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NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTErb Jr. Makes Eight Different Summer Nationals Late Model Winners in 12 Races, Hoffman Sweeps Summit Modified Action at Clarksville DIRTcar Late Models CLARKSVILLE, TN – July 26, 2020 – There were few drivers in the DIRTcar Late Model field Sunday night that have had more success at Clarksville Speedway than Dennis Erb Jr., and he showed exactly why with a flag-to-flag victory over the 28-car field for the 23rd time in his DIRTcar Summer Nationals career. From the pole, Erb shot to the lead at the drop of the green and immediately went on the defense, holding off challenges from Frank Heckenast Jr. in the early going. Heckenast gave him a strong run to the outside and almost got around the #28, but Erb found some more speed on the bottom and closed the window of opportunity before the first of many caution flags flew on Lap 12. Heckenast and his #99jr Rocket Chassis weren’t done, however. He hounded Erb for the lead over the next 13 laps until Billy Moyer got around him on a restart. Heckenast soon faded back to fourth while points leader Brian Shirley took advantage of the open door and made his bid for the front. Shirley brought his A-game for the 40-lap contest in an effort to defend his victory from the night prior and made a great effort, putting a swift move on both Moyer and Heckenast in the same corner to take second as they crossed the line to complete Lap 30. Back out front, it was Erb’s race to lose. With Shirley now less than one second back with less than 10 laps to go, Erb dropped the hammer. He found a sixth gear down on the bottom and slowly began to pull away from Shirley again, leading the field back around to the checkers and a $5,000 payday. “It was pretty much typical Clarksville here tonight,” Erb said in Victory Lane. “I just kept it smooth around the bottom and was able to keep it out front.” Erb rarely shows much emotion, even after beating competition like he did on Sunday, but the three-time Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic winner is one veteran that cherishes every victory at Clarksville no matter how he got it. “It feels good. We’re getting this Rocket Chassis figured out. We made a few changes tonight that I think are really going to help on some smaller tracks, and we’re looking forward to keeping it going,” Erb said. UP NEXT The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models are off on Monday and Tuesday before a return to action in Round #16 Wednesday night at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision with a Fast Pass subscription! Feature (40 Laps) 1. 28-Dennis Erb Jr ; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley ; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr ; 4. 21-Billy Moyer ; 5. 25-Jason Feger ; 6. 212-Josh Putnam ; 7. 18-David Seibers ; 8. 4G-Bob Gardner ; 9. J27-Jadon Frame ; 10. 127-Robert Ardry ; 11. 15-Richard Frost ; 12. 16-Rusty Griffaw ; 13. 2-Hunter Blackwell ; 14. 4GR-Bobby Richey Jr ; 15. 1A-Levi Ashby ; 16. 61-Caleb Ashby ; 17. 11-Adam Elliott ; 18. 19-Gavin Schmidt ; 19. 48L-Tim Lance Jr ; 20. 10J-Jordan Bauer ; 21. 54JR-Larry Barber Jr ; 22. 48-Tim Lance  Hard Charger: 1A-Levi Ashby[+6] DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Originally, the two-day venture out to the Volunteer State for some DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals action wasn’t even on defending champion Nick Hoffman’s projected schedule. After all, only a driver’s best eight finishes count toward the overall points standings. But it’s the drive to win and passion for competition that makes a champion a champion, and Hoffman showed exactly what that looks like Sunday night, as he completed the weekend sweep of the Modified action with his second win in two days at Clarksville Speedway. “We weren’t really planning on coming here as of last week, so to come here and win both nights is pretty good,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane. “It says a lot about the guys that help me and put this thing together for me. We’ve been working out tails off to get this thing right and I think we’re really close right now.” 50 Feature laps were contested over the two days in Tennessee, 