UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour
Bobby Pierce has been one of the hottest drivers in Dirt Late Model racing for a few years now. The UMP Summer Nationals could be argued as his coming out party a few seasons ago, where he captured his first of now three championships. Pierce would come into the 2017 Hell Tour looking for wins, checks, trophies and a championship, he would get all of those. The Smooth Operator would grab five Summer Nationals victories and the championship, winning by close to 200 points over the competition.
Billy Moyer, Brandon Sheppard, Billy Moyer, Jr., Shannon Babb, Tyler Erb, Mike Marlar, Jason Feger and Kent Robinson would all capture wins on the week as well.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events this week were dominated by one man, The Rocketman, Josh Richards, who last week took the series points lead away from Scott Bloomquist, entered the week riding a high of momentum and looked to keep that alive.
The LOLMDS week began with a trip to Tri-City Speedway for the NAPA Know How 50 – Presented by Spray Nine. Richards would start the week with a dominating NAPA Know How 50 victory. Tim McCreadie, Don O’Neal, Brian Shirley and Jimmy Owens would fill out the Top 5 finishing positions. Scott Bloomquist’s downhill slide would continue, after starting 20th the Tennesse native would finish there and lose even more ground to Richards win the championship race.
On night two of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series weekend, the series took to Lucas Oil Speedway for the CMH Diamond Nationals. Josh Richards would again return to victory lane, picking up his seventh series win of the year, his first full-time season on the tour. Starting 8th, Josh charged through the field to yet another victory, following him in the Top 5 would be, Don O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Hudson O’Neal and Jesse Stovall. Championship contenders Scott Bloomquist and Tim McCreadie would finish 6th and 12th respectively.
After the weekend, Josh Richards holds a 220 point lead over Bloomquist and a 240 point lead over McCreadie.
World of Outlaw Craftsman Late Models
The World of Outlaw Late Models took to the track for three nights of racing this week. This proved to be one of their best weeks of racing of the season, with three different winners, at three different tracks.
The first of the three events took place at Ogilvie Raceway, where Chris Madden stalked the leader for many laps. coming from his fourth place starting position, before taking the lead on lap 37. Madden held on and took home the win. Brandon Sheppard, who dominated most of the race, held on for a second place finish as he faded as the race went on. Chad Simpson, Rick Eckert, and Shane Clanton rounded out the Top 5. This was Madden’s second straight WoO Late Model win in a row.
On night two of the World of Outlaw week, Brandon Sheppard would return to a familiar place. With his ninth series win of the season, Sheppard continues to stretch his points lead over the competition. Chub Frank, Mike Marlar, Shane Clanton and Tyler Erb rounded out the Top 5 positions on the night. Sheppard continues to put on one of the best shows in Dirt Track Racing this season, bringing home wins, which seems to be on a weekly basis, as the season nears the midpoint.
The third night of the Outlaw week the series took to the River Cities Speedway. Where we saw Sheppard continue his hot season and extend his points lead yet again, BUT didn’t take home the nights’ series victory. Shane Clanton was the guy who took home the check and trophy. Leading a good chunk of the race from his pole position start, Clanton captured his fourth win of the season. Following him in the Top 5 would be Tyler Erb, Brandon Sheppard, Mike Marlar and Eric Wells.
Sheppard holds a 212 point lead over Tyler Erb and a 222 point lead over Chris Madden.
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