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AUGUST 21, 2021
Jeep Van Wormer and his #55 team competed in a pair of DIRTcar Summer Nationals battles in their home state of Michigan on August 19-20. On Thursday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan, a $5,000 winner's check was up for grabs and Jeep promptly started the weekend by laying down the eighth fastest lap overall during qualifying. After running second in his heat race, Jeep started the 40-lap main event from the inside of the third row. The Pinconning, Michigan native then ran amongst the top ten during the early stages of the contest before sliding through the field and eventually retiring from the race in the twentieth finishing position.

At the nearby Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan on Friday evening, Jeep had his eyes fixated on the $10,000 payday in the penultimate event of the "Hell Tour." He clicked off the eighth quickest lap in Group A during the qualifying session before placing second in his loaded heat race. Jeep then rolled off from the inside of the fourth row and was up to fifth early in the 40-lapper before a tangle with Bobby Pierce racing hard for the fourth spot sent him to the rear of the field. He wound up being paid for a fifteenth place performance last night at Tri-City Motor Speedway. Full results from both high-profile shows can be accessed online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com. (Jim DenHamer Photo)

 

 

AUGUST 8, 2021
The Iron Motorsports team and driver Jeep Van Wormer invaded Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan on August 6-7 for the annual running of the 'Wood Tic Dan Salay Memorial.' The American Late Model Series (ALMS) presided over the two-day program, which drew 33 competitors to the Wolverine State oval to do battle for the whopping $33,000 winner's check. On Friday night, Jeep started off his weekend by laying down the seventh fastest lap in his group during qualifying before running seventh in his stacked heat race.

Jeep then moved up inside of the top ten during his odd/even feature event to close out Friday's portion of the weekend before pulling off the track with what he thought was a flat tire, which relegated him to a seventeenth place showing. On Saturday evening at Merritt, the Pinconning, Michigan native made a few laps in his B-Main before utilizing a provisional to gain access into the 75-lap headliner. Jeep rolled off from the outside of the twelfth row and immediately started picking off racecars. He was able to vault up to as high as sixth in the running order before jumping the treacherous cushion on a couple of different occasions late in the race and finishing tenth in the final rundown. Full results from the 'Wood Tic Dan Salay Memorial' weekend can be viewed online at www.merrittspeedwaymi.com. (Randy Ellen Photo)

 

 

JULY 18, 2021
Jeep Van Wormer and his Iron Motorsports team celebrated in victory lane for the first time in 2021 on Friday night, July 16 at the nearby Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan! After the DIRTcar Summer Nationals show at Hartford (MI) Speedway was washed out early in the day, the #55 team headed to Tri-City instead and Jeep promptly passed three competitors in his heat race to finish second. After rolling off from the pole position in the weekly Super Late Model main event, Jeep led each and every circuit to pocket the $1,600 top prize ahead of Derrick Hilliker, Andrew Terrill, Colin Shipley, and Greg Gokey!

In other action over the weekend, Jeep battled the "Hell Tour" regulars at both Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Michigan and Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio. On Thursday night in a $5,000 to win throwdown at Thunderbird, Jeep timed in fourth fastest in Group B during qualifying, won his heat race, and later drove to a stellar fourth place performance in the caution-free A-Main to finish behind only victor Ashton Winger, Bobby Pierce, and Tanner English.

At Oakshade on Saturday evening in the annual 'Birthday Race,' which boasted a $10,000 payday and drew a whopping 53 competitors, the Pinconning, Michigan ace laid down the second quickest lap in Group A during time trials before securing another heat race triumph. Jeep then led laps 10-21 of the headliner before winding up fifth at the checkers in the 50-lapper behind only race winner Ashton Winger, Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, and Rusty Schlenk. Full results from all three races can be located online by clicking on www.dirtcarsummernationals.com and www.tricityracetrack.com. (Steve Datema Photo)

 

 

JULY 3, 2021
The Iron Motorsports team returned to racing action on Friday night, July 2 at the nearby Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan. The American Late Model Series (ALMS) roared into the Wolverine State to preside over the single-day shootout, which boasted a $10,000 paycheck. Jeep Van Wormer, who was behind the wheel of a repaired XR1 Rocket racecar following an incident during the 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' qualified only eighth fastest in his group during time trials, but moved up three spots to finish fifth in his heat race.

