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Dale McDowell Dominates Schaeffer's Southern Nationals Stop at Rome Speedway

Contact: Chris Tilley
Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series P.R. Coordinator

ROME, Ga. - July 24, 2016 -Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. captured his second-ever Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series victory Sunday Night at the Rome Speedway after leading all 53 laps for the $5,300 payday.

McDowell drove the Team Dillon Racing, Bad Boy Buggies, Cometic Gaskets and Boyd Built Performance-sponsored ECR-powered Bloomquist Race Car to his second-ever Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series victory. McDowell is the only repeat winner this season.

The series will return to action Tuesday July 26th at the Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. for Round # 7 paying $3,500-to-win.

Official Summary of Results
Feature Results of Round 6 at Rome Speedway, Rome, Ga. on July 24, 2016:
1. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
2. Frank Ingram-Woodstock, Ga.
3. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
4. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
5. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
6. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba, Canada
7. Luther Jenkins-Waleska, Ga.
8. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
9. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
10. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
11. Austin Horton-Whitesburg, Ga.
12. Craig Vosbergen-Perth, W. Australia
13. Devin Gilpin-Columbus, Ind.
14. Cody King-McDonough, Ga.
15. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
16. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.-Ocala, Fla.
17. Gavin Landers-Batesville, Ark.
18. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
19. T.J. Reaid-Ackworth, Ga.
20. Jason Hiett-Oxford, Ala.
21. David Doherty-Marrittville, Australia
22. Tom Maddox-Centre, Ala.

Time of Race: 30 minutes, 31 seconds
Margin of Victory: 01.560 seconds
Yellow Flags: Four (laps 17, 21, 35, 45)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: McDowell (1-53)
Entries: 27

Current Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Points (after Round 6):
1. Devin Gilpin-1,011
2. Shanon Buckingham-1,007
3. Ricky Weiss-997
4. Vic Hill-981
5. Donald McIntosh-977
6. Stacy Boles-941
7. Gavin Landers-901
8. Chris Brown-894
9. Robby Moses-832
10. Craig Vosbergen-787

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Landers Sweeps Silver Dollar Nationals Preliminaries

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Greenwood, Nebraska (July 22, 2016) - Jared Landers and Chris Simpson will start on the front row of Saturday night's 6th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway.

Landers was the only driver amongst the 57 entrants to win two heat races in Friday night's preliminary events. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA sanctioned event will pay $40,000 to win the main event on Saturday evening.   

RC Whitwell, Jesse Stovall, Chris Simpson, Jared Landers, Terry Phillips, Jimmy Owens won their respective first round heat races.

Whitwell, the former Crew Chief for Earl Pearson Jr. marched away in his heat race for an easy victory over his mentor. In heat two of round one, the current Lucas Oil MLRA point leader, Jesse Stovall started on the pole and led every lap for the win. Heat three in round one saw Chris Simpson come from the third starting spot to grab an impressive victory by more than a half a lap.

Jared Landers captured the first of his two heat race victories by taking heat four in round one. Landers, like Simpson, came from third for the victory. In one of the most exciting heat races of the evening, defending Lucas Oil MLRA Champion Terry Phillips held off current LOLMDS point leader Scott Bloomquist for the win in heat five of round one. In the sixth and final heat of round one, Jimmy Owens held off a hard-charging Shane Clanton for the win.   

Shannon Babb, Shane Clanton, Tim McCreadie, Billy Moyer, Brandon Sheppard won their respective second round heat races.

Babb, in his first-career appearance at I-80 Speedway, captured heat race number one in round two. Another I-80 Speedway first-timer Shane Clanton was the winner of heat two. Tim McCreadie in only his second-ever start at I-80 Speedway, came home the winner in heat number three of round two.

Hall of Fame driver Billy Moyer came from third to win heat number four.  Brandon Sheppard, who did not finish his heat in round one due to mechanical issues, stormed to the victory in heart number five. The twelfth and final heat of the night went to Jared Landers, who came from seventh to win and earn the pole position for Saturday night's finale.

On Saturday, the Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, followed by General Admission opening at 4:00pm. B-Mains for the

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will begin at 7:30pm.

B-Main #1 Line Up:
Darrell Lanigan Austin Smith
Jake O'Neil Clay Daly
Brandon Sheppard Brent Larson
Tommy Weder Mike Marlar
Randy Timms Bill Leighton Jr.
Dave Eckrich  Andrew Kosiski
Chase Junghans Al Humphrey
JC Wyman Colton Flinner
Mark Dotson Bob Milander
Junior Coover Heath Clausen
 
B-Main #2 Line Up:
Rodney Sanders Matt Buller
Jason Papich Justin Duty
Frank Heckenast Jr. Tyler Erb
Ben Schaller Kyle Berck
Don O'Neal  John Hampel
Bryon Allison Cale Osborn
Tad Pospisil Brad Perdue
Austin Siebert Josh Most
John Duty Brantlee Gotschall
Mike Stadel  

Feature Line-Up (80 Laps):
Jared Landers Chris Simpson
Shane Clanton Jimmy Owens
Scott Bloomquist Tim McCreadie
Jonathan Davenport Terry Phillips
Billy Moyer Ryan Gustin
Dennis Erb Jr. Jesse Stovall
Chad Simpson Jimmy Mars
Brian Shirley Earl Pearson Jr.
RC Whitwell Shannon Babb
B-Main Transfer B-Main Transfer
B-Main Transfer B-Main Transfer
B-Main Transfer B-Main Transfer
LOLMDS Provisional LOLMDS Provisional
MLRA Provisional  MLRA Provisional
I-80 Speedway Provisional I-80 Speedway Provisional
I-80 Speedway Provisional I-80 Speedway Provisional

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Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway Up Next

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WAYCROSS, GA (July 19, 2016) - The nation's fastest growing crown jewel event, now boasting a $40,000 to win prize, will take place this weekend at I-80 Speedway. The 6th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals is set for this Thursday-Saturday, July 21st-23rd. The largest auto racing event in the state of Nebraska is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association.

