Surviving Summer Nationals Tour is Reward for Brandon Thirlby

thirlby071010bPEORIA, IL — July 13, 2010 — The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour isn’t for the faint of heart. Starting June 16, the Dirt Late Model tour has wound its way through the Midwest, not even stopping to catch a breath for 19 consecutive race days.

Very few have what it takes to survive the grueling schedule, much less compete against some of the best racers in the country day after day. Nearly 300 drivers have tried, but only 10 have taken to the track each of the 24 nights heading into the stretch run that begins tonight at Peoria (IL) Speedway.

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Unzicker Gets First Hell Tour Win of Career at Spoon River


933297963_xpNsW-LCanton, IL - July 12, 2010 - Persistence pays off.  Ryan Unzicker is living proof of that after capturing his first career Hell Tour win Monday night at Spoon River Speedway during the 24th stop of the month long tour.

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The perennial DIRTcar Summer Nationals competitor, Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., was patiently aggressive using the low line to reel in a lead duo of point leader Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill. and Greenbriar, Ark., driver Jack Sullivan midway through the 40-Lap main event.  Unzicker would overtake Feger on lap 26 and later Sullivan on lap 28 and cruise the rest of the way to claim a $5,000 winner's check.

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals: Van Wormer Rockets to Quincy Raceways Win

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Quincy, IL - July 11, 2010 - Jeep Van Wormer didn't let his late arrival slow him down Sunday night at Quincy Raceways during the 23rd stop of the Hell Tour.

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The Pinconning, Mich., driver used an outside front row starting spot to put him in position to capitalize on Brian Shirley's engine woes early in the 40-lap main event.  Van Wormer would never look back to claim his fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of 2010 worth $5,000.

 

 

Current series point leader Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., climbed from eighth to finish second behind Van Wormer but will extend his point lead over defending Summer Nationals Champion Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.,  who settled for a seventh place finish on the night.

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Babb Dominates at Fairbury; Feger Gains in Standings

babb071010xwFAIRBURY, IL - July 10, 2010 - Shannon Babb powered his way to a $10,000 victory on Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, tightening the overall DIRTcar Summer Nationals standings entering the final week of Hell Tour action.

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