DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

For more information, call the track at (815) 935-9000

Event Info

DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
June 14, 2022
Kankakee County Speedway
213 W 4000 S Rd
Kankakee, IL 

Event Description
The 2022 Hell Tour kicks off at Kankakee, where Devin Moran held off late challengers in 2021 for his second career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory.

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

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Summit Modified Nationals

Late Model Track Record
13.374 seconds by Jason Feger on 6/11/15

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Frequently Asked Questions
Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount

Track Info
Track Phone
(815) 935-9000

Track Email

Track Size & Type

Late Model Car Track Record
13.374 seconds by Jason Feger on 6/11/15

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

EXPRESS LANE: Unzicker Holds off Pierce, Erb to Win 37th Hell Tour Opener at Kankakee

With lapped traffic in front and two multi-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champions on his tail, Ryan Unzicker had a choice to make. Go now, or risk losing the lead.

“That 14 car – I just caught him at the wrong time,” Unzicker said. “He left the door open and I had to take it. I felt like if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have been giving it my all.”

Having led the season-opening Feature for the 37th annual Hell Tour Tuesday night at Kankakee County Speedway since the drop of the green, Unzicker managed to fend-off the pressure from behind him for over half of the race when he came up on a lapped car in front of him, right in his lane.

Knowing Bobby Pierce and Dennis Erb Jr. were right on his tail, Unzicker decided to make a quick decision and shoot a narrow gap that opened as they went through Turns 3-4.

“We gambled, took the shot, made some contact with him, so I’m glad my right-rear held,” he said.

Unzicker didn’t get by without contact, and neither did the next guy coming through. Several laps later, the leaders approached more traffic and more tough decisions to make in getting by. Pierce got into Jeff Roth when making a pass on him just after halfway, enough to allow Erb Jr. to get by for second.

Once Unzicker freed himself from the traffic tangle, it was time to play heavy defense again. Hugging the bottom lane for the entirety of the race, The El Paso Express held strong on the low side and denied both drivers passing attempts over 40 laps to collect $5,000 and his first win on the Summer Nationals trail since June 2018.

“My stick guy was pounding me to the bottom, telling me they were right there,” Unzicker said of feeling Pierce and Erb so close behind him.

To his early-season success, Unzicker attributes much of it to his work earlier in the night, laying down the fastest lap in Group 3 Qualifying and winning his Heat Race. That set him up for a pole redraw, which allowed him to get out front early and eventually lead all 40 laps.

“I’m fortunate to start up front, that’s the biggest thing,” Unzicker said. “Fortunate to have a good car for the first six or seven laps to sustain the lead.”

Defending Summer Nationals champion Bobby Pierce was able to get back to second after Erb slipped up in a pass attempt for the lead later on and finished runner-up. Erb, the current World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series points leader, crossed in third, while young Drake Troutman made it to fourth pulling double-duty. Jason Feger, celebrating 20 years of racing this year, rounded out the top-five.

Summer Nationals rookie Payton Freeman, of Commerce, GA, made a sound debut on the tour with a victory in his Heat Race and a sixth-place run in the Feature. The 19-year-old had limited experience on Midwest ovals prior to Tuesday but his determination and raw talent shined through on Tuesday.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues Illinois-Iowa Week action Wednesday evening at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, IL. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 24-Ryan Unzicker[1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 4. 7-Drake Troutman[4]; 5. 25-Jason Feger[7]; 6. F1- Payton Freeman[2]; 7. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[8]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[6]; 9. 9R-Curtis Roberts[11]; 10. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[9]; 11. 36-Logan Martin[13]; 12. 89-Mike Spatola[12]; 13. 14G-Joe Godsey[19]; 14. 99-Hunt Gossum[14]; 15. M27-Mike Provenzano[15]; 16. 77-Preston Luckman[18]; 17. 30-Mark Voigt[20]; 18. 14R-Jeff Roth[22]; 19. 14-Glen Thompson[21]; 20. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[10]; 21. B12-Kevin Weaver[16]; 22. 10-Paul Parker[17]

