DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
Highland Speedway | Highland, IL
Saturday, July 09, 2022
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Event Info

DIRTcar Summer Nationals / Summit Modified Nationals
July 9, 2022
Highland Speedway
2020 Park St
Highland, IL 

Event Description
$10,000 to win for Late Models, $1,500 for UMP Modifieds.

Series Racing
Summit Modified Nationals

Late Model Track Record
12.573 seconds by Daryn Klein on 7/27/22

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount
$1,500.00

Feature Laps Length
25

Frequently Asked Questions
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount
$1,500.00

Track Info
Track Phone
(618) 654-6656

Track Email
skuhn@highlandspeedway.com

Track Size & Type
0.250;

Late Model Car Track Record
12.573 seconds by Daryn Klein on 7/27/22

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

NO SPRING, NO PROBLEM: Hoffman Wins Highland with Broken Suspension

Break one of his shocks, throw away a spring, even put a national champion right on his tail for the entire race. But it seems not even that kind of pressure combined can crack Nick Hoffman.

The four-time and defending DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals champion was thrown into one of his biggest predicaments of the season Saturday night at Highland Speedway when his left-rear shock broke while leading, sending the spring flying onto the track, leaving him to race the final 14 laps of the Feature without the essential suspension components.

Much to the surprise of his doubters and jubilation of his supporters packing the Highland grandstands, Hoffman pulled through, holding off six-time Summit Modified champ Mike Harrison at his home track to score his 11th tour victory of the season.

Hoffman bagged his 68th career Summit Modified victory Saturday night. (Terry Page photo)

In Victory Lane, Hoffman emerged from his NOS Energy Drink / Elite Chassis #2 to a shower of mixed cheers and boos – an indication of the energetic crowd gathered at the weekly venue for one of their biggest races of the season.

“When I got out of the car, I think that’s definitely the loudest crowd I’ve ever had in any type of racing, for sure,” Hoffman said. “It’s pretty badass.

“Didn’t really expect that many cheers, but we’ll take it.”

Taking the green from the outside pole, Hoffman jumped out to a sizable advantage over Harrison in the opening laps but quickly felt something had gone amiss going down the straightaways.

“It was like you were running down the straightaways sitting on a ladder, and somebody would just kick the ladder out from under you when you got to the corner,” Hoffman said. “It would slam down so hard and make it so hard to drive on entry.

“I could feel the shock actually dragging on the ground. You could hear it clicking back-and-forth back there, and I knew that was whatever was left of the shock shaft still hitting the ground.”

An extended caution period brought the field to a temporary halt on Lap 12 while the track crew cleaned-up an incident in Turn 2. Shortly thereafter, the entire left-rear corner of Hoffman’s car hiked-up and refused to settle for the duration of the race.

Harrison (24H) battling for second with polesitter Willy Myers (21M) (Terry Page Photo)

“Finally, I got lucky enough that it actually canned the birdcage over and hung the rods where it couldn’t sit back down,” Hoffman said. “Once it did that, it didn’t have near as much grip that way, like it was just so bound-up, but at least it didn’t slam back down.”

With of his mechanical issues, 14 laps still remained on the scoreboard. But those problems didn’t seem to matter. Hoffman never once seemed to falter, driving away from Harrison and the rest of the field slightly en route to his 68th career Summit Modified victory.

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The Summit Modifieds are back in action to cap-off Illinois-Indiana Week Sunday night, July 10, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature 25 Laps | 00:25:27.615

