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Poel Captures Fourth Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Season at Lincoln Speedway

One night after Mike Harrison tied his 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals win total at three, Jacob Poel responded Sundaynight by passing Harrison on the final lap to claim his fourth victory of the season at Lincoln Speedway.

Nick Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, and Mike Harrison occupied the front row, with Jacob Poel starting right behind them in the third position. Hoffman and Harrison battled for the lead on the opening lap, with Harrison eventually securing the top spot.

Harrison had the car to beat as he held off challenges from Hoffman, Poel, and T.D Burger in the early laps of the 25-lap feature event. Harrison built a comfortable lead on the rest of the field with the action heating up for the second position where Poel, Hoffman and Burger battled for the majority of the race. Harrison looked to close out the weekend with back-to-back victories, but a late-race caution with four laps remaining changed that outcome.

On the final restart, the leader kept his car glued to the bottom, holding off a challenge from Burger. Poel took advantage of the front two cars battling for the lead, as he made his move to the outside lane and powered around Burger for second with three laps remaining. Poel drove his car deeper and deeper into the corners trying to catch Harrison, finally getting to his outside going into turn one on the final lap.

Harrison edged Poel heading into the final turn, but the outside line would prove to be valuable for Poel as he pulled even with Harrison exiting turn four. The two drivers hit the front stretch nose-to-nose with Poel claiming the $1,000 checkered flag in the first photo finish of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season.

“I was really just trying to put a show on,” said Poel who won by .05 of a second. “I didn’t even know or not if I won there at the end, it was so close. They must’ve had to go back to the transponders.”

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Burger, Hoffman, and Jeff Curl rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners were Poel, Hoffman, and Harrison.

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Tuesday night at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Lincoln Speedway; Lincoln Ill.; June 29, 2014

A-Main (25-laps): 1. 82-Jacob Poel ($1,000), 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 3. 32B-T.D. Burger, 4. 2-Nick Hoffman, 5. 12-Jeff Curl, 6. 36-Kenny Wallace, 7. 25W-Allen Weisser, 8. 84-Tyler Deibert, 9. 14-Brian Lynn, 10. 3L-Jeff Leka, 11. 5-Steven Brooks, 12. 72A-Austin Lynn, 13. 26D-Derick Doerr, 14. 11-Blake Buchholz, 15. 41G-Matt Goulden, 16. 55A-Collin Alexander, 17. 96D-Cory Daugherty, 18. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 19. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 20. A9-Austin May, 21. 10K-Kelly Kovski, 22. 2L-Justin Leka, 23. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 24. 77-Ray Bollinger, 25. 32-Donovan Lodge.

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. $1,000
July 2 Wed Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, Ill. $1,000
July 3 Thur LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill. $1,000
July 4 Fri Fayette Co-Speedway Brownstown, Ill. $1,000
July 5 Sat Highland Speedway Highland, Ill. $1,000
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 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.

by Jordan Morris

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