Dan Schlieper passes #55 Jeep Van Wormer near the halfway point of Friday night's
DirtCar Summernationals battle at Tri-City Speedway. The "Wisconsin Wildman" went to win his first win of the
season on the summer tour. (Mike Ruefer)
Dan Schlieper at Tri-City Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
Nationals: Schlieper Slides to Tri-City DIRTcar Summer Nationals
PONTOON BEACH, Ill. -
June 24. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, Wis., proved to be quite the 'Wildman' powering to his first DirtCar
Summer Nationals win, worth $10,000 at Tri-City Speedway Friday night.
Schlieper moved passed
race leader Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., near the midpoint the feature event, and held dirt late model
hall of fame driver Billy Moyer at bay to claim his first Summer Nationals 'Hell Tour' win. The
Billy Moyer races by Iowa's Jason Rauen on his way to
second, where he pursued Schlieper for the final circuits. (Mike Ruefer)
Two-time winner Scott James gave way to #18 Shannon Babb,
who advanced to a third place showing at Tri-City Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
victory serves as
redemption for Schlieper after he was outdueled at home state Cedar Lake Speedway by point leader Scott James of
Lawrenceburg, Ind., during the tour's second night of racing.
Moyer, of Batesville, Ark., would finish in the runner up spot ahead of long-time
teammate Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., while Van Wormer slid to fourth. Whitehouse, Ohio driver Matt Miller would
climb two spots up from his seventh place starting spot to round out the top five.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will return to action Saturday, June 25 at Fairbury
American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Ill.
Mid-field action between #7 Mark Burgtorf, #25 Steve
Lance, Jr., and #99 Frank Heckenast, Jr. (Mike
Brian Birkhofer lost a wheel before the start of the
race and had to tag the rear of the field after pitting for a replacement. (Mike Ruefer)
June 24 - DIRTcar Summer Nationals - Tri-City
1. Dan Schlieper, 2. Billy Moyer,
3. Shannon Babb, 4. Jeep Van Wormer, 5. Matt Miller, 6. Jason Rauen, 7. Terry Phillips, 8. Steve Lance
Jr. 9. Brandon Sheppard, 10. Jason Feger (prov.), 11. Scott James, 12. Ryan Unzicker (prov.), 13. Steve
Casebolt, 14. Frank Heckenast Jr., 15. Dennis Erb Jr. (prov.), 16. Brian Shirley, 17. Will Vaught, 18.
Craig Smith, 19. Brian Birkhofer, 20. Mark Burgtorf, 21. Dewayne Keifer (prov.), 22. Chad
Fast Time:( 52 entries): Schlieper, 15.104 seconds. Heat winners: Schlieper,
Sheppard, Birkhofer, Van Wormer. B-Main winner: Shirley.