Week 4: DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Illinois
Friday, July 07, 2023

Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

For more information, call the track at (309) 928-9110

Event Info

Week 4: DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Farmer City Raceway
850 N Grove St.
Farmer City, Illinois 61842 

Event Description
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns for its 32nd visit to Farmer City since its debut at the black dirt, 1/4-mile in 1989.

Both tours take on Illinois racing's home of "Friday Night Lights" with a $10,000 grand prize on the line for Late Models and $1,500 for Modifieds.

series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Summit Modified Nationals

Late Model Track Record
11.750 seconds by Brandon Sheppard on 4/5/19

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Hashtag

Frequently Asked Questions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount

Reserved Seating
Farmer City Raceway offers reserved seating to any seat sold in advance.

Type of Grandstand
Farmer City Raceway offers bleacher style grandstands.

Stadium Seating
Farmer City Raceway does no allow the use of chairs for its events.

Handicapped Seating
Handicap seating is available in the front rows of the grandstands.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age limits for the pit area. Minors 17 and younger must have a signed parent waiver form.

Personal Coolers
No coolers are allowed to be brought in to the grandstand area.

Credit Card Use

Alcohol Sales
Farmer City Raceway does sell alcohol at its concession stands.

Smoking Policy
Farmer City Raceway does not allow smoking in the grandstands.

Family Section
Farmer City Raceway does no offer a Family Section.

Parking Cost
Parking on racetrack property is free of charge.

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Closest Airport
Bloomington, IL (BMI / KBMI) Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal

Other Airport
Champaign, IL (CMI / KCMI) University of Illinois Willard Airport

Track Info
Track Phone
(309) 928-9110

Track Email

Track Type

Late Model Track Record
11.750 seconds by Brandon Sheppard on 4/5/19

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap
Shirley Leads Caution-Free Late Model Feature Flag-to-Flag at Farmer City

Nine minutes and 52 seconds is all Brian Shirley needed to assert his dominance over the star-studded DIRTcar Summer Nationals field at Farmer City Raceway.

Shirley, the four-time Hell Tour champion from Chatham, IL, put on a clinic Friday night, leading all 40 laps of the caution-free Feature en route to his fourth victory of the summer and 42nd of his career.

A stacked field of 44 DIRTcar Late Models lined the pit area for the third race of Week 4. Shirley won his Heat Race, which set him up to redraw the pole for the Feature. He took full advantage of his starting spot at the drop of the green and immediately jumped to the early lead over Dennis Erb Jr. and Ryan Unzicker.

Unzicker, winner on Thursday night at Macon Speedway, had a fast car on the bottom around the 1/4-mile track and got by Erb Jr. for second on Lap 14. While Shirley ripped around the top side and began to sort his way through lapped traffic, Unzicker began to close the gap behind him.

Shirley (3s) and Unzicker (24) battling for the lead. (Terry Page Photo)

Within three laps, Unzicker had completely erased Shirley’s lead and nearly pulled even with him at one point, looking for a way around to take the top spot. Shirley acknowledged that somebody was knocking on the door and quickly cracked the whip.

“That was the biggest nerve wrack of it all, to be honest,” Shirley said. “I didn’t know who was in second, I just knew, at times, second was right there.”

After a few smart moves in traffic, Shirley was able to shake Unzicker’s wrath and sped away, stretching his lead out to over a full second again as the laps continued to wind down.

“I was more worried if I picked the right lane coming up on lapped traffic,” Shirley said. “I wasn’t worried about how good my car was. I felt like my car was good enough to win the race. Luckily, when I did get by them guys, I got to get back into my rhythm and get back in the lane I was running.”

From there on out, Shirley was never challenged again. He completed all 40 circuits around and crossed under the checkered flag in an elapsed time of nine minutes and 52 seconds to claim his second career Summer Nationals Feature win at Farmer City.


Week 4 of the 38th annual DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues Saturday, July 8 with a visit to Highland Speedway in Highland, IL. Get a ticket at the gate or stream all the action live on DIRTVision.


Feature (40 Laps): 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker[7]; 3. 96V-Tanner English[4]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 5. 12-Ashton Winger[2]; 6. 25-Jason Feger[6]; 7. 33-Mike Harrison[8]; 8. 42-Mckay Wenger[9]; 9. 26H-Kyle Hammer[12]; 10. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[13]; 11. 18-Shannon Babb[20]; 12. 4G-Bob Gardner[10]; 13. 91-Rusty Schlenk[17]; 14. 22H-Dustin Hodges[11]; 15. 31AUS-Kye Blight[19]; 16. 33H-Roben Huffman[21]; 17. 38-Thomas Hunziker[22]; 18. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[14]; 19. 1M-Mike Mataragas[16]; 20. B12-Kevin Weaver[15]; 21. 29-Spencer Diercks[18]; 22. 162-Logan Moody[5]

