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)
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
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)
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
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
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
July 11 OFF
July 12 Plymouth Speedway
July 13 Shadyhill Speedway
July 14 Merritt Speedway
July 15 Oakshade Raceway
July 16 Oakshade Raceway
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.
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
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!