Babb Ties All-Time Mark at Vermilion

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Babb Ties All-Time Win Record with Sixth DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Victory at Vermilion County Speedway

 

DANVILLE, Ill. July 14, 2013 Shannon Babb scored his sixth victory of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” on Sunday night in a thriller at Vermilion County Speedway to tie Billy Moyer’s record of 82 all-time wins.

 

Babb, of Moweaqua, Ill., might be a long shot to capture his fourth Summer Nationals title as the series is in its final week, but that won’t keep him from fighting for victories. Babb captured the pole-position over Frank Heckenast Jr., who pulled out to the early lead. The outside groove was the fast groove early on as the outside starting Heckenast shot around Babb, pulling fourth-place-starting Mike Spatola with him.

 

Babb was finally able to move his car to the faster groove and gain back ground on the leaders as red-hot Bobby Pierce joined the four-way battle for the lead. Babb muscled his way around second-place running Spatola on lap 11, setting his sights on leader Heckenast as the leaders approached lapped traffic. On lap 19 two cars racing side-by-side trying to stay on the lead lap slowed down the leaders enough to bunch the top four in the outside lane. Babb captured the lead on lap 22 and led for six laps before Spatola and Pierce went by. Babb recaptured the lead for good on lap 31.

 

Babb and Pierce then distanced themselves from Spatola and Heckenast. Pierce gave Babb a run for his money, challenging him on the inside line, but came up just short as Babb claimed the $5,000 checkered flag and the 82nd victory of his DIRTcar Summer Nationals career.

 

“That’s what keeps me going,” said Babb, who officially sits 89 markers behind Brandon Sheppard in the championship standings. “When I have a racetrack like that right there, I stand up in my seat and like to work my race car and go at it again. That was a blast. … I think the fans enjoyed that right there.”

 

Mike Spatola, Brandon Sheppard and Frank Heckenast Jr. rounded out the top five.

 

Heat race winners included Shannon Babb, Frank Heckast Jr. and Brandon Sheppard.

 

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues in its final week of action on Monday night at Peoria Speedway located in Peoria, Ill. Shannon Babb will be attempting to break the all-time win record at Peoria, where last won on the Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” in 2011.

 

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Vermilion County Speedway; Danville, Ill.: July 14, 2013

A-Main (40-laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. Bobby Pierce, 3. Mike Spatola, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Frank Heckenast Jr, 6. Brian Shirley, 7. Kent Robinson, 8. Kevin Weaver, 9. Jason Jaggers, 10. Tanner English, 11. Dustin Griffin, 12. Scott Schmitt, 13. Brian Divley, 14. Scott Bull, 15. Jason McBride, 16. Tim Lance, 17. Steve Thorsten, 18. Todd Frank, 19. Aaron Ricketts, 20. Kyle Madison, 21. MCKay Wenger, 22. Randy Korte.

 

2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Schedule

Day

Date

Track

Location

Winner

Wed.

June 12

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, IN

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Thurs.

June 13

Off

   

Fri.

June 14

Cedar Lake Speedway

New Richmond, WI

Brian Birkhofer

Sat.

June 15

Cedar Lake Speedway

New Richmond, WI

Canceled/Rain

         

Sun.

June 16

Wilmot Speedway

Wilmot, WI

Kevin Weaver

Mon.

June 17

Off

   

Tues.

June 18

Off

   

Wed.

June 19

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

Brandon Sheppard

Thurs.

June 20

Belle Clair Speedway

Belleville, IL

Brandon Sheppard (2)

Fri.

June 21

Tri-City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

Chris Simpson

Sat.

June 22

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

Ryan Unzicker

         

Sun.

June 23

I-96 Speedway

Lake Odessa, MI

Shannon Babb

Mon.

June 24

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

PPD/Rain July 15

Tues.

June 25

Off

   

Wed.

June 26

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

Brandon Sheppard (3)

Thurs.

June 27

Clayhill Motorsports Park

Atwood, TN

Brandon Sheppard (4)

Fri.

June 28

Paducah International Raceway

Paducah, KY

Billy Moyer

Sat.

June 29

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

Pevely, MO

Postponed/Rain

         

Sun.

June 30

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

Bobby Pierce

Mon.

July 1

Off

   

Tues.

July 2

Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL

Shannon Babb (2)

Wed.

July 3

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL

Shannon Babb (3)

Thurs.

July 4

LaSalle Speedway

LaSalle, IL

Bobby Pierce (2)

Fri.

July 5

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

Ryan Unzicker (2)

Sat.

July 6

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

PPD/Rain Aug. 25

         

Sun.

July 7

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

Shannon Babb (4)

Mon.

July 8

Off

   

Tues.

July 9

Florence Speedway

Union, KY

Scott Bloomquist

Wed.

July 10

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

Canceled/Rain

Thurs.

July 11

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

Shannon Babb (5)

Fri.

July 12

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

Bobby Pierce (3)

Sat.

July 13

34 Raceway

Burlington, IA

Bobby Pierce (4)

         

Sun.

July 14

Vermilion County Speedway

Danville, IL

Shannon Babb (6)

Mon.

July 15

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

 

Tues.

July 16

Off

   

Wed.

July 17

Brushcreek Motorsports Park

Peebles, OH

 

Thurs.

July 18

Off

   

Fri.

July 19

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, OH

 

Sat.

July 20

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

 

 

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electonics (Official Communication), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Sponsors: Beyea Headers, Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Chevy Performance Parts, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Lubricants, MSD Performance, Petroff Towing, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), and Wrisco Aluminum.