DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Thunderbird Raceway -- Muskegon, MI
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Event Info
Thunderbird Raceway
Thursday
15
Jul

Winner: Ashton Winger
2nd: Bobby Pierce
3rd: Tanner English
DIRTcar Summer Nationals
July 15, 2021
Thunderbird Raceway
350 W Riley Thompson Rd
Muskegon, MI 49445 

 http://www.thunderbirdracewaymi.com

Watch on DIRTVision
 https://www.dirtvision.tv/dirtcar-summer-nationals/season:2021/videos/dirtcar-summer-nationals-thunderbird-raceway

Series
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

Race Recap: HULK SMASH: Winger Wins at Thunderbird for Second Career Hell Tour Victory

Pierce slides English in closing laps to finish ahead again, extends points lead

For as hard as he and his team worked to get their first win, Ashton Winger made his second career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory look like he’d done it a hundred times before with a clean sweep of Thursday night’s visit to Thunderbird Raceway.

The 21-year-old Hell Tour rookie was fastest in Hot Laps, set quick time in Qualifying, won his Heat Race and the 40-lap Feature to collect his second $5,000 check of the season in front of a packed house, watching him emerge victorious in Victory Lane to his signature Hulk smash-like roof dance celebration.

Terry Page Photo

Winger also topped all of the Michigan DIRTcar Late Model regulars in the field, who showed up in full-force to help create a stacked 42-car field. Despite their best efforts to defeat the Summer Nationals regulars, they were unable to best the Georgia boy, who crossed the line a near five seconds over second-place Bobby Pierce.

Winger started on the outside pole and trailed polesitter Tanner English, of Benton, KY, in the early going. And unlike most tour rookies, Winger did not need a caution to track down the leader. In fact, not a single yellow flag was displayed in the race that took just under 10 minutes to complete.

“I was a little worried on the start. Anytime we’re going to a racetrack with a little bit harder tire, it’s a gamble,” Winger, of Hampton, GA, said in Victory Lane.

Winger held onto the middle-high groove around the third-mile oval and got a great run to English’s outside on Lap 15. A smooth exit off of Turn 4 was enough to nip English at the line and give him his first lap led in the race. From there on out, it was domination time in any lane he chose.

“I moved around a little bit whenever Tanner [English] had to move around some of them guys. I found a line that was good for me, and really I could maneuver all over, but I was just lucky the cards fell the way they did… shoot, three or four cautions there and we could be looking at a different scenario,” Winger said.

Winger (12) racing with English (81E) for the lead (Terry Page Photo)

Behind him, a war was waging for the runner-up spot between English and Pierce. Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, began pounding the high side of the speedway, working his way toward English’s bumper. His first pass for second came in a cluster of slower cars on Lap 26, just barely crossing the stripe before English to be scored second on that lap. But English had the clearer lane around the bottom and drove away with the spot.

Pierce reeled him back in as traffic cleared up, and with just seven laps remaining, he put a big slide job on English in Turns 3-4 to take the spot back for good and increase his points lead yet again. English finished right behind in third, but lost another five points in the standings as he chases his first career Summer Nationals crown.

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The Summer Nationals Late Models are back in action Friday night at Hartford Raceway for the first $10,000-to-win show of the weekend. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 12-Ashton Winger[1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[8]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 4. 55-Jeep Van Wormer[3]; 5. 4-Travis Stemler[4]; 6. 91-Rusty Schlenk[9]; 7. M14-Brandon Thirlby[10]; 8. 21N-Logan Nickerson[7]; 9. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen[18]; 10. 74-Mitch McGrath[5]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[11]; 12. 6M-Dona Marcoullier[6]; 13. 27-Eric Spangler[13]; 14. 48-Tim Lance[15]; 15. 15-Dave Baker[17]; 16. 16-Garrett Wiles[12]; 17. 87-Rich Neiser[21]; 18. 1S-Andrew Sprague[16]; 19. 19X- Cody Bauer[20]; 20. 21S-Tom Sprague Jr[14]; 21. 14R-Jeff Roth[19]; 22. 148-Tim Lance Jr[22]

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Race Results: 7/15/21 – Thunderbird Raceway

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 12-Ashton Winger[1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[8]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 4. 55-Jeep Van Wormer[3]; 5. 4-Travis Stemler[4]; 6. 91-Rusty Schlenk[9]; 7. M14-Brandon Thirlby[10]; 8. 21N-Logan Nickerson[7]; 9. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen[18]; 10. 74-Mitch McGrath[5]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[11]; 12. 6M-Dona Marcoullier[6]; 13. 27-Eric Spangler[13]; 14. 48-Tim Lance[15]; 15. 15-Dave Baker[17]; 16. 16-Garrett Wiles[12]; 17. 87-Rich Neiser[21]; 18. 1S-Andrew Sprague[16]; 19. 19X- Cody Bauer[20]; 20. 21S-Tom Sprague Jr[14]; 21. 14R-Jeff Roth[19]; 22. 148-Tim Lance Jr[22]

