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Daily Dirt 08/09/2022 12:42:37

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June 19
Sycamore Speedway,
Maple Park, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals - $5,000
Information provided by: Kyle McFadden and staff reports (last updated June 20, 12:43 pm)
Shirley fells Sycamore for $5,000 repeat
  1. Brian Shirley
  2. Max Blair
  3. Jason Feger
  4. Ryan Unzicker
  5. Dennis Erb Jr.
  6. Bobby Pierce
  7. Payton Freeman
  8. Logan Martin
  9. Justin Duty
  10. Preston Luckman
  11. Joe Godsey
  12. Rich Bell
  13. Mike Mataragas
  14. Mike Spatola
  15. Bob Gardner
  16. Brent McKinnon
  17. Doug Tye
  18. Mark Voigt
  19. Dale Markham
  20. Greg Cantrell
  21. Taylor Scheffler
  22. Spencer Diercks
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Brian Shirley notched his first feature victory of 2022.
What won the race: Slipping past Max Blair in lapped traffic, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., took command at the flagstand on lap 32 and led the rest of Sunday's 40-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature at Sycamore Speedway. The third-starting Shirley, a four-time tour champion, took the checkers 1.334 seconds ahead of Blair for his first tour victory of 2022.
Quotable: "You know, we got lucky there," Shirley said. "(The track) ended up starting to latch down a little bit. We had a pretty good car, but (Blair) just got hung up behind that lapped car a little bit. We took advantage of it and had a pretty good car and was able to walk away with the win."
Key notes: Shirley notched his first victory of any kind in 2022. ... Shirley has 36 career tour victories, including the last two series events at Sycamore. ... Polesitter Payton Freeman led the first nine laps and Max Blair led laps 10-31. ... Ten cautions slowed the action, including a first-lap pileup in turn three with Doug Tye, Logan Martin, Bob Gardner and Greg Cantrell involved. ... Other cautions: The first two attempted starts were called back (no drivers were penalized); Bob Gardner slowed on lap 10; Tye spun on lap 13 then slowed on lap 17; Mike Spatola's lap-19 spin; and Mark Voigt's lap-21 spin after contact with Martin; Cantrell's lap-35 flat tire; and finally fast qualifier Dale Markham's lap-36 spin. ... Sycamore, about an hour west of Chicago, hosted its sixth series event and Shirley is the lone driver with more than one victory.
On the move: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started 16th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Shirley’s Bob Cullen Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Thomason Express, Hoker Trucking, J&J Ventures Gaming, Kid’s Castle Learning Center, KBC Graphics, Cheap Cars, Bass Livestock Nutrition, Allgaier Motorsports, East Central Coin, Cheers and Integra Shocks.
Who to watch: Summer Nationals upstart Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, chases a third win of 2022.
Points chase: After Sycamore: 1. Bobby Pierce (404): 2. Ryan Unzicker (400); 3. Dennis Erb Jr. (381); 4. Jason Feger (376); 5. Brian Shirley (362); 6. Payton Freeman (284); 7. Logan Martin (277); 8. Joe Godsey (264); 9. Bob Gardner (252); 10. Preston Luckman (220).
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 34
Fast qualifier: Dale Markham
Time: 14.558 seconds
Polesitter: Payton Freeman
Heat race winners: Jason Feger, Brian Shirley, Payton Freeman, Max Blair
Consolation race winners: Logan Martin
Provisional starters: Bob Gardner, Mike Spatola, Greg Cantrell, Brent McKinnon
Next series race: June 21, Springfield Raceway (Springfield, MO) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

MAPLE PARK, Ill. — Updates and results from Sunday's sixth round of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Sycamore Speedway, highlighted by a $5,000-to-win Super Late Model feature (results unofficial):

Feature

Slipping past Max Blair in lapped traffic, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., took command at the flagstand on lap 32 and led the rest of Sunday's 40-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature at Sycamore Speedway. The third-starting Shirley, a four-time tour champion, took the checkers 1.334 seconds ahead of Blair for his first tour victory of 2022.

