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Sheppard Rockets to Clayhill Motorsports Park Summer Nationals Victory

DIRTcar Summer NationalsAtwood, Tenn. – June 28, 2012 – Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., worked his way to the lead on lap 16 and never looked back to win his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals event of 2012 Thursday night at Clayhill Motorsports Park. Sheppard picked up $5,000 for the win.

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Sheppard stretched his lead over the final 15 circuits pulling away from second place finisher Klint Byars of Carrollton, Miss. Veteran Wendell Wallace of Batesville Ark., drove from eighth to third over the course of the 40-lap main event. Polesitter Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., finished fourth and defending Summer Nationals Champion Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., rounded out the top five.

Current Summer National point leader Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., faded to finish sixth after leading the race.

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The tour returns to action Friday night at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky., with the tour’s highest paying winner’s purse of $12,000 on the line. Ray Cook of Brasstown, N.C., claimed the Summer Nationals win in 2011.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Clayhill Motorsports Park; Atwood, Tenn.; June 28, 2012 A-Main (40-laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard ($5,000), 2. Klint Byars, 3. Wendell Wallace, 4. Jason Feger, 5. Shannon Babb, 6. Brian Shirley, 7. Rodney Melvin, 8. Jason McBride, 9. Dennis Erb Jr., 10. Tanner English, 11. Randy Sellars, 12. Terry English, 13. Frank Heckenast Jr., 14. Jon Henry, 15. Bobby Pierce, 16. Mike Spatola, 17. Nick Bartels, 18. Billy Moyer Jr., 19. Dale Nelson, 20. Billy Moyer, 21. Caleb Ashby, 22. Ryan Unzicker. Fast qualifiers (among 28 cars): Unzicker, Byars, Sheppard. Heat race winners: Feger, Shirley, Erb. Consolation race winner: Terry English. Provisional starters: Henry, Spatola, Moyer Jr., Bartels.

2012 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date

Track

Location

Winner (Cars)

13-Jun

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, IN

Billy Moyer Jr. (49)

14-Jun

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

Shannon Babb(45)

15-Jun

Cedar Lake Speedway

Somerset, WI

Billy Moyer Jr. (37)

16-Jun

Cedar Lake Speedway

Somerset, WI

Billy Moyer Jr. (32)

17-Jun

Wilmot Raceway

Wilmot, WI

Ryan Unzicker (31)

19-Jun

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

Jon Henry (38)

20-Jun

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

Rodney Melvin (42)

21-Jun

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

Brian Shirley (41)

22-Jun

Tri City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

Billy Moyer (43)

23-Jun

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

Brian Shirley (41)

24-Jun

I-96 Speedway

Lake Odessa, MI

Shannon Babb (36)

26-Jun

Lincoln Park Speedway

Putnamville, IN

Jason Feger (21)

27-Jun

Belle Clair Speedway

Belleville, IL

Jason Feger (34)

28-Jun

Clay Hill Motorsports Park

Atwood, TN

Brandon Sheppard (28)

29-Jun

Paducah Int. Raceway

Paducah, KY

30-Jun

Federated Auto Parts I-55

Pevely, MO

1-Jul

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

2-Jul

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

3-Jul

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL

4-Jul

Lasalle Speedway

Lasalle, IL

5-Jul

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

6-Jul

Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL

7-Jul

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

8-Jul

Tri State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

10-Jul

Florence Speedway

Union, KY

11-Jul

Brushcreek Motorsports

Pebbles, OH

12-Jul

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

13-Jul

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, OH

14-Jul

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals (The Hell Tour) is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and 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, Chevy Performance Parts, Intercomp, JE Pistons, Klotz Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Quartermaster, Superflow Dyno’s, UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), Wix Filters, and Wrisco Aluminum.