Pierce's 3rd title cements dominance on UMP tour

WAUSEON, Ohio (July 15) — When someone suggested to Bobby Pierce on Saturday afternoon at Oakshade Raceway that his third consecutive UMP DIRTcar Summernationals championship qualifies him for a certain nickname, he happily accepted the notion. | Complete Summernationals coverage

“Yeah,” Pierce said with a smile, “I guess you could call me Mr. Summernationals.”

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Summernationals By the Numbers

A by-the-numbers review of the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals from June 14’s opener at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway to the July 15 finale at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio (complete Summernationals coverage):

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Kent Robinson wins at Oakshade Raceway

By Kevin Kovac

DirtonDirt.com senior writer

WAUSEON, Ohio (July 15) — Kent Robinson thought his hopes for victory in Saturday night’s UMP DIRTcar Summernationals-sanctioned Birthday Race at Oakshade Raceway were effectively over as soon as he drew the sixth starting spot for the 60-lap feature.

With passing expected to be at a premium because the 3/8-mile oval’s track surface had already taken rubber, Robinson looked at an outside third row position as being virtually impossible to overcome.

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Pierce outduels Schlenk, grabs Oakshade opener

By Kevin Kovac

DirtonDirt.com senior writer

WAUSEON, Ohio (July 14) — Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., already had his third consecutive UMP DIRTcar Summernationals championship clinched before taking the green flag in Friday night’s 40-lap feature at Oakshade Raceway. He celebrated by adding another victory to his ledger.

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Merritt gives Moyer Jr. Michigan Hell Tour sweep

By Kevin Kovac

DirtonDirt.com senior writer

LAKE CITY, Mich. (July 13) — Suddenly, Billy Moyer Jr. doesn’t want to see the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals end.

After completing a sweep of the Hell Tour’s swing through Michigan with a flag-to-flag victory in Thursday night’s 40-lap feature at Merritt Speedway, Moyer was riding high with the grueling month-long series nearing its conclusion.

“Man,” a beaming Moyer said following his second consecutive $5,000 triumph, “I feel like we’re just getting rolling.”

Moyer, 29, of Batesville, Ark., duplicated his score in Tuesday night’s Summernationals stop at Hartford (Mich.) Speedway, racing off the pole position again to lead the entire distance. He also faced a stiff late-race challenge for the second consecutive start — this time from Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Mich., who caught Moyer with five laps remaining but fell 0.374 of a second short of denying Moyer back-to-back Hell Tour checkered flags.

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