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June 18
Fairbury Speedway,
Fairbury, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals - $10,000
Information provided by: Kyle McFadden and staff reports (last updated June 19, 8:07 am)
Chris Simpson tops foes in wild one at Fairbury
  1. Chris Simpson
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Dennis Erb Jr.
  4. Ryan Unzicker
  5. Max Blair
  6. Brian Shirley
  7. Ryan Gustin
  8. McKay Wenger
  9. Derek Chandler
  10. Kevin Weaver
  11. Jason Feger
  12. Gordy Gundaker
  13. Joe Godsey
  14. Payton Freeman
  15. Jake Little
  16. Mike Spatola
  17. Bob Gardner
  18. Titus Sneed
  19. Nick Allen
  20. Tanner English
  21. Kyle Hammer
  22. Mike Mataragas
  23. Logan Martin
  24. Drake Troutman
  25. Preston Luckman
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Chris Simpson celebrates his second tour victory over three days.
What won the race: Winning his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals race of the week, pole-starting Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, won a wild battle up front, fighting off 22nd-starting series points leader Bobby Pierce in the final laps for a $10,000 victory at Fairbury Speedway.
Quotable: "I knew (runner-up Pierce would charge to the front). That little lip up there, there's plenty for him to come on," Simpson said. "Congrats to those guys on second. It's cool to have a Hoker (Trucking-sponsored) 1-2 finish again. But they said at Davenport I didn't earn it, and this one I earned. So I hope I can swallow that one."
Key notes: Simpson also won Thursday's series stop at Davenport (Iowa) Speedway. He has four career tour victories. ... Simpson led laps 24-27, 30-34 and 41 through the rest of the 50-lapper. ... Super Late Model rookie Nick Allen led the first 23 laps but slipped back to fourth on a restart and slowed on lap 47 after fading. ... Dennis Erb Jr. led laps 28-29 and 35-40. ... Six cautions slowed the action, the penultimate one when fourth-running Tanner English got into the turn-three wall on lap 41. ... Other yellows: Ryan Unzicker with a flat tire on ninth lap; Drake Troutman slowing on the 14th lap; Logan Martin pulling to the pits on lap 23; and Jason Feger slowing on lap 24). ... Fairbury hosted the tour for the 35th time and drew a season-high 50 entries.
On the move: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started 22nd and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Simpson’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Cheap Cars, Five Star Shop Service, Randy Davidson Trucking, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Hoker Trucking, Superior Cleaning, Capital Capsigns, Allgaier Performance, Chase Decals, Simpson Farms, IITI and Lucas Oil.
Points chase: After Fairbury: 1. Bobby Pierce (349): 2. Ryan Unzicker (335); 3. Dennis Erb Jr. (321); 4. Jason Feger (306); 5. Brian Shirley (282); 6. Payton Freeman (231); 7. Logan Martin (226); 8. Joe Godsey (219); 9. Drake Troutman (218); 10. Bob Gardner (211).
Current weather: Clear, 63°F
Car count: 42
Fast qualifier: Payton Freeman
Time: 12.702 seconds
Polesitter: Chris Simpson
Heat race winners: Nick Allen, Brian Shirley, Tanner English, Max Blair, Mike Mataragas, Chris Simpson
Consolation race winners: Jason Feger
Provisional starters: Ryan Gustin, Bobby Pierce, Mike Spatola, Titus Sneed, Bob Gardner
Next series race: June 19, Sycamore Speedway (Maple Park, IL) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

FAIRBURY, Ill. — Updates and results from Saturday's fifth round of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Fairbury Speedway, highlighted by a $10,000-to-win Super Late Model feature (results unofficial):

Feature

Winning his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals race of the week, Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, won a wild battle up front, fighting off 22nd-starting series points leader Bobby Pierce in the final laps for a $10,000 victory at Fairbury Speedway.

Feature lineup

(40 laps)

Row 1: Chris Simpson, Nick Allen
Row 2: Max Blair, Tanner English
Row 3: Mike Mataragas, Brian Shirley
Row 4: Ryan Unzicker, Kevin Weaver
Row 5: Dennis Erb Jr., Drake Troutman
Row 6: Preston Luckman, McKay Wenger
Row 7: Payton Freeman, Logan Martin
Row 8: Derek Chandler, Kyle Hammer
Row 9: Jake Little, Joe Godsey
Row 10: Jason Feger, Gordy Gundaker
Row 11: Ryan Gustin, Bobby Pierce
Row 12: Mike Spatola, Titus Sneed
Row 13: Bob Gardner 

Consolation race results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

B-main (12 laps; top three transfer): Jason Feger, Gordy Gundaker, Ryan Gustin, Mike Spatola, Justin Duty, Trevor Gundaker, Bob Gardner, Shannon Babb, Paul Parker, Doug Tye, Dale Markham, Mark Voigt, Mick Quin, Jeff Roth, Matt Furman, Taylor Scheffler.

First C-main (10 laps; top two transfer): Trevor Gundaker, Dale Markham, Curtis Roberts, Brent McKinnon, Billy Hough, Lyle Zanker, Titus Sneed, Paul Stubber, Bill Weistart, Rickey Frankel.

