DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
Clarksville Speedway | Clarksville, TN
Saturday, July 02, 2022
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Event Info

DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
July 2, 2022
Clarksville Speedway
1600 Needmore Rd.
Clarksville, TN 

Event Description
$10,000 to win for Late Models, $1,500 for UMP Modifieds.

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Late Model Track Record
Tanner English –11.581 on 3/13/21

Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
35

Frequently Asked Questions
Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Track Info
Track Phone
(931) 645-2523

Track Email
wiltamracing@aol.com

Track Size & Type
1/4 mile

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

Race Recap: LAPPED TRAFFIC SHUFFLE: Shirley Passes Leader Freeman Late to Win at Clarksville

Leading since the green dropped with a fast car on the top and a full-second lead. Payton Freeman was seven laps away from his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals Feature win.

And then, a similar scenario reared its ugly head again.

After losing the lead in traffic after starting on the pole at Sycamore Speedway two weeks ago, Freeman was staring down lapped traffic again with Brian Shirley hot on his tail Saturday night at Clarksville Speedway. Determined to get by and hold onto the lead, Freeman stuck his nose to the inside, but the #38 of Thomas Hunziker did not yield.

The very next corner, Freeman got off the top again and hung it to the inside of Hunziker through Turns 1-2. But again, he could not make the pass. Behind him, Shirley had closed the gap completely and had no plans of waiting.

Freeman (F1) defends the challenge from Shirley (3s) (Josh James Artwork)

“I showed [Hunziker] that I was there two or three times,” Freeman said. “I figured he would move out of the way. I guess he didn’t get the point.”

Down the backstretch Shirley poked his nose to Freeman’s inside in a strong bid for the lead and made it stick in Turns 3-4 with a big slide job to get by both Freeman and Hunziker.

“[Freeman] whoa-ed up getting into Turn 1 behind [Hunziker] and didn’t get a good run,” Shirley said. “I went to the bottom and got a really good run.”

As Freeman cleared Hunziker behind him, Shirley took the lead and bolted down the front straightaway, opening up an advantage that Freeman could not overcome by the checkered. Shirley had swiped the lead, the win, and the $10,000 check out of the Hell Tour rookie’s grasp and cruised across the finish line for his third Summer Nationals win of the season.

“I got all the way to [Freeman] to where I knew I was gonna bump him a little bit, but not enough to take him out of the race or anything stupid,” Shirley said of his move for the lead. “Just one of those things where timing worked out for us and we were able to get the job done.”

Back in the pits, Freeman was understandably downcast, still digesting the events that cost him the biggest win of his career.

“I try to race everybody with respect, regardless of if we’re lapping or passing for position,” Freeman said on his approach to getting by slower cars. “But there’s no use going out there and tearing up a bunch of stuff and taking yourself out to win the race.”

Freeman took the green right to Shirley’s inside on Lap 1 and got the jump, which enabled him to lead the first 33 laps around the red clay quarter-mile. Turns out, that may have been part of Shirley’s plan the whole time.

“On the start, I wasn’t super worried even if [Freeman] got me because lapped traffic here is so hectic,” Shirley said. “I knew that, so I was like, ‘Even if he gets you on the start, just get in behind him and try and make sure you can be there to capitalize on something like that.’

Shirley collects his 38th career Summer Nationals victory (Josh James Artwork)

“I’ve been to quite a few races here, and I’m sure you can also see that lapped traffic always comes into [play].”

Though it may have been one of the most bitter runner-up finishes of his young career, Freeman did something few other Summer Nationals rookies have in their first attempts at this grueling summer stretch. He knows it, and is going to build on it as the second half of the tour begins next week.

“As frustrating as it is, we’ve got speed,” Freeman said. “We’re getting better and we’re getting closer. We’re gonna keep our heads up and keep going and we’re gonna win one of these races before it’s over with.”

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models are back in action Sunday night, July 3, at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL, to cap-off Multi-State Week. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature 50 Laps | 00:47:52.244

