Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, & Big Ten Banquet Date January 7, 2023

(Macon, IL) With the 2022 racing season in the rear-view mirror and drivers looking ahead to 2023, officials from the Track Enterprises office have announced the awards banquet date for Macon Speedway as well as Lincoln Speedway.  This year’s ceremony will include both tracks as well as the three Midwest Big Ten Series. The event will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.

On the Lincoln Speedway side, Jose Parga, of New Berlin, IL, again took the Pro Late Model championship. In the Modifieds, Ashland, IL driver Brandon Roberts won his second title at the speedway. Springfield, IL’s Daltyn England took the top spot in the Simplot DII Midget class for the first time, while Billy Mason, of Brownstown, IL, garnered the Hornet championship.

At Macon Speedway, Taylorville, IL driver, Colby Eller, grabbed top honors in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model division, claiming his first championship at the track. Summerfield, IL driving veteran, Rodney Standerfer, racing in his final season, took the top spot in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class. Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor won the point championship in the Pro Modified division, while Dennis Vander Meersch grabbed the championship in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman class.  Rounding out Macon Speedway point champions were Cerro Gordo, IL’s Terry Reed in the 51 Bistro Street Stocks, Tristin Quinlan of Decatur, IL, in the Hornets and John Barnard, from Sherman, IL, in the Micros By Bailey Chassis.

The Midwest Big Ten Series action saw Rodney Standerfer claim the first ever Big Ten Modified championship, while Jose Parga claimed another Pro Late Model title. Andy Zahnd, of White Heath, IL, took his first Midwest Big Ten Street Stock championship.

In addition to the champions, drivers who met the 75% attendance eligibility requirements and finished in the top ten in those classes will also be honored.  Invitations are being sent to those who have awards coming to them at the January 7 affair.  In addition to those being honored, anyone is welcome to attend the banquet including drivers, fans, crew members, officials, and sponsors.

The Decatur Conference Center and Hotel will be hosting the banquet and a buffet style dinner will be served to attendees.  Coffee, tea, and water is also included while other drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.

Cost to attend the banquet is $25 per person.  A block of hotel rooms is also available for any guests wishing to stay overnight following the awards ceremony.  Reservations for rooms must be made directly through the hotel.

Doors will open at 5:30 for cocktail hour, dinner will be served at 6:30, and awards will be handed out at 7:30.

Tickets for the event are available online by clicking HERE . For more information, call 217-764-3200.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS: Spangler, Harrison, Heck, Deal, Johnson Win Fall Nationals Finale at Lincoln

Schwartz clinches first national title, Harrison dedicates win to late announcer Rick Eshelman

The 39th season of weekly DIRTcar Racing is officially in the books. Another stacked roster of 118 cars across five different divisions packed the Lincoln Speedway pit area Saturday night and closed out the regular season with five entertaining Features.

DIRTcar LATE MODEL – Eric Spangler
Making the haul all the way from Lake City, MI, to compete, 2022 DIRTcar East Region champion Eric Spangler came to Lincoln for one reason – win. Time was wearing thin on his quest to move up in the national points standings, and he made the most of the opportunity.

By the end of the 25-lap Feature, not only had he won the race – he dominated. Spangler set the fastest lap of the night in Qualifying, won his Heat Race and led all 25 laps en route to his first career DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature victory.

Donny Walden crossed in second while another notable figure completed the podium behind him. In only his second race back from a five-year hiatus, Steve Sheppard Jr. crossed the stripe in third after a strong showing up front.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 27-Eric Spangler[1]; 2. 1W-Donny Walden[3]; 3. 5S-Steve Sheppard[2]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[7]; 5. 11-Jeff Herzog[4]; 6. 01-Billy Knippenberg[19]; 7. 77-Blaise Baker[5]; 8. 11D-Brian Diveley[9]; 9. 51-Steve Fairbanks[10]; 10. 32M-Cody Maguire[18]; 11. 26M-Brent McKinnon[8]; 12. 16W-Tony Wolf[20]; 13. 334-Billy Hough[17]; 14. 248-Brandon Lance[23]; 15. B15-Bob Sidener[24]; 16. 6P-Jose Parga[13]; 17. 38J-Jake Little[16]; 18. 11M-Ryan Miller[14]; 19. 53-Curtis Hobbs[21]; 20. 61-Jammie Wilson[22]; 21. 16-Rusty Griffaw[6]; 22. 9Z-Jayme Zidar[11]; 23. 22-Chris Dick[15]; 24. 4D-Doug Tye[12]

