By-the-Numbers Wrap-up of the 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals
by Andy Savary, DirtonDirt.com, with contributors DirtonDirt Senior Writer Kevin Kovac and DIRTcar Series Director Sam Driggers
A by-the-numbers review of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals from the June 13 opener at Peoria (IL) Speedway to the July 14 finale at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio.
0: Victories in five appearances for Bobby Pierce, who failed to win a tour race for the first time since 2012.
0.393: Seconds in winning margin for Chad Zobrist over Shannon Babb on July 7 at Highland Speedway, the tightest finish.
1: Tour Championship for Brian Shirley.
1: Weekly points fund mini-title for Frank Heckenast Jr. (Week 5).
2: Consolation race victories for Daryn Klein and Allen Weisser, tied for the most among all drivers.
2: Co-sanctioned events with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series at Terre Haute (IN) Action Track and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO.
2: Drivers who entered every tour event for the first time in their careers: Rusty Schlenk and Frank Heckenast Jr.
2: Events missed by both Gordy Gundaker and Australian Paul Stubber. Motor trouble forced Gundaker’s absence from Oakshade’s tour-ending doubleheader, while a meeting kept Stubber from the June 25 stop at Spoon River Speedway and he elected to put crewman and fellow Aussie Kye Blight in his car for the Oakshade finale.
2: Visits to first-time tour tracks: June 16 at Dirt Oval Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL, and July 11 at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskegon, MI.
2: Weekly points fund mini-titles for Shannon Babb (Weeks 1-2) and Brian Shirley (Weeks 3-4).
3: Australians entering events: Paul Stubber, Cameron Pearson and Kye Blight.
3: Car number for Tour Champion Brian Shirley.
3: Consecutive victories for Shannon Babb from June 14-16, the longest winning streak of any driver this season.
3: Feature laps led by first-time winner Tanner English at Clarksville Speedway, the fewest for any driver who spent time out front.
3: Feature winners at the age of 25: Tanner English, Gordy Gundaker and Brandon Sheppard.
3: Flag-to-flag feature winners.
4: Drivers who started every feature: Brian Shirley, Jason Feger, Frank Heckenast Jr. and Rusty Schlenk.
4: Drivers who won multiple features: Shannon Babb, Brian Shirley, Billy Moyer and Zack Dohm.
4: Tracks that drew more entrants this season than last season: Peoria (up nine cars), Kankakee (up one), Jacksonville (up four) and Tri-City (up two).
4: Victories apiece for Tour Champion Brian Shirley and Billy Moyer
5: Fast-time awards for Tour Champion Brian Shirley.
5: First-time tour winners — Devin Moran, Tanner English, Gordy Gundaker, Chad Zobrist and Zack Dohm.
5: Rained out events, only one of which was made up as a points race.
5: Tour-high victories for Shannon Babb.
5.2: Average finishing position for Tour Champion Brian Shirley.
5.6: Average finishing position for Billy Moyer.
5.9: Average finishing position for Shannon Babb.
6: States where at least a single event was contested: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio.
7: Provisional starts for Paul Stubber, one more than Chuck Hummer for the most of all drivers.
10: Points for Luke Goedert, the fewest of any driver.
10: Showup points for the rained out programs at Belle-Clair and Jacksonville speedways.
10: States in which Billy Moyer has won a tour race, adding Michigan this season with his milestone win at Thunderbird Raceway.
11: Drivers who averaged 50 points per race or better while making at least five starts.
12: Consecutive days of racing to wrap up the tour.
12: Consecutive years with at least a single tour victory for Billy Moyer, the longest active streak.
12: Dollars for a general admission to Oakshade Raceway’s tour-ending Birthday Race, the least expensive tour ticket.
12: Podium finishes for Tour Champion Brian Shirley, two more than Shannon Babb for the most of all drivers.
13: Drivers who started at least 10 features.
13: Drivers who won a feature, three more than last season.
13: Heat race victories for Tour Champion Brian Shirley, one more than Shannon Babb for the most of all drivers.
14: Consecutive years that an Illinois driver has won the tour championship.
14: Dollars for each lap led in I-96 Speedway’s July 12 event, which honored the late Dan Salay.
14: Drivers who entered at least 10 programs.
14: Drivers who set fast time for an event.
15: Victories for the state of Illinois, matching last season’s total.
16: Drivers who collected at least $10,000 in feature earnings.
16: Top-five finishes for Tour Champion Brian Shirley, four more than Shannon Babb for the most of all drivers.
16.7: Winning percentage for Tour Champion Brian Shirley.
17: People who recorded perfect attendance: Seven crewmen, four drivers, four officials, one T-shirt vendor and one media member (DirtonDirt.com staffer Dylan Schiebel).
18: Entries July 9 at Lincoln (IL) Speedway, the smallest car count on tour.
19: Career tour victories for champion Brian Shirley.
19: Drivers who led at least a single feature lap.
19: Drivers who won at least a single consolation race.
20: Top-10 finishes for Tour Champion Brian Shirley, one more than Jason Feger for the most of all drivers.
23: Age of Devin Moran, the tour’s youngest feature winner on June 29 at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.
24: Completed feature events.
25: Drivers who recorded at least a single podium finish.
26.3: Winning percentage for Shannon Babb, the highest among all drivers who entered at least five events.
