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Shirley Scores First Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at I-96 Speedway

Brian Shirley - Jim Denhamer photo
Brian Shirley – Jim Denhamer photo

By Jordan Morris

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. – June 22, 2014 – Brian Shirley rallied from a blown engine in hot laps, and then held off a red-hot Shannon Babb to capture his first victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season Sunday night at I-96 Speedway.

Shirley, the 2012 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, dominated the 40-lap main event, leading every lap from flag-to-flag, as well as setting quick time for the night and winning his heat race.

Shirley started the feature from the pole-position and grabbed the lead early. Babb, who started four positions behind Shirley, needed only eight laps to make his way to second and 20 laps to reach Shirley’s back bumper. Babb, who has dominated I-96 Speedway, winning four of the last five races held there during the Summer Nationals, found no luck getting around Shirley as lapped traffic came into play in the battle for the lead.

Shirley held a firm grip on the top spot, managing to lead every lap in a caution free feature, capturing the $5,000 checkered flag, his first of the season and 13th of his career.

“Tonight I was a little heartbroken,” said a relieved Brian Shirley in victory lane. “We were fast in hot laps I felt like, and had to pull that car out because of mechanical problems, but glad it all worked out.”

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Ryan Unzicker, Brandon Sheppard and Dona Marcoullier rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Shirley, Unzicker and Ryan Vanderveen.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Monday night at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Ill.

 

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; I-96 Speedway; Lake Odessa, Mich.; June 22, 2014

A-Main (40-laps): 1. 81-Brian Shirley ($5,000), 2. 18-Shannon Babb, 3. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5. 6M-Dona Marcoullier, 6. 9R-Curtis Roberts, 7. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen, 8. 14M-Brandon Thirlby, 9. 55-Jeep Van Wormer, 10. 27S-Eric Spangler, 11. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 12. 111-Curt Spalding, 13. 77K-Steve Kester, 14. 32J-Jason Jaggers, 15. 1M-Jim Moon, 16. 2-Bry Sloan, 17. 34-Herb Reich, 18. 41-Jason Playter Jr, 19. 15A-Phil Ausra, 20. 52X-Brad Harden, 21. 42*-Bob Mayer, 22. 49-Brian Ruhlman.

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date Day Track Location Win
June 11 Wed Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind. RAIN
June 12 Thur Kankakee Co. Speedway Kankakee, Ill. Billy Moyer
June 13 Fri Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. Rick Eckert
June 14 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. RAIN
June 15 Sun Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, Wis. Rick Eckert(2)
June 16 Mon Off
June 17 Tue Farley Speedway Farley, Iowa Shannon Babb
June 18 Wed Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill. Jason Feger
June 19 Thur Quincy Raceways Quincy, Ill. RAIN
June 20 Fri Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill. Billy Moyer(2)
June 21 Sat Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, Ill. RAIN
June 22 Sun I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, Mich. Brian Shirley
June 23 Mon Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill. $5,000
June 24 Tue Off
June 25 Wed Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, Tenn. $5,000
June 26 Thur Clayhill Motorsports Atwood, Tenn. $5,000
June 27 Fri Paducah Int. Raceway Paducah, Ky. $10,000
June 28 Sat Federated Auto Parts Raceway Pevely, Mo. $10,000
June 29 Sun Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill. $5,000
June 30 Mon Off
July 1 Tue Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill. $5,000
July 2 Wed Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, Ill. $5,000
July 3 Thur LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill. $5,000
July 4 Fri Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, Ill. $7,500
July 5 Sat Highland Speedway Highland, Ill. $10,000
July 6 Sun Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, Ind. $5,000
July 7 Mon Off
July 8 Tue Florence Speedway Union, Ky. $5,000
July 9 Wed Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, Ind. $5,000
July 10 Thur Macon Speedway Macon, Ill. $5,000
July 11 Fri Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill. $10,000
July 12 Sat 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa $10,000
July 13 Sun Vermilion Co. Speedway Danville, Ill. $5,000
July 14 Mon Off
July 15 Tue TBA
July 16 Wed Atomic Speedway Chillicothe, Ohio $5,000
July 17 Thur Brushcreek Motorsports Complex Peebles, Ohio $5,000
July 18 Fri Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio $5,000
July 19 Sat Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio $10,000

