NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Keepin’ it Short – They call it the Hell Tour for a reason

The UMP late models are embarking on their annual Summer Nationals Tour which, as most dirt fans know, is also called the Hell Tour. The series will run 25 races in 32 days. Things did not get off too a good start as the first night of the tour was postponed due to rain on Wednesday night. The Brownstown Speedway race has been rescheduled to one of the three open dates in the schedule on July 12th. The end result is that there are now 25 races in 31 days. The drivers who choose to run all of the events are truly the most hard core racers in the world.

Thanks to Onedirt.com, here are a few of statistics that can put the entire trek of the Hell Tour in perspective. The schedule has races in nine states at 24 different race tracks. There are twelve races in Illinois, three in Indiana, two in Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin and one each in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Missouri. For any teams doing the entire 25 race schedule they’ll travel 4,493 miles according to Mapquest. Last season there were nine drivers who ran in all 29 races that took place on the 33 days of the tour. There were also over 300 drivers that took part in at least one race. The tour saw over thirty cars at 25 of the 29 races and averaged 38 cars per night.

But at least all of the travel and hard work will be worth the effort. The tour pays out some pretty impressive cash which is why the drivers come out and put themselves through the torture over the month-long odyssey. The payouts vary depending on when the races take place. The weekend events pay out $10,000 to win while the weekday races pay $5,000. There are seven $10,000 races and 18 $5,000 races which calculates to a total of $160,000.

The truly impressive part of the tour is just the challenge to those teams who elect to run all of the races. Generally they are on the road away from their race shops for the entire time, and when they have troubles they have to improvise and worth with what they have. There are stories of teams rehanging an entire body on a race car in the parking lot of a hotel and leaving the old body in the dumpster before they headed out to the race track. Changing an engine at a race track is no easy feat when you’re in a fancy garage at a Cup level facility, and doing it in the pits at Belle Clair Speedway in East Belleville, IL is a lot more impressive. The key to accomplishing anything that seems nearly impossible is making sure the equipment is organized and well taken care of. It is much easier to run the whole tour if you don’t tear up your equipment, but it’s dirt racing so there are bound to be equipment casualties.

The Hell Tour is one of the greatest challenges in local short track racing. If you are in the Midwest over the next five weeks, take a look at the schedule in this article https://frontstretch.com/shorttracks/34248/ or the Tour’s web site http://www.thehelltour.com/ so you can check out the traveling circus that is the UMP Summer Nationals.

*Whelen All-American National Championship Update*

Rain kept the top guns in the point standings from adding to their totals this past week with the top three and four of the top five not racing due to rainouts. Nate Monteith took two shots at notching another win this week but failed to visit victory lane for a seventh time, though he did land two top-5 finishes to his resume. His top 5s, however, did add 42 points to his season total which allowed him to jump over Frank Deiny, Jr. and Zachary Hausler. While Keith Rocco, Philip Morris and Lee Pulliam find themselves at least 100 points ahead of the rest of the pack, the battle for positions four through nine are separated by a mere 13 points. C.E. Falk and Ryan Preece both notched victories last while Daniel Pope, II knocked Davin Scites out of the top 10–he sits just 38 points behind Nate Monteith in fourth place.

1) Keith Rocco – 18 races – 9 wins – 13 top 5s – 16 top 10s – 521 points
2) Philip Morris – 13 races – 9 wins – 11 top 5s – 12 top 10s – 461
points
3) Lee Pulliam – 14 races – 7 wins – 11 top 5s – 12 top 10s – 453 points
4) Nate Monteith – 12 races – 6 wins – 11 top 5s – 11 top 10s – 348 points
5) Frank Deiny, Jr. – 13 races – 0 wins – 8 top 5s – 12 top 10s – 348
points
6) Zachary Hausler – 16 races – 11 wins – 14 top 5s – 16 top 10s – 345
points
7) C.E. Falk, III – 10 races – 3 wins – 9 top 5s – 9 top 10s – 341 points
8) Brandon Davis – 8 races – 5 wins – 8 top 5s – 8 top 10s – 335 points
9) Ryan Preece – 13 races – 3 wins – 10 top 5s – 11 top 10s – 335 points
10) Daniel Pope II – 12 races – 2 win – 10 top 5s – 11 top 10s – 310 points

Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the
race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20. Second
place receives two fewer points, and so-on through the field. Race winners
receive an additional five bonus points. For example, if there are 20 cars,
the winner receives 45 points, second gets 38 and third 36. If there are 15
cars, the winner received 35 points, second gets 28 and third 26. The top 18 races count towards the National Championship for a driver. A perfect season for a driver would be 18 race wins with 20 car fields which equates to 810 points. The first driver to reach 810 points is declared the National Champion in the event of a tie.**
This Weekend’s Race Schedule

Fri : June 17th – I-30 Speedway ; Benton : AR – SUPR Late Models
Fri : June 17th – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – USAC/CRA 410
Fri : June 17th – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – USAC Western Classic
Fri : June 17th – Boyds Speedway ; Ringgold : GA – Volunteer Racing Series
Fri : June 17th – Macon Speedway ; Macon : IL – POWRI Micro-Sprints
Fri : June 17th – Caney Valley Speedway ; Caney : KS – NCRA / Southern SportMods
Fri : June 17th – Boothill Speedway ; Shreveport : LA – Southern Thunder Sprints
Fri : June 17th – Cherry Speedway ; Fife Lake : MI – ASCS / Sprints on Dirt
Fri : June 17th – Dixie Motor Speedway ; Birch Run : MI – CRA Super Series
Fri : June 17th – Michigan International Speedway ; Brooklyn : MI – ARCA Late Models
Fri : June 17th – Winston Speedway ; Rothbury : MI – Michigan Dirt Cup
Fri : June 17th – Callaway Raceways ; Fulton : MO – United Late Model Association
Fri : June 17th – US 36 Speedway ; Cameron : MO – ASCS / Midwest Series
Fri : June 17th – US 36 Speedway ; Cameron : MO – ASCS / Warriors Region
Fri : June 17th – River Cities Speedway ; Grand Forks : ND – WoO Sprint Cars
Fri : June 17th – Canaan Fair Speedway ; Canaan : NH – Sprint Cars of New England
Fri : June 17th – Lee USA Speedway ; Epping : NH – Senior Tour Auto Racers
Fri : June 17th – Spencer Speedway ; Williamson : NY – Race Of Champions Modifieds
Fri : June 17th – Attica Raceway Park ; Attica : OH – All Star Sprint Cars
Fri : June 17th – Moler Raceway Park ; Mt Orab : OH – American Late Model Series
Fri : June 17th – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – Auto Value Super Sprints
Fri : June 17th – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – Midwest Supermodified Association
Fri : June 17th – Cornwall Speedway ; Cornwall : Ontario – Patriot Sprints
Fri : June 17th – Ohsweken Speedway ; Ohsweken : Ontario – Thunder Stocks
Fri : June 17th – Brills Motor Speedway ; Meeker : OK – Midwest DIRTcar Late Models
Fri : June 17th – Creek County Speedway ; Tulsa : OK – Southern Modifieds
Fri : June 17th – Penn Can Speedway ; Susquehanna : PA – Capitol Region Sprint cars
Fri : June 17th – Cherokee Speedway ; Gaffney : SC – Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models
Fri : June 17th – Devils Bowl Speedway ; Mesquite : TX – ASCS / Lone Star Region
Fri : June 17th – Devils Bowl Speedway ; Mesquite : TX – ASCS / Sooner Region
Fri : June 17th – Golden Triangle Raceway Park ; Beaumont : TX – ASCS / Gulf South Region
Fri : June 17th – Skagit Speedway ; Alger : WA – Golden State Challenge
Fri : June 17th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – UMP Summer Nationals
Fri : June 17th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – USMTS Modifieds
Fri : June 17th – Manitowoc Expo Raceway ; Manitowoc : WI – Midwest Sprint cars
Fri : June 17th – Manitowoc Expo Raceway ; Manitowoc : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : June 17th – Milwaukee Mile ; West Allis : WI – USAC National Midgets
Fri : June 17th – Milwaukee Mile ; West Allis : WI – USAC Silver Crown
Fri : June 17th – Oshkosh Speed Zone Speedway ; Oshkosh : WI – Interstate Racing Association
