Pierce Captures Fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Victory in 2013 at 34
BURLINGTON, IA— July 13, 2013 — The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour made its only
stop in Iowa Saturday night, July 13 at 34 Raceway. $10,000 was up for grabs for the
26 cars competing in the series. Sixteen year old Bobby Pierce took the checkered
flag ahead of Brian Birkhofer.
Bobby Pierce claimed his second win in as many nights and his fourth win of the
2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” season Saturday night as he lead the
final 15 laps and held off Brian Birkhofer at 34 Raceway in a thriller.
Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., would have to pass fewer cars to capture this victory
compared to the victory Friday night. Pierce started on the outside of row two, just
behind the front row of points-leader Brandon Sheppard and Birkhofer, who grabbed
the lead from Sheppard as the two drivers battled side-by-side for much of the early
going. With Birkhofer and Sheppard putting on a show for the fans, the youngster
Pierce was marching his way to the front.
Pierce, in the same fashion as his three previous wins, stayed glued to the bottom
for the duration of the event as he picked up ground on the leaders. Pierce first
caught and passed second place Sheppard on lap 25 and then leader Birkhofer one lap
later. The 16-year-old easily maneuvered through lapped traffic and extended his
lead over the final 15 laps, claiming another $10,000 checkered flag.
“I think once you get rolling along, you get too hard to beat,” said Pierce, who is
now second in the point standings. “My dad chose the right tires. We were kinda
debating on that the whole night, but we picked the right ones.”
Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson and Tanner English rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners included Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson and Brian Birkhofer.