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Bobby Pierce, Nick Hoffman Win in Summer Nationals Debut at Richmond Pierce Wins 11th of Season at Richmond - Godsey bags back-to-back top-fives with seven races now remaining RICHMOND, KY – July 25, 2021 – Inching closer and closer to a fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals title with his 11th Feature win of the season Sunday night at Richmond Raceway, Bobby Pierce also made a bit of personal history, reflective of the great success he’s had thus far in his career. In 2016, Pierce won a season-best 11 Features en route to his second Hell Tour championship in two years. With just seven races remaining on the 2021 schedule, 11 wins and a 186-point lead, Pierce will now go for a new personal best single-season win total before the end of the tour next month. “It feels great to get my 11th win,” Pierce, of Oakwood IL, said in Victory Lane. “We’ve got seven races left to go, so hopefully we can break it.” The debut at the 3/10-mile of Richmond, known as The Beast of the East, was a dominant one for Pierce, who led all 40 laps unchallenged for the $5,000 prize. Several caution flags were thrown over the course of the race, forcing Pierce to be good on restarts. “My dad was signaling me down the backstretch, and every restart I kinda pulled away, even though I didn’t feel great off of Turn 2. It was just so slick out there – this place is really slick,” Pierce said. Ashton Winger rode third for the opening five laps before getting a run on Tanner English for second, where he stayed to the checkered. English held on for third, Joe Godsey bagged his fifth top-five of the season in fourth and three-time Richmond track champion Derek Fisher rounded out the top-five. Pierce will also get the opportunity to break another record before the season’s out. Four-time champion Shannon Babb owns the record for the most wins in a single-season at 15, which he set back in 2005. Pierce can both tie and pass Babb, but has to win at least five of the remaining races. UP NEXT The Summer Nationals Late Models cap off Week #6 with the final race on Monday night, July 26, in the tour’s debut at Lake Cumberland Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results) Feature (40 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce; 2. 12-Ashton Winger; 3. 81E-Tanner English; 4. 14G-Joe Godsey; 5. 38-Derek Fisher; 6. 11-Tommy Bailey; 7. D8-Dustin Linville; 8. 38H-Thomas Hunziker; 9. 12J-Jason Jameson; 10. 21-Kirk Phillips; 11. 74-Mitch McGrath; 12. 14R-Jeff Roth; 13. 118-Mike Fenton; 14. 248-Brandon Lance; 15. T22- Tegan Evans; 16. 83-Scott James; 17. 11W-Jeff Watson; 18. 16-Justin Rattliff; 19. 15-William Byrd; 20. (DNS) 13-Brayton Laster HISTORY MADE: Hoffman Wins 17th of Season at Richmond, Now Sits Atop All-Time Wins List It’s official. Nick Hoffman is now the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals’ all-time leader in Feature wins. At just 29 years of age, the Mooresville, NC-driver has had a season for the record books already and added to it again on Sunday night, winning the tour’s first-ever visit to Richmond Raceway. He and the Elite Chassis team have been the guys to beat all season long and showed exactly why on Sunday with a dominating flag-to-flag victory in the 25-lap event. For their efforts, Hoffman has now taken sole possession of #1 on the all-time Feature wins list from six-time champion Mike Harrison – a goal he’d been working on, among others, since the start of the tour in June. “It’s really cool,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane. “Really didn’t start on this whole Hell Tour deal until like 2015, so to pick up that many wins that quick is pretty cool for us.” On the track, Hoffman was untouchable. Original start, restart – it just didn’t matter. His Elite Chassis #2 jetted out at the drop of the green and took off, leaving his opponents in the dust. At one point, Hoffman’s lead stretched to almost 7 seconds in traffic. His only concern came upon reaching the rear of the field and dealing with the slower traffic. Several cautions had been thrown throughout for drivers spinning at the bottom of the turns, which Hoffman did his best to try and avoid. “I could maneuver pretty decent. The biggest thing was I just wanted to pass those guys around the outside – just in case they did spin out, they would go to the bottom,” Hoffman said. UP NEXT The Summit Modifieds help cap off Week #6 with the final race on Monday night, July 26, in the tour’s debut at Lake Cumberland Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view all results) Feature (25 Laps) 1. 