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Simpson Surges to DIRTcar Summer Nationals Win at La Salle Speedway

LA SALLE, Ill. - July 2, 2015 - Chris Simpson charged from fourth to victory on Thursday night at La Salle Speedway to earn the second DIRTcar Summer Nationals win of his career.

Simpson, of Oxford, Iowa, stalked Jason Feger for the first half of the race and eventually surged to the lead in traffic on lap 29 then powered the remaining 11 laps to the $5,000 checkered flag.

"We've had a rough start to the year so it feels good," said Simpson, who is only a week removed from a fire in his car during a heat race. "We had an awesome car. The track couldn't have been prepared any better. We had soft tires on, me and Feger had the same thing on. And it all worked out for us."

Shannon Babb finished third with Michael Kloos and Ryan Unzicker rounding out the top five. Points leader Bobby Pierce raced from 19th to finish 8th.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour invades Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill., on Friday night and then races to Highland (Ill.) Speedway on Saturday and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., on Sunday.

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.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; La Salle (Ill.) Speedway; July 2, 2015

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. (32S) Chris Simpson, Oxford, IA ($5,000); 2. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 3. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL; 4. (6K) Michael Kloos, Trenton, IL; 5. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 6. (99JR) Frank Heckenast Jr, Frankfort, IL; 7. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 8. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 9. (21) Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR; 10. (3S) Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL; 11. (10S) Scott Schmitt, Tonica, IL; 12. (89) Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL; 13. (54) Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, OH; 14. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 15. (12B) Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, IL; 16. (58R) Ray Guss Jr, Milan, IL; 17. (9R) Curtis Roberts, Coleman, MI; 18. (4G) Bob Gardner, East Peoria, IL; 19. (21B) Rich Bell, Sheffield, IL; 20. (29) Spencer Diercks, Davenport, IA; 21. (75D) Billy Drake, Lincoln, IL; 22. (7) Mike Mataragas, Dekalb, IL.

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Feger Holds Off Robinson at Indiana’s Daugherty Speedway for His Second DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory of the Season

BOSWELL, Ind. - July 1, 2015 - He's known as the Highside Hustler and Jason Feger lived up to it on Wednesday night at Daugherty Speedway, using the top side to hold off Kent Robinson and earn his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season.

Feger, of Bloomington, Ill., led the first 29 laps before Robinson moved up to Feger's line, ran him down in traffic and slid in front on lap 30. Feger charged back on the top and reclaimed the top spot on the next lap and held on to win the 40-lapper for the 13th DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of his career.

"You were able to race all over and kind of move around," said Feger, the 2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion. "I could just kind of roll in that top groove there and didn't have to get up on the berm … just rolling the black and it worked out."

While Feger used the victory to climb back into the championship picture, leader Bobby Pierce had his hands full throughout the feature with second-place Billy Moyer Jr., who eventually charged up behind Robinson to finish third last night. Pierce and Frank Heckenast Jr. rounded out the top five after race-long battles with each other.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour invades LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway on Thursday night followed on Friday by Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill.

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.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Daugherty Speedway; Boswell, Ind.; July 1, 2015

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 2. (7R) Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN; 3. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 4. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 5. (99JR) Frank Heckenast Jr, Frankfort, IL; 6. (89) Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL; 7. (1G) Devin Gilpin, Columbus, IN; 8. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 9. (54) Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, OH; 10. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 11. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL; 12. (1M) Jim Moon, New Florence, MO; 13. (15A) Phil Ausra, Dowagiac, MI; 14. (77K) Steve Kester, Holland, OH; 15. (7T) Steve Thorsten, Milford, IL; 16. (33H) Billy Hough, Thomasboro, IL; 17. (124) John Hahler, New Florence, MO; 18. (99) Ben Nicastri, Camden, NS; 19. (3S) Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL; 20. (9R) Curtis Roberts, Coleman, MI; 21. (7) Mike Mataragas, Dekalb, IL; 22. (16V) Joe Janowski, Carmel, IN.

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Mike Spatola, Kent Robinson, Jason Feger and Billy Moyer Jr.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Top 20
1. Bobby Pierce 695
2. Billy Moyer Jr. 643
3. Shannon Babb 604
4. Jason Feger 585
5. Ryan Unzicker 577
6. Timothy Culp 512
7. Jim Moon 436
8. John Hahler 331
9. Billy Moyer 314
10. Mike Spatola 254

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Bob Miller Memorial at 201 Speedway Postponed to Sunday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SITKA, KY (July 2, 2015) - Thursday's inaugural Bob Miller Memorial at 201 Speedway has been postponed. With the forecast for rain throughout the day and into the evening, Speedway and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials reached an agreement to postpone the event to Sunday, July 5th.

On Sunday, festivities will get underway with pit and general admission gates opening at 12:00pm [NOON]. A mandatory drivers meeting will take place at 6:00pm, followed by Hot Laps at 6:30pm, then a complete show for the series.

The LOLMDS will now trek north to Zanesville, OH for the "Creno's 50" at Muskingum County Speedway on Friday night. The series will then travel to Portsmouth Raceway Park Park in Portsmouth, OH on Saturday night for the "Independence 50". Capping off the holiday weekend will be the make-up event at 201 Speedway in Sitka, KY on Sunday night. All three events will feature action-packed programs that include: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main events.

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NLRA Event Preview - Red River Co-Op Speedway

30 Jun 2015

The NLRA heads north of the border for its' annual appearance this Thursday night, July the 2nd, at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, near Winnipeg, MB, Canada. The race is scheduled to be the 24th NLRA race at the speedway, which hosted the NLRA's inaugural event back in 1998. Two-time and defending NLRA champion, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, won last years' race at the four-tenths mile oval, defeating three-time and defending Wissota champion Ricky Weiss, pilot of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist. 2013 NLRA champion Dustin Strand, driving the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71, three-time NLRA titlist Mike Balcaen, in the No. 10 Northstar Canada Victory Circle, and Steffen Snare, in the No. 71A High Mark Snomobile Rentals Bloomquist, rounded out the top five.

Mike Balcaen went on to win the track title last season in Winnipeg, the 42nd championship in his illustrious career, he also leads all drivers with five previous series triumphs in Winnipeg. Other NLRA winners in Winnipeg include Brad Seng and Joey Pederson, driver of the No 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom with three wins each each, while Troy Schill, in the Forks Finest Auto Body No. 11 boasts a pair of victories, and Ricky Weiss with a single win.

Three races have been run in weekly competition at the Red River Co-Op Speedway this season, with three different drivers winning races. Mike Balcaen won on June 18th, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbuilt by JMR, won on June 11th, and Ricky Weiss won the opener on June 4th. Mooney enters the evening as the point leader in the Red River Co-Op Speedway's weekly standings by eight markers over Mike Balcaen. Kevin Sexton in the DAB's Repair No. 8 is third, with Paul Veert and Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 5E Avonlea Group Victory Circle rounding out the top five.

Mike Balcaen leads the NLRA point standings with a twelve point advantage over Dustin Strand. Brad Seng sits in the third spot, while Steffen Snare and Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Hi-Per-Flex Panel Systems Pierce, round out the top five. Ricky Weiss is in the sixth spot, with Cody Skytland, driver of the No. 75 Langdon Implement MasterSbuilt by JMR in seventh, Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S Auto Solutions GRT eighth, Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch MasterSbuilt by JMR ninth, and Norm Olson, driver of the No. 29 Disabled American Veterans MasterSbuilt rounding out the top ten. Racing begins at seven o'clock on Thursday night.

Previous NLRA Feature Winners at Red River Co-Op Speedway:
2014 - Brad Seng on July 17
2013 - Joey Pederson on June 27
2012 - Brad Seng on June 28
2009 - Ricky Weiss on June 11; Troy Schill on August 6
2008 - Brad Seng on May 22; Mike Balcaen on August 7
2007 - Kevin Sexton on May 17; Scott Greer on June 21; Kevin Sexton on August 16; Joel Cryderman on Sept. 8
2006 - Mike Balcaen on June 15; John Seitz on August 17; Kevin Sexton on Sept. 9
2005 - John Seitz on June 16; Mike Balcaen on Sept. 10
2004 - Troy Schill on May 1; Kevin Sexton on Sept. 11
2003 - Mike Balcaen on May 3; Joey Pederson on Sept. 6
2001 - Joey Pederson on April 28
1998 - Howie Schill on June 17; Mike Balcaen on July 15

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Rain Knocks Out I-96 Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts Summer Rumble

DIRTcar Summer Nationals, DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals try again on Wednesday at Indiana’s Daugherty Speedway

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. - June 30, 2015 - It has rained again on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, forcing officials to cancel tonight's NAPA Auto Parts Summer Rumble at I-96 Speedway.

As much as NAPA is trying to #ConquerTheJob, so too are the series trying to conquer Mother Nature, which has won four races in a row. The series will take aim at Daugherty Speedway on Wednesday night in Boswell, Ind.

