CONCORD, N.C. – June 10, 2014 – The DIRTcar Summer Nationals pushes drivers, crews and Dirt Late Models to their limits by competing 33 times in the span of 39 days beginning Wednesday, June 11, at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway. The schedule is so grueling some call it “The Hell Tour.”
So many tracks are seeking a piece of the action the schedule was increased to six weeks, running from the June 11 opener through the July 19 finale at Ohio’s Oakshade Raceway, hitting dirt bullrings in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and eventually Ohio along the way. With only six scheduled off-days over the course of the 5,500-mile journey through the hottest days of summer, it’s not a series for the faint of heart.
“Over the last few years we’ve had a tremendous outpouring of tracks wanting DIRTcar Summer Nationals events,” said Sam Driggers, DIRTcar Competition Director. “We have some of the best tracks in the country located in the heart of the Midwest and we wanted our fans and tracks to be able to see a show that they might not have been able to see before, so we increased our schedule.”
In addition to the purse at each event, another milestone accomplishment for the series is surpassing the $50,000 mark in contingency cash and product being given to the drivers in 2014. At each event, drivers will be competing for $755 in contingency cash and $980 in product as part of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals contingency program. Series drivers will be competing for just over $58,000 during the whole series and product at the awards banquet.
“Our program is unique because we give $50 cash awards to our drivers from each of our series partners,” said Alex Cummings, DIRTcar Client Services Manager. “Our partners understand the importance of cash awards to drivers to help them get up and down the highway to each event and in return our drivers understand the importance of displaying our partner’s decals on their cars and supporting those companies with purchasing power. Support those that support you. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule
|June 11||Wed||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, Ind.||$5,000|
|June 12||Thur||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Kankakee, Ill.||$5,000|
|June 13||Fri||Cedar Lake Speedway||Somerset, Wis.||$5,000|
|June 14||Sat||Cedar Lake Speedway||Somerset, Wis.||$10,000|
|June 15||Sun||Wilmot Raceway||Wilmot, Wis.||$5,000|
|June 17||Tue||Farley Speedway||Farley, Iowa||$10,000|
|June 18||Wed||Spoon River Speedway||Canton, Ill.||$5,000|
|June 19||Thur||Quincy Raceways||Quincy, Ill.||$5,000|
|June 20||Fri||Tri-City Speedway||Pontoon Beach, Ill.||$10,000|
|June 21||Sat||Fairbury Speedway||Fairbury, Ill.||$10,000|
|June 22||Sun||I-96 Speedway||Ionia, Mich.||$5,000|
|June 23||Mon||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, Ill.||$5,000|
|June 25||Wed||Clarksville Speedway||Clarksville, Tenn.||$5,000|
|June 26||Thur||Clayhill Motorsports||Atwood, Tenn.||$5,000|
|June 27||Fri||Paducah Int. Raceway||Paducah, Ky.||$10,000|
|June 28||Sat||Federated Auto Parts Raceway||Pevely, Mo.||$10,000|
|June 29||Sun||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, Ill.||$5,000|
|July 1||Tue||Belle Clair Speedway||Belleville, Ill.||$5,000|
|July 2||Wed||Jacksonville Speedway||Jacksonville, Ill.||$5,000|
|July 3||Thur||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, Ill.||$5,000|
|July 4||Fri||Fayette Co. Speedway||Brownstown, Ill.||$7,500|
|July 5||Sat||Highland Speedway||Highland, Ill.||$10,000|
|July 6||Sun||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, Ind.||$5,000|
|July 8||Tue||Florence Speedway||Union, Ky.||$5,000|
|July 9||Wed||Terre Haute Action Track||Terre Haute, Ind.||$5,000|
|July 10||Thur||Macon Speedway||Macon, Ill.||$5,000|
|July 11||Fri||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City, Ill.||$10,000|
|July 12||Sat||34 Raceway||Burlington, Iowa||$10,000|
|July 13||Sun||Vermilion Co. Speedway||Danville, Ill.||$5,000|
|July 16||Wed||Atomic Speedway||Chillicothe, Ohio||$5,000|
|July 17||Thur||Brushcreek Motorsports Complex||Peebles, Ohio||$5,000|
|July 18||Fri||Attica Raceway Park||Attica, Ohio||$5,000|
|July 19||Sat||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, Ohio||$10,000|
Year – Champion, HometownDIRTcar Summer Nationals Champions
1988 – Pete Parker, Kaukana, Wis.
