DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Davenport Speedway | Davenport, IA
Thursday, June 16, 2022
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Event Info

DIRTcar Summer Nationals
June 16, 2022
Davenport Speedway
2815 W Locust St
Davenport, IA 

Event Description
Illinois-Iowa Week continues with at stop at Iowa's Davenport Speedway – the third race on the 2022 Hell Tour and only appearance in the Hawkeye State.

NOTE: Late Models only ($5,000-to-win). Modifieds take this date off.

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Late Model Track Record
20.097 Jimmy Owens 7/24/19 (half-mile) 13.588 Brandon Sheppard 8/26/21 (quarter-mile)

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Feature Laps Length
40

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are not allowed

Handicapped Seating
Front Row

Handicapped Parking
Front gate

Pit Age Limit
none

Personal Coolers
Coolers are prohibited.

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
No alcohol is allowed. Beer is available for purchase.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands

Family Section
N/A

Parking Cost
free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
CALL 563-326-5338 TO RESERVE CAMPING: Tent Camping - $60 for three days, $20 extra if arriving on Wednesday. Dry Camping - $90 for three days, $30 extra if arriving on Wednesday. Hook Ups - $150 for three days, $50 extra if arriving on Wednesday.

Closest Airport
Moline

Other Airport
Mt. Joy

Track Info
Track Phone
(563) 349-5044

Track Email
kfeinc@fbcom.net

Track Size & Type
1/4 and 1/2 mile

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

Race Recap: HAWKEYE HERO: Pierce Breaks, Simpson Wins First Hell Tour Feature in Nearly Seven Years at Davenport

Chris Simpson crossed underneath the start/finish line with six laps remaining, over two seconds behind leader Bobby Pierce. It didn’t appear to him that he was going to catch Pierce before the checkered. And then, snap.

The driveshaft yoke had busted on Pierce’s car, and he slowed suddenly in Turns 1-2, coasting into the Davenport Speedway infield and surrendering the top spot.

“I was just hoping he pulled into the pits and didn’t cause a caution,” Simpson, of Oxford, IA, said. “I knew there were some good boys behind me.”

Simpson raced into the lead down the backstretch with Jason Feger and Ryan Unzicker two seconds behind him, only five-and-a-half laps away from his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory in almost seven years (July 2015).

Simpson (32S, foreground) leading early with Pierce (32, background) on his tail (Terry Page Photo)

Smooth and steady on the bottom, Simpson wheeled his Longhorn Chassis #32 around the quarter-mile without a hiccup to claim his third career Hell Tour victory in front of his home state crowd.

“We probably had a second-place car, but I’ll take a first any day,” Simpson said.

Back in the pits, Pierce’s car sat atop the pneumatic lift in in front of his hauler, the culprit parts leaning up against the back door. In reflection, the reigning Summer Nationals champ said the yoke may have actually broken before he got to Turns 1-2.

“I was basically on cruise control there at the end, but I hit that hole really bad in Turn 3,” Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, said. “The right-rear just sat in it – the only hole in the racetrack, really. It was right where everyone was going in and setting their right-rears and planting their cars.

“At the time, I thought I had dirt in my wheel or something because I felt something slightly off. And then bam, she just went.”

Pierce was credited with a 17th-place finish, effectively knocking him out of the Hell Tour points lead and back into third, 21 points behind.

Starting third on the grid, Simpson led the first 15 circuits of the race before Pierce got by him on the top. With 15-to-go, Pierce was checked-out, maintaining a two-plus-second lead, but it was slowly shrinking.

“I felt like I was running Bobby down, and then they moved him down in Turns 3-4,” Simpson said. “That’s kinda where it was really good. They moved him down both corners and he’d slip-up off of Turn 2 a little bit, then I’d get a run, then I’d mess-up a little bit.”

Mike Ruefer Photo

This quenches a big thirst for Simpson, who’s been searching for a night of success in front of a big crowd all season long.

“It feels good just to be in any Victory Lane,” Simpson said. “We’ve been struggling. We wrecked a car at Eldora and had a long couple of days. Bought [this car] from one of my customers that just came back from Longhorn on the jig.”

