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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Roars to Life on Wednesday, June 11, at Indiana’s Brownstown Speedway

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Roars to Life on Wednesday, June 11, at Indiana’s Brownstown Speedway

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2014 tour comprised of 33 events in 39 days through nine Midwestern states

CONCORD, N.C. – June 10, 2014 – The DIRTcar Summer Nationals pushes drivers, crews and Dirt Late Models to their limits by competing 33 times in the span of 39 days beginning Wednesday, June 11, at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway. The schedule is so grueling some call it “The Hell Tour.”

So many tracks are seeking a piece of the action the schedule was increased to six weeks, running from the June 11 opener through the July 19 finale at Ohio’s Oakshade Raceway, hitting dirt bullrings in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and eventually Ohio along the way. With only six scheduled off-days over the course of the 5,500-mile journey through the hottest days of summer, it’s not a series for the faint of heart.

“Over the last few years we’ve had a tremendous outpouring of tracks wanting DIRTcar Summer Nationals events,” said Sam Driggers, DIRTcar Competition Director. “We have some of the best tracks in the country located in the heart of the Midwest and we wanted our fans and tracks to be able to see a show that they might not have been able to see before, so we increased our schedule.”

In addition to the purse at each event, another milestone accomplishment for the series is surpassing the $50,000 mark in contingency cash and product being given to the drivers in 2014. At each event, drivers will be competing for $755 in contingency cash and $980 in product as part of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals contingency program. Series drivers will be competing for just over $58,000 during the whole series and product at the awards banquet.

“Our program is unique because we give $50 cash awards to our drivers from each of our series partners,” said Alex Cummings, DIRTcar Client Services Manager. “Our partners understand the importance of cash awards to drivers to help them get up and down the highway to each event and in return our drivers understand the importance of displaying our partner’s decals on their cars and supporting those companies with purchasing power. Support those that support you. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date Day Track Location Win

June 11 Wed Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind. $5,000
June 12 Thur Kankakee Co. Speedway Kankakee, Ill. $5,000
June 13 Fri Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. $5,000
June 14 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. $10,000
June 15 Sun Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, Wis. $5,000
June 16 Mon Off
June 17 Tue Farley Speedway Farley, Iowa $10,000
June 18 Wed Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill. $5,000
June 19 Thur Quincy Raceways Quincy, Ill. $5,000
June 20 Fri Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill. $10,000
June 21 Sat Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, Ill. $10,000
June 22 Sun I-96 Speedway Ionia, Mich. $5,000
June 23 Mon Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill. $5,000
June 24 Tue Off
June 25 Wed Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, Tenn. $5,000
June 26 Thur Clayhill Motorsports Atwood, Tenn. $5,000
June 27 Fri Paducah Int. Raceway Paducah, Ky. $10,000
June 28 Sat Federated Auto Parts Raceway Pevely, Mo. $10,000
June 29 Sun Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill. $5,000
June 30 Mon Off
July 1 Tue Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill. $5,000
July 2 Wed Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, Ill. $5,000
July 3 Thur LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill. $5,000
July 4 Fri Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, Ill. $7,500
July 5 Sat Highland Speedway Highland, Ill. $10,000
July 6 Sun Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, Ind. $5,000
July 7 Mon Off
July 8 Tue Florence Speedway Union, Ky. $5,000
July 9 Wed Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, Ind. $5,000
July 10 Thur Macon Speedway Macon, Ill. $5,000
July 11 Fri Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill. $10,000
July 12 Sat 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa $10,000
July 13 Sun Vermilion Co. Speedway Danville, Ill. $5,000
July 14 Mon Off
July 15 Tue TBA
July 16 Wed Atomic Speedway Chillicothe, Ohio $5,000
July 17 Thur Brushcreek Motorsports Complex Peebles, Ohio $5,000
July 18 Fri Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio $5,000
July 19 Sat Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio $10,000

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champions

Year – Champion, Hometown

1988 – Pete Parker, Kaukana, Wis.

