DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Springfield Raceway | Springfield, MO
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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Event Info

DIRTcar Summer Nationals
June 21, 2022
Springfield Raceway
2110 N Farm Rd 123
Springfield, MO 

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Feature Laps Length
40

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Track Info
Track Phone
(417) 863-0097

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

NO AIR, NO PROBLEM: Shirley Wins at Springfield with Deflating Right-Rear Tire

On a restart with three laps to go, leading the Feature for the second time in three days, Brian Shirley could feel something was amiss on his car.

As he rolled into DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory Lane Tuesday night, the crew discovered the culprit immediately – a flat right-rear tire on the Bob Cullen Racing #3s.

“I didn’t know I had a flat tire, but I knew… something was wrong,” Shirley, of Chatham, IL, said. “For me to go [to the bottom line] and bend, it wasn’t good. I couldn’t bend with the tire being that flat.”

Though it was going flat in the final laps, it didn’t seem to bother the four-time Hell Tour champion. The tire held just enough air in it for Shirley to motor across the finish line, holding off hungry challengers Bobby Pierce and Max Blair to record the 37th DIRTcar Summer Nationals win of his career and first at the big quarter-mile oval of Springfield Raceway.

Shirley’s deflating tire in Victory Lane

Starting outside Row 2, Shirley had to work to get the lead in the first half of the race, working around Joe Godsey for second on Lap 8, and later getting past polesitter Payton Freeman for the lead on a Lap 18 restart.

“I was able to get a better drive there off of Turn 2 on that restart and was able to launch in front of [Freeman] in Turns 3-4,” Shirley said. “He wanted to be up top too, and that’s where I wanted to be.”

Once he got the lead, Shirley’s drive to the finish was peppered with yellow flags, putting him through several restarts with a field of relentless drivers behind him. At least five cautions were thrown in the final 20 laps of the 40-lap affair, forcing him to be extra sharp on the gas at the drop of the green.

“I was definitely nervous, I’m not gonna lie,” Shirley said. “I was hoping about two or three [restarts] before the final one that we could just go green for a little while and get some laps, because at that time, I could gap ‘em pretty good.”

Max Blair was his biggest threat for the lead in the closing laps. Using the bottom lane, the Centerville, PA-driver nearly pulled even with Shirley at various points but was unable to match Shirley’s speed on the top.

“He was definitely better; it would’ve taken a mistake for me to get by him,” Blair said of Shirley. “I thought, at one point, I hit the bottom pretty good there for a couple laps in-a-row, and I thought maybe there was a chance. But once he got that top off and got rolling, he was just too good up there.”

Shirley’s anti-kryptonite was the super-smooth top line in Turns 3-4, which he took almost the entire race.

“Tonight, they did a heck of a job,” Shirley said of the track preparation. “They had a mud ring around the bottom, had it to where we could run the top. Even down there, I felt like you could’ve run the top, it was just faster to run the bottom in Turns 1-2. Kudos to the track guys.”

Reigning tour champion Bobby Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, had a steady run from his seventh starting spot to come back and finish second. He trailed Blair for most of the second half of the Feature but was able to get by him with two-to-go, notching his third runner-up finish of the season thus far.

Shirley (3s) makes the pass on Freeman (F1) for the lead (Lonnie Wheatley Photo)

Blair crossed the stripe third for his third top-five finish in the last four races. With his normal World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series schedule on break until this Friday-Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 vs. the Summer Nationals regulars, he’s taken this past week to refine his Viper Risk Management #111v and work out the bugs before the big money goes on the line this weekend in Pevely.

“I need to steer better,” Blair said. “That’s the thing we’ve been fighting the last few nights. If we can get it to steer better, maybe we’ll have a little something more for them.”

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals action continues with the second race of Missouri-Illinois Week on Wednesday, June 22, at Adams County Speedway in Quincy, IL. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature 40 Laps | 00:36:11.338

