CONCORD, N.C. – DIRTcar officials released the finalized Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals schedules on Thursday.
The tours’ schedules mirror each other for all but one race during their 32 consecutive days on the road. The two touring series embark on one of the most gruesome schedules in the motorsports industry as they will travel across eight-states – including Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, and Ohio – in four-and-a-half weeks with racing nearly every night.
The Summer Nationals will take a break from racing only three times in 32 days, and the Modifieds will take four days off.
Every year, the series’ swing through June and July proves to be mentally and physically trying on drivers and their teams, who persevere through their passion and dedication to the sport.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals and the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will kick off at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Ill., on June 14.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will celebrate its 30th consecutive season this year. The best late model drivers in the country have graced the Summer Nationals stage over the past three decades, including six-time Summer Nationals champion Billy Moyer, four-time champion Shannon Babb, three-time champion Dennis Erb Jr., and two-time champions and father-son duo Bob and Bobby Pierce.
The schedule boasts 29 races and is broken down into four weeks: Tri-State Week, Independence Week, Midwest Week and Champions Week. Each week a new champion will be named based on a weekly points system. At the conclusion of the tour, one overall Summer Nationals champion will be crowned based on the overall points accumulated.
The Summer Nationals Championship will take place at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, on July 14-15.
Additionally, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals will cross paths with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The series’ collide at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on June 30 and at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on July 1.
The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will have 28 races in 32 consecutive days before having two weeks to prepare for the championship, which will take place at Fairbury American Legion Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series on July 28-29.
The Modified Nationals champion is calculated by the top eight finishes for each driver. The driver who finishes the highest within those eight races gets crowned champion.
Last year, Nick Hoffman took the title from four-time Modified Nationals champion Mike Harrison, as well as 353 other drivers who entered the tour for at least one race. Harrison remains the only driver in Modified Nationals history that has gathered eight wins, garnering a perfect score in the championship standings.
Click here for the full DIRTcar Summer Nationals calendar.
Click here for the full DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals calendar.
CREDIT: DIRTcar Communications