LAKE ODESSA, Mich. – June 26, 2011 – Shannon Babb was in the right place at the right time Sunday night during the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour stop at I-96 Speedway.
Babb, a two-time Summer Nationals champion, raced to the lead on lap 37, when leader Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. bounced off the back stretch wall and held of Pinconning, Mich., driver Jeep VanWormer over the final three circuits to claim the $5,000 winner’s prize. The victory is the Moweaqua, Ill., natives first on the 2011 Hell Tour, and makes him the new Summer Nationals point leader after six events.
VanWormer, who climbed from a seventh place starting spot, would chase Babb to the line where he’d settle for second. Defending Summer Nationals Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., would come home third ahead of Pierce chassis stable mate Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill. Jack Sullivan of Greenbriar, Ark., would round finish fifth, his best finish thus far in 2011 Summer Nationals competition.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will return to action Tuesday, June 28 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; I-96 Speedway; Lake Odessa, Mich.; June 26, 2011
A-Main (40-Laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. Jason Feger, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Jack Sullivan, 6. Dennis Erb Jr., 7. Scott James, 8. Billy Moyer Jr., 9. Dillan White, 10. Zack Olger, 11. Ryan Unzicker, 12. Curtis Roberts, 13. Brian Ruhlman, 14. Alan Vochaska, 15. Dona Marcoullier, 16. Donny Walden 17. Brandon Thirlby, 18. Eric Spangler, 19. Brian Shirley, 20. Frank Heckenast Jr., 21. Tom Sprague Jr., 22. Rusty Schlenk.Fast qualifier (among 46 cars): Olger, 16.255 seconds. Heat race winners: Olger, Shirley, Babb, White. B-Main winner: Ruhlman. Provisional starters: James, Schlenk, Spangler, Walden. C-Main winners: Walden, Dave Hartman.
2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” Schedule
|June 15||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, Ind.||PPD/July 12|
|June 16||Kankakee County Speedway||Kankakee, Ill.||Mike Spatola (37)|
|June 17||Cedar Lake Speedway||Cedar Lake, Wis.||Scott James (29)|
|June 18||Cedar Lake Speedway||Cedar Lake, Wis.||Canceled Rain|
|June 20||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, Ill.||PPD/July 13|
|June 21||Spoon River Speedway||Canton, Ill.||PPD/July 14|
|June 22||Highland Speedway||Highland, Ill.||Scott James (50)|
|June 23||Fayette County Speedway||Brownstown, Ill.||Jason Feger (48)|
|June 24||Tri-City Speedway||Pontoon Beach, Ill.||Dan Schlieper (52)|
|June 25||Fairbury American Legion Speedway||Fairbury, Ill.||PPD/July 23|
|June 26||I-96 Speedway||Lake Odessa, Mich.||Shannon Babb(46)|
|June 28||Lincoln Park Speedway||Putnamville, Ind.|
|June 29||Belle Clair Speedway||Belleville, Ill.|
|June 30||Clay Hill Motorsports Park||Atwood, Tenn.|
|July 1||Paducah International Raceway||Paducah, Ky.|
|July 2||I-55 Raceway||Pevely, Mo.|
|July 3||Lincoln Speedway||Lincoln, Ill.|
|July 4||34 Raceway||Burlington, Iowa|
|July 6||Peoria Speedway||Peoria, Ill.|
|July 7||Macon Speedway||Macon, Ill.|
|July 8||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City, Ill.|
|July 9||Clarksville Speedway||Clarksville, Tenn.|
|July 10||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, Ind.|
|July 12||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, Ind.|
|July 13||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, Ill.|
|July 14||Spoon River Speedway||Canton, Ill.|
|July 15||Attica Raceway Park||Attica, Ohio|
|July 16||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, Ohio|
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