DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
Spoon River Speedway | Lewistown, IL
Thursday, June 23, 2022
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Event Info

DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
June 23, 2022
Spoon River Speedway
16736 N Speedway Rd
Lewistown, IL 

Event Description
$5,000 to win for Late Models, $1,500 for UMP Modifieds.

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Late Model Track Record
12.955 seconds by Tyler Erb on 6/20/19

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Feature Laps Length
40

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Track Info
Track Phone
(309) 668-2622

Track Email
bottomline11@aol.com

Track Size & Type
0.375;

Late Model Car Track Record
12.955 seconds by Tyler Erb on 6/20/19

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

Dillard Breaks Late, English Wins Third Career Hell Tour Feature at Spoon River

Spoon River Speedway flagger DJ Adams waived the green flag; two laps to go for race leader Cade Dillard. Just three-quarters of a mile away from his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. And then, caution.

Dillard and his S&S Fishing & Rental/Black Diamond Race Cars #97 slowed significantly coming out of Turn 4 and pulled to the infield, done for the race. He and crew chief Donnie Pederson took a look underneath the car and saw the broken drive shaft yoke that caused the loss of power to the rear wheels; their hopes of a first career Hell Tour victory now dashed.

The Robeline, LA-driver led 37 consecutive laps before the breakdown and was maintaining a near one-second advantage over second-place Tanner English, but ultimately came up just two laps short of the $5,000 grand prize.

Dillard climbing out from under the car after observing the rear-end of his car.

“Around the five-to-go area, Donnie was telling me I had a decent little lead and we were pulling away,” Dillard said. “Right before I broke, I got comfortable and just made sure to hit my marks, and figured as long as I didn’t mess up, it was ours.

“It just wasn’t meant to be.”

This handed the lead over to English, who encountered a fierce challenge to his outside from a high-flying Bobby Pierce in the final two laps, but held on for his third career Summer Nationals victory.

“I thought [Dillard] thought the race was over, I didn’t really know,” English recalled when he saw the #97 slowing. “I saw the green flag come out, and that meant two-to-go, and then he pulled down. I didn’t know what had happened.

“I just hate it for him, because I’ve been there.”

Dillard was in the midst of turning around a train of bad luck in his first two Summer Nationals starts this week – which consisted of a DNQ and an 18th-place run Wednesday at Adams County Speedway – qualifying quickest in his group, then winning his Heat Race and redrawing the outside pole for the Feature. He and the team worked hard, and though it didn’t end how they envisioned, they were proud of the efforts they made to get there.

“It’s just me and Donnie, and we’re working hard,” Dillard said. “I know it’s a lot of miles no matter where I go race. It’s a lot of work and a lot of time away from home. To be able to put yourself in position to win these things is good because they’re hard to come by.”

“To let one slip away from me like that is tough, but we’ll keep working hard and try and put ourselves in position.”

Jacy Norgaard Photo

English celebrated in Summer Nationals Victory Lane for the first time since his win at Tri-City Speedway last year after a charge from 10th on the starting grid. He made crucial, quick passes toward the end of the race that set him up to be in position when Dillard broke at the end and get the win.

“I had to go where they weren’t; they were kinda all over the place,” English said of his late passes for position. “Some were on the top, some were on the bottom. A lot of times, if they were on the bottom, I just had to wait for them to make a mistake and I could take advantage of it.”

After starting fourth, Pierce came back from as deep as seventh at one point to finish second. The Oakwood, IL-driver was able to make the top groove work in the closing laps, and nearly stole the win out of Turn 4 coming to the checkered, crossing the stripe just .159-seconds after English.

Max Blair, of Centerville, PA, crossed in third for the third-straight time this week. Ryan Unzicker was fourth, and Brian Shirley completed the top-five.

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals clashes with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series in the two-day St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff Friday-Saturday, June 24-25, at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature 40 Laps | 00:20:15.965

