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  1. Shaw Captures First Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Season at Fayette County Speedway by Jordan Morris BROWNSTOWN, Ill. — July 4, 2014 — Brian Shaw was able to do something that no one else has been able to do for three races, defeat Mike Harrison. Shaw dominated Friday night at Fayette County Speedway, leading all 25 laps, claiming his first $1,000 checkered flag of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season. Mike Harrison continued his hot streak by grabbing the pole position for the feature event. Harrison’s grip on the top spot would be short lived as Brian Shaw, who started to his outside, rocketed past him on the race’s opening lap. Harrison came under fire early, eventually losing second place to Rusty Griffaw. With most of the front runners using the high-line around the track, Harrison had trouble making his way back to Shaw to challenge for the lead. Harrison would eventually overtake Griffaw for second with less than 10 laps to go, but Shaw had already built an insurmountable lead. Shaw led every lap of the feature event, defeating Harrison by a straightaway, en route to capturing his first win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season at Fayette County Speedway. Ken Schrader, Rusty Griffaw, and Levi Kissinger rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Griffaw, Schrader, Shaw, and Harrison The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Saturday night at Highland Speedway in Highland, Ill. DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Fayette County Speedway; Brownstown, Ill.; July 4, 2014; A-Main (25-laps): 1. 1S-Brian Shaw ($1,000), 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 3. 9-Ken Schrader, 4. 16-Rusty Griffaw, 5. 8K-Levi Kissinger, 6. 21D-Danny Schwartz, 7. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 8. 3D-Ryan Driemeyer, 9. 25C-Craig Kern, 10. 41M-Brent Mullins, 11. 84-Tyler Deibert, 12. 41G-Matt Goulden, 13. 59N-Chad Evans, 14. 1A-Aaron Draege, 15. 52-Billy Knebel Jr, 16. 6K-Justin Ketrow, 17. A1-Steve Meyer Jr., 18. 128-Zach Schantz, 19. 1B-Larry Anderson, 20. 5T-Rob Timmons, 21. 27-Len Garson, 22. 66-Michael Fox.
  2. Sheppard Escapes Fayette County Speedway with DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory By Jordan Morris BROWNSTOWN, Ill. — July 4, 2014 — 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard may of not had the fastest car Friday night, but he had the lead when the track began to take rubber and passing became difficult, helping him score the $7,500 checkered flag at Fayette County Speedway. Sheppard would lead the field to the green flag with Wednesday night’s winner Jason Feger starting on his outside. Sheppard started the race by clearing Feger for the lead on the opening lap, but made the mistake of moving to the high-line on lap two, opening up the faster bottom line for Feger to overtake Sheppard for the lead. Feger dominated the next 10 circuits, as Sheppard finally switched his line back to the bottom. As the night went on, the track became more difficult to pass on as the rubber began to build up. Sheppard mounted a charge on lap 12 and reclaimed the lead from Feger, as they lined up nose-to-tail with points leader Shannon Babb and Billy Moyer on the single grove of racing, causing a traffic jam at the front of the field for the lead. All the leader had to do was make his way through slower traffic in order to coast to the victory. That was not so easy for Sheppard. With just three laps left, two lapped cars made contact in front of the leader, causing Sheppard to slow down and giving Feger a chance to make a go-for-broke pass for the lead. Feger dove into the corner trying to clear Sheppard and become the first three time winner of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season, but came up just short as Sheppard maintained the lead. Sheppard lead the final two laps without any problems and secured his second win of the season, and ninth of his career, as he claimed the checkered flag at Fayette County Speedway. “We had an awesome car all night long but we were fortunate to get back to victory lane,” said a relieved Sheppard in victory lane. “I went to the top (groove) right off the bat, which was dumb, and Feger got by us for the lead. But we were lucky we had a decent tire package on that allowed us to really get in there and roll that bottom pretty good after my crew guy told me to go back down there, and we were lucky to pass Feger (for the lead) before the rubber came in.” Moyer, Babb, and Ryan Unzicker rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Sheppard, Unzicker, Feger and Babb. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Tuesday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Highland Speedway in Highland, Ill. DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Fayette County Speedway; Brownstown, Ill.; July 4, 2014 A-Main (40-laps): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard ($7,500), 2. 25-Jason Feger, 3. 21-Billy Moyer, 4. 18-Shannon Babb, 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 6. 96-Tanner English, 7. 7R-Kent Robinson, 8. 32-Bobby Pierce, 9. 27M-Rodney Melvin, 10. 00-Randy Korte, 11. 29W-Brian Divley, 12. 33X-Tim Manville, 13. 11R-Tyler Reddick, 14. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 15. 0-Dewayne Kiefer, 16. 6K-Michael Kloos, 17. 42L-Steve Lach, 18. 71-Trace Westling, 19. 1M-Jim Moon, 20. 81-Brian Shirley, 21. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 22. 20-Alan Westling.
