James Soars In Wisconsin

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SOMERSET, Wis. — 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 No. 81 around Badger State racer Dan Schlieper on a lap-25 restart.

Schlieper then held off challenges over the final five laps to claim the second event of the 2011 Hell Tour, worth $5,000. Schlieper would hang on for second ahead of pole-sitter Shannon Babb.

Fellow MB Customs drivers Brian Birkhofer and Jimmy Mars rounded out the top five.

The finish:

Scott James, Dan Schlieper, Shannon Babb, Brian Birkhofer, Jimmy Mars, Jason Rauen, Chris Simpson, Ryan Unzicker, Brady Smith, Brian Shirley Dennis Erb, Jr., Dillan White, Donny Walden, Tim Isenberg, Gary Christian, Jack Sullivan, Billy Moyer, Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Adam Hensel, Jason Feger, Will Vaught, Chad Simpson.