It is customary for I-80 Speedway to provide some of the most thrilling, door-to-door racing action, lap after lap.

The nation's elite dirt late model teams will tackle the high-banked, 4/10-mile oval, in pursuit of the $40,000 payday. In 2015, Scott Bloomquist became the first back-to-back victor, after taking the lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap 30, then fending off Jimmy Owens in the closing laps. Jesse Stovall, Gregg Satterlee, and Jared Landers completed the top five in 2015.

This year's event will get underway on Thursday, July 21st with an open practice for LOLMDS/Lucas Oil MLRA and United States Modified Touring Series competitors. Thursday night's action also includes a complete program for the SLMR Late Models, 360 Sprints, and B-Mods.

Friday night's preliminary action is highlighted by two rounds of heat races for the LOLMDS/Lucas Oil MLRA, and the USMTS. Passing points from each round will determine the line-ups for Saturday night's events. The USMTS will cap off the night's racing action with their B-Mains and the USMTS Chase Race.
 
On Saturday night, B-mains for the LOLMDS/Lucas Oil MLRA will be held, plus the $3,000-to-win Belt Bash non-qualifiers race. The winner of the Belt Bash has the choice of keeping their $3,000 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event. The USMTS will chase a $5,000 top prize in the 40 lap main event before the 80 lap Silver Dollar Nationals finale takes center stage.

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Three for Jason Feger with Oakshade Win

With an insurmountable championship points lead, Bobby Pierce feels relief

WAUSEON, Ohio - July 15, 2016 - Jason Feger rebounded Friday night at Oakshade Raceway, beating Ryan Unzicker who get the better of him the night before and claiming his third DIRTcar Summer Nationals win of the season.

Feger started on the outside pole and jumped out to the early lead but Unzicker ran him down and battled past him on lap 15. Feger, not wanting a repeat of the night before at Merritt, wheeled the car into turns one and two on lap 16 and took back the top spot.

Through the remaining distance Feger had his hands full with Unzicker right behind, but this time it was Feger celebrating in victory lane.

"I told him he got his (victory) last night, so he had to share," Feger said of Unzicker. "I knew the top was good, but it's just a lot easier to make a mistake up there… I felt like I was better up the track, but I figured, if somebody's gonna pss me, I'm gonna make them go around me on the outside."

Points leader Bobby Pierce closed out the night with a third-place finish as he stares at his second straight DIRTcar Summer Nationals title.

"This year, at this race, compared to last year, it's just completely differet," Pierce said. "Last year I just remember pacing around, thinking not to make any mistakes. We won by 10 points last year and this year we've got a (big) lead so... no pressure."

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Friday night at Oakshade Speedway in Wauseon, Ohio for the first night of a double-header.

Follow the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals on Twitter at Twitter.com/SummerNationals or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SummerNationals. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the series throughout the lead up and the summer on the series' websites at TheHellTour.com and ModifiedNationals.com.

A-Main: 1. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 2. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 3. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL), 4. Jon Henry (Ada, OH), 5. Devin Moran (Dresden, OH), 6. Matt Miller (Findlay, OH), 7. Mike Bores (Bellevue, OH), 8. Devin Shiels (Britton, MI), 9. Rusty Schlenk (Weston, OH), 10. Jeep Van Wormer (Pinconning, MI), 11. Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, MI), 12. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO), 13. Taylor Scheffler (Waukesha, WI), 14. Mike Benedun (Salem, WV), 15. Casey Noonan (Toledo, OH), 16. Brad Eitniear (Wauseon, OH), 17. Larry Kingseed (Attica, OH), 18. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 19. Greg Walters (Banks, OR), 20. Nick Kurtz (Greenville, MI), 21. Kent Robinson (Bloomington, IN), 22. Steve Kester (Holland, OH).

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Bloomquist Charges Late to Win NAPA Know How 50

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GRANITE CITY, ILLINOIS (July 15, 2016) - Scott Bloomquist passed Earl Pearson Jr. with three laps-to-go to win the NAPA Know How 50 on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway. The current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Leader went on for his ninth series win of the season and he extended his points lead.
 
Pearson was looking for his first LOLMDS win of the season, and appeared to be heading to victory lane, but a lapped car slowed his momentum and allowed Bloomquist to make the late-race pass. Don O'Neal finished in third, followed by 14th-starting Brandon Sheppard, and Dennis Erb Jr.
 
Bloomquist and fellow Hall-of-Famer, Billy Moyer staged a terrific race for second during the first half of the race. After the half-way mark, Bloomquist began to close-in on Pearson and with five laps to go was within striking distance of the leader. Pearson got trapped behind a lapped car and could not get around him when Bloomquist snuck under both of them to snag the lead.
 
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 71st time in his career, the 52-year-old Bloomquist breathed a sigh of relief in taking the win. "Earl was pretty good tonight. He would hit a hole or two in the track like all the rest of us. We just kept digging and moving around a lot. We had to get it going late. The laps were winding down and it was time to go. That lapped car definitely gave us an advantage. We were catching him [Pearson] anyway."
 
"With all the rain they had this week, they did the best they could with the track. The track crew worked hard tonight on it, but it was definitely choppy in the corners. I never lost the wheel during the race. It was hard on me because I have a torn rotator cuff and both shoulders are actually really bad. The Andy Durham engine ran great. Thank you to all of my sponsors: Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Dyna-Gro Seed, Base Fuels, Lucas Oil, Sweet Mfg., Horton Coal, Hoosier Tires, Sorbera Chiropractic and Petroff Towing."
 
