Birkhofer Cruises At LaSalle Hell Tour Stop
LASALLE, Ill. – Brian Birkhofer cruised to his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ victory of 2012 on Wednesday night at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway.
Birkhofer earned $5,000 for winning the 40-lap main event.
Starting on the pole, Birkhofer jumped to an early lead over current Summer Nationals point leader Brian Shirley and held off a late race charge from Frank Heckenast, Jr. for the win.
Heckenast finished second and Brandon Sheppard finished third. 2011 DIRTcar Late Model National Champion Ryan Unzicker finished fourth and previous night winner Jason Feger rounded out the top five.
Point leader Shirley’s night went south after contact with safety barriers sent him pit-side, only to return and later be involved in an accident that ended his night in 21st.
Summer Nationals champion Shannon Babb finished the event in sixth, and closed to within 24 points of Shirley with nine events remaining.
The tour returns to action Thursday night at tiny Macon (Ill.) Speedway for the $5,000-to-win Herald & Review 100. Shannon Babb won the rescheduled Herald & Review 100 on July 21st, 2011.
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