Gilpin Nabs Summit Modified Tour Opener

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Devin Gilpin (1) races alongside Kenny Wallace during Thursday's DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals opener at Kankakee County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)
Devin Gilpin (1) races alongside Kenny Wallace during Thursday's DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals opener at Kankakee County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)
Devin Gilpin (1) races alongside Kenny Wallace during Thursday’s DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals opener at Kankakee County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

KANKAKEE, Ill. – Two-time DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion Devin Gilpin passed Kenny Wallace with 15 laps remaining to score his first win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals on Thursday night at Kankakee County Speedway.

Gilpin, of Columbus, Ind., rallied early to have a chance for the victory after his second place finish in the third heat. In the 25-lap feature, Kenny Wallace, of St. Louis, Mo., jumped out to the lead after shooting around pole-sitter Ray Bollinger on the first lap. Wallace held the top spot for eight laps before Gilpin muscled his way to the front, bringing Nick Allen with him.

Gilpin maneuvered his way around Wallace on lap 9 and led the final 15 laps en route to capturing the $1,000 checkered flag.

Nick Allen, Kenny Wallace, Jeff Curl and Jamie Lomax rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Ray Bollinger, Kenny Wallace, and Mike McKinney.

The finish:

Devin Gilpin, Nick Allen, Kenny Wallace, Jeff Curl, Jamie Lomax, Matt Goulden, Steven Brooks, Cory Daugherty, Ray Bollinger, Jimmy Dehm, Lance Dehm, Devin Wright, Jeremie Johnson, Jason Hastings, Kevin Hastings, Jason Lakey, Tom Bell, Jacob Poel, Mike McKinney, James Farris Sr., Brock Bauman, Allen Weisser.