Pearson was happy with his runner-up finish. It was his best of the year, but he knows that he let one slip away at the end. "I couldn't get off the bottom. He [lapped car] was running right around the bottom as well. It was good finish for the Lucas Oil Racing TV car. I hope everyone back home and here at the track enjoyed the show."
 
"I just couldn't do anything with that lapped car. I married myself to the bottom and when I tried to move up I lost grip and Scott went by us. It was a tough way to lose one like that. To run second to Scott feels good, especially with the way he has been running lately. We were consistent all night from start to finish, so hopefully it's something to build on for the rest of the season."
 
O'Neal, like Pearson was seeking his first LOLMDS win of the year, and also came up short in the Clint Bowyer Racing, Peak Antifreeze Motor Oil, Club 29 Race Car. "We had a new race car tonight; it was really fun to drive. I tried to stay up top, away from the holes. I thought maybe a few times there we had a shot at those top-two guys. I almost lost third to Brandon [Sheppard], but got back around him. Thank you to my crew for giving me a good hot-rod tonight."
 
Completing the top ten were Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, Jared Landers, Billy Moyer, and Billy Drake.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 32 entrants, with a lap of 14.557 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.636 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Tim Manville, Billy Moyer, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jeff Herzog and Michael Kloos won their respective B-Mains.
 
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, July 15th, 2016
Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, IL

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Don O'Neal, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Dennis Erb Jr., 6. Jonathan Davenport, 7. Tim McCreadie, 8. Jared Landers, 9. Billy Moyer, 10. Billy Drake, 11. Jim Shereck, 12. Dewayne Kiefer, 13. Tim Manville, 14. Jake O'Neil, 15. Billy Laycock, 16. Darrell Lanigan, 17.
Steve Francis, 18. Kolby Vandenbergh, 19. Chris Simpson, 20. Jimmy Owens, 21. Jeff Herzog, 22. RC Whitwell, 23.
Tanner English, 24. Michael Kloos, 25. Colton Flinner.
    
Race Statistics
Entrants: 32
Time of Race: 32 minutes 48 seconds
 
Standings
1. Scott Bloomquist 4900
2. Jonathan Davenport 4605
3. Jared Landers 4375
4. Brandon Sheppard 4360
5. Tim McCreadie 4225
6. Dennis Erb Jr. 4120
7. Darrell Lanigan 4110
8. Don O'Neal 4060
9. Jimmy Owens 3930
10. Earl Pearson Jr. 3865

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Double Digits for Bobby Pierce with Quincy Win

The series takes Monday off as it returns to action for its final Champions Week on Tuesday at Plymouth Speedway

QUINCY, Ill. - July 10, 2016 - Bobby Pierce did something Sunday night few before him have done - he scored his 10th DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season after a battle with Tyler Erb at Quincy Raceways.

Pierce, the 19-year-old from Oakwood, Ill., became just the fifth driver in Summer Nationals history to reach double-digit wins in a single season.

Erb, also 19 years old, started on the pole but it was Pierce with his smooth line around the track that took the early lead. Erb looked for a way around and with Pierce survived a mid-race crash in front of them, but was never able to get around.

"It was a different Quincy Raceway tonight," Pierce said. "They kind of refigured the race track and made it a lot less banked. It was really bottom dominant."

"When we took the lead that early, I was like, 'all right, just settle down here and try to find a smooth line around the race track.' And then, once we kind of got rolling there… it got pretty simple to just stay down there and try not to make a little mistake, and it worked out for us."

Shannon Babb, in 2006, was the last driver to score 10 or more wins in a single season.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Tuesday for the final countdown of events and the Champions Week at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Quincy Raceways; Quincy, Ill.

A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL), 2. Tyler Erb (New Waverly, TX), 3. Michael Kloos (Trenton, IL), 4. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 5. Dustin Griffin (Camp Point, IL), 6. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 7. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 8. Jason Perry (Payson, IL), 9. Mark Burgtorf (Quincy, IL), 10. Denny Woodworth (Mendon, IL), 11. Justin Reed (Camp Point, IL), 12. Bo Brockway (Glasford, IL), 13. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO), 14. Clint Kirkham (Camden, IL), 15. Brian Diveley (Springfield, IL), 16. Cliff Powell (Hannibal, MO), 17. John Gardner Jr (Germantown Hills, IL), 18. Terry Wilson (Bowling Green, MO), 19. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO).

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McDowell Masters Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway

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MARYVILLE, TN (July 9, 2016) - Dale McDowell debuted a new Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway, and put it in victory lane by winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Mountain Moonshine Classic.
 
McDowell's seventh career LOLMDS win came before a record-setting crowd at the famed 4/10-mile, speed-plant. He led a Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis sweep of the top three finishers. Jared Landers came from sixth to finish second, followed by LOLMDS point-leader Scott Bloomquist in third. Tim McCreadie and Steve Francis completed the top five.
 
McDowell started on the pole and quickly bolted to the lead at the start of the main event. He was already into lapped traffic by the tenth circuit.
 
"First off, I need to thank my brother Shane, and Scott [Bloomquist], we have been talking about this since Knoxville last year over a beer," said the 50-year-old driver, who picked up his first LOLMDS win of the season, ending Bloomquist's three-race win streak.
 
"I have been looking forward to working with Scott. We were both on slightly different set-ups tonight. Our driving styles are a lot alike. Coming to this track and not knowing what to change on this new car; I didn't change anything. I hope he can learn from that, and I hope that I can learn as well. A big thanks to all of the fans, our sponsors, and to Lucas Oil for putting on this show."
 
"Since we are working with Scott and Jared [Landers], and they are already familiar with these cars, we will put our heads together and go from here. I am sure that I am going to be on the other end at times, but if you can get a top five with this bunch, that's a great night! Scott has worked his tail off to build what he has," said the driver of the Bad Boy Off-Road, Klotz, Cometic Gasket, University of Northwestern Ohio, Clements-powered entry.
 