“It’s been hectic.”

Jason Feger earned his third-straight top-five finish with a runner-up to Simpson, while Ryan Unzicker drove from 16th up to third to complete the podium. Trevor Gundaker advanced five spots in his drive from 9th to finish fourth, and Missourian Logan Martin recorded his best finish on tour so far to complete the top-five.

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models are back in action Friday night at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL, for the first $10,000-to-win show of the season. DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals is also back in action.

If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live with a FAST PASS subscription to DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature 40 Laps | 00:19:28.634

  1. 32S-Chris Simpson[3]; 2. 25-Jason Feger[8]; 3. 24-Ryan Unzicker[16]; 4. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[9]; 5. 36-Logan Martin[11]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[23]; 7. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 9. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[19]; 10. 11- Gordy Gundaker[15]; 11. 25S-Chad Simpson[1]; 12. F1-Payton Freeman[7]; 13. 15-Justin Duty[17]; 14. 21B-Rich Bell[14]; 15. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[6]; 16. 14G-Joe Godsey[13]; 17. 32-Bobby Pierce[4]; 18. 51-Matt Furman[18]; 19. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[20]; 20. 15K-Justin Kay[21]; 21. 7-Drake Troutman[12]; 22. 10K-Daryn Klein[10]; 23. 9R-Curtis Roberts[22]
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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+232SChris Simpson 400.00021Running80$5,000
28+625Jason Feger 40-1.9850Running75$2,500
316+1324Ryan Unzicker 40-2.3630Running70$2,000
49+511TTrevor Gundaker 40-2.9810Running65$1,600
511+636Logan Martin 40-3.6990Running60$1,400
623+174GBob Gardner 40-4.7950Running55$1,200
75-23SBrian Shirley 40-4.7960Running53$1,000
82-628Dennis Erb Jr40-5.3220Running51$800
919+10T6Tommy Sheppard Jr40-5.7390Running49$700
1015+511Gordy Gundaker 40-6.4910Running47$600
111-1025SChad Simpson 40-9.6710Running45$500
127-5F1Payton Freeman 40-9.8750Running44$500
1317+415Justin Duty 40-12.9110Running43$500
1414021BRich Bell 40-14.8350Running42$500
156-922Daniel Hilsabeck 39-1 Laps0Running41$500
1613-314GJoe Godsey 39-1 Laps0Running40$500
174-1332Bobby Pierce 34-6 Laps19DNF39$500
1818051Matt Furman 28-12 Laps0DNF38$500
1920+199JRFrank Heckenast Jr23-17 Laps0DNF37$500
2021+115KJustin Kay 22-18 Laps0DNF36$500
2112-97Drake Troutman 21-19 Laps0DNF35$500
2210-1210KDaryn Klein 12-28 Laps0DNF34$500
2322-19RCurtis Roberts 12-28 Laps0DNF33$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusMoney
12+115Justin Duty 120.00012Running$0
27+551Matt Furman 12-1.9480Running$0
38+599JRFrank Heckenast Jr12-2.5100Running$0
43-14GBob Gardner 12-3.3240Running$0
54-110Paul Parker 12-4.0880Running$350
611+59RCurtis Roberts 12-4.2150Running$0
76-1T6Tommy Sheppard Jr12-4.8270Running$0
813+515KJustin Kay 12-5.5590Running$0
914+544Luke Goedert 12-5.6510Running$325
1016+626MBrent McKinnon 12-6.6330Running$300
115-614RJeff Roth 12-8.5280Running$250
129-3C15Brandon Hamburg 12-12.1480Running$200
1312-130Mark Voigt 8-4 Laps0DNF$175
1410-477Preston Luckman 6-6 Laps0DNF$150
151-1480Rich Dawson 5-7 Laps0DNF$125
1615-144WDavid Webster 0-12 Laps0DNS$0
Consolation Race Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusMoney
19+815KJustin Kay 100.0007Running$0
27+544Luke Goedert 10-1.5260Running$0
34+144WDavid Webster 10-4.8180Running$0
43-126MBrent McKinnon 10-5.4690Running$0