  3. Birkhofer Rockets to Second Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Season at LaSalle Speedway by Jordan Morris LaSALLE, Ill. — July 3, 2014 — Brian Birkhofer marched from his fourth starting position to overtake Wednesday night winner Jason Feger on lap 11 en route to his second victory of the season, claiming the $5,000 checkered flag Thursday night at LaSalle Speedway. Feger, who started from the pole, slipped around Ryan Unzicker for the lead on the opening lap with Birkhofer, who started in the row right behind the leaders, falling back to fifth. Birkhofer managed to find grip on the inside line, which changed his race drastically as he rocketed back to the front of the field a few laps later. Feger lead the opening 10 laps of the 40-lap feature, but he was no match for Birkhofer. Birkhofer quickly made his way to the front, and shot around the leader on lap 11. The leader quickly extended his advantage on the field as Feger faded back to fourth. Birkhofer dominated the remaining 29 laps, only being challenged once on a late race restart by Unzicker, but he eventually pulled away from second place and secured his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season at LaSalle Speedway. “Right now I got a good feel for the car and I’m just confident in what it does,” said Birkhofer referring to his Rocket Chassis race car. “Any driver will tell you that they can do a lot with the car when they get that confidence level, and I kind of have that right now. It is racing, though, and it can turn in a heartbeat, so we’ll just keep taking it while it’s coming this way.” Bobby Pierce, Jason Feger, and Curtis Roberts rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Frank Heckenast Jr., Birkhofer, Feger and Unzicker. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Thursday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill. DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; LaSalle Speedway; LaSalle, Ill.; July 3, 2014; A-Main (40-laps): 1. 15B-Brian Birkhofer ($5,000), 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 3. 32-Bobby Pierce, 4. 25-Jason Feger, 5. 9R-Curtis Roberts, 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 7. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 8. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 9. 10S-Scott Schmitt, 10. 0-Randy Korte, 11. 18-Shannon Babb, 12. 83-Scott Bull, 13. 96-Tanner English, 14. 81-Brian Shirley, 15. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 16. 32J-Jason Jaggers, 17. 1M-Jim Moon, 18. 782-Mark Larson, 19. 7T-Steve Thorsten, 20. 12B-Kevin Weaver, 21. 21B-Rich Bell, 22. 32S-Chris Simpson, 23. 89-Mike Spatola.
