Shirley Tops I-96 Summer Nationals Run

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Brian Shirley in victory lane at I-96 Speedway. (Jim DenHamer photo)
Brian Shirley in victory lane at I-96 Speedway. (Jim DenHamer photo)

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. — Brian Shirley became the man to beat during the final weekend of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals with a $5,000 triumph Thursday night at I-96 Speedway.

It was the second victory in as many nights for Shirley and his series-best sixth of this year’s Hell Tour. More importantly, he regained the point lead from Bobby Pierce, who finished 17th on this night.

Shirley led all 40 laps, holding off several late-race charges from Frank Heckenast Jr.

David Mielke finished third with Ryan VanderVeen and Rusty Schlenk rounding out the top five.

Nick Hoffman picked up another DIRTcar modified triumph.

The finish:

Brian Shirley, Frank Heckenast Jr., David Mielke, Ryan VanderVeen, Rusty Schlenk, Jason Feger, Travis Stemler, Jeep Van Wormer, Scott Fisk, Kyle Roberts, Bryant Dickinson, Jake Rendel, Truck Robertson, Chuck Hummer, Brandon Thirlby, Hillard Miller, Bobby Pierce, Jason Playter Jr., Paul Stubber, Rob Anderzack, Devin Shiels, Brad Harden.