PEEBLES, Ohio — July 17, 2013 — Pole-sitter R.J. Conley claimed his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” victory Wednesday night at Brushcreek Motorspoirts Park.
Conley, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, started on the inside of row one with Dustin Griffin on the outside. Conley pulled out to an early lead but relinquished it on a lap-17 restart to Jason Jameson, who had maneuvered his way to the front after starting in fifth. Jameson, who utilized the top groove to make his way to the front, stretched his lead over the rest of the field.
Jameson, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., dominated the next five laps and looked to be the car to beat, until his machine slowed on lap 23, letting Conley slip back in front. Conley then moved up the track and held off a late-race charge from Greg Johnson, who kept his car glued to the bottom and had a fender under Conley a few times but could never gather enough momentum to make a pass for the lead, letting Conley capture the $5,000 checkered flag.
“Jason definitely had us covered,” Conley said. “I kept thinking that outside would be good, but I was afraid to try it because I was leading and you never know what’s going on behind you. Once he jumped up there, I jumped up there and I thought ‘whew, no wonder he passed me.’”
Bobby Pierce shaved a few points off of Brandon Sheppard’s points lead after finishing third, one spot ahead of Sheppard. With two races remaining in the 2013 Hell Tour, Sheppard clings to a 43 point lead over Pierce with two events remaining.
Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, and Zach Dohm rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included R.J. Conley, Bobby Pierce, and Dustin Griffin.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues in its final week of action on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park located on Attica, Ohio.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Brushcreek Motorsports Park; Peebles, Ohio; July 17, 2013
A-Main (40-laps): 1. RJ Conley ($5,000), 2. Greg Johnson, 3. Bobby Pierce, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Zack Dohm, 6. Ben Adkins, 7. Rod Conley, 8. Dustin Griffin, 9. Tim Lance, 10. Steve Kester, 11. Jeff Arnold, 12. Mark Morrison, 13. Daniel Williams, 14. Todd Frank, 15. Jason Jameson, 16. Delmas Conley, 17. Rob Starkey, 18. Mike Meyers, 19. Chad Smith, 20. Dillion Huron, 21. Chris Garnes, 22. Ryan Markham.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Top 10
2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Schedule
|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||
|Wed.||June 19||Spoon River Speedway||
|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||
|Brandon Sheppard (3)|
|Thurs.||June 27||Clayhill Motorsports Park||
|Brandon Sheppard (4)|
|Fri.||June 28||Paducah International Raceway||
|Sat.||June 29||Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55||
|June 30||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, IL||Bobby Pierce|
|Tues.||July 2||Quincy Raceways||
|Shannon Babb (2)|
|Shannon Babb (3)|
|LaSalle, IL||Bobby Pierce (2)|
Fayette Co. Speedway
|Brownstown, IL||Ryan Unzicker (2)|
|Highland, IL||Postponed (RAIN)|
|Sun.||July 7||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, IN||Shannon Babb (4)|
|Union, KY||Scott Bloomquist|
Terre Haute Action Track
|Terre Haute, IN||Cancelled (RAIN)|
|Macon, IL||Shannon Babb (5)|
Kankakee County Speedway
|Kankakee, IL||Bobby Pierce (3)|
|Burlington, IA||Bobby Pierce (4)|
|Sun.||July 14||Vermilion County Speedway||Danville, IL||Shannon Babb (6)|
|Mon.||July 15||Peoria Speedway||
|Wed.||July 17||Brushcreek Motorsports Park||
|Fri.||July 19||Attica Raceway Park||
|Sat.||July 20||Oakshade Raceway||
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.