Sat : June 18th – I-30 Speedway ; Benton : AR – SUPR Late Models
Sat : June 18th – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – Total Seal Late Dirt Models
Sat : June 18th – American Valley Speedway ; Quincy : CA – California Sprint Car Civil War
Sat : June 18th – Buttonwillow Raceway Park ; Buttonwillow : CA – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : June 18th – Chowchilla Speedway ; Chowchilla : CA – BCRA Midgets
Sat : June 18th – Marysville Raceway Park ; Marysville : CA – BCRA Midget Lites
Sat : June 18th – Marysville Raceway Park ; Marysville : CA – Wingless Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Santa Maria Speedway ; Santa Maria : CA – USAC/CRA 410
Sat : June 18th – Santa Maria Speedway ; Santa Maria : CA – USAC Western Classic
Sat : June 18th – Thunderbowl Raceway ; Tulare : CA – ASCS SoCal Sprint Series
Sat : June 18th – I-76 Speedway ; Fort Morgan : CO – United Rebel Sprint Series
Sat : June 18th – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – New England Truck Series
Sat : June 18th – Delaware International Speedway ; Delmar : DE – United Racing
Sat : June 18th – North Florida Speedway ; Lake City : FL – Florida Mini-Sprints Association
Sat : June 18th – North Georgia Speedway ; Chatsworth : GA – Volunteer Racing Series
Sat : June 18th – Roebling Road Raceway ; Savannah : GA – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : June 18th – Macon Speedway ; Macon : IL – POWRI Midgets
Sat : June 18th – Macon Speedway ; Macon : IL – POWRI Micro-Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Illiana Motor Speedway ; Schererville : IN – ASA Midwest Tour
Sat : June 18th – Paragon Speedway ; Paragon : IN – Midwest Sprint Car Series (410)
Sat : June 18th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – Knoxville Championship Cup
Sat : June 18th – 81 Speedway ; Wichita : KS – NCRA / Southern SportMods
Sat : June 18th – Thunderhill Speedway ; Mayetta : KS – NCRA / Great Plains Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Thunderhill Speedway ; Mayetta : KS – NCRA / Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Bluegrass Speedway ; Bardstown : KY – Southern Regional Racing
Sat : June 18th – Richmond Raceway ; Richmond : KY – American Modified Series
Sat : June 18th – Ark-La-Tex Speedway ; Vivian : LA – Southern Thunder Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Champion Park Speedway ; Haughton : LA – Ark-La-Tex Winged Modifieds
Sat : June 18th – Seekonk Speedway ; Seekonk : MA – ATQMRA TQ Midgets
Sat : June 18th – I-96 Speedway ; Lake Odessa : MI – ASCS / Sprints on Dirt
Sat : June 18th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Unique Bump and Run
Sat : June 18th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – MCR Dwarf Cars
Sat : June 18th – Jackson Speedway ; Jackson : MN – Jackson Sprint Touring Series
Sat : June 18th – Central Missouri Speedway ; Warrensburg : MO – United Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Lake Ozark Speedway ; Eldon : MO – Midwest Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – ASCS / Warriors Region
Sat : June 18th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Scotland County Speedway ; Memphis : MO – United Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Greenville Speedway ; Greenville : MS – Mississippi State Championship Challenge
Sat : June 18th – River Cities Speedway ; Grand Forks : ND – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sat : June 18th – Monadnock Speedway ; Winchester : NH – Pro Four Modfieds of New England
Sat : June 18th – White Mountain Motorsports Park ; North Woodstock : NH – ACT US Tour
Sat : June 18th – Riverside International Speedway ; Antigonish : Nova Scotia – Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour
Sat : June 18th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – All American Track Racing Sat : June 18th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Race Of Champions Modifieds
