By Jordan Morris
ATTICA, Ohio. — July 18, 2014 — Mason Zeigler, for the second night in-a-row, found himself in DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory lane after dominating flag-to-flag on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park – grabbing his second win in his second career DIRTcar Summer Nationals start.
Zeigler once again started on row one, this time joining Duane Chamberlain, who captured the pole-position. Just like on Thursday night at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex, Zeigler shot around the pole-sitter to capture the lead on the opening lap of the 40-lap feature.
Zeigler proved his first start in DIRTcar Summer Nationals action wasn’t a fluke as he easily controlled the lead by more than a straightaway for much of the race. Zeigler’s only competition came from Devin Moran, who started sixth and is the son of Hall of Fame driver Donnie Moran. Moran took control of second place on lap 15 and quickly cut into the Zeigler’s large lead, but faded in the closing stages as the leader continued his dominant performace.
Zeigler defeated Moran by more than 3.689 seconds, as he was never seriously challenged for the lead. Zeigler’s performance mirrored that of his first career start on Thursday night, as the 21-year-old led every single lap en route to capturing the $5,000 checkered flag for the second night in-a-row at Attica Raceway Park.
“It’s taken us seven years to get to this point,” said Zeigler, who is fresh off his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory at Brushcreek Motorosports Complex on Thursday night. “We’re finally on the right path. I’m just so tickled to death with our whole program right now.”
Shannon Babb used a provisional to start the A-Main after suffering a flat tire in his heat race. The points-leader was forced to start in the 19th position, nine spots behind Ryan Unzicker, who sat 45-points behind Babb for the championship lead. Babb recovered from the poor starting position, finishing in the seventh position, just one spot behind Unzicker. Babb continues to hold a firm grip on a 43-point lead heading into championship night at Oakshade Raceway.
Brian Shirley, Dan Stone and Jason Riggs rounded out the top five.
Heat race winners were Shirley, Stone and Zeigler.
Heading into the final race of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season, the tour joins the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals on championship night at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio on Saturday night.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Attica Raceway Park; Attica, Ohio; July 18, 2014;
A-Main (40-laps): 1. 25Z-Mason Zeigler ($5,000), 2. 99M-Devin Moran, 3. 81-Brian Shirley, 4. 21D-Dan Stone, 5. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 6. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 7. 18-Shannon Babb, 8. 20-Doug Drown, 9. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 10. 20C-Duane Chamberlain, 11. 11-Rusty Schlenk, 12. 96-Tanner English, 13. 1B-Jeff Babcock, 14. 29-Rocky Owens, 15. 21K-Larry Kingseed, 16. 25L-Steve Lance Jr, 17. 32J-Jason Jaggers, 18. 5M-Ryan Markham, 19. 51S-Devin Shiels, 20. 55-Jeep Van Wormer, 21. 50Y-Ryan Missler, 22. 77K-Steve Kester.
2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule
Date Day Track Location Win
June 11 Wed Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind. RAIN
June 12 Thur Kankakee Co. Speedway Kankakee, Ill. Billy Moyer
June 13 Fri Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. Rick Eckert
June 14 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. RAIN
June 15 Sun Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, Wis. Rick Eckert(2)
June 16 Mon Off
June 17 Tue Farley Speedway Farley, Iowa Shannon Babb
June 18 Wed Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill. Jason Feger
June 19 Thur Quincy Raceways Quincy, Ill. RAIN
June 20 Fri Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill. Billy Moyer(2)
June 21 Sat Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, Ill. RAIN
June 22 Sun I-96 Speedway Ionia, Mich. Brian Shirley
June 23 Mon Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill. Brandon Sheppard
June 24 Tue Off
June 25 Wed Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, Tenn. Shannon Babb(2)
June 26 Thur Clayhill Motorsports Atwood, Tenn. Brian Shirley (2)
June 27 Fri Paducah Int. Raceway Paducah, Ky. RAIN
June 28 Sat Federated Auto Parts Raceway Pevely, Mo. Brian Birkhofer
June 29 Sun Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill. Brady Smith
June 30 Mon Off
July 1 Tue Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill. Bobby Pierce
July 2 Wed Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, Ill. Jason Feger(2)
July 3 Thur LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill. Brian Birkhofer(2)
July 4 Fri Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, Ill. Brandon Sheppard(2)
July 5 Sat Highland Speedway Highland, Ill. Tyler Reddick
July 6 Sun Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, Ind. Billy Moyer(3)
July 7 Mon Off
July 8 Tue Florence Speedway Union, Ky. Jason Jameson
July 9 Wed Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, Ind. Billy Moyer(4)
July 10 Thur Macon Speedway Macon, Ill. Shannon Babb(3)
July 11 Fri Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill. Billy Moyer(5)
July 12 Sat 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa Billy Moyer (6)
July 13 Sun Vermilion Co. Speedway Danville, Ill. Shannon Babb(4)
July 14 Mon Off
July 15 Tue TBA
July 16 Wed Atomic Speedway Chillicothe, Ohio Brian Shirley(3)
July 17 Thur Brushcreek Motorsports Complex Peebles, Ohio Mason Zeigler
July 18 Fri Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio Mason Zeigler
July 19 Sat Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio $10,000
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), Velocita (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing.