ATTICA, Ohio — July 19, 2013 — Doug Drown made his first start of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour season count as he scored the win over title contenders Brandon Sheppard and Bobby Pierce at Attica Raceway Park.
Drown, of Wooster, Ohio, started from the pole position, leading flag-to-flag to claim the victory, but he had to hold off points leader Brandon Sheppard, who started the race from the outside of row one, and Bobby Pierce, who started fifth.
Lapped traffic came into play as the leaders reached the slower end of the field towards the later stages of the race. As Drown approached lap traffic, Sheppard and Pierce closed to the back bumper of the leader. Drown held off the challenges of the Hell Tour championship contenders, navigating the slower traffic and capturing the $5,000 checkered flag.
“I knew when I saw them not to get too excited and start spinning the tires,” said Drown, making his first Hell Tour appearance since 2011. “They’ve been pretty hot here the past month with the Hell Tour. I knew they were just as hungry, especially with their points battle going on, that they were gonna do anything they could to get the extra points and possibly the win.”
Brandon Sheppard was able to pad his points lead over Bobby Pierce after Pierce closed the gap two nights ago. Sheppard now looks to be in control of the championship, 48 points ahead of Pierce, heading into tonight’s finale at Oakshade Raceway.
Bobby Pierce, Jon Henry and Rusty Schlenk rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Doug Drown, Devin Moran, Jon Henry Brandon Sheppard.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour concludes its final week of action Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park; July 19, 2013
A-Main (40-laps): 1. Doug Drown ($5,000), 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Bobby Pierce, 4. Jon Henry, 5. Rusty Schlenk, 6. Devin Moran, 7. Casey Noonan, 8. Dustin Griffin, 9. Jeff Babcock, 10. Devin Shiels, 11. Cody Scott, 12. Jr Gentry, 13. Ryan Missler, 14. Matt Irey, 15. George Lee, 16. Dusty Moore, 17. Mike Bores, 18. Todd Frank, 19. Steve Kester, 20. Chris Ross, 21. Jeep Van Wormer, 22. Brian Ruhlman.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical 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 (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||Postponed (RAIN)|
|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||Postponed (RAIN)|
|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||Cancelled (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||Shannon Babb (6)|
|Mon.||July 15||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, IL||Brian Shirley|
|Wed.||July 17||Brushcreek Motorsports Park||Peebles, OH||R.J. Conley|
|Fri.||July 19||Attica Raceway Park||Attica, OH||Doug Drown|
|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.