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DIRTcar Summer Nationals: Vaught Leads All 40, Birkhofer Wins $10,000

DIRTcar Summer NationalsSomerset, WI – June 19, 2010 – Will Vaught did everything right Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway, except cross the scales at a minimum 2300lbs following the A-Main.

The driver from Crane, Mo., lead every lap of the 40-lap main event only to cross the scales afterwards light. Vaught’s misfortune handed $10,000 to Muscatine, Iowa’s Brian Birkhofer who was Vaught’s fellow front row starter. Birkhofer closed within a carlenght of Vaught late, all while being challenged by Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill. until Babb himself succumb to mechanical woes on lap 38.

Chatham, Ill. driver Brian Shirley finished 2nd behind Birkhofer, while Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., and Waterville, Ohio’s Matt Miller rounded out the top five.

Qualifying:
First group
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 13.284
Brian Birkhofer (15B), Muscatine, Iowa, 13.358
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 13.366
Chris Simpson (32), Marion, Iowa, 13.377
Eric Pember (90x), Pittsville, Wis., 13.423
Ron Klein (12k), Sherrill, Iowa, 13.498
Mark Voigt (30), Marine, Ill., 13.501
Zach Johnson (73), Kensington, Minn., 13.532
Bret Sievert (5s), New Berlin, Wis., 13.608
Mike Nutzmann (2), New Richmond, Wis., 13.822
Lee Thomason (53), Marion, Ill., 13.941

Second group
Will Vaught (1), Crane, Mo., 13.044
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 13.197
Bub McCool (57j), Vicksburg, Miss., 13.249
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 13.300
Chad Simpson (32), Mount Vernon, Iowa, 13.355
Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 13.472
Lance Matthees (90), Winona, Minn., 13.547
Andrew McKay (71), Edina, Minn., 13.676
Mike Fryer (5m), Freeport, Ill., 14.341
Keith Foss (95), Winona, Minn., 14.342
Jason Utter (31), Columbus Junction, Iowa, 14.381

Third group
Pat Doar (11), New Richmond, Wis., 13.140
Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 13.288
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 13.308
Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 13.309
Matt Miller (7), Waterville, Ohio, 13.355
Brandon Thirlby (m14), Traverse City, Mich., 13.622
Pete Parker (10), Kaukauna, Wis., 13.815
Donny Walden (1w), Towanda, Ill., 13.883
Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 14.040
Jason McBride (77), Carbondale, Ill., 14.233
Jim Moon (1m), Zionsville, Ind., 15.097

Fourth group
Adam Hensel (44), Barron, Wis., 13.321
Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis., 13.474
Brady Smith (2), Solon Springs, Wis., 13.515
Rodney Melvin (27), Benton, Ill., 13.593
Jack Sullivan (1), Greenbrier, Ark., 13.771
Richie Hedrick (0), Urbana, Ill., 13.872
Wendell Wallace (88), Batesville, Ark., 13.956
Jon Rogers (61), German Valley, Ill., 14.188
Bryan Wennen (40), Lindstrom, Minn., 14.208
Jeff Keeney (61), River Falls, Wis., 15.093
Kenny Mann (m2), South St. Paul Park, Minn., no time

Heat 1:
Brian Birkhofer, Ryan Unzicker, Dennis Erb Jr., Chris Simpson, Eric Pember, Zach Johnson, Mark Voigt, Mike Nutzmann, Bret Sievert, Lee Thomason, Ron Klein

Heat 2:
Will Vaught, Shannon Babb, Bub McCool, Jason Feger, Chad Simpson, Lance Matthees, Billy Moyer Jr., Keith Foss, Mike Fryer, Andrew McKay, Jason Utter

Heat 3:
Brian Shirley, Pat Doar, Billy Moyer, Matt Miller, Brandon Sheppard, Jeep Van Wormer, Brandon Thirlby, Donny Walden, Pete Parker, Jason McBride, Jim Moon

Heat 4:
Adam Hensel, Jimmy Mars, Rodney Melvin, Brady Smith, Jack Sullivan, Wendell Wallace, Jeff Keeney, Richie Hedrick, Bryan Wennen, Jon Rogers. Scratched: Kenny Mann

C Main 1:
Mike Nutzmann, Jason Utter, Mike Fryer, Bret Sievert, Lee Thomason, Andrew McKay. Scratched: Keith Foss, Ron Klein

C Main 2:
Richie Hedrick, Jason McBride, Donny Walden, Jim Moon, Pete Parker. Scratched: Bryan Wennen, Jon Rogers, Kenny Mann

B Main:
Chad Simpson, Eric Pember, Jeep Van Wormer, Jack Sullivan, Lance Matthees, Brandon Sheppard, Wendell Wallace, Mark Voigt, Billy Moyer Jr., Richie Hedrick, Brandon Thirlby, Mike Nutzmann, Jeff Keeney, Zach Johnson, Jason Utter, Jason McBride

Feature:
(1) Brian Birkhofer, (2) Brian Shirley, (3) Ryan Unzicker, (4) Jason Feger, (5) Matt Miller, (6) Pat Doar, (7) Dennis Erb Jr., (8) Brady Smith, (9) Chad Simpson, (10) Bub McCool, (11) Jack Sullivan, (12) Shannon Babb, (13) Jimmy Mars, (14) Chris Simpson, (15) Mike Nutzmann, (16) Adam Hensel, (17) Eric Pember, (18) Rodney Melvin, (19) Billy Moyer, (20) Brandon Sheppard. Disqualified: Will Vaught

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