Following a triumph in his consolation event, Jeep rolled off from the inside of the ninth row in the 50-lap headliner. During the caution-free affair, the Pinconning, Michigan native steered past ten competitors to claim an apparent seventh place performance. However, the track disqualified the runner-up finisher for a post-race incident, which vaulted Jeep up to a solid sixth place effort behind only victor Dona Marcoullier, Travis Stemler, Greg Gokey, Logan Nickerson, and Chad Finley. Complete results from Tri-City Motor Speedway can be accessed online at www.tricityracetrack.com.

 

 

JUNE 13, 2021
A lucrative, four-day stretch for the #55 team took place from June 9-12, as a pair of 'Dirt Late Model Dreams' were held at the famed Eldora Speedway. On Wednesday in the opening night of the 27th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream' at the Rossburg, Ohio oval, Jeep Van Wormer drove his new Longhorn Chassis to finishes of sixth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twenty-second in his $10,000 to win Twin 25. At the "Big E" on Thursday night, a $127,000 top prize was up for grabs. Unfortunately, Jeep was not able to be a part of the 100-lap headliner after running ninth in his heat race and twenty-first in his B-Main after getting caught up in a grinding wreck with Jerry Bowersock on the frontstretch.

Due to the damage inflicted to his #55 mount, Jeep was forced to switch to a back-up car for Friday's action at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant. The Pinconning, Michigan ace placed seventh in his heat race, but was once again swept up in a hard wreck during his B-Main. The incident, which also occurred on the frontstretch, caused Jeep to miss out on the $10,000 to win preliminary feature and also forced him to scratch from Saturday's 26th edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' which shelled out $126,000 to victor Brandon Overton. Full results from each of the four days at Eldora Speedway can be accessed by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

 

 

MAY 31, 2021
Jeep Van Wormer and his Iron Motorsports team trekked to the Buckeye State on May 29-30 for a pair of American Late Model Series (ALMS) programs. On Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, Jeep moved up four spots in his heat race to finish third and later rolled off from the inside of the fifth row in the $2,000 to win headliner. The Pinconning, Michigan native then raced hard all over the top ten during the contest before making a late charge to the front. Jeep swapped a couple of sliders with Casey Noonan for the point in the waning laps and eventually landed in the runner-up position behind Noonan.

The dirt-slinging action quickly shifted to the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sunday evening for the annual running of the 'Johnny Appleseed Classic.' Jeep debuted a brand-new Longhorn Chassis at the "Big E," where a $5,000 top prize was up for grabs. He timed in fourteenth quickest overall during the American Late Model Series qualifying session prior to placing fifth in his stacked heat race. After starting from the outside of the seventh row in the 30-lap main event, Jeep had climbed up inside of the top ten and was looking for more when he unfortunately suffered terminal mechanical problems, which dropped him to seventeenth in the final finishing order. Full results from both Memorial Day holiday weekend races can be viewed online at www.americanlatemodelseries.com. (Tyler Carr Photo)

 

 

MAY 16, 2021
The first two events of the Allstar Performance Challenge took place over the May 14-15 weekend at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan and Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan. The Iron Motorsports team was in the pit area at both Wolverine State ovals to vie for the $5,000 top prize. On Friday night at Tri-City, Jeep Van Wormer timed in fourth fastest in his group during qualifying prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 40-lap DIRTcar Super Late Model main event from the outside of the fourth row, Jeep wound up slipping to fourteenth in the final finishing order.

At Merritt on Saturday evening, another $5,000 winner's check was on the line in round two of the Allstar Performance Challenge miniseries. Jeep and the team made changes to their #55 Rocket racecar, which promptly resulted in a heat race triumph. After drawing the eighth starting spot in the A-Main, Jeep felt like he had a car capable of finishing inside of the top three or even winning. However, a tangle with another competitor and subsequent on-track incident left Jeep with a flat right front tire, which dropped him to a disappointing twenty-second place effort. Full results from both venues can be accessed online at www.tricityracetrack.com and www.merrittspeedwaymi.com.

 

 

MAY 2, 2021
Jeep Van Wormer and his Iron Motorsports team kicked off their 2021 racing season on Saturday evening, May 1 at Merritt Speedway. The opening night program at the Lake City, Michigan venue paid out $3,000 to the winner for the DIRTcar Super Late Models. Jeep stopped the clock fifth quickest in his group during qualifying before advancing up to fourth in his heat race. After starting the headliner from the outside of the fifth row and battling hard for a top ten showing, the Pinconning, Michigan native brought his #55 machine home in the twelfth finishing position in his season lid lifter. Full results from Merritt Speedway can be located online at www.merrittspeedwaymi.com.

 

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