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Brian Shirley takes I-96 Speedway UMP Summer Nationals win!

Brian Shirley – Jim DenHamer photo

Shirley Sweeps DIRTcar Summer Nationals Michigan Events

LAKE ODESSA, MI – July 11, 2019 – Brian Shirley is seizing every opportunity in his quest to win a third DIRTcar Summer Nationals crown, holding off Frank Heckenast Jr. on Thursday night at I-96 Speedway for his second consecutive victory during Champions Week presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

The $5,000 victory, his sixth overall win during this tour, moved Shirley back atop the standings headed into Oakshade Raceway for the Series’ final two races on Friday and Saturday. Shirley has been battling three-time Summer Nationals champion Bobby Pierce for the championship lead, but Pierce missed the scales after winning the second heat race and was forced to come through the field from the Last Chance Showdown and into the 40-lap Feature, where he was up to third before a broken rear end halted his night on lap 24.

Several cautions helped to keep the field bunched, with Heckenast challenging Shirley for the lead on the bottom. Shirley edged ahead one thousandth of a second every lap to pull into Victory Lane.

Feature

1 #3S Brian Shirley   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
74
40 32:27.754 27 00:17.283
2 #99JR Frank Heckenast   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
40 32:28.613 8 00:17.417 0.859 0.859
Jr.
3 #87M David Mielke   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
47
40 32:31.026 1 00:17.468 3.272 2.413
4 #23V Ryan VanderVeen   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
1
40 32:31.770 27 00:18.179 4.016 0.744
5 #CJ1 Rusty Schlenk   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
52
40 32:32.481 3 00:17.454 4.727 0.711
6 #25F Jason Feger   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
67
40 32:33.416 13 00:17.948 5.662 0.935
7 #2S Travis Stemler   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
33
40 32:33.746 30 00:17.963 5.992 0.330
8 #55 Jeep VanWormer   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
26
40 32:34.312 17 00:17.705 6.558 0.566
9 #12 Scott Fisk   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
7
40 32:35.573 6 00:18.453 7.819 1.261
10 #113 Kyle Roberts   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
13
40 32:36.851 27 00:18.596 9.097 1.278
11 #5X Bryant Dickinson   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
53
40 32:38.504 37 00:19.134 10.750 1.653
12 #O6 Jake Rendel   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
91
40 32:39.149 27 00:18.871 11.395 0.645
13 #P3 Truck Robertson   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
65
39 32:40.095 38 00:19.215 12.341 0.946
14 #25H Chuck Hummer   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
14
39 32:43.099 6 00:19.048 15.345 3.004
15 #M14 Brandon Thirlby   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
10
28 26:14.610 8 00:18.261
16 #53 Hillard Miller   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
50
25 23:12.802 19 00:19.021
17 #32 Bobby Pierce   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
54
23 19:42.664 17 00:17.609
18 #41 Jason Playter   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
19 17:03.083 6 00:18.322
Jr.
19 #31AUS Paul Stubber   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
34
13 13:42.572 8 00:18.762
20 #8 Rob Anderzack   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
63
13 13:43.319 7 00:19.168 0.747
21 #51 Devin Shiels   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
17
10 10:31.288 6 00:17.939
22 #52 Brad Harden   2019 DIRTcar Late Model
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
62
3 02:37.005 2 00:18.809
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