Jeremy Nichols Picks Up Inaugural Railsplitter 40 Victory!

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(Buckingham, IL) Twenty of the toughest UMP Street Stock competitors in the Midwest were on hand for the first race ever for the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series.  The “Railsplitter 40” turned out to be a thriller, with three and four wide racing throughout.  Modified star Dave Crawley, Jr., top qualifier Luke Gash, 2016 Midwest Big 10 champion Jeremy Nichols, veteran Darrell Dick, former UMP champion Jerrad Krick, and talented Street Stock driver Nick Macklin all mixed it up at the front of the field.  At one point during the event, the top three were racing for the lead in a three wide battle, all while working lapped traffic.  In the late stages of the event, Crawley and Nichols made it a two-car race out front, dicing back and forth for the top prize.  Eventually, Nichols raced by with Crawley in pursuit.  Over the last five laps, Crawley gave it a few more shots to the highside, with sparks flying as he used up the right rear of his car against the Lincoln Speedway wall.  At the checkered, Nichols, of Lovington, IL, claimed the first event in series’ history, while Crawley, Gash, Dick, and Macklin completed the top five.
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[Driven Racing Oil](http://www.drivenracingoil.com/) Qualifying (1 Lap): 1. 13-Luke Gash, 15.799; 2. 99K-Jerrad Krick, 15.951; 3. 22C-Dave Crawley Jr, 16.289; 4. 16-Nick Macklin, 16.291; 5. 22-Darrell Dick, 16.325; 6. J24-Jeremy Nichols, 16.397; 7. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, 16.403; 8. 97-Josh Griffith, 16.470; 9. 711-Justin Layne, 16.525; 10. G1-Tyler Gilmour, 16.594; 11. 31K-Ken Gresham Jr, 16.660; 12. 23-Dennis Wernle, 16.661; 13. 2-Chad Rockefeller, 16.712; 14. 7-Sean Leatherman, 16.742; 15. 09-Dane Arvin, 16.926; 16. 83K-Nolan Kaufman, 16.956; 17. 14-Charles Biesenthal, 17.089; 18. 711W-Walt Layne, 17.107; 19. 14E-Edward White Jr, 17.189; 20. 24-Justin Crowell, 17.984

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 16-Nick Macklin[2]; 2. 13-Luke Gash[1]; 3. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza[3]; 4. G1-Tyler Gilmour[4]; 5. 2-Chad Rockefeller[5]; 6. 83K-Nolan Kaufman[6]; 7. 14E-Edward White Jr[7]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 99K-Jerrad Krick[1]; 2. 22-Darrell Dick[2]; 3. 97-Josh Griffith[3]; 4. 7-Sean Leatherman[5]; 5. 14-Charles Biesenthal[6]; 6. 31K-Ken Gresham Jr[4]; 7. 24-Justin Crowell[7]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. J24-Jeremy Nichols[2]; 2. 22C-Dave Crawley Jr[1]; 3. 711-Justin Layne[3]; 4. 09-Dane Arvin[5]; 5. 711W-Walt Layne[6]; 6. 23-Dennis Wernle[4]

[JAZ Products](http://www.jazproducts.com/) Dash (5 Laps): 1. 99K-Jerrad Krick[2]; 2. 13-Luke Gash[4]; 3. 22C-Dave Crawley Jr[6]; 4. J24-Jeremy Nichols[3]; 5. 22-Darrell Dick[5]; 6. 16-Nick Macklin[1]

A Feature (40 Laps): 1. J24-Jeremy Nichols[4]; 2. 22C-Dave Crawley Jr[3]; 3. 13-Luke Gash[2]; 4. 22-Darrell Dick[5]; 5. 16-Nick Macklin[6]; 6. 23-Dennis Wernle[18]; 7. 99K-Jerrad Krick[1]; 8. 711-Justin Layne[9]; 9. G1-Tyler Gilmour[10]; 10. 2-Chad Rockefeller[13]; 11. 14-Charles Biesenthal[14]; 12. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza[7]; 13. 14E-Edward White Jr[19]; 14. 24-Justin Crowell[20]; 15. (DNF) 31K-Ken Gresham Jr[17]; 16. (DNF) 09-Dane Arvin[12]; 17. (DNF) 711W-Walt Layne[15]; 18. (DNF) 83K-Nolan Kaufman[16]; 19. (DNF) 7-Sean Leatherman[11]; 20. (DNF) 97-Josh Griffith[8]
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Contingency Award Winners:
- [Driven Racing Oil](http://www.drivenracingoil.com/) Fast Time Award: Luke Gash
- [JAZ Products](http://www.jazproducts.com/) Dash Winner: Jerrad Krick
- [Dirt Trackin'](http://bennettracingsim.com/dirt-trackin/) Hard Charger Award: Dennis Wernle
- [Saldana Racing Products](http://saldanaracingproducts.com/) ($50 Gift Certificate): Jeremy Nichols
- [AutoMeter Competition Instruments](http://www.autometer.com/) ($50 Gift Certificate): Jeremy Nichols
- [BrakeOMeter®](http://brakeometer.com/) 4th Place Finisher ($50 Gift Certificate): Darrell Dick
- [BrakeOMeter®](http://brakeometer.com/) 10th Place Finisher ($50 Gift Certificate): Chad Rockefeller
- [XS Power Batteries](http://4xspower.com/) ($50 Gift Certificate): Jeremy Nichols
- [Radical Racegear](http://www.radicalracegear.com/) ($25 Gift Certificate): Jeremy Nichols
- [RockAuto.com](http://www.rockauto.com) ($25 Gift Certificate): Jeremy Nichols
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The Midwest Street Stock Championship is proud to partner with the following companies for the 2017 racing season:
- [Driven Racing Oil](http://www.drivenracingoil.com/) (Official Sponsor of the 2017 Fast Time Award)
- [JAZ Products](http://www.jazproducts.com/) (Official Sponsor of the 2017 Dash Award)
- [Dirt Trackin'](http://bennettracingsim.com/dirt-trackin/) (Official Sponsor of the 2017 Hard Charger Award)
- [Side Bite Designs and Race Wraps](https://www.facebook.com/Sidebitedesignsandgraphics/) (Official Sponsor of the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award)
- [JT Plaques +](http://jtplaques.com/) (Official Trophy Provider)
- [BrakeOMeter®](http://brakeometer.com/)
- [XS Power Batteries](http://4xspower.com/)
- [AutoMeter Competition Instruments](http://www.autometer.com/)
- [Saldana Racing Products](http://saldanaracingproducts.com/)
- [Radical Racegear](http://www.radicalracegear.com/) (Official Safety Apparel Company)
- [Hoosier Racing Tire](http://www.hoosiertire.com/)
- [RockAuto.com](http://www.rockauto.com)
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