Birkhofer Wins USA Nationals Xtreme DirtCar Race NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. (Aug. 8, 2004) -- Brian Birkhofer won a frenetic skirmish near the end and captured victory in the USA Nationals race for the Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series at Cedar Lake ...
Birkhofer Wins USA Nationals Xtreme DirtCar Race
NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. (Aug. 8, 2004) -- Brian Birkhofer won a frenetic skirmish near the end and captured victory in the USA Nationals race for the Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series at Cedar Lake Speedway.
It was the first Xtreme victory of the season for Birkhofer and he picked a good time to win: The victory was worth $40,000 and will be broadcast on national television by cable network SPEEDChannel on Sept. 4.
Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the Xtreme organization. Goodyear supplied the X-300 tread compound for the two-day event at Cedar Lake.
"Man, we were racing the heck out of this race track," Birkhofer said. "You really have to hand it to these Goodyear tires."
Donnie Moran finished second after challenging Birkhofer for the lead several times over the last 20 laps around the high-banked, 3/8-mile clay oval. Earl Pearson Jr. was third, followed by Jimmy Mars and Kyle Berck.
The event attracted 55 cars and teams from 13 states and a Canadian province. Many of the local competitors were attracted by Goodyear's Driver Assurance program, which offered free tires and wheels for the duration of the weekend.
"The Goodyear Driver Assurance Program helped the regional racers compete in this event in a cost-effective manner," said Justin Fantozzi, Goodyear's sales and marketing manager for late model dirt, "It also introduced our line of racing tires to the racers here at Cedar Lake Speedway."
Mars started on the outside of the front row and led the first half of the race. Birkhofer started on the inside of the second row, but had to shuffle his way through traffic to catch up to Mars. Birkhofer made the pass for the lead with 25 laps remaining and had to survive a late-race caution flag and restart to win the race.
Friday's program of time trials and heat races was completed under mostly clear skies, but Saturday's portion of the program was delayed more than two hours by light rain showers.
"Our X-300 tread compound performed very well under a variety of conditions," Fantozzi said. "We had two nights of terrific racing and the competitors were happy with the performance of their tires."
Moran posted the fastest lap during time trials, averaging 98.18 mph.