Day #2 Of DIRTcar Fall Nationals Postponed To Spring 2021

Day #2 of the DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Lincoln Speedway, scheduled for Saturday, October 3, has been postponed due to afternoon rainfall and the forecast for more during the evening hours. The event will be run in the Spring of 2021 as an early season special.

Fans and teams are reminded to keep their two and three day wristbands to receive gate entry at the Spring 2021 event. Those who lose them will have to pay again for admission.

In other Central Illinois racing news, the Springfield Mile event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds is a go for Sunday afternoon. The DIRTcar Sportsman will be on track at 12:00 noon for their feature event, while the ARCA Menards Series will go green at 2:00 PM for the Illinois Truck & Equipment Allen Crowe 100. Tickets and more info are available online at www.trackenterprises.com

DIRTcar National Points Battles Intensify in Night #1 of Fall Nationals at Lincoln

Late Models, Sport Compacts on the racing card for Saturday’s finale

LINCOLN, IL – Oct. 2, 2020 – A grand total of 115 DIRTcar racers filled the Lincoln Speedway pit area Friday night for race #1 of the 2020 DIRTcar Fall Nationals – the new stage for DIRTcar Racing’s year-end points championship event.

With two major points battles still left to be decided heading into the weekend, one of those gaps is now even tighter and the other remains the closest national points championship battle out of all nine divisions under the DIRTcar banner.

STOCK CARS

Coming into the weekend, just four points separated leader Terry Reed Jr. from Lance Evans in the national standings as they prepared for the final two races of the DIRTcar points season. The first was a stop to Lincoln Friday night before the season finale in Charleston on Saturday, and the quarter-mile, black-dirt banks did not disappoint.

Polesitter Jeremy Nichols jetted out to the early lead at the drop of the green and played a terrific game of defense throughout the 20-lap Feature, holding off the likes of Bobby Bieler and Robert Cottom for the flag-to-flag Feature win.

Coming from the eighth starting spot, Reed slipped way back in the running order early, registering his third lap in the 16th position. But he stayed smooth, avoided trouble and drove it all the way back up to a top-five finish. Although not in as exciting fashion as Reed, Evans did have a solid sixth-place finish.

In terms of the national points standings, this race had no impact on Reed and Evans. The best 20 Feature finishes for each driver are counted toward the overall Stock Car standings, and their finishes on Friday were not valuable enough to be kept in the mix. Therefore, Reed still leads (1403) Evans (1399) buy just four points. They’ll each have one last chance to gain some points on Saturday night at Charleston Speedway’s Street Stock Fall Nationals.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 67R-Jeremy Nichols [1][]; 2. B26-Bobby Beiler [9][]; 3. 1-Robert Cottom [3][]; 4. 16-Nick Macklin [6][]; 5. 11-Terry Reed [8][]; 6. 37-Lance Evans [5][]; 7. X5-Gene Reed [7][]; 8. 21-Jaret Duff [12][]; 9. X7-Guy Taylor [18][]; 10. 4-Zach Clark [15][]; 11. 22-Darrell Dick [4][]; 12. 20-Tanner Sullivan [2][]; 13. 21R-Dustin Reed [17][]; 14. 3J-Jonathan Hall [14][]; 15. 53-Rick Reed [20][]; 16. 15-Greg Roberts [13][]; 17. 14-Megan Erwin [10][]; 18. 44J-Jeremy Madsen [11][]; 19. 25G-Brain Gaines [21][]; 20. 35-Tom Davidson [19][]; 21. 68-Wally Zander [16][] Hard Charger: X7-Guy Taylor[+9]

PRO MODIFEDS

The DIRTcar Pro Modified division will see a band-new, first-time national champion at the conclusion of Saturday night’s Feature. Deece Schwartz is now trailing Billy Knebel by just 13 points as they head into their final points race of the season.

Trey Harris took the lead and ran away with it at the drop of the green, opening the door for a Schwartz-Knebel battle up front for the runner-up spot. And battle they did, going three-wide with Dave Armstrong for the spot just past the halfway mark.

Schwartz found some speed at the right time and used it to pull away from the other two shortly after, winning the battle for position and four additional championship points toward the standings. Knebel held on for a top-five as Harris went on to collect the checkers – his sixth in DIRTcar Pro Modified competition this year.

