- June 29 - Belle Clair Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Michael Kloos at Belle Clair Speedway Summer Nationals

Michael Kloos races toward his first Summer Nationals win at a familiar Belle Clair Speedway. (Drew England)

DirtCar Summer Nationals: Kloos Claims First SN Win at Belle Clair

Kellen Burns

BELLEVILLE, Ill. - June 29. Michael Kloos of Trenton, Ill., became the third different first-time winner on the Dirtcar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour"  Wednesday at Belle Clair Speedway.

Kloos, a weekly DIRTcar Late Model warrior around the St. Louis area, started second and powered around Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, Ark., on the lesser

Michael Kloos VL at Belle Clair Speedway Summer Nationals

Michael Kloos snared one of the biggest wins of his career with a $5,000 pay day at Belle Clair Speedway. (Drew England)

Billy Moyer Jr at Belle Clair Speedway

Billy Moyer, Jr. led through the halfway point of theBelle Clair event before dropping back to third.(Drew England)

 used top groove near the midpoint of the 40-lap main event to take over the lead. Kloos held off a charge from second place finisher Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., late in the race to claim his first Hell Tour victory worth $5,000. Moyer crossed the line third ahead of St. Charles, Mo., driver Mike Hammerle. Mark Voight of Marine, Ill., was fifth.

Ryan Unzicker and Randy Korte at Belle Clair Speedway

After racing past #00 Randy Korte, Ryan Unzicker put in his best Summer Nationals showing to date in 2011 to post second at Belle Clair.(Drew England) 

Summer Nationals championship points leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., struggled throughout the event, finishing 14th in the feature after using a provisional to make the field. Scott James of Martinsville, Ind., who sits second in points finished one spot ahead of Babb after also using a provisional. Defending Summer Nationals Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., finished tenth.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action Thursday, June 30, at Clay Hill Motorsports Park in Atwood, Tenn.

June 29 - DIRTcar Summer Nationals - Belle Clair Speedway
1. Michael Kloos, 2. Ryan Unzicker, 3. Billy Moyer Jr., 4. Mike Hammerle, 5. Mark Voigt, 6. Randy Korte, 7. Kevin Weaver, 8. Brian Shirley, 9. Kevin Cole, 10. Jason Feger, 11. Brandon Sheppard, 12. Donny Walden, 13. Scott James (prov.), 14. Shannon Babb (prov.), 15. Dennis Erb Jr., 16. Jim Gibson, 17. Mike Schulte (prov.), 18. Leon Henderson, 19. Jack Sullivan, 20. Dewayne Kiefer, 21. Rodney Standerfield, 22. Dillan White (prov.)
Fast qualifiers (32 entries): Unzicker, Moyer Jr., Kloos, Voigt. Heat winners: Moyer, Unzicker, Kloos, Feger. B-Main winner: Erb.

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