Friday, Jul 01

New Races in Four States Added to 2022 Schedules

Friday, Mar 11 1517

Less than 100 days until its 37th consecutive season begins, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals schedule is getting a boost.

 

Five new dates have been added, along with two date changes, to the 2022 schedule, creating a 33-race stretch from mid-June to late-July for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.

 

New Races

Red Hill Raceway (Sumner, IL) – Dirt track racing in Sumner is back. So too are the Late Models and UMP Modifieds in the leadoff day of Week #3 on Tuesday, June 28.

 

Midwest racing promoter Jeremy Sneed has purchased the 3/8-mile oval and will reopen the facility for racing for the first time since it was closed in 2005. Sneed has plans to make renovations to the facility including track surface work, lighting upgrades and improvements to the guardrails and fencing, among others. A working schedule, which consists of multiple race days and practice sessions, is in the plans for the 2022 regular season.

 

The Hell Tour has two visits to Red Hill in its history – the first in 1998, won by Rick Aukland, and another in 2000, won by two-time tour champion Bob Pierce.

 

Benton Speedway (Benton, MO) – For the first time since 1997, the Summer Nationals stars return to Benton Speedway for a Wednesday night showdown on June 29 to kickoff Week #3. Closed in 2014, owner Rob Russell reopened the 3/8-mile oval last fall and will host both the Late Model and Modified tours in the third and final visit to the Show-Me State.

 

The Hell Tour has three prior visits to Benton – formerly known as Missouri International Racepark – in 1991 (Bob Pierce), 1992 (Scott Bloomquist) and 1997 (Randy Sellars).

 

Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN) – A weekly hotspot for Indiana UMP Modified racing, this 3/8-mile oval gets its first chance to host both divisions in the kickoff to Week #5 on Wednesday, July 13. This will coincide with the track’s return to a full-season schedule this year under new promoter Larry Boos, who reopened the track in mid-2021 for owner Harold Hunter.

 

Shadyhill Speedway (Medaryville, IN) – In 2018, the Late Models returned to Shadyhill for the first time in 18 years, taking the Modifieds along for their debut. Both tours will visit the banked quarter-mile oval once again on Thursday, July 14. Bob Pierce won the Hell Tour’s inaugural visit in 2000 and Frank Heckenast Jr. won the return in 2018.

 

While the track hosts weekly DIRTcar Pro Late Model, UMP Modified, Factory Stock and Sport Compact racing, the Summer Nationals event is one of only two DIRTcar Late Model events on the track’s 2022 schedule.

 

Winston Speedway (Rothbury, MI) – As one of the newest tracks on DIRTcar’s weekly sanctioned list, Winston joins the Hell Tour schedule for the very first time to kick off Week #6 on Tuesday, July 19.

 

It’s the first in a five-race series in the state of Michigan, where the Summer Nationals stars will battle a fierce group of weekly Late Model racers on their home turf to decide the 2022 Hell Tour champion. Summit Modifieds are also on the card, but will take their championship chase one weekend further to Fairbury Speedway’s Prairie Dirt Classic.

 

Date Changes

Knox County Fair Raceway (Knoxville, IL) – Originally slated for a July 12 race date, the Summer Nationals and Summit Modifieds’ second appearance at the Knox County Fairgrounds has been moved forward one week to Tuesday, July 5, to begin Week #4.

 

Fayette County Speedway (Brownstown, IL) – The tours’ second visit of the season to Fayette County has been pushed back two days to Wednesday, July 6. While it was originally scheduled for July 4, the Late Models will still race for a $5,000 grand prize alongside the Modifieds, going for a $1,500 check.

 

Updated Tour Schedules

 

Date

Day

Track

City, State

To-Win (LM/Mod)

June 14

Tuesday

Kankakee Co. Speedway

Kankakee, IL

$5,000/$1,500

June 15

Wednesday

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

$5,000/$1,500

June 16

Thursday

Davenport Speedway

Davenport, IA

$5,000 (LM only)

June 17

Friday

Tri-City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

$10,000/$1,500

June 18

Saturday

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

$10,000/$2,000

June 19

Sunday

Sycamore Speedway

Maple Park, IL

$5,000/$1,500

June 20

Monday

Off

 

 

June 21

Tuesday

Springfield Raceway

Springfield, MO

$5,000 (LM only)

June 22

Wednesday

Adams Co. (IL) Speedway

Quincy, IL

$5,000/$1,500

June 23

Thursday

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

$5,000/$1,500

June 24

Friday

I-55 Raceway

Pevely, MO

$10,000/$1,500

June 25

Saturday

I-55 Raceway

Pevely, MO

$20,000/$1,500

June 26

Sunday

Off

 

 

June 27

Monday

Off

 

 

June 28

Tuesday

Red Hill Raceway

Sumner, IL

$5,000/$1,500

June 29

Wednesday

Benton Speedway

Benton, MO

$5,000/$1,500

June 30

Thursday

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

$10,000/$1,500

July 1

Friday

Paducah Int’l Raceway

Paducah, KY

$10,000/$1,500

July 2

Saturday

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

$10,000/$1,500

July 3

Sunday

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

$5,000/$1,500

July 4

Monday

Off

 

 

July 5

Tuesday

Knox Co. Fair Raceway

Knoxville, IL

$5,000/$1,500

July 6

Wednesday

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

$5,000/$1,500

July 7

Thursday

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

$5,000/$1,500

July 8

Friday

Farmer City Speedway

Farmer City, IL

$10,000/$1,500

July 9

Saturday

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

$10,000/$1,500

July 10

Sunday

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

$5,000/$1,500

July 11

Monday

Off

 

 

July 12

Tuesday

Off

 

 

July 13

Wednesday

Montpelier Motor Spdwy

Montpelier, IN

$5,000/$1,500

July 14

Thursday

Shadyhill Speedway

Medaryville, IN

$5,000/$1,500

July 15

Friday

I-96 Speedway

Lake Odessa, MI

$10,000/$1,500

July 16

Saturday

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

$10,000/$1,500

July 17

Sunday

Wayne Co. Speedway

Orrville, OH

$5,000/$1,500

July 18

Monday

Off

 

 

July 19

Tuesday

Winston Speedway

Rothbury, MI

$5,000/$1,500

July 20

Wednesday

Thunderbird Raceway

Muskegon, MI

$5,000/$1,500

July 21

Thursday

Butler Motor Speedway

Quincy, MI

$5,000/$1,500

July 22

Friday

Tri-City Motor Speedway

Auburn, MI

$10,000/$1,500

July 23

Saturday

Merritt Speedway

Lake City, MI

$10,000/$1,500

July 29

Friday

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

$500 (Mods only)

July 30

Saturday

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

$5,000 (Mods only)

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