Photo Gallery: Shirley Takes I-96 Speedway Summer Nationals Win

All photos by Jim DenHamer

Brian Shirley is stalking a third DIRTcar Summer Nationals crown, holding off Frank Heckenast Jr. on Thursday night at I-96 Speedway for his second consecutive victory during Champions Week. The win marks his sixth victory during this year’s Hell Tour, moving Shirley to the leader spot in the standings. The Tour moves to Oakshade Raceway for the Series’ final two races on Friday and Saturday.

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Shirley has been battling three-time Summer Nationals champion Bobby Pierce for the championship lead, but Pierce missed the scales after winning his second heat race and was forced to come through the field from the Last Chance Showdown and into the 40-lap Feature, where he was up to third before a broken rearend halted his night on lap 24.

The race was caution-filled, which helped to keep the field close. In the bunched up field, Heckenast challenged Shirley for the lead on the bottom. Shirley edged ahead one thousandth of a second every lap to pull ahead and drive into Victory Lane.

Nick Hoffman

In the Modified portion of the Summer Nationals, Nick Hoffman took home the win for the second race in a row, eighth race win this year, and his 21st career DIRTcar victory.

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. M14-Brandon Thirlby, 17.082; 2. 55-Jeep VanWormer, 17.284; 3. 12-Scott Fisk, 17.417; 4. 51-Devin Shiels, 17.741; 5. 23V-Ryan VanderVeen, 17.83; 6. 41-Jason Playter, Jr., 18.063; 7. 113-Kyle Roberts, 18.35; 8. 25H-Chuck Hummer, 19.883.

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk, 16.339; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce, 16.938; 3. 2S-Travis Stemler, 16.963; 4. 87M-David Mielke, 17.321; 5. 31AUS-Paul Stubber, 17.408; 6. 53-Hillard Miller, 17.801; 7. 55R-Kevin Mack, 18.359; 8. 5X-Bryant Dickinson, 19.192.

Qualifying Flight-C – 1. 3S-Brian Shirley, 16.757; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr., 17.039; 3. 25F-Jason Feger, 17.218; 4. 8-Rob Anderzack, 17.588; 5. 52-Brad Harden, 18.091; 6. O6-Jake Rendel, 18.875; 7. P3-Truck Robertson, 19.096; 8. 21A-Logan Arntz, 99.999.

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 55-Jeep VanWormer [2]; 2. M14-Brandon Thirlby [1]; 3. 51-Devin Shiels [4]; 4. 41-Jason Playter, Jr. [6]; 5. 12-Scott Fisk [3]; 6. 23V-Ryan VanderVeen [5]; 7. 113-Kyle Roberts [7]; 8. 25H-Chuck Hummer [8].

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [1]; 2. 87M-David Mielke [4]; 3. 2S-Travis Stemler [3]; 4. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [5]; 5. 53-Hillard Miller [6]; 6. 5X-Bryant Dickinson [8]; 7. 55R-Kevin Mack [7]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce [2].

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [1]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [2]; 3. 25F-Jason Feger [3]; 4. 8-Rob Anderzack [4]; 5. 52-Brad Harden [5]; 6. P3-Truck Robertson [7]; 7. O6-Jake Rendel [6]; 8. 21A-Logan Arntz [8].

Consolation Race (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 32-Bobby Pierce [8]; 2. 23V-Ryan VanderVeen [1]; 3. 113-Kyle Roberts [4]; 4. 5X-Bryant Dickinson [2]; 5. P3-Truck Robertson [3]; 6. O6-Jake Rendel [6]; 7. 55R-Kevin Mack [5]; 8. 25H-Chuck Hummer [7]; 9. 21A-Logan Arntz [9].

Brian Shirley

Late Model Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [1]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [6]; 3. 87M-David Mielke [5]; 4. 23V-Ryan VanderVeen [17]; 5. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [2]; 6. 25F-Jason Feger [9]; 7. 2S-Travis Stemler [8]; 8. 55-Jeep VanWormer [3]; 9. 12-Scott Fisk [13]; 10. 113-Kyle Roberts [18]; 11. 5X-Bryant Dickinson [21]; 12. O6-Jake Rendel [20]; 13. P3-Truck Robertson [22]; 14. 25H-Chuck Hummer [19]; 15. M14-Brandon Thirlby [4]; 16. 53-Hillard Miller [14]; 17. 32-Bobby Pierce [16]; 18. 41-Jason Playter, Jr. [10]; 19. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [11]; 20. 8-Rob Anderzack [12]; 21. 51-Devin Shiels [7]; 22. 52-Brad Harden [15].

KSE Hard Charger Award: 23V-Ryan VanderVeen[+13].

 

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Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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