1989 – Rick Standridge, Divernon, Ill.
1990 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
1991 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
1992 – Bob Pierce, Danville, Ill.
1993 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1994 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1995 – Bob Pierce, Danville, Ill.
1996 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1997 – Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D.
1998 – Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D.
1999 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
2000 – Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, Ill.
2001 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
2002 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2003 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
2004 – Don O’Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
2005 – Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
2006 – Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
2007 – Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill.
2008 – Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill.
2009 – Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill.
2010 – Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill.
2011 – Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
2012 – Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill.
2013 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Winners
Rank – Winner, Hometown
1. Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill. (82)
Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark. (82)
3. Don O’Neal, Martinsville, Ind. (39)
4. Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn. (28)
5. Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D. (23)
6. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill. (17)
Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, Ill. (17)
8. Jeep Van Wormer, Pinconning, Mich. (15)
9. Bob Pierce, Danville, Ill. (14)
10. Randy Korte, Highland, Ill. (13)
11. Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill. (12)
12. Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa (10)
Billy Drake, Bloomington, Ill. (10)
13. Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill. (9)
14. Bill Frye, Greenbrier, Ark. (8)
15. Jim Curry, Norman, Ind. (7)
Rodney Melvin, Benton, Ill. (7)
John Gill, Mitchell, Ind. (7)
Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill. (7)
Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, Ill. (7)
20. Jimmy Mars, Elk Mound, Wis. (6)
21. Ed Dixon, Washington, Mo. (5)
Terry English, Benton, Ky. (5)
Roger Long, Fithian, Ill. (5)
24. Kevin Claycomb, Vincennes, Ind. (4)
Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill. (4)
Dick Taylor, Springfield, Ill. (4)
27. Donnie Barnhart, N. Little Rock, Ark. (3)
Tony Izzo Jr., Bridgeview, Ill. (3)
Jim Leka, Illiopolis, Ill. (3)
Mike Marlar, Winfield, Tenn. (3)
Darren Miller, Milledgeville, Ill. (3)
Matt Miller, Waterville, Ohio (3)
Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, Ark. (3)
Tom Rients, Streator, Ill. (3)
Wes Steidinger, Fairbury, Ill. (3)
Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark. (3)
37. Steve Barnett, Franklin, Ind. (2)
Ray Cook, Brasstown, N.C. (2)
Bob Hill, Story City, Iowa (2)
Scott James, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (2)
Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla. (2)
Joe Ross Jr., Springfield, Ill. (2)
Rusty Schlenk, Jackson, Mich. (2)
Dan Schlieper, Oak Creek, Wis. (2)
Randy Sellars, Mayfield, Ky. (2)
Mike Spatola, Manhattan, Ill. (2)
Jack Sullivan, Greenbrier, Ark. (2)
Mike Wallace, St. Louis, Mo. (2)
One victory: Doug Drown, R.J. Conley, Gary Webb, Dick Potts, Larry Phillips, Rick Standridge, Jack Boggs, Tom Helfrich, Steve Kosiski, Paul Shafer, Rick Egersdorf, Doug McCammon, Joey Izzo, Willy Kraft, Pete Parker, Donnie Moran, Tony Stewart, Darrell Lanigan, Ed Bauman, Bart Hartman, Jay Johnson, Matt Taylor, Billy Faust, Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Steve Hillard, Steve Sheppard Jr., Brady Smith, Brad Neat, Will Vaught, Eric Smith, Tim McCreadie, Jon Henry, Scott Weber, Eddie Carrier Jr., Chris Simpson.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), Velocita (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing.
– DIRTcar Racing PR. Photo Credit: DIRTcar