DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Highland Speedway -- Highland, IL
Friday, August 13, 2021
Event Info
Highland Speedway
Friday
13
Aug

Winner: Brandon Sheppard
2nd: Bobby Pierce
3rd: Tanner English
DIRTcar Summer Nationals
August 13, 2021
Highland Speedway
2020 Park St
Highland, IL 

 http://www.highlandspeedway.com

Watch on DIRTVision
 https://www.dirtvision.tv/videos/dirtcar-summer-nationals-highland-speedway

Series
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

Race Recap: SHEPP-TACULAR: Sheppard Passes Pierce for the Win After Big Battle at Highland

Winger goes 15th-5th, Pierce extends points lead again

Highland Speedway never fails to show why it’s a staple of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, and the next chapter in its book of exciting, wheel-to-wheel racing was scribed Friday night by two of the sport’s brightest stars – Brandon Sheppard and Bobby Pierce.

For the entire second half of the Feature, the two Illinois boys battled and chased each other non-stop, with Sheppard making the final pass for the lead on Lap 37 and fending off Pierce’s charge over the final 13 laps to score the $10,000 victory.

“Me and Bobby raced really clean. It’s a lot of fun racing with him, for sure,” Sheppard said.

Jimmy Dearing Photo

Sheppard rarely pulls into Victory Lane with body damage, but the close-quarters racing in the early going crumpled his left-rear quarter-panel on the start after a stack-up in the bottom lane.

“[Blaze Burwell almost] looped it in front of me and I slowed down and got hit from behind. I thought we were done – I thought for sure the left-rear tire was flat, because [Michael] Kloos got up on my tire,” Sheppard said.

But all four tires stayed inflated, and Sheppard was able to restart toward the front. With Pierce in the lead from the pole, Sheppard knew he was going to give an A-plus effort if he wanted to see the front by the end of 50 laps.

Over a caution-filled event, Sheppard used the green-flag stretches and restarts to his advantage, making passes under green and the yellows to help catch the next car in line. When he finally reached Pierce, the battle was on.

For over 15 laps, Sheppard hounded Pierce, inside and outside. Until one particular restart on Lap 36, where Pierce left the door open on the top for Sheppard to get by, and it cost him.

Sheppard swung it to the high line in Turns 3-4 on Lap 37 and just barely nosed Pierce by inches at the line to take the lead. Pierce got him back down low in Turns 1-2, but a tangle in Turns 3-4 brought out the caution. With Sheppard being scored as the leader on that lap, that meant he would bring the field back to green on the restart.

Jimmy Dearing Photo

With the ball now in his court, Sheppard hit the jets and never looked back. Pierce struggled behind him, nearly looping it in Turn 4 on Lap 39 and getting held up by slower traffic in the final laps, which gave Sheppard the room he needed to park it in Hell Tour Victory Lane for the 27th time in his career.

“We know there’s a lot of tough competition here, and Bobby’s one of the best-of-the-best. To pass him when he’s leading is really tough. But I found a little bit of a different line when I was racing with them guys that he probably didn’t see, just because he was leading,” Sheppard said.

Pierce came home second and again extended his points lead over third-place finishing Tanner English. Garrett Alberson crossed in fourth as Ashton Winger drove it back to fifth from 15th.

UP NEXT

The Summer Nationals next head to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for Race #25 of the season on Saturday, Aug. 14. Catch all the action live on the newly redesigned DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (50 Laps) 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[4]; 4. 59-Garrett Alberson[3]; 5. 12-Ashton Winger[15]; 6. 18-Shannon Babb[6]; 7. 14G-Joe Godsey[12]; 8. 25-Jason Feger[13]; 9. 44-Blaze Burwell[2]; 10. 78-Chad Zobrist[10]; 11. 74-Mitch McGrath[8]; 12. 17-Todd Rehg[16]; 13. 16-Rusty Griffaw[14]; 14. 5-Brian Wolfmeier[21]; 15. 87- Jason Zobrist[11]; 16. 14R-Jeff Roth[22]; 17. 7-Dan Jacober[17]; 18. T4-Adam Tischauser[9]; 19. 14-Paul Kuper[18]; 20. 6K-Michael Kloos[7]; 21. 10-Daryn Klein[20]; 22. 248-Brandon Lance[19]

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Race Results: 8/13/21 – Highland Speedway

