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July 7
Farmer City Raceway,
Farmer City, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals - $10,000
Information provided by: Kyle McFadden, series and track reports (last updated July 8, 9:15 am)
Shirley secures $10,000 victory at Farmer City
  1. Brian Shirley
  2. Ryan Unzicker
  3. Tanner English
  4. Dennis Erb Jr.
  5. Ashton Winger
  6. Jason Feger
  7. Mike Harrison
  8. McKay Wenger
  9. Kyle Hammer
  10. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  11. Shannon Babb
  12. Bob Gardner
  13. Rusty Schlenk
  14. Dustin Hodges
  15. Kye Blight
  16. Roben Huffman
  17. Thomas Hunziker
  18. Billy Moyer
  19. Mike Mataragas
  20. Kevin Weaver
  21. Spencer Diercks
  22. Logan Moody
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Brian Shirley celebrates Friday's Summer Nationals win at Farmer City.
What won the race: Pole-starting Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., led all caution-free 40 laps to capture Friday's $10,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals stop at Farmer City Raceway. Shirley notched his fourth tour victory of the season, and first since June 18 at Sycamore Speedway, for his 42nd career series victory.
Quotable: “For me, it was biding my time, I felt like a couple of them lapped cars we didn’t hit just right, where I had to be hung out there a little bit. All in all everything went our way and I got by lapped traffic enough to control the race," Shirley said. "Luckily there, we ended up losing a brakeline; about halfway through the race, I smacked the (turn-three) wall pretty good and I had to re-adjust because I actually only have rear brakes.”
Key notes: After winning Thursday's $7,500 Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway, seventh-starting Ryan Unzicker moved into the runner-up position on lap 16 and trailed Shirley the rest of the way, finishing 2.047 seconds back. ... Tanner English moved into third on lap 27 and rounded out the podium. ... Dennis Erb Jr. traded the runner-up position with Unzicker for several laps, before fading to fourth. ... Series points leader Ashton Winger battled Mike Harrison just before the halfway mark, prevailing to finish fifth; Harrison finished seventh. ... Shannon Babb started 20th and finished 11th after losing a driveshaft while battling Shirley for the lead in their heat race; he started the feature with a provisional. ... After earning fast-time honors for the first time on the Summer Nationals, track points leader Logan Moody was an early retiree in the feature ... Friday's feature lasted 10 minutes with 12 competitors completing 40 laps.
On the move: Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., started seventh and finished second.
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.
Points chase: After Farmer City (overall): 1. Ashton Winger (1,089); 2. Jason Feger (1,079); 3. Bob Gardner (846); 4. Kye Blight (772); 5. Tyler Clem (637). After Farmer City (week four): 1. Jason Feger (204); 2. Ashton Winger (177); 3. Shannon Babb (158); 4. Ryan Unzicker (155); 5. Brian Shirley (150).
Current weather: Few Clouds, 70°F
Car count: 44
Fast qualifier: Logan Moody
Time: 12.781 seconds
Polesitter: Brian Shirley
Heat race winners: Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr., Tanner English, Ashton Winger
Consolation race winners: Clay Stuckey, Rusty Schlenk
Provisional starters: Kye Blight, Shannon Babb, Roben Huffman, Thomas Hunziker
Next series race: July 8, Highland Speedway (Highland, IL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

FARMER CITY, Ill. — Updates from the 18th round of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Farmer City Raceway, an event highlighted by a $10,000-to-win feature for Super Late Models (results unofficial):

Feature

Pole-starting Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., led all 40 laps to win Friday's $10,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals stop at Farmer City Raceway. Shirley notched his fourth tour victory of the season - his first since June 18 at Sycamore Speedway - and the 42nd Summer Nationals win of his career. After winning Thursday's $7,500 Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway, seventh-starting Ryan Unzicker moved into the runner-up position on lap 16 and trailed Shirley the rest of the way, finishing 2.047 seconds back.

Feature lineup

(40 laps)

Row 1: Brian Shirley, Ashton Winger
Row 2: Dennis Erb Jr., Tanner English
Row 3: Logan Moody, Jason Feger
Row 4: Ryan Unzicker, Mike Harrison
Row 5: McKay Wenger, Bob Gardner
Row 6: Dustin Hodges, Kyle Hammer
Row 7: Frank Heckenast Jr., Billy Moyer
Row 8: Kevin Weaver, Mike Mataragas
Row 9: Rusty Schlenk, Spencer Diercks
Row 10: Kye Blight, Shannon Babb
Row 11: Roben Huffman, Thomas Hunziker

Consolation race results

First consolation (10 laps; top three transfer to B-main): Clay Stuckey, Shannon Babb, Roben Huffman, Thomas Hunziker, Jordan Suhre, Dean Carpenter, Mike Spatola, Steve Stultz, Brian Diveley, Lee Williams, Matt Mickelson, Mick Quin. Scratched: Donny Walden, Brandon Eskew, Jeff Larson, Austin Vincent

B-main (10 laps; top two transfer to feature): Rusty Schlenk, Spencer Diercks, Parker Martin, Brandon Carpenter, Hunt Gossum, Kent Robinson, Kye Blight, Shannon Babb, B.J. Robinson, Blaze Burwell, Doug Tye, Clay Stuckey, Billy Hough, Roben Huffman, Lyle Zanker.

