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Doug Drown Outduels DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Stars at Attica Raceway Park
ATTICA, Ohio — July 19, 2013 — Doug Drown made his first start of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour season count as he scored the win over title contenders Brandon Sheppard and Bobby Pierce at Attica Raceway Park.
Drown, of Wooster, Ohio, started from the pole position, leading flag-to-flag to claim the victory, but he had to hold off points leader Brandon Sheppard, who started the race from the outside of row one, and Bobby Pierce, who started fifth.
Lapped traffic came into play as the leaders reached the slower end of the field towards the later stages of the race. As Drown approached lap traffic, Sheppard and Pierce closed to the back bumper of the leader. Drown held off the challenges of the Hell Tour championship contenders, navigating the slower traffic and capturing the $5,000 checkered flag.
“I knew when I saw them not to get too excited and start spinning the tires,” said Drown, making his first Hell Tour appearance since 2011. “They’ve been pretty hot here the past month with the Hell Tour. I knew they were just as hungry, especially with their points battle going on, that they were gonna do anything they could to get the extra points and possibly the win.”
Brandon Sheppard was able to pad his points lead over Bobby Pierce after Pierce closed the gap two nights ago. Sheppard now looks to be in control of the championship, 48 points ahead of Pierce, heading into tonight’s finale at Oakshade Raceway.
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Bobby Pierce, Jon Henry and Rusty Schlenk rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Doug Drown, Devin Moran, Jon Henry Brandon Sheppard.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour concludes its final week of action Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park; July 19, 2013
A-Main (40-laps): 1. Doug Drown ($5,000), 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Bobby Pierce, 4. Jon Henry, 5. Rusty Schlenk, 6. Devin Moran, 7. Casey Noonan, 8. Dustin Griffin, 9. Jeff Babcock, 10. Devin Shiels, 11. Cody Scott, 12. Jr Gentry, 13. Ryan Missler, 14. Matt Irey, 15. George Lee, 16. Dusty Moore, 17. Mike Bores, 18. Todd Frank, 19. Steve Kester, 20. Chris Ross, 21. Jeep Van Wormer, 22. Brian Ruhlman.