PEORIA, IL — July 13, 2010 — The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour isn’t for the faint of heart. Starting June 16, the Dirt Late Model tour has wound its way through the Midwest, not even stopping to catch a breath for 19 consecutive race days.
Very few have what it takes to survive the grueling schedule, much less compete against some of the best racers in the country day after day. Nearly 300 drivers have tried, but only 10 have taken to the track each of the 24 nights heading into the stretch run that begins tonight at Peoria (IL) Speedway.
The perennial DIRTcar Summer Nationals competitor, Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., was patiently aggressive using the low line to reel in a lead duo of point leader Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill. and Greenbriar, Ark., driver Jack Sullivan midway through the 40-Lap main event. Unzicker would overtake Feger on lap 26 and later Sullivan on lap 28 and cruise the rest of the way to claim a $5,000 winner’s check.
Quincy, IL – July 11, 2010 – Jeep Van Wormer didn’t let his late arrival slow him down Sunday night at Quincy Raceways during the 23rd stop of the Hell Tour.
The Pinconning, Mich., driver used an outside front row starting spot to put him in position to capitalize on Brian Shirley’s engine woes early in the 40-lap main event. Van Wormer would never look back to claim his fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of 2010 worth $5,000.
Current series point leader Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., climbed from eighth to finish second behind Van Wormer but will extend his point lead over defending Summer Nationals Champion Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., who settled for a seventh place finish on the night.
FAIRBURY, IL – July 10, 2010 – Shannon Babb powered his way to a $10,000 victory on Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, tightening the overall DIRTcar Summer Nationals standings entering the final week of Hell Tour action. While Babb was trying to hold off the field on the 22nd night of the Hell … Read more
ATTICA, OH — July 15, 2010 — The miles, the sweat, the frustration and the jubilation that comes with surviving the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour will culminate Friday and Saturday with the championship weekend in Ohio.
This tour featuring DIRTcar Late Models is a month-long test of endurance, a test of patience and a test of wills. Simply making it to all 29 scheduled events in 32 days is a true measure of resilience. Making it to the final checkered flag and knowing you have a shot at winning the championship adds so much more pressure to crews and equipment worn thin by night-after-night of abuse on dirt tracks throughout the Midwest.
ATTICA, OH – July 16 – The pressure was clearly building around Jason Feger as the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour entered its championship weekend Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Through 27 events in 30 days, Feger was atop the overall standings and seeking his first series crown.
WAUSEON, OH – July 17 – There was no catching Rusty Schlenk Saturday Night at Oakshade Raceway during the finale of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour.