WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – July 13, 2013 – Bobby Pierce claimed his second win in as many nights and his fourth win of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” season Saturday night as he lead the final 15 laps and held off Brian Birkhofer at 34 Raceway.
Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., would have to pass fewer cars to capture this victory compared to the victory Friday night. Pierce started on the outside of row two, just behind the front row of points-leader Brandon Sheppard and Birkhofer, who grabbed the lead from Sheppard as the two drivers battled side-by-side for much of the early going. With Birkhofer and Sheppard putting on a show for the fans, the youngster Pierce was marching his way to the front.
Pierce, in the same fashion as his three previous wins, stayed glued to the bottom for the duration of the event as he picked up ground on the leaders. Pierce first caught and passed second place Sheppard on lap 25 and then leader Birkhofer one lap later. The 16-year-old easily maneuvered through lapped traffic and extended his lead over the final 15 laps, claiming another $10,000 checkered flag.
“I think once you get rolling along, you get too hard to beat,” said Pierce, who is now second in the point standings. “My dad chose the right tires. We were kinda debating on that the whole night, but we picked the right ones.”
Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson and Tanner English rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson and Brian Birkhofer.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Sunday night at Vermilion County Speedway located in Danville, Ill.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; 34 Raceway; Burlington, Iowa: July 13, 2013
A-Main (40-laps): 1. Bobby Pierce ($10,000), 2. Brian Birkhofer, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Chris Simpson, 5. Tanner English, 6. Mark Burgtorf, 7. Chad Simpson, 8. Brian Shirley, 9. Shannon Babb, 10. Denny Eckrich, 11. Brian Harris, 12. Jason McBride, 13. Dustin Griffin, 14. Ryan Unzicker, 15. Jay Johnson, 16. Ron Elbe, 17. Tim Lance, 18. Randy Korte, 19. Richey Frankel, 20. Todd Frank, 21. Denny Woodworth, 22. Frank Heckenast Jr.
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||Canceled/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 (2)|
|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||PPD/Rain July 15|
|Wed.||June 26||Clarksville Speedway||Clarksville, TN||Brandon Sheppard (3)|
|Thurs.||June 27||Clayhill Motorsports Park||Atwood, TN||Brandon Sheppard (4)|
|Fri.||June 28||Paducah International Raceway||Paducah, KY||Billy Moyer|
|Sat.||June 29||Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55||Pevely, MO||Postponed/Rain|
|Sun.||June 30||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, IL||Bobby Pierce|
|Tues.||July 2||Quincy Raceways||Quincy, IL||Shannon Babb (2)|
|Wed.||July 3||Jacksonville Speedway||Jacksonville, IL||Shannon Babb (3)|
|Thurs.||July 4||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, IL||Bobby Pierce (2)|
|Fri.||July 5||Fayette Co. Speedway||Brownstown, IL||Ryan Unzicker (2)|
|Sat.||July 6||Highland Speedway||Highland, IL||PPD/Rain Aug. 25|
|Sun.||July 7||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, IN||Shannon Babb (4)|
|Tues.||July 9||Florence Speedway||Union, KY||Scott Bloomquist|
|Wed.||July 10||Terre Haute Action Track||Terre Haute, IN||Canceled/Rain|
|Thurs.||July 11||Macon Speedway||Macon, IL||Shannon Babb (5)|
|Fri.||July 12||Kankakee County Speedway||Kankakee, IL||Bobby Pierce (3)|
|Sat.||July 13||34 Raceway||Burlington, IA||Bobby Pierce (4)|
|Sun.||July 14||Vermilion County Speedway||Danville, IL|
|Mon.||July 15||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, IL|
|Wed.||July 17||Brushcreek Motorsports Park||Peebles, OH|
|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.