1989 – Rick Standridge, Divernon, Ill.

1990 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.

1991 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.

1992 – Bob Pierce, Danville, Ill.

1993 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.

1994 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.

1995 – Bob Pierce, Danville, Ill.

1996 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.

1997 – Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D.

1998 – Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D.

1999 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.

2000 – Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, Ill.

2001 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.

2002 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.

2003 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.

2004 – Don O’Neal, Martinsville, Ind.

2005 – Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.

2006 – Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.

2007 – Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill.

2008 – Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill.

2009 – Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill.

2010 – Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill.

2011 – Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.

2012 – Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill.

2013 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Winners

Rank – Winner, Hometown

1. Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill. (82)

Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark. (82)

3. Don O’Neal, Martinsville, Ind. (39)

4. Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn. (28)

5. Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D. (23)

6. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill. (17)

Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, Ill. (17)

8. Jeep Van Wormer, Pinconning, Mich. (15)

9. Bob Pierce, Danville, Ill. (14)

10. Randy Korte, Highland, Ill. (13)

11. Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill. (12)

12. Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa (10)

Billy Drake, Bloomington, Ill. (10)

13. Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill. (9)

14. Bill Frye, Greenbrier, Ark. (8)

15. Jim Curry, Norman, Ind. (7)

Rodney Melvin, Benton, Ill. (7)

John Gill, Mitchell, Ind. (7)

Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill. (7)

Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, Ill. (7)

20. Jimmy Mars, Elk Mound, Wis. (6)

21. Ed Dixon, Washington, Mo. (5)

Terry English, Benton, Ky. (5)

Roger Long, Fithian, Ill. (5)

24. Kevin Claycomb, Vincennes, Ind. (4)

Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill. (4)

Dick Taylor, Springfield, Ill. (4)

27. Donnie Barnhart, N. Little Rock, Ark. (3)

Tony Izzo Jr., Bridgeview, Ill. (3)

Jim Leka, Illiopolis, Ill. (3)

Mike Marlar, Winfield, Tenn. (3)

Darren Miller, Milledgeville, Ill. (3)

Matt Miller, Waterville, Ohio (3)

Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, Ark. (3)

Tom Rients, Streator, Ill. (3)

Wes Steidinger, Fairbury, Ill. (3)

Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark. (3)

37. Steve Barnett, Franklin, Ind. (2)

Ray Cook, Brasstown, N.C. (2)

Bob Hill, Story City, Iowa (2)

Scott James, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (2)

Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla. (2)

Joe Ross Jr., Springfield, Ill. (2)

Rusty Schlenk, Jackson, Mich. (2)

Dan Schlieper, Oak Creek, Wis. (2)

Randy Sellars, Mayfield, Ky. (2)

Mike Spatola, Manhattan, Ill. (2)

Jack Sullivan, Greenbrier, Ark. (2)

Mike Wallace, St. Louis, Mo. (2)

One victory: Doug Drown, R.J. Conley, Gary Webb, Dick Potts, Larry Phillips, Rick Standridge, Jack Boggs, Tom Helfrich, Steve Kosiski, Paul Shafer, Rick Egersdorf, Doug McCammon, Joey Izzo, Willy Kraft, Pete Parker, Donnie Moran, Tony Stewart, Darrell Lanigan, Ed Bauman, Bart Hartman, Jay Johnson, Matt Taylor, Billy Faust, Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Steve Hillard, Steve Sheppard Jr., Brady Smith, Brad Neat, Will Vaught, Eric Smith, Tim McCreadie, Jon Henry, Scott Weber, Eddie Carrier Jr., Chris Simpson.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), Velocita (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing.

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Mike Neff
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Sprint Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Thursday with Tech Talk. Mike works as track announcer for Millbridge Speedway and East Lincoln Speedway, local bullrings based outside of Charlotte, and pops up everywhere from Athlon Sports to SIRIUS XM Radio.