Drake Troutman made the trek to Kankakee County Speedway (Kankakee, Ill.) on Tuesday afternoon to make his debut with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Drawing 20 cars for the 20th round of the Hell Tour, Drake followed up the fifth fastest time in his qualifying group with a fourth place finish in his heat. Dropping five spots in the 40-lap feature, Troutman logged a 16th place outing. (Jim DenHamer photo)
The following night at Butler Motor Speedway (Quincy, Mich.), Troutman laid down the fastest time in his group before placing second in his heat behind Garrett Wiles. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in sixth, Drake blasted past Jason Feger on the seventh lap to break into a podium spot and slid ahead of Garrett Wiles for second on lap 17. After closing in on race-long leader Brian Shirley late through lapped-traffic, Troutman came up short to finish second behind Shirley with Rusty Schlenk, Garrett Wiles, and Jason Feger completing the Top-5 finishers.
On Thursday evening at Thunderbird Speedway (Muskegon, Mich.), Drake secured his spot into the A-Main with a third place finish in his heat race. With $5,000 on the line in the feature, Troutman was an early retiree from the 40-lapper on lap 14 to save equipment.
For the fourth round of his Hell Tour stint, Troutman headed to Tri-City Motor Speedway (Auburn, Mich.) on Friday night for the $10,000 top prize. After dropping two spots in his heat race to place eighth, Drake came in 17th in his B-Main, forcing him to rely on a provisional into the feature. Improving two spots in the 50-lap affair, Troutman recorded a 22nd place outing.
On Saturday night at Merritt Speedway (Merritt, Mich.) for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals finale, Drake laid down the fourth fastest lap overall in time trials but slipped over the cushion in heat, dropping him back to an eighth place outing. Marching forward to finish third in his B-Main, Troutman earned the 18th-starting position for the A-Main. With $10,000 on the line, Drake Troutman got caught behind a wreck on lap 18 that brought a disappointing end to his weekend.
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