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Jon Henry takes Oakshade Raceway UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals win!

Jon Henry - Jim Denhamer photo
Jon Henry – Jim Denhamer photo

Jon Henry Scores at Oakshade as Bobby Pierce Wins the Championship

Pierce walks away with championship after a dominating season

WAUSEON, Ohio – July 16, 2016 – Jon Henry dominated the DIRTcar Summer Nationals finale at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night as he scored the 18th Annual Birthday Race. As Henry of Ada, Ohio, celebrated his race win, 19-year-old Bobby Pierce celebrated his second straight series championship.

Henry started the night’s feature on the outside pole and quickly took control of the race. Henry held off Jason Feger, who took the previous night’s win and Pierce who charged into second late in the race.

Through three restarts Henry easily dispatched his competition and even with lapped traffic late in the feature, Henry crossed the finish line nearly two seconds ahead of Pierce, who finished in second.

The $10,000 victory is the biggest of Henry’s career.

“It’s unreal,” Henry said. “It’s something I always dreamed to do… it’s very emotional, to be honest with you. It doesn’t really sink in, but it’s gonna sink in probably here soon – tomorrow and the next week and the next month – that we were able to accomplish something that we’ve always wanted to do and in front of a great crowd.”

For Pierce, the second place finish wrapped up a dominating season that saw him in victory lane 10 times, score three of the five weekly championships and easily secure the DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship, his second straight.

“I wanted to get that last (win) so I could be 50/50 (11 wins in 22 features), but it’s been a great Hell Tour,” Pierce said. “It’s really cool to do it again. There’s a lot of competition with this series, and venturing out to other places… not only did we win the championship, but we ran really good at a lot of tracks that I’m not really used to running at. I’m pretty proud of the team and everyone who helped us out.”

Pierce is the first repeat Summer Nationals champion since Dennis Erb Jr. won three in a row from 2007 to 2009. He also became just the fifth driver in Summer Nationals history to cross over the double-digit win mark, joining greats Shannon Babb, Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer and Don O’Neal.

Follow the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals on Twitter at Twitter.com/SummerNationals or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SummerNationals. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the series throughout the lead up and the summer on the series’ websites at TheHellTour.com and ModifiedNationals.com.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Oakshade Raceway; Wauseon, Ohio

Super Late Models – A-Main
Pos Car # Driver
1 15H Jon Henry
2 32 Bobby Pierce
3 3 Matt Miller
4 7R Kent Robinson
5 26 Wayne Chinn
6 24 Ryan Unzicker
7 11 Gordy Gundaker
8 49 Brian Ruhlman
9 51S Devin Shiels
10 99M Devin Moran
11 77K Steve Kester
12 4G Bob Gardner
13 1N Casey Noonan
14 8 Rob Anderzack
15 11S Rusty Schlenk
16 74 Taylor Scheffler
17 25Z Mason Zeigler
18 25 Jason Feger
19 9R Curtis Roberts
20 55 Jeep Van Wormer
21 C9 Steve Casebolt
22 79 Nick Kurtz

Super Late Models – B-Main
Pos Car # Driver
1 9R Curtis Roberts
2 55 Jeep Van Wormer
3 1N Casey Noonan
4 15B Mike Bores
5 1 Mike Benedun
6 79 Nick Kurtz
7 00 Mathew Chapman
8 49L Matt Lindsey
9 23 Brad Wade
10 2D Curtis Deisenroth
11 53H Hillard Miller
12 21K Larry Kingseed
13 66 Rody Schroyer
14 X3 Daniel Wallace
15 97 Greg Walters
16 51S Devin Shiels

Super Late Models – C-Main 1
Pos Car # Driver
1 21K Larry Kingseed
2 97 Greg Walters
3 B4U Brad Eitniear
4 42* Bob Mayer
5 35 Ron Miller
6 31 Paul Stubber
7 5* Bryant Dickinson
8 95M Steve Miller
9 77 Scott Moyer
10 5 Max Ake
11 4G Bob Gardner
12 34 Herb Reich

Super Late Models – C-Main 2
Pos Car # Driver
1 00 Mathew Chapman
2 X3 Daniel Wallace
3 27H Ken Hahn
4 75 Dusty Moore
5 6* Graeme Short
6 71DS Drew Smith
7 69R Doug Baird
8 06 Jarrett Rendel
9 7J Samuel Tolley
10 31G Daniel Gehring
11 0 Brian OBrien