Bloomquist held the second spot behind McDowell for most of the race. He stayed there until a lap 50 restart when Landers passed him for second. Landers then tried to track down McDowell, but McDowell opened his lead up as he headed to the checkers.
 
Landers dedicated his second place finish to his crew chief Jason Durham who has been battling kidney stones all weekend. "We had a good car. Dale was tough tonight. This track is extremely fast and wide-open. I want to thank Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive. Bad Boy Mowers, Big Dog Motorsports and ASC Warranty."
 
Bloomquist maintains the series points lead with his finish tonight and was pleased with the efforts of his Sweet-Bloomquist counterparts. "It feels good to see our cars run so well. Dale is a very experienced driver, and with him and his brother, I thought it was good choice to get him in one of our cars. I wish we could have won tonight, but great job to Dale and Jared."
 
Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson Jr., Derek Ellis, Donald McIntosh and Darrell Lanigan.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 30 entrants, with a lap of 15.679 seconds. Casey Roberts set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.874 seconds. Dale McDowell, Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Derek Ellis and Skip Arp won their respective B-Mains.
 
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, July 9th, 2016
Lucas Oil Mountain Moonshine Classic
Smoky Mountain Speedway - Maryville, TN

Feature Finish (60 Laps): 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Jared Landers, 3. Scott Bloomquist, 4. Tim McCreadie, 5. Steve Francis, 6. Brandon Sheppard, 7. Earl Pearson, Jr., 8. Derek Ellis, 9. Donald McIntosh. 10. Darrell Lanigan, 11.  Billy Ogle Jr., 12. Colton Flinner, 13. Craig Vosbergen, 14. Don O'Neal, 15. Dennis Erb, Jr., 16. Mike Marlar, 17. Jonathan Davenport, 18. Casey Roberts, 19. Chris Madden, 20. Jimmy Owens, 21. Skylar Marlar, 22. Kayne Hickman, 23. Skip Arp, 24. Chad Ogle
    
Race Statistics
Entrants: 30
Lap Leaders: Dale McDowell (Laps 1 - 60)
Time of Race: 34 minutes 35 seconds
 
Standings
1. Scott Bloomquist 4650
2. Jonathan Davenport 4405
3. Jared Landers 4185
4. Brandon Sheppard 4150
5. Tim McCreadie 4030
6. Darrell Lanigan 3960
7. Dennis Erb, Jr. 3905
8. Don O'Neal 3840
9. Jimmy Owens 3800
10. Steve Francis 3660

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Jason Feger Cruises to Farmer City Summer Nationals Win

Scores his fourth straight podium finish

FARMER CITY, Ill. - July 8, 2016 - Jason Feger continued his recent string of success Friday night at Farmer City Raceway as he scored his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory in four days.

Feger started back in ninth, but made steady progress through the field and battled past Devin Gilpin with 10 laps to go. Through the end of the feature, Feger held off Ryan Unzicker, who has one win on the season and Tim Manville, who powered forward from a 20th place starting position.

The win was the fourth straight podium finish for Feger on the tour.

Unzicker finished in second with Manville in third, Gilpin in fourth and Billy Moyer in fifth. Series points leader Bobby Pierce closed out the night in sixth.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Saturday night at Highland Speedway in Highland, Ill.

A-Main: 1. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 2. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 3. Tim Manville (Troy, IL), 4. Devin Gilpin (Columbus, IN), 5. Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR), 6. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL), 7. Kent Robinson (Bloomington, IN), 8. Kevin Weaver (Gibson City, IL), 9. Mckay Wenger (Fairbury, IL), 10. Scott Schmitt (Tonica, IL), 11. Timothy Culp (Sheridan, AR), 12. Joe Harlan (El Paso, IL), 13. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 14. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO), 15. Russ Adams (Princeville, IL), 16. Jay Morris (Watseka, IL), 17. Brian Diveley (Springfield, IL), 18. Daniel Flessner (Roberts, IL), 19. Shannon Babb (Moweaqua, IL), 20. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO), 21. Mike Glasscock (LeRoy, IL), 22. Don Hammer (Clinton, IL). Hard Charger: Nathan Balensiefen

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Lady Luck Blesses Bobby Pierce in Macon Speedway Win

The series returns to action on Friday at Farmer City Raceway

MACON, Ill. - July 7, 2016 - Kevin Weaver was poised to win Thursday night at Macon Speedway but bad luck sidelined him, giving red-hot Bobby Pierce another DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory.

Jason Feger led the feature early with Weaver hot on his tail. Weaver took over the top spot from Feger on lap 25 and led big until mechanical issues sidelined Weaver on lap 38.

Weaver's bad luck was Pierce's good luck as inherited the lead and through the remaining laps pulled away from the field.

"That's what it takes to get this many wins. You've got to have luck," Pierce said. "You can be running first and break like Weaver did. He was super fast tonight. I was just kind of waiting for the track to slick off a little bit. I was just kind of biding my time, but he was really fast. I was going to be pretty worried."

Feger finished in second with Bob Gardner in third, Chuck Mitchell in fourth and Daryn Klein in fifth.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Friday night at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Ill.

Follow the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals on Twitter at Twitter.com/SummerNationals or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SummerNationals. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the series throughout the lead up and the summer on the series' websites at TheHellTour.com and ModifiedNationals.com.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Macon Speedway; Macon, Ill.

A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Bob Gardner, 4. Chuck Mitchell, 5. Daryn Klein, 6. Ryan Unzicker, 7. Brian Diveley, 8. Rusty Griffaw, 9. Joseph Hughs, 10. Jake Little, 11. Roben Huffman, 12. Dean Carpenter, 13. Gordy Gundaker, 14. Greg Kimmons, 15. Don Hammer, 16. Matt Taylor, 17. Danny Smith, 18. Kevin Weaver, 19. MCKay Wenger, 20. Timothy Culp, 21. Allen Murray, 22. Jim Black, 23. Shannon Babb.