  1. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 2. F1-Payton Freeman[1]; 3. 212-Josh Putnam[7]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 5. 15-Christian Hanger[4]; 6. 25-Jason Feger[8]; 7. 14G-Joe Godsey[5]; 8. 81E-Tanner English[9]; 9. 18-David Seibers[11]; 10. 30-Mark Voigt[17]; 11. 14R-Jeff Roth[16]; 12. 31AUS-Paul Stubber[15]; 13. 38-Thomas Hunziker[14]; 14. J8-Jadon Frame[6]; 15. 26M-Brent McKinnon[13]; 16. 27-Joe Denby[12]; 17. 18C-Matt Cooper[18]; 18. 16-Brandon Tibaldi[21]; 19. 15F-Richard Frost[20]; 20. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[10]; 21. 4D-Doug Tye[19]; 22. 23NZ-Mick Quin[22]
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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+13SBrian Shirley 400.0008Running76$10,000
21-1F1Payton Freeman 40-0.51933Running71$5,000
37+4212Josh Putnam 40-1.0180Running66$3,000
43-132Bobby Pierce 40-2.5760Running61$2,000
54-115Christian Hanger 40-4.0700Running56$1,800
68+225Jason Feger 40-5.6900Running51$1,600
75-214GJoe Godsey 40-7.6790Running49$1,400
89+181ETanner English 40-8.2760Running47$1,200
911+218David Seibers 40-9.8430Running45$1,000
1017+730Mark Voigt 40-12.4560Running43$700
1116+514RJeff Roth 39-1 Laps0Running41$500
1215+331AUSPaul Stubber 39-1 Laps0Running40$500
1314+138Thomas Hunziker 38-2 Laps0Running39$500
146-8J8Jadon Frame 33-7 Laps0DNF38$500
1513-226MBrent McKinnon 30-10 Laps0DNF37$500
1612-427Joe Denby 3-37 Laps0DNF36$500
1718+118CMatt Cooper 3-37 Laps0DNF35$500
1821+316Brandon Tibaldi 1-39 Laps0DNF34$500
1920+115FRichard Frost 1-39 Laps0DNF33$500
2010-1021Billy Moyer Jr0-40 Laps0DNF32$500
2119-24DDoug Tye 0-40 Laps0DNF31$500
2222023NZMick Quin 0-40 Laps0DNF30$500
Consolation Race Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+314RJeff Roth 100.00010Running0$0
21-130Mark Voigt 10-0.7690Running0$0
37+418CMatt Cooper 10-1.3760Running0$0
46+222Aaron Edwards 10-3.6230Running29$0
53-223NZMick Quin 10-4.5900Running0$0
69+317Lee Williams 10-5.1160Running28$0
710+316Brandon Tibaldi 2-8 Laps0DNF0$0
82-615FRichard Frost 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
95-418XMichael Seibers 0-10 Laps0DNS27$0
108-24DDoug Tye 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
111101ALevi Ashby 0-10 Laps0DNS26$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL0.000
23+115Christian Hanger Winchester, TN-3.241
35+2212Josh Putnam Florence, AL-3.705
42-221Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR-4.599
56+126MBrent McKinnon Carlyle, IL-5.067
67+130Mark Voigt Marine, IL-6.248
78+114RJeff Roth Bentonville, AR-6.653
84-418CMatt Cooper McKenzie, TN-7.172
99016Brandon Tibaldi Almo, KY-9.241
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+1F1Payton Freeman Commerce, GA0.000
21-114GJoe Godsey Edinburgh, IN-0.904
33025Jason Feger Bloomington, IL-1.148
44018David Seibers Chapel Hill, TN-2.931
56+138Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR-12.722
65-115FRichard Frost Clarksville, TN253.819
77018XMichael Seibers Chapel Hill, TNDNS
8804DDoug Tye Troy, ILDNS
9901ALevi Ashby Cumberland Furnace, TNDQ
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+13SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL0.000
21-1J8Jadon Frame Winchester, TN-1.109
33081ETanner English Benton, KY-2.975
44027Joe Denby Winchester, TN-4.723
55031AUSPaul Stubber Bunbury, WAU-7.143
66023NZMick Quin Hawks Bay, NZ-10.686
78+122Aaron Edwards Clarksville, TN-11.223
87-117Lee Williams Haubstadt, IN-12.158
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1332Bobby Pierce 12.0370.000
2621Billy Moyer Jr12.209-0.172
3415Christian Hanger 12.446-0.409
4218CMatt Cooper 12.492-0.455
57212Josh Putnam 12.587-0.550
6526MBrent McKinnon 13.110-1.073
7830Mark Voigt 13.263-1.226
8114RJeff Roth 13.286-1.249
9916Brandon Tibaldi 13.141-1.104
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1414GJoe Godsey 12.3420.000
23F1Payton Freeman 12.399-0.057
3125Jason Feger 12.404-0.062
4718David Seibers 12.593-0.251
5515FRichard Frost 12.870-0.528
6838Thomas Hunziker 12.893-0.551
7618XMichael Seibers 12.901-0.559
824DDoug Tye 13.066-0.724
991ALevi Ashby 13.219-0.877
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
15J8Jadon Frame 12.5960.000
213SBrian Shirley 12.814-0.218
3381ETanner English 12.818-0.222
4627Joe Denby 13.020-0.424
5731AUSPaul Stubber 13.394-0.798
6423NZMick Quin 13.542-0.946
7217Lee Williams 13.800-1.204
8822Aaron Edwards 13.721-1.125