FAIRBURY, Ill. – The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season went out with a bang on Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway as Levi Kissinger scored a birthday win at the Prairie Dirt Classic and Nick Hoffman claimed his first series championship.
Kissinger, who started the night’s feature in third, hung tough throughout muchof the 40 laps, biding his time to take on Jeff Leka who led through much of the FALS feature. Through the closing laps, Kissinger took over the top spot and celebrated his 29th birthday with a $5,000 victory.
Kissinger joined a stout field of competitors who stood in victory lane throughout the season, in capturing his first Modified Nationals victory of the year.
Joining in the festivities on Saturday night was Nick Hoffman who continued his phenomenal season by holding off the reigning champion Mike Harrison to score his first ever Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals championship. Hoffman shot out of the gate on the rain-delayed opening night at Kankakee and despite being challenged late by Harrison, was the class of the field through the month-long stretch.
Hoffman, who won six times throughout the grueling summer season finished 13th on Saturday night. The accolades add to a year that has included numerous wins and a DIRTcar Nationals title and the coveted ‘Big Gator’ trophy.
Levi Kissinger, Josh Harris, Jeff Leka, Tyler Nicely, Brent Mullins, Matt Cooper, Mike Harrison, Chad Kinder, Mike McKinney, Ray Bollinger, Jeffrey Ledford, David Stremme, Nick Hoffman, Trent Young, Jay Ledford, Rodney Standerfer, Jeff Curl, Cory Daugherty, Luke Gash, Steven Brooks, Lucas Lee, Nathan Balensiefen, Curt Spalding, Lance Dehm.