  4. Harrison Rallies for Sixth Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at LaSalle Speedway by Jordan Morris LaSALLE, Ill. — July 3, 2014 — A red-hot Mike Harrison charged from the fourth starting position to claim his third DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory in-a-row on Thursday night at LaSalle Speedway. Allen Weisser and Mike McKinney would lead the field to the green flag, with Kenny Wallace and Mike Harrison starting behind them. The action started early as Mike Harrison using the highest line possible rocketed to the outside of McKinney and Wallace who were battling for the second position. Weisser led the opening two laps of the 25-lap feature, but a high-line running Harrison rocketed past the leader on lap three. Unlike the previous two nights in which he dominated, Harrison had trouble pulling away from the field. Weisser, Wallace and Jamie Lomax, who started the race in sixth, battled side-by-side for the second position and occasionally took shots at Harrison for the lead. The race was turning into a shootout until Weisser’s car got loose exiting turn two causing him to spin in front of the field and ruining his night. Jacob Poel, who has been the only driver able to beat Harrison lately, rallied to the front late in the race, passing Wallace for second with sixth laps remaining. With the help of a caution, Poel was brought to Harrison’s back bumper. Poel challenged the leader, but Harrison proved to be too strong. Harrison’s car looked to get stronger and stronger as the night went on as he was able to secure his sixth victory of the season at LaSalle Speedway. By claiming the $1,000 checkered flag, Mike Harrison extended his points lead and looks unbeatable with just two weeks remaining in the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. Lomax, Wallace and Jeff Curl rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Weisser, Wallace, Harrison and McKinney. The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Friday night at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill. DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; LaSalle Speedway; LaSalle, Ill.; July 3, 2014 A-Main (25-laps): 1. 24H-Mike Harrison ($1,000), 2. 82-Jacob Poel, 3. 36L-Jamie Lomax, 4. 36-Kenny Wallace, 5. 12-Jeff Curl, 6. 96M-Mike McKinney, 7. 83-Nathan Balensiefen, 8. 88-Tom Sorn, 9. 75S-Bob Silaggi, 10. 47C-Collin Thirlby, 11. 5-Steven Brooks, 12. 0-Travis Kohler, 13. 92-Dustin Schram, 14. 88X-Sam Schlappi, 15. 10-A.J. Fike, 16. 99-Brandon Maciejewski, 17. 77-Ray Bollinger, 18. V43-Milo Veloz Jr, 19. 7-Scott Heeren, 20. 99G-RJ Gonzales, 21. 25W-Allen Weisser, 22. 0S-Shannon Mudro, 23. 4B-Cody Bauman.
  5. Poel Captures Fourth Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Season at Lincoln Speedway By Jordan Morris LINCOLN, Ill. - June 29, 2014 - One night after Mike Harrison tied his 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals win total at three, Jacob Poel responded Sunday night by passing Harrison on the final lap to claim his fourth victory of the season at Lincoln Speedway. Nick Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, and Mike Harrison occupied the front row, with Jacob Poel starting right behind them in the third position. Hoffman and Harrison battled for the lead on the opening lap, with Harrison eventually securing the top spot. Harrison had the car to beat as he held off challenges from Hoffman, Poel, and T.D Burger in the early laps of the 25-lap feature event. Harrison built a comfortable lead on the rest of the field with the action heating up for the second position where Poel, Hoffman and Burger battled for the majority of the race. Harrison looked to close out the weekend with back-to-back victories, but a late-race caution with four laps remaining changed that outcome. On the final restart, the leader kept his car glued to the bottom, holding off a challenge from Burger. Poel took advantage of the front two cars battling for the lead, as he made his move to the outside lane and powered around Burger for second with three laps remaining. Poel drove his car deeper and deeper into the corners trying to catch Harrison, finally getting to his outside going into turn one on the final lap. Harrison edged Poel heading into the final turn, but the outside line would prove to be valuable for Poel as he pulled even with Harrison exiting turn four. The two drivers hit the front stretch nose-to-nose with Poel claiming the $1,000 checkered flag in the first photo finish of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season. "I was really just trying to put a show on," said Poel who won by .05 of a second. "I didn't even know or not if I won there at the end, it was so close. They must've had to go back to the transponders." Burger, Hoffman, and Jeff Curl rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Poel, Hoffman, and Harrison. The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Tuesday night at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill. DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Lincoln Speedway; Lincoln Ill.; June 29, 2014 A-Main (25-laps): 1. 82-Jacob Poel ($1,000), 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 3. 32B-T.D. Burger, 4. 2-Nick Hoffman, 5. 12-Jeff Curl, 6. 36-Kenny Wallace, 7. 25W-Allen Weisser, 8. 84-Tyler Deibert, 9. 14-Brian Lynn, 10. 3L-Jeff Leka, 11. 5-Steven Brooks, 12. 72A-Austin Lynn, 13. 26D-Derick Doerr, 14. 11-Blake Buchholz, 15. 41G-Matt Goulden, 16. 55A-Collin Alexander, 17. 96D-Cory Daugherty, 18. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 19. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 20. A9-Austin May, 21. 10K-Kelly Kovski, 22. 2L-Justin Leka, 23. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 24. 77-Ray Bollinger, 25. 32-Donovan Lodge.
