Dona Marcoullier & Collin Thirlby take DIRTcar Summer Nationals wins at Tri-City Motor Speedway!

DONA DOMINATES: Marcoullier Beats Hell Tour Again for $10K at TCMS

Moyer Jr. runner-up one night after first win of season

AUBURN, MI – July 22, 2022 – For the second time in three years, Dona Marcoullier reigns supreme over the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Tri-City Motor Speedway.

Two seasons ago, it was a late pass for the lead that sealed his first Hell Tour triumph. Friday night, it was a display of dominance by the 38-year-old from Houghton Lake, MI, as he led all 40 laps around the 3/8-mile oval to score another $10,000 and his second career victory with the series.

“I love Tri-City,” Marcoullier said. “It’s the kind of place that levels-off, where there’s no motor – it doesn’t matter. You can have the best car; you’ve just got to be able to drive it. That’s why I like the place so much.”

The night went well for the 6M team, qualifying atop their group and winning Heat Race #4, earning Marcoullier an outside pole starting spot in the redraw. At the drop of the green, he wasted zero time, slipping past polesitter Cody Bauer with momentum on the high side to take the lead on the opening lap.

“The tire fired good, I didn’t screw-up, I didn’t push, and I just got good momentum running,” Marcoullier said. “That’s really how this place runs – you’ve just got to keep the car rolling; you can’t bend the car because there’s no traction. There’s no cushion.”

From there on out, it was Marcoullier’s race to lose. The race went caution-free in just over 10 minutes total, which meant Marcoullier was never forced through a restart and could stretch his lead – which went nearly as wide as five seconds at one point.

Though Marcoullier’s progress through lapped traffic was slowed at various points, the field behind him was unable to catch him. Once Billy Moyer Jr. got to second on Lap 23, he began reeling the leader in slightly, but never got closer than three full seconds back.

Ultimately, Marcoullier went unchallenged for the win and completed the first-ever Michigan sweep of the Hell Tour after fellow Michigander Collin Thirlby won the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Feature earlier on in the evening.

The win also counts as his third DIRTcar Late Model Feature triumph in four starts at TCMS this season. He did it in his older Black Diamond Race Cars chassis, but it’s the one he knows best, and has built on it since he began winning more often.

“I think it’s just growing up racing my whole life and not having the best equipment,” Marcoullier said. “We’ve always had smaller motors, older cars, and you just learn how to make those cars work.

“Now, we’ve got some better pieces, and we can shine.”

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals is back in action Saturday, July 23, for the penultimate round of competition at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, MI. If you can’t be at the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

34 entries

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Feature (40 Laps): 1. 6M-Dona Marcoullier[2]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[5]; 3. 42-Chad Finley[6]; 4. 27-Eric Spangler[7]; 5. 19X-Cody Bauer[1]; 6. 4T-Andrew Terrill[4]; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[17]; 8. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd[13]; 9. 50-Greg Gokey[10]; 10. 44S-Colin Shipley[11]; 11. M14-Brandon Thirlby[15]; 12. 91-Rusty Schlenk[18]; 13. 03-JC Witherspoon[8]; 14. 18-Chase Burda[9]; 15. F1-Payton Freeman[19]; 16. 21N-Logan Nickerson[14]; 17. 19-Derrick Hilliker[21]; 18. 14G-Joe Godsey[22]; 19. 30-Mark Voigt[12]; 20. 55V-Michael vandecar[16]; 21. 55-Jeep Van Wormer[3]; 22. 4-Travis Stemler[20]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[2]; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk[5]; 3. 15-Dave Baker[9]; 4. 4-Travis Stemler[6]; 5. 14G-Joe Godsey[10]; 6. 38-Thomas Hunziker[8]; 7. F1-Payton Freeman[18]; 8. 20-Jim Plotts[13]; 9. 14N-Tyler Norton[15]; 10. 9-Marc Super[7]; 11. 31AUS-Paul Stubber[16]; 12. 14R-Jeff Roth[11]; 13. 07-Rylee Knoll[14]; 14. 23NZ-Mick Quin[12]; 15. 16-Mike Staszak[4]; 16. 19-Derrick Hilliker[1]; 17. 21D-David Hilliker[3]; 18. 24-Joseph Pomeroy[17]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 4T-Andrew Terrill[3]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 3. 18-Chase Burda[1]; 4. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd[5]; 5. 19-Derrick Hilliker[4]; 6. 91-Rusty Schlenk[8]; 7. 15-Dave Baker[6]; 8. 20-Jim Plotts[9]; 9. 24-Joseph Pomeroy[7]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 19X-Cody Bauer[1]; 2. 42-Chad Finley[2]; 3. 50-Greg Gokey[3]; 4. 21N-Logan Nickerson[4]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[5]; 6. 4-Travis Stemler[7]; 7. 14G-Joe Godsey[6]; 8. 07-Rylee Knoll[9]; 9. F1-Payton Freeman[8]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 55-Jeep Van Wormer[3]; 2. 27-Eric Spangler[1]; 3. 44S-Colin Shipley[4]; 4. M14-Brandon Thirlby[2]; 5. 21D-David Hilliker[8]; 6. 9-Marc Super[7]; 7. 14R-Jeff Roth[5]; 8. 14N-Tyler Norton[6]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 6M-Dona Marcoullier[1]; 2. 03-JC Witherspoon[2]; 3. 30-Mark Voigt[5]; 4. 55V-Michael vandecar[7]; 5. 16-Mike Staszak[3]; 6. 38-Thomas Hunziker[6]; 7. 23NZ-Mick Quin[8]; 8. 31AUS-Paul Stubber[4]