Both drivers will come back to Lincoln on Saturday to settle their championship chase once and for all.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 57T-Trey Harris [1][]; 2. 121-Deece Schwartz [2][]; 3. 82Q-Cole Queathem [7][]; 4. 58R-Ryan Hamilton [8][]; 5. 52K-Billy Knebel [4][]; 6. 27X-Kyle Helmick [6][]; 7. 25-Dave Armstrong [5][]; 8. 787-Cody Zobrist [12][]; 9. 62-Troy Medley [3][]; 10. 7M-Dominic Mertzke [14][]; 11. 444-Logan Dockery [11][]; 12. 25R-Tom Krankel [19][]; 13. 1-Mike Lentz [16][]; 14. 74-James Hileman [17][]; 15. 17C-AJ Cline [13][]; 16. 22K-Michael Kettler [15][]; 17. 55-Anthony Tucker [22][]; 18. 52-Denny Tribout [9][]; 19. 3-Brian Vinson [10][]; 20. 73-Mark Rhoades [23][]; 21. 21T-Talen Beard [18][]; 22. 81-Garrett Schumacher [21][]; 23. 27-Dalton Ewing [20][]; 24. 15C-Kevin Crowder [24][] Hard Charger: 25R-Tom Krankel[+7]

UMP MODIFIEDS

For a while, it seemed as though 15-year-old dirt racing sensation Hunt Gossum was going to be the star of the show, driving around UMP Modified veteran Jeff Leka in the early going with a big move to his outside to take the top spot. Until he made some contact with the outside wall.

Leka had been leading the field around for the first 10 laps when Gossum pulled the trigger to his outside and grabbed the race lead. Three laps later, Gossum had gotten too high on the cushion and scrubbed the outside wall hard, slowing him considerably before pulling off on the backstretch. A very tough break for the young gun from Mayfield, KY.

Leka inherited the lead back and drove away with it over the next six laps until a caution for debris was displayed with 5 laps remaining. During that caution, Leka experienced mechanical issues of his own and took it to the infield to retire the race with suspension damage.

Right in Leka’s tracks to pick up the pieces was none other than the 18-time DIRTcar UMP Modified winner in 2020, Mike McKinney. The Magic Man inherited the lead and led the remaining five laps back to the checkers to collect his 19th division win of the year.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 96M-Mike McKinney [7][]; 2. 21-Derek Losh [2][]; 3. 24H-Mike Harrison [8][]; 4. 7D-Brad DeYoung [4][]; 5. 14-Brian Lynn [6][]; 6. 28M-Frank Marshall [9][]; 7. 35-Brandon Roberts [5][]; 8. 21D-Danny Schwartz [12][]; 9. 24-Zeke McKenzie [14][]; 10. 28-Rodney Standerfer [13][]; 11. 19-Chad Bauer [18][]; 12. 32-Donovan Lodge [15][]; 13. T6-Tommy Sheppard [24][]; 14. 11D-Brian Diveley [16][]; 15. 18-Rick Conoyer [23][]; 16. 57-Mark Grosvenor [20][]; 17. 83-Kasey Schrock [21][]; 18. 72A-Austin Lynn [19][]; 19. 9-Ken Schrader [10][]; 20. 16-Dillon Nusbaum [11][]; 21. 10-Curt Rhodes [17][]; 22. 3L-Jeff Leka [1][]; 23. 99-Hunt Gossum [3][]; 24. 777-Trevor Neville [22][] Hard Charger: T6-Tommy Sheppard[+11]

PRO LATE MODELS

Dakota Ewing was the victor of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model Feature Friday night after a very back-and-forth battle with his competition all throughout the race.

Ewing grabbed the lead on Lap 1 and was quickly challenged by teammate Jose Parga, who swiped the lead away as the field completed Lap 2. Parga led until the next caution, when Aaron Heck busted out some speed on the low side after the restart and drove underneath to claim the top spot.

Heck’s lead didn’t last very long, though, as he spun it sideways going down the frontstretch and backed it into the Turn 1 wall, causing heavy quarter-panel damage. He tagged the tail and made a great comeback to sixth before the checkered flew.