UMP MODIFIED – Mike Harrison
Climbing atop his Hughes Racing Chassis No. 24H in Victory Lane, a somber smile was painted across Mike Harrison’s face as he saluted the crowd, checkered flag waving in the air. He had won the race, and clinched his eighth DIRTcar national championship, but it was not all smiles and high-fives from the crew.

In Victory Lane, Harrison took time out of his interview and dedicated his final points win of the season to the late Rick Eshelman – announcer for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and countless other DIRTcar-sanctioned events and series – whose passing was announced by the World of Outlaws & DIRTcar Saturday afternoon.

“Rick was a staple in our sport,” Harrison said. “He took care of all of us in the pits. He was always driving around. Not only was he a great announcer, he was a great man and a great friend to all of us in the pit area. It’s a major loss to dirt racing.”

On the track, Harrison dominated, leading all 20 laps for his first Fall Nationals victory at Lincoln. Though he had already clinched the national championship coming into the race, he placed the cherry atop the sundae with his 25th Feature win of the season and took a moment to reflect on the year’s accomplishments.

“We didn’t come into the year racing for points,” Harrison said. “Like I say all the time – we just come to race. We come to race and do our best and try to win races, and just let the results take care of themselves.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 24H-Mike Harrison[2]; 2. 96M-Mike McKinney[1]; 3. 25-Tyler Nicely[3]; 4. 36-Kenny Wallace[4]; 5. 25W-Allen Weisser[6]; 6. 05-Dave Wietholder[5]; 7. 3L-Jeremy Nichols[10]; 8. 99T-Tyler Loughmiller[12]; 9. 1-Todd Sherman[9]; 10. 11D-Brian Diveley[14]; 11. 14M-Caden McWhorter[7]; 12. 18-Jarrett Stryker[18]; 13. 89-Austin Friedman[11]; 14. 63-Dustin King[20]; 15. 35-Brandon Roberts[15]; 16. 72A-Austin Lynn[17]; 17. 87C-Alan Crowder[22]; 18. 8C-Michael Claeys[19]; 19. 25B-Brayden Bowman[24]; 20. 60-Jim Manka[23]; 21. 34T-Tanner Reed[13]; 22. 21T-Talen Beard[21]; 23. 99-Tim Luttrell[16]; 24. 10K-Kelly Kovski[8]

PRO LATE MODEL – Aaron Heck
It was one heck of a weekend for Aaron Heck, and by sheer willpower and skill, he managed to pull-off a victory.

“Yesterday after Hot Lap/Qualifying, I blew-up a motor, drove back to Mt. Vernon, put another one in with my two uncles and got back here 2:30 in the morning,” Heck said. “If you had told me I was going to do this tonight, I’d have called ‘em a liar.”

The 2020 national champion from Mt. Vernon, IL, claimed his third Fall Nationals Feature win in the last two years Saturday night, taking the lead late after two separate incidents with the first two leaders cost them their spots out front.

Polesitter Devin McLean looped it all by himself while in the lead on Lap 7, sending him retiring to the pits. Six laps later, Fast Qualifier Jose Parga made contact with a lapped car in traffic, spun him around and was sent to the tail for causing the incident.

This handed the lead over to Heck, who drove it the rest of the way for a big win to cap-off the regular season. Though there were 26 other cars to contend with, Heck was only interested in beating his longtime rival, Jose Parga.