Feature Results
1103SBrian Shirley 400.00040Running80$10,000
27+524Ryan Unzicker 40-2.0470Running75$5,000
34+196VTanner English 40-2.8750Running70$3,000
43-128Dennis Erb Jr40-5.1590Running65$2,000
52-312Ashton Winger 40-5.7060Running60$1,800
66025Jason Feger 40-6.8940Running55$1,600
78+133Mike Harrison 40-8.8440Running53$1,400
89+142Mckay Wenger 40-9.9820Running51$1,200
912+326HKyle Hammer 40-12.1120Running49$1,000
1013+399JRFrank Heckenast Jr40-12.3830Running47$700
1120+918Shannon Babb 40-12.9040Running45$500
1210-24GBob Gardner 40-14.0000Running44$500
1317+491Rusty Schlenk 39-1 Laps0Running43$500
1411-322HDustin Hodges 39-1 Laps0Running42$500
1519+431AUSKye Blight 39-1 Laps0Running41$500
1621+533HRoben Huffman 39-1 Laps0Running40$500
1722+538Thomas Hunziker 38-2 Laps0Running39$500
1814-421Billy Moyer Sr32-8 Laps0DNF38$500
1916-31MMike Mataragas 18-22 Laps0DNF37$500
2015-5B12Kevin Weaver 12-28 Laps0DNF36$500
2118-329Spencer Diercks 7-33 Laps0DNF35$500
225-17162Logan Moody 5-35 Laps0DNF34$500
Hard Charger: Shannon Babb
Last Chance Showdown Results
11091Rusty Schlenk 100.00010Running0$0
22029Spencer Diercks 10-0.9130Running0$0
37+46JRParker Martin 10-1.5090Running33$350
49+551BBrandon Carpenter 10-2.4830Running32$325
53-299GHunt Gossum 10-3.2620Running31$300
6607RKent Robinson 10-3.4610Running30$250
74-331AUSKye Blight 10-3.5290Running0$0
814+618Shannon Babb 10-3.8380Running0$0
98-11BJ Robinson 10-4.8380Running29$200
105-544Blaze Burwell 10-4.8950Running28$175
111104DDoug Tye 10-6.1220Running27$150
1213+115Clayton Stuckey 10-6.3790Running26$125
1310-3334Billy Hough 10-6.8250Running25$100
1415+133HRoben Huffman 10-7.5160Running0$0
1512-39Lyle Zanker 7-3 Laps0Running24$75
Consolation Race Results
11015Clayton Stuckey 100.00010Running0$0
26+418Shannon Babb 10-0.5320Running0$0
32-133HRoben Huffman 10-4.2530Running0$0
44038Thomas Hunziker 10-4.6890Running0$0
53-24Jordan Suhre 10-4.9250Running23$75
612+651Dean Carpenter 10-4.9400Running22$75
711+489Mike Spatola 10-5.5300Running21$75
815+778SSteve Stultz 10-6.5920Running20$75
98-111DBrian Diveley 10-7.2720Running19$75
105-517Lee Williams 10-8.1390Running18$75
1116+52MMatt Mickelson 10-9.9980Running17$75
127-523NZMick Quin 10-10.7920Running16$75
139-41WDonny Walden 0-10 Laps0DNS15$75
1410-411EBrandon Eskew 0-10 Laps0DNS14$75
1513-299Jeff Larson 0-10 Laps0DNS13$75
1614-25Austin Vincent 0-10 Laps0DNS12$75
Heat 1 Results
12+13SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL0.000
21-1162Logan Moody Catlin, IL-1.125
33042Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL-1.916
45+199JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL-2.092
54-191Rusty Schlenk McClure, OH-3.321
66044Blaze Burwell Mt Vernon, IL-5.048
77051BBrandon Carpenter Coldwater, MS-6.432
88015Clayton Stuckey Shreveport, LA-7.082
99017Lee Williams Haubstadt, IN-12.887
101001WDonny Walden Bloomington, IL-8 Laps
1111099Jeff Larson Freeport, IL-8 Laps
Heat 2 Results
11028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL0.000
23+124Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL-1.308
34+122HDustin Hodges Centralia, MO-2.025
46+2B12Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL-2.761
510+599GHunt Gossum Mayfield, KY-3.446
67+16JRParker Martin Miledgeville, GA-3.732
79+24DDoug Tye Troy, IL-4.577
88033HRoben Huffman Midland City, IL-5.092
92-718Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL-2 Laps
105-511EBrandon Eskew Ashland, IL-7 Laps
111105Austin Vincent Moody, MO-8 Laps
Heat 3 Results
11096VTanner English Benton, KY0.000
22025Jason Feger Bloomington, IL-0.887
3304GBob Gardner Washington, IL-1.628
44021Billy Moyer SrBatesville, AR-3.334
58+329Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA-3.929