2-Nick Hoffman; 2. 4-Victor Lee; 3. 25-Dennis Roberson; 4. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr; 5. 25N-Tyler Nicely; 6. A85-Brandon Hutchinson; 7. 9H-John Demoss; 8. 38-Aaron Branham; 9. 1F-Austin Francis; 10. 37-Harold Branham; 11. 21S-Kenny Shaw; 12. 33Z-Zach Powers; 13. 17-Tyler Rigsby; 14. 27-Tyler Collis; 15. 26- Kyle Cochran; 16. 122-Ryan Turner; 17. 1C-Roy Cox; 18. C8-Jimmy Crabtree; 19. 66W-Tyler Watson; 20. 17R-Jimmy Robinson; 21. 24S-Trae Soper
Winger Goes Back-to-Back with Birthday Race Win at Oakshade -Pierce bags another runner-up over English, extends points lead again WAUSEON, OH – July 17, 2021 – It’s been hot out on the Hell Tour this season. Nobody has been feeling the heat more lately than Ashton Winger, who bagged his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals win in three days Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway. Once again faced with the task of holding off points leader Bobby Pierce, Winger held strong with the three-time champion behind him for the entire second half of the race. Leading the final 29 circuits of the 50-lap contest, Winger not only kept the field behind him, but pulled away from them, finishing with a 2.8-second gap over Pierce at the line to win his first career Birthday Race. Both of his previous Summer Nationals wins came from the front row after some good fortune in the redraw. This time, each Heat Race winner redrew against five other drivers, as the season-high 53-car field called for six Heats. Winger pulled third best, but didn’t exactly have the greatest boost of confidence going in. “I wasn’t sure with redrawing [third] – I knew Tanner [English] would be tough and Dona [Marcoullier] would be tough,” Winger, of Hampton, GA, said in Victory Lane. “I’m glad everything worked out the way it did.” Like his win on Thursday at Thunderbird, Winger was forced to work for the lead in the early going, getting around Tanner English for second after a restart on Lap 2. But after another caution just seven laps later, Winger’s straight shot at the lead went on pause for a moment. Multi-time Summer Nationals Feature winner Jeep VanWormer, of Pinconning, MI, uncorked some rocket-like speed on the ensuing restart and went from third to first in one corner after leader Dona Marcoullier slipped up in Turn 1. Winger also slipped up the banking and gave room for VanWormer down low as he zoomed on by with the top spot. His lead wouldn’t last, though. Upon reaching slower traffic on Lap 22, VanWormer slipped over the cushion in Turn 4 and gave way to Winger on his inside. Pierce eventually got by five laps later and set his sights directly on Winger. Three more caution flags reared their heads before the checkered, meaning Winger had to play grade-A defense on the restarts with Pierce right on his tail. “When Bobby was showing me a nose on those restarts, I didn’t really know 100 percent where to be, but I figured what I was doing was working so I just kept doing it,” Winger said. His good defense ended up making a great offense, as he marched away from Pierce and the rest of the field in the closing laps to collect his first $10,000 check of the season for his third career Summer Nationals victory. Pierce hung on for second, again over next-closest in points – Tanner English. He now extends his points lead to 115 over the Kentuckian with 11 races remaining. Six-time Oakshade track champion Rusty Schlenk came home fourth after a stellar climb through the field from 13th, while VanWormer settled for fifth. UP NEXT The Summer Nationals Late Models now take a few days off before returning to action on Thursday, July 22, at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, MO. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results) Feature (50 Laps) 1. 12-Ashton Winger; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce; 3. 81E-Tanner English; 4. 91-Rusty Schlenk; 5. 55-Jeep Van Wormer; 6. 51-Devin Shiels; 7. 1N-Casey Noonan; 8. 74-Mitch McGrath; 9. 14G-Joe Godsey; 10. 777-Doug Drown; 11. 75-Dusty Moore; 12. 14-JR Gentry; 13. 97-Terry Rushlow; 14. 8-Rob Anderzack; 15. 34-Herb Reich; 16. 6M-Dona Marcoullier; 17. 67-Chris Keller; 18. 4-Travis Stemler; 19. 77-Steve Kester; 20. 16- Garrett Wiles; 21. 248-Brandon Lance; 22. 14R-Jeff Roth; 23. 53-Hillard Miller; 24. 44S-Colin Shipley; 25. (DNS) 57-Jon Henry DOUBLE DOWN: Gossum Earns Second Career Victory at Oakshade After becoming the youngest winner in DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals history two years ago, a now 16-year-old Hunt Gossum has doubled down at Oakshade Raceway, winning the Modified portion of the Birthday Race for the second time in his career. “I love this place,” Gossum, of Mayfield, KY, said in Victory Lane. “Every time we come here, it’s always a great racetrack.” Gossum started on the outside pole and made his trip around the 3/8-mile look easy, despite some tough competition from behind. With Modified big dogs like Chad Bauer, Dylan Woodling and Curt Spalding in his rearview the entire time, Gossum never cracked once under the pressure. Several cautions were thrown over the 25-lap affair, which meant Gossum had to play superb defense on the restarts. Which, he did. Five times, to be exact. His biggest challenge came from veteran racer Spalding, who chased the #99 in the closing laps but could not get close enough to attempt the pass. “On the race receiver, I heard ‘5CS’ behind me, so I knew it was Spalding. I know he’s fast, so I was just trying to protect the bottom and it worked out,” Gossum said. Gossum sailed across the line with a 1.5-second gap to collect his first $1,500 check of the season, while Spalding, Woodling, Brian Ruhlman and Bauer completed the top-five. UP NEXT The Summit Modifieds are back in action Sunday night, July 18, for a day without the Late Models to accompany them at their annual visit to the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results) Feature (25 Laps) 1. 99-Hunt Gossum; 2. 5CS-Curt Spalding; 3. 3W-Dylan Woodling; 4. 49-Brian Ruhlman; 5. 19-Chad Bauer; 6. 53S-Bobby Stremme; 7. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum; 8. 12M-John McClure; 9. 117-Kevin Reeve; 10. 65-Todd Sherman; 11. 22T-Tony Anderson; 12. 45-Robby Henderson; 13. 9-Garrett Rons; 14. 1X-Brad Keckler; 15. 23-Luke Hubbell; 16. 66W-Jack Waldfogel; 17. 114-Clayton Bryant; 18. 4G-Bill Griffith; 19. 25-Josh Lolmaugh; 20. 9PG-Percy Gendreau; 21. 8C-Corey Bevard; 22. 71-Drew Smith; 23. 4T-Hillard Miller; 24. 60-Shannon Fisk
Matt Sheppard Rolls Perfect Game at Ransomville - Ransomville Speedway Summer Nationals podium goes to Sheppard, Britten, and Friesen RANSOMVILLE, NY - The running of the 36th annual Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway featured a star-studded podium with international flair. Seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champion “Super” Matt Sheppard, from Waterloo, NY, triumphed after 100 laps of hard-fought Big Block Modified racing in front of a packed house at “The Big R.” Tom Stevens photo Pride of Australia, Peter Britten started eighth and raced his way up to challenge Sheppard for the win but in the end, settled for second. Stewart Friesen, who has deep family roots in the Niagara County clay and grew up across the border in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, finished third. The quality of the Super DIRTcar Series field is so close together that it sometimes takes perfection to win. Matt Sheppard arrived at Ransomville Speedway with a missile. First