“That’s the only guy I wanted to beat, just because he’s the champion this year,” Heck said.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 59-Aaron Heck[3]; 2. 14-Braden Johnson[6]; 3. 27-Colby Sheppard[5]; 4. 45-Kyle McMahon[10]; 5. $12-Troy Marciniak[12]; 6. 77-Blaise Baker[7]; 7. 33H-Roben Huffman[11]; 8. 17B-Braden Bilger[14]; 9. 01-Billy Knippenberg[19]; 10. 5B-Brandon Sweitzer[16]; 11. BK3-Billy Knippenberg III[17]; 12. 11-Ryan Miller[23]; 13. 25-Rockett Bennett[22]; 14. 32M-Cody Maguire[15]; 15. 37-Derrick Carlson[8]; 16. 248-Brandon Lance[24]; 17. 14S-Derek Smith[18]; 18. 59X-Damon Heck[20]; 19. 6P-Jose Parga[4]; 20. 51W-Scott Wenell[21]; 21. 33-Devin McLean[1]; 22. 19-Chase Osterhoff[2]; 23. 61-Jammie Wilson[9]; 24. 22-Chris Dick[13]

PRO MODIFIED – BJ Deal
In a wild ending to the Chevy Performance Crate-engine powered 20-lapper, BJ Deal walked away with the win after near chaos ensued in the final three laps.

Friday night winner, Guy Taylor, had led since the drop of the green and appeared to have the car to beat once again, until he slowed dramatically coming to the two-to-go signal and spun in Turns 1-2, collecting a few other cars in the process.

Taking advantage of Taylor’s sudden issues, Deal slipped past him into the lead before the melee unfolded and led the field back to the checkers on the ensuing restart to score his first career DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature win.

“I just tried to take care of the tires and be patient,” Deal said. “I thought, maybe around Lap 5, that I was being too patient, so I picked it up a little bit.

“I was kinda waiting for the flagman to give me the five-to-go [signal] so I could start launching a little bit. When he gave me the signal, it was time to turn on the burners.”

With his runner-up finish and Taylor’s DNF, Deece Schwartz officially clinched his first career DIRTcar Pro Modified national points championship. The third-generation driver from Ashmore, IL, added to his family’s decorated history in UMP-type Dirt Modified racing after grandfather Denny and father Danny’s accomplishments in the 1990s and 2000s.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 3W-BJ Deal[3]; 2. 121-Deece Schwartz[4]; 3. 2-Brayden Doyle[1]; 4. 52JR-Cole Knebel[9]; 5. 14G-Tommy Gaither[11]; 6. 28-Justin Durbin[18]; 7. 8Z-Zach Taylor[10]; 8. 15C-Kevin Crowder[20]; 9. 29H-Cale Hartnagel[16]; 10. 21JR-Drew Schwartz[15]; 11. 24M-Matt Milner[7]; 12. 74-James Hileman[12]; 13. 8-Ethan Orman[14]; 14. 29-Josh Orman[23]; 15. 6-Billy Adams[24]; 16. 4T-Guy Taylor[2]; 17. 2W-Jason Walsh[6]; 18. 67-Austin Seets[8]; 19. 66K-Kaleb Stephens[21]; 20. 88-Zayden Bolyard[22]; 21. 59-JD Evans Carter[19]; 22. 37-Chad Ziegler[13]; 23. 44-Gabe Menser[5]; 24. 23-Ryan Timmons[17]

SPORT COMPACT – Nick Johnson
For the second-straight year, Nick Johnson is a DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature winner in the Sport Compact division.

Johnson, of Bartonville, IL, took advantage of an incident between the two leaders in the early going – Allan Harris and Dakota Schmick. He took the lead on Lap 4 and never relinquished it, leading the field back around the checkers to bag the win.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (10 Laps): 1. 30J-Nick Johnson[5]; 2. 52-Bradley Stanfill[4]; 3. 51-Clayton Stanfill[3]; 4. 01C-Dakota Schmick[2]; 5. 3H-Allan Harris[1]; 6. 14C-Tucker Clark[6]; 7. 8D-Donovan Hamblen[7]; 8. (DNS) 72-Kadien Armour

FALL AIR FRIDAY: Parga, Taylor, Nicely, Leka Win Friday Fall Nationals Features at Lincoln

Leka wins wild Stock Car race, Pro Modified points stays tight after Taylor beats Schwartz

When a loaded field of 117 race cars fill the pits of one of Illinois’ most challenging dirt tracks, only the strongest will emerge victorious. Four of DIRTcar’s toughest weekly racers conquered the challenge at Lincoln Speedway Friday night, hoisting the tallest of trophies in the kickoff to the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals.