  6. Brady Smith Scores Thrilling DIRTcar Summer Nationals Win at Lincoln By Jordan Morris LINCOLN, Ill. - June 29, 2014 - Brady Smith captured his second career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory on Sunday night at Lincoln Speedway after leader Chase Junghans spun with 15 laps to go while trying to navigate through lapped traffic. Smith grabbed the pole for the 40-lap feature with Saturday night winner, Brian Birkhofer, starting on his outside. Smith secured the lead and an early advantage on the opening lap as Birkhofer came under fire from the rest of the field. A hard charging Brian Shirley, who started in the fifth position, made his way around Birkhofer and challenged Smith for the lead early, but was unsuccessful at securing the top spot. As Smith and Shirley battled for the lead, Chase Junghans who started in the third position, lurked behind the two leaders, staging his move for the top spot. On lap 16, Junghans took advantage of lapped traffic, making a daring pass to the inside of both Shirley and Smith for the lead. Smith held his line on the outside as the two fought for the lead, but Junghans would prove to be too tough and pulled away from Smith by the halfway point of the race. Junghans looked to have the car to beat in his DIRTcar Summer Nationals debut, but on lap 24 he spun while trying to pass a slower Mike Spatola, handing the lead back over to Brady Smith. On lap 38, the race would be temporarily red-flagged after 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard flipped while running in the top five. Fortunately, Sheppard escaped the wild ride without any injuries. Following the short stoppage, Smith held off a late-race charge from Brian Birkhofer, leading the races final 15 laps en route to capturing his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory in seven years. Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr., and Ryan Unzicker rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Birkhofer, Smith, Brandon Sheppard, and Junghans. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Tuesday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill. DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Lincoln Speedway; Lincoln, Ill.; June 29, 2014; A-Main (40-laps): 1. 2S-Brady Smith ($5,000), 2. 15B-Brian Birkhofer, 3. 81-Brian Shirley, 4. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr, 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 6. 18J-Chase Junghans, 7. 21B-Rich Bell, 8. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 9. 1M-Jim Moon, 10. 89-Mike Spatola, 11. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 12. 84-Myles Moos, 13. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 14. 25L-Steve Lance Jr, 15. 27K-Greg Kimmons, 16. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 17. 24T-Matt Taylor, 18. 6K-Michael Kloos, 19. 75D-Billy Drake, 20. 18-Shannon Babb, 21. 42-MCKay Wenger, 22. 12B-Kevin Weaver.
  7. Shirley Surges to Second DIRTCar Summer Nationals 2014 Season at Clayhill Motorsports Park By Jordan Morris ATWOOD, Tenn. — June 26, 2014 — 2012 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brian Shirley claimed his second win of the 2014 season on Thursday night at Clayhill Motorsports Park after overtaking pole-sitter Timothy Culp when motor troubles struck the race-long leader on lap 34. Shirley, who picked up his first win of the season at I-96 Speedway Sunday night, found himself starting on the outside of Culp, who was looking to become the first Louisiana native to win a DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature. Culp quickly pulled away from Shirley and the rest of the field on the start of the race, looking to be the car to beat for most of the 40-lap A-Main. Shirley slowly began to reel in Culp after his car began to slow battling lap-traffic, and eventually blew past the leader on lap 34, as Culp’s car was clearly suffering from mechanical problems. Culp’s car broke a water-pump early in the feature event, eventually leading to his motor frying, and ending his dreams of capturing his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. Shirley dominated the final six laps, compiling a lead of 2.76 seconds over Bobby Pierce, rolling to an unlikely victory and claiming the $5,000 checkered flag at Clayhill Motorsports Park. Culp limped to a sixth place finish after leading races opening 33 laps. “It was just a matter of time,” said Shirley, referring to when he would be able to pass Culp for the lead. “Things happen, we were just able to be in the right spot at the right time tonight.” Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer Jr., and Ryan Unzicker rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Babb, Culp, and Shirley. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Friday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky. DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Clayhill Motorsports Park; Atwood, Tenn.; June 26, 2014 A-Main (40-laps): 1. 81-Brian Shirley ($5,000), 2. 32-Bobby Pierce, 3. 18-Shannon Babb, 4. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 6. C8-Timothy Culp, 7. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 8. 18S-Jack Sullivan, 9. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr, 10. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 11. 96T-Terry English, 12. 6M-Wendell Wallace, 13. 94-Austin Rettig, 14. 25L-Steve Lance Jr, 15. 71-Trace Westling, 16. 20-Alan Westling, 17. 96-Tanner English, 18. 1CJ-Gary Christian, 19. 12B-Kevin Weaver, 20. 15-Richard Frost, 21. 3X-Randy Sellars.
