Birkhofer Bags $12,000 for Paducah Hell Tour Triumph

Brian Birkhofer

Brian Birkhofer

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Paducah,Ky. – June 29, 2012 – Brian Birkhofer claimed the Chris Smith Memorial race Friday night at Paducah International Raceway, the fifteenth leg of the month long ‘Hell Tour’. Birkhofer claimed $12,000 for the win, the richest winner’s payout on the 2012 edition of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

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Birkhofer moved past leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., on lap 18 and cruised to the victory. Early leader Billy Moyer Jr., of Batesville, Ark., finished second. 2010 Summer Nationals Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., finished third. Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind. finished fourth and Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Ill., rallied from 18th to round out the top five.

Current Summer National point leader Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., finished eighth after both he and closest competitor Babb both experienced tire issues. Babb held on for a 13th-place finish.

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The tour returns to action Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., for a $10,000-to-win event. Billy Moyer claimed the Summer Nationals event win in 2011.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Paducah International Raceway; Paducah, Ky.; June 29, 2012 A-Main (40-laps): 1. Brian Birkhofer, 2. Billy Moyer Jr., 3. Jason Feger, 4. Scott James, 5. Mike Spatola, 6. Ryan Unzicker, 7. Kevin Cole, 8. Brian Shirley, 9. Tim Brown 10. Greg Johnson, 11. Randy Sellars, 12. Bobby Pierce, 13. Shannon Babb, 14. Dennis Erb Jr., 15. Tanner English, 16. Klint Byars, 17. Jason Papich, 18. Terry English, 19. Jason Riggs, 20. Billy Moyer, 21. Jon Henry, 22. Brandon Sheppard. Fast qualifiers (among 35 cars): Birkhofer, Sheppard, Babb, Moyer. Heat race winners: Moyer Jr., Babb, James, Moyer. B-main winner: Terry English. Provisional starters: Unzicker, Henry, Riggs, Erb.

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

Brian Birkhofer (35)

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. 

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