Qualifying Group 1 (2 Laps) 1. 81E-Tanner English, 00:13.055[13]; 2. 4-Travis Stemler, 00:13.072[6]; 3. 74-Mitch McGrath, 00:13.120[18]; 4. 21N- Logan Nickerson, 00:13.255[10]; 5. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 00:13.258[21]; 6. 48-Tim Lance, 00:13.274[12]; 7. 2-Bry Johnson, 00:13.291[7]; 8. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen, 00:13.319[2]; 9. 27-Eric Spangler, 00:13.335[17]; 10. 14G-Joe Godsey, 00:13.377[14]; 11. 94-Bill Bray, 00:13.379[16]; 12. 37-Rob Mayea, 00:13.444[11]; 13. 14R-Jeff Roth, 00:13.495[5]; 14. 11X- Ryan Lanphierd, 00:13.500[19]; 15. 19X-Cody Bauer, 00:13.502[4]; 16. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 00:13.547[15]; 17. 87-Rich Neiser, 00:13.755[3]; 18. 0S-Ronnie Smith, 00:14.011[20]; 19. 51-Steve Fairbanks, 00:14.053[1]; 20. 13W-Clay Wenzlick, 00:14.393[8]; 21. 1M-Eric Midkiff, 00:14.457[9]

Qualifying Group 2 (2 Laps) 1. 12-Ashton Winger, 00:13.015[17]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:13.114[9]; 3. 42-Chad Finley, 00:13.311[2]; 4. 55-Jeep Van Wormer, 00:13.315[5]; 5. 6M-Dona Marcoullier, 00:13.418[3]; 6. 16-Garrett Wiles, 00:13.479[7]; 7. M14-Brandon Thirlby, 00:13.623[11]; 8. 148-Tim Lance Jr, 00:13.666[4]; 9. 15-Dave Baker, 00:13.695[16]; 10. 1S-Andrew Sprague, 00:13.713[18]; 11. 13-Scott Baker, 00:13.893[1]; 12. 20W-Justin White, 00:14.145[20]; 13. 21S-Tom Sprague Jr, 00:14.211[12]; 14. 15G-Jamie Grochowski, 00:14.229[10]; 15. 22-Kevin Juusola, 00:14.265[13]; 16. 71-Derek Passenier, 00:14.351[21]; 17. 20-Jim Plotts, 00:14.594[14]; 18. 18-Matthew Sprague, 00:14.697[8]; 19. 248-Brandon Lance, 00:14.867[6]; 20. T18-Jeff Geis, 00:14.874[19]; 21. 12$-Troy Marciniak, 00:15.029[15]

Heat 1 (10 Laps) 1. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 2. 74-Mitch McGrath[2]; 3. 91-Rusty Schlenk[3]; 4. 27-Eric Spangler[5]; 5. 2-Bry Johnson[4]; 6. 19X-Cody Bauer[8]; 7. 14R-Jeff Roth[7]; 8. 94-Bill Bray[6]; 9. 87-Rich Neiser[9]; 10. 51-Steve Fairbanks[10]; 11. 1M-Eric Midkiff[11]

Heat 2 (10 Laps) 1. 4-Travis Stemler[1]; 2. 21N-Logan Nickerson[2]; 3. 14G-Joe Godsey[5]; 4. 48-Tim Lance[3]; 5. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen[4]; 6. 37-Rob Mayea[6]; 7. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd[7]; 8. 38-Thomas Hunziker[8]; 9. 13W-Clay Wenzlick[10]; 10. 0S-Ronnie Smith[9]

Heat 3 (10 Laps) 1. 12-Ashton Winger[1]; 2. 6M-Dona Marcoullier[3]; 3. M14-Brandon Thirlby[4]; 4. 21S-Tom Sprague Jr[7]; 5. 15-Dave Baker[5]; 6. 20-Jim Plotts[9]; 7. 12$-Troy Marciniak[11]; 8. 22-Kevin Juusola[8]; 9. 13-Scott Baker[6]; 10. 248-Brandon Lance[10]; 11. 42-Chad Finley[2]

Heat 4 (10 Laps) 1. 55-Jeep Van Wormer[2]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 3. 16-Garrett Wiles[3]; 4. 1S-Andrew Sprague[5]; 5. 148-Tim Lance Jr[4]; 6. 71-Derek Passenier[8]; 7. 20W-Justin White[6]; 8. 15G-Jamie Grochowski[7]; 9. 18-Matthew Sprague[9]; 10. T18-Jeff Geis[10]

Consolation Race (10 Laps) 1. 94-Bill Bray[1]; 2. 38-Thomas Hunziker[3]; 3. 87-Rich Neiser[5]; 4. 51-Steve Fairbanks[9]; 5. 22-Kevin Juusola[2]; 6. 18- Matthew Sprague[8]; 7. 248-Brandon Lance[10]; 8. T18-Jeff Geis[12]; 9. 0S-Ronnie Smith[11]; 10. 15G-Jamie Grochowski[4]; 11. 13W-Clay Wenzlick[7]; 12. 1M-Eric Midkiff[13]; 13. (DNS) 13-Scott Baker; 14. (DNS) 42-Chad Finley

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) 1. 15-Dave Baker[2]; 2. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen[3]; 3. 19X-Cody Bauer[5]; 4. 20W-Justin White[12]; 5. 148-Tim Lance Jr[4]; 6. 71-Derek Passenier[8]; 7. 20-Jim Plotts[6]; 8. 51-Steve Fairbanks[16]; 9. 37-Rob Mayea[7]; 10. 12$-Troy Marciniak[10]; 11. 94-Bill Bray[13]; 12. 38-Thomas Hunziker[14]; 13. 11X-Ryan Lanphierd[11]; 14. 87-Rich Neiser[15]; 15. 14R-Jeff Roth[9]; 16. 2-Bry Johnson[1]


Thunderbird Raceway
350 W Riley Thompson Rd
Muskegon, MI 49445 

 http://www.thunderbirdracewaymi.com

Track Phone
(231) 766-3300

Track Email
 tom@winstonspeedwaymi.com

Track Size & Type
3/8 MILE