BROWNSTOWN, Ind. – The DIRTcar Summer Nationals pushes drivers, crews and dirt late models to their limits by competing 33 times in the span of 39 days beginning Wednesday at Brownstown Speedway.
The schedule is so grueling it has earned the nickname “The Hell Tour.”
So many tracks are seeking a piece of the action the schedule was increased to six weeks, running from the June 11 opener through the July 19 finale at Ohio’s Oakshade Raceway, hitting dirt bullrings in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and eventually Ohio along the way. With only six scheduled off-days over the course of the 5,500-mile journey through the hottest days of summer, it’s not a series for the faint of heart.
“Over the last few years we’ve had a tremendous outpouring of tracks wanting DIRTcar Summer Nationals events,” said Sam Driggers, DIRTcar competition director. “We have some of the best tracks in the country located in the heart of the Midwest and we wanted our fans and tracks to be able to see a show that they might not have been able to see before, so we increased our schedule.”
In addition to the purse at each event, another milestone accomplishment for the series is surpassing the $50,000 mark in contingency cash and product being given to the drivers in 2014. At each event, drivers will be competing for $755 in contingency cash and $980 in product as part of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals contingency program. Series drivers will be competing for just over $58,000 during the whole series and product at the awards banquet.
“Our program is unique because we give $50 cash awards to our drivers from each of our series partners,” said Alex Cummings, DIRTcar client services manager. “Our partners understand the importance of cash awards to drivers to help them get up and down the highway to each event and in return our drivers understand the importance of displaying our partner’s decals on their cars and supporting those companies with purchasing power. Support those that support you. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Brandon Sheppard won four times en route to capturing the 2013 edition of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, besting youngster Bobby Pierce by 15 points in the final standings.