  8. Rasdon Captures 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory at Clayhill Motorsports Park By Jordan Morris ATWOOD, Tenn. — June 26, 2014 — Hunter Rasdon captures his first victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season in dominating fashion, leading flag-to-flag and capturing the $1,500 checkered flag Thursday night at Clayhill Motorsports Park. Rasdon, of Jonesboro, AR, would start the 25-lap main event at the front of the field, with Lucas Lee and Mike Harrison starting right behind him. Lee and Harrison, fresh off their battle for the victory at Clarksville Speedway Wednesday night, looked to carry on their battle from the previous night. Unfortunately for them, Rasdon spoiled their show. Rasdon captured the lead on the opening lap and never looked back. Harrison had to battle his way to the front, where Lee was having trouble staying attached to Rasdon, who quickly separated himself from the field. Rasdon led all 25 laps en route to capturing the victory over Lucas Lee and Mike Harrison, who completed a daring three-wide pass on Trent Young and Ken Schrader for the third position with a handful of laps remaining. Harrison, Young, and Schrader rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Harrison and Lee. The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Friday night at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky. DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Clayhill Motorsports Park; Atwood, Tenn.; June 26, 2014 A-Main (25-laps): 1. R5-Hunter Rasdon ($1,500), 2. 12-Lucas Lee, 3. 24H-Mike Harrison, 4. 10Y-Trent Young, 5. 9-Ken Schrader, 6. 25-Tyler Nicely, 7. 10-Troy Fowler, 8. 8K-Levi Kissinger, 9. 29S-Preston Seratt, 10. 18-Matt Cooper, 11. 77-Ray Bollinger, 12. 29T-Josh Tomlin, 13. 83-JR Mason, 14. 4B-Cody Bauman, 15. 96D-Cory Daugherty, 16. 0-Bob Lane, 17. 27-Michael Turner, 18. G3-Ronnie Vernon.
  9. Wietholder Dominates Peoria Speedway for First Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals By Jordan Morris PEORIA, Ill. — June 23, 2014 — David Wietholder captured his first win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals in dominating fashion Monday night, overtaking Jeff Curl on lap three and leading the final 23 laps en route to capturing the victory at Peoria Speedway. Wietholder, whose last DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory came almost one year ago on July 3 at Jacksonville Speedway, started the race on the outside of pole-sitter Jeff Curl, who led the opening two laps of the 25-lap feature and looked as if he would be able to make-up points on championship leader Jacob Poel. Curl’s early success was short-lived as Wietholder eventually powered his way around the leader and drove off from the rest of the field. Only Mike Harrison, who set quick time earlier in the night but started from the second row after a second place finish in heat two, was able to provide a challenge to Wietholder for the win. Harrison passed Curl easily as Curl’s car suddenly became ill-handling as he slipped back to a 10th-place finish. Harrison would catch up to Wietholder but was not able to pass him. Wietholder held off Harrison by half a second as he grabbed the $1,000 checkered flag. Erik Bruce, Charley Hess and Matt Goulden rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Curl and Wietholder. The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals joins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Wednesday night at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tenn. DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Peoria Speedway; Peoria, Ill.; June 23, 2014 A-Main (25-laps): 1. 05W-David Wietholder ($1,000), 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 3. 2-Erik Bruce, 4. 97-Charley Hess, 5. 41G-Matt Goulden, 6. 26D-Derick Doerr, 7. 17D-Dan Dozard, 8. 77-Ray Bollinger, 9. 4B-Cody Bauman, 10. 12-Jeff Curl, 11. 14-Brian Lynn, 12. 83-Nathan Balensiefen, 13. 27S-Gary Scharp, 14. 8-Jake Griffin, 15. 23T-Billy Tuckwell, 16. 27-A.J Hill, 17. 59N-Chad Evans, 18. A9-Austin May, 19. 40C-Mike Chasteen Jr, 20. 818-Zach Fordham.