28: Seasons in which Billy Moyer has won a tour race.
28.5: Median car count, down three from last season.
29: Originally scheduled events.
29.1: Average car count, down 4.7 from last season.
30: Drivers who won at least a single heat race.
30: Feature laps at Dirt Oval Route 66 Raceway and Terre Haute Action Track, the shortest races on tour.
32: Calendar days of racing action.
33: Seasons of tour competition.
38: Entries at Peoria Speedway, which hosted the tour-opening event for the first time.
39: Drivers who recorded at least a single top-five finish.
41: Feature laps June 28 at La Salle Speedway in honor of late sprint car driver Jason Johnson.
43: Tour victories for Billy Moyer in Illinois.
46: Tracks at which Billy Moyer has won at least a single series race.
47: Entries for the tour finale at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, the largest car count on tour but down 12 from last season’s staggering total.
52.6: Podium percentage for Shannon Babb, the highest among all drivers who entered at least five events.
54: Combined ages of 40-year-old Jason Feger’s three regular crewmen for the Summer Nationals: Dane Arvin, 23; Travis Paul, 16; and Jeb Bender, 15.
54.75: Points per race for Tyler Erb over eight starts, the best ratio among part-time tour competitors.
58: Miles from Macon, IL, to Farmer City, IL, for the tour’s shortest overnight trek on July 5-6.
58: Victories separating Shannon Babb and Don O’Neal, who sit second and third on the tour’s all-time list.
60: Age of Billy Moyer, the tour’s oldest feature winner.
61.11: Points per race for Shannon Babb (excluding show-up points).
61.65: Points per race for Billy Moyer (excluding show-up points).
61.67: Points per race for Tour Champion Brian Shirley (excluding show-up points), the most of among drivers entering at least five events.
63: Drivers who failed to qualify for a single feature.
66: Drivers who collected at least 100 tour points.
66.7: Top-five percentage for Tour Champion Brian Shirley, the highest among all drivers who entered at least five events.
70: Dollars in lap money collected by Jason Feger in addition to his $5,000 winner’s check on July 12 at I-96 Speedway.
70: Drivers who recorded at least a single top-10 finish.
73: Drivers who started a single feature.
81: Drivers who started multiple features.
94: Lap on which Gordy Gundaker overtook a slowing Brian Shirley for his first series victory in Macon Speedway’s Herald & Review 100.
97: Tour victories for four-time champion Shannon Babb.
100: Tour-high feature laps at Macon Speedway’s annual Herald & Review 100.
100: Career tour victories for six-time champion Billy Moyer.
100: Winning percentage for Zack Dohm and Chad Zobrist, who each won every race that they entered.
129: Drivers who entered multiple programs.
138: Feature laps led by Billy Moyer.
154: Dollars in lap money collected by Rusty Schlenk on July 12 at I-96 Speedway.
175: Items in DirtonDirt.com’s Summer Nationals coverage index prior to this posting.
217: Drivers who entered at least a single program, 46 fewer than last year.
228: Miles from Fairbury, IL, to Haubstadt, IN, for the tour’s longest overnight trek on June 23-24.
246: Feature laps led by Shannon Babb.
265: Feature laps led by Tour Champion Brian Shirley, the most among all drivers.
336: Dollars in lap money collected by Billy Moyer on July 12 at I-96 Speedway.
500: Dollars collected by Rusty Schlenk for winning the tour’s lone dash at I-96 Speedway.
560: Total dollars in lap money posted on July 12 at I-96 Speedway.
699: Total cars entered over the 24 completed events.
1,064: Total points for tour seventh-place finisher Gordy Gundaker.
1,068: Total points for tour sixth-place finisher Billy Moyer.
1,181: Total points for tour fifth-place finisher Shannon Babb.
1,226: Total points for tour fourth-place finisher Rusty Schlenk.
1,280: Total points for tour third-place finisher Jason Feger.
1,292: Total points for tour runner-up Frank Heckenast Jr.
1,500: Total points for Tour Champion Brian Shirley, 208 more than runner-up Frank Heckenast Jr.
2,329: Dollars in earnings per race for Tour Champion Brian Shirley.
3,166: Dollars in earnings per race for Shannon Babb, the most among all drivers who entered at least five events.
5,000: Dollars in weekly points funds, 2,000 of which went to the top points earner.
5,404: Days between tour victories for Billy Drake, the largest gap in tour history which ended in the opening event at Peoria (IL) Speedway.
6,581: Days between tour races at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville, IN, ended with the July 10 program won by Frank Heckenast Jr.
10,000: Highest winner’s purse total on tour, shared by nine events.
11,698: Number of days it took for Billy Moyer to accumulate 100 tour victories.
15,000: Winner’s purse dollars collected by Zack Dohm for his tour-ending sweep at Oakshade Raceway.
25,000: Championship earnings for Brian Shirley.
49,600: Dollars in feature earnings for Billy Moyer.
55,100: Total points fund dollars doled out at the tour’s end.
55,900: Dollars in feature earnings for Tour Champion Brian Shirley.
60,150: Dollars in feature earnings for Shannon Babb, the most of all drivers.
80,100: Total points fund dollars including both weekly and tour-long funds.
165,000: Total winner’s purse dollars doled out over 24 completed events.