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Feature Results
11024Ryan Unzicker 20.00040Running80$5,000
23+132Bobby Pierce 40--38 Laps0Running75$2,500
35+228Dennis Erb Jr40--38 Laps0Running70$2,000
4407Drake Troutman 40--38 Laps0Running65$1,600
57+225Jason Feger 40--38 Laps0Running60$1,400
62-4F1Payton Freeman 40--38 Laps0Running55$1,200
78+121JRBilly Moyer Jr40--38 Laps0Running53$1,000
86-23SBrian Shirley 40--38 Laps0Running51$800
911+29RCurtis Roberts 40--38 Laps0Running49$700
109-1T6Tommy Sheppard Jr40--38 Laps0Running47$600
1113+236Logan Martin 40--38 Laps0Running45$500
1212089Mike Spatola 40--38 Laps0Running44$500
1319+614GJoe Godsey 40--38 Laps0Running43$500
1414099Hunt Gossum 40--38 Laps0Running42$500
15150M27Mike Provenzano 40--38 Laps0Running41$500
1618+277Preston Luckman 40--38 Laps0Running40$500
1720+330Mark Voigt 40--38 Laps0Running39$500
1822+414RJeff Roth 37--35 Laps0Running38$500
1921+214Glen Thompson 35--33 Laps0DNF37$500
2010-1099JRFrank Heckenast Jr11--9 Laps0DNF36$500
2116-5B12Kevin Weaver 7--5 Laps0DNF35$500
2217-510Paul Parker 5--3 Laps0DNF34$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
12+110Paul Parker 120.00012Running0$0
23+177Preston Luckman 12-3.0570Running0$0
36+314GJoe Godsey 12-3.3280Running0$0
45+115Justin Duty 12-5.0220Running33$350
57+214Glen Thompson 12-7.4380Running0$0
64-214RJeff Roth 12-8.7490Running0$0
710+321ANick Allen 12-9.1680Running32$325
81-728MJake Miller 12-10.1840Running31$300
914+54GBob Gardner 12-10.6570Running30$250
1011+126MBrent McKinnon 12-11.5440Running29$200
1113+280Rich Dawson 12-12.3760Running28$175
129-331Paul Stubber 12-13.9080Running27$150
138-5248Brandon Lance 12-14.8420Running26$125
1412-20Deshawn Gingerich 12-17.5000Running25$100
1516+130Mark Voigt 9-3 Laps0DNF0$0
1615-134Herb Reich 0-12 Laps0DNF24$75
Consolation Race Results
12+180Rich Dawson 100.00010Running0$0
26+44GBob Gardner 10-2.4710Running0$0
31-234Herb Reich 10-4.6800Running0$0
48+430Mark Voigt 10-6.9660Running0$0
5504DDoug Tye 10-7.1210Running23$0
63-3T8Tim Gauntt 10-12.0800Running22$0
74-38Dan Richardson 10-14.6790Running21$0
87-123NZMick Quin 10-16.9310Running20$0
Heat 1 Results
11032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL0.000
22028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL-252.278
34+1T6Tommy Sheppard JrNew Berlin, IL-255.091
43-136Logan Martin West Plains, MO-256.550
55028MJake Miller La Moille, IL-259.369
67+115Justin Duty Mulino, OR-259.899
76-131Paul Stubber Bunbury, WAU-261.997
89+134Herb Reich Ann Arbor, MI-263.526
98-14DDoug Tye Troy, IL-264.559
Heat 2 Results
12+1F1Payton Freeman Commerce, GA0.000
27+53SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL-268.346
31-299JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL-268.892
46+299Hunt Gossum Mayfield, KY-270.528
58+310Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI-271.976
63-314GJoe Godsey Edinburgh, IN-272.062
74-321ANick Allen Wheatfield, IN-273.175
89+180Rich Dawson Lowell, IN-274.231
95-44GBob Gardner Washington, IL-274.231
Heat 3 Results
11024Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL0.000
23+125Jason Feger Bloomington, IL-195.285
32-19RCurtis Roberts Coleman, MI-198.301
45+1M27Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN-198.719
54-177Preston Luckman Coos Bay, OR-200.662
67+114Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL-202.094
76-126MBrent McKinnon Carlyle, IL-204.562
880T8Tim Gauntt Brighton, IL-211.449
99023NZMick Quin Hawks Bay, NZ-196.030
Heat 4 Results
12+17Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA0.000
24+221JRBilly Moyer JrBatesville, AR-293.523
31-289Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL-293.833
43-1B12Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL-295.346
55014RJeff Roth Bentonville, AR-296.504
68+2248Brandon Lance Brimfield, IL-297.838
7700Deshawn Gingerich Dover, PA-301.724
89+18Dan Richardson Macy, IN-302.575
96-330Mark Voigt Marine, IL-96.420
Qualifying Results
1732Bobby Pierce 0.0000.000
2328Dennis Erb Jr0.0000.000
3236Logan Martin 0.0000.000
46T6Tommy Sheppard Jr0.0000.000
5928MJake Miller 0.0000.000
6131Paul Stubber 0.0000.000
7515Justin Duty 0.0000.000
844DDoug Tye 0.0000.000
9834Herb Reich 0.0000.000
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1599JRFrank Heckenast Jr15.6380.000
23F1Payton Freeman 15.856-0.218
3914GJoe Godsey 15.987-0.349
4421ANick Allen 16.183-0.545
514GBob Gardner 16.190-0.552
6799Hunt Gossum 16.192-0.554
723SBrian Shirley 16.226-0.588
8610Paul Parker 16.291-0.653
9880Rich Dawson 16.463-0.825
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
1624Ryan Unzicker 15.8580.000
289RCurtis Roberts 16.217-0.359
3425Jason Feger 16.250-0.392
4277Preston Luckman 16.367-0.509
55M27Mike Provenzano 16.444-0.586
6926MBrent McKinnon 16.649-0.791
7114Glen Thompson 16.980-1.122
83T8Tim Gauntt 17.722-1.864
9723NZMick Quin 17.722-1.864
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
1189Mike Spatola 15.9340.000
277Drake Troutman 16.121-0.187
36B12Kevin Weaver 16.347-0.413
4421JRBilly Moyer Jr16.435-0.501
5214RJeff Roth 16.648-0.714
6830Mark Voigt 16.761-0.827
730Deshawn Gingerich 17.462-1.528
89248Brandon Lance 17.706-1.772
958Dan Richardson 18.464-2.530