2018 Summer Nationals Schedule Announced

The Hell Tour Unleashed: 28 Races in 32 Days Highlight the 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

33rd annual Hell Tour for DIRTcar Racing Late Models to feature nine races paying $10,000 to win

By: Matt Prieur

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 6, 2017 — The most grueling and intimidating schedule in all of motorsports, the DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals Hell Tour will embark on its 33rd straight year of competition in 2018. In just 32 days, the premier drivers and teams within the DIRTcar Racing Late Model ranks will race in 28 events spread out over seven states vying for almost $200,000 in first-place prize money over the marathon five weeks of competition. A minimum of $5,000 to win each night is on the line with nine of those events paying $10,000 to win. Additionally, each week’s points champion will receive a bonus $2,000, while the 2018 Summer Nationals Champion will receive a whopping $25,000.



I-96 Speedway Added to Schedule 

Brian Shirley at I-96 Speedway


4/10-mile dirt oval in West Michigan will wrap up two-race stretch in the Great Lakes State


CONCORD, NC — March 19, 2018 — A final adjustment to the 33rd Annual DIRTcar Summer Nationals schedule was put into place with the addition of the I-96 Speedway on Thursday, July 12th. The DIRTcar Super Late Models and UMP Modifieds will wrap up their Michigan swing with a date at the 4/10-mile (0.400) high-banked dirt oval located east of Grand Rapids in Lake Odessa, MI. This event will be the first appearance at I-96 for the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals since the 2014 season.


Pierce's 3rd title cements dominance on UMP tour

WAUSEON, Ohio (July 15) — When someone suggested to Bobby Pierce on Saturday afternoon at Oakshade Raceway that his third consecutive UMP DIRTcar Summernationals championship qualifies him for a certain nickname, he happily accepted the notion. | Complete Summernationals coverage

“Yeah,” Pierce said with a smile, “I guess you could call me Mr. Summernationals.”


Summer Nationals by the Numbers

A by-the-numbers review of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals from the June 14 opener at Brownstown (IN) Speedway to the July 15 finale at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, OH. (complete Summer Nationals coverage)


Kent Robinson wins at Oakshade Raceway

By Kevin Kovac

DirtonDirt.com senior writer

WAUSEON, Ohio (July 15) — Kent Robinson thought his hopes for victory in Saturday night’s UMP DIRTcar Summernationals-sanctioned Birthday Race at Oakshade Raceway were effectively over as soon as he drew the sixth starting spot for the 60-lap feature.

With passing expected to be at a premium because the 3/8-mile oval’s track surface had already taken rubber, Robinson looked at an outside third row position as being virtually impossible to overcome.