PRO LATE MODELS – Jose Parga

Chevrolet Performance 604 Crate engine Late Model racing on a quarter-mile racetrack is one of the toughest challenges a driver will meet all year long. With its similar competitor speeds and limited space for clean air, passes are earned, not given. 2022 DIRTcar national champion Jose Parga demonstrated that the best Friday night and bagged his first career Fall Nationals Feature win.

The 25-year-old from New Berlin, IL, started sixth on the grid and was running fifth when the yellow was displayed with nine laps complete. On the ensuing restart, leader Colby Sheppard and second-place Timmy Dick made contact getting into Turn 1 and spun, collecting others and bringing out the yellow again.

Both drivers were sent to the rear for causing the caution, which moved Parga up into third and on the outside of Row 2 for the restart. He hammered the throttle at the drop of the green and used the clean air on the top to his advantage, zooming by Kyle McMahon and Chase Osterhoff to take the lead that same lap.

“The main thing for me was clean air; I needed to be in clean air real bad,” Parga said. “When I was in dirty air, the car just wasn’t getting over and didn’t feel the greatest.”

“Once that incident happened with Colby and them, I was able to get the outside on Delaware double-file [restart] and I got clean air. I really think that was the main thing to my advantage.”

Parga then turned on the jets, running out to a 4.5-second lead before collecting the checkers. It was a big win in the event, avenging his back-to-back defeats at the marquee Lincoln event from last year.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 6P-Jose Parga[6]; 2. 01-Billy Knippenberg[4]; 3. 19-Chase Osterhoff[7]; 4. 14-Braden Johnson[10]; 5. 45-Kyle McMahon[2]; 6. 33-Devin McLean[14]; 7. 32M-Cody Maguire[11]; 8. 17B-Braden Bilger[17]; 9. $12-Troy Marciniak[21]; 10. 61-Jammie Wilson[13]; 11. 25F-Tucker Finch[12]; 12. 27-Colby Sheppard[1]; 13. 25-Rockett Bennett[23]; 14. 5B-Brandon Sweitzer[24]; 15. T22-Curtis Eller[15]; 16. 59X-Damon Heck[22]; 17. 1G-Graham Fate[20]; 18. 248-Brandon Lance[18]; 19. 77-Blaise Baker[8]; 20. 122-Timmy Dick[3]; 21. 10C-Colby Eller[5]; 22. 33H-Roben Huffman[9]; 23. 22-Chris Dick[16]; 24. 14S-Derek Smith[19]

PRO MODIFIEDS – Guy Taylor

Locked into the thick of the closest national points battle of all eight DIRTcar divisions, it was only fitting that Guy Taylor and Deece Schwartz finished 1-2 Friday night.

While the points standings may not have changed much, the score on the track did. Taylor quickly climbed up from his seventh-place spot on the starting grid to the lead in six laps, taking it away permanently two laps later.

In his drive through the lead pack, Taylor passed Schwartz, who started third and was off to a slow start. But after a few caution flags to reset, Schwartz turned it on, passing for second on Lap 10 and making a beeline for Taylor.

“After I could get a good roll coming off of Turn 2, I thought I had a good shot at [Taylor],” Schwartz said. “But the laps wound-down too fast, and I ran out of time.”

Indeed, Schwartz ran out of time, coming up just one spot short of the victory. Taylor held on after a green-white-checkered finish for his first career DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature win, and kept the points battle close.

“The very bottom was the best place for me to run; it had good traction down there,” Taylor said. “I saw Deece working that middle. He definitely had me on my toes.”

Though it was a great win on Friday, Taylor came to Lincoln this weekend to win a national title. With Schwartz’s finish directly behind him, it’s going to be even tougher to make up the gap on Saturday, but that won’t stop him front trying.