Sheppard captured the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award and then won his Heat Race before drawing a front-row starting position for the Feature. “I needed the whole nine yards,” Sheppard said. “I had a good race car and a little luck. I think Time Trials was more about finding a good line. I didn’t see anyone running low and I saw some mud and grip down there. In the Heat Race, I went to the top and that worked out too.” Sheppard’s battle with pole-sitter Mat Williamson, as well as a series of late-race restarts, played key roles in the 100-lap Feature. Williamson and Sheppard traded the lead until a flat tire forced the Buzzchew #88 for repairs. “He [Mat Williamson] got the jump on the bottom for the first restart and rolled,” Sheppard noted. “We just got a great start on the second restart off the top and that’s where I stayed from then out. It felt like I was coming down the hill and getting momentum. We were restarting really well and that’s what made the difference. I got nervous when Williamson’s tire went down early. I started wondering what I had to work with.” The race concluded with a lap 99 restart where Sheppard managed to hold off a determined Peter Britten in the #21. “We started eighth and I felt like we had a pretty good car all night,” Britten said. “We did well in Time Trials and finished second to Matt [Sheppard] in the Heat Race and that’s kind of how it played out in the Feature. I had a little bit of a sniff at one point but really he had more pace than me.” Britten, from Queensland, Australia, fought his way up to Sheppard’s bumper but couldn’t make the final pass. “We’ve been fast all year,” Britten noted. “We started out well but recently we’ve had some bad luck. Breaking a shock and flipping at Lebanon Valley was bad. We’ve been in the mix but haven’t had the results. The Series right now is the most equal that I’ve ever seen so we’re happy to get a second and it’s good for the points. After those last few races plus rainouts, it’s nice to bring in a nice check.” Ransomville Speedway is a special place for Stewart Friesen. His family owned and promoted the race track during the 90s. “It’s great to be back close to home,” Friesen said. “I wish all of our Canadian friends and fans could join us.” Friesen looked poised to strike at the leaders but he couldn’t set them up. “Both Sheppard and Williamson were really fast,” Friesen said. “Then Britten rolled me on a restart and that’s how we finished.” Ryan Susice, a Series Feature winner at Merrittville Speedway in 2018, was the Hard Charger award winner at “The Big R.” Susice, wheeled his W-16 powered #38 to seventh after starting from the 10th row. He picked up 13 positions over the course of the 100-lap contest by passing drivers like Larry Wight, Billy Decker, and Jimmy Phelps. Next up, the Super DIRTcar Series hauls to Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the rescheduled $7,500-to-win Horsepower 100. Go to www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com for event details. Race fans can also take advantage of DIRTVision to watch every race live. Head to www.DIRTVision.com for more. Feature (100 Laps) 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [$7,500]; 2. 21A-Peter Britten [$4,000]; 3. 44F-Stewart Friesen [$2,500]; 4. 35M-Mike Mahaney [$1,800]; 5. 25R-Erick Rudolph [$1,600]; 6. 3H-Justin Haers [$1,400]; 7. 38RS-Ryan Susice [$1,300]; 8. 7F-Matt Farnham [$1,200]; 9. 99L-Larry Wight [$1,100]; 10. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [$1,000]; 11. 91D-Billy Decker [$800]; 12. 32CC-Max Mclaughlin [$700]; 13. 22W-Brandon Walters [$600]; 14. 26M-Derrick McGrew [$575]; 15. 111D-Demetrios Drellos [$550]; 16. 2L-Jack Lehner [$525]; 17. 88W-Mat Williamson [$500]; 18. 165-Rex King [$500]; 19. 34R-Kevin Root [$500]; 20. 83X-Tim Sears [$500]; 21. 5H-Chris Hile [$500]; 22. 215p-Adam Pierson [$500]; 23. 11J-James Sweeting [$500]; 24. 28M-Jordan McCreadie [$500]; 25. 3B-Chad Brachmann [$500]; 26. 56K-Garrson Krentz [$500] Hard Charger Award: 38RS-Ryan Susice[+13]