Pierce Fires Opening Shot at Kankakee

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Bobby Pierce Fires Opening Shot in DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Kankakee County Speedway

The Summer Nationals opens up a double-header Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. 

KANKAKEE, Ill. – June 16, 2016 – Bobby Pierce, the reigning DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, fired the opening shot of the grueling tour, scoring a hard fought win over Mike Marlar at Kankakee County (Ill.) Speedway on Thursday night.

Pierce, a native of Oakwood, Ill. and son of legendary late model racer Bob Pierce, battled forward through the opening laps as Tanner English led. Mike Marlar battled past English on a restart while Pierce moved to second over English. World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series regular Frank Heckenast Jr. moved to the fourth position.

By the halfway mark, the 19-year-old Pierce had cut Marlar’s lead to half a second as Heckenast moved to third. Pierce continued to cut down the lead in the succeeding laps, ultimately taking the lead on a slider. Pierce and Marlar fought a two-lap battle but Pierce held the position and ultimately claimed the $5,000-to-win opener.

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Rain claims Summer Nationals Opener at Brownstown

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Rain claims Summer Nationals Opener at Brownstown

Series resumes Kankakee County Speedway on Thursday, June 16

 

An unfavorable forecast cancels the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals opener Wednesday at Brownstown Speedway (Ind.).

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Pierce Looks for Summer Nationals Repeat

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Bobby Pierce Jr. Looks for a Repeat as Summer Nationals Kicks Off

From a storied racing family, Pierce is looking to make history of his own

 

CONCORD, N.C. – June 15, 2016 - It is a story 19-year-old Bobby Pierce Jr. can laugh about now, and that is just what he did when he told it. But to his credit, this particular step was big for a four-year-old. Pierce Jr. grabbed hold of a quarter midget for the first time then, and it was nothing like skating his toy cars across the Vermillion County Speedway grandstands.

 

It only lasted one day. The throttle got the best of the little daredevil, who drove the cart right into the side of his father’s pickup truck. He called it quits. It was scary yet humbling experience. But there was still something so intriguing about racing to him. Maybe it was because of his lustrous bloodline or the simple fact that he has been around racing since birth. Being the typical curious kid, he still wanted to find out why it interested him so much, though it scared him.

 

The Oakwood, Ill. rising-star became the youngest driver ever at 18 years-old to win the DIRTcar Summer Nationals title in 2015. Not only that, but he also joined his father Bob Pierce in becoming the first father-son duo to win Summer Nationals titles. He did start young; it is in his blood.

 

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Summer Nationals Set To Kick Off

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Summit Modified Nationals and Summer Nationals to Kick Off 


Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals begins with Brownstown Speedway (Ind.) Wednesday, June 15


CONCORD, N.C. – June 8, 2016 – Just one week remains until the start of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Modified Nationals and two drivers looking to repeat their 2015 success are Mike Harrison and Bobby Pierce. 


Both will be on their game trying to compete for a second season when both tours, among the most grueling in all of motorsports, kicks off on June 15 at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway. 


Young standout Bobby Pierce, blazed a path to last season’s Summer Nationals title. The 18-year-old driver, edged another young standout, Billy Moyer Jr., to became the youngest ever driver to claim the title. He joined his father Bob Pierce as the first ever father-son duo to claim the Summer Nationals title. The Oakwood, Ill.-native went on from Summer Nationals to win his second DIRTcar Late Model National Championship.

Mike Harrison was another driver who had a banner year in 2015. Harrison, annually the driver to beat in the DIRTcar Summit Racing Modified Nationals made sure last year was not any different. The Highland Creek, Ill.-native scored nine of 13 feature wins. He closed out last season’s Modified Nationals with his fourth title since 2011. Harrison went on to claim the DIRTcar UMP Modified National Championship. 


The Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Modified Nationals are ready to kick off and a number of drivers are looking to unseat Harrison and Pierce and claim their own piece of history. Join both tours as they start the 2016 season at Brownstown Speedway on Wednesday, June 15. To learn more and to find out how to purchase tickets, visit 
BrownstownSpeedway.com


Follow the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals on Twitter at 
Twitter.com/SummerNationals or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SummerNationals. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the series throughout the lead up and the summer on the series’ websites at TheHellTour.com and ModifiedNationals.com. 


