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Brian Birkhofer VL at 34 Raceway Summer Nationals

Still hard to beat in the upper midwest, Brian Birkhofer dominated Monday's Summer Nationals event at 34 Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)

DirtCar Summer Nationals: Birkhofer Dominant at 34 Raceway

Kellen Burns

BURLINGTON, Iowa - July 4. Brian Birkhofer left no doubt who was the strongest in the field on Monday night during the DirtCar Summer Nationals event at 34 Raceway. The Muscatine native led every lap from the pole, building large leads at times to claim his first Summer Nationals triumph of 2011, worth $5,000. 

Jack Sullivan and Dennis Erb Jr at 34 Raceway

Jack Sullivan and #28 Dennis Erb duel for second place at 34 Raceway. before finishing second and third. After a lot of inconsistency during the first half of the season, GRT flagship driver Sullivan seems to have found his niche' with the tour over the last handful of events. A still struggling Jason Feger (25) claimed fifth at 34 Raceway. (Mike Ruefer) 

Jeep Van Wormer and Brian Shirley at 34 Raceway

Jeep Van Wormer leads #3 Brian Shirley before nailing down the fourth place finish at 34 Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)

Jack Sullivan scored his second straight top three finish, coming home second after 40 laps.  Former 'Hell Tour' Champion Dennis Erb, Jr. finished third after starting seventh.  Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., chased Erb to the front from his eighth starting spot to finish fourth.  Defending Summer Nationals champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., rounded out the top five.

Chris Simpson - Jason Feger at 34 Raceway

Jason Feger tracks Chris Simpson from the top side before advancing to fifth in Summer Nationals action at 34 Raceway. Simpson dropped to seventh behind Feger and brother Chad. (Mike Ruefer) 

Current 'Hell Tour' point leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., finished 12th in the main event to retain his point lead over Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind. James finished ninth.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will take Tuesday off and return to action Wednesday, July 6 at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway.

Wes Steidinger and Donny Walden at 34 Raceway

Wes Steidinger and #1 Donny Walden race for position deep in the field at 34 Raceway.(Mike Ruefer)

July 4 - DIRTcar Summer Nationals - 34 Raceway
1. Brian Birkhofer, 2. Jack Sullivan, 3. Dennis Erb, Jr., 4. Jeep Van Wormer, 5. Jason Feger, 6. Chad Simpson, 7. Chris Simpson, 8. Brian Shirley, 9. Scott James, 10. Matt Miller, 11. Dillan White, 12. Shannon Babb, 13. Wes Steidinger, 14. Bobby Pierce, 15. Denny Woodworth (prov.), 16. Donny Walden, 17. Brandon Sheppard, 18. Jerry Lierly (prov.), 19. Kent Robinson, (prov.) 20. Mark Burgtorf, 21. Tom Bowling Jr. (prov.), 22. Scott Schmitt (prov.), 23. Ryan Unzicker.
Fast qualifiers (26 entries): Birkhofer Unzicker, Walden. Heat winners: Birkhofer, Chris Simpson, Sullivan.

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