50 laps led for the Mooresville, NC-native. He’s now tied with fellow championship contender Mike McKinney for most wins overall this season at three, and it’s shaping up to be a dogfight for the points championship. In what was almost a mirror image of Saturday night, Hoffman jumped out to the early lead and went 25 laps virtually unchallenged for the lead by the rest of the top-five, which included names like Trent Young, Josh Harris, McKinney and Will Krup. In the laps before the final caution late in the race, Hoffman had drawn-up a lead of almost two seconds around the quarter-mile. Using the middle of the track as his preferred lane, Hoffman and his Elite Chassis seemed to just float around the red clay high banks where others just chased. “It felt better out there than it did on the bottom, and I didn’t know where them guys were running. I would just open up my [corner] entry and kinda make it hard for someone to pass me if they had a run,” Hoffman said. After suffering his second DNF of the season early in Saturday night’s Feature, McKinney was able to rebound Sunday night with a fourth-place finish behind Trent Young and Josh Harris. Harris, who made the trip down for Sunday only, tied his best finish of the year with the Summit Modifieds in third. UP NEXT The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals are off on Monday and Tuesday before a return to action in Round #14 Wednesday night at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision with a Fast Pass subscription! Feature (25 Laps) 1. 7-Nick Hoffman ; 2. 7D-Trent Young ; 3. 22-Josh Harris ; 4. 96M-Mike McKinney ; 5. K19-Will Krup ; 6. 55-Michael Lee ; 7. 99-Hunt Gossum ; 8. 16C-John Clippinger ; 9. 12-Lucas Lee ; 10. 24-Zeke McKenzie ; 11. O2-Chris Cook ; 12. 98-Zac Harris ; 13. 15-Clayton Miller ; 14. 13-Charlie Mefford ; 15. 2-Peyton Walker ; 16. 43-Ricky Knight ; 17. 55M-Blaze Melton ; 18. 94-Cory Balkey  Hard Charger: 99-Hunt Gossum[+8]
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTSheppard Dominates to Continue His DIRTcar Nationals Mastery - Defending champ dominates Dirt Late Model Opener fifth consecutive Volusia win BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 10, 2020 – Picking up right where he left off in last year’s DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford, Brandon Sheppard ran away with Monday night’s DIRTcar Late Model Feature for his fifth consecutive victory at Volusia Speedway Park. The defending Dirt Late Model Big Gator champion stole the lead from polesitter Tim McCreadie at the drop of the green and never looked back, leading all 30 laps en route to his sixth victory at Volusia in the past seven DIRTcar Nationals Late Model Features. If anyone thought it was the Rocket1 Racing show during last year’s Florida-Georgia Speedweeks, it’s looking like an even more concentrated go-around this year, as Sheppard now tallies four Late Model victories in the past seven days. “It’s been an incredible Speedweeks so far, our consistency has been through the roof all week,” Sheppard said. “When you’re as consistent as we are, the wins are going to come.” Sheppard led comfortably until the race’s second caution on lap 14, when Scott Bloomquist Racing’s Chris Madden gave him his strongest challenge of the race on the restart. Using the top side momentum to his advantage, Madden got a great run out of Turn 2 and dove into Turn 3 on the bottom. But The Rocket Shepp was just too strong in the middle and began to pull away again at the flagstand. Another restart with nine laps remaining put Madden on the top side at the drop of the green, but he stumbled on the cushion as Brian Shirley and Dennis Erb Jr. drove by on the bottom. Madden fell back two spots further before the checkered, leaving the 2018 Big Gator champion with a sixth-place result. Shirley had a great race going on the top side, using the speed to make several passes as he climbed up into the podium. He fended off Erb’s fierce challenges on the bottom in the closing laps to secure the runner-up spot with a car he said was very comfortable to drive. To beat the Rocket1 car ahead of him, however, Shirley believes it’s going to take more than just being good in the Feature. “We’ve just got to make sure we qualify good and start up