Qualifying 1 (2 Laps): 1. 18-Chase Burda, 00:12.590[1]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer Jr, 00:12.659[9]; 3. 4T-Andrew Terrill, 00:12.740[2]; 4. 19-Derrick Hilliker, 00:12.797[8]; 5. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd, 00:12.880[7]; 6. 15-Dave Baker, 00:12.980[3]; 7. 24-Joseph Pomeroy, 00:12.992[4]; 8. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 00:13.140[5]; 9. 20-Jim Plotts, 00:13.804[6]

Qualifying 2 (2 Laps): 1. 19X-Cody Bauer, 00:12.863[3]; 2. 42-Chad Finley, 00:12.864[1]; 3. 50-Greg Gokey, 00:12.981[4]; 4. 21N-Logan Nickerson, 00:13.054[8]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:13.099[6]; 6. 14G-Joe Godsey, 00:13.176[7]; 7. 4-Travis Stemler, 00:13.237[2]; 8. F1-Payton Freeman, 00:13.280[9]; 9. 07-Rylee Knoll, 00:13.317[5]

Qualifying 3 (2 Laps): 1. 27-Eric Spangler, 00:13.298[8]; 2. M14-Brandon Thirlby, 00:13.361[4]; 3. 55-Jeep Van Wormer, 00:13.621[2]; 4. 44S-Colin Shipley, 00:13.793[1]; 5. 14R-Jeff Roth, 00:14.095[5]; 6. 14N-Tyler Norton, 00:14.096[6]; 7. 9-Marc Super, 00:14.141[3]; 8. 21D-David Hilliker, 00:14.171[7]

Qualifying 4 (2 Laps): 1. 6M-Dona Marcoullier, 00:13.631[8]; 2. 03-JC Witherspoon, 00:13.680[4]; 3. 16-Mike Staszak, 00:13.786[6]; 4. 31AUS-Paul Stubber, 00:14.305[2]; 5. 30-Mark Voigt, 00:14.318[5]; 6. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 00:14.535[1]; 7. 55V-Michael vandecar, 00:14.998[3]; 8. 23NZ-Mick Quin, 00:20.130[7]

Hot Laps 1: 1. 21-Billy Moyer Jr, 00:12.675[9]; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 00:12.712[5]; 3. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd, 00:12.814[7]; 4. 19-Derrick Hilliker, 00:13.340[8]; 5. 18-Chase Burda, 00:13.437[1]; 6. 4T-Andrew Terrill, 00:13.585[2]; 7. 15-Dave Baker, 00:14.020[3]; 8. 20-Jim Plotts, 00:14.200[6]; 9. 24-Joseph Pomeroy, 00:14.200[4]

Hot Laps 2: 1. F1-Payton Freeman, 00:12.157[9]; 2. 42-Chad Finley, 00:12.336[1]; 3. 4-Travis Stemler, 00:12.377[2]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:12.426[6]; 5. 14G-Joe Godsey, 00:12.463[7]; 6. 21N-Logan Nickerson, 00:12.644[8]; 7. 50-Greg Gokey, 00:12.653[4]; 8. 19X-Cody Bauer, 00:13.077[3]; 9. 07-Rylee Knoll, 00:13.426[5]

Hot Laps 3: 1. 55-Jeep Van Wormer, 00:12.425[2]; 2. 27-Eric Spangler, 00:12.471[8]; 3. 21D-David Hilliker, 00:12.576[7]; 4. 44S-Colin Shipley, 00:12.630[1]; 5. M14-Brandon Thirlby, 00:12.702[4]; 6. 9-Marc Super, 00:13.311[3]; 7. 14R-Jeff Roth, 00:13.311[5]; 8. 14N-Tyler Norton, 00:13.311[6]

Hot Laps 4: 1. 6M-Dona Marcoullier, 00:12.535[8]; 2. 16-Mike Staszak, 00:12.987[6]; 3. 31AUS-Paul Stubber, 00:13.183[2]; 4. 03-JC Witherspoon, 00:13.284[4]; 5. 23NZ-Mick Quin, 00:13.328[7]; 6. 30-Mark Voigt, 00:13.341[5]; 7. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 00:13.601[1]; 8. 55V-Michael vandecar, 00:14.434[3]

DIAMOND IN THE SMOOTH: Thirlby Wins First Summit Modified Feature at TCMS

For the third time in as many races, the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals has seen a first-time winner.