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I-55 Forced to Cancel Saturday’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals Event Because of Rain, Rising Water Around Track

PEVELY, Mo. - June 26, 2015 - Rain that's caused water to rise around Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 has forced DIRTcar and track officials to cancel Saturday's DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals event.

The two series are still on track for tonight's event at Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway.

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Independence Day Weekend Tripleheader on Tap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WAYCROSS, GA (June 26, 2015) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will celebrate the Independence Day weekend with three events at three different venues. All three events will feature an action-packed program that includes: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event.

This blockbuster weekend begins on Thursday, July 2, when 201 Speedway in Sitka, KY, hosts the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the inaugural running of the "Bob Miller Memorial." The nation's top dirt late model talents will battle a strong contingent of local and regional standouts at the historic, 3/8-mile oval. The Open Wheel Modified division will also be in competition. Jimmy Owens roared from his 17th starting position and survived a 3-wide battle for the lead with five laps remaining to win last year's event at 201 Speedway. For tickets and more information, visit: www.201speedway.net.

From there, the series will trek north to Zanesville, OH for the "Creno's 50" at Muskingum County Speedway on Friday, July 3. In addition to the high-speed, door-to-door racing action, the event will feature the area's largest fireworks display. Also on the racing card will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Four Cylinders. In 2014, Jimmy Owens became the tenth different winner in ten appearances by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Muskingum County Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will polish off the weekend with the "Independence 50" at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH on Saturday, July 4. Limited Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds will run as support divisions. Scott Bloomquist returns as the defending winner of the "Independence 50." Further information is available at: www.portsraceway.com.

Jonathan Davenport, of Blairsville, GA, leads the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship standings over four-time champion, Earl Pearson Jr. Defending champion, Don O'Neal is third, followed by three-time champion, Jimmy Owens. Two-time champion, Scott Bloomquist rounds out the top five in series standings. Sixth through twelfth include: Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Francis, Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Chris Brown. Brandon Sheppard leads the current Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year chase over Chris Brown.

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Kissinger Holds Off Wallace at Clarksville, Earns First DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory of His Career

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - June 25, 2015 - Levi Kissinger swept past Wendell Wallace with 15 laps to go on Thursday night at Clarksville Speedway and drove to the first DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of his career.

Kissinger, of Mt. Vernon, Ind., chased Wallace from the initial green, survived a restart with 11 to go and hit his marks to close out the $5,000 win. It was also the first Dirt Late Model victory of his career.

Wallace held on to finish second with Dennis Erb Jr., Richard Frost and Rodney Melvin rounding out the top five.

"I never in a million years would have thought I could win one of these races, and to do it this quick in our Super Late Model career, is even better yet," said Kissinger, who had previously been racing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. "I'm speechless. The emotions are running through me so much because I know how much hard work we put into this deal and it's finally started paying off.

"This is the biggest moment of my career. I could probably win a lot of races, but to win your first race at a Summer Nationals race, I don't know what to say. We beat a lot of good guys who have a lot of wins. This will rank up there for the rest of my life as a career moment for me."

Championship leader Bobby Pierce survived a rough outing to finish 11th, good enough to maintain the points lead over Billy Moyer Jr. and Shannon Babb.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour heads north to Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway on Friday night and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday night.

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. (8K) Levi Kissinger, Mt Vernon, IN; 2. (6M) Wendell Wallace, Batesville, AR; 3. (28E) Dennis Erb Jr, Carpentersville, IL; 4. (15X) Richard Frost, Clarksville, TN; 5. (27M) Rodney Melvin, Benton, IL; 6. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL; 7. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 8. (157) Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN; 9. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 10. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 11. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 12. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 13. (4) Cody Mahoney, Hanover, IN; 14. (81JR) Jason Riggs, Harrisburg, IL; 15. (96T) Terry English, Benton, KY; 16. (1M) Jim Moon, New Florence, MO; 17. (61) Caleb Ashby, Cunningham, TN; 18. (16) Justin Rattliff, Campbellsville, KY; 19. (7R) Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN; 20. (96) Tanner English, Benton, KY; 21. (124) John Hahler, New Florence, MO; 22. (3S) Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL.

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2010 Firecracker Champ Shane Clanton takes Night 1

Rick Eckert and Jared Miley score podium finishes

Sarver, PA (June 25, 2015)  Mother Nature threatened to steal night one of the 9th Annual Firecracker 100, but light, mid-day showers help provide a racy Action Track with 44 cars in competition.  Shane Clanton was the star of the show, leading all 30 laps after front row starters Jared Miley and Davey Johnson were docked a row after each took turns jumping the start of the race.  Miley recovered to score a podium finish after running second most of the race before giving way to a hard charging Rick Eckert in the closing laps.

6.25.2015 (Night One)

World of Outlaw Late Models Feature (30 Laps $6,000-to-win):
1.      25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA
2.      7V- Rick Eckert, York, PA
3.      H1-Jared Miley, South Park, PA
4.      29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY
5.      18-Eric Wells, Hazard, KY
6.      1J-Davey Johnson, Latrobe, PA
7.      11H-Austin Hubbard, Seaford, DE
8.      25z-Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, PA
9.      18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS
10.  1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, PA
11.  14M-Morgan Bagley, Longview, TX
12.  22-Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, PA
13.  99Jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfurt, IL
14.  14-Dan Angellicchio, Mt. Pleasant, PA
15.  39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY
16.  10-Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, PA
17.  1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV
18.  99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA
19.  7R- Ross Robinson, Georgetown, DE
20.  B1- Paul Wilmoth, Clarksburg, WV
21.  38- Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, DE
22.  77- Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, MN
23.  72-Michael Norris, Sarver, PA
24.  29S-Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver, PA

World of Outlaw Late Models Qualifying Run 1:
1.      25z-Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, PA 15.336
2.      18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS 15.336
3.      38- Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, DE 15.389
4.      1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, PA 15.509
5.      99Jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfurt, IL 15.513
6.      10-Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, PA 15.525
7.      18-Eric Wells, Hazard, KY 15.566
8.      22-Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, PA 15.663
9.      77- Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, MN 15.742
10.  14-Dan Angellicchio, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15.754
11.  14M-Morgan Bagley, Longview, TX 15.771
12.  11- Jason Schmidt, Lewistown, PA 15.817
13.  11H-Austin Hubbard, Seaford, DE 15.895
14.  41- Derrick Casner, Mifflintown, PA 15.905
15.  56-Russ King, Bristolville, OH 15.931
16.  B1- Paul Wilmoth, Clarksburg, WV 16.045
17.  B22- Bump Hedman, Sugar Grove, PA 16.098
18.  73- Devin Lewis, Weedville, PA 16.191
19.  75-Colton Flinner, Allison Park, PA 16.230
20.  C33-Chris Casner, Mifflintown, PA 16.296
21.  10L-Gary Lyle, Leechburg, PA 16.807
22.  7x-Herman Bertolini, Creighton, PA 16.996

World of Outlaw Late Models Qualifying Run 2:
1.      25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA 15.496
2.      29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY 15.528
3.      99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA 15.627
4.      7V- Rick Eckert, York, PA 15.708
5.      1J-Davey Johnson, Latrobe, PA 15.714
6.      72-Michael Norris, Sarver, PA 15.737
7.      7R- Ross Robinson, Georgetown, DE 15.794
8.      H1-Jared Miley, South Park, PA 15.802
9.      39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 15.828
10.  1c-Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford, PA 15.839
11.  4J- John Mollick, Toronto, OH 15.894
12.  3- Dan Swartzlander, Freeport, PA 15.929
13.  91- Tommy Beck, Delmont, PA 15.985
14.  1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV 16.007
15.  27- Michael Lake, Uniontown, PA 16.239
16.  29S-Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver, PA 16.240
17.  311- Scott Groves, Canton, GA 16.257
18.  66K-Justin Kann, Hesston, PA 16.305
19.  44G- Derek Stefanik, Oakdale, PA 16.728
20.  32- Trevor Herr, Freeport, PA 18.465
DNS 0-Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN

Last Chance Showdown #1 (Top 3 Advance)
1.       1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV
2.      39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY
3.      72-Michael Norris, Sarver, PA
4.      1c-Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford, PA
5.      27- Michael Lake, Uniontown, PA
6.      66-Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights, PA
7.      311- Scott Groves, Canton, GA
8.      66K-Justin Kann, Hesston, PA
9.      32- Trevor Herr, Freeport, PA
10.  4J- John Mollick, Toronto, OH
11.  3- Dan Swartzlander, Freeport, PA
12.  44G- Derek Stefanik, Oakdale, PA
13.  91- Tommy Beck, Delmont, PA
 