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Standings

Rank Car First Last Points
1 24 Ryan Unzicker 449
2 18 Shannon Babb 440
3 81 Brian Shirley 408
4 B5 Brandon Sheppard 405
5 1 Rick Eckert 391
6 32 Bobby Pierce 308
7 21 Billy Moyer Jr 298
8 81 Jason Riggs 284
9 22 Gregg Satterlee 278
10 21 Billy Moyer 269
11 10 Scott Schmitt 261
12 15b Brian Birkhofer 173
13 25 Jason Feger 172
14 28 Jimmy Mars 171
15 2 Brady Smith 163
16 96 Tanner English 163
17 1m Jimmy Moon 162
18 89 Mike Spatola 125
19 32j Jason Jaggers 118
20 17 Jim Shereck 111
21 B12 Kevin Weaver 104
22 Oo Randy Korte 98
23 1cj Gary Christian 95
24 83 Scott Bull 86
25 32 Chris Simpson 86
26 98 Jason Rauen 86
27 2 Allen Murray 74
28 99 Franky Heckenast 73
29 58 A J Diemel 72
30 10 Pete Parker 71
31 77 Jason McBride 71
32 5m Mike Fryar 71
33 20 Rodney Sanders 70
34 25 Steve Lance 69
35 45 Kyle Hammer 65
36 21 Rich Bell 65
37 33h Billy Hough 64
38 6m Dona Marcoullier 56
39 77 Jay Morris 55
40 33 Tim Manville 53
41 42 Mckay Wenger 51
42 9r Curtis Roberts 51
43 15 Brian Harris 50
44 77 Tim McCreadie 49
45 7s Jay Spark 49
46 6k Michael Kloss 49
47 23 Ryan Vanderveen 49
48 33 Kevin Cole 47
49 M14 Brandon Thirlby 47
50 55 Jeep Vanwormer 45
51 116 Torrin Mettille 44
52 58 Ray Guss 44
53 7k Jason Krohn 43
54 Oov Kolby Vandenbergh 43
55 27 Eric Spangler 43
56 10 Don Hilleary 42
57 74 Mitch Mcgrath 42
58 7b Mark Burgtorf 42
59 1w Wendell Wallace 41
60 42 Shawn Toczek 41
61 33 Adam Hensel 41
62 7 Steve Thornsten 40
63 111 Curtis Spalding 40
64 77 Steve Kester 39
65 90 Lance Mathees 38
66 9d Dan Flessner 36
67 D7 Jim Letizia 36
68 2 Bry Sloan 36
69 56 Andy Eckrich 35
70 B1 Nick Bauman 35
71 27 Rodney Melvin 35
72 34 Herb Reich 35
73 11 Pat Doar 34
74 8 Bill Rezetek 34
75 92 Scott Weber 34
76 41 Jason Playter 34
77 15a Phil Ausra 33
78 75 Billy Drake 32
79 52 Brad Harden 32
80 M27 Mike Provenzano 31
81 42 Bob Mayer 31
82 28 Jeff Provinzino 30
83 4g Bob Gardner 30
84 33 Rickey Frankel 30
85 49 Brian Ruhlman 30
86 2 Mike Nutzmann 29
87 16 Tyler Bruening 29
88 94 Evan Fink 29
89 6r Carl Ries 29
90 40 Joel Callahan 28
91 11 Rachel Carpenter 28
92 6 Nick Herrick 27
93 20 Jake Meier 27
94 28 Clint Kirkham 27
95 610 Blaine Hendrick 27
96 14 Glen Thompson 26
97 15 Caley Emerson 26
98 21 Joel Collins 25
99 82 Billy Laycock 25
100 65 Lucas Peterson 24
101 16h Mike Hammerle 24
102 38 Ryan Little 23
103 74 Russ Adams 22
104 0 Dewayne Kiefer 22
105 17x Matt Santel 21
106 20 Alan Westling 20
107 71 Trace Westling 18
108 38 Jake Little 17
109 3 Scott Henseler 16
110 94 Austin Rettig 14
111 9 Eric Smith 10
112 Z Joe Harlan 10
113 35 Derek Chandler 10
114 89 Daren Freidman 10
115 36 Eric Vaughn 10
116 D2 Snooky Dehm 10
117 4 Mike Mullvain 10
118 1w Donny Walden 10
119 15 Jon Henry 10

 

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 Electronics (Official Communication), Velocita (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing.

 

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