Shirley Holds Off Pierce At Thunderbird

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Brian Shirley won Wednesday's Summer Nationals feature at Thunderbird Raceway. (Jim DenHamer photo)
Brian Shirley won Wednesday's Summer Nationals feature at Thunderbird Raceway. (Jim DenHamer photo)

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Brian Shirley led all but the first lap en route to his fifth victory of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Wednesday night at Thunderbird Raceway.

Shirley held off a late-race charge from Bobby Pierce during the 40-lap event and secured a $5,000 victory, closing the gap in the standings between he and point leader Pierce as the tour enters its final week.

Pierce romped from 24th starting spot to finish second, with Frank Heckenast Jr., Jeep Van Wormer and Rusty Schlenk rounding out the top five.

The finish:

Brian Shirley, Bobby Pierce, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jeep Van Wormer, Rusty Schlenk, Paul Stubber, Nick Kurtz, Jason Feger, Ryan VanderVeen, David Mielke, Eric Spangler, Jake Rendel, Chuck Hummer, Jeramy Lange, Mike Vandermark, Drew Wilkerson, Andy Sprague, Truck Robertson, Shawn Reed Jr., Jason Playter Jr., Tom Sprague Jr., Hillard Miller, Scott Wenell, Rich Neiser, Bill Bray.