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Tonight's Event at Fayetteville Motor Speedway Canceled

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (July 7, 2016) - Thursday night's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned, Dunn Benson Ford Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial at Fayetteville Motor Speedway has been canceled. Severe thunderstorms rocked the area just before hot laps, and with the forecast of continued rain throughout the evening, Speedway and Series officials have been forced to cancel the event.

On Friday night, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will head to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. The 18th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial will include a complete show of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a $10,000 to win, 50-lap main event. For more information, visit: www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com.

Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN will cap off the weekend on Saturday night. The 3rd Annual Mountain Moonshine Classic will include a complete show of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a $12,000 to win, 60-lap main event. For more information, visit: www.smokymountainspeedway.com.

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It’s Bobby Pierce on Top at Peoria

The series returns to action on Thursday at Macon Speedway

PEORIA, Ill. - July 6, 2016 - Bobby Pierce battled Kevin Weaver to score his eighth DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season on Wednesday night at Peoria Speedway.

Weaver, who started on the outside front row, jumped out to the early lead but Pierce caught him as he began working through traffic. With Pierce out front, Weaver began a three-way battle for second with Billy Moyer and Jason Feger.

Pierce successfully navigated through traffic and notched his second victory of Independence Week as he continues his dominating run through Summer Nationals.

"It's just so hard to pass here because you swing out to the wall," Pierce said. "If you've got a run on the top, then you always have to check up for the other person. I was trying to make a bottom lane work and (Weaver) got in there and washed up a little bit and got stuck behind the lapped car and I got under there."

"Peoria's a racetrack where you've got to expect a lot of cars," Pierce said. "I'm just glad we got another win. It's really awesome. The car was great tonight."

Weaver closed out the night in second with Feger in third, Moyer in fourth and Ryan Unzicker in fifth.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Thursday night at Macon Speedway in Macon, Ill.

Follow the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals on Twitter at Twitter.com/SummerNationals or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SummerNationals. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the series throughout the lead up and the summer on the series' websites at TheHellTour.com and ModifiedNationals.com.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Peoria Speedway; Peoria, Ill.

A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL), 2. Kevin Weaver (Gibson City, IL), 3. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 4. Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR), 5. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 6. Timothy Culp (Sheridan, AR), 7. Billy Drake (Lincoln, IL), 8. MCKay Wenger (Fairbury, IL), 9. Todd Bennett (Peoria, IL), 10. Scott Schmitt (Tonica, IL), 11. Roger Rebholz (Sparland, IL), 12. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO), 13. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO), 14. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 15. Brian Diveley (Springfield, IL), 16. Bo Brockway (Glasford, IL), 17. Jeremy Conaway (Springfield, IL), 18. Jim Black (Bonne Terre, MO), 19. Jason Wagner (Deer Creek, IL), 20. Russ Adams (Princeville, IL), 21. Mike Spatola (Manhattan, IL), 22. Charles Hess (Peoria, IL). Hard Charger: Scott Schmitt.

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Bloomquist Goes Back-to-Back in Buckeye State Sweep

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ZANESVILLE, OH (July 3, 2016) - Scott Bloomquist pulled off a clean sweep of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series racing in the State of Ohio this Independence weekend, winning the Lumi-Lite Candle Co. 60 on Sunday Night at Muskingum County Speedway. Over the course of two nights, Bloomquist collected over $24,000 in winnings.
 
Bloomquist started third in the 60-lap main event and fell back to fifth on the opening lap. He gradually made his way to the front, taking the lead from Don O'Neal on lap 33. Bloomquist went on to the victory, and extended his series points lead.
 
O'Neal finished second, followed by Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., and Brandon Sheppard.
 
'We put on some tires that were a little older. It took them a while to get going. Once they did, they were pretty good. The car was good. The engine ran super; I'd like to thank Andy Durham for that. We had a really good weekend," said the 52-year-old 2-time series champion, who became the first driver in the eleven appearances by the LOLMDS at the track to become a repeat winner.
 
"I wasn't that concerned when we fell back a few spots early on. Everybody was really punishing their tires and I didn't want to. I just tried to get some heat in them immediately, I could tell each restart we would get a little better, and eventually we were able to get the lead," said the driver of the Reece Monument Company, Crop Production Services, Sweet-Bloomquist entry.   
Landers bolted out front and led the first 18 circuits until O'Neal charged to the point. O'Neal then held the top spot until lap 33 when Bloomquist forged ahead for good.

"Don got by Jared and I thought Jared was going to get back around him. There was some pretty hard racing up there for the lead. The track was pretty good tonight. You could race all over it. The way that the track started out; with all that loose stuff piled up and real muddy; is why we elected not to hot lap. Usually this track does blow off and slick over, especially around the top. The top stayed really good and smooth," said Bloomquist in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

O'Neal was looking for his first series win of the season. He had the Clint Bowyer Racing/Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil car in contention for the win from the start of the race. "I thought I was going to get this Peak car in victory lane tonight. My hat's off to the Zero Team. We made some changes today after last night. We started up front and couldn't stay there. Tonight we passed some cars, so we did a lot better tonight."

Landers followed up his runner-up finish at Portsmouth with another podium finish at Muskingum County. "We got off to a really good start. I kind of got lost after a while. I took off on one of the restarts and left the bottom open for Don. He [O'Neal] had a good car. He needed a good run. Scott just showed us all, but I hung on for third.
 
"I want to thank Crop Production Services and Mark Martin Automotive. This place is always packed out! I am just glad to be able to run strong in front of this many people, hopefully we made some new fans here tonight."
 
Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis, Rod Conley and Mike Benedum.
 
In preliminary action, Steve Casebolt set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 29 entrants, with a lap of 14.629 seconds. Jared Landers set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.962 seconds. Tim McCreadie, Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Steve Francis won the B-Main.
 
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Lumi-Lite Candle Co. 60
Muskingum County Speedway - Zanesville, OH

Feature Finish (60 Laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Don O'Neal; 3. Jared Landers; 4. Earl Pearson Jr.; 5. Brandon Sheppard; 6. Dennis Erb Jr.; 7. Steve Casebolt; 8. Steve Francis; 9. Rod Conley; 10. Mike Benedum; 11. Tim McCreadie; 12. Darrell Lanigan; 13. Jonathan Davenport; 14. Tyler Carpenter; 15. Jimmy Owens; 16. Sonny Conley; 17.
Devin Moran; 18. Larry Bellman Jr.; 19. Doug Drown; 20. Craig Wolford; 21. Tim Dohm; 22. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 23.     
Michael Davis; 24. Colton Flinner.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 29

Time of Race: 37 minutes 10 seconds
 
Point Standings
1. Scott Bloomquist 4110
2. Jonathan Davenport 4005
3. Jarred Landers 3770
4. Brandon Sheppard 3690
5. Tim McCreadie 3595
6. Darrell Lanigan 3565
7. Dennis Erb Jr. 3505
8. Jimmy Owens 3470
9. Don O'Neal 3450
10. Earl Pearson Jr. 3265

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Summer Nationals to Join Mars Late Model DIRTcar Series at Springfield Raceway

Event rescheduled for Sept. 17 following rain out this week

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - July 2, 2016 - The rained out Summer Nationals event at Springfield Raceway, originally scheduled for June 30, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 in a special event that will pair the tour with the Mars Late Model DIRTcar Series.

The event, sponsored by Greenlawn Funeral Home, will be a combined show and marks the first time the Summer Nationals has joined the Mars Late Models.

"We are glad to have the opportunity to return to Springfield Raceway and excited to join the Mars Late Models for this special event," said DIRTcar's Sam Driggers.

All pit armbands purchased for the Summer Nationals event on June 30 will be honored for the makeup event or for any event at Springfield Raceway.

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Bobby Pierce Battles Billy Moyer for Tri-City Win

Pierce adds to his Summer Nationals points lead

PONTOON BEACH, Ill. - June 24, 2016 - Friday night's Summer Nationals feature at Tri-City Speedway played out very similarly to Cedar Lake as Billy Moyer and Bobby Pierce battled it out for the win. This time though the young gun, Pierce, got the better of the veteran, Moyer, to score his fourth Summer Nationals victory of the season.

The two drivers started on the feature front row together and battled side-by-side through the opening laps. Pierce made his move for the lead on lap 10 and took it from the Hall of Famer. Pierce built up a strong lead through the remaining laps as Moyer worked to run him down, but, in the end, Moyer couldn't catch the 19-year-old Pierce.

"You know, just growing up and watching Billy like that, I've always kind of wanted this race. You know, me and him - kind of just a duel match between me and him," Pierce said. "When we drew the front row together, I was like, 'all right, this could be my chance to race Billy, just me and and him,' and hopefully try to beat him."

With his $10,000 feature win, Pierce continues to add to his series points lead and Heartland Tour weekly championship lead.

Ryan Unzicker, Chris Simpson and Brandon Sheppard rounded out the top five at Tri-City.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Saturday at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Tri-City Speedway; Pontoon Beach, Ill.

A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL); 2. Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR); 3. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL); 4. Chris Simpson (Oxford, IA); 5. Brandon Sheppard (Berlin, IL); 6. Jimmy Mars (Menomonie, WI); 7. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL); 8. Tanner English (Benton, KY); 9. Ashley Newman (Ripley, TN); 10. Mike Marler (Winfield, TN); 11. Bob Gardner (Washington, IL); 12. Gordy Gundaker (St. Charles, MO); 13. Matt Furman (Iowa City, IA); 14. Tim Manville (Highland, IL); 15. Timothy Culp (Sheridan, AR); 16. Jeff Herzog (Herculaneum, MO); 17. Riley Hickman (Cleveland, TN); 18. Kolby Vandenbergh (Ashland, IL); 19. Billy Laycock (Marine, IL); 20. Jim Shereck (St. Charles, MO); 21. Dennis Erb, Jr. (Carpentersville, IL); 22. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO); 23. Michael Kloos (Trenton, IL); 24. Mike Hammerle (Saint Charles, MO); 25. Casey Montague (Troy, IL)

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Rain Cancels Summer Nationals at Farley Speedway

Series returns to action on Thursday at Spoon River Speedway

FARLEY, Iowa - June 22, 2016 - Rain has forced the cancellation of Wednesday's Summer Nationals event at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa. The race will not be rescheduled.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Thursday at Spoon River Speedway in Lewistown, Ill.

Follow the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals on Twitter at Twitter.com/SummerNationals or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SummerNationals. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the series throughout the lead up and the summer on the series' websites at TheHellTour.com and ModifiedNationals.com.