  10. Poel Captures Third DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory at I-96 Speedway By Jordan Morris LAKE ODESSA, Mich. - June 22, 2014 - Jacob Poel continued his great start to the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, capturing his third win in six races on Sunday night at I-96 Speedway. Poel came into the night sitting third in the point standings behind Matt Goulden and Jeff Curl, after missing the previous race at Tri-City Speedway. With Goulden and Curl not at I-96, Poel had a good shot at regaining some of the points he lost after missing the race two nights before. Sunday consisted of two local stars, Poel of Spring Lake, Mich., and Chad Bauer, of Farewell, Mich., battling for the top spot early. Bauer secured the lead at the drop of the green-flag and led the opening four laps of the 25-lap main event, before Poel powered around him on lap 5. Poel was too fast for Bauer to handle as he stretched out to a 2.15-second lead by the end of the race. Bauer's car dropped back through the field after losing second to Travis Stemler, resulting in an eighth place finish. Poel led the remaining 21 laps en route to capturing the $1,000 checkered flag, his third in just two weeks of the six week-long tour. Collin Thirlby, David Mielke, and Tim Stemler rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Poel, Bauer, and Joe Rokos. The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals continues on Monday night at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Ill. DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; I-96 Speedway; Lake Odessa, Mich.; June 22, 2014 A-Main (25-laps): 1. 82- Jacob Poel ($1,000), 2. 2- Travis Stemler, 3. 47C- Collin Thirlby, 4. 87- David Mielke, 5. 22- Tim Stemler, 6. 16- Garrett Wiles, 7. 18- Randy Lines, 8. 19- Chad Bauer, 9. 4- Aaron Raby, 10. 11JS- Josh Scott, 11. 79- Nick Kurtz, 12. 52- Jordan Bailey, 13. 14N- Tyler Norrton, 14. 15B- Dave Baker, 15. 21W- Brad Wilson, 16. 9J- Jared Guinn, 17. 44- James Kimmel, 18. 91T- Adam Thrush, 19. 77- Joe Rokos, 20. 4- Taylor Wiles, 21. 26P- Michael Patrick, 22. 4M- Chuck Mann.
  11. Shirley Scores First Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at I-96 Speedway By Jordan Morris LAKE ODESSA, Mich. - June 22, 2014 - Brian Shirley rallied from a blown engine in hot laps, and then held off a red-hot Shannon Babb to capture his first victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season Sunday night at I-96 Speedway. Shirley, the 2012 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, dominated the 40-lap main event, leading every lap from flag-to-flag, as well as setting quick time for the night and winning his heat race. Shirley started the feature from the pole-position and grabbed the lead early. Babb, who started four positions behind Shirley, needed only eight laps to make his way to second and 20 laps to reach Shirley's back bumper. Babb, who has dominated I-96 Speedway, winning four of the last five races held there during the Summer Nationals, found no luck getting around Shirley as lapped traffic came into play in the battle for the lead. Shirley held a firm grip on the top spot, managing to lead every lap in a caution free feature, capturing the $5,000 checkered flag, his first of the season and 13th of his career. "Tonight I was a little heartbroken," said a relieved Brian Shirley in victory lane. "We were fast in hot laps I felt like, and had to pull that car out because of mechanical problems, but glad it all worked out." Ryan Unzicker, Brandon Sheppard and Dona Marcoullier rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Shirley, Unzicker and Ryan Vanderveen. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Monday night at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Ill. DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; I-96 Speedway; Lake Odessa, Mich.; June 22, 2014 A-Main (40-laps): 1. 81-Brian Shirley ($5,000), 2. 18-Shannon Babb, 3. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5. 6M-Dona Marcoullier, 6. 9R-Curtis Roberts, 7. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen, 8. 14M-Brandon Thirlby, 9. 55-Jeep Van Wormer, 10. 27S-Eric Spangler, 11. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 12. 111-Curt Spalding, 13. 77K-Steve Kester, 14. 32J-Jason Jaggers, 15. 1M-Jim Moon, 16. 2-Bry Sloan, 17. 34-Herb Reich, 18. 41-Jason Playter Jr, 19. 15A-Phil Ausra, 20. 52X-Brad Harden, 21. 42*-Bob Mayer, 22. 49-Brian Ruhlman.
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