 0.238
5 #72A Austin Lynn   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:26.236 3 00:14.837 1.667 0.245
6 #27T Michael Turner   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:26.475 9 00:15.276 1.906 0.239
7 #61 Logan Rogers   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:27.090 14 00:15.284 2.521 0.615
8 #K67 Ian Keller   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:28.164 1 00:15.206 3.595 1.074
9 #3 Mike Brooks   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 11:28.465 9 00:15.340 3.896 0.301
10 #22 Wade Wenthe   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
13 08:33.923 5 00:15.099
11 #12 Jeff Curl   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:01.566 0 00:00
12 #59 Chevy Miller   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:01.978 0 00:00 0.412
13 #1s Brian Shaw   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:02.845 0 00:00 0.867
14 #1JR Floyd Jordan   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00
15 #13S Terry Starks   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00 0.000

 

UMP B – Main 2

Results are not official
1 #5 Steven Brooks   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:19.860 5 00:14.478
2 #24B Brent Weaver   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:20.837 10 00:15.320 0.977 0.977
3 #35 Jason Hastings   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:22.193 4 00:15.329 2.333 1.356
4 #45 Kyle Hammer   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:22.529 5 00:14.795 2.669 0.336
5 #10 Shawn Scripter   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:23.982 12 00:15.523 4.122 1.453
6 #28m Frank Marshall   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:24.656 2 00:15.054 4.796 0.674
7 #27 Beau DeYoung   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:28.489 5 00:15.567 8.629 3.833
8 #5X Alan Stipp   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 15:29.047 4 00:15.568 9.187 0.558
9 #31 Mark Anderson   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
12 14:38.357 1 00:14.492
10 #84 Stan Beadles   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
7 08:37.728 2 00:15.671
11 #1w Bob Pohlman   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
6 01:30.083 5 00:14.771
12 #2% Nick Clubb   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
5 01:20.515 3 00:15.582
13 #14 Michael Thayer   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00
14 #28 Kevin Morrow   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00 0.000
15 #53s Bobby Stremme   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00 0.000

 

UMP B – Main 3

Results are not official
1 #96m Mike Mckinney   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 03:47.494 6 00:14.632
2 #15 Chris Smith   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 03:49.339 1 00:14.932 1.845 1.845
3 #1 Steve Stevenson   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 03:50.896 11 00:15.159 3.402 1.557
4 #18c Matt Cooper   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 03:51.929 12 00:14.819 4.435 1.033
5 #8K Levi Kissinger   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 03:53.270 7 00:15.189 5.776 1.341
6 #21A Nick Allen   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 03:54.364 7 00:15.089 6.870 1.094
7 #18L Jeffery Ledford   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 03:59.770 7 00:15.575 12.276 5.406
8 #4L Mike Learman   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 04:02.506 3 00:15.789 15.012 2.736
9 #13 Kevin DeYoung   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 04:03.841 3 00:15.652 16.347 1.335
10 #A1X Phil Dixon   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 04:05.672 3 00:15.730 18.178 1.831
11 #69Jr Jimmy Farris Jr.   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
14 03:48.237 1 00:15.746 0.743
12 #72 Brian Lynn   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
4 01:03.713 2 00:15.577
13 #25 Tyler Nicely   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00
14 #21X Troy Dodson   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00 0.000
15 #74J Jeff Sanford   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00 0 00:00 0.000

 

Summit Modified Nationals Feature

Results are not official
1 #24H Mike Harrison   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:51.237 7 00:14.884
2 #19 Kyle Strickler   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:52.050 5 00:14.865 0.813 0.813
3 #21d Danny Schwartz   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:53.114 4 00:14.697 1.877 1.064
4 #25W Allen Weisser   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:53.127 6 00:14.844 1.890 0.013
5 #21 Derek Losh   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:53.341 6 00:14.765 2.104 0.214
6 #36 Kenny Wallace   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:53.669 6 00:15.317 2.432 0.328
7 #99W Chris Arnold   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:54.140 3 00:14.882 2.903 0.471
8 #18T Tait Davenport   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:54.501 6 00:14.880 3.264 0.361
9 #12L Lucas Lee   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:55.270 4 00:15.353 4.033 0.769
10 #42 Mckay Wenger   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:55.689 4 00:15.429 4.452 0.419
11 #15 Chris Smith   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:56.301 3 00:15.224 5.064 0.612
12 #5 Steven Brooks   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:56.737 15 00:15.638 5.500 0.436
13 #3L Jeff Leka   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:56.782 7 00:15.339 5.545 0.045
14 #A1X Phil Dixon   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:57.460 14 00:15.854 6.223 0.678
15 #77 Ray Bollinger   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:57.966 7 00:15.540 6.729 0.506
16 #45 Kyle Hammer   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:58.171 7 00:15.773 6.934 0.205
17 #13H Jacob Hawkins   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:58.662 4 00:14.703 7.425 0.491
18 #12 Jeff Curl   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:58.885 3 00:15.742 7.648 0.223
19 #32 Donovan Lodge   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 23:59.506 2 00:15.602 8.269 0.621
20 #96m Mike Mckinney   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 24:01.670 5 00:15.011 10.433 2.164
21 #18L Jeffery Ledford   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 24:01.700 5 00:15.848 10.463 0.030
22 #162 Logan Moody   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 24:01.826 8 00:15.152 10.589 0.126
23 #7m Mark Lamont   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 24:02.554 5 00:15.750 11.317 0.728
24 #5X Alan Stipp   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
38 24:03.264 5 00:15.886 12.027 0.710
25 #7R Dan Rork   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
37 19:58.054 11 00:15.876
26 #24B Brent Weaver   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
24 08:25.322 2 00:15.928
27 #87 David Shain   PDC Modifieds
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
22 07:44.609 6 00:15.690
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