Nicely Earns Breakthrough Victory at Fairbury in DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Season Finale
FAIRBURY, Ill. – July 25, 2015 – Tyler Nicely powered to victory in a flawless feature performance on Saturday at Fairbury American Legion Speedway to win the final night of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals and secure second place in the championship.
Nicely, of Owensboro, Ky., was smooth in every corner on the quarter-mile dirt oval while the field behind him was two- and three-wide trying to run him down in the 30-lap, $2,000-to-win season finale. The victory was Nicely’s first win of the 2015 tour, finally putting him over the top after he turned in four second-place finishes during the month-long season that ran primarily in conjunction with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals.
“I just kept hitting my marks right around the bottom so nobody could sneak underneath me,” Nicely said. “I knew if I didn’t make any mistakes I had a good enough hot rod. It’s huge, I’ve been wanting to win in Illinois, and Fairbury is the best track in America in my opinion. It’s awesome, and the fans make it even better. You just feel welcome here.”
There were 47 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds in competition at Fairbury, which also ran the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Prairie Dirt Classic, for a combined total of 106 cars in the pits on Saturday night. The event was delayed about an hour by rain that fell during the Last Chance Showdown.
Heat race winners included Lance Dehm, Curt Spaulding, Brandon Roberts and Tyler Nicely.
Mike Harrison earned the overall DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified championship with nine victories in 13 starts. Unfortunately in Saturday night’s finale, Harrison started 15th and was on the move when he was involved in a scary-looking crash on the frontstretch, leaving him with a 23rd-place finish.
2015 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report
A-MAIN (30 laps) – 1. Tyler Nicely ($2,000); 2. Brandon Roberts; 3. Brian Lynn; 4. Curt Spaulding; 5. Jeff Curl; 6. Jeff Leka; 7. Ray Bollinger; 8. David Stremme; 9. Steven Brooks; 10. Mike McKinney; 11. Brian Shaw; 12. Lance Dehm; 13. Colling Thirlby; 14. Jay Ledford; 15. Jeffrey Ledford; 16. Patrick Lyon; 17. A.J. May; 18. Andy Sprague; 19. Dave Porth; 20. Travis Kohler; 21. Tommy Duncan; 22. Nathan Balensiefen; 23. Mike Harrison; 24. Jimmy Dehm.
2015 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Results
|June 6||Saturday||Tri-State Speedway||Josh Harris|
|June 7||Sunday||Terre Haute Action Track||Bradley Sterrett|
|June 10||Wednesday||Brownstown Speedway||Devin Gilpin|
|June 11||Thursday||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Jeff Curl|
|June 12||Friday||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Rain|
|June 16||Tuesday||Jacksonville Speedway||Mike Harrison|
|June 18||Thursday||Spoon River Speedway||Rain (2)|
|June 19||Friday||Tri-City Speedway||Rain (3)|
|June 20||Saturday||Fairbury Speedway||Chad Kinder|
|June 21||Sunday||Quincy Raceways||Rain/PPD June 22 (4)|
|June 22||Monday||Quincy Raceways||Rain (5)|
|June 23||Tuesday||Peoria Speedway||Mike Harrison (2)|
|June 24||Wednesday||Belle-Clair Speedway||Mike Harrison (3)|
|June 25||Thursday||Clarksville Speedway||Lucas Lee|
|June 26||Friday||Paducah International Raceway||Rain (6)|
|June 27||Saturday||Federated I-55 Raceway||Rain (7)|
|June 28||Sunday||Lincoln Speedway||Rain/PPD July 6|
|June 30||Tuesday||I-96 Raceway||Rain (8)|
|July 1||Wednesday||Daugherty Speedway||Devin Gilpin (2)|
|July 2||Thursday||La Salle Speedway||Mike Harrison (4)|
|July 3||Friday||Fayette Co. Speedway||Mike Harrison (5)|
|July 4||Saturday||Highland Speedway||Mike Harrison (6)|
|July 5||Sunday||Tri-State Speedway||Dustin Beck|
|July 6||Monday||Lincoln Speedway||Mike Harrison (7)|
|July 7||Tuesday||Vermilion Co. Speedway||Rain (9)|
|July 8||Wednesday||Florence Speedway||Rain (10)|
|July 9||Thursday||Macon Speedway||Rain (11)|
|July 10||Friday||Farmer City Raceway||Mike Harrison (8)|
|July 11||Saturday||Oakshade Raceway||David Mielke|
|July 24||Friday||Fairbury A.L. Speedway||Mike Harrison (9)|
|July 25||Saturday||Fairbury A.L. Speedway||Tyler Nicely|
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