Simpson Surges to DIRTcar Summer Nationals Win at La Salle
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.
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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.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Shannon Babb, Chris Simpson, Jason Feger and Billy Moyer Jr.
2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule
|June 10||Wednesday||Brownstown Speedway||Dennis Erb. Jr.|
|June 11||Thursday||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Frank Heckenast Jr.|
|June 12||Friday||Cedar Lake Speedway||Jimmy Mars|
|June 13||Saturday||Cedar Lake Speedway||Jason Feger|
|June 14||Sunday||Wilmot Speedway||Rain|
|June 16||Tuesday||Jacksonville Speedway||Bobby Pierce|
|June 17||Wednesday||Farley Speedway||Billy Moyer Jr.|
|June 18||Thursday||Spoon River Speedway||Rain|
|June 19||Friday||Tri-City Speedway||Rain|
|June 20||Saturday||Fairbury Speedway||Shannon Babb|
|June 21||Sunday||Quincy Raceways||PPD rain to June 22|
|June 22||Monday||Quincy Raceways||Rain|
|June 23||Tuesday||Peoria Speedway||Shannon Babb (2)|
|June 24||Wednesday||Belle-Clair Speedway||Bobby Pierce (2)|
|June 25||Thursday||Clarksville Speedway||Levi Kissinger|
|June 26||Friday||Paducah Int. Raceway||Rain|
|June 27||Saturday||Federated I-55 Raceway||Rain|
|June 28||Sunday||Lincoln Speedway||PPD rain to July 6|
|June 30||Tuesday||I-96 Speedway||Rain|
|July 1||Wednesday||Daugherty Speedway||Jason Feger (2)|
|July 2||Thursday||LaSalle Speedway||Chris Simpson|
|July 3||Friday||Fayette Co. Speedway||Brownstown, IL|
|July 4||Saturday||Highland Speedway||Highland, IL|
|July 5||Sunday||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, IN|
|July 6||Monday||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, IL|
|July 7||Tuesday||Vermilion Co. Speedway||Danville, IL|
|July 8||Wednesday||Florence Speedway||Union, KY|
|July 9||Thursday||Macon Speedway||Macon, IL|
|July 10||Friday||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City, IL|
|July 11||Saturday||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, OH|
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Provider), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tire), Racing Electronics (Official Communications Provider), VP Racing Fuel (Official Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Comp Cams, 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 and Petroff Towing.