2016 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule
Date Track Winners
Northern Kickoff
June 15 Brownstown Rain/Cancelled
June 16 Kankakee Co. Speedway Bobby Pierce
June 17 Cedar Lake Billy Moyer
June 18 Cedar Lake Billy Moyer (2)
June 19 Sunday Wilmot Bobby Pierce (2)

Heartland Tour
June 20 OFF
June 21 Jacksonville Bobby Pierce (3)
June 22 Farley Rain/Cancelled
June 23 Spoon River Speedway
June 24 Tri-City Speedway
June 25 Fairbury Speedway
June 26 Tri-State Speedway

Southern Tour
June 27 OFF
June 28 Clarksville Speedway
June 29 Belle Clair Speedway
June 30 Springfield Raceway
July 1 Fayette Co. Speedway
July 2 I-55
July 3 Lincoln Speedway
    
Independence Week
July 4 LaSalle Speedway
July 5 Daugherty Speedway
July 6 Peoria Speedway
July 7 Macon Speedway
July 8 Farmer City Speedway
July 9 Highland Speedway
July 10 Quincy Raceways

Champions Week
July 11 OFF
July 12 Plymouth Speedway
July 13 Shadyhill Speedway
July 14 Merritt Speedway
July 15 Oakshade Raceway
July 16 Oakshade Raceway

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Bobby Pierce Continues to Roll with Jacksonville Win

Summer Nationals kicks off Heartland Tour week

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. - June 21, 2016 - Bobby Pierce continued his Summer Nationals dominance Tuesday night at Jacksonville Speedway's ILMO Propane Wildman Kelly Classic as he battled Mike Marlar to score his third win so far this season.

Pierce, the 19-year-old reigning Summer Nationals champion, came into the Heartland Tour kick off at Jacksonville after the first Monday break. After setting a new track record of 11.783 during qualifying, Pierce started the 40-lap feature in sixth with Marlar on the pole.

Pierce very quickly powered through the field once the green flag fell and found his way around the leader Marlar on lap 14. Through the remaining laps, Pierce was in a class all his own as Marlar looked for some way to catch the No. 32. Just before a caution on lap 37, Pierce nearly had the entire field lapped, having caught the battle for third at that point.

Pierce easily closed out the night with his second win in a row and third in five races. It was his 10th career Summer Nationals victory.

"Man, it's starting off really good," Pierce said. "I just hope it keeps going."

Marlar, who has consistently been up front through the still young Summer Nationals tour, closed out the night in second with Michael Kloos getting a hard fought third place finish.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Wednesday at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa.

A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL) ($5,000), 2. Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN), 3. Michael Kloos (Trenton, IL), 4. Kevin Weaver (Gibson City, IL), 5. Shannon Babb (Moweaqua, IL), 6. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 7. Dennis Erb, Jr (Carpentersville, IL), 8. Brian Diveley (Springfield, IL), 9. Chuck Mitchell (Jacksonville, IL), 10. Kolby Vandenbergh (Ashland, IL), 11. Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains, IL), 12. Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin, IL), 13. Mark Burgtorf (Quincy, IL), 14. Mike Hammerle (St Charles, MO), 15. Timothy Culp (Sheridan, AR), 16. Caleb Ashby (Cunningham, TN), 17. Don Hammer (Clinton, IL), 18. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 19. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 20. Rodney Melvin (Benton, IL), 21. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO), 22. Justin Reed (Camp Point, IL). Hard Charger: Jason Feger.

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NLRA Event Preview - River Cities Speedway And Greenbush Race Park

Posted: 15 Jun 2016 03:09 PM PDT

On Friday night, June the 17th, the NLRA will once again proudly co-headline one of the areas biggest racing spectacles, as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series makes its' first of two stops at the three-tenths mile oval on the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds. The NLRA will be making its' 26th appearance at the speedway since 1999, and will be making the first of five scheduled appearances at the speedway this season.
Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, won this event last season, and is the winner of two of the last three editions of this event, but he will be unable to run on Friday night.

Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, broke a lenghty losing streak at the Speedway in this event two years ago, and has a win at the speedway this season. Balcaen will hopefully be making his return to the speedway for this event, after a grinding crash at the track last Friday night.

Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, and Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Big Trucks by Jimco Pierce, are the other former winners of this event, winning in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

​Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbilt, and Wisconsin's AJ Diemel were also winners of NLRA series events at the Speedway last season.

Anderson, Balcaen, Shane Edginton, Mooney, Pederson, Seng, Dustin Strand, and WoO Sprint regular Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 K3 Farms Rocket, all recorded top tens in both of the NLRA shows the accompanied the WoO Sprint visits at River Cities last season.
    
Former NLRA series champions Ricky Weiss (2011) and Matt Aukland (2007), along with Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist, and NLRA winner at Jamestown last Saturday night, Zach Naastad, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17, scored one top ten each during those shows last season..

Two-time and defending NLRA champion, and defending River Cities champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Longhorn, leads all drivers with two wins at River Cities this season, while Mike Balcaen, Bill Mooney, and Brad Seng have one each. Strand and Seng will enter the event on Friday as the point leaders at the speedway, with Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory, in third, just one marker back, while Canadians Mike Balcaen and Bill Mooney are 14 and 16 markers back in fourth and fifth respectively.

On Saturday night, June the 18th, the NLRA will take the track at the newly resurfaced Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN.

At the end of last season's schedule, the track was re-banked to a high-banked clay oval that now measures at around three-tenths of a mile. This race is scheduled to be the 23rd overall in Greenbush, and third since the track reopened in 2013. The series tried twice in 2014 to return to Greenbush, but mother nature apparently wasn't ready for that yet, as both events were lost due to rain. Brad Seng, Ricky Weiss, and Dustin Strand were the podium finishers after both trips to the speedway last season, with Seng winning on June 20th, and Weiss finishing in the top spot on July 25th.

Mike Balcaen, Joey Pederson, and Dusty Peterson, in his Precision Lawn Care & Landscape No. 1, were the other three drivers to finish with top ten runs during both visits last year. Balcaen, a five-time NLRA series champion, has two previous series wins in Greenbush, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of Balcaen's track championship during the tracks' inaugural year in 1991.

