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Daily Dirt 10/25/2020 05:45:08

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September 18
Peoria Speedway,
Peoria, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals - $5,000
Information provided by: Todd Turner and Kevin Kovac (last updated September 18, 3:36 pm)
Summer Nationals head back to Peoria
Todd Turner/DirtonDirt.com
Late Models pack Peoria Speedway before Thursday's action.
Key notes: A thunderstorm that struck Peoria Speedway after heat races were completed on July 9 forced the postponement of the track's consolation and 40-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature to July 21; more wet weather on the rescheduled date further pushed the event to July 30, but continued rain that day forced officials to call it off a third time forcing a reset for Sept. 18. ... Officials eventually decided that Sept. 18's program will start from scratch; qualifying and heat races from the original date will be wiped out. ... Hot laps are scheduled for 6 p.m. ... Summer Nationals events are streamed live at DIRTvision.com.
Who to watch: Billy Drake of Bloomington, Ill., the 2018 Peoria winner on the tour.
Points chase: Before Peoria: 1. Brian Shirley (882); 2. Frank Heckenast Jr. (763); 3. Jason Feger (704); 5. Bob Gardner (565); 5. Bobby Pierce (552); 6. Tim Lance (532); 7. Tim Lance Jr. (404): 8. Shannon Babb (354); 9. Ryan Unzicker (342); 10. Gordy Gundaker (337).
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 64°F
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Billy Drake
Time: 11.603 seconds
Polesitter: Brian Shirley
Heat race winners: Brian Shirley, Ryan Unzicker, Bobby Pierce
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner and Kevin Kovac
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

PEORIA, Ill. — Updates from Thursday’s second round of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Peoria Speedway with a $5,000-to-win event on the 26-race series (results unofficial):

Program postponed

With lightning dancing in the sky and winds kicking up in advance of an approaching thunderstorm, officials stopped the racing program after the completion of the UMP modified consolation and told fans to clear the grandstands. Rain began falling moments later and intensified into a full-fledged storm, forcing officials to postponed the remainder of the action — the Late Model consolation, 25-lap modified feature and 40-lap Late Model feature — to July 21. Rain on the rescheduled date further pushed the racing to July 30, and then continued rain that day forced officials to call it off a third time with a plan for a fourth attempt to be announced.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top five transfer)

First heat: Brian Shirley, Billy Drake, Frank Heckenast Jr., Kevin Weaver, Tim Lance, Charley Hess, Cole Swibold, Brent McKinnon, Mike Chasteen Jr.

Second heat: Ryan Unzicker, Johnny Scott, Myles Moos, Todd Bennett, Jason Feger, Chris Morefield, Tim Lance Jr. Scratched: Rich Bell.

Third heat: Bobby Pierce, Bob Gardner, Shannon Babb, Tyler Carpenter, Allen Weisser, Jason Wagner, Jeff Curl, Tegan Evans.

Time trial notes

Billy Drake, the 2018 series winner at Peoria, was quickest in qualifying with an 11.603 lap. … Rich Bell of Sheffield, Ill., had a rollover in turn four with his car landing on its wheels. He was shaken up and checked on by emergency personnel but didn’t appeared to suffer any apparent injuries according to DIRTcar officials. The team is working on repair the car with hopes of starting the feature. … Mike Chasteen Jr. missed his time trial after his transmission broke in hot laps; the team was making repairs and hoped to take the tail of the first heat.

Time trials (unofficial)

(Three heats start straightup by time)

First group
Driver (car no.), hometown
Billy Drake (75), Bloomington, Ill., 11.603
Brian Shirley (3S), Chatham, Ill., 11.641
Brent McKinnon (26M), Carlyle, Ill., 11.782
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 11.807
Tim Lance (48), Brimfield, Ill., 11.833
Kevin Weaver (B12), Gibson City, Ill., 11.879
Cole Swibold (98), Fairview, Ill., 12.209
Charley Hess (40), Peoria, Ill., 12.281
Mike Chasteen Jr. (2), Peoria, Ill., no time
Second group
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 11.865
Johnny Scott (1st), Las Cruces, N.M., 11.907
Rich Bell (21), Sheffield, Ill., 11.916
Todd Bennett (T2), Peoria, Ill., 11.948
Myles Moos (84), Lincoln, Ill., 12.258
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 12.403
Chris Morefield (10), Edwards, Ill., 13.058
Tim Lance Jr. (48L), Brimfield, Ill., 14.121
Third group
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 11.769
Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 11.944
Allen Weisser (25w), Peoria, Ill., 11.988
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 12.056
Jason Wagner (J12), Morton, Ill., 12.186
Tyler Carpenter (28), Parkersburg, W.Va., 12.216
Jeff Curl (12), Fairbury, Ill., 12.366
Tegan Evans (T22), Clinton, Iowa, 12.985

Pre-race notes

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models were scheduled to hot lap at 6 p.m., but after a lengthy attempt to pack the track, they were sent off the track about 6:45 p.m.  because the inside groove was still too wet. Officials swapped up the hot-lapped order and sent the crate modifieds out to hot-lap. … Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., is among Peoria’s entrants and is scheduled to run the next four series events. He’s among just three non-Illinois entrants along with Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Tegan Evans of Clinton, Iowa. … Ryan Gustin was slated to follow the series but he was a no-show at Peoria after competing in Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway’s opener. … Four of the last five Summer Nationals winners at Peoria are entered (Brian Shirley, Shannon Babb, Billy Drake and Bobby Pierce).

Thursday’s schedule

5:30 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m. - Hot laps
- Super Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/time trials
- Super Late Model time trials
- Crate modified hot laps
Opening ceremonies
- Modified heats (8 laps)
- Super Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Crate modified heats (8 laps)
- Super Late Model consolation (10 laps; if necessary)
- Modified consolation (10 laps)
- Crate modified consolation (10 laps)
- Modified feature (25 laps)
- Super Late Model feature (40 laps)
- Crate modified feature (15 laps)

 
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