DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Beaver Dam Raceway -- Beaver Dam, WI
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Event Info
Beaver Dam Raceway
Wednesday
30
Jun

Winner: Bobby Pierce
2nd: Brandon Sheppard
3rd: Ashton Winger
DIRTcar Summer Nationals
June 30, 2021
Beaver Dam Raceway
N7086 Raceway Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916 

 http://www.wismotorsports.net

Watch on DIRTVision
 https://www.dirtvision.tv/dirtcar-summer-nationals/season:2021/videos/dirtcar-summer-nationals-beaver-dam-raceway

Series
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher style; Chair backs in top 2 rows of section B & C

Stadium Seating
Stadium seating is allowed



Handicapped Seating
concrete area behind top row in Section A & D

Pit Age Limit
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Personal Coolers
No personal Coolers allowed

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Beaver Damn Raceway serves both Beer and Hard Liquor.

Smoking Policy
There is no regulation on smoking in the grandstands but, please be courteous of others around you.

Family Section
No

Parking Cost
$0.00

Camping Availability
onsite

Closest Airport
39 miles: Madison, WI (MSN / KMSN) Dane County Regional Airport

Other Airport
65 miles: Appleton, WI (ATW / KATW) Outagamie County Regional Airport

Race Recap: DUEL IN THE DAIRYLAND: Pierce Capitalizes on Heckenast’s Misfortune to Win at Beaver Dam

Sheppard runner-up in first Summer Nationals appearance of 2021

Keeping pace with the leader, under half the race still to go, Bobby Pierce was unsure if he and his car had enough to make the move for the lead. Until a bit of good fortune bounced his way.

Polesitter Frank Heckenast Jr. had led every lap around Beaver Dam Raceway to that point and appeared to be well on the way to his sixth career DIRTcar Summer Nationals Feature win. But an ill-timed mechanical failure soon reared its ugly head and sent him slowing into Turn 3, giving up the lead to Pierce as he brought out the yellow and took his #99jr pit-side, out of the race.

“I don’t know if I had enough to pass Heckenast,” Pierce said of the situation. “I saw something sparked out of his header right before that happened. I don’t know what happened with it, but it was probably electrical.”

Terry Page Photo

Indeed, it was an electrical issue. Back in the pits, a reported battery malfunction was the culprit, explaining the loud popping noise heard from Heckenast’s car before he slowed to bring out the caution.

Now with the lead, Pierce opened up a small gap after the restart, just enough to relieve the instant pressure from behind, provided by none other than the 2013 Hell Tour champion, Brandon Sheppard.

“It’s a bit nerve-wracking when you’ve got one of the best drivers right behind you,” Pierce, the three-time tour champion from Oakwood, IL, said. “Sometimes, being in that catbird seat is better. I was kinda confused on exactly where to go on the racetrack to get the best line.”

Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL, had been lurking in the top-five throughout the race and was ready to strike when Pierce slipped up. But that moment never came. Pierce held strong in traffic and led the field back to the checkers for his 30th career Summer Nationals Feature win.

Pierce had not been to Victory Lane since the second race on the schedule at Peoria two weeks ago, and was relieved to be back on top, slowly increasing his points lead over Tanner English.

“To get the win… it’s been a while, it feels like, since the first two races. So, it feels great,” Pierce said.

Pierce (32) tried several times to make the pass on the outside of Heckenast (99jr) in the opening laps (Terry Page Photo)

In the end, it was a true heartbreaker for Heckenast, of Frankfort, IL, who ended up 18th in the final running order. The Summer Nationals veteran started off the night perfect, shattering his own track record in Qualifying by almost four-tenths, clocking in at 13.104 around the third-mile oval. A Heat Race win then set him up to redraw the pole for the Feature, where he led the first 23 laps before suffering the bitter fate.

Ashton Winger, of Hampton, GA, posted his second consecutive third-place finish with a solid charge from eighth on the starting grid. Defending Summer Nationals champion Brian Shirley drove the Bob Cullen Racing #3s to a fourth-place finish, while Kentuckian Tanner English rounded out the top-five.