Heat race notes

Brian Shirley made a bold outside of three-wide move on the first lap and led every lap of the first heat race, winning by 1.125 seconds over Logan Moody. After battling side-by-side with Dennis Erb Jr. for several laps, Shannon Babb hit the wall at the entrance of turn three and required a tow off the track, after breaking a driveshaft; Erb Jr. led the final two laps and won heat two by 1.308 seconds over Ryan Unzicker. Tanner English led green-to-checkered to win heat three. Bob Gardner made heavy contact with Mike Spatola on the first lap, pushing Spatola off the track and drawing a caution; Gardner finished third while Spatola settled for 10th. Ashton Winger led all eight laps to win the fourth and final heat race by 2.128 seconds over Mike Harrison.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top four transfer)

First heat: Brian Shirley, Logan Moody, McKay Wenger, Frank Heckenast Jr., Rusty Schlenk, Blaze Burwell, Brandon Carpenter, Clay Stuckey, Lee Williams. Scratched: Donny Walden, Jeff Larson

Second heat: Dennis Erb Jr., Ryan Unzicker, Dustin Hodges, Kevin Weaver, Hunt Gossum, Parker Martin, Doug Tye, Roben Huffman, Shannon Babb, Brandon Eskew. Scratched: Austin Vincent

Third heat: Tanner English, Jason Feger, Bob Gardner, Billy Moyer, Spencer Diercks, Kent Robinson, Billy Hough, Jordan Suhre, Mick Quin, Mike Spatola, Steve Stultz. 

Fourth heat: Ashton Winger, Mike Harrison, Kyle Hammer, Mike Mataragas, Kye Blight, B.J. Robinson, Lyle Zanker, Thomas Hunziker, Brian Diveley, Dean Carpenter, Matt Mickelson.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown
Group A
Logan Moody (162); Catlin, Ill., 12.781
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 12.853
Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 12.854
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 12.864
McKay Wenger (42), Fairubry, Ill., 12.959
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 12.960
Rusty Schlenk (91), McClure, Ohio, 13.042
Dustin Hodges (22H), Centralia, Mo., 13.045
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 13.185
Brandon Eskew (11E), Ashland, Ill., 13.351
Blaze Burwell (44), Mount Vernon, Ill., 13.363
Kevin Weaver (B12), Gibson City, Ill., 13.519
Brandon Carpenter (51B), Coldwater, Miss., 13.651
Parker Martin (6jr), Miledgeville, Ga., 13.801
Clay Stuckey (15), Shreveport, La., 13.868
Roben Huffman (33H), Midland City, Ill., 13.901
Lee Williams (17), Haubstadt, Ind., 14.002
Doug Tye (4D), Troy, Ill., 14.182
Hunt Gossum (99G), Mayfield, Ky., no time
Jeff Larson (99), Freeport, Ill., no time
Austin Vincent (5), Moody, Mo., no time
Donny Walden (1w), Bloomington, Ill., no time
Group B
Tanner English (96v), Benton, Ky., 12.863
Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 12.959
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 12.976
Kyle Hammer (26H), Clinton, Ill., 13.020
Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 13.072
Mike Harrison (33), Highland, Ill., 13.169
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 13.250
Kye Blight (31aus), Katanning, W. Australia, 13.256
Mike Spatola (89), Manhattan, Ill., 13.276
Mike Mataragas (1m), Dekalb, Ill., 13.379
Kent Robinson (7r), Bloomington, Ind., 13.498
Lyle Zanker (9), Rockford, Ill., 13.504
Jordan Suhre (4), Alhambra, Ill., 13.591
Thomas Hunziker (38), Bend, Ore., 13.640
Spencer Diercks (29), Davenport, Iowa, 13.640
B.J. Robinson (1), Bossier City, La., 13.647
Billy Hough (334), Thomasboro, Ill., 13.743
Brian Diveley (11D), Springfield, Ill., 13.797
Steve Stultz (78s), Peoria, Ariz., 13.870
Dean Carpenter (51), Coldwater, Miss., 13.894
Mick Quin (23nz), Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 14.341
Matt Mickelson (2m), Keokuk, Iowa, 14.843

Friday’s schedule

(All times local)

6 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6:30 p.m. - On-track activity
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/qualifying (3 laps)
- Late Model qualifying (2 laps)
- Crate Late Model hot laps
- Stock car hot laps
Opening ceremonies
- Late Model heat races (8 laps)
- Modified heat races (8 laps)
- Crate Late Model heat races (8 laps)
- Stock car heat races (8 laps)
- Late Model c-main (8 laps)
- Modified consolation (8 laps)
- Late Model consolation (10 laps)
Intermission/track prep
Feature races

- Late Models (40 laps)
- Modifieds (25 laps)
- Crate Late Models (20 laps)
- Stock cars (15 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Shirley, Winger
Row 2: D. Erb Jr., English
Row 3: Moody, Feger
Row 4: Unzicker, Harrison
Row 5: Wenger, Gardner
Row 6: Hodges, Hammer
Row 7: Heckenast Jr., Moyer
Row 8: Weaver, Mataragas
Row 9: Schlenk, Diercks
Row 10: Blight, Babb
Row 11: Huffman, Hunziker

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