“Nothing against Deece; I was hoping he would’ve finished third or worse, so we could gain some points,” Taylor said. “He was second, so we didn’t gain any points tonight. We’re 11 behind, so it’s going to be tough to win the national championship.

“We started out the year and were just going to have fun. And before you know it, we’re in a couple points battles. I’m just honored to run for Bob Russell’s family in this car.”

On the flip side, Schwartz is nearly there in his quest for DIRTcar championship gold. He knows the plan going into Saturday and is sticking to it.

“I’ve just got to keep my head straight and don’t let the points mess with me,” Schwartz said. “That was my big problem in 2020 – I let the points get to me too early, and it started screwing me at the end of it.

“As long as I just keep my nose clean and finish the race well, hopefully we’ll bring home the title.”

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 4T-Guy Taylor[7]; 2. 121-Deece Schwartz[3]; 3. 3W-BJ Deal[4]; 4. 14G-Tommy Gaither[8]; 5. 8Z-Zach Taylor[6]; 6. 15C-Kevin Crowder[9]; 7. 78-Maxx Emerson[17]; 8. 2-Brayden Doyle[2]; 9. 44-Gabe Menser[1]; 10. 59-JD Evans Carter[13]; 11. 52JR-Cole Knebel[10]; 12. 37-Chad Ziegler[19]; 13. 74-James Hileman[20]; 14. 28-Justin Durbin[16]; 15. 29H-Cale Hartnagel[11]; 16. 88-Zayden Bolyard[18]; 17. 24M-Matt Milner[15]; 18. 66K-Kaleb Stephens[24]; 19. 21JR-Drew Schwartz[21]; 20. 15G-Zach Gaither[12]; 21. 26-Robby Keen[22]; 22. 29-Josh Orman[23]; 23. 8-Ethan Orman[14]; 24. (DNS) 67-Austin Seets

UMP MODIFIEDS – Tyler Nicely

Leading all but the first lap, Tyler Nicely completed the most dominant Feature performance of the evening, towering over heavy-hitting opponents Mike McKinney, Kenny Wallace, Kelly Kovski, Allen Weisser and 2022 national champion Mike Harrison for his first DIRTcar Fall Nationals triumph.

It took only one circuit around the quarter-mile for the Owensboro, KY-driver to get to the lead, at one point stretching his lead out to over two seconds in traffic. McKinney was hot on his tail and closed the gap in the final laps as Nicely was hindered by lapped traffic but came up nearly a full second short of the win.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 25-Tyler Nicely[3]; 2. 96M-Mike McKinney[6]; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace[5]; 4. 10K-Kelly Kovski[4]; 5. 25W-Allen Weisser[2]; 6. 24H-Mike Harrison[10]; 7. 05-Dave Wietholder[13]; 8. 3L-Jeremy Nichols[8]; 9. 35-Brandon Roberts[1]; 10. 11D-Brian Diveley[9]; 11. 89-Austin Friedman[14]; 12. 777-Trevor Neville[17]; 13. 34T-Tanner Reed[12]; 14. 99T-Tyler Loughmiller[15]; 15. 1-Todd Sherman[23]; 16. 14-Brian Lynn[24]; 17. 62E-Deece Schwartz[19]; 18. 99-Tim Luttrell[16]; 19. Z-Zack Bunning[11]; 20. 72A-Austin Lynn[20]; 21. 70-Brian Bielong[18]; 22. 14M-Caden McWhorter[7]; 23. 60-Jim Manka[21]; 24. 87C-Alan Crowder[22]

STOCK CARS – Jeff Leka

Many of the most longstanding DIRTcar Racing fans have had the opportunity to see Jeff Leka win at least one Feature in a UMP Modified over his storied career. But how about in a Stock Car?

Friday night, Leka did just that. Piloting Jeremy Nichols’ No. 67R for the weekend, the 2008 UMP Modified national champion from Buffalo, IL, put on an incredible show with 2022 Stock Car national champion Zane Reitz. Lap-after-lap the two battled, Leka hugging the bottom and Reitz ripping the top side.