Last Chance Showdown #2 (Top 3 Advance)
1.      10-Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, PA
2.      14M-Morgan Bagley, Longview, TX
3.      18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS
4.      77- Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, MN
5.      56-Russ King, Bristolville, OH
6.      38- Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, DE
7.      B22- Bump Hedman, Sugar Grove, PA
8.      41- Derrick Casner, Mifflintown, PA
9.      75-Colton Flinner, Allison Park, PA
10.  11- Jason Schmitt, Lewistown, PA
11.  7x-Herman Bertolini, Creighton, PA
12.  C33-Chris Casner, Mifflintown, PA
13.  73- Devin Lewis, Weedville, PA
14.  DNS 10L-Gary Lyle, Leechburg, PA

World of Outlaw Late Models Heat #1 (Top 4 Advance)
1.      25z-Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, PA
2.      99Jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfurt, IL
3.      18-Eric Wells, Hazard, KY
4.      11H-Austin Hubbard, Seaford, DE
5.      14M-Morgan Bagley, Longview, TX
6.      77- Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, MN
7.      56-Russ King, Bristolville, OH
8.      38- Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, DE
9.      B22- Bump Hedman, Sugar Grove, PA
10.  75-Colton Flinner, Allison Park, PA
11.  10L-Gary Lyle, Leechburg, PA

World of Outlaw Late Models Heat #2 (Top 4 Advance)
1.      1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, PA
2.      22-Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, PA
3.      B1- Paul Wilmoth, Clarksburg, WV
4.      14-Dan Angellicchio, Mt. Pleasant, PA
5.      10-Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, PA
6.      18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS
7.      41- Derrick Casner, Mifflintown, PA
8.      11- Jason Schmitt, Lewistown, PA
9.      7x-Herman Bertolini, Creighton, PA
10.  73- Devin Lewis, Weedville, PA
11.  C33-Chris Casner, Mifflintown, PA

World of Outlaw Late Models Heat #3 (Top 4 Advance)
1.      25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA
2.      1J-Davey Johnson, Latrobe, PA
3.      99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA
4.      7R- Ross Robinson, Georgetown, DE
5.      39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY
6.      27- Michael Lake, Uniontown, PA
7.      311- Scott Groves, Canton, GA
8.      4J- John Mollick, Toronto, OH
9.      91- Tommy Beck, Delmont, PA
10.  66-Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights, PA
11.  32- Trevor Herr, Freeport, PA

World of Outlaw Late Models Heat #4 (Top 4 Advance)
1.      29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY
2.      H1-Jared Miley, South Park, PA
3.      7V- Rick Eckert, York, PA
4.      29S-Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver, PA
5.      1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV
6.      72-Michael Norris, Sarver, PA
7.      1c-Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford, PA
8.      66K-Justin Kann, Hesston, PA
9.      44G- Derek Stefanik, Oakdale, PA
10.  3- Dan Swartzlander, Freeport, PA

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Babb Takes Peoria Checkers, Becomes First 2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Two-Time Winner

PEORIA, Ill. - June 23, 2015 - Shannon Babb became the first repeat winner during this year's DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour when he passed Bobby Pierce midway through Tuesday night's feature at Peoria Speedway and led the final 20 laps to collect the $5,000 checkered flag.

Babb, of Moweaqua, Ill., also tied Billy Moyer Jr. with the most all-time wins in DIRTcar Summer Nationals history with 89 victories.

Pierce, who continues to lead the overall championship, Ryan Unzicker, Dennis Erb Jr. and Billy Moyer Jr. rounded out the top five.

Unzicker led the first two laps on Tuesday night before Pierce moved into the top spot. Babb, who started fourth, worked first past Unzicker then Pierce and never looked back.

"The moisture, it was soaking in around in the wall at the top of three and four, and one and two, but one and two falls off the banking on exit, but three and four was awesome," said Babb, a four-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion. "I started fourth and I was in the right position to find that line, and I was able to my way around them guys."

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour races into Belle-Clair Speedway on Wednesday night in Belleville, Ill. Pierce extended his championship lead over Moyer Jr. to 32 points. The victory helped Babb move into third in his quest for a fifth crown.

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.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Peoria (Ill.) Speedway; June 23, 2015

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL ($5,000); 2. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 3. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 4. (28E) Dennis Erb, Jr, Carpentersville, IL; 5. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 6. (58R) Ray Guss Jr, Milan, IL; 7. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 8. (B5) Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL; 9. (6K) Michael Kloos, Trenton, IL; 10. (12B) Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, IL; 11. (T2) Todd Bennett, Peoria, IL; 12. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 13. (42) McKay Wenger, Fairbury, IL; 14. (89) Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL; 15. (1M) Jim Moon, New Florence, MO; 16. (7T) Steve Thorsten, Milford, IL; 17. (10) Roger Rebholz, Sparland, IL; 18. (124) John Hahler, New Florence, MO; 19. (4G) Bob Gardner, East Peoria, IL; 20. (38C) John Gardner Jr, Germantown Hills, IL; 21. (75D) Billy Drake, Lincoln, IL; 22. (10S) Scott Schmitt, Tonica, IL.

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, Ray Guss Jr. and Ryan Unzicker.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Top 20
1. Bobby Pierce 505
2. Billy Moyer Jr. 473
3. Shannon Babb 429
4. Jason Feger 418
5. Ryan Unzicker 418
6. Timothy Culp 363
7. Jim Moon 315
8. Billy Moyer 304
9. John Hahler 237
10. Mike Spatola 199

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New Dad Babb Delivers His First Victory of 2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour at Fairbury American Legion Speedway

Rain Pushes Quincy Raceways Event to Monday

FAIRBURY, Ill. - June 20, 2015 - New father Shannon Babb moved to the lead in traffic on Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway on lap 28, then held off Ryan Unzicker to the checkered flag for his first victory of the 2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour.

NOTE: Sunday's event at Quincy Raceways has been moved to Monday night because of rain. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.

Babb, whose wife Emalie delivered the couple's daughter, Finlee Jo Babb, on Friday, started 12th in the main event and was the last of four different leaders, pocketing $10,000 for his effort. Billy Moyer Jr. got the jump and led the first 13 laps before his father Billy Moyer led until lap 22. Scott Schmitt moved in front until lap 27, when Babb worked to the lead and was able to stay up front to the checkered flag in the 50-lapper run in front of a huge crowd.

Unzicker, Moyer Jr., Bobby Pierce and Jason Feger rounded out the top five.

"It's been the busiest couple of days of my entire life," said Babb, a four-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion. "I got the best wife that anybody could have.

"I needed those guys to zig-zag at the right time. There was a lot of strong cars. Schmitt was really good, and Unzicker was really good. You never can tell. Fairbury always produces a heckuva a race, and there's another one."

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour invades Quincy (Ill.) Raceways on Sunday night. Pierce continues to lead the championship by 17 points over Moyer Jr. heading into Sunday night's event. Babb has moved to fourth in the championship with his win, trailing Pierce, Moyer Jr. and Feger.

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.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway; June 20, 2015

A-MAIN (50 LAPS) - 1. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL; 2. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 3. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 4. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 5. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 6. (75D) Billy Drake, Lincoln, IL; 7. (12B) Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, IL; 8. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 9. (10S) Scott Schmitt, Tonica, IL; 10. (83) Scott Bull, Fairbury, IL; 11. (89F) Daren Friedman, Forrest, IL; 12. (6K) Michael Kloos, Trenton, IL; 13. (9D) Daniel Flessner, Roberts, IL; 14. (33X) Tim Manville, Troy, IL; 15. (30) Mike Glasscock, LeRoy, IL; 16. (1M) Jim Moon, New Florence, MO; 17. (7T) Steve Thorsten, Milford, IL; 18. (4G) Bob Gardner, East Peoria, IL; 19. (21) Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR; 20. (42) MCKay Wenger, Fairbury, IL; 21. (89) Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL; 22. (7R) Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Top 20
1. Bobby Pierce 430
2. Billy Moyer Jr. 413
3. Jason Feger 365
4. Shannon Babb 349
5. Ryan Unzicker 348
6. Timothy Culp 319
7. Billy Moyer 304
8. Jim Moon 274
9. John Hahler 199
10. F. Heckenast Jr. 180

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Yoder Wins UFo "Shawn McGarvey Championship at Dog Hollow from 20th!

by Dave Kittey

(Hesston, PA). Dylan Yoder, of Selinsgrove, drove from his 20th starting spot to capture the 41 lap UFO sanctioned Shawn "Sheets" McGarvey Memorial Friday night at Dog Hollow Speedway. Yoder's first-ever win at the Strongstown oval netted him a $3,000 payday after holding off a closing Jared Miley. 111 cars were packed into the pits including 39 UFo Super Late Models along with a huge crowd

The UFo Super Late Model series invaded the Dog Hollow Speedway for the first time this season. Keith Barbara led the field to the green and beat Ron Delano, Jr. into turn one for the lead. Barbara led the first nine laps before fifth starting Jared Miley surged into the lead. On the restart, after a lap 12 caution, Miley jumped the cushion and Delano assumed command of the race.

