DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
Sycamore Speedway | Maple Park, IL
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

For more information, call the track at (815) 895-5454

Event Info

DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
June 19, 2022
Sycamore Speedway
50W086 IL-64
Maple Park, IL 

Event Description
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals heads to the beautiful Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois. Join us in person, or watch LIVE on DIRTVision – there won’t be a shortage of action and excitement from the Sycamore Speedway.

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

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Frequently Asked Questions
Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount

Track Info
Track Phone
(815) 895-5454

Track Size & Type

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

LATE RACE MAGIC: Shirley Passes Blair Late to Win at Sycamore

It was never a question of “if” for Brian Shirley on the first week of the Hell Tour, so much as it was “when.”

That “when” came Sunday night at Sycamore Speedway, where the four-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion broke through for his first win of the season on the tour, making the move on Max Blair for the lead late in the race and driving it home for a $5,000 payday.

“I felt like our car was pretty good,” Shirley said. “I knew I was gonna have to make a pretty big mistake to cost myself the race.”

Terry Page Photo

Polesitter Payton Freeman, of Commerce, GA, got the early jump at the drop of the green and led through Lap 9 of the 40-lap main event. World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series regular Max Blair soon hunted Freeman down as the 19-year-old Hell Tour rookie approached lapped traffic and got underneath him to take the top spot on Lap 10.

Blair, of Centerville, PA, led the field around the three-eighths mile oval for the majority of the race, and appeared to have the car to beat, until Shirley entered the frame.

Shirley, who went as far back as fifth in the opening laps, had made his way past fellow Summer Nationals champion Jason Feger by Lap 22 after a back-and-forth battle that spanned several laps before the halfway mark. Once he cleared Feger’s #25, Shirley set his sights on Blair with less than half of the race remaining.

Blair survived multiple restarts in the second half with Shirley right behind him, but lapped traffic proved problematic in the home stretch. Heading down the backstretch with nine-to-go, Blair came up on Greg Cantrell Jr. to put him a lap down but did not fully commit to the bottom to make the pass. This left the door wide open for Shirley to walk through, which he did, and won the drag race off Turn 4 to take the lead at the stripe.

“We came up on them lapped cars and I felt like he got pinched-down, and I just chose to go around him on the outside,” Shirley, of Chatham, IL, said. “Wasn’t sure how it was going to play out just because of the way lapped traffic was. We were just getting ready to be in lapped traffic big time.”

Shirley (3s) makes the move on Max Blair (111v) (Terry Page Photo)

Though he had the lead in-hand, Shirley’s mission was not over yet. Another couple of restarts popped up inside eight-to-go, but he and the Bob Cullen Racing #3s were prepared. Shirley stuck to the middle groove and brought it back home unchallenged for his 36th career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory.

Blair held on for second and his best career finish on the Hell Tour, while Feger maintained third to hold his top-five spot in points. Ryan Unzicker climbed eight spots on a run from 12th to finish fourth, and Dennis Erb Jr. capped off Illinois-Iowa Week with a fifth-place run.

Reigning Summer Nationals champion Bobby Pierce finished sixth and was crowned champion of Illinois-Iowa Week after two wins, two runners-up, a sixth and one DNF (17th) over the six-race stretch, collecting the $2,000 bonus as weekly points champion.


The Hell Tour takes a day off on Monday before returning to action at Missouri’s Springfield Raceway on Tuesday, June 21. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action to your personal device with the DIRTVision app or at DIRTVision.com.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature 40 Laps | 00:33:22.784