Feature lineup

(40 laps)

Row 1: Payton Freeman, Max Blair
Row 2: Brian Shirley, Jason Feger
Row 3: Dale Markham, Spencer Diercks
Row 4: Mike Mataragas, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 5: Joe Godsey, Mark Voigt
Row 6: Rich Bell, Ryan Unzicker
Row 7: Justin Duty, Preston Luckman
Row 8: Doug Tye, Bobby Pierce
Row 9: Logan Martin, Taylor Scheffler
Row 10: Bob Gardner, Mike Spatola
Row 11: Greg Cantrell, Brent McKinnon

Consolation race results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

B-main: Logan Martin, Taylor Scheffler, Bob Gardner, Mike Spatola, Rich Dawson, Brent McKinnon, Titus Sneed, Greg Cantrell, Mike Provenzano, Paul Parker, Dan White, Paul Stubber, Mick Quin, Wayne Friend, Brandon Hamburg, Deshawn Gingerich, Jeff Roth, Lyle Zanker.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top four transfer)

First heat:
Jason Feger, Dale Markham, Joe Godsey, Justin Duty, Brent McKinnon, Dan White, Jeff Roth, Mike Provenzano, Paul Parker.

Second heat: Brian Shirley, Spencer Diercks, Mark Voigt, Preston Luckman, Taylor Scheffler, Logan Martin, Titus Sneed, Paul Stubber, Deshawn Gingerich.

Third heat: Payton Freeman, Mike Mataragas, Rich Bell, Doug Tye, Rich Dawson, Greg Cantrell, Wayne Freimund, Brandon Hamburg.

Fourth heat: Max Blair, Dennis Erb Jr., Ryan Unzicker, Bobby Pierce, Bob Gardner, Mike Spatola, Lyle Zander, Mick Quin.

Time trials

(Heat races start straightup by qualifying times)

Driver (car no.), hometown
, time
First group
Dale Markham (3M), Maple Park, Ill., 14.558
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 14.589
Joe Godsey (14G), Edinburgh, Ind., 14.806
Brent McKinnon (26M), Carlyle, Ill., 14.840
Justin Duty (15), Mulino, Ore., 14.844
Dan White (03), Elgin, Ill., 14.864
Paul Parker (10), Kaukauna, Wis., 14.875
Mike Provenzano (M27), Marseilles, Ill., 15.220
Jeff Roth (14R), Bentonville, Ark., 15.880
Second group
Taylor Scheffler (10s), Waukesha, Wis., 14.773
Paul Stubber (31aus), Bunbury, Australia, 14.860
Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 14.963
Logan Martin (36), West Plains, Mo., 15.061
Titus Sneed (76), Justice, Ill., 15.137
Spencer Diercks (29D), Davenport, Iowa, 15.155
Mark Voigt (30), Marine, Ill., 15.488
Deshawn Gingerich (0), Dover, Pa., 15.783
Preston Luckman (77), Coos Bay, Ore.,  no time
Third group
Payton Freeman (F1), Commerce, Ga., 15.089
Rich Bell (21B), Sheffield, Ill., 15.524
Rich Dawson (80), Lowell, Ind., 15.780
Mike Mataragas (1m), DeKalb, Ill., 15.980
Doug Tye (4D), Collinsville, Ill., 16.301
Greg Cantrell (01JR), DeKalb, Ill., 16.415
Brandon Hamburg (C15), Dixon, Ill., 16.428
Wayne Freimund (44), Elkhorn, Wis., 16.549
Fourth group
Max Blair (111v), Centerville, Pa., 15.473
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.651
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.722
Mike Spatola (89), Manhattan, Ill., 15.859
Lyle Zanker (9z), Rockford, Ill., 15.963
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 16.073
Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 16.154
Mick Quin (23NZ), Hawks Bay, N.Z., 17.237

Sunday's schedule

(All times local)

5:30 p.m. - Drivers' meeting
6:00 p.m. - Hot laps
- DIRTcar Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/qualifying
- DIRTcar Late Model qualifying
- Vintage car hot laps
Opening ceremonies
- Modified heats (8 laps)
- DIRTcar Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Vintage car heats (6 laps)
- Modified B-main (10 laps if needed)
- DIRTcar Late Model C-main (10 laps if needed)
- DIRTcar Late Model B-main (12 laps if needed)
- Intermission/track prep (if needed)
Features
- Modifieds (25 laps)
- DIRTcar Late Models (40 laps)
- Vintage cars (12 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Freeman, Blair
Row 2: Shirley, Feger
Row 3: Markham, Diercks
Row 4: Mataragas, D. Erb
Row 5: Godsey, Voigt
Row 6: Bell, Unzicker
Row 7: Duty, Luckman
Row 8: Tye, Pierce
Row 9: Martin, Scheffler
Row 10: Gardner, Spatola
Row 11: Cantrell, McKinnon
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