Delano looked like he would score his first win as he pulled away from the pack. Max Blair took second on lap 15 but had his hands full with Mike Altobelli, Jr. While these guys were challenging each other, Yoder quickly worked his way through the field taking second from Blair on lap 25. Yoder closed in on the fast Delano and began to challenge.

Another caution came out on lap 27. Delano was up to the challenge and took off on the restart. Dylan took a few laps and then pulled right up in Delano's draft. The pair ran a few laps door to door before Yoder was able to secure the top spot on lap 35. Meanwhile Miley, who had fallen back to tenth, had been working his way back to the lead pack. Miley took over second with five laps to go and made a few attempt to regain the lead.

Yoder was up for the challenge in grabbing his first-ever win at Dog Hollow Speedway. Miley finished second over Mike Altobelli, Delano, Justin Kann (from 19th), Chad Hollenback, Chad McClellan, Max Blair, Robbie Blair and Dwayne Taneyhill. Heat winners for the 39 car field were Altobelli, Clate Copeman, Delano, Barbara and Scott Rhodes. Picking up wins in the two consolations was McClellan and Devin Friese.

Heat Winners - Altobelli, Copeman, Delano, Barbara, Rhodes
Consolation Winners - McClellan, Friese
Finish. Driver / Hometown / Payoff
1. Dylan Yoder / Selinsgrove, PA / $3,000
2. Jared Miley / South Park, PA / $1,200
3. Mike Altobelli Jr / Saxton, PA / $1,000
4. Ron Delano Jr / Stoystown, PA / $700
5. Justin Kann / Huntingdon, PA / $600
6. Chad Hollenbeck / Montrose, PA / $500
7. Chad McClellan / Stoystown, PA / $400
8. Max Blair / Centerville, PA / $350
9. Rob Blair / Centerville, PA / $325
10. Dwayne Tanneyhill / Bellwood, PA / $300
11. Scott Rhodes / Somerset, PA / $290
12. Clate Copeman / Greensburg, PA / $280
13. Devin Friese / Chambersburg, PA / $270
14. Tony Musolino / Scott Township, PA / $260
15. Jeremy Ohl / Jersey Shore, PA / $250
16. Tom Beck / Murraysville, PA / $250
17. Dan Lee / Windber, PA / $250
18. Dan Angelicchio / Mt. Pleasant, PA / $250
19. Waylon Wagner / Lewistown, PA / $250
20. Quintin Wyandt / Hooversville, PA / $250
21. Keith Barbara / South Park, PA / $250
22. Nick Dickson / Lewistown, PA / $250
23. John Britsky / Indiana, PA / $250
24. Shawn Claar / Imler, PA / $250
25. Joe Petyak / Gallitzen, PA / $250
26. Bobby Watt / Derry, PA / $250

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Davenport Dashes to Grassy Smith Memorial Win

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GAFFNEY, SC (June 19, 2015) - Jonathan Davenport passed race leader Chris Ferguson on lap 45 and then went on to win the Grassy Smith Memorial on Friday Night at Cherokee Speedway.  The win for the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points Leader was a series record five-in-a-row for the 31-year-old racer. Since Memorial Day weekend, he has won nine consecutive feature events.

Ferguson led the first 44 laps of the race and finished second. He was trailed by defending race winner, Don O'Neal. Ross Bailes and Earl Pearson Jr. completed the Top-5.

"That win took a lot of patience.  I knew when we rolled out for the feature, our tires were too hard.  I managed the tires for the first 15 or so laps, because I didn't want to burn the edges off.  This car just came alive late in the race.  I'd really like to thank my crew; they worked their tails off on this thing," said Davenport in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

"Thank you to all of these fans for coming out here tonight! I almost consider this my home track.  I just love coming to this place.  I almost got too excited there when I caught up to Chris.  I found a little lane coming off of turn four.  I knew he was running the top and the only way I was going to pass him was to slide him.  I hope I left him enough room.  He and I usually race pretty clean together.  Man, what a roll we are on!"

"Thanks to Kevin and Lee Roy Rumley, TS Crane, Sundance Services, Sundance Flowback Well Testing, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, JRi Shocks, Bryson Motorsports, Dirtwrap, FK Rod Ends, Bobby and Terry Labonte and of course everybody at Longhorn Chassis.  I want to race every night, this is fun."

Ferguson set a new track record in Miller Welders Time Trials, and then won the first heat to earn the pole starting spot for the 50-lap feature.  A lap 40 caution slowed the field for one last time.  That allowed Davenport to set him up on the final restart once it went green.

"Yes, I should have stayed higher on the track," said Ferguson.  "We had a great car all night long, so what can you say?  I wanted to win this race bad; we had a lot of fans here.  We came so close to getting our first Lucas Oil victory, so it is a bit heartbreaking. Even still, second place against these guys says something about our race team.  We never give up!"

"I left the door open with five to go.  I thought I got into the corner well enough, but apparently not.  I just couldn't hold him off.  He is the best driver in the country right now.   It was a good night for Longhorn Chassis and we will get them next time," said the driver of the Carver and Sons Roofing, Langley Collision Center #22.

Completing the top ten were Casey Roberts, Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Casebolt, Mason Zeigler, and Chris Brown.   
In preliminary action, Chris Ferguson set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 27 entrants, with a lap of 14.754 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.878 seconds. Chris Ferguson, Jared Landers, and Steve Casebolt won their respective heat races. Eddie Carrier Jr. won the B-Main.

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Chris Ferguson, 3. Don O'Neal, 4. Ross Bailes, 5. Earl Pearson Jr., 6. Casey Roberts, 7. Dennis Erb Jr.,
8. Steve Casebolt, 9. Mason Zeigler, 10. Chris Brown, 11. Dennis Franklin, 12. Steve Francis, 13. Scott Bloomquist, 14. Steven Roberts, 15. Doug Sanders,
16. Brandon Sheppard, 17. Devin Moran, 18. Josh Langley, 19. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 20. Jimmy Owens, 21. Jared Landers, 22. Jeff Smith, 23. Jim Manka, 24. Johnny Pursley.

Race Statistics

Entrants: 27

Lap Leaders: Chris Ferguson (Laps 1 - 44); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 45 - 50)
Time of Race: 34 minutes 28 seconds

Points
1. J. Davenport  3325
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 3185
3. Don O'Neal 3160
4. Jimmy Owens 3090
5. Scott Bloomquist 2960
6. Dennis Erb Jr. 2845
7. B. Sheppard 2830
8. Devin Moran 2825
9. Steve Francis 2815
10. Eddie Carrier Jr. 2770

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Davenport Wins Wayne Gray Memorial at Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (June 18, 2015) - Jonathan Davenport took the lead on lap 27, then sprinted away from the field to win the Dunn-Benson Ford Wayne Gray Memorial at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. The win makes his fourth consecutive in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition.

Davenport helmed his K&L Rumley Enterprises, TS Crane Service, Sundance Services, and Sundance Flowback Well Testing, Longhorn Chassis #6 to his sixth win this season with the LOLMDS and his eighth-straight overall victory. Earl Pearson Jr. led 22 laps of the 50 lap feature event and finished second. Steve Francis charged from ninth to place third. He was followed by Steve Casebolt and Ross Bailes at the line.

"Everybody started getting on the bottom, and it started to turn black. I came here last year, and I knew it was going to be close on tire wear. Tonight, we almost had a flat. At the end, I rode around just trying to conserve them. I can't thank Kevin and Leroy Rumley and everybody back at the shop. All of my crew and sponsors, a big thanks to all of them as well! This is just awesome!"

Justin Labonte; son of NASCAR driver, Terry Labonte; grabbed the lead at the start of the feature and held the point for the first five laps of the race.

Pearson started alongside Labonte and then forged ahead on lap six in the Carlton and Kemp Lamm-owned, Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Products, Black Diamond entry.

Pearson was able to hold off Davenport until a few laps after a mid-race caution for Scott Autry. Davenport used the outside line to take the lead on lap 27 and never looked back.

Pearson was satisfied with his second place finish. "We had a good car tonight. On that last restart, I knew I wasn't going to be able to hold off Jonathan. He is on a roll, no doubt! We have to feel good about this performance tonight in front of my car owners, sponsors, and friends."

Francis was pleased with his solid third place finish. "The whole team has worked hard trying to turn our year around, and we have been making progress! If we keep running like this, we might be able to beat Davenport! I would really like to thank Clint Bowyer, Georgia Boot, Peak, Clements Racing Engines, and Barry Wright Race Cars.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Justin Labonte, Jimmy Owens, Johnny Pursley, and Eddie Carrier Jr.