Feature (50 Laps) 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[4]; 4. 59-Garrett Alberson[3]; 5. 12-Ashton Winger[15]; 6. 18-Shannon Babb[6]; 7. 14G-Joe Godsey[12]; 8. 25-Jason Feger[13]; 9. 44-Blaze Burwell[2]; 10. 78-Chad Zobrist[10]; 11. 74-Mitch McGrath[8]; 12. 17-Todd Rehg[16]; 13. 16-Rusty Griffaw[14]; 14. 5-Brian Wolfmeier[21]; 15. 87- Jason Zobrist[11]; 16. 14R-Jeff Roth[22]; 17. 7-Dan Jacober[17]; 18. T4-Adam Tischauser[9]; 19. 14-Paul Kuper[18]; 20. 6K-Michael Kloos[7]; 21. 10-Daryn Klein[20]; 22. 248-Brandon Lance[19]

Qualifying (2 Laps) 1. 44-Blaze Burwell, 00:13.203[1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:13.257[12]; 3. 59-Garrett Alberson, 00:13.309[2]; 4. 81E-Tanner English, 00:13.343[11]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 00:13.420[10]; 6. T4-Adam Tischauser, 00:13.430[7]; 7. 78-Chad Zobrist, 00:13.510[9]; 8. 74-Mitch McGrath, 00:13.529[24]; 9. 14G-Joe Godsey, 00:13.532[5]; 10. 14R-Jeff Roth, 00:13.562[8]; 11. 10-Daryn Klein, 00:13.568[18]; 12. 18-Shannon Babb, 00:13.580[15]; 13. 17-Todd Rehg, 00:13.588[6]; 14. 5-Brian Wolfmeier, 00:13.676[4]; 15. 4-Jason Suhre, 00:13.677[27]; 16. 6K-Michael Kloos, 00:13.687[26]; 17. 16-Rusty Griffaw, 00:13.692[13]; 18. 148-Tim Lance, 00:13.753[16]; 19. 25-Jason Feger, 00:13.802[21]; 20. 14-Paul Kuper, 00:13.802[19]; 21. 12-Ashton Winger, 00:13.860[20]; 22. 41-Jeremiah Hurst, 00:13.879[14]; 23. 87-Jason Zobrist, 00:13.881[29]; 24. 248- Brandon Lance, 00:13.927[25]; 25. 26M-Brent McKinnon, 00:13.982[23]; 26. 1H-Josh Heuiser, 00:14.037[28]; 27. 38- Thomas Hunziker, 00:14.085[17]; 28. 18M-Jimmy Miller, 00:14.109[3]; 29. (DNS) 7-Dan Jacober

Heat 1 (10 Laps) 1. 44-Blaze Burwell[1]; 2. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 3. 6K-Michael Kloos[6]; 4. 78-Chad Zobrist[3]; 5. 25-Jason Feger[7]; 6. 17-Todd Rehg[5]; 7. 41-Jeremiah Hurst[8]; 8. 26M-Brent McKinnon[9]; 9. 18M-Jimmy Miller[10]; 10. 14R-Jeff Roth[4]

Heat 2 (10 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 3. 74-Mitch McGrath[3]; 4. 87-Jason Zobrist[8]; 5. 16-Rusty Griffaw[6]; 6. 7-Dan Jacober[10]; 7. 14-Paul Kuper[7]; 8. 1H-Josh Heuiser[9]; 9. 5-Brian Wolfmeier[5]; 10. (DQ) 10-Daryn Klein[4]

Heat 3 (10 Laps) 1. 59-Garrett Alberson[1]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[4]; 3. T4-Adam Tischauser[2]; 4. 14G-Joe Godsey[3]; 5. 12-Ashton Winger[7]; 6. 148-Tim Lance[6]; 7. 4-Jason Suhre[5]; 8. 38-Thomas Hunziker[9]; 9. 248-Brandon Lance[8]

Consolation Race (10 Laps) 1. 17-Todd Rehg[1]; 2. 7-Dan Jacober[2]; 3. 14-Paul Kuper[5]; 4. 148-Tim Lance[3]; 5. 41-Jeremiah Hurst[4]; 6. 38-Thomas Hunziker[9]; 7. 4-Jason Suhre[6]; 8. 1H-Josh Heuiser[8]; 9. 18M-Jimmy Miller[10]; 10. 5-Brian Wolfmeier[11]; 11. 26M-Brent McKinnon[7]; 12. 248-Brandon Lance[12]; 13. 10-Daryn Klein[14]; 14. 14R-Jeff Roth[13]


Highland Speedway
2020 Park St
Highland, IL 

 http://www.highlandspeedway.com

Track Phone
(618) 654-6656

Track Email
 skuhn@highlandspeedway.com

Track Size & Type
1/4 mile