6607RKent Robinson Bloomington, IN-5.077
79+2334Billy Hough Thomasboro, IL-5.739
87-14Jordan Suhre Alhambra, IL-8.194
911+223NZMick Quin Hawks Bay, NZ-9.788
105-589Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL-10.855
1110-178SSteve Stultz Peoria, AZ-1 Laps
Heat 4 Results
11012Ashton Winger Senoia, GA0.000
23+133Mike Harrison Highland, IL-2.128
32-126HKyle Hammer Clinton, IL-2.713
45+11MMike Mataragas Dekalb, IL-4.226
54-131AUSKye Blight Katanning, WAU-5.949
68+21BJ Robinson Bossier City, LA-7.108
76-19Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL-7.170
87-138Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR-8.596
99011DBrian Diveley Springfield, IL-9.525
1010051Dean Carpenter Coldwater, MS-10.217
111102MMatt Mickelson Keokuk, IA-13.843
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11162Logan Moody 12.7810.000
21528Dennis Erb Jr12.853-0.072
3163SBrian Shirley 12.854-0.073
4818Shannon Babb 12.864-0.083
51842Mckay Wenger 12.959-0.178
6424Ryan Unzicker 12.960-0.179
71791Rusty Schlenk 13.042-0.261
8522HDustin Hodges 13.045-0.264
92199JRFrank Heckenast Jr13.185-0.404
10711EBrandon Eskew 13.351-0.570
111144Blaze Burwell 13.363-0.582
1220B12Kevin Weaver 13.519-0.738
131051BBrandon Carpenter 13.651-0.870
1426JRParker Martin 13.801-1.020
15315Clayton Stuckey 13.868-1.087
161333HRoben Huffman 13.901-1.120
171417Lee Williams 14.002-1.221
18124DDoug Tye 14.182-1.401
19221WDonny Walden 14.182-1.401
20699GHunt Gossum 14.182-1.401
21999Jeff Larson 14.182-1.401
22195Austin Vincent 14.182-1.401
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1596VTanner English 12.8630.000
2112Ashton Winger 12.959-0.096
32025Jason Feger 12.976-0.113
41326HKyle Hammer 13.020-0.157
5124GBob Gardner 13.072-0.209
6933Mike Harrison 13.169-0.306
7721Billy Moyer Sr13.250-0.387
8431AUSKye Blight 13.256-0.393
9689Mike Spatola 13.276-0.413
10111MMike Mataragas 13.379-0.516
1137RKent Robinson 13.498-0.635
12149Lyle Zanker 13.504-0.641
1384Jordan Suhre 13.591-0.728
141038Thomas Hunziker 13.640-0.777
151629Spencer Diercks 13.640-0.777
16171BJ Robinson 13.647-0.784
1722334Billy Hough 13.743-0.880
181511DBrian Diveley 13.797-0.934
191978SSteve Stultz 13.870-1.007
201851Dean Carpenter 13.894-1.031
212123NZMick Quin 14.341-1.478
2222MMatt Mickelson 14.843-1.980
Hot Laps 1 Results
13133Mike Harrison 0.0000.000
22199JRFrank Heckenast Jr0.0000.000
34051Dean Carpenter 0.0000.000
4711EBrandon Eskew 0.0000.000
51162Logan Moody 0.0000.000
61051BBrandon Carpenter 0.0000.000
7315Clayton Stuckey 0.0000.000
81417Lee Williams 0.0000.000
9124DDoug Tye 0.0000.000
101333HRoben Huffman 0.0000.000
114225Jason Feger 12.807-12.807
122796VTanner English 12.873-12.873
13344GBob Gardner 12.881-12.881
14257RKent Robinson 12.955-12.955
153526HKyle Hammer 12.962-12.962
163829Spencer Diercks 13.069-13.069
172631AUSKye Blight 13.071-13.071
18818Shannon Babb 13.125-13.125
19331MMike Mataragas 13.133-13.133
20424Ryan Unzicker 13.170-13.170
213238Thomas Hunziker 13.172-13.172
22391BJ Robinson 13.216-13.216
2320B12Kevin Weaver 13.218-13.218
24163SBrian Shirley 13.227-13.227
252312Ashton Winger 13.277-13.277
263711DBrian Diveley 13.320-13.320
272921Billy Moyer Sr13.321-13.321
281791Rusty Schlenk 13.325-13.325
29522HDustin Hodges 13.351-13.351
30304Jordan Suhre 13.370-13.370
311842Mckay Wenger 13.609-13.609
324178SSteve Stultz 13.639-13.639
33221WDonny Walden 13.653-13.653
344323NZMick Quin 13.677-13.677
3544334Billy Hough 13.683-13.683
36999Jeff Larson 13.731-13.731
3726JRParker Martin 13.766-13.766
381144Blaze Burwell 13.927-13.927
39369Lyle Zanker 13.960-13.960
401528Dennis Erb Jr14.026-14.026
41242MMatt Mickelson 14.567-14.567
42195Austin Vincent 15.054-15.054
432889Mike Spatola 15.835-15.835
44699GHunt Gossum 15.835-15.835