  1. 2-Nick Hoffman[2]; 2. 24H-Mike Harrison[4]; 3. 14C-Rick Conoyer[3]; 4. 21M-Willy Myers[1]; 5. 15-Chris Smith[13]; 6. 63- Bret Eilerman[10]; 7. 87Z-Zeb Moake[7]; 8. 8T-TJ Eilers[8]; 9. 51M-Joe Mercurio[17]; 10. 6-Mark Clary[22]; 11. 63V-Cody Ventimiglia[20]; 12. 18M-Matt Dickerman[16]; 13. 5T-Rob Timmons[12]; 14. 22-Tim Hancock Jr[21]; 15. 52-Billy Knebel[14]; 16. J82-Treb Jacoby[9]; 17. 70-Brian Bielong[5]; 18. 88-Chris Bolyard[11]; 19. 9-Chad Cornett[15]; 20. 21T-Talen Beard[23]; 21. E55-Chad Sellers[6]; 22. 19-Jimmy Cummins[19]; 23. 12T-Dave Thornton[18]
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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+12Nick Hoffman 250.00025Running75$1,500
24+224HMike Harrison 25-1.4510Running70$700
33014CRick Conoyer 25-2.6260Running65$400
41-321MWilly Myers 25-4.2160Running60$300
513+815Chris Smith 25-4.9210Running55$275
610+463Bret Eilerman 25-5.3860Running50$250
77087ZZeb Moake 25-5.4750Running48$225
8808TT.J. Eilers 25-6.7940Running46$200
917+851MJoe Mercurio 25-8.0030Running44$175
1022+126Mark Clary 25-8.6170Running42$150
1120+963VCody Ventimiglia 25-8.6380Running40$150
1216+418MMatt Dickerman 25-9.1470Running39$150
1312-15TRob Timmons 20-5 Laps0DNF38$150
1421+722Tim Hancock Jr20-5 Laps0DNF37$150
1514-152Billy Knebel 13-12 Laps0DNF36$150
169-7J82Treb Jacoby 10-15 Laps0DNF35$150
175-1270Brian Bielong 10-15 Laps0DNF34$150
1811-7-88Chris Bolyard 10-15 Laps0DNF33$150
1915-49Chad Cornett 10-15 Laps0DNF32$150
2023+321TTalen Beard 9-16 Laps0DNF31$150
216-15E55Chad Sellers 3-22 Laps0DNF30$150
2219-319Jimmy Cummins 3-22 Laps0DNF29$150
2318-512TDave Thornton 0-25 Laps0DNF28$150
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
1102Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC0.000
22024HMike Harrison Highland, IL-1.614
34+187ZZeb Moake Freeburg, IL-4.142
45+163Bret Eilerman Highland, IL-6.677
56+115Chris Smith Highland, IL-7.851
63-318MMatt Dickerman St. Louis, MO-8.446
77019Jimmy Cummins Highland, IL-12.730
8806Mark Clary Edwardsville, IL-13.862
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11021MWilly Myers Collinsville, IL0.000
23+170Brian Bielong Summerfield, IL-1.867
32-18TT.J. Eilers Saint Jacob, IL-1.957
45+1-88Chris Bolyard Mulberry Grove, IL-3.588
54-152Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL-4.900
66051MJoe Mercurio Belleville, IL-6.379
78+163VCody Ventimiglia Highland, IL-7.912
87-121TTalen Beard Highland, IL-9.634
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11014CRick Conoyer Wentzville, MO0.000
23+1E55Chad Sellers Breese, IL-1.541
32-1J82Treb Jacoby O'fallon, MO-1.659
46+25TRob Timmons Centralia, IL-2.946
54-19Chad Cornett Festus, MO-3.215
65-112TDave Thornton Trenton, IL110.049
77022Tim Hancock JrMount Olive, IL110.049
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
112Nick Hoffman 13.6780.000
2524HMike Harrison 14.186-0.508
3718MMatt Dickerman 14.261-0.583
4487ZZeb Moake 14.334-0.656
5863Bret Eilerman 14.389-0.711
6215Chris Smith 14.535-0.857
7319Jimmy Cummins 14.538-0.860
866Mark Clary 14.713-1.035
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1421MWilly Myers 14.3170.000
278TT.J. Eilers 14.714-0.397
3870Brian Bielong 14.725-0.408
4152Billy Knebel 14.766-0.449
56-88Chris Bolyard 14.865-0.548
6251MJoe Mercurio 14.959-0.642
7521TTalen Beard 15.459-1.142
8363VCody Ventimiglia 15.462-1.145
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1214CRick Conoyer 14.3030.000
24J82Treb Jacoby 14.434-0.131
33E55Chad Sellers 14.439-0.136
459Chad Cornett 14.667-0.364
5712TDave Thornton 14.712-0.409
615TRob Timmons 14.817-0.514
7622Tim Hancock Jr15.226-0.923