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Rusty Griffaw Dominates Highland Speedway for First Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals
Rusty Griffaw earns his first victory of the 2014 Summit Modified Nationals at Highland Speedway. Credit: Jimmy Dearing

Rusty Griffaw Dominates Highland Speedway for First Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals

By Jordan Morris

HIGHLAND, Ill. — July 5, 2014 — Rusty Griffaw dominated his way to his first victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season Saturday night, leading flag-to-flag en route to capturing the $1,000 prize at Highland Speedway.

After coming up a few spots short on Friday night at Fayette County Speedway, Griffaw kept the pressure on the rest of the field the entire night by starting up front and capturing the lead early.

Griffaw held off a hard-charging Mike Harrison who managed to set the quick time for the night, but due to a poor finish in his heat, had to rally his way to the front. Harrison charged through the field, eventually getting to the runner-up position, but it would be too late as Griffaw had built an insurmountable lead.

Harrison for the second night in-a-row had to settle for the runner-up position. With only 10 events remaining in the grueling six week-long 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, Harrison holds a firm grasp in the championship hunt, maintaining a substantial points lead.

Griffaw, who is not running for the championship this year, still found a way to hold off a red-hot Harrison, leading every lap of the 30-lap feature event, and scoring the well-deserved $1,000 checkered flag at Highland Speedway.

Brian Beilong, Chris Smith and John Seets Sr. rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners were Griffaw, Tim Hancock and Matt Goulden.

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Saturday night at Highland Speedway in Highland, Ill.

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Highland Speedway; Highland, Ill.; July 5, 2014;

A-Main (30-laps):1. 16-Rusty Griffaw ($1,000), 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 3. 70-Brian Beilong, 4. 15-Chris Smith, 5. 360-John Seets Sr, 6. 3D-Ryan Driemeyer, 7. 84-Tyler Deibert, 8. 16S-Steve Stotler, 9. 96-Matt Koch, 10. 128-Zach Schantz, 11. 52-Billy Knebel Jr, 12. 87Z-Zeb Moake, 13. 41G-Matt Goulden, 14. 76-Eric Goetter, 15. 7-Dennis Ponder, 16. 0-Tim Hancock, 17. 14R-Tim Burdel, 18. 18-Jake Seets, 19. 9S-Tommy Seets Jr, 20. 27-Len Garson, 21. 6K-Justin Ketrow, 22. 11-Chad Sellers.

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. $1,000
July 7 Mon Off
July 8 Tue Florence Speedway Union, Ky. $1,000
July 9 Wed Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, Ind. $1,000
July 10 Thur Macon Speedway Macon, Ill. $1,000
July 11 Fri Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill. $1,000
July 12 Sat Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, Ill. RAIN
July 13 Sun Vermilion Co-Speedway Danville, Ill. $1,000
July 14 Mon Off
July 15 Tue Off
July 16 Wed Atomic Speedway Chillicothe, Ohio $1,000
July 17 Thu Brushcreek Motorsports Peebles, Ohio TBA
July 18 Fri Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio $1,000
July 19 Sat Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio $1,000

The Summit Racing Modified Nationals is proudly brought to you by these fine partners:Summit Racing Equipment (Title Sponsor), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Provider), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Racing Tire), Racing Electronics (Official Communication ), Velocita (Official Uniform),VP Racing Fuels (Official Fuel), along with these Contingency Parters: MSD, TomCat Performance, Landrum Performance Springs, Dominator Race Products, QuarterMaster, KSE Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Joes Racing Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Beyea Custom Headers, Fast Shafts, Bassett Racing Wheels, QA1, Auto Meter, Fluidampr, Fox Shocks, Impact Race Products, Penske Shocks, Performance Friction Brakes, Strange Oval, Schoenfeld Headers, Bell Helmets, Shafer Enterprises’ Cool Shirts; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal and Intercomp.

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