In preliminary action, Justin Labonte set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 24 entrants, with a lap of 16.915 seconds.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Dunn-Benson Ford - Wayne Gray Memorial
Fayetteville Motor Speedway - Fayetteville, NC

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Steve Francis, 4. Steve Casebolt, 5. Ross Bailes, 6. Brandon Sheppard, 7. Justin Labonte, 8. Jimmy Owens, 9. Johnny Pursley, 10. Eddie Carrier Jr., 11. Kevin Wilson, 12. Devin Moran, 13. Scott Autry, 14. Dustin Mitchell, 15. Steven Roberts, 16. Jim Manka, 17. Don O'Neal, 18. Chris Brown, 19. Dennis Erb Jr., 20. Jared Landers, 21. Michael Marlowe, 22. Chris Ferguson, 23. Scott Bloomquist, 24. Lauren Longbrake.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 24
Lap Leaders: Justin Labonte (Laps 1 - 5); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 6 - 26); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 27 - 50)

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
1. J. Davenport 3075
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 2980
3. Jimmy Owens 2960
4. Don O'Neal 2940
5. Scott Bloomquist 2785
6. Brandon Sheppard 2680
6. Devin Moran 2680
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 2650
9. Steve Francis 2645
10. Jared Landers 2635
10. Eddie Carrier Jr. 2635

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Rainy Week Forces Tri-State Speedway to Cancel Friday’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Events

PONTOON BEACH, Ill. - June 18, 2015 - A rainy week at Tri-City Speedway has forced the track to cancel Friday night's DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals events.

The two series will return to action on Saturday at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway and on Sunday at Quincy (Ill.) Raceways.

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.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Top 20 Championship Standings
1. Bobby Pierce 365
2. Billy Moyer Jr. 343
3. Jason Feger 305
4. Ryan Unzicker 273
5. Shannon Babb 269
6. Timothy Culp 268
7. Billy Moyer 267
8. Jim Moon 234
9. John Hahler 183
10. F. Heckenast Jr. 180

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Rained Out on Sunday at Wilmot Raceway

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. - June 16, 2015 - Bobby Pierce was leading the DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship standings going into Tuesday night's event at Jacksonville Speedway, but he had yet to post a victory. Pierce checked the win off his list by surging past polesitter Michael Kloos on lap 11 and driving to the checkered flag.

Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., is trying to join his father as a DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion this season. After his $5,000 victory on the Jacksonville bullring Tuesday night, he's certainly making it hard on the competition.

Runner-up Timothy Culp posted the best Summer Nationals finish of his career with Shannon Babb, Jason Feger and Kloos rounding out the top five.

"I didn't expect the win to come here," said Pierce, the reigning DIRTcar Late Model national champion who finished second in the 2013 Summer Nationals championship. "I've never been really good here. It's a little bullring and I'm pretty good at those, but I've never been able to have any good runs here. When you've got guys like Babb and everyone who's grown up here racing their whole lives on tracks like this, it's really hard to beat them, so to get the win here is pretty amazing. I'm just stoked to get rid of those top-fives and knock one off."

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals rolls into Farley (Iowa) Speedway on Wednesday night, returning to Illinois for the rest of the week beginning Thursday at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill.

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.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway; June 16, 2015

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL ($5,000); 2. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 3. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL; 4. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 5. (6K) Michael Kloos, Trenton, IL; 6. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 7. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 8. (1ST) Justin Reed, Camp Point, IL; 9. (11D) Brian Divley, Springfield, IL; 10. (15) Kolby Vanderbergh, Ashland, IL; 11. (38L) Ryan Little, Springfield, IL; 12. (3) Austin Dillon, Welcome, NC; 13. (33B) Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, IL; 14. (1M) Jim Moon, New Florence, MO; 15. (21B) Rich Bell, Sheffield, IL; 16. (27) Greg Kimmons, Pleasant Plains, IL; 17. (25V) Dennis Vandermersch, Arlington, IL; 18. (25L) Steve Lance Jr, Cuba, IL; 19. (134) Chuck Mitchell, Jacksonville, IL; 20. (16H) Mike Hammerle, St Charles, IL; 21. (124) John Hahler, New Florence, MO; 22. (38J) Jake Little, Springfield, IL.

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Davenport Dominates Clash at the Mag

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COLUMBUS, MS (June 13, 2015) - Jonathan Davenport roared to his fifth series win of the season tonight in Magnolia Motor Speedway's Clash at the Mag, presented by Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. Davenport took the lead on lap 17 of the 100-lap feature, and then went on to earn $20,000 in the K&L Rumley Enterprises, Longhorn Chassis.

Jared Landers charged from his 8th starting spot to finish second. He was followed by Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, and Brandon Sheppard.

"I can't believe this," said the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Leader, Davenport in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "I have never had a car like this in my life! It drives so well! The only way we can lose right now is if I mess up."

Scott Bloomquist led the first 16 laps of the event until Davenport passed him for the top spot. Sheppard then moved into second with Landers close behind. Landers made his move for second after a lap 24 restart.

"We got up on top and the car was just phenomenal. The track crew watered the top a little bit before the start of the race and it seemed to help. I kept pounding that cushion and at the same time was trying to keep it out of the wall. The tires held up really well. We are on a roll and looking forward to Fayetteville on Thursday Night!"

Landers continued his recent resurgence by finishing second. "We had a really good race car. That was quite a race for second place all race long. Nobody has anything for that number six car right now! We are making a tremendous amount of progress on this Sweet-Bloomquist car. We are getting closer to a win."

Owens took home the third spot and was pleased with his effort. "We ran pretty well this weekend. That was a dandy of a race for second, but right now we are all running for second. Jonathan is just flat out kicking our tails. I have been there. I know how it feels. Hopefully we can beat him next weekend."

Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Marlar, Bub McCool, and Wendell Wallace.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set a new Magnolia Motor Speedway Track Record and the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 43 entrants, with a lap of 12.961 seconds. He became the first driver to at the track to clock in less than 13 seconds in qualifying. Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 13.087 seconds. Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Scott Bloomquist, and Jonathan Davenport won their respective heat races. Ronny Lee Hollingsworth and Randy Weaver won their respective B-Mains.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, June 13th, 2015
Clash at the Mag
Magnolia Motor Speedway - Columbus, MS

Feature Finish (100 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Jared Landers, 3. Jimmy Owens, 4. Don O'Neal, 5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Eddie Carrier Jr., 7. Dennis Erb Jr., 8. Mike Marlar, 9. Bub McCool, 10. Wendell Wallace, 11. Scott Bloomquist, 12. Steve Francis, 13. Earl Pearson Jr., 14. Jason Hiett, 15. Chris Brown, 16. Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, 17. Jimmy Cliburn, 18. Scott Dedwylder, 19. Chad Thrash, 20. Neil Baggett, 21. Brian Rickman, 22. Henry Cooper, 23. Devin Moran, 24.
Randy Weaver.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 43
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 - 16); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 17 - 100)
Time of Race: 55 minutes 35 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Jonathan Davenport 2975
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 2880
3. Jimmy Owens 2860
4. Don O'Neal 2840
5. Scott Bloomquist 2685
6. Brandon Sheppard 2580
6. Devin Moran 2580
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 2550
9. Steve Francis 2545
10. Jared Landers 2535

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Mars Lands in Cedar Lake Speedway Victory Lane for DIRTcar Summer Nationals Win

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. - June 12, 2015 - Jimmy Mars worked past Jason Feger with two laps to go on Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway to take the DIRTcar Summer Nationals checkered flag.

Former Summer Nationals champion Feger, of Bloomington, Ill., led the first 37 laps before Mars, of Menomonie, Wis., was able to edge ahead on lap 38 and hold off Feger and Thursday night Summer Nationals winner Frank Heckenast Jr. to the finish. It was the seventh DIRTcar Summer Nationals win of Mars' career.

"Jason was out there and he was good," Mars said. "He was up on the top getting it. Then come Frankie, and I kind of lost my momentum there. I just had to keep going lower and lower then because of the crumbles, but we got (Heckenast) back and Jason there."

Billy Moyer and Shannon Babb, with 176 wins and 10 Summer Nationals crowns between them, rounded out the top five. Babb had started 17th in the 40-lap A-Main.

There were 21 cars entered in the event. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour wraps up the Masters event on Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway before heading Sunday to Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway.

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.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Cedar Lake Speedway; New Richmond, Wis.; June 12, 2015

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. Jimmy Mars, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Frank Heckenast Jr., 4. Billy Moyer, 5. Shannon Babb, 6. Rodney Sanders, 7. Billy Moyer Jr, 8. AJ Diemel, 9. Jason Rauen, 10. Timothy Culp, 11. Dan Schlieper, 12. Ryan Unzicker, 13. Jim Moon, 14. Caley Emerson, 15. David Fieber, 16. Jason Krohn, 17. John Hahler, 18. JR Hotovy, 19. Bobby Pierce, 20. Adam Hensel, 21. Mike Nutzmann.