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models are back in action Thursday night, July 1, with their first and only visit to the state of Iowa this season at the quarter-mile configuration of Davenport Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 3. 12-Ashton Winger[8]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 5. 81E-Tanner English[9]; 6. 74-Mitch McGrath[7]; 7. 48-Tim Lance[12]; 8. 10-Paul Parker[14]; 9. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[5]; 10. 25-Jason Feger[10]; 11. 16-Rusty Griffaw[16]; 12. 98-Jason Rauen[11]; 13. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[13]; 14. 14R-Jeff Roth[18]; 15. 14G- Joe Godsey[22]; 16. 97-Cade Dillard[6]; 17. 38-Thomas Hunziker[21]; 18. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 19. 9-Lyle Zanker[15]; 20. 8R-Bill Rezutek[19]; 21. 248-Brandon Lance[17]; 22. (DNS) 148-Tim Lance Jr.

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Race Results: 6/30/21 – Beaver Dam Raceway

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 3. 12-Ashton Winger[8]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 5. 81E-Tanner English[9]; 6. 74-Mitch McGrath[7]; 7. 48-Tim Lance[12]; 8. 10-Paul Parker[14]; 9. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[5]; 10. 25-Jason Feger[10]; 11. 16-Rusty Griffaw[16]; 12. 98-Jason Rauen[11]; 13. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[13]; 14. 14R-Jeff Roth[18]; 15. 14G- Joe Godsey[22]; 16. 97-Cade Dillard[6]; 17. 38-Thomas Hunziker[21]; 18. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 19. 9-Lyle Zanker[15]; 20. 8R-Bill Rezutek[19]; 21. 248-Brandon Lance[17]; 22. (DNS) 148-Tim Lance Jr

Qualifying (2 Laps) 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:13.104[5]; 2. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 00:13.120[11]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:13.153[7]; 4. 25- Jason Feger, 00:13.188[9]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:13.205[15]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard, 00:13.235[6]; 7. 74-Mitch McGrath, 00:13.365[14]; 8. 10-Paul Parker, 00:13.453[2]; 9. 48-Tim Lance, 00:13.483[8]; 10. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 00:13.484[10]; 11. 98-Jason Rauen, 00:13.492[20]; 12. 81E-Tanner English, 00:13.523[19]; 13. 10S-Taylor Scheffler, 00:13.532[13]; 14. 12-Ashton Winger, 00:13.611[21]; 15. 9-Lyle Zanker, 00:13.768[22]; 16. 16-Rusty Griffaw, 00:13.868[3]; 17. 148-Tim Lance Jr, 00:14.008[16]; 18. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 00:14.143[18]; 19. 8R-Bill Rezutek, 00:14.160[12]; 20. 248-Brandon Lance, 00:14.478[17]; 21. (DNS) 14R-Jeff Roth; 22. (DNS) 14G-Joe Godsey

Heat 1 (10 Laps) 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 3. 74-Mitch McGrath[3]; 4. 25-Jason Feger[2]; 5. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[5]; 6. 16-Rusty Griffaw[6]; 7. 8R-Bill Rezutek[7]; 8. (DNS) 14G-Joe Godsey

Heat 2 (10 Laps) 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 2. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[1]; 3. 12-Ashton Winger[5]; 4. 98-Jason Rauen[4]; 5. 10-Paul Parker[3]; 6. 248-Brandon Lance[7]; 7. (DNS) 148-Tim Lance Jr

Heat 3 (10 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 97-Cade Dillard[2]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[4]; 4. 48-Tim Lance[3]; 5. 9-Lyle Zanker[5]; 6. 14R-Jeff Roth[7]; 7. 38-Thomas Hunziker[6]


Beaver Dam Raceway
N7086 Raceway Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916 

 http://www.wismotorsports.net

Track Phone
(920) 887-1600

Track History
Over 60 years old shut down in 1990 reopened in 1993

Track Size & Type
High-banked, 1/3 mile

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