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Eckert Claims Night 1 of the 2014 Masters

06/16/2014, 2:00pm CDT
By CLS

SOMERSET, Wis. June 13, 2014 Rick Eckert claimed his first victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour, and his first at Cedar Lake Speedway since 2002, after completing a daring pass with two laps to go on 17-year-old Bobby Pierce to claim the $5,000 checkered flag.  Full results are below.

~~Defending Summer Nationals champ Brandon Sheppard started the race from the pole and jumped out to an early lead over Rodney Sanders and Billy Moyer. Sheppard controlled the lead for the first half of the race before surrendering it to Bobby Pierce, who managed to make his way to the front after starting fifth. The two young stars dominated much of the race, with 48-year-old Rick Eckert giving chase. Eckert made his way to Pierce’s back bumper with less than 10 laps remaining, but Pierce’s high-line kept Eckert from completing the pass. Finally with two laps to go, Eckert slung his car into the corner, sliding up in front of Pierce to secure the lead en route to claiming his first win since jumping into the Rocket Chassis house car nearly two months ago.

“Racing them two kids, they’re going to win a lot of races, no doubt about it,” said Eckert, of York, Pa. “So it’s nice to steal one from them now while I still can.”

Rodney Sanders, Brian Birkhofer and Billy Moyer rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Brandon Sheppard, Billy Moyer, Rick Eckert and Rodney Sanders.

Feature
1 4 1E Rick Eckert York, PA 40
2 5 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 40
3 2 20 Rodney Sanders Happy, TX 40
4 8 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA 40
5 3 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR 40
6 1 b5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 40
7 11 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI 40
8 16 2s Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI 40
9 12 77x Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 40
10 15 21jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 40
11 17 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 40
12 14 96 Tanner English Benton, KY 40
13 13 7k Jason Krohn Slayton, MN 40
14 7 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 40
15 18 33x Adam Hensel Baldwin, WI 40
16 6 98 Jason Rauen Dubuque, IA 40
17 20 10s Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 40
18 21 90 Lance Matthees Winona, MN 40
19 19 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 28
20 22 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 22
21 9 58 A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI 21
22 10 11 Pat Doar New Richmond, WI 15

B-Main
1 33x Adam Hensel Baldwin, WI
2 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA
3 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
4 1M Jim Moon Indianapolis, IN
5 10s Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL
6 81jr Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL
7 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
8 90 Lance Matthees Winona, MN
9 28p Jeff Provinzino Hibbing, MN
10 2 Mike Nutzman New Richmond, WI
11 1cj Gary Christian Broken Bow, OK
12 6 Nick Herrick West Concord, MN
13 15e Caley Emerson Wyoming, MN
14 21x Joel Collins Princeton, MN
15 65 Lucas Peterson Grand Meadow, MN
16 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL

Heat Results
Heat #1
1 1 b5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL
2 2 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
3 3 58 A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI
4 4 7k Jason Krohn Slayton, MN
5 7 33x Adam Hensel Baldwin, WI
6 6 28p Jeff Provinzino Hibbing, MN
7 8 6 Nick Herrick West Concord, MN
8 5 90 Lance Matthees Winona, MN

Heat #2
1 1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
2 3 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
3 7 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
4 2 21jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
5 5 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA
6 4 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
7 6 10s Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL
8 8 2 Mike Nutzman New Richmond, WI

Heat #3
1 2 1E Rick Eckert York, PA
2 1 98 Jason Rauen Dubuque, IA
3 3 11 Pat Doar New Richmond, WI
4 5 96 Tanner English Benton, KY
5 4 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
6 7 1M Jim Moon Indianapolis, IN
7 8 65 Lucas Peterson Grand Meadow, MN
8 6 81jr Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL

Heat #4
1 3 20 Rodney Sanders Happy, TX
2 1 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
3 4 77x Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY
4 2 2s Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
5 6 1cj Gary Christian Broken Bow, OK
6 5 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
7 7 15e Caley Emerson Wyoming, MN
8 8 21x Joel Collins Princeton, MN

Tag(s): 2014 Race Results