Back out front, Ewing had inherited the lead back and was immediately challenged by 2020 DIRTcar Pro Late Model national champion Torin Mettille for the spot. Mettille had the spot for three laps but Ewing took it back in a great push on the middle-top side. Ewing then went on to defend his lead through a green-white-checkered finish, which he did to collect his fifth DIRTcar Pro Late Model win of the season.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 25-Dakota Ewing [1][]; 2. 116-Torin Mettille [5][]; 3. 11E-Brandon Eskew [4][]; 4. 38J-Jake Little [17][]; 5. 22-Chris Dick [9][]; 6. 59-Aaron Heck [3][]; 7. 45-Kyle McMahon [13][]; 8. 33H-Roben Huffman [16][]; 9. 24-Kyle Cooper [11][]; 10. 32M-Cody Maguire [15][]; 11. 27-Colby Sheppard [8][]; 12. 15-Guy Taylor [22][]; 13. 66-Blake Damery [14][]; 14. O1-Bill Kippenberg [10][]; 15. 33-Devin McLean [7][]; 16. N59-Chad Evans [23][]; 17. 7SX-Jerremy Sebens [20][]; 18. 21-Jared Chasteen [24][]; 19. 25F-Tucker Finch [12][]; 20. 20-Myles Moos [18][]; 21. 77-Blaise Baker [19][]; 22. A9-AJ May [21][]; 23. 6P-Jose Parga [2][]; 24. 5S-Brandon Sweitzer [25][]; 25. 17B-Brandon Bilger [6][] Hard Charger: 38J-Jake Little[+13]

LOOKING AHEAD

The racing action continues Saturday night with more from the DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Lincoln Speedway. UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Late Models and Sport Compacts will all be in action. Hot Laps are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

DIRTcar Fall Nationals Practice Night Sets Up Two Epic Points Battle Finales at Lincoln

Pro Modified, Stock Car national champions to be decided this weekend

LINCOLN, IL – Oct. 1, 2020 – Six divisions of DIRTcar Racing’s finest talent hit the quarter-mile high banks of Lincoln Speedway for practice night at the DIRTcar Fall Nationals’ new home Thursday night, in preparation for the final weekend of national points competition for the year.

Fifty-one cars total made it out for the evening’s Hot Lap sessions between all divisions, consisting of DIRTcar Late Models, Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Stock Cars and Sport Compacts. Many more cars in each division are expected to fill the rosters on Friday and Saturday.

Racing action begins on Friday night, featuring the Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds and Stock Cars. While the national champions have already been determined in most of the nine DIRTcar divisions, Fall Nationals will play host to three races in total that will likely have big national points champion implications.

DIRTcar Pro Modified stars Billy Knebel and Deece Schwartz are currently locked in the thick of a points championship battle with just 17 points separating the two. Eleven Feature wins in DIRTcar-sanctioned competition this season for Knebel rivals the 12 wins of Schwartz with just two races remaining. Both will be held at Lincoln on Fri-Sat and will determine a first-time Pro Modified national points champion.

Likewise, the Stock Car division sees an even tighter gap in national points as Lincoln plays the host venue for a single race in this two-part heavyweight bout on Friday night. Terry Reed Jr. finished second to Jason Maier by just 13 points in last year’s chase for the national title but has returned with vengeance and eight Feature wins in DIRTcar competition so far this season. He now leads Lance Evans by only four points heading into Friday night’s Feature at Lincoln before the season finale at Charleston Speedway on Saturday.

Hometown Late Model pilot Myles Moos brought his Moos Racing #84 to the track for a bit of practice Thursday night, laying down a fastest lap of 12.929. A first-time Feature winner two weekends ago at Fairbury Speedway, Moos will look to take home the $3,000 top prize for his second career victory on Saturday night.

Leading the pack in practice for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds was Derek Losh, of Rensselaer, IN, setting the bar at 14.145. Right behind Losh was his national points target, Mike McKinney, of Plainfield, IL – second fast at 14.264. Losh trails McKinney by 57 points in the standings and looks to make up some ground this weekend.

All the racing action begins Friday night with the Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds and Stock Cars before the Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds and Sport Compacts take to the track for the Saturday night finale.

Pit gates open at 11:30 a.m. and spectator gates open at 4 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s Hot Laps start at 5:30 with a 7:30 racing time while Saturday’s Hot Laps have now been moved up to 4:30, racing now at 6:30. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the gate each day.

For live updates of all the action throughout the weekend, like DIRTcar Racing on Facebook @DIRTcar and follow along on Twitter @DIRTcar_Racing.

Central Illinois An Auto Racing Hotspot This Weekend

Lincoln Speedway & Springfield Mile To Host Huge Shows

(Lincoln, IL) This coming weekend will be a huge one for racing in Central Illinois, as two facilities are set to host special events. For Lincoln Speedway, in Lincoln, IL, the track will be holding the DIRTcar Fall Nationals on Friday night and Saturday night, while the ARCA Menards Series will be in action on Sunday afternoon at the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The DIRTcar Fall Nationals, set for Friday and Saturday at Lincoln Speedway, has been held at a number of facilities over the years including Eldora Speedway in Ohio as well as Federated Auto Parts Raceway, in Pevely, Missouri. The event marks the final time drivers can accumulate points for the DIRTcar national championship battles. For Lincoln Speedway, this will be the track’s first time hosting the huge event.

