Some of the best in dirt car racing converged on Lincoln IL Speedway on Thursday, August 25, for the Summer Nationals makeup of the Graue Chevrolet Showdown for a strong field of 32 Late Models in addition to the Summit National Modifieds, and B-Mods.
The headline show of the night was the Graue Chevrolet Showdown for the UMP and MARS Super Late Models. Ryan Unzicker and Brent Larson started up front with Summer Nationals frontrunners, Bobby Pierce and Jason Feger. Action got hot and heavy right away with Unzicker leading lap one before Larson was able to scoot by. Larson remained out front for the first four laps before Pierce used a three wide pass to head to the front. The Oakwood, IL driver set the pace for the next eleven laps before Feger flew by. Feger went on to set a blistering pace for a major portion of the race. With three laps to go, Feger’s sizable advantage and his hopes of winning the $5,000 top prize blew up when his right rear tire let go. Pierce took back over and held a couple of charging drivers, Unzicker and Billy Moyer, at bay. For Pierce, it was yet another win in an unbelievable season. Following the young star was Unzicker, Moyer, Dennis Erb, and Kyle Beard.
The most exciting race of the night and arguably one of the best all season at any track was the Summit National Modified A-Main. After strong runs in their heats, Mike Harrison and Kenny Wallace made up the front row for the 25-lap event. When Andrew Ingram waved the green, it was Harrison racing into the top spot with Wallace dropping in line. For a major portion of the race, Harrison kept Wallace just comfortably behind. However, in the late going, Wallace found a lane to his liking, rolling the 1/4-mile lower than the leader. With five to go, the battle became hot and heavy, with Wallace cruising the bottom and Harrison bumping the cushion. Harrison looked to be in pretty good shape coming to the white. However, going through three and four, Harrison changed lanes trying to keep Wallace from making a run. His move turned out to be costly, though, as he lost momentum and Wallace got a great run against the bottom. As they raced to the line, Wallace edged forward, beating Harrison by a bumper. Following Wallace and Harrison were Michael Long, Josh Harris, and AJ Fike. The field of 18 was filled will some of the best Modified talent around.
Butch Weisser and Tim Hancock started up front for the 15-lap B-Mod feature. The two drivers got together on the opening try, causing a yellow. The field was re-aligned for a complete restart. This time, Weisser raced out front with Hancock in tow. Hancock looked low on a few occasions but could not get the run needed to make the move. With three laps complete, Hancock did drop to the inside in turn three, the two made contact, and Weisser spun. Both were able to continue but Hancock’s car never seemed the same. Weisser went on to the win with Tony Walker, Kevin Morrow, Timmy Hancock, and Tom Riech rounding out the top five.
The final event of the 2016 season is coming up this Friday, September 2 with the Season Championships. On track action will include Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Big Ten Street Stocks, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets Presented By Nutech Seed, and Hornets. Grandstand admission is just $12 with kids 11 and under free. Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw will end at 6:00, hotlaps begin at 6:15, and racing will take the green at 7:00.
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Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.