Peoria Event Declared Complete

PEORIA, IL — June 18, 2017 — The Peoria Speedway stop of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals has been declared a completed event following a severe thunderstorm that halted the feature event after 20 laps. The track is still too wet, and drivers have other commitments on Monday, which is their only free day on the relentless Hell Tour schedule. Meanwhile, the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals portion of the event will move to Wednesday, June 21.


Rain Forces Postponement at Peoria Speedway

By Kevin Kovac

PEORIA, Ill. (June 17) — Thunderstorms that were dancing around Peoria Speedway finally struck with 20 laps of Saturday night's 60-lap UMP DIRTcar Summernationals feature completed, forcing the postponement of the remaining circuits.

Billy Moyer Jr. was leading the $10,000-to-win event when heavy rain poured down, prompting officials to send the field to the pit area. With no hope of waiting out the storm, the evening's action was stopped just short of the halfway point that would have made the A-main official.

No makeup date for the completion of the feature was immediately announced.

The thunderstorms that threatened the track as evening fell held off long enough for the feature to get the green flag at 8:23 p.m. following a four-wide parade lap.

Moyer Jr.’s father, Billy Moyer, came off the outside pole to outgun his son for the lead at the start. The elder Moyer set the pace until Junior surged ahead to assume command on lap 15.

Bobby Pierce also passed the elder Moyer for second place on lap 15 and was looking to mount a challenge on Junior when a caution flag flew on lap 17 for Roger Rebholz’s stopped car in turn two. Pierce stuck with Moyer Jr. on the restart before the brewing battle was stopped by the rain on lap 20.

The elder Moyer was running third when the race was red-flagged, Brian Shirley was fourth and Billy Drake was fifth.

Feature running order (after 20 of 60 laps): 1. Billy Moyer Jr., 2. Bobby Pierce, 3. Billy Moyer, 4. Brian Shirley, 5. Billy Drake, 6. Michael Kloos, 7. Cody Mahoney, 8. Ryan Unzicker, 9. Bob Gardner, 10. Shannon Babb, 11. Chase Junghans, 12. Rob Toland, 13. Mike Monroe, 14. Todd Bennett, 15. Paul Stubber, 16. Rich Bell, 17. Gordy Gundaker, 18. Jason Feger, 19. Dustin Nobbe, 20. Brent Larson, 21. Jason Wagner, 22. Roger Rebholz.

Billy Moyer Wins at Sycamore Speedway

Moyer gets comfortable at unfamiliar Sycamore

MAPLE PARK, Ill. (June 16) — Racing at an unfamiliar track proved to be no problem for Billy Moyer on Friday night.

The Hall of Fame driver from Batesville, Ark., quickly made himself comfortable at Sycamore Speedway, grabbing the lead from Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., on lap eight and controlling the remainder of the 40-lap distance to capture the historic third-mile oval’s first-ever UMP DIRTcar Summernationals event.


Bobby Pierce wins at Kankakee

By Kevin Kovac


KANKAKEE, Ill. (June 15) — Bobby Pierce didn’t take long to find his winning groove on the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals.


Rebounding from a ninth-place finish in the Hell Tour opener, the 20-year-old sensation from Oakwood, Ill., was dominant in Round 2 on Thursday night as he rolled to a flag-to-flag victory in the 40-lap feature at Kankakee County Speedway.


Summer Nationals Schedule Change


The DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals has made another schedule change, alleviating a lengthy overnight haul with a mid-series shuffling of tracks and races.


Charleston (IL) Speedway has been added to the Series for the first time since 2010, while Paducah (KY) International Raceway has been removed, according to Series Director Sam Driggers.