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JARED HAWKINS & MAX BLAIR WIN "BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL" QUALIFIERS AT WINCHESTER TO EARN FRONT ROW FOR THE "CRATE RACIN' USA NATIONALS"

June 12, 2015
By Mike Leone
    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Winchester, VA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series made returned to Winchester Speedway for the second time this season for a Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Tour event. Night one of the inaugural "Crate Racin USA Late Model Nationals" drew a Winchester record 41 cars from six different states eclipsing the previous high of 34 set on May 9. Friday's program included Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" Qualifying and the twin 20 "Bill Hendren Memorial" Qualifiers.

After setting a new track record in $100 "Bobby Lake Motorsports" Qualifying with a lap of 15.730, Jared Hawkins out-dueled Mid-Atlantic standout Ben Bowie with a late race pass to win the first "Bill Hendren Memorial" Qualifier to earn $1,000 and the pole position for Saturday night's $6,000 to-win "Crate Racin' USA Late Model Nationals"

"Once it got rolling green there I was able to try some different lines," explained the Fairmont, West Virginia winner. "It's always easier to run second. He was getting looser and looser off four so I figured I'd take advantage of that last deal down there. I have to thank Jerry Haseleu for inviting me down here to run his car. I've never been very good down here at Winchester in a Super Late Model, but not bad for the first time in a crate car. I have to thank all of my guys, sponsors, and Ingram Engines."

Ben Bowie used the outside to race into the lead past Hawkins at the start of the 20-lap event. Several cautions slowed action in the first four laps. Following an 11-lap green flag run, Bowie and Hawkins ran side-by-side on numerous occasions with Bowie running the top and Hawkins the bottom. Bowie had the momentum to continue leading, while behind the duo Super Late Model racers Robbie Blair and Alan Brannon were swapping third and fourth.

At the halfway point, Bowie and Hawkins pulled away, while Henderson joined the battle for third. Hawkins was all over Bowie when the event's final caution slowed action with 15 laps scored. When racing resumed, Hawkins used a slider in turn four to take the lead on lap 16. One lap later, Bowie was sideways as the battle heated up for second.

Hawkins went on for the win in the Jerry Haseleu-owned, Jack's Recycling/AOS Service/Bland's Towing/Melvin's Transmission-sponsored #RJ1. Blair got past Bowie on lap 19 to finish second. After leading the first 15 laps, Bowie dropped to third edging out Brannon and Henderson.

Sixth through 10th and earning starting spots in Saturday's 50-lap feature were Jonathan DeHaven, Daryl Charlier, Dusty Waters, Jamie Sutphin, and Scott Sweeney. Sutphin also earned an extra $100 for qualifying 29th fastest in memory of Bill Hendren thanks to his wife Bettie.

In the second "Bill Hendren Memorial" Qualifier, Max Blair continued his hot streak on the Series picking up the $1,000 win. Blair, who has his sights set on the $10,000 Sweeney Touring Series sweep, put himself in good position for Saturday's $6,000 main by earning the outside pole starting spot.

"It definitely wasn't the same track that we raced on the last time we were here," stated the 25-year-old Blair from Centerville, PA. "It was a difficult track to run on. I want to apologize to John Waters. I know I got into him in turn two. There was some water on the bottom of the track and I bounced up into him. I'm going to go talk to him about that. It should be a great race tomorrow starting alongside Jared Hawkins, and my dad in third. I'm looking forward to it. I'd like to thank everyone for putting this on, Steve Hendren, Mike and Vicki from RUSH, and Winchester; also all of the contingencies we're going to get. It's a real honor to win this, and receive this plaque. I'm going to put it on the wall as soon as I get home."

In almost a duplication of the first race, several cautions slowed the event in the opening five laps before a long green flag run. Blair led the first five laps only to see fourth starting John Waters use the outside to race into the lead. Waters' lead was short-lived though as Blair regained the lead on lap seven when Waters pushed high.

A caution for Ryan Montgomery with 12 laps scored was the final thing to slow Blair. The last eight laps went green-to-checkered. Blair and Waters distanced themselves from the field as Blair took the win in the R&J Poultry/Moody & Son Welding/Specialty Products/Genesis Shocks/Murphy's Logging/C&J Dairy-sponsored #111.

Waters, who has really struggled through a tough start to 2015, was happy to finish second and earn the fourth starting spot for Saturday night. After a poor qualifying effort, Michael Lake, who finished second in the May 9 Tour event, raced from 15th to finish third. "Futures Cup" racer Clinton Hersh had a strong Winchester debut finishing fourth after starting 16th. Tyler Bare was fifth. Completing the top 10 and earning feature starting spots for Saturday were Rob Marhefka, Troy Shields, Jennae Piper, Jeff Pilkerton, and Reese Masiello.

Saturday will open with over $16,000 in contingencies awarded at the drivers meeting at 5:30 p.m. followed by last chance B mains to set the remaining lineup of the 50-lap feature and the 25-lap non-qualifier. New cars can tag the B mains.

Bobby Lake Motorsports Qualifying - $100 for fast time, $100 for 29th fast time (TR Rick Singleton 15.830): 1. Jared Hawkins 15.700 (NTR) 2. Max Blair 15.711 3. Ben Bowie 15.805 4. Dylan Lewis 15.810 5. Darin Henderson 15.884 6. Ryan Montgomery 15.945 7. Rob Blair 15.963 8. John Waters 15.965 9. Alan Brannon 16.051 10. Reese Masiello 16.072 11. Richard Hawkins, Jr. 16.093 12. Logan Roberson 16.108 13. Daryl Charlier 16.151 14. Troy Shields 16.164 15. Jason Knowles 16.171 16. Jeff Pilkerton 16.208 17. Eric Wilson 16.209 18. Tyler Bare 16.210 19. John Imler 16.237 20. Joe Martin 16.247 21. Scott Sweeney 16.359 22. Kris Eaton 16.365 23. Jonathan DeHaven 16.397 24. Rob Marhefka 16.397 25. Jared Powell 16.404 26. Jennae Piper 16.438 27. Transton Stoner 16.441 28. Brian Knowles 16.464 29. Jamie Sutphin 16.552 30. Michael Lake 16.561 31. Dusty Waters 16.621 32. Clinton Hersh 16.640 33. Rob Nichols III 16.641 34. Steve Lowery 16.667 35. Timmy Booth 16.691 36. David Renalds 16.718 37. Matt Tarbox 16.764 38. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 17.173 39. Zack Kane 17.257 40. Harry Shipe DNQ 41. Matt Glanden DSQ.

"Bill Hendren Memorial" Qualifier 1 (20 laps, $1,000 to-win):1. JARED HAWKINS (Haseleu RJ1) 2. Rob Blair (111X) 3. Ben Bowie (17) 4. Alan Brannon (30) 5. Darin Henderson (22) 6. Jonathan DeHaven (Hall 69R) 7. Daryl Charlier (12) 8. Dusty Waters (14) 9. Jamie Sutphin (18) 10. Scott Sweeney (44) 11. Timmy Booth (95) 12. Matt Tarbox (66x) 13. Eric Wilson (27W) 14. Rob Nichols III (7) 15. Jared Powell (2*) 16. Zack Kane (10) 17. Transton Stoner (m14) 18. Jason Knowles (4) 19. John Imler (63) 20. Richard Hawkins, Jr. (17) 21. Matt Glanden (01)-DSQ.

"Bill Hendren Memorial" 2 Qualifier 2 (20 laps, $1,000 to-win):1. MAX BLAIR (111) 2. John Waters (LeBarron 11) 3. Michael Lake (Yowler 27) 4. Clinton Hersh (16) 5. Tyler Bare 6. Rob Marhefka (99FM) 7. Troy Shields (11) 8. Jennae Piper (14) 9. Jeff Pilkerton (8) 10. Reese Masiello (22R) 11. David Renalds (37) 12. Ryan Montgomery (12) 13. Brian Knowles (7) 14. Steve Lowery (48) 15. Dylan Lewis (44) 16. Kris Eaton (3) 17. Joe Martin (55) 18. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J) 19. Logan Roberson (17) 20. Harry Shipe, Jr. (00)-DNS.

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Clash at the Mag Preliminary Highlights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COLUMBUS, MS (June 12, 2015) - Former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champions, Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist will make-up the front row for the Clash at the Mag on Saturday Night at Magnolia Motor Speedway.  The event is sponsored by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and will pay $20,000 to win.

Owens was victorious in the opening heat of the night.  On a track that had been saturated with afternoon rain, Owens sprinted to the lead and held off defending Clash at the Mag winner and Lucas Oil Champion, Don O'Neal to earn the pole starting spot for tomorrow night's main event.  Dennis Erb Jr. charged from his ninth starting spot to take third. The final transfer spot went to Jimmy Cliburn, driving a Henry Cooper-owned car.