Sat : June 18th – Lebanon Valley Speedway ; West Lebanon : NY – Empire Super Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Columbus Motor Speedway ; Columbus : OH – Main Event Racing
Sat : June 18th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – USSA – Thunder Roadsters
Sat : June 18th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – UMP Modifieds
Sat : June 18th – K-C Raceway ; Chillicothe : OH – All Star Sprint Cars
Sat : June 18th – Oakshade Raceway ; Wauseon : OH – American Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Sandusky Speedway ; Sandusky : OH – Buckeye Super Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Waynesfield Motor Sports Park ; Waynesfield : OH – American Mini Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Oklahoma Sports Park ; Ada : OK – Midwest DIRTcar Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Salina Highbanks Speedway : Salina : OK – Oil Capital Racing Series
Sat : June 18th – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – Southern Modifieds
Sat : June 18th – Tri-State Speedway ; Pocoloa : OK – Show-Me-Racing Series
Sat : June 18th – Mosport Speedway ; Mosport : Ontario : OSCAAR Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Coos Bay Int Speedway ; Coos Bay : OR – Interstate Sprint Car Series
Sat : June 18th – Sunset Speedway ; Banks : OR – Northwest Wingless Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Grandview Speedway ; Bechtelsville : PA – Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Grandview Speedway ; Bechtelsville : PA – Modifieds
Sat : June 18th – McKean County Speedway ; East Smethport : PA – ULMS – EMods
Sat : June 18th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 410 Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Path Valley Speedway ; Spring Run : PA – PA Sprint Series
Sat : June 18th – Pittsburgh Raceway Park ; New Alexandria : PA – Mo-Power Events
Sat : June 18th – Port Royal Speedway ; Port Royal : PA – Super Sportsmen
Sat : June 18th – Selinsgrove Speedway ; Selinsgrove : PA – 360 Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Selinsgrove Speedway ; Selinsgrove : PA – URC Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – Central Pennsylvania LegendCars
Sat : June 18th – Thunder Valley Raceway ; Central City : PA – Unified Force Race Championship Tour
Sat : June 18th – Newport Speedway ; Newport : TN – PASS Southern Late Model Series
Sat : June 18th – Smoky Mountain Speedway ; Maryville : TN – Southern All Star Racing Sat : June 18th – 85 Speedway ; Ennis : TX – Sprint Series of Texas
Sat : June 18th – Devils Bowl Speedway ; Mesquite : TX – ASCS / Lone Star Region
Sat : June 18th – Devils Bowl Speedway ; Mesquite : TX – ASCS / Sooner Region
Sat : June 18th – Royal Purple Raceway ; Houston : TX – ASCS / Gulf South Region
Sat : June 18th – Thunderhill Raceway ; Kyle : TX – Dwarf Car Series of Texas
Sat : June 18th – Langley Speedway ; Hampton : VA – K&N East Series
Sat : June 18th – Wythe Raceway ; Wytheville : VA – Lucas Oil Late Models
Sat : June 18th – Bear Ridge Speedway ; Bradford : VT – Northeast Mini-Sprints
Sat : June 18th – Bear Ridge Speedway ; Bradford : VT – Sprint Cars of New England
Sat : June 18th – Skagit Speedway ; Alger : WA – Golden State Challenge
Sat : June 18th – South Sound Speedway ; Tenino : WA – Washington Econo Sprint Cars Sat : June 18th – Wenatchee Valley Super Oval ; East Wenatchee : WA – Northwest Pro 4 Trucks
Sat : June 18th – Wenatchee Valley Super Oval ; East Wenatchee : WA – Washington Midgets
Sat : June 18th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – UMP Summer Nationals
Sat : June 18th – Milwaukee Mile ; West Allis : WI – USAC National Midgets
Sat : June 18th – Milwaukee Mile ; West Allis : WI – USAC Silver Crown
Sat : June 18th – Plymouth Dirt Track ; Plymouth ; WI – Midwest Sprintcars
