Ionia, MI (Tuesday, December 22, 2020) - Along with the numerous Track Championship point battles throughout the racing season, some of the best talents were stacked against one another in the DIRTcar Racing Eastern Region points race. The talent of the region is comprised largely of drivers who call the state of Michigan home. The final standings of 2020 show the same high caliber competition the region is used to.
5th Place – Cody Bauer – The 27-year old native of Farwell, Michigan, Cody Bauer earned one win on the season, but with many consistent finishes managed to score a top-five in the region. Plus his consistency placed him in 9th place in the final 2020 DIRTcar Late Model national points standings.
4th Place – Travis Stemler – The switch to the Chad Anklam Racing team worked out well for Travis Stemler as he notched four wins in 22 DIRTcar events placing him fourth in the region. The 29-year-old from Ionia, Michigan also won the inaugural Allstar Performance Late Model Challenge Series Championship. One of the victories that helped was his first-ever win at the historic WoodTic at Merritt Speedway. Stemler finished 14th in the national points.
3rd Place – David Mielke – The driver who calls Gladwin, Michigan home racked two victories in his 22 starts in DIRTcar events during the 2020 campaign, placing him in the top three for the region. This was the 28-year old’s first full-time season driving a late model exclusively. Mielke also finished 12th in the national points race.
2nd Place – Dona Marcoullier – The Houghton Lake, Michigan standout capped off the season with 10 wins in 22 DIRTcar racing events. No doubt the highlight of the year for the 36-year-old was his win during the DIRTcar Summer Nationals event at Tri-City Motor Speedway in August. He bested a field filled with some of the nation’s top talent for his first-ever win with the Hell Tour, ending a decade long drought for Michigan racers. Marcoullier also won four events during the Allstar Performance Late Model Challenge Series. He finished 13th in the national points.
2020 Eastern Region Champion – Chad Finley – The driver who took the 2020 DIRTcar Racing Eastern Region for Late Models was Saint Johns, Michigan’s Chad Finley. Finley made 26 starts for DIRTcar sanctioned events and won the region by 90 points over Marcoullier. The 28-year-old Finley finished the year with four wins. His top average finishes made him the driver to beat in the region. His results put him in a 10th place finish in the final national points standings.
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Story - Brian Osborne, Horsepower Happenings
Photo - Randy Ellen