Birkhofer Dominates 34 Raceway Summer Nationals Hell Tour Event

BURLINGTON, Iowa – July 4, 2011 – Brian Birkhofer left no doubt Monday night during the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour event at 34 Raceway.

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The Muscatine native led every lap from the pole, building large leads at times to claim his first Summer Nationals triumph of 2011 worth $5,000.  Jack Sullivan scored his second straight top three finish coming home second after 40 laps.  Former ‘Hell Tour’ Champion Dennis Erb Jr. finished third after starting seventh.  Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Mich., chased Erb to the front from his eighth starting spot to finish fourth.  Defending Summer Nationals champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., rounded out the top five.

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Current ‘Hell Tour’ point leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., finished 12th in the main event to retain his point lead over Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind. James finished 9th in the main event after starting 11th.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will take Tuesday night off and return to action Wednesday, July 6 at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; 34 Raceway; Burlington, Iowa; July 4, 2011

A-Main (40-Laps): 1. Brian Birkhofer ($5,000), 2. Jack Sullivan, 3. Dennis Erb Jr., 4. Jeep Van Wormer, 5. Jason Feger, 6. Chad Simpson, 7. Chris Simpson, 8. Brian Shirley, 9. Scott James, 10. Matt Miller, 11. Dillan White, 12. Shannon Babb, 13. Wes Steidinger, 14. Bobby Pierce, 15. Denny Woodworth, 16. Donny Walden, 17. Brandon Sheppard, 18. Jerry Lierly, 19. Kent Robinson, 20. Mark Burgtorf, 21. Tom Bowling Jr., 22. Scott Schmitt, 23. Ryan Unzicker.Fast qualifiers (among 26 cars): Birkhofer Unzicker, Walden. Heat race winners: Birkhofer, Chris Simpson, Sullivan. C-Main winner: Pierce. Provisional starters: Robinson, Schmitt, Woodworth, Lierly, Bowling.

2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” Schedule

Date Track Location Winner (Cars)
June 15 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind. PPD/July 12
June 16 Kankakee County Speedway Kankakee, Ill. Mike Spatola (37)
June 17 Cedar Lake Speedway Cedar Lake, Wis. Scott James (29)
June 18 Cedar Lake Speedway Cedar Lake, Wis. Canceled Rain
June 20 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill. PPD/July 13
June 21 Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill. PPD/July 14
June 22 Highland Speedway Highland, Ill. Scott James (50)
June 23 Fayette County Speedway Brownstown, Ill. Jason Feger (48)
June 24 Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill. Dan Schlieper (52)
June 25 Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, Ill. PPD/July 23
June 26 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, Mich. Shannon Babb (46)
June 28 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville, Ind. Shannon Babb (22)
June 29 Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill. Michael Kloos (32)
June 30 Clay Hill Motorsports Park Atwood, Tenn. Mike Spatola (30)
July 1 Paducah International Raceway Paducah, Ky. Ray Cook (40)
July 2 I-55 Raceway Pevely, Mo. Billy Moyer (41)
July 3 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill. Brandon Sheppard (35)
July 4 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa Brian Birkhofer(26)
July 6 Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill.
July 7 Macon Speedway Macon, Ill.
July 8 Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill.
July 9 Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, Tenn.
July 10 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, Ind.
July 12 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind.
July 13 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill.
July 14 Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill.
July 15 Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio
July 16 Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio

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