Shirley, Harrison Win DIRTcar Thrillers Saturday Night at Fairbury

FAIRBURY, IL — Brian Shirley earned his third DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season by holding off Frank Heckenast Jr. to win on Saturday night in Fairbury Speedway’s 30th all-time Summer Nationals event.

Shirley, of Chatham, IL, narrowly edged Heckenast in the 50-lap Feature to pocket $10,000 and extend his lead in the overall championship as he attempts to capture his third Summer Nationals crown.

In the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature, Mike Harrison rolled the top while Nick Hoffman kept pace on the bottom as the two raced side-by-side before Harrison edged ahead just enough to take the checkered flag, his first win on the tour this season.

Six-time Series champion Harrison, of Highland, IL, also became the fourth different winner through four events on this season’s Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals campaign. It was the 528th win of his career dating back to 1995.

Late Model Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [1]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, [4]; 3. 96-Tanner English [6]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce [11]; 5. 18-Shannon Babb [17]; 6. 11-Gordy Gundaker [3]; 7. 10-Scott Schmitt [8]; 8. 77M-Kevin Weaver [10]; 9. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [19]; 10. 89-Mike Spatola [5]; 11. 1W-Donny Walden [15]; 12. 42-McKay Wenger [21]; 13. 25W-Allen Weisser [9]; 14. 22B-Jonathan Brauns [12]; 15. 25-Jason Feger [18]; 16. 24-Ryan Unzicker [20]; 17. 40B-Kyle Bronson [2]; 18. 30-Mike Glasscock [7]; 19. 7R-Kent Robinson [14]; 20. 11H-Jeff Herzog [13]; 21. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [22]; 22. 75-Billy Drake [16]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Shannon Babb [+12]




Modified Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 24H-Mike Harrison [4]; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman [2]; 3. 96M-Mike McKinney [1]; 4. 25W-Allen Weisser [3]; 5. 18-Jeffrey Ledford [5]; 6. 25N-Tyler Nicely [6]; 7. K19-Will Krup [8]; 8. T6-Tommy Sheppard, [20]; 9. 99-Hunt Gossum [19]; 10. 27P-Brody Pompe [22]; 11. 5-Steven Brooks [18]; 12. 7R-Dan Rork [9]; 13. 57-Mark Grosvenor [15]; 14. 77-Ray Bollinger [12]; 15. 5S-Alan Stipp [11]; 16. 1A-Steve Meyer [10]; 17. 18L-Michael Long [7]; 18. 69SR-Jim Farris, Jr. [13]; 19. 22-Wade Wenthe [16]; 20. 21D-Danny Schwartz [14]; 21. 14M-AJ Meiferdt [21]; 22. 35-Jason Hastings [17]; KSE Hard Charger Award: T6-Tommy Sheppard [+12]