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The rain-plagued DIRTcar Summer Nationals wrapped up on Saturday. Bobby finished second in the 18-race tour. He picked up two wins, with 13 top fives, and 16 top tens. "Congrats to Brian Shirley on a well deserved Summer Nationals championship," Bobby said. "Glad for it to be over. Now we can go home and regroup."

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thunderbird jul10Rallying from deep in the field, Bobby kept his title hopes alive with a runner-up finish Wednesday night at Thunderbird (MI) Raceway. He suffered a flat tire while leading his heat race which resulted in a 24th place starting position in the 40-lap feature. It took him only 13 laps to reach the top five. After a lap 26 restart, he came within inches of taking the lead. “It was a lot of fun getting through there, having to dodge everybody going through the pack,” Bobby said. “I knew we had to get to the front to keep our championship chase alive, because if we finished 10th or something, that would’ve be really bad. And it was really rough, so it was making cars go from the bottom to the top and top to the bottom. Guys were all over the place. Luckily I got through there and was fast enough to get to second and even challenge Brian for the win. I think I just about led a lap, but all in all, it was a good night considering what happened in the heat race. That’s what you’ve got to do to win these championships — you’ve got to salvage a bad night, and we did. So on a night like this, with how it went, to get second to Brian, I’ll take that.” Earlier in the night, he set a new track record in qualifying. He leads the tour points by eight with three races remaining. -- Jim DenHamer Photo

sycamore10000jul8Leading all 50 laps, Bobby picked up his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals win Monday night at Sycamore (IL) Speedway. "I was searching hard for traction," Bobby said. "We went with what we did and I guess it paid off because I got the lead there. Halfway through though, and from there, I was just really struggling. I could not get any bite. The only bite I had was when I was actually kind of banging off the wall and let the car absorb some of the hit and take off again and just use that very little bit of cushion up there. That was probably the slickest racetrack I’ve ever been on. It was a pretty tricky day. I think a lot of these tracks coming up will be pretty slick like that. Hopefully we can just fine-tune on this setup a little bit more." In addition to the $10,000 payday, Bobby also collected the $2,000 weekly bonus. He now leads the tour points by 13 with four races left. -- Terry Page Photo

fayetteco7500jul6After five second place finishes, Bobby finally broke through Saturday night at Fayette County (IL) Speedway as he dominated the 50-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature. Starting outside of the front row, he led all but the opening lap as he built up a lead of over four and a half seconds at one point. “It was an emotional victory,” Bobby said. “It’s a long time coming. This Summer Nationals series is tough right now, especially when you’ve got guys like (Mike) Marlar dropping in tonight. That’s exactly how it needs to go every night. We need to qualify good, win our heat race and get a good draw so we can start up front and run our own race.” With the win, Bobby has moved into the Summer Nationals points lead with six races remaining. -- Jimmy Dearing Photo

farmercity jul5In a similar scenario as Thursday night, Bobby was oh so close to victory again Friday night at Farmer City (IL) Raceway. Running right with the leader (Babb) lap-after-lap on the top early, Bobby threw everything he had at him as he tried the bottom and middle grooves hoping to have enough to get by but the high side had too much momentum. The first caution of the race on lap 37 ended Bobby's charge and he would eventually lose second late to come home third. “It was a fun race,” Bobby said. “Just wish that caution wouldn’t have came out. I had Babb set up. But that’s the way it goes. … I wish I could have got around Babb. Not that he was slow, because he was really fast. I felt like we were just a tick better. When you get behind cars and you’ve got that dirty air, it’s hard let alone stay with them, but to pass them is super tough. That one time I had him set up an that caution came out. Eventually we’ll get some luck on our side.” -- Jimmy Dearing Photo

macon jul4For the fifth time in the first ten DIRTcar Summer Nationals races, Bobby finished second Thursday night at Macon (IL) Speedway. It was not without controversy, however. Bobby took the checkered flag after the 100-lap race and appeared to finally grab his first tour win of the season, but it was determined that due to a caution for a stalled car on the backstretch, one lap would be put back on the scoreboard. As a result, Bobby lost the lead coming out of turn four coming to the second checkered flag of the race. “It’s one of them bad timing deals, I guess,” Bobby said. “When it’s not your time to win, it’s not your time to win. It just goes with anything. I didn’t hear them say caution, so I was about damn near crossing the checkered flag. I had my hand out the window and by then I think my adrenaline had picked up. I don’t think it had really calmed down before we took the green flag again. I was pretty heated that we didn’t have a called race. But I also couldn’t get the thing into low gear, so I was hitting it and hitting it. Just things like that that make you not really as calm. I kind of went in turn one on that green flag with one to go and kind of went in there too calm. The car pushed a little bit because I didn’t charge the corner. I was being a little cautious. So it made a shove and by the time I got a little bit free, these Pierce cars don’t turn as far right as the Rocket cars do, and I needed just that little bit more.”

After further review, DIRTcar officials determined that an error had been made and Bobby was awarded the $5,000 winner's pay, but was not given the win or points. -- Jimmy Dearing Photo

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