If you can survive racing 28 times over the next 32 days, traveling nearly 5,500 miles from event to event, you might be able to call yourself a DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion.
Defending champion Shannon Babb has won the crown four times since 2005. Now, a new generation of racers has stepped to the forefront to take their shots at the legendary “Hell Tour” in recent years. Defending DIRTcar national champion Bobby Pierce nearly won the title in 2013 as he looks to join his father, a two-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, as the only father-son duo to ever top this grueling tour.
The action kicks off on Wednesday night at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway before shifting to Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway on Thursday and then Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., by Friday and Saturday. It will eventually wind through nine states, concluding on July 11 at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio.
For many, the 28 races in 32 days can make or break their season as drivers are competing for a share of more than $750,000 in purse, point fund and contingency money.
For all of the Competitor Information, from purses and contact information to awards, formats, procedures and sponsors, go to www.TheHellTour.com.
Follow the Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals on Twitter @SummerNationals or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SummerNationals, or visit the series’ websites at www.TheHellTour.com and www.ModifiedNationals.com.
2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule
|June 10||Wednesday||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, IN|
|June 11||Thursday||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Kankakee, IL|
|June 12||Friday||Cedar Lake Speedway||New Richmond, WI|
|June 13||Saturday||Cedar Lake Speedway||New Richmond, WI|
|June 14||Sunday||Wilmot Speedway||Wilmot, WI|
|June 16||Tuesday||Jacksonville Speedway||Jacksonville, IL|
|June 17||Wednesday||Farley Speedway||Farley, IA|
|June 18||Thursday||Spoon River Speedway||Canton, IL|
|June 19||Friday||Tri-City Speedway||Pontoon Beach, IL|
|June 20||Saturday||Fairbury Speedway||Fairbury, IL|
|June 21||Sunday||Quincy Raceways||Quincy, IL|
|June 23||Tuesday||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, IL|
|June 24||Wednesday||Belle-Clair Speedway||Belleville, IL|
|June 25||Thursday||Clarksville Speedway||Clarksville, TN|
|June 26||Friday||Paducah Int. Raceway||Paducah, KY|
|June 27||Saturday||Federated I-55 Raceway||Pevely, MO|
|June 28||Sunday||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, IL|
|June 30||Tuesday||I-96 Speedway||Lake Odessa, MI|
|July 1||Wednesday||Daughtery Speedway||Chase, IN|
|July 2||Thursday||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, IL|
|July 3||Friday||Fayette Co. Speedway||Brownstown, IL|
|July 4||Saturday||Highland Speedway||Highland, IL|
|July 5||Sunday||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, IN|
|July 7||Tuesday||Vermilion Co. Speedway||Danville, IL|
|July 8||Wednesday||Florence Speedway||Union, KY|
|July 9||Thursday||Macon Speedway||Macon, IL|
|July 10||Friday||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City, IL|
|July 11||Saturday||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, OH|
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Provider), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tire), Racing Electronics (Official Communications Provider), VP Racing Fuel (Official Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Comp Cams, 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 and Petroff Towing.
– DIRTcar press release
– Photo credit: Josh James Artwork