Babcock Wins Finale, Harrison Champion

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Babcock Captures Win in DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Finale at Oakshade Raceway

Harrison clinches his second championship in three seasons

 

WAUSEON, Ohio July 20, 2013 Jeff Babcock rallied from his ninth-place starting position to pass race-long leader Matt Hamilton on Saturday night en route to claiming his first win in the season finale of the 2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour at Oakshade Raceway.

 

For the second time in three years, Mike Harrison, of Highland, Ill., captured the overall season title on the strength of his four victories in the series where a driver’s seven best finishes count toward the championship.

072213 MN ChampGraphic 

 

On Saturday night, Babcock, of Wayne, Ohio, was third in his heat race, resulting in a fifth-row starting position. Second-place starting Matt Hamilton pulled out to an early lead, shooting around the outside of pole-sitter Mark Anderson.

 

Hamilton dominated early and looked to be the car to beat, with Babcock slowly working his way to the front. Babcock stayed glued to the bottom as he made his way around Collin Thirlby, Dona Marcoullier and Steven Brooks before setting his sights on leader Hamilton, who had built a large advantage.

 

Babcock, using a lapped car as a pick, got to the inside of Hamilton with 8 laps left, but Hamilton held off the challenge to his inside. Hamilton cleared Babcock before lapped traffic would come into play again one lap later, and this time it cost Hamilton the lead and eventually the victory.

 

Babcock and Hamilton raced side-by-side for the next five laps as they diced through lapped traffic, with Babcock clearing Hamilton with two laps remaining. A caution waved as the leaders came to the white flag, resulting in the leaders being bunched back up and taking lapped traffic out of the equation. On the ensuing restart Babcock pulled away from Hamilton and secured the $1,000 checkered flag.

 

 

Brian Ruhlman, Collin Thirlby and Steven Brooks rounded out the top five.

 

Heat race winners included Dona Marcoullier, Curt Spalding, Mark Anderson and Matt Hamilton.

 

2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Statistical Report; Oakshade Raceway; Wauseon, Ohio; July 20, 2013

A-Main (30 laps):1. Jeff Babcock (Wayne, OH), 2. Matt Hamilton (Aurora, IN), 3. Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, MI), 4. Collin Thirlby (Traverse City, MI), 5. Steven Brooks (New Lenox, IL), 6. Dona Marcoullier (Houguton Lake, MI), 7. Zachary Schroeder (Findlay, OH), 8. Taylor Cook (Stanley, NC), 9. Josh Scott (Weston, OH), 10. Brent Hole (New Knoxville, OH), 11. Hillard Miller (Defiance, OH), 12. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, OH), 13. Tim Dalman (Portland, MI), 14. Mark Anderson (Lowell, MI), 15. Derrick Noffsinger (Continental, OH), 16. Bill Keeler (Rawson, OH), 17. John Brooks (Wayne, OH), 18. Jason Kinney (Mendon, OH), 19. Dave Sibberson (Swanton, OH), 20. Corey Bevard (Union City, MI), 21. Ryan Ordway (Continental, OH), 22. Curt Spalding (Hartford, MI).

 

2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Results

Day

Date

Track

Location

Winner

Saturday

June 8

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

Devin Gilpin (Non-points)

Wednesday

Ju
ne 12

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, IN

Devin Gilpin (2)

Friday

June 14

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

Nick Allen

Sunday

June 16

Wilmot Raceway

Wilmot, WI

Mitch McGrath

Wednesday

June 19

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

Kenny Wallace

Thursday

June 20

Belle-Clair Speedway

Belleville, IL

Brian Beilong

Friday

June 21

Tri-City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

Michael Long

Saturday

June 22

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

Lance Dehm

Sunday

June 23

I-96 Speedway

Lake Odessa, MI

Dona Marcoullier

Monday

June 24

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

Cancelled (RAIN)

Wednesday

June 26

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

Matt Cooper

Thursday

June 27

Clayhill Motorsports Park

Atwood, TN

Lucas Lee

Friday

June 28

Paducah International Raceway

Paducah, KY

Mike Harrison

Saturday

June 29

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

Pevely, MO

Postponed/Rain

Sunday

June 30

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

Ray Bollinger

         

Tuesday

July 2

Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL

Steven DeLonjay

Wednesday

July 3

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL

David Wietholder

Thursday

July 4

LaSalle Speedway

LaSalle, IL

Donovan Lodge

Friday

July 5

Fayette County Speedway

Brownstown, IL

Brent Mullins

Saturday

July 6

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

Postponed (RAIN)

Sunday

July 7

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

Mike Harrison (2)

Tuesday

July 9

Florence Speedway

Union, KY

Ryan Thomas

Wednesday

July 10

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

Cancelled (RAIN)

Thursday

July 11

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

Mike Harrison (3)

Friday

July 12

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

Jeff Curl

Sunday

July 14

Vermillion County Speedway

Danville, IL

Ryan Thomas (2)

Monday

July 15

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

Mike Harrison (4)

Wednesday

July 17

Brushcreek Motorsports Park

Peebles, OH

Doug Adkins (Non-points)

Thursday

July 18

Off

   

Friday

July 19

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, OH

Kevin Morehouse

Saturday

July 20

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

Jeff Babcock

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