  1. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 2. 111V-Max Blair[2]; 3. 25-Jason Feger[4]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[12]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[8]; 6. 32- Bobby Pierce[16]; 7. F1-Payton Freeman[1]; 8. 36-Logan Martin[17]; 9. 15-Justin Duty[13]; 10. 77-Preston Luckman[14]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[9]; 12. 21B-Rich Bell[11]; 13. 1M-Mike Mataragas[7]; 14. 89-Mike Spatola[20]; 15. 4G-Bob Gardner[19]; 16. 26M-Brent McKinnon[22]; 17. 4D-Doug Tye[15]; 18. 30-Mark Voigt[10]; 19. 3-Dale Markham[5]; 20. 01JR- Greg Cantrell[21]; 21. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[18]; 22. 29-Spencer Diercks[6]
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Feature Results
13+23SBrian Shirley 400.0009Running80$5,000
220111VMax Blair 40-1.33423Running75$2,500
34+125Jason Feger 40-3.1840Running70$2,000
412+824Ryan Unzicker 40-4.2950Running65$1,600
58+328Dennis Erb Jr40-4.9390Running60$1,400
616+1032Bobby Pierce 40-5.6310Running55$1,200
71-6F1Payton Freeman 40-6.1858Running53$1,000
817+936Logan Martin 40-6.7110Running51$800
913+415Justin Duty 40-7.3590Running49$700
1014+477Preston Luckman 40-8.0230Running47$600
119-214GJoe Godsey 40-8.4210Running45$500
1211-121BRich Bell 40-8.8680Running44$500
137-61MMike Mataragas 40-9.4210Running43$500
1420+689Mike Spatola 40-10.3250Running42$500
1519+44GBob Gardner 40-11.2650Running41$500
1622+626MBrent McKinnon 40-11.7430Running40$500
1715-24DDoug Tye 40-11.8010Running39$500
1810-830Mark Voigt 40-12.5920Running38$500
195-143Dale Markham 40-13.5360Running37$500
2021+101JRGreg Cantrell 33-7 Laps0DNF36$500
2118-310STaylor Scheffler 28-12 Laps0DNF35$500
226-1629Spencer Diercks 20-20 Laps0DNF34$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
16+536Logan Martin 100.0000Running0$0
22010STaylor Scheffler 10-0.0510Running0$0
34+14GBob Gardner 10-3.2620Running0$0
48+489Mike Spatola 10-5.0520Running0$0
53-280Rich Dawson 10-6.4900Running33$350
61-526MBrent McKinnon 10-6.5760Running0$0
710+376Titus Sneed 10-7.2050Running32$325
87-101JRGreg Cantrell 10-7.5730Running0$0
913+4M27Mike Provenzano 10-7.9680Running31$300
1017+710Paul Parker 10-9.4720Running30$250
115-603Dan White 10-10.9810Running29$200
1214+231Paul Stubber 10-11.5890Running28$175
1316+323NZMick Quin 9-1 Laps0Running27$150
1411-344Wayne Freimund 7-3 Laps0DNF26$125
15150C15Brandon Hamburg 3-7 Laps0DNF25$100
1618+20Deshawn Gingerich 3-7 Laps0DNF24$75
179-814RJeff Roth 0-10 Laps0DNF23$75
1812-69Lyle Zanker 0-10 Laps0DNF22$75
Heat 1 Results
12+125Jason Feger Bloomington, IL0.000
21-13Dale Markham Maple Park, IL-0.287
33014GJoe Godsey Edinburgh, IN-2.018
45+115Justin Duty Mulino, OR-2.259
54-126MBrent McKinnon Carlyle, IL-4.011
66003Dan White Elgin, IL-4.881
79+214RJeff Roth Bentonville, AR-5.214
880M27Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN-5.904
97-210Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI165.322
Heat 2 Results
12+13SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL0.000
25+329Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA-3.388
36+330Mark Voigt Marine, IL-5.034
48+477Preston Luckman Coos Bay, OR-5.323
51-410STaylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI-6.322
63-336Logan Martin West Plains, MO-8.449
74-376Titus Sneed Justice, IL-8.849
89+131Paul Stubber Bunbury, WAU-10.420
97-20Deshawn Gingerich Dover, PA-17.138
Heat 3 Results
110F1Payton Freeman Commerce, GA0.000
24+21MMike Mataragas Dekalb, IL-1.169
32-121BRich Bell Sheffield, IL-3.237
45+14DDoug Tye Troy, IL-6.357
53-280Rich Dawson Lowell, IN-7.866
66001JRGreg Cantrell Dekalb, IL-11.457
78+144Wayne Freimund Elkhorn, WI-11.562
87-1C15Brandon Hamburg Dixon, IL-13.124
Heat 4 Results
110111VMax Blair Centerville, PA0.000
23+128Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL-1.772
36+324Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL-2.299
42-232Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL-3.487
57+24GBob Gardner Washington, IL-5.736
64-289Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL-7.029
75-29Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL-10.833
88023NZMick Quin Hawks Bay, NZ-4.142
Qualifying Results
153Dale Markham 14.5580.000
2425Jason Feger 14.589-0.031
3314GJoe Godsey 14.806-0.248
4726MBrent McKinnon 14.840-0.282
5915Justin Duty 14.844-0.286
6203Dan White 14.864-0.306
7110Paul Parker 14.875-0.317
86M27Mike Provenzano 15.220-0.662
9814RJeff Roth 15.880-1.322
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1110STaylor Scheffler 14.7730.000
283SBrian Shirley 14.963-0.190
3636Logan Martin 15.061-0.288
4476Titus Sneed 15.137-0.364
5929Spencer Diercks 15.155-0.382
6330Mark Voigt 15.488-0.715
770Deshawn Gingerich 15.783-1.010
8577Preston Luckman 15.783-1.010
9231Paul Stubber 14.860-0.087
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
11F1Payton Freeman 15.0890.000
2521BRich Bell 15.524-0.435
3280Rich Dawson 15.780-0.691
471MMike Mataragas 15.980-0.891
534DDoug Tye 16.301-1.212
6801JRGreg Cantrell 16.415-1.326
74C15Brandon Hamburg 16.428-1.339
8644Wayne Freimund 16.549-1.460
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
11111VMax Blair 15.4730.000
2532Bobby Pierce 15.651-0.178
3328Dennis Erb Jr15.722-0.249
4289Mike Spatola 15.859-0.386
569Lyle Zanker 15.963-0.490
6724Ryan Unzicker 16.073-0.600
744GBob Gardner 16.154-0.681
8823NZMick Quin 17.237-1.764