front,” Shirley said. “I just felt like [Sheppard] was just a little bit better than me out there on the track and could do things that I just couldn’t do, so we’ve just got to get a little better. Hopefully, one night, I can get lucky enough to start on the front row and have a shot.” Erb had a very strong car the whole race, rounding out an all-Illinois top-three from his eighth starting spot. He made his way up into the top-five just before halfway and capitalized on Madden’s slip-up on the late restart to grab third and eventually challenge for second. “On that last restart, Chris just went way high there and I just went right through the middle,” Erb said. “Once everybody got settled in there, it was awful fast and hard to pass from there on.” Erb stayed around the bottom for the greater portion of the race, chomping at the bit on Shirley in the late stages. “[Shirley] would go into the corner and slide from bottom to the top, I’d get a run on him and then he’d come back down. To try and get by him that way really wasn’t going to work,” Erb said. Sheppard fended off the fellow Illinois drivers’ pressure from behind with ease on the following restarts, leading the field back to the checkers for a $7,000 payday. Overall, Sheppard said his continued success comes down to he and his crew’s workflow in the pit area. Each day, they know exactly what it is they need to do to get the job done, and with car owner Mark Richards’ years of experience racing at Volusia, it puts Sheppard at ease behind the wheel. “It just makes my confidence maxed-out all the time. I know I can drive into Turn 1 however I feel I need to and nothing’s going to fall off or break or anything like that because my guys just do such a great job. It’s a lot easier to have a lot of confidence whenever you’ve got a great group of guys pumping you up, and you know your car’s gonna be good,” Sheppard said. UP NEXT The DIRTcar Nationals action continues Tuesday night with the second 30-lap, $7,000-to-win Feature for the Late Models alongside the stars and cars of the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision; Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET. RESULTS Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard ; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley ; 3. 28-Dennis Erb, ; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie ; 5. 5-Mark Whitener ; 6. 0M-Chris Madden ; 7. 72-Michael Norris ; 8. 29V-Darrell Lanigan ; 9. 7W-Ricky Weiss ; 10. 76B-Brandon Overton ; 11. 97-Cade Dillard ; 12. 20-Jimmy Owens ; 13. 12-Ashton Winger ; 14. 15-Donny Schatz ; 15. 17M-Dale McDowell ; 16. 99B-Boom Briggs ; 17. O-Rick Eckert ; 18. 40B-Kyle Bronson ; 19. 21-Ivedent Lloyd, ; 20. 25Z-Mason Zeigler ; 21. 16B-Tyler Bruening ; 22. 6-Blake Spencer ; 23. OOO-Kyle Lear ; 24. 89-GR Smith ; KSE Hard Charger Award: 76B-Brandon Overton[+12] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 72-Michael Norris, 16.575; 2. 12-Ashton Winger, 16.59; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley, 16.656; 4. 23-John Blankenship, 16.719; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens, 16.761; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 16.803; 7. 1-Vic Hill, 16.9; 8. 16-Justin Rattliff, 17.095; 9. 4G-Kody Evans, 17.223; 10. 25Z-Mason Zeigler, 17.655; 11. 76-Blair Nothdurft, 18.317 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss, 16.232; 2. 1S-Brandon Sheppard, 16.265; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.285; 4. 29V-Darrell Lanigan, 16.287; 5. 18-Chase Junghans, 16.432; 6. O-Rick Eckert, 16.478; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood, 16.499; 8. 7-Drake Troutman, 16.696; 9. 66C-Matt Cosner, 16.801; 10. 89-GR Smith, 16.867; 11. 2-Dan Stone, 17.39 Qualifying Flight-C – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.267; 2. 21-Ivedent Lloyd,, 16.498; 3. 36-Logan Martin, 16.54; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie, 16.645; 5. 6-Blake Spencer, 16.706; 6. 0B-Scott Bloomquist, 16.722; 7. 5-Mark Whitener, 16.751; 8. 22-Gregg Satterlee, 16.839; 9. 33-Jeff Mathews, 16.84; 10. OOO-Kyle Lear, 17.158; 11. 16H-Mike Hammerle, NT Qualifying Flight-D – 1. 16B-Tyler Bruening, 16.419; 2. 0M-Chris Madden, 16.498; 3. 97-Cade Dillard, 16.604; 4. 28-Dennis Erb,, 16.635; 5. 