Second C-main (10 laps; top two transfer): Shannon Babb, Mark Voigt, Mike Provenzano, Jimmy Miller, Deshawn Gingerich, Tim Gauntt, Bobby Pierce, Frank Heckenast Jr., Myles Moos.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Nick Allen, Ryan Unzicker, Payton Freeman, Gordy Gundaker, Taylor Scheffler, Brent McKinnon, Curtis Roberts, Bill Weistart, Titus Sneed.

Second heat: Brian Shirley, Kevin Weaver, Logan Martin, Jason Feger, Paul Parker, Trevor Gundaker, Billy Hough, Rickey Frankel.

Third heat: Tanner English, Dennis Erb Jr., Derek Chandler, Ryan Gustin, Justin Duty, Lyle Zanker, Dale Markham, Paul Stubber.

Fourth heat: Max Blair, Drake Troutman, Kyle Hammer, Mike Spatola, Doug Tye, Tim Gauntt, Jimmy Miller, Frank Heckenast Jr.

Fifth heat: Mike Mataragas, Preston Luckman, Jake Little, Jeff Roth, Mick Quin, Shannon Babb, Myles Moos, Bobby Pierce.

Sixth heat: Chris Simpson, McKay Wenger, Joe Godsey, Bob Gardner, Matt Furman, Mark Voigt, Mike Provenzano, Deshawn Gingerich.

Time trials

(Heat races start straightup by qualifying times)

Driver (car no.), hometown
, time
First group
Payton Freeman (F1), Commerce, Ga., 12.702
Nick Allen (21A), Wheatfield, Ind., 12.778
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 12.883
Brent McKinnon (26M), Carlyle, Ill., 13.002
Gordy Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 13.108
Curtis Roberts (9r), Coleman, Mich., 13.369
Bill Weistart (73), Tonica, Ill., 13.520
Taylor Scheffler (10s), Waukesha, Wis., 13.571
Titus Sneed (76), Justice, Ill., 14.030
Second group
Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 12.845
Kevin Weaver (B12), Gibson City, Ill., 12.946
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 13.001
Logan Martin (36), West Plains, Mo., 13.213
Trevor Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 13.398
Paul Parker (10), Kaukauna, Wis., 13.450
Rickey Frankel (33), Quincy, Ill., 13.525
Billy Hough (33H), Thomasboro, Ill., 13.985
Third group
Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 12.809
Derek Chandler (35), Pontiac, Ill., 13.184
Justin Duty (15), Mulino, Ore., 13.188
Ryan Gustin (19r), Marshalltown, Iowa, 13.250
Dale Markham (3M), Maple Park, Ill., 13.467
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 13.500
Paul Stubber (31aus), Bunbury, Australia, 13.657
Lyle Zanker (9z), Rockford, Ill., 13.679
Fourth group
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 13.125
Max Blair (111v), Centerville, Pa., 13.216
Drake Troutman (7T), Hyndman, Pa., 13.441
Kyle Hammer (45), Clinton, Ill., 13.479
Mike Spatola (89), Manhattan, Ill., 13.521
Jimmy Miller (18), Highland, Ill., 15.035
Doug Tye (4D), Collinsville, Ill., 15.537
Tim Gauntt (T8), Brighton, Ill., 16.633
Fifth group
Preston Luckman (77), Coos Bay, Ore., 13.458
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 13.641
Myles Moos (84), Lincoln, Ill., 13.720
Jake Little (38J), Springfield, Ill., 13.950
Mike Mataragas (1m), DeKalb, Ill., 14.019
Jeff Roth (14R), Bentonville, Ark., 14.682
Mick Quin (23NZ), Hawks Bay, N.Z., 15.925
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., did not time
Sixth group
Chris Simpson (32), Oxford, Iowa, 13.405
Joe Godsey (14G), Edinburgh, Ind., 13.513
Matt Furman (51), Columbus, Ohio, 13.596
McKay Wenger (42), Fairbury, Ill., 13.624
Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 14.017
Mike Provenzano (M27), Marseilles, Ill., 14.170
Mark Voigt (30), Marine, Ill., 14.418
Deshawn Gingerich (0), Dover, Pa., 14.726

Saturday’s schedule

(All times local)

5:30 p.m. - Drivers' meeting
5:50 p.m. - Hot laps
- DIRTcar Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/qualifying
- DIRTcar Late Model qualifying
- Stock car hot laps/qualifying
Opening ceremonies
- DIRTcar Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Modified heats (8 laps)
- Stock car heats (8 laps)
- DIRTcar Late Model C-main (10 laps if needed)
- Modified B-main (10 laps if needed)
- DIRTcar Late Model B-main (12 laps if needed)
Features
- DIRTcar Late Models (50 laps)
- Modifieds (25 laps)
- Stock cars (15 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chr. Simpson, N. Allen
Row 2: Blair, English
Row 3: Mataragas, Shirley
Row 4: Unzicker, Weaver
Row 5: D. Erb, Troutman
Row 6: Luckman, Wenger
Row 7: Freeman, Martin
Row 8: Chandler, Hammer
Row 9: Little, Godsey
Row 10: Feger, G. Gundaker
Row 11: Gustin, Pierce
Row 12: Spatola, Sneed
Row 13: Gardner
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