52-331Paul Stubber 10-7.6163Running$0
610+44DDoug Tye 10-8.6610Running$0
76-10Deshawn Gingerich 10-11.3140Running$0
81-723NZMick Quin 9-1 Laps0Running$0
98-1T8Tim Gauntt 2-8 Laps0DNF$0
105-529Spencer Diercks 0-10 Laps0DNS$0
1111030CTodd Cooney 0-10 Laps0DNS$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL0.000
2203SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL-1.514
34+111TTrevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO-4.458
46+214GJoe Godsey Edinburgh, IN-5.173
55080Rich Dawson Lowell, IN-5.628
63-314RJeff Roth Bentonville, AR-6.528
79+2C15Brandon Hamburg Dixon, IL-8.748
88023NZMick Quin Hawks Bay, NZ5.064
910+129Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA205.576
107-315KJustin Kay Wheatland, IADQ
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL0.000
22022Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA-3.998
33010KDaryn Klein Fairview Heights, IL-5.846
45+121BRich Bell Sheffield, IL-5.890
57+215Justin Duty Mulino, OR-8.635
660T6Tommy Sheppard JrNew Berlin, IL-10.413
79+277Preston Luckman Coos Bay, OR-10.911
84-431Paul Stubber Bunbury, WAU-11.919
98-10Deshawn Gingerich Dover, PA-0.510
101004DDoug Tye Troy, ILDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+125SChad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA0.000
21-1F1Payton Freeman Commerce, GA-4.550
33036Logan Martin West Plains, MO-5.621
44011Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO-6.420
57+24GBob Gardner Washington, IL-7.766
65-151Matt Furman Iowa City, IA-8.537
710+39RCurtis Roberts Coleman, MI-9.161
89+126MBrent McKinnon Carlyle, IL-9.642
96-344Luke Goedert Guttenburg, IA-10.954
108-230CTodd Cooney Des Moines, IA67.620
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11032SChris Simpson Oxford, IA0.000
23+125Jason Feger Bloomington, IL-1.108
34+17Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA-2.394
45+124Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL-3.101
56+110Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI-4.681
62-499JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL-5.019
77030Mark Voigt Marine, IL-8.444
88044WDavid Webster Monroe, WI-11.015
990T8Tim Gauntt Brighton, IL165.534
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1532Bobby Pierce 13.8010.000
243SBrian Shirley 13.913-0.112
3114RJeff Roth 14.143-0.342
4211TTrevor Gundaker 14.300-0.499
5880Rich Dawson 14.310-0.509
6914GJoe Godsey 14.571-0.770
7615KJustin Kay 14.638-0.837
8723NZMick Quin 14.996-1.195
93C15Brandon Hamburg 15.885-2.084
101029Spencer Diercks 14.908-1.107
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1528Dennis Erb Jr13.9040.000
2122Daniel Hilsabeck 14.289-0.385
3710KDaryn Klein 14.380-0.476
4431Paul Stubber 14.489-0.585
58T6Tommy Sheppard Jr14.564-0.660
6921BRich Bell 14.564-0.660
71015Justin Duty 14.613-0.709
830Deshawn Gingerich 14.817-0.913
9277Preston Luckman 15.096-1.192
1064DDoug Tye 15.096-1.192
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
110F1Payton Freeman 13.8710.000
2125SChad Simpson 13.944-0.073
3336Logan Martin 14.047-0.176
4211Gordy Gundaker 14.295-0.424
5551Matt Furman 14.366-0.495
6444Luke Goedert 14.436-0.565
784GBob Gardner 14.507-0.636
8730CTodd Cooney 14.668-0.797
9926MBrent McKinnon 14.767-0.896
1069RCurtis Roberts 15.508-1.637
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1432SChris Simpson 13.9020.000
2599JRFrank Heckenast Jr14.130-0.228
3325Jason Feger 14.174-0.272
497Drake Troutman 14.207-0.305
5824Ryan Unzicker 14.271-0.369
6210Paul Parker 14.369-0.467
7730Mark Voigt 14.816-0.914
8644WDavid Webster 15.553-1.651
91T8Tim Gauntt 17.513-3.611