The two swapped the lead several times in the second half of the race, but Leka got the upper hand in the end, staying smooth on the bottom while Reitz bobbled here-and-there throughout.

Just over a half-second separated the two at the line, sending Leka to Victory Lane, now as a Fall Nationals Stock Car Feature winner to match his Modified victories earned when the event was held at Eldora Speedway.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 67R-Jeff Leka[5]; 2. 55-Zane Reitz[1]; 3. 14-Megan Erwin[2]; 4. 11-Terry Reed[8]; 5. K67JR-Braiden Keller[4]; 6. 2Z-Andy Zahnd[7]; 7. R1-Jim Ransom[3]; 8. 4-Zach Clark[9]; 9. 21P-Dustin Pruitt[10]; 10. G51-Tyler Gilmour[19]; 11. 22-Frank Wright[11]; 12. 21-Jaret Duff[13]; 13. 78B-Brad Peters[12]; 14. E21-Eric Boomer[14]; 15. (DNS) 16-Nick Macklin; 16. (DNS) 46-Randy Huffman; 17. (DNS) 21R-Dustin Reed; 18. (DNS) 44J-Jeremy Madsen; 19. (DNS) 91B-Kirk Spurgeon

PRIMED AND READY: National Champions, Local Talents Tune-Up on Fall Nationals Practice Night

Jordan DeLucia September 30, 2022

Twenty-seventh annual event begins racing Friday with four different divisions

The champions and championship contenders have officially arrived at Lincoln Speedway for the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals and are off to a strong start after an evening of practice for the 56 cars in attendance at the 1/4-mile bullring.

The DIRTcar Pro Late Model division consistently delivers some of the closest, most competitive racing seen all year, and this weekend will be no exception. Leading the charge with the fastest lap in all three sessions was 2021 East Region champion Billy Knippenberg, turning in a 14.384 to top the chart.

Last year, Knippenberg had a strong showing at Fall Nationals, bagging two top-five finishes over the weekend and a podium finish on Saturday night. He’s excited to return to the event once again, this time with a first full season under his belt in promoting DIRTcar staple venue Kankakee County Speedway.

“I’m a little bit jealous of it,” Knippenberg said with a smile, speaking about the event as a whole. “I wish we had an event just like this back home.

“It’s really nice what they do here. They run a nice show. The track’s always fun to race at, and it’s exciting.”

With eight Feature wins in the division last year, Knippenberg has shown he knows the recipe for success in driving the Chevy Performance 604 Crate engine-powered machines and plans to use every bit of it this weekend in pursuit of his first Fall Nationals trophy.

“Qualifying is the key,” Knippenberg said. “You’ve got to Qualify well to start at the front of the Heat Races. This type of racing is all about where you start. If you’re in the front two or three rows, you’ve got a good chance of winning.”

One of Knippenberg’s biggest sources of competition this weekend will come from two-time DIRTcar national champion Jose Parga, who will be crowned with his third national points title at the conclusion of Saturday night.

Parga, a winner of two Features and the track championship at Lincoln this year, had the third-fastest time in practice at 14.489. He’s bound-and-determined to avenge his defeats to 2020 national champion Aaron Heck in this event last year and gave some insight on what it takes to win at a track as technical as Lincoln.

“You’ve got to make sure you start up front in the Heat Race and get a front row starting spot [for the Feature], or at least the first two rows” Parga said. “The competition is real tough here, and it’s a lot easier to stay out front and make them pass you than you pass them.”

The 25-year-old from New Berlin, IL, recently broke out a brand-new Rocket Chassis XR1 and has been making progress in getting acclimated in the seat. He’s confident he’ll be one to watch come Feature time on Friday and Saturday night.

“I feel like it’s our first time here this year, really, because we just brought a new car here,” Parga said. “Only the fourth night on it, but it’s getting better and better every night.

“Practice went pretty well. We need to tune on it a little bit, but I definitely think we’ll have a shot Friday and Saturday.”

The UMP Modified division brought a solid field of competition out for practice and was led by former DIRTcar Stock Car national champion Mike McKinney. The 29-year-old from Plainfield, IL, turned the quickest lap at 14.205 – slightly over a tenth faster than nearest competitors Caden McWhorter (14.321) and Todd Sherman (14.329).

