NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — June 14, 2013 — Brian Birkhofer led 31 laps after starting from the third position and held off a mid-race challenge from Brandon Sheppard to secure his first win of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour on Friday’s opening night of the Masters at Cedar Lake Speedway.
Birkhofer, of Muscatine, Iowa, inherited the lead on lap 9 after second-place starter and leader Kevin Weaver broke a driveshaft. Birkhofer would never look back, going on to capture the $5,000 checkered flag.
“I knew I was a little loose, but I had to run the top, so I had to kind of back-pedal a little bit on the throttle and gave [Sheppard] the opportunity,” said Birkhofer in victory lane. “He was racing hard, and I thought it was great. It was great racing.”
Brian Shirley, Jason Krohn and Bobby Pierce rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Kevin Weaver, Brian Birkhofer and Brian Shirley.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Saturday at Cedar Lake Speedway.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Cedar Lake Speedway; New Richmond, Wis.; June 14, 2013
A-Main (40-laps): 1. Brian Birkhofer ($5,000), 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Brian Shirley, 4. Jason Krohn, 5. Bobby Pierce, 6. Shannon Babb, 7. Randy Korte, 8. Tim Isenberg, 9. Chris Simpson, 10. Dustin Griffin, 11. Jason McBride, 12. Jimmy Mars, 13. Ryan Unzicker, 14. Jake Redetzke, 15. Steve Isenberg, 16. Chad Simpson, 17. Jeff Provinzino, 18. Mark Dotson, 19. Charlie McKenna, 20. Brady Smith, 21. Pat Doar, 22. Kevin Weaver.
2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Schedule
|Wed.||June 12||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, IN||Dennis Erb, Jr.|
|Fri.||June 14||Cedar Lake Speedway||New Richmond, WI||Brian Birkhofer|
|Sat.||June 15||Cedar Lake Speedway||New Richmond, WI|
|Sun.||June 16||Wilmot Speedway||Wilmot, WI|
|Wed.||June 19||Spoon River Speedway||Canton, IL|
|Thurs.||June 20||Belle Clair Speedway||Belleville, IL|
|Fri.||June 21||Tri-City Speedway||Pontoon Beach, IL|
|Sat.||June 22||Fairbury Speedway||Fairbury, IL|
|Sun.||June 23||I-96 Speedway||Lake Odessa, MI|
|Mon.||June 24||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, IL|
|Wed.||June 26||Clarksville Speedway||Clarksville, TN|
|Thurs.||June 27||Clayhill Motorsports Park||Atwood, TN|
|Fri.||June 28||Paducah International Raceway||Paducah, KY|
|Sat.||June 29||Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55||Pevely, MO|
|Sun.||June 30||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, IL|
|Tues.||July 2||Quincy Raceways||Quincy, IL|
|Wed.||July 3||Jacksonville Speedway||Jacksonville, IL|
|Thurs.||July 4||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, IL|
|Fri.||July 5||Fayette Co. Speedway||Brownstown, IL|
|Sat.||July 6||Highland Speedway||Highland, IL|
|Sun.||July 7||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, IN|
|Tues.||July 9||Florence Speedway||Union, KY|
|Wed.||July 10||Terre Haute Action Track||Terre Haute, IN|
|Thurs.||July 11||Macon Speedway||Macon, IL|
|Fri.||July 12||Kankakee County Speedway||Kankakee, IL|
|Sat.||July 13||34 Raceway||Burlington, IA|
|Sun.||July 14||Vermilion County Speedway||Danville, IL|
|Wed.||July 17||Brushcreek Motorsports Park||Peebles, OH|
|Thurs.||July 18||Twin Cities Raceway Park||North Vernon, IN|
|Fri.||July 19||Attica Raceway Park||Attica, OH|
|Sat.||July 20||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, OH|
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals (The Hell Tour) is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electonics (Official Communication), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Sponsors: Beyea Headers, Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Chevy Performance Parts, , Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Lubricants, MSD Performance, Petroff Towing, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), and Wrisco Aluminum.