In his first visit to Magnolia [Motor Speedway], Devin Moran out-dueled sixth-place starter Eddie Carrier Jr. for the win.  Moran will start third in the Clash at the Mag on Saturday night.  Trailing Moran and Carrier was Bub McCool, who entered the event with six consecutive wins in the state of Mississippi. Brian Rickman grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot in the heat race.

The third heat was easily handled by Scott Bloomquist, who set a new track record in Miller Welder Time Trials earlier in the evening.  Bloomquist fought off an early challenge from Brandon Sheppard to take the win.  Henry Cooper and Steve Francis earned the final two transfer spots into the feature event.

The fourth heat was all Jonathan Davenport. The current LOLMDS point's leader led all ten laps for the victory.  Jared Landers finished second, followed by Wendell Wallace, and Mike Marlar.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set a new Magnolia Motor Speedway Track Record and the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 43 entrants, with a lap of 12.961 seconds. He became the first driver to at the track to clock in under 13 seconds in qualifying.  Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 13.087 seconds. Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Scott Bloomquist, and Jonathan Davenport won their respective heat races.

B-Main #1 Line Up (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):
Jason Hiett Ronny Lee Hollingsworth
Dwight Falcon Chad Thrash
Jamie Elam Earl Pearson, Jr.
David Breazeale Chris Simpson
Dylan Ames Robbie Stuart
Scott Dedwylder Jamie Tollison
Chase Washington Justin McRee

B-Main #2 Line Up (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):
Randy Weaver Garrett Alberson
Jason Cliburn Chris Brown
Darren Joyner Eric Cooley
Howard Means Austin Arnold
Chris McElhenney  Neil Baggett
Rick Rickman Hunter Rasdon
Leon Henderson

Feature Line Up (100 Laps):
Jimmy Owens
Scott Bloomquist
Devin Moran
Jonathan Davenport
Don O'Neal
Brandon Sheppard
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Jared Landers
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Henry Cooper
Bub McCool
Wendell Wallace
Jimmy Cliburn
Steve Francis
Brian Rickman
Mike Marlar
B-Main #1 - Winner
B-Main #2 - Winner
B-Main #1 - 2nd
B-Main #2 - 2nd
B-Main #1 - 3rd
B-Main #2 - 3rd
LOLMDS Provisional #1
LOLMDS Provisional #2

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Erb Overtakes Moyer Late to Win Opening Night of DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour at Brownstown Speedway

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. - June 10, 2015 - Fifth-starting Dennis Erb Jr. raced past Billy Moyer in heavy traffic on Wednesday night to win the opening night of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour at Brownstown Speedway.

Erb, a three-time Summer Nationals champion from Carpentersville, Ill., caught Moyer with eight laps to go then powered to the 18th Summer Nationals victory of his career, which was worth $5,000.

Moyer, who led laps 3 to 31, wound up second in the 40-lap feature while defending DIRTcar national champion Bobby Pierce raced from seventh to third. Polesitter Billy Moyer Jr., who led the first two laps, and Kent Robinson rounded out the top five.

There were 29 cars entered in the event. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour invades Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway Thursday before taking off for Cedar Lake Speedway Friday and Saturday.

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. Dennis Erb Jr., 2. Billy Moyer,3. Bobby Pierce, 4. Billy Moyer Jr., 5. Kent Robinson, 6. Devin Gilpin, 7. Daren Friedman, 8. Levi Kissinger, 9. Ryan Unzicker, 10. Chad Stapleton, 11. Tanner English, 12. Jim Moon, 13. Jason Papich, 14. Timothy Culp, 15. Bob Gardner, 16. Rusty Schlenk, 17. Scott James, 18. Greg Johnson, 19. Jeremy Hines, 20. Steve Barnett, 21. Cody Mahoney, 22. Matt Bex.

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NLRA Event Preview - Jamestown Speedway

The NLRA season is set to invade the Jamestown Speedway, in Jamestown, ND, for the 20th time in series history on Saturday night, June the 13th. The quarter-mile oval on the Stutzman County Fairgrounds is a favorite of many the NLRA series regulars, and it returns to the NLRA schedule for two races in 2015. Two-time, and defending NLRA series champion Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom won last years' event in Jamestown, his first since 2003, and third overall, and finished runner-up to Jeff Wildung at the 43rd running of the Stampede last September.

Jeremy Keller in the No. 11K Skinner's Rolloff Service MB Custom, and Shane Edginton in the No. 5E Avonlea Group Victory Circle finished second and third last August respectively, while 2013 NLRA Champion Dustin Strand, driving of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71 finished fourth after starting 23rd, while his teammate Zach Naastad, in the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17 rounded out the top five.

Runner-up in Alexandria on May 23rd, Cody Skytland, driver of the No. 75 Langdon Implement MastersBuilt by JMR, finished sixth in Alexandria last August, and has one previous NLRA series victory in Jamestown, that coming in 2010. Two-time series winner in Jamestown Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada was seventh last August, with last Fridays' winner at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Kevin Robertson, in the No. 10R  H. Anderson Concrete Placement MasterSbilt finishing eighth. Series regulars, and West Fargo natives Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch MasterSbilt by JMR, and Norm Olson, in the No. 29 Disabled American Veterans MasterSbilt rounded out the top ten. Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbuilt by JMR, and Dustin Strand are the only other active series regulars, besides Seng to post victories at Jamestown. Racing starts at 7pm Saturday.

Previous NLRA Feature Winners at Jamestown Speedway:
2014 - Brad Seng on August 2
2013 - Mike Balcaen on August 10
2012 - Ricky Weiss on June 9; Dustin Strand on August 11
2011 - Mike Balcaen on June 25; Bill Mooney on August 13
2010 - Cody Skytland on August 14
2009 - Blaine Doppler on June 27
2008 - Chad Becker on June 28
2007 - Mitch Johnson on June 23
2006 - Troy Olson on July 1
2005 - Curt Gelling on May 21; Curt Gelling on July 2
2004 - John Seitz on May 8; John Seitz on July 24
2003 - Brad Seng on August 9
2002 - Brad Seng on August 10
2001 - John Seitz on July 14; Mitch Johnson on August 18

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"CRATE RACIN' USA LATE MODEL NATIONALS" FRIDAY & SATURDAY AT WINCHESTER FOR SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS

TWIN $1000 TO-WIN BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL QUALIFIERS, $6000 TO-WIN A, $1500 TO-WIN B & MORE!

June 9, 2015

(By Mike Leone)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Winchester, VA)...The long-awaited and highly-anticipated "Crate Racin' USA Late Model Nationals" is just days away. The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will sanction the biggest event in its history and the Northeast's richest event ever held for Crate Late Models since they debuted in 2007 this Friday and Saturday (June 12-13) at Virginia's Winchester Speedway.

Friday's program will be highlighted by $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" qualifying that will set the field for the $1,000 to-win "Bill Hendren Memorial" Twin 20 Qualifiers. A special "Miles Traveled" event for competitors that travel in from 350 miles or more will also be run paying as much $500 to-win. At the close of the night, Steve Hendren will award over $7,000 in contingencies to competing racers via a random draw (see current list below)!

The Qualifiers will set a portion of the line-up for Saturday's $6,000 to-win A feature with the remainder of the field set by last chance B main's. The first 24 non-qualifiers will go into the $1,500 to-win "Battle of the Blue & the Gray" B feature. A possible C feature could be run if car count warrants.

While the event has been designated as a Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Tour event (70 show-up points only) and run under RUSH Technical Rules and Procedures, the event has also been endorsed and promoted by NeSmith, SECA, and the Go Nuclear Series. Also, RUSH-sanctioned tracks Freedom Speedway, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Potomac Speedway, and Wayne County Speedway have dropped RUSH this weekend so their racers can participate in this event.

"It's no secret that many of the racers throughout the Northeast have been wanting a major event within our region for quite some time now," explained RUCH Co-Director Emig.  "After visiting Winchester for the first time last year, I immediately felt that their location would give us the best opportunity to draw cars from the entire Northeast and Southeast to a somewhat central location.  With RUSH, NeSmith, SECA, and Go Nuclear rules very similar, no other major Crate Late Model events scheduled in the summer, and the majority of other crate racing series throughout the east coast and beyond allowing the Hoosier Crate Racin' D21 & D55 Tires, I believe the scenario has been created for a very successful event!"

"We cannot thank track owner Greg Gunter and his manager Denise Hollidge enough for giving us the opportunity to present this national caliber Crate Late Model event at Winchester," expressed RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone.  "To have them step up and pay this very substantial purse structure in just their second year under the RUSH banner speaks volumes to their commitment to the Crate Late Model racing concept now and into the future.

The concept and formatting of the event is one that Emig created and experienced great success with throughout her tenure as owner/promoter at Mercer (PA) Raceway Park for the "Little Guy Nationals".  This event became the Northeast's premier annual race for over a decade for Stock Cars that at its peak drew 122 cars, a car count number that still stands as a record today throughout that region.