99B-Boom Briggs, 16.637; 6. 311-Ken Monahan, 16.671; 7. 25-Shane Clanton, 16.716; 8. 76B-Brandon Overton, 16.736; 9. 2W-Pearson Williams, 16.785; 10. 25W-Allen Weisser, 16.823; 11. 25DC-Donnie Chappell, 16.93 Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 72-Michael Norris ; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley ; 3. 12-Ashton Winger ; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson ; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens ; 6. 25Z-Mason Zeigler ; 7. 16-Justin Rattliff ; 8. 1-Vic Hill ; 9. 76-Blair Nothdurft ; 10. 4G-Kody Evans ; 11. 23-John Blankenship  Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard ; 2. 7W-Ricky Weiss ; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell ; 4. 29V-Darrell Lanigan ; 5. O-Rick Eckert ; 6. 89-GR Smith ; 7. 18-Chase Junghans ; 8. 2-Dan Stone ; 9. 7-Drake Troutman ; 10. 66C-Matt Cosner ; 11. 31-Tyler Millwood  Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 39-Tim McCreadie ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 5-Mark Whitener ; 4. 21-Ivedent Lloyd, ; 5. OOO-Kyle Lear ; 6. 6-Blake Spencer ; 7. 36-Logan Martin ; 8. 22-Gregg Satterlee ; 9. 33-Jeff Mathews ; 10. 16H-Mike Hammerle ; 11. 0B-Scott Bloomquist  Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 0M-Chris Madden ; 2. 28-Dennis Erb, ; 3. 16B-Tyler Bruening ; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs ; 5. 97-Cade Dillard ; 6. 76B-Brandon Overton ; 7. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 8. 2W-Pearson Williams ; 9. 311-Ken Monahan ; 10. 25-Shane Clanton ; 11. 25DC-Donnie Chappell  Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 89-GR Smith ; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler ; 3. 18-Chase Junghans ; 4. 2-Dan Stone ; 5. 16-Justin Rattliff ; 6. 1-Vic Hill ; 7. 7-Drake Troutman ; 8. 23-John Blankenship ; 9. 76-Blair Nothdurft ; 10. 4G-Kody Evans ; 11. 66C-Matt Cosner ; 12. 31-Tyler Millwood  Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – 1. 76B-Brandon Overton ; 2. 6-Blake Spencer ; 3. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 4. 2W-Pearson Williams ; 5. 311-Ken Monahan ; 6. 33-Jeff Mathews ; 7. 16H-Mike Hammerle ; 8. 36-Logan Martin ; 9. 22-Gregg Satterlee ; 10. 25-Shane Clanton ; 11. 25DC-Donnie Chappell ; 12. 0B-Scott Bloomquist 
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTSchlenk Scores 25th Anniversary Sunoco American Late Model Series Opener / Eldora Washed Out Career Win #28 for the Two-Time & Defending DIRTcar National Champion & Four-Time Series Champion CONCORD, NC — Apr. 27, 2019 — The 25th anniversary season opener for the Sunoco American Late Model Series was on Friday, April 26 at I-96 Speedway, located east of Grand Rapids and west of Lansing in Lake Odessa, MI. The DIRTcar Late Model cars and stars of the longest running tour in the Great Lakes region of the United States kicked off their historic season at the fast 4/10s (0.400) mile high-banked dirt oval in West Michigan. Courtesy of DIRTcar Racing It was also the first time in series history that a season started in the Great Lakes State. At the end of the show on a cold and blustery evening, four-time series champion, Rusty Schlenk would emerge victorious for his 28th career win in the Sunoco ALMS. After starting in fifth, the McClure, OH veteran in his #cj1 Rayburn by RSR machine took the lead from pole-sitter, 19-year-old Logan Arntz on lap six of the 40-lap Feature and never looked back en route to his 28th career victory in the series and third at I-96 Speedway in Sunoco ALMS competition. Arntz finished a career high second as two-time series champion, Brandon Thirlby, who started 17th, advanced 14 positions to complete the podium finishers in third. Travis Stemler and Chad Finley, who started 15th, completed the top five. Defending Sunoco ALMS Champion, Casey Noonan was sixth as Rich Bell, David Mielke, Chad Stapleton and Eric Spangler were the final top 10. Thirlby out-qualified the 27-car field with a 15.985 = 90.084mph, just missing his own track record he set back on July 28, 2017 when he went a 15.972. Arntz, Ryan VanderVeen and Stapleton collected Heat Race victories while Finley scored the win in the Last Chance Race. The Sunoco American Late Model Series’ 25th anniversary