  1. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[7]; 3. 111V-Max Blair[5]; 4. 36-Logan Martin[8]; 5. 86-Kyle Beard[16]; 6. F1- Payton Freeman[1]; 7. 93-Mason Oberkramer[6]; 8. 24-Ryan Unzicker[3]; 9. 25-Jason Feger[11]; 10. 91-Rusty Schlenk[13]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[2]; 12. 77-Preston Luckman[9]; 13. 10-Garrett Smith[15]; 14. 0-Deshawn Gingerich[10]; 15. 50- Kaeden Cornell[12]; 16. 45-Kylan Garner[17]; 17. 30-Mark Voigt[19]; 18. 14R-Jeff Roth[22]; 19. 26M-Brent McKinnon[18]; 20. 4D-Doug Tye[20]; 21. 23NZ-Mick Quin[14]; 22. 31AUS-Kye Blight[21]
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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+33SBrian Shirley 400.00023Running80$5,000
27+532Bobby Pierce 40-0.8340Running75$2,500
35+2111VMax Blair 40-1.3780Running70$2,000
48+436Logan Martin 40-2.5810Running65$1,600
516+1186Kyle Beard 40-3.0260Running60$1,400
61-5F1Payton Freeman 40-3.49217Running55$1,200
76-193Mason Oberkramer 40-3.9030Running53$1,000
83-524Ryan Unzicker 40-4.0570Running51$800
911+225Jason Feger 40-4.2550Running49$700
1013+391Rusty Schlenk 40-4.9560Running47$600
112-914GJoe Godsey 40-5.3920Running45$500
129-377Preston Luckman 40-5.6620Running44$500
1315+210Garrett Smith 40-6.2050Running43$500
1410-40Deshawn Gingerich 40-8.3190Running42$500
1512-350Kaeden Cornell 40-8.4290Running41$500
1617+145Kylan Garner 40-8.9800Running40$500
1719+230Mark Voigt 40-9.3880Running39$500
1822+414RJeff Roth 40-9.8140Running38$500
1918-126MBrent McKinnon 25-15 Laps0DNF37$500
202004DDoug Tye 22-18 Laps0DNF36$500
2114-723NZMick Quin 22-18 Laps0DNF35$500
2221-131AUSKye Blight 21-19 Laps0DNF34$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+245Kylan Garner 120.0009Running0$0
21-126MBrent McKinnon 12-1.4863Running0$0
311+87Cole Wells 12-4.6550Running33$350
414+1097Cade Dillard 12-4.7600Running32$325
55014RJeff Roth 12-6.0320Running0$0
68+249Justin Wells 12-6.4890Running31$300
713+612Scott Crigler 12-6.6980Running30$250
812+475Terry Phillips 12-8.2150Running29$200
94-531AUSKye Blight 12-8.5550Running0$0
1015+53Brennon Willard 12-9.0100Running28$175
117-413Joey Smith 12-9.4650Running27$150
122-1026Glen Powell 12-10.4510Running26$125
136-74DDoug Tye 12-12.6630Running0$0
1416+230Mark Voigt 3-9 Laps0DNF0$0
159-614WDustin Walker 0-12 Laps0DNS25$0
1610-611Steve Johnson 0-12 Laps0DNS24$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+13SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL0.000
23+1111VMax Blair Centerville, PA-0.620
35+277Preston Luckman Coos Bay, OR-1.865
47+391Rusty Schlenk McClure, OH-4.536
54-126MBrent McKinnon Carlyle, IL-5.448
66014RJeff Roth Bentonville, AR-6.315
78+114WDustin Walker Polk, MO-10.513
81-712Scott Crigler Alton, MO244.390
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
13+224Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL0.000
22093Mason Oberkramer Broseley, MO-0.125
34+10Deshawn Gingerich Dover, PA-1.002
45+123NZMick Quin Hawks Bay, NZ-1.763
56+126Glen Powell Nixa, MO-2.780
67+14DDoug Tye Troy, IL-3.022
78+111Steve Johnson Joplin, MO-5.314
81-797Cade Dillard Robeline, LA118.761
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11014GJoe Godsey Edinburgh, IN0.000
22032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL-0.043
33025Jason Feger Bloomington, IL-1.080
44010Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA-3.371
57+245Kylan Garner Diamond, MO-4.282
68+213Joey Smith Pomona, MO-7.647
75-27Cole Wells AURORA, MO-7.722
86-23Brennon Willard Lebanon, MO-10.340
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
110F1Payton Freeman Commerce, GA0.000
22036Logan Martin West Plains, MO-0.738
34+150Kaeden Cornell Willard, MO-4.457
43-186Kyle Beard Trumann, AR-5.589
58+331AUSKye Blight Katanning, WAU-6.119
66049Justin Wells AURORA, MO-6.983
75-275Terry Phillips Springfield, MO-8.033
87-130Mark Voigt Marine, IL45.351
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1312Scott Crigler 12.7060.000
253SBrian Shirley 12.784-0.078
37111VMax Blair 12.853-0.147
4126MBrent McKinnon 12.941-0.235
5477Preston Luckman 12.998-0.292
6814RJeff Roth 13.252-0.546
7691Rusty Schlenk 13.377-0.671
8214WDustin Walker 13.498-0.792
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1897Cade Dillard 12.7550.000
2493Mason Oberkramer 12.906-0.151
3324Ryan Unzicker 13.048-0.293
420Deshawn Gingerich 13.322-0.567
5523NZMick Quin 13.359-0.604
6126Glen Powell 13.794-1.039
774DDoug Tye 13.854-1.099
8611Steve Johnson 14.281-1.526
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1114GJoe Godsey 12.7360.000
2732Bobby Pierce 12.887-0.151
3225Jason Feger 12.972-0.236
4510Garrett Smith 13.133-0.397
547Cole Wells 13.173-0.437
633Brennon Willard 13.449-0.713
7845Kylan Garner 13.458-0.722
8613Joey Smith 13.461-0.725
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
17F1Payton Freeman 12.6500.000
2536Logan Martin 12.933-0.283
3286Kyle Beard 13.026-0.376
4150Kaeden Cornell 13.247-0.597
5675Terry Phillips 13.254-0.604
6449Justin Wells 13.570-0.920
7330Mark Voigt 13.785-1.135
8831AUSKye Blight 13.785-1.135