DIRTcar Summer Nationals Points Leader Sheppard Increases Advantage after Clarksville Victory

• June 27, 2013 • Comments (0)

SummerNationalsCLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – June 26, 2013 – Brandon Sheppard passed Dustin Griffin on lap 27 and held onto the lead the rest of the way in the 40-lapper on Wednesday night at Clarksville Speedway for his third DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” victory.

Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill., has traditionally struggled at the ¼-mile track, but in the ninth event of the 2013 Hell Tour everything seemed to go right for the Illinois native. Sheppard sat on the pole for the A-main but relinquished the lead to Griffin, of Camp Point, Ill., on the start. Griffin led the race’s first 26 laps before being passed by Sheppard, who raced to the $5,000 checkered flag to continue his dominance in the overall championship battle.

“This is probably my favorite Summer Nationals win yet,” said an ecstatic Sheppard in victory lane. “We’ve been coming here for a lot of years and struggled here. This Rocket Chassis has been good to us for the whole tour and it was again tonight.”

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Ryan Unzicker, Wendell Wallace and Bobby Pierce rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Griffin, Charles Zimmerman, Randy Korte and Sheppard.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Thursday night at Clayhill Motorsports Park in Atwood, Tenn.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway; June 26, 2013

A-Main (40-laps): 1.Brandon Sheppard ($5,000), 2.Dustin Griffin, 3.Ryan Unzicker, 4.Wendell Wallace, 5.Bobby Pierce, 6.Randy Korte, 7.Dennis Erb, Jr, 8.Timothy Culp, 9.Walker Auther, 10.Jack Sullivan, 11.Shannon Babb, 12.Tyler Reddick, 13.Justin Rattliff, 14.Riley Hickman, 15.Dillon Wood, 16.Carnell Parker, 17.Tim Lance, 18.Jason McBride, 19.Caleb Ashby, 20.Clayton Miller, 21.Charles Zimmerman, 22.Kevin Weaver.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points
1 B5 Brandon Sheppard 615
2 18 Shannon Babb 515
3 32 Bobby Pierce 508
4 24 Ryan Unzicker 503
5 81 Randy Korte 436
6 20 Dustin Griffin 425
7 77 Jason McBride 423
8 11 Tyler Reddick 399
9 B12 Kevin Weaver 388
10 48 Tim Lance 318

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 Ryan Unzicker
Sun. June 23 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI Shannon Babb
Mon. June 24 Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL Cancelled (RAIN)
Tues. June 25 Off
Wed. June 26 Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, TN Brandon Sheppard
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 (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. 

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Category: Late Models, U.M.P. DIRTcar Summer Nationals

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