HIGHLAND, Ill. — 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.
Rusty Griffaw, Mike Harrison, Brian Beilong, Chris Smith, John Seets Sr., Ryan Driemeyer, Tyler Deibert, Steve Stotler, Matt Koch, Zach Schantz, Billy Knebel Jr., Zeb Moake, Matt Goulden, Eric Goetter, Dennis Ponder, Tim Hancock, Tim Burdel, Jake Seets, Tommy Seets Jr., Len Garson, Justin Ketrow, Chad Sellers.