Nicely Wins First Summit Modified Feature of 2023 at Kankakee

After coming up one spot short in the season opener Wednesday night, Tyler Nicely found redemption Thursday night at Kankakee County Speedway, winning his sixth career Feature with the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.

Nicely, the current DIRTcar UMP Modified national points leader from Owensboro, KY, started third on the grid and wasted little time making a bid for the lead, getting a big run underneath outside polesitter Levi Kissinger on Lap 6 and beating him in a drag race down the backstretch to take the top spot.

Nicely (25) makes the move on Kissinger (8K) for the lead. (Terry Page Photo)

Once he was at the head of the field, there was no stopping him. Nicely fended off the field for the rest of the 25-lap main event to win his first career Feature of any kind at Kankakee.

“I just made sure I kept hitting my marks; it got kinda tricky down there in Turns 1-2,” Nicely said. “I just hit my marks and held everybody off.”


The Summit Modifieds take on Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL, on Friday, June 16. Get a ticket at the gate or stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 25-Tyler Nicely[3]; 2. 8-Kyle Steffens[5]; 3. 777-Trevor Neville[11]; 4. 8K-Levi Kissinger[2]; 5. 28M-Frank Marshall[1]; 6. 96M-Mike McKinney[7]; 7. 5-Steven Brooks[20]; 8. 121-Deece Schwartz[15]; 9. 0F-Matt Fabrizius[23]; 10. 20-Tanner Sullivan[19]; 11. 1-Nash Hilmes[14]; 12. 2ND-Jake Leitzman[17]; 13. 94-Tom Pasek[21]; 14. B5-Matthew Baker[22]; 15. 01-Billy Knippenberg[12]; 16. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie[4]; 17. 36L-Jamie Lomax[9]; 18. 21A-Nick Allen[10]; 19. 35-Jason Hastings[8]; 20. 77-Ray Bollinger[16]; 21. 21-Lyndon Whitfill[6]; 22. 5CS-Curt Spalding[13]; 23. 89-Austin Friedman[18]; 24. 25B-Braiden Bohlmann[24]