Posted by Shannon Bolin on

Mike Harrison has been the artist painting the perfect portrait of what Dirt Track Racing career should look. If you look at the history of our sport and talk about who is the greatest to ever do it or the best in a certain series, Harrison more than likely doesn’t come up in those discussions. Normally, Steve Kinser, Scott Bloomquist, Bryan Clauson, Billy Moyer, Donny Schatz, Sammy Swindell, among a few more, are the names that are mentioned.

Since the mid-1990’s, Mike Harrison has been a staple in Dirt Modified Racing, from the UMP ranks to the local scene, and everything in between, he’s captured close to 500 feature wins. Just in 2017, Mike has racked up 29 A-Main wins, in 44 starts, winning at a clip close to 66% of the time. This includes nine straight wins from mid-March through the month of April before the streak ended with a fourth place result at Farmer City Raceway. Currently, the #24H is riding 10 victories in his last 14 starts, this helping to tab his points lead in 2017 DIRTcar Racing UMP Modified points championship. 

If Harrison holds on and captures the 2017 DIRTcar Racing UMP Modified title, it will be the sixth of his storied career. Mike already ranks first-all-time in this category, Jimmy Owens ranks second with four series titles and Devin Gilpin sits third all-time with three championship trophies.

If you don’t like looking at titles to determine where people rank, let’s look at some of the big events Mike Harrison has captured during his twenty-plus seasons. In 2017 only, the guy has won 6 Summit Modified Nationals events, a Duces Wild Win, Thaw Brawl victory and the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Harrison has also captured a few UMP Fall Nationals triumphs at Eldora Speedway, add in a number of USMTS victories and you have yourself quite the resume. 

You can rank Mike Harrison wherever you want to, but the point is, if you rank drivers by race wins, championship, competition, or any other stat, he has a lengthy record in them all. Is he one of the greatest drivers in Dirt Track Racing history? That’s again for you to decide, but one this is for sure, Harrison will go down as one of the best to ever sit behind the wheel of a modified. The best part is, he’s showing no signs of slowing down and seems to continue to mold his craft, watch out for that 24H, at a track near you.

← Older Post Newer Post →