The DIRTcar Pro Modified division also had a strong practice night showing, featuring two drivers locked in the thick of the national points battle that will be settled on Saturday night. Deece Schwartz, the 2020 national points runner-up, is back in the hunt for his first national crown with an 11-point lead over second-place Guy Taylor.

On the clock, Schwartz was faster, turning in a best lap of 15.261, while Taylor was further back on the board with a best lap of 15.449. In a true test of skill and endurance, both drivers are voluntarily pulling double-duty this weekend in the Pro Modified and UMP Modified divisions, raising the stakes a bit higher as they pursue championship gold by Saturday night.

UP NEXT

The first night of racing competition in the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals hits Lincoln Speedway Friday night, Sept. 30, featuring the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Pro Late Models and Stock Cars.

Tickets are available at the gate on race day, and plenty of camping space is available. Pit gates open at 3pm; grandstand gates at 4. Hot Laps scheduled for 6.

Early Entries Coming In For Lincoln Speedway DIRTcar Fall Nationals

(Lincoln, IL) It’s officially race week for the 27th running of the DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Lincoln Speedway and the early entries continue to pour in. The ¼-mile track, located at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln, IL, is playing host to the season ending national event for the third season in-a-row.

While the weekend begins on Thursday with a late afternoon/evening practice for all divisions, the actual race nights are set for Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Friday’s action will feature DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, and Stock Cars (Street Stocks). Saturday’s action will see DIRTcar Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, and Sport Compacts (Hornets).

The headline class of the weekend will be the DIRTcar Super Late Models, which will be running on Saturday night in a race paying $3,000 to win and $300 to start. One of the early entries to the delight of many fans is veteran driver, Steve Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL. Sheppard made his racing return at Fairbury Speedway a few weeks ago and is set to get back behind the wheel this weekend at Lincoln. Other early entries or those expressing intentions of competing at Lincoln include Ryan Unzicker, Brian Diveley, Kevin Weaver, Jake Little, Rusty Griffaw, Blaze Burwell, Brandon King, Jeff Herzog, Blaise Baker, Steve Fairbanks, Cody Maguire, and Michael Maestas. Many others are expected to enter later this week or on raceday.

The DIRTcar Pro Late Models have a doubleheader weekend scheduled which will see a full show Friday and a full show Saturday, each race paying $1,000 to win. Early entries include Michigan drivers Scott Wenell and Troy Marciniak as well as Illinois drivers Colby Sheppard, Roben Huffman, Ryan Miller, Aaron Heck, Damon Heck, Michael Maestas, Cody Maguire, Blaise Baker, Jammie Wilson, and Cameron Reynolds.

The DIRTcar Modifieds will also be racing full shows on Friday night ($1,000 to win) as well as Saturday night ($1,500 to win). Leading the list of early entries is Lincoln Speedway track champion, Brandon Roberts. Other entries from Illinois include Guy Taylor, Talen Beard, Brian Bielong, Brandon Bollinger, Brayden Bowman, Zach Bunning, Alan Crowder, Austin Friedman, Tim Luttrell, Austin Lynn, Brian Lynn, Caden McWhorter, Danny Schwartz, and Jarrett Stryker. St. Louis, MO driver, Kenny Wallace will also be in action. Once other early entries and those who sign up on race day arrive, the Modified class is expected to be stout.

The DIRTcar Pro Modified class looks like it will again be strong at this year’s Fall Nationals. Nearly 20 entries have already been turned in with many more expected. The class will have a full show Friday ($600 to win) as well as one on Saturday ($750 to win). Leading the list of pre-entries is current national point leader Deece Schwartz, from Ashmore, IL and point runner-up Guy Taylor from Springfield, IL. Other Illinois drivers currently entered include Austin Seets, Zach Taylor, Billy Adams, Brian Burns, Kevin Crowder, Maxx Emerson, James Hileman, Cole Knebel, Matt Milner, Ethan Orman, Josh Orman, Taryn Page, Drew Schwartz, and Ryan Timmons. Currently representing Missouri are Robby Keen, Brandon Menke, and Brian Vinson.

