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Simpson Scores First DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory at Tri-City Speedway

Chris Simpson

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PONTOON BEACH, Ill. – June 21, 2013 – Chris Simpson passed Brady Smith for the lead on lap 18, then led the remaining 22 laps en route to his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” victory on Friday night at Tri-City Speedway.

With a field of 43 cars in attendance, Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, started the race from the fourth position and ran third for the first 10 laps. Then he changed his driving line and ran down pole-sitter Brian Shirley, who was running second. Simpson was definitely in the right groove because after he cruised past Shirley, he went by Smith and captured the $10,000 checkered flag.

“I jumped up to the top early there and wasn’t too good,” Simpson said. “So I just ran that momentum line. I bought this car from Brian Birkhofer and I’ve watched him win a lot of races running that line. It worked for us tonight.”

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Birkhofer, Mark Burgtorf and Shannon Babb rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Shirley, Simpson, Smith and Kevin Weaver.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Ill.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Tri-City Speedway; Pontoon Beach, Ill.: June 21, 2013

Summer Nationals UMP Late Models – A-Main -43 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 32X Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
2 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
3 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
4 7B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
5 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
6 48X Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
7 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA, IL
9 1SS Jack Sullivan Batesville, AR
10 92B Billy Faust (L) Highland, IL
11 20 Dustin Griffin Camp Point, IL
12 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
13 B5 Brandon Sheppard Berlin, IL
14 92W Scott Weber (L) Festus, MO
15 27 Jason Perry Payson, IL
16 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
17 28M Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
18 81K Randy Korte Highland, IL
19 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
20 8 Craig Smith (L) Brighton, IL
21 6K Michael Kloos (L) Trenton, IL
22 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR DNS

UMP Late Models – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 92B Billy Faust (L) Highland, IL
2 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA, IL
3 1 Jim Moon Mt. Auburn, IL
4 20 Dustin Griffin Camp Point, IL
5 7K Jason Krohn Slayton, MN
6 92W Scott Weber (L) Festus, MO
7 33 Tim Manville St. Jacob, IL
8 48 Tim Lance Brimfield, IL
9 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
10 33W Wendall Wallace Grayson, KY, AR
11 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
12 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
13 82B Roger Brickler Springfield, IL
14 16 Christoper Shelton Paducah, KY
15 33F Rickey Frankel (L) Quincy, IL
16 92K Brant Kehrer (L) Albers, IL

UMP Late Models – C-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
2 48 Tim Lance Brimfield, IL
3 82B Roger Brickler Springfield, IL
4 16 Christoper Shelton Paducah, KY
5 25L Steve Lance Jr Cuba, IL
6 15 Chris Fetter (L) Troy, MO
7 16H Mike Hammerle (L) Saint Charles, MO
8 10P Pete Parker Kakauna, WI
9 33H Billy Hough Thomasboro, IL
10 81 Paul Bailey (L) Pocahontas, IL DNS
11 6K Michael Kloos (L) Trenton, IL DNS
12 21F Todd Frank Mellen, WI DNS
13 38L Ryan Little Pleasant Plains, IL DNS
14 T4 Adam Tischauser Greenville, IL DNS
15 87A Aurther Walker Forest, VA DNS

UMP Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 48X Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
2 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
3 81K Randy Korte Highland, IL
4 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
5 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA, IL
6 7K Jason Krohn Slayton, MN
7 92W Scott Weber (L) Festus, MO
8 48 Tim Lance Brimfield, IL
9 16 Christoper Shelton Paducah, KY
10 16H Mike Hammerle (L) Saint Charles, MO
11 10P Pete Parker Kakauna, WI

UMP Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 32X Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
2 B5 Brandon Sheppard Berlin, IL
3 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
4 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
5 92B Billy Faust (L) Highland, IL
6 33F Rickey Frankel (L) Quincy, IL
7 33W Wendall Wallace Grayson, KY, AR
8 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
9 6K Michael Kloos (L) Trenton, IL
10 38L Ryan Little Pleasant Plains, IL
11 87A Aurther Walker Forest, VA

UMP Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
2 28M Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
3 27 Jason Perry Payson, IL
4 8 Craig Smith (L) Brighton, IL
5 1 Jim Moon Mt. Auburn, IL
6 33 Tim Manville St. Jacob, IL
7 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
8 82B Roger Brickler Springfield, IL
9 81 Paul Bailey (L) Pocahontas, IL
10 25L Steve Lance Jr Cuba, IL
11 33H Billy Hough Thomasboro, IL

UMP Late Models – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
2 1SS Jack Sullivan Batesville, AR
3 7B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
4 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
5 20 Dustin Griffin Camp Point, IL
6 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
7 92K Brant Kehrer (L) Albers, IL
8 15 Chris Fetter (L) Troy, MO
9 21F Todd Frank Mellen, WI
10 T4 Adam Tischauser Greenville, IL

Summer Nationals (UMP Late Models – Qualifying 1)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Fast Time 14.844

Summer Nationals (UMP Late Models – Qualifying 2)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown Overall Fast Time
1 B5 Brandon Sheppard Berlin, IL Fast Time 14.804

Summer Nationals (UMP Late Models – Qualifying 3)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 28M Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI Fast Time 15.024

Summer Nationals (UMP Late Models – Qualifying 4)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 20 Dustin Griffin Camp Point, IL Fast Time 15.061

2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Schedule

Day Date Track Location Winner
Wed. June 12 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN Dennis Erb, Jr.
Thurs. June 13 Off
Fri. June 14 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Brian Birkhofer
Sat. June 15 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Cancelled (RAIN)
Sun. June 16 Wilmot Speedway Wilmot, WI Kevin Weaver
Mon. June 17 Off
Tues. June 18 Off
Wed. June 19 Spoon River Speedway Canton, IL Brandon Sheppard
Thurs. June 20 Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, IL Brandon Sheppard
Fri. June 21 Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL Chris Simpson
Sat. June 22 Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, IL
Sun. June 23 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI
Mon. June 24 Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL
Tues. June 25 Off
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
Mon. July 1 Off
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
Mon. July 8 Off
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
Mon. July 15 Off
Tues. July 16 Off
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 “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. 

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