season was to continue at the famed Eldora Speedway (OH), located just east of the Indiana/Ohio state line in Rossburg, OH on Saturday, April 27. Unfortunately, persistent rain throughout the week as well as flooding in the immediate area of the facility forced track officials to cancel the tracks 66th season opener. This event will not be rescheduled. The remaining two races for the Sunoco ALMS at Eldora Speedway are on Sunday, May 26 for the 49th running of the Johnny Appleseed Classic. Then on Sunday, September 1 it’s the 10th running of the Baltes Classic. The Labor Day Weekend event also serves as the final race of the 2019 racing season for the Sunoco ALMS as the 2019 Sunoco ALMS Champion will be crowned at the end of the Baltes Classic. With opening weekend complete, the Sunoco American Late Model Series teams will now shift focus to the rest of the 25th anniversary season. For the next two events, they’ll head west to the Prairie State for a pair of $10,000 to win events and It all begins on Friday, May 10 at Farmer City Raceway (IL) for the Farmer City 74. The next night, Saturday, May 11 is a trip to Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) for the FALS Frenzy. Both races will be co-sanctioned by the MARS Racing Series. In 2018, Shannon Babb won both races with the Farmer City 74 occurring on May 11 while the FALS Frenzy was postponed to August 11. At Farmer City, it was, amazingly, Babb’s first career win in the Sunoco ALMS. For more information about the Sunoco American Late Model Series, visit the series website, which is located at: americanlatemodelseries.com. You can also follow the series on all Social Media outlets on Facebook and Twitter via the DIRTcar Racing pages using the hashtag #ALMS. Sunoco American Late Model Series – I-96 Speedway (MI) – Friday, April 26, 2019 (27 Teams) A Feature 1 (40 Laps): 1. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk ; 2. 21-Logan Arntz ; 3. M14-Brandon Thirlby ; 4. 2-Travis Stemler ; 5. 42-Chad Finley ; 6. 1N-Casey Noonan ; 7. 21B-Rich Bell ; 8. 87-David Mielke ; 9. 32-Chad Stapleton ; 10. 27S-Eric Spangler ; 11. 12-Scott Fisk ; 12. 15-Phil Ausra ; 13. 22-Austin Burns ; 14. 8-Rob Anderzack ; 15. 79-Nick Kurtz ; 16. 87N-Rich Neiser ; 17. 20-Chad White ; 18. 53-Hillard Miller ; 19. 41-Jason Playter Jr. ; 20. 50-Ryan Missler ; 21. 16-Garrett Wiles ; (DNS) 23V-Ryan VanderVeen. Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 42-Chad Finley ; 2. 22-Austin Burns, ; 3. M14-Brandon Thirlby ; 4. 41-Jason Playter Jr. ; 5. 16-Garrett Wiles ; 6. 2J-Bry Johnson ; 7. 07-Shawn Reed ; 8. 15-Phil Ausra ; 9. 53-Hillard Miller ; (DNS) 81-Steve Shellenberger (DNS) 34-Herb Reich (DNS) 25-Chuck Hummer. Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 21-Logan Arntz ; 2. 2-Travis Stemler ; 3. 21B-Rich Bell ; 4. 8-Rob Anderzack ; 5. 20-Chad White ; 6. 22-Austin Burns ; 7. 53-Hillard Miller ; 8. 2J-Bry Johnson ; 9.81-Steve Shellenberger  Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 23V-Ryan VanderVeen ; 2. 27S-Eric Spangler ; 3. 1N-Casey Noonan ; 4. 87-David Mielke ; 5. 79-Nick Kurtz ; 6. 34-Herb Reich ; 7. 15-Phil Ausra ; 8. 07-Shawn Reed ; 9. 25-Chuck Hummer  Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 32-Chad Stapleton ; 2. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk ; 3. 87N-Rich Neiser ; 4. 50-Ryan Missler ; 5. 12-Scott Fisk ; 6. 16-Garrett Wiles ; 7. M14-Brandon Thirlby ; 8. 94-Bill Bray ; 9. 42-Chad Finley  Group Qualifying 1: 1. 21B-Rich Bell 16.689; 2. 2J-Bry Johnson 16.709; 3. 20-Chad White 16.912; 4. 21-Logan Arntz 16.956; 5. 2-Travis Stemler 17.065; 6. 8-Rob Anderzack 17.076; 7. 22-Austin Burns 17.158; 8. 53-Hillard Miller 17.444; 9. 81-Steve Shellenberger 17.444 Group Qualifying 2: 1. 27S-Eric Spangler 16.563; 2. 87-David Mielke 16.649; 3. 23V-Ryan VanderVeen 16.940; 4. 1N-Casey Noonan 17.254; 5. 79-Nick Kurtz 17.306; 6. 15-Phil Ausra 17.591; 7. 07-Shawn Reed 17.681; 8. 25-Chuck Hummer, 18.538; 9. 34-Herb Reich, 18.538 Group Qualifying 3: 1. M14-Brandon Thirlby 15.985; 2. 42-Chad Finley 16.271; 3. 50-Ryan Missler 16.741; 4. 32-Chad Stapleton 16.765; 5. 12-Scott Fisk 16.983; 6. 16-Garrett Wiles 16.990; 7. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk 17.020; 8. 87N-Rich Neiser 17.094; 9. 94-Bill Bray 17.933