Super Late Models – Heat Race 1
Pos Car # Driver
1 11S Rusty Schlenk
2 26 Wayne Chinn
3 3 Matt Miller
4 25Z Mason Zeigler
5 1 Mike Benedun
6 51S Devin Shiels
7 2D Curtis Deisenroth
8 4G Bob Gardner
9 B4U Brad Eitniear
10 42* Bob Mayer
11 31 Paul Stubber
12 5* Bryant Dickinson
13 95M Steve Miller

Super Late Models – Heat Race 2
Pos Car # Driver
1 25 Jason Feger
2 77K Steve Kester
3 C9 Steve Casebolt
4 49 Brian Ruhlman
5 55 Jeep Van Wormer
6 66 Rody Schroyer
7 53H Hillard Miller
8 21K Larry Kingseed
9 97 Greg Walters
10 34 Herb Reich
11 35 Ron Miller
12 77 Scott Moyer
13 5 Max Ake

Super Late Models – Heat Race 3
Pos Car # Driver
1 15H Jon Henry
2 7R Kent Robinson
3 99M Devin Moran
4 24 Ryan Unzicker
5 9R Curtis Roberts
6 1N Casey Noonan
7 79 Nick Kurtz
8 00 Mathew Chapman
9 X3 Daniel Wallace
10 6* Graeme Short
11 06 Jarrett Rendel
12 69R Doug Baird
13 0 Brian OBrien

Super Late Models – Heat Race 4
Pos Car # Driver
1 32 Bobby Pierce
2 74 Taylor Scheffler
3 11 Gordy Gundaker
4 8 Rob Anderzack
5 49L Matt Lindsey
6 15B Mike Bores
7 23 Brad Wade
8 27H Ken Hahn
9 75 Dusty Moore
10 71DS Drew Smith
11 7J Samuel Tolley
12 31G Daniel Gehring

2016 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date Day Track Winners
Northern Kickoff
June 15 Wednesday Brownstown Speedway Rain/Cancelled
June 16 Thursday Kankakee Co. Speedway Bobby Pierce
June 17 Friday Cedar Lake Speedway Billy Moyer
June 18 Saturday Cedar Lake Speedway Billy Moyer (2)
June 19 Sunday Wilmot Speedway Bobby Pierce (2)
Heartland Tour
June 20 Monday OFF
June 21 Tuesday Jacksonville Speedway Bobby Pierce (3)
June 22 Wednesday Farley Speedway Rain/Cancelled
June 23 Thursday Spoon River Speedway Dennis Erb Jr.
June 24 Friday Tri-City Speedway Bobby Pierce (4)
June 25 Saturday Fairbury Speedway Brandon Sheppard
June 26 Sunday Tri-State Speedway Bobby Pierce (5)
Southern Tour
June 27 Monday OFF
June 28 Tuesday Clarksville Speedway Ryan Unzicker
June 29 Wednesday Belle-Clair Speedway Bobby Pierce (6)
June 30 Thursday Springfield Raceway Rain/PPD
July 1 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway Josh Richards
July 2 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Rain/Cancelled
July 3 Sunday Lincoln Speedway Rain/PPD
Independence Week
July 4 Monday LaSalle Speedway Bobby Pierce (7)
July 5 Tuesday Daugherty Speedway Jason Feger
July 6 Wednesday Peoria Speedway Bobby Pierce (8)
July 7 Thursday Macon Speedway Bobby Pierce (9)
July 8 Friday Farmer City Raceway Jason Feger (2)
July 9 Saturday Highland Speedway Billy Moyer (3)
July 10 Sunday Quincy Raceways Bobby Pierce (10)
Champions Week
July 11 Monday OFF
July 12 Tuesday Plymouth Speedway Rain/Cancelled
July 13 Wednesday Shadyhill Speedway Rain/Cancelled
July 14 Thursday Merritt Speedway Ryan Unzicker (2)
July 15 Friday Oakshade Raceway Jason Feger (3)
July 16 Saturday Oakshade Raceway Jon Henry

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, MSD, Impact Race Products, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing.

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