"My goal with the 'Crate Racin US Late Model Nationals' is to have all crate racers, regardless of the level of their racing program, look forward to and want to participate in this great event," stated Emig.  "Obviously the $6,000 to-win A main is a substantial amount of money that is sure to turn the heads of some of the country's top crate teams.  The addition of Friday's twin $1,000 to-win 'Bill Hendren Memorial' qualifiers, the $1,500 to-win non-qualifier, and the thousands of dollars of contingency product giveaways provide by the Hendren Family are all important pieces that I feel give all teams from throughout the entire North and  South incentive to participate.  The format provides for everyone to go home with some decent dollars."   

The Sweeney RUSH Series has contested six Tour events to date so far with three in both the Insinger/Sunoco Northern and Bazell/Sunoco Southern regions.  Max Blair of Centerville, Pa. leads the way with three victories, while Walker Arthur swept the "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" weekend at Potomac and Winchester last month, and Bryce Davis has the only lone victory last weekend at Freedom.  Blair of course leads both Tour points and the combined points.  He'll keep the lead in his bid for the $10,000 sweep provided he participates this weekend.

Besides the May 9 Tour event, Winchester has completed three Sweeney Weekly Series events to date this season with a minimum of 18 cars at each event.  Darin Henderson has two victories, while Logan Roberson won the other.  Last season, Rick Singleton won the Sweeney Tour event, while Ralph Morgan, Jr. was crowned the inaugural champion.  All of the above racers are expected to compete this weekend.    

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Roars to Life Wednesday at Brownstown Speedway

Nearly $800,000 on the line as DIRTcar Late Models race 28 times over next 32 days

CONCORD, N.C. - June 9, 2015 - 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.

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ANDERSON PUTS NEW MBH LATE MODEL TO THE TEST AND WINS SPEEDWEEK FINALE

HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Andy Anderson’s first night out with new wheels under him produced not only a win, but a big one, the $4,000 finale of 7th Annual Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Series Speedweek at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol.

With a new MBH racer on the track, Anderson of Bunker Hill, WV started the evening by setting quick time following some resolved issues. With a pool of nine youngsters from the stands with starting numbers on frisbees, he luckily chose the one that had the number two. He went into action and dominated the 40-lap event to beat Gary Stuhler by .721 seconds in a one lap shootout, his career 20th.  

“Starting position won the race again,” Anderson said. “I’m not saying I could have won if I started further back but it feels good to come out first night in this car. It started out pretty bad. We didn’t have any clutch, didn’t have any brakes; went out for hot laps and didn’t have much. When I came in the clutch started to work. We bled the brakes and got that where I could time trial, then bled them again, and it just started to come around.  I have to thank Ernie (Davis) and Jack (Bland). We all put this thing together a month ago. I figured I could still drive, I was just missing something. I’ve been in a Rocket my whole life so I figured I might as well try one of these MBH racers. I don’t have many more years left. So far it looks pretty good.”

 After winning at Winchester the previous week, Bedford the night before, Travis Stickley of Keyser, WV continued his roll by recording his first ever triumph at Hagerstown in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman event after beating Paul Cursey on the start and leading all the way.  Jamie Zentmyer, Waynesboro, Pa made it two in three weeks after he passed Craig Parrill just before the halfway mark in the K-Lynn Management Pure Stocks and won by ten lengths. Jamie Mills, Big Pool, MD recorded his first career win in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks over Kenny Thomas.

Following time trials which paid Anderson $100 for the fast time and heat races for the Appalachian Mountain feature, the top three from the three heats drew for position as Anderson got the outside pole with Kenny Pettyjohn on the point.

When the feature got the green flag, Anderson rolled around the top to edge Pettyjohn off the second turn and following a third lap multi car incident in the second turn that ended the night for Jerry Bard, Nick Dickson, Austin Hubbard and Trever Feathers, he never looked back until the 36th lap when the yellow waved and again on the white flag lap.  

Following the third lap restart, Stuhler shot past Pettyjohn for the runner up spot while Anderson was out front pulling away and as he approached the rear of the field on the 13th lap, had nearly a 3.7second lead.

Working traffic didn’t faze him as he maneuvered thru the rear cars while stretching his distance over Stuhler and by the 36th lap, had distanced himself 6.2 seconds ahead of Stuhler and Pettyjohn.

Four laps later came the one lap shootout for debris on the track but he withstood the test again and easily ran away to score his 20th victory as Stuhler and Pettyjohn were next followed by Jeff Rine and Kyle Hardy.

Heats went to Keith Jackson, Pettyjohn and Hardy while Roy Deese Jr. was the B Main winner. Matt Parks was the Dirt on Dirt Hard Charger and picked up $150 for his 22nd to 11th effort.

Rine was named the 7th Annual Speedweek Champion following fourth place finishes at both Port Royal the previous Saturday evening at Hagerstown, the only two events that were not affected by weather.

James Stasiowski, of title sponsor Loco Motives rewarded Rine with a check for $2,000 along with the other top five finishers in the series.

“I was really looking forward to Path Valley, being a little short track,” Rine said. “I raced micro sprints there and was looking forward to running a big car there. It just didn’t work out and you can’t stop Mother Nature.  We still went up and down the road and ended up here. This is really a cool deal. The last couple years, we didn’t get to run them all. We were dedicated to the points at Selinsgrove and I talked to my car owner a couple weeks ago and told him I’d like to do this and he said “Lets go for it”, so we did it.”

Final Speedweek Points: 1.Jeff Rine 491, 2.Kyle Hardy, 465, 3.Rick Eckert, 464, Kenny Pettyjohn, 456, Brian Bernheisel, 405

Stickley rounded the top to beat Paul Cursey while the battle for second quickly in contention as fifth starting Bobby Beard was challenging until taking the spot at the halfway mark.

Stickley continued to easily hold to the top spot through two restarts with five to go as Kyle Lee grabbed Beard’s position and held him off at the finish but trailed Stickley by 1.939 seconds. Beard was third followed by four straight winner Scott Palmer and Rodney Walls. After having a flat in the heat race, Justin Weaver came from 17th to claim sixth.

“This is the best car I ever had here,” Stickley said. “This thing is amazing, it’s an 09.  We bought it off Tim Smith Jr. and came out of a barn. It was a bare frame and the cockpit had hay all over it. We took everything off our old car and put on this one. It’s a good piece. We race out of our pocket week to week and this makes it worth it. This is awesome.”

Craig Parrill led the Pure Stocks from the pole over Mike Corbin while Zentmyer made several challenges until taking second on the seventh lap. Zentmyer continued to lead the all green flag feature and picked up the win by 1.09 seconds over Parrill and Corbin with Chris Ebersole coming from the tail to get fourth and Brian Miller fifth. .

Jamie Mills took off from the pole with Kenny Thomas chasing him and starting to work around the top until finally making his efforts pay off with the completed pass on the tenth lap. After the two took the white flag, Mills made contact with the rear of Thomas and sent him high as Mills drove on to capture the win. Thomas rebounded to retain second over Marshall Mc Mullen, Jeff Dillon and Tom Caravello.  

Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek: 40 Laps: 1.Andy Anderson, 2.Gary Stuhler, 3.Kenny Pettyjohn, 4.Jeff Rine, 5.Kyle Hardy, 6.Dylan ‘Yoder, 7.Lindsay Barton, 8.Rick Eckert, 9.Tyler Hershey, 10.Marvin Winters, 11.Matt Parks, 12.Bryan Bernheisel, 13.Roy Deese Jr., 14.Brian Tavenner, 15.Jake Jones, 16.Mike Lupfer, 17.Keith Jackson, 18.Allen Brannon, 19.Tim Wilson, 20.Jason Miller, 21.Barry Miller, 22.Trever Feathers, 23.Austin Hubbard, 24.Nick Dickson, 25.Jerry Bard,

Late Model Sportsman): 20 Laps: 1.Travis Stickley, 2.Kyle Lee, 3.Bobby Beard, 4.Scott Palmer, 5.Rodney Walls, 6.Justin Weaver, 7.Paul Cursey, 8.Keith Walls, 9.Wayne Dillman, 10.Bryan Wright, 11.Cody Kershner, 12.Eddie Cornett, 13.Garrett Walls, 14.Elwood Sord, 15.Brayden Anderson, 16.Joe Westerman

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 Lucas Oil 2015 Points
June 19
1. J. Davenport  3325
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 3185
3. Don O'Neal 3160
4. Jimmy Owens 3090
5. Scott Bloomquist 2960
6. Dennis Erb Jr. 2845
7. B. Sheppard 2830
8. Devin Moran 2825
9. Steve Francis 2815
10. Eddie Carrier Jr. 2770
 

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