For the DIRTcar Stock Cars (Street Stocks) and DIRTcar Sport Compacts (Hornets) teams don’t save any money by pre-registering early but can save some time at the track. A few drivers that have taken advantage of online early entry in the Stock Car Friday night event are Jaret Duff, Megan Erwin, and Zane Reitz. The feature will pay $750 to win and $75 to start.

In the Sport Compacts, there is no car entry fee for the Saturday night event and pay will be $500 to win and $50 to start. Those who have filed early entries include Allan Harris, Nick Johnson, and Kadien Armour.

Optional Thursday practice will begin at 5:30 with pits opening 90 minutes earlier at 4:00 PM. On Friday, pits will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, with practice/qualifying at 6:00, and racing to follow. Saturday will see everything an hour earlier with pits opening at 2:00, grandstands at 3:00, with practice/qualifying at 5:00, and racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $5 off for a 2-day ticket at $40. Kids 11 and under are free both days.

The full comp guide for competitors is available at https://lincolnspeedwayil.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Fall-Nationals-22-Competitor-Guide-September-29-October-1.pdf, while online early registration is available at https://www.myracepass.com/series/2056/registrations/6462.

For more detailed information, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.

DIRTcar Fall Nationals Driver Registration, Tickets, Camping and More Now Available

LINCOLN, IL – Sept. 13, 2022 – Six divisions. Five champions. Three nights. One exciting event returning to a Central Illinois track for a third year in a row.

Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL, is set to crown five DIRTcar National points champions as host of the 2022 DIRTcar Fall Nationals, September 29-October 1. The DIRTcar Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Stock Cars and Sport Compacts are all scheduled to compete.

The DIRTcar Fall Nationals were first held at Lincoln Speedway in October of 2020 where a great field of cars put on an outstanding show. Last year’s event was plagued by a terrible weather forecast but officials were able to complete the show, somehow avoiding rain that covered much of Central Illinois.

A favorite of many Midwest racers and fans, the event will again combine the great signature racing DIRTcar competitors are known to provide with the camping and all-ages entertainment synonymous with the Fall Nationals name.

Three practice sessions for all divisions will hit the track first on Thursday night, September 29. Friday night, September 30, features a full racing program for the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Stock Cars, UMP Modifieds and Pro Modifieds.

The DIRTcar Late Models and Sport Compacts will join the Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds and Pro Modifieds on the docket for Saturday night, October 1, in the second full night of racing, highlighted by the determination of all five division champions.

Drivers and fans can find more event-specific and competitor-related information in the all-new event guide.

Late Model, Pro Late Model, UMP Modified and Pro Modified teams who pre-enter by Sept. 28 will receive a discount on their entry fee. Application form is attached to the event guide but online registration is available at https://www.myracepass.com/series/2056/registrations/6462.

Tickets and pit passes will be available at the track upon arrival on race day. Pit pass, general admission and camping pricing can be found below.

Pits            Pits                      Pits (11 & under)      Grandstand   Kids (11 & under)

Thursday       $20                 $10*                            FREE             FREE**

Friday             $35                 $20*                            $20                 FREE**

Saturday        $35                 $20*                            $25                 FREE**

  • 3-Day Pit Combo: $75
  • 2-Day Pit Combo: $65
  • 2-Day Grandstand Combo: $40

3-Day Camping with electricity – $75 (includes 30 amp electric)

3-Day Camping, no hookup – $50

For more camping info and to reserve a spot, contact: 217-764-3200

Hampton by Hilton and Comfort Inn & Suites of Lincoln, IL are the official host hotels of Lincoln Speedway. Call the Hampton by Hilton at (217) 732-6729 or Comfort Inn & Suites at (217) 735-5800. Mention Lincoln Speedway to receive the discounted rate.

Updates throughout the weekend can be found on the DIRTcar Racing social media channels; Facebook @DIRTcar, Twitter @DIRTcarRacing and Instagram @dirtcar.official.