  1. 81E-Tanner English[10]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[4]; 3. 111V-Max Blair[8]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[14]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[11]; 6. 25-Jason Feger[3]; 7. 11-Gordy Gundaker[1]; 8. 36-Logan Martin[6]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 10. 86-Kyle Beard[15]; 11. F1- Payton Freeman[12]; 12. 18-Shannon Babb[21]; 13. 44-Blaze Burwell[17]; 14. 14G-Joe Godsey[9]; 15. 26M-Brent McKinnon[5]; 16. 77-Preston Luckman[20]; 17. 0-Deshawn Gingerich[13]; 18. 97-Cade Dillard[2]; 19. 14R-Jeff Roth[19]; 20. 30-Mark Voigt[18]; 21. 15-Justin Duty[16]; 22. 80-Rich Dawson[22]
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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
110+981ETanner English 400.0003Running80$5,000
24+232Bobby Pierce 40-0.1590Running75$2,500
38+5111VMax Blair 40-1.3710Running70$2,000
414+1024Ryan Unzicker 40-1.8890Running65$1,600
511+63SBrian Shirley 40-2.5870Running60$1,400
63-325Jason Feger 40-2.9160Running55$1,200
71-611Gordy Gundaker 40-3.1050Running53$1,000
86-236Logan Martin 40-3.9670Running51$800
97-228Dennis Erb Jr40-4.5850Running49$700
1015+586Kyle Beard 40-4.7200Running47$600
1112+1F1Payton Freeman 40-4.9650Running45$500
1221+918Shannon Babb 40-5.4950Running44$500
1317+444Blaze Burwell 40-5.9460Running43$500
149-514GJoe Godsey 40-6.4760Running42$500
155-1026MBrent McKinnon 40-7.5300Running41$500
1620+477Preston Luckman 40-8.4580Running40$500
1713-40Deshawn Gingerich 39-1 Laps0Running39$500
182-1697Cade Dillard 37-3 Laps37DNF38$500
1919014RJeff Roth 37-3 Laps0DNF37$500
2018-230Mark Voigt 26-14 Laps0DNF36$500
2116-515Justin Duty 11-29 Laps0DNF35$500
2222080Rich Dawson 8-32 Laps0DNF34$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
16+544Blaze Burwell 120.0001Running0$0
21-130Mark Voigt 12-6.0080Running0$0
311+814RJeff Roth 12-3.6410Running0$0
48+480Rich Dawson 12-4.2380Running0$0
53-277Preston Luckman 12-5.4170Running0$0
612+64DDoug Tye 12-6.3690Running33$350
79+274Russ Adams 12-7.6500Running32$325
85-323NZMick Quin 12-9.7690Running31$300
913+4T8Tim Gauntt 12-10.8210Running30$250
102-899JRFrank Heckenast Jr8-4 Laps8DNF29$200
1114+398Cole Swibold 7-5 Laps0DNF28$175
127-531AUSPaul Stubber 3-9 Laps0DNF27$150
1310-325TTucker Finch 3-9 Laps0DNF26$125
144-10C40Mike Chasteen Jr3-9 Laps0DNF25$100
1516+118Shannon Babb 1-11 Laps0DNF0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11025Jason Feger Bloomington, IL0.000
24+226MBrent McKinnon Carlyle, IL-2.270
32-114GJoe Godsey Edinburgh, IN-3.020
43-10Deshawn Gingerich Dover, PA-4.532
55030Mark Voigt Marine, IL-7.811
66023NZMick Quin Hawks Bay, NZ-10.984
77074Russ Adams Princeville, IL-14.452
880T8Tim Gauntt Brighton, IL74.164
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11097Cade Dillard Robeline, LA0.000
22036Logan Martin West Plains, MO-1.684
34+181ETanner English Benton, KY-3.036
43-124Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL-3.934
56+199JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL-4.106
65-144Blaze Burwell Mt Vernon, IL-6.251
77025TTucker Finch Jacksonvile, IL-8.825
88098Cole Swibold Fairview, IL-10.539
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL0.000
23+128Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL-0.339
32-13SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL-2.676
45+186Kyle Beard Trumann, AR-2.755
56+177Preston Luckman Coos Bay, OR-3.334
67+131AUSPaul Stubber Bunbury, WAU-4.107
78+114RJeff Roth Bentonville, AR-4.813
84-411TTrevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO167.118
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11011Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO0.000
220111VMax Blair Centerville, PA-0.654
330F1Payton Freeman Commerce, GA-2.791
45+115Justin Duty Mulino, OR-6.326
58+3C40Mike Chasteen JrPeoria, IL-6.483
66080Rich Dawson Lowell, IN-8.771
7704DDoug Tye Troy, IL-11.986
84-418Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL199.579
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1425Jason Feger 13.3580.000
2814GJoe Godsey 13.677-0.319
370Deshawn Gingerich 14.101-0.743
4126MBrent McKinnon 14.109-0.751
5530Mark Voigt 14.419-1.061
6223NZMick Quin 14.692-1.334
7674Russ Adams 14.734-1.376
83T8Tim Gauntt 16.362-3.004
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1897Cade Dillard 13.4960.000
2236Logan Martin 13.849-0.353
3524Ryan Unzicker 13.868-0.372
4381ETanner English 13.889-0.393
5444Blaze Burwell 13.924-0.428
6699JRFrank Heckenast Jr13.975-0.479
7125TTucker Finch 14.473-0.977
8798Cole Swibold 14.567-1.071
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1232Bobby Pierce 13.7000.000
263SBrian Shirley 13.7000.000
3728Dennis Erb Jr13.834-0.134
4511TTrevor Gundaker 13.875-0.175
5486Kyle Beard 13.953-0.253
6877Preston Luckman 14.382-0.682
7331AUSPaul Stubber 14.755-1.055
8114RJeff Roth 14.911-1.211
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1211Gordy Gundaker 13.7500.000
25111VMax Blair 13.806-0.056
33F1Payton Freeman 13.822-0.072
4118Shannon Babb 13.852-0.102
5715Justin Duty 14.257-0.507
6480Rich Dawson 14.540-0.790
784DDoug Tye 14.550-0.800
86C40Mike Chasteen Jr14.282-0.532