ATWOOD, Tenn. – June 27, 2013 – Brandon Sheppard, with a little bit of good luck, scored his fourth victory of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Thursday night when leader Shannon Babb’s car broke with two laps remaining at Clayhill Motorsports.
A 30-car field took to the 3/8-mile oval, but it was Sheppard, the Wednesday night winner at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway, who pulled out his broom and swept the “Hell Tour” events held in Tennessee in 2013.
Sheppard sat on the pole and led the race’s opening 18 laps before surrendering the lead to Babb, who then dominated the next 20 laps and looked as if he was going to cruise to his second win of the season. However, Babb’s car quit on him with two laps remaining and Sheppard slipped by Babb and held off Dennis Erb Jr. to secure the $5,000 checkered flag for the second consecutive year at Clayhill Motorsports.
“I owe this to (Babb), if it wasn’t for him breaking I would’ve ran second,” said Sheppard, who led 20 of the race’s 40 laps. “I hate it for Shannon because he’s had some bad luck here lately. But we’ll take them however we can get it.”
Ryan Unzicker, Bobby Pierce and Jack Sullivan rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Jason Riggs, Erb and Sheppard.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Friday night at Paducah International Raceway located in Paducah, Ky.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Clayhill Motorsports Park; Atwood, Tenn.: June 27, 2013
A-Main (40-laps): 1.Brandon Sheppard ($5,000), 2.Dennis Erb, Jr, 3.Ryan Unzicker, 4.Bobby Pierce, 5.Jack Sullivan, 6.Tyler Reddick, 7.Terry English, 8.Eric Cooley, 9.Randy Korte, 10.Tanner English, 11.Tim Lance, 12.Jason McBride, 13.Dustin Griffin, 14.Chris Shelton, 15.Shannon Babb, 16.Kevin Weaver, 17.Billy Moyer, 18.Todd Frank, 19.Thomas Dacus, 20.Kent Robinson, 21.Jason Riggs, 22.Timothy Culp.
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||Atwood, TN||Brandon Sheppard|
|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 “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.