James Slashes to Cedar Lake Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Victory

DIRTcar Summer NationalsSOMERSET, Wis. – June 17, 2011 – Scott James made the 450-mile trek to Cedar Lake Speedway worth every mile by capturing the opening night of the Masters Classic on Friday at Cedar Lake Speedway for his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour victory of 2011.

James, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., made the Hell Tour journey from Thursday’s event at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway to Cedar Lake in northwestern Wisconsin worth it by driving the familiar Scott Riggs-owned #81 around Badger State racer Dan Schlieper on a lap-25 restart. Schlieper, of Oak Creek, Wis., then held off challenges over the final five laps to claim the second event of the 2011 Hell Tour, worth $5,000.  Schlieper, of Oak Creek, Wis., would hang on for second ahead of pole-sitter Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Ill.

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Fellow MB Customs drivers Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, and Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., rounded out the Top Five.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; Cedar Lake Speedway; Somerset, Wis.; June 17, 2011

A-Main (30-Laps ): 1. Scott James, 2. Dan Schlieper, 3. Shannon Babb, 4. Brian Birkhofer,5. Jimmy Mars, 6. Jason Rauen, 7. Chris Simpson,8. Ryan Unzicker,9. Brady Smith, 10. Brian Shirley 11. Dennis Erb Jr., 12. Dillan White, 13. Donny Walden, 14. Tim Isenberg, 15. Gary Christian, 16. Jack Sullivan, 17. Billy Moyer Jr., 18. Brandon Sheppard, 19. Adam Hensel, 20. Jason Feger, 21. Will Vaught, 22. Chad Simpson. Fast qualifier (among 29 cars): Rauen, NTR(12.972 seconds). C-Main winner: White. Provisional starters: Walden, Sullivan, Christian, Moyer.

Heat 1: Dan Schlieper, Jason Rauen, Ryan Unzicker, Chris Simpson, Dennis Erb Jr., Chris Brown, Billy Moyer Jr., Eric Pember, Jim Moon, Scott Duval.

Heat 2: Brian Birkhofer, Scott James, Brady Smith, Will Vaught, Jimmy Mars, Adam Hensel, Dillan White, Mike Fryer, Gary Christain, Kerry Hansen.

Heat 3: Shannon Babb, Chris Simpson, Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Jason Feger, Tim Isenberg, Donny Walden, Jack Sullivan, Bryan Wennen.

Time trials (unofficial)

First group
Jason Rauen (98), Farley, Iowa, 12.972
Dan Schlieper (s9), Oak Creek, Wis., 13.090
Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr) Batesville, Ark., 13.122
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 13.137
Chad Simpson (25s), Mount Vernon, Iowa, 13.172
Chris Brown (21b), Spring, Texas, 13.441
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 13.495
Eric Pember (90x), Pittsville, Wis., 13.665
Scott Duval (92), Bloomer, Wis., 13.895
Jim Moon (1m), Zionsville, Ind., 14.000
Second group
Brian Birkhofer (15b), Muscatine, Iowa, 13.063
Will Vaught (1v), Crane, Mo., 13.088
Scott James (81), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 13.260
Brady Smith (2), Solon Springs, Wis., 13.502
Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis., 13.772
Kerry Hansen (25h), Spencer, Wis., 13.792
Dillan White (54), Crofton, Ky., 13.989
Gary Christain (58x), Broken Bow, Okla., 14.010
Mike Fryer (5m), Freeport, Ill., 14.168
Adam Hensel (33x), Barron, Wis., 14.281

Third group
Chris Simpson (32), Marion, Iowa, 13.170
Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 13.199
Shannon Babb (18), Moweagua, Ill., 13.207
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 13.316
Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 13.560
Jack Sullivan (1), Greenbrier, Ark., 13.697
Donny Walden (1w), Towanda, Ill., 13.705
Tim Isenberg (9t), Marshfield, Wis., 14.203
Bryan Wennen (40), Lindstrom, Minn., 14.400

2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” Schedule

Date Track Location Winner (Cars)
June 15 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind. PPD Rain
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.
June 20 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill.
June 21 Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill.
June 22 Highland Speedway Highland, Ill.
June 23 Fayette County Speedway Brownstown, Ill.
June 24 Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill.
June 25 Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, Ill.
June 26 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, Mich.
June 28 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville, Ind.
June 29 Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill.
June 30 Clay Hill Motorsports Park Atwood, Tenn.
July 1 Paducah International Raceway Paducah, Ky.
July 2 I-55 Raceway Pevely, Mo.
July 3 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill.
July 4 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa
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 15 Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio
July 16 Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio

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