CLARKSVILLE, 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.”
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
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||Cancelled (RAIN)|
|Sun.||June 16||Wilmot Speedway||Wilmot, WI||Kevin Weaver|
|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)|
|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|
|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.
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