Friday, October 2nd will mark day #1 of 2 at Lincoln Speedway for DIRTcar Fall Nationals racing with DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, and Stock Cars (Street Stocks) on track. Day #2 of the DIRTcar Fall Nationals will be Saturday, October 3rd with DIRTcar Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, and Sport Compacts (Hornets). Each night, all four divisions will start with group hotlaps/qualifying, followed by heats, last chance racing, and feature events.

Sunday, October 4th, fans will make the trip just 30 minutes away to the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the ARCA Menards Series and DIRTcar Sportsman. For ARCA, they will be competing in the Illinois Truck & Equipment 100. For the Sportsman, they will be racing in their annual big event, the Sportsman Nationals, paying $1500 to win.

At Lincoln Speedway, grandstands open at 4:00 PM each day with hotlaps starting at 5:30 and racing at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the gates each day. Detailed information as far as pricing, detailed schedules, and more can be found at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.

For the Springfield Mile on Sunday, grandstands open at 9:00 AM with practice beginning at 9:30, ARCA qualifying at 11:30, the Sportsman feature at 12:00 noon, and the Illinois Truck & Equipment 100 takes the green flag just after 2:00 PM. Fans are highly recommended to purchase their tickets in advance by going to www.trackenterprises.com. Remaining grandstand tickets will be sold at the gate on race day.

DIRTcar Fall Nationals Race Week At Lincoln Speedway

It is race week for the DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Lincoln Speedway! This Thursday will be practice for the six divisions, with full race programs on Friday and Saturday.
Pricing breakdowns, payouts, detailed schedules, etc can be found at https://dirtcar.com/…/Fall-Nationals-20-Competitor…
 
For camping reservations, call 217-764-3200. Spots with electric hookups are going quickly.
 
DIRTcar Fall Nationals
 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
DIRTcar Fall Nationals Practice
 
Divisions:
DIRTcar Super Late Models
DIRTcar Modifieds
DIRTcar Pro Late Models
DIRTcar Pro Modifieds
DIRTcar Stock Cars
DIRTcar Hornets
 
Times:
Pits: 10:00
Stands: 4:00
Hotlaps: 5:30
 
Thursday Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – Free
Children 11 & Under – Free
 
Friday, October 2, 2020
DIRTcar Fall Nationals Friday
 
Divisions:
DIRTcar Pro Late Models
DIRTcar Modifieds
DIRTcar Pro Modifieds
DIRTcar Stock Cars
 
Times:
Pits: 11:00
Stands: 4:00
Qualifying Hotlaps: 5:30
Racing: 7:30
 
Friday Grandstand Pricing:
Adults (2-Day) – $40
Adults (Friday) – $20
Children 11 & Under – Free
 
Saturday, October 3, 2020
DIRTcar Fall Nationals Saturday
 
Divisions:
DIRTcar Super Late Models
DIRTcar Modifieds
DIRTcar Pro Modifieds
DIRTcar Hornets
 
Times:
Pits: 11:00
Stands: 4:00
Qualifying Hotlaps: 5:30
Racing: 7:30
 
Saturday Grandstand Pricing:
Adults (Saturday) – $25
Children 11 & Under – Free
 
Tickets are available online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com but will also be available at the gate on raceday.
 
Pit passes as well as remaining tickets will be available at the track each day
 
Camping:
Call 217-764-3200 to reserve your spot. Spots with electric hookups are $75 for the weekend. Spots without electric are $50 for the weekend.
 
Hotels:
Hampton By Hilton
Comfort Inn & Suites
Call the hotel and mention the Lincoln Speedway discount

Lincoln Speedway Test / Play Day Sunday September 20

Lincoln Speedway will be hosting a Play Day / Test & Tune this coming Sunday, September 20 for those who would like to get some track time for the Fall Nationals or give someone else a chance to try out their car.
 
Cost is $100 per car, which includes 2 pit passes. Additional pit passes will be sold at the gate. Grandstand admission is free.
 
Pits will open at 2:00 while on track activity will run from 3:00-6:00.
 
Teams who would like to register ahead of time online via credit card, give us a call at 217-764-3200. Registration at the track on Sunday is fine as well.