DIRTcar Summer Nationals Round 1: Kankakee (Ill.) – DTD Exclusive

By THOM SCHMEH

Round 1 of the 34th annual DIRTcar / UMP Summer Nationals was staged at the Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway on Thursday, June 13. The winner of the $5,000-to-win, 22-car, 40-lap event was Brian Shirley. Unofficially finishing behind him were Frank Heckenast (Jr.), Rusty Schlenk, Jason Feger and Ryan Unzicker.

The series resumes on Friday, June 14, for round 2 at the Sycamore (Ill.) Speedway for a $10,000-to-win race.

The 26-round series so far…
Wed., June 12, Peoria, Ill., RAIN.
Thurs., June 13, Kankakee, Ill., Brian Shirley.

Late Model Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [2]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, [1]; 3. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [4]; 4. 25-Jason Feger [8]; 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker [18]; 6. 21-Billy Moyer [11]; 7. 32-Bobby Pierce [16]; 8. 89-Mike Spatola [5]; 9. B12-Kevin Weaver [17]; 10. 4G-Bob Gardner [9]; 11. 87-Walker Arthur [7]; 12. 11-Gordy Gundaker [14]; 13. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [12]; 14. 9-Lyle Zanker [15]; 15. 13-David Jaeger [13]; 16. 25H-Chuck Hummer [19]; 17. 28-Dennis Erb, [6]; 18. 2-Allen Murray [10]; 19. 25W-Allen Weisser [22]; 20. 14T-Glen Thompson [21]; 21. 18-Shannon Babb [3]; 22. 15-Matt Shannon [20]; Hard Charger:24-Ryan Unzicker[+13]