Racing begins with track packing and hot laps around 6:30pm, with racing following Sprint Car qualifying on Friday night at River Cities, and at seven o'clock on Saturday night at Greenbush. For more info on these tracks, tickets, and more, visit there websites at rivercitiesspeedway.com and greenbushracepark.com

Previous NLRA Feature Winners at River Cities Speedway:
2015 - Joey Pederson on June 19; Bill Mooney on August 21; AJ Diemel on September 10
2014 - Mike Balcaen on June 20; Brad Seng on August 15; Donny Schatz on August 16; Ricky Weiss on Sept. 4
2013 - Joey Pederson in June 21; Donny Schatz on August 16; Pat Doar on September 5
2012 - Joey Pederson on August 17; John Kaanta on Sept. 6
2011 - Ricky Weiss on August 18; Adam Hensel on Sept. 8
2010 - Steve Anderson on June 19; Ricky Weiss on June 20
2009 - Brad Seng on June 19
2008 - Joey Pederson on June 13
2003 - Dave Zimmerman on August 8
2001 - Brad Seng on August 3
2000 - Mitch Johnson on May 31; Johnny Johnson on June 1; Mitch Johnson on August 18
1999 - Don Shaw on June 17; Joel Cryderman on August 19

Previous NLRA Feature Winners at the Greenbush Race Park:
2015 - Brad Seng on June 20; Ricky Weiss on July 25
2011 - Joey Pederson on August 27
2009 - Ricky Weiss on June 13
2008 - Howie Schill  on July 5; Mike Balcaen on August 16
2007 - Howie Schill  on June 30
2006 - Roger Gendron on May 20; Kevin Sexton on June 24
2005 - Dale Skytland on June 25; Kevin Sexton on August 6
2004 - Dave Tyrchniewicz on June 5; John Seitz on July 10; Tom Corcoran on August 14
2003 - Mike Balcaen on July 12; John Seitz on August 16
2002 - Brad Seng on June 1; Troy Olson on August 25
2001 - Brian Strand on July 7
2000 - John Seitz on July 1
1999 - Troy Schill on July 10
1998 - Tom Corcoran on July 25

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ULMS Late Models Invade Mercer Raceway Park

(Mercer, PA June 15, 2016): 
Mercer Raceway Park will host the ULMS Late Models, and more, on Saturday, June 18.  "The extended forecast looks favorable, so we are looking forward to a great night of racing," said track owner Bill Altman. "The fans do not get many opportunities to see these powerful Late Models on a track like this, so it should be exciting," he added.
 
The ULMS Late Models trace their roots to modified passenger cars. Make no mistake, though, these racers are highly sophisticated machines, specially built to blast around dirt tracks like Mercer Raceway Park. And, these cars have lots of brute horsepower to broadslide through the corners.
 
The United Late Model Series is a regional sanctioning organization run by Chris Zuver. "He has had a lot of experience presenting some of the best shows around," Altman noted. The ULMS took a few steps back when it came under the umbrella of Kennedy Motorsports, but Zuver is at the helm again and he is guiding things back to familiar territory.
 
The thirty-lapper at Mercer Raceway Park will pay a hefty $3,000 to the winner.  It will be just the second stop on the ULMS tour in 2016. The first round was the Earl Hill Memorial, held at the Tyler County Speedway, in West Virginia, and that race was won by "the Show Stopper," Tim Dohm. Dohm and his fellow Mountaineers dominated the results that night, and it will be interesting to see how many of them take the ride up I-79 to get to the tricky Mercer oval. But, even if Dohm and his southern cohorts pass up this show, there should be plenty of northern tier drivers to thrill the fans. Greg Oakes, Dave Hess, Jr., John Volpe, Charlie Powell, and Bobby Rohrer are just a few who raced at Tyler County, so they are expected for this one.  Other regional stars like Max Blair, Jared Miley, Keith Barbara, and Russell King, have raced with ULMS successfully in the past, and they may drop in as well.  "This has the makings of a highly competitive field," Altman explained.
 
And, the Mercer race is the lead-in to another ULMS biggie, the annual "Dick Litz Memorial," to be held at Eriez Speedway on June 19, so plenty of top drivers are expected for this weekend's activity.
Joining the ULMS Late Models on June 18 at Mercer will be the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks, and the Elder Tractor Sales & Service Junior Sprints. "With all of these classes, there will be something for everybody to enjoy," Altman concluded.
 
Because this is a Late Model special race, the 4 Your Car Connection 410 Sprints will have the weekend off.
 
It will be a fun-filled night of racing for just $15 for the adult fans. Senior admission, for those 60 and over, will be $13. Students (9-15) will be admitted for $7, while the younger set (8 and under) will be admitted for free. The Family Pass for this event will be $35, and that will apply to two parents and up to four minors of any age. The Pit Passes will be $30.

Gates will open at 3 for the racers, and at 4 for the fans. Racing will begin at 5:30 for the Mod Lites, Mini Stocks, and Junior Sprints. The remaining classes will roll onto the track at 7 p.m.

If you cannot make it to mercer raceway Park this Saturday, plan to attend on June 25, which will be the popular Fireworks Night. The extra excitement will be provided courtesy of Pizza Joe's. The racing will be a Saturday Night Live! card.

Also, coming up on July 2 will be a night that all fans of winged Sprint Cars will want to enjoy. That will be the Auto Racers for Kids Night, with the proceeds going to help children's charities in the northwestern PA area. There will be three, yes three, classes of Sprints in action, with the 360 Patriot Sprint Tour joining the track's regular 4 Your Car Connection 410 Sprints and the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. To the casual observer, these three types of Sprints may all look alike, but, under the hoods will be different sizes of powerplants. This will be a can't miss event!

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July 16
1. Scott Bloomquist 4900
2. J. Davenport 4605
3. Jared Landers 4375
4. B. Sheppard 4360
5. Tim McCreadie 4225
6. Dennis Erb Jr. 4120
7. Darrell Lanigan 4110
8. Don O'Neal 4060
9. Jimmy Owens 3930
10. Earl Pearson Jr. 3865

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