Sat : June 18th – Plymouth Dirt Track ; Plymouth : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models Association
Sat : June 18th – Summit Point Raceway ; Charles Town : WV – 24 Hours of LeMons
Sun : June 19th – Roebling Road Raceway ; Savannah : GA – ChumpCar World Series
Sun : June 19th – New Senoia Speedway ; Senoia : GA – United Dirt Late Models
Sun : June 19th – Tri-State Speedway ; Haubstad : IN – King Of Indiana Sprint Car Series
Sun : June 19th – Tri-State Speedway ; Haubstad : IN – Midwest Sprint Car Series (410)
Sun : June 19th – 81 Speedway ; Wichita : KS – NCRA / 360 Sprints
Sun : June 19th – 81 Speedway ; Wichita : KS – NCRA / Great Plains Late Models
Sun : June 19th – 81 Speedway ; Wichita : KS – NCRA / Late Models
Sun : June 19th – 81 Speedway ; Wichita : KS – NCRA / Modifieds
Sun : June 19th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Southern Late Models
Sun : June 19th – Big Daddys Speedbowl ; Wentworth : NH – Sprint Cars of New England
Sun : June 19th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – All American Track Racing Sun : June 19th – Millstream Speedway ; Findlay : OH – All Star Sprint Cars
Sun : June 19th – Pittsburgh Raceway Park ; New Alexandria : PA – Mo-Power Events
Sun : June 19th – Angell Park Speedway ; Sun Prairie : WI – Badger Midgets
Sun : June 19th – Angell Park Speedway ; Sun Prairie : WI – USAC Mopar D1 Midgets
Sun : June 19th – Summit Point Raceway ; Charles Town : WV – 24 Hours of LeMons
Mon : June 20th – LaSalle Speedway ; LaSalle : IL – UMP Summer Nationals
Mon : June 20th – Waynesfield Motor Sports Park ; Waynesfield : OH – All Star Sprint Cars
Mon : June 20th – West Siloam Speedway ; West Siloam Springs : OK – Southern Modifieds
Tue : June 21st – I-35 Speedway ; Mason City : IA – USMTS Modifieds
Tue : June 21st – Spoon River Speedway ; Canton : IL – UMP Summer Nationals
Tue : June 21st – Caney Valley Speedway ; Caney : KS – Southern Modified Promotion
Tue : June 21st – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – CRA Super Series
Tue : June 21st – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – USA Modifieds
Tue : June 21st – Brewerton Speedway ; Brewerton : NY – World of Outlaws
Tue : June 21st – Fremont Speedway ; Fremont : OH – All Star Sprint Cars
Wed : June 22nd – Buena Vista Raceway ; Alta : IA – USMTS Modifieds
Wed : June 22nd – Highland Speedway ; Highland : IL – UMP Summer Nationals
Wed : June 22nd – Indianapolis Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – USAC Ford Focus Midgets
Wed : June 22nd – Indianapolis Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – USAC Mopar D1 Midgets
Wed : June 22nd – Rush County Fairgrounds ; Rushville : IN – UMRA TQ Midgets
Wed : June 22nd – Caney Valley Speedway ; Caney : KS – Southern Modifieds
Wed : June 22nd – Red River Valley Speedway ; Fargo : ND – Northern Late Models
Wed : June 22nd – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park ; Elbridge : NY – Patriot Sprints
Wed : June 22nd – Sharon Speedway ; Hartford : OH – All Star Sprint Cars
Wed : June 22nd – Big Diamond Raceway ; Minersville : PA – Race of Champion Dirt Modifieds
Thu : June 23rd – Cresco Speedway ; Cresco : IA – Hawkeye Dirt Tour
Thu : June 23rd – Fayette County Speedway ; Brownstown : IL – UMP Summer Nationals
Thu : June 23rd – Rush County Speedway ; Rushville : IN – Midwest TQ Racing League
Thu : June 23rd – Norman County Raceway ; Ada : MN – Northern Late Models
Thu : June 23rd – Mid-America Speedway ; S Coffeyville : OK – Southern Modifieds
Thu : June 23rd – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park ; Elbridge : NY – Patriot Sprints
Thu : June 23rd – Lernerville Speedway ; Sarver : PA – World of Outlaws Late Models Thu : June 23rd – Park Jefferson Speedway ; Jefferson : SD – USMTS Modifieds
Thu : June 23rd – State Park Speedway ; Wausau : WI – ASA Midwest Tour

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