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Brian Shirley - Curtis Roberts - Charleston Speedway Hell Tour

(Above) Brian Shirley gets the better of outside polesitter Curtis Roberts before leading all 40 laps of the Charleston (Ill.) Speedway Summernationals event on Wednesday. (Jim Denhamer)



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Kevin Weaver - Charleston Late Models

Illinois veteran Kevin Weaver turned up at Charleston for a seventh place finish. (Jim Denhamer) 

Speedway Win

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CHARLESTON, Ill. - June 30. Brian Shirley had things under control Wednesday night at Charleston Speedway during the DIRTcar Summer Nationals 15th stop.

The Chatham, Ill., driver used his front row starting spot to lead all 40 laps of the A-Main.  Shirley survived a challenge from outside polesitter Curtis Roberts of Coleman, Mich., early, and later from Clarksville Summer Nationals winner Jack Sullivan of Greenbriar, Ark., to claim his first Hell Tour win in over a year, worth $5,000.

Sullivan hung on to finish second as Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., finished third.  2009 DIRTcar Late Model National Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., came across the line fourth, rebounding from his worst series performance the night before, while previous night winner Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., rounded out the top five.

Jeep Van Wormer - Dennis Erb - Summer Nationals

A pair of 2010 Hell Tour Victory Lane alums, Jeep Van Wormer and #28 Dennis Erb, Jr., finished fifth and sixth at Charleston. (Jim Denhamer) 


Brian Shirley - Charleston Speedway VL - Summernationals

Brian Shirley with his second 2010 Summer Nationals trophy at Charleston Speedway. (Jim Denhamer) 

Summer Nationals - Charleston Speedway - June 30
(1) Brian Shirley, (2) Jack Sullivan, (3) Ryan Unzicker, (4) Jason Feger, (5) Jeep Van Wormer, (6) Dennis Erb Jr., (7) Kevin Weaver, (8) Rodney Melvin, (9) Mark Voigt, (10) Billy Moyer Jr., (11) Donny Walden, (12) Brandon Sheppard, (13) Richie Hedrick (prov.), (14) Jason McBride, (15) Jim Moon, (16) Brandon Thirlby (prov.), (17) Shannon Babb, (18) Scott Schmitt (19) Curtis Roberts, (20) Chris Dick, (21) Frank Heckenast Jr. (prov.)

Fast Time (27 entries): Jeep Van Wormer (13.77 secs.); Heat winners: Sullivan, Shirley, Roberts

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