Friday night at Tri-City Motor Speedway, Collin Thirlby etched his name into the record books, becoming the 77th different winner in the 12-year history of the series. To do it, Thirlby pressured leader Brian Brindley for over half of the 25-lap event and eventually made the move on him with nine-to-go, taking the lead for good.

“I just followed [Brindley], kept the car straight, kept the tires under me,” Thirlby said. “I saw Shannon Fisk – he was running the bottom, and I think with as many laps as I have around this place, I kinda knew where to go.”

Thirlby is a dealer/builder of the Diamond Race Cars chassis that he drives and has tuned it to his liking for the slick-and-smooth Tri-City track surface, which, coupled with his experience at TCMS, gave him the edge over his competition.

“The biggest thing is that I just have a lot of laps around here,” Thirlby said. “The track gets black-slick, top-to-bottom. These Diamond Race Cars, they’re known to be really good when it gets black like that.”

After working on Brindley since the drop of the green, Thirlby finally slipped by with a great run to his inside out of Turn 4 on Lap 16, and sped off, leading the rest of the distance en route to Victory Lane.

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summit Modifieds are back in action Saturday, July 23, at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, MI. If you can’t be at the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

18 entries

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Feature (25 Laps): 1. 47-Collin Thirlby[3]; 2. 60-Shannon Fisk[1]; 3. 3B-Brian Brindley[2]; 4. 77-Joe Rokos[12]; 5. 19B-Chad Bauer[4]; 6. 92-Caleb Kill[6]; 7. 50-Chad Bennett[17]; 8. 1*-Wyatt Baker[5]; 9. 10-Jaycob Truemner[16]; 10. 66-Adam Hammer[11]; 11. 60W-Nate Wilbur[14]; 12. 9-Garrett Rons[7]; 13. 15-Brenden Baker[9]; 14. 81-Rick Swartout[18]; 15. 29-Steve Shellenberger[13]; 16. 99B-Brent Banning[8]; 17. 17-Thomas Wilbur[15]; 18. 20-Kevin Miller[10]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 60-Shannon Fisk[1]; 2. 47-Collin Thirlby[2]; 3. 1*-Wyatt Baker[7]; 4. 9-Garrett Rons[5]; 5. 15-Brenden Baker[9]; 6. 66-Adam Hammer[6]; 7. 29-Steve Shellenberger[4]; 8. 17-Thomas Wilbur[8]; 9. 50-Chad Bennett[3]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 3B-Brian Brindley[3]; 2. 19B-Chad Bauer[1]; 3. 92-Caleb Kill[2]; 4. 99B-Brent Banning[8]; 5. 20-Kevin Miller[4]; 6. 77-Joe Rokos[5]; 7. 60W-Nate Wilbur[6]; 8. 10-Jaycob Truemner[9]; 9. 81-Rick Swartout[7]

Qualifying 1 (3 Laps): 1. 60-Shannon Fisk, 00:13.608[1]; 2. 47-Collin Thirlby, 00:13.726[4]; 3. 50-Chad Bennett, 00:13.731[9]; 4. 29-Steve Shellenberger, 00:13.942[7]; 5. 9-Garrett Rons, 00:14.171[2]; 6. 66-Adam Hammer, 00:14.178[3]; 7. 1*-Wyatt Baker, 00:14.194[6]; 8. 17-Thomas Wilbur, 00:14.882[5]; 9. (DNS) 15-Brenden Baker, 00:14.882

Qualifying 2 (3 Laps): 1. 19B-Chad Bauer, 00:13.588[2]; 2. 92-Caleb Kill, 00:13.895[7]; 3. 3B-Brian Brindley, 00:13.989[9]; 4. 20-Kevin Miller, 00:14.102[1]; 5. 77-Joe Rokos, 00:14.130[8]; 6. 60W-Nate Wilbur, 00:14.244[3]; 7. 81-Rick Swartout, 00:14.388[4]; 8. 99B-Brent Banning, 00:14.395[5]; 9. 10-Jaycob Truemner, 00:14.713[6]