2016 DIRTcar Racing Late Model Summer Nationals Schedule

Date Day Track City
Northern Kickoff
June 15 Wednesday Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN
June 16 Thursday Kankakee Co. Speedway Kankakee, IL
June 17 Friday Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI
June 18 Saturday Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI
June 19 Sunday Wilmot Speedway Wilmot, WI
Heartland Tour
June 20 Monday OFF  
June 21 Tuesday Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, IL
June 22 Wednesday Farley Speedway Farley, IA
June 23 Thursday Spoon River Speedway Canton, IL
June 24 Friday Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL
June 25 Saturday Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, IL
June 26 Sunday Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
Southern Tour
June 27 Monday OFF  
June 28 Tuesday Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, TN
June 29 Wednesday Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, IL
June 30 Thursday Springfield Raceway Springfield, MO
July 1 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, IL
July 2 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO
July 3 Sunday Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, IL
Independence Week
July 4 Monday LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, IL
July 5 Tuesday Daugherty Speedway Boswell, IN
July 6 Wednesday Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL
July 7 Thursday Macon Speedway Macon, IL
July 8 Friday Farmer City Speedway Farmer City, IL
July 9 Saturday Highland Speedway Highland, IL
July 10 Sunday Quincy Raceways Quincy, IL
Champions Week
July 11 Monday OFF  
July 12 Tuesday Plymouth Speedway Plymouth, IN
July 13 Wednesday Shadyhill Speedway Medaryville, IN
July 14 Thursday Merritt Speedway Lake City, MI
July 15 Friday Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, OH
July 16 Saturday Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, OH


2016 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Schedule 

Date

Day

Track

City

June 15

Wednesday

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, IN

June 16

Thursday

Kankakee Co. Speedway

Kankakee, IL

June 19

Sunday

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

June 21

Tuesday

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL

June 23

Thursday

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

June 24

Friday

Tri-City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

June 25

Saturday

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

June 26

Sunday

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

June 27

Monday

OFF

 

June 28

Tuesday

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

June 29

Wednesday

Belle Clair Speedway

Belleville, IL

June 30

Thursday

Springfield Speedway

Springfield, IL

July 1

Friday

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

July 2

Saturday

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

Pevely, MO

July 3

Sunday

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

July 4

Monday

LaSalle Speedway

LaSalle, IL

July 5

Tuesday

Daugherty Speedway

Boswell, IN

July 6

Wednesday

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

July 7

Thursday

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

July 8

Friday

Farmer City Speedway

Farmer City, IL

July 9

Saturday

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

July 10

Sunday

Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL

July 11

Monday

OFF

 

July 12

Tuesday

Plymouth Speedway

Plymouth, IN

July 13

Wednesday

Shadyhill Speedway

Medaryville, IL

July 14

Thursday

Merritt Speedway

Lake City, MI

July 15

Friday

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

July 16

Saturday

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

July 29

Friday

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

July 30

Saturday

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

 

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing. 


The Summit Racing Modified Nationals is proudly brought to you by these fine partners
 : Summit Racing Equipment (Title Sponsor), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Provider), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Racing Tire), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), VP Racing Fuels (Official Fuel), along with these Contingency Parters: MSD, TomCat Performance, Landrum Performance Springs, Dominator Race Products, QuarterMaster, KSE Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Joes Racing Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Beyea Custom Headers, Fast Shafts, Bassett Racing Wheels, QA1, Auto Meter, Fluidampr, Fox Shocks, Impact Race Products, Penske Shocks, Performance Friction Brakes, Strange Oval, Schoenfeld Headers, Bell Helmets, Shafer Enterprises' Cool Shirts; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal and Intercomp.

Summer Nationals Tour Schedule Set

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2016 Summer Nationals Tour Schedule Set

LaSalle Speedway date shifts to July 4 and Springfield Raceway has been added on June 30

CONCORD, N.C. – May 19, 2016 – With less than a month remaining before the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour kicks off, the final schedule for the grueling tour has been set with two date changes.

LaSalle Speedway’s Summer Nationals date will move from June 30 to July 4. The new Independence Day spectacular on the quarter-mile track will feature a $5,000-to-win main event for the late models. The night’s festivities will also include the Summit Modified Nationals tour with a $1,000-to-win feature and the DIRTcar Stock Cars.

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