Seven Heaven for Babb

Babb Runs Win Streak to Four at Spoon River Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Event

CANTON, Ill. – July 14, 2011 – Shannon Babb obviously didn’t think three consecutive DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour wins was enough, capturing Thursday night’s event at Spoon River Speedway.

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Babb started the race on the pole, but Steve Lance Jr., of Peoria, Ill., jumped to the early lead using the preferred low groove of the Illinois oval.  Babb stalked Lance over the course of the events first five laps before moving under Lance, who slid out of the racing line on lap six to take command.  Babb rolled on to victory leading the rest of the way to claim the $5,000 top prize, his fourth consecutive and seventh overall victory of the 2011 ‘Hell Tour’.  Pinconning, Mich., driver Jeep Van Wormer climbed from his fourth place starting spot courtesy of a second heat race win, to finish second behind Babb.  Brandon Sheppard, a tour winner at Lincoln and Farmer City, finished third ahead of Lance who settled for fourth.  Jack Sullivan of Greenbriar, Ark., finished fifth, his third consecutive fifth-place finish.

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Babb, who is seeking his third ‘Hell Tour’ championship, extends his point lead heading into the final three events of the 2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals to 285 points over Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and 352 points over Erb.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals return to action Friday, July 15 at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; Spoon River Speedway; Canton, Ill.; July 14, 2011

A-Main (40-Laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. Jeep Van Wormer, (3) Brandon Sheppard, (4) Steve Lance Jr., (5) Jack Sullivan, (6) Donny Walden, (7) Jim Moon, (8) Matt Miller, (9) Ryan Unzicker, (10) Dennis Erb Jr., (11) Rickey Frankel, (12) Kevin Weaver, (13) Mark Voigt, (14) Scott James, (15) Mike Spatola, (16) Dillan White, (17) Bobby Pierce, (18) Scott Schmitt, (19) Evan Fink, (20) Tim Lance, (21) Joe Harlan, (22) Eric Smith. Fast qualifiers (among 38 cars): Frankel, Van Wormer, Sheppard, Moon. Heat race winners: S. Lance, Van Wormer, Sheppard, Babb. C-Main winner: Doug Drown. B-Main winner: Harlan. Provisional starters: White, E. Smith, Fink, Spatola.

2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” Schedule




Winner (Cars)

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.

Shannon Babb (22)

June 29

Belle Clair Speedway

Belleville, Ill.

Ryan Unzicker (32)

June 30

Clay Hill Motorsports Park

Atwood, Tenn.

Mike Spatola (30)

July 1

Paducah International Raceway

Paducah, Ky.

Ray Cook(40)

July 2

I-55 Raceway

Pevely, Mo.

Billy Moyer(41)

July 3

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, Ill.

Brandon Sheppard (35)

July 4

34 Raceway

Burlington, Iowa

Brian Birkhofer(26)

July 6

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, Ill.

Shannon Babb (38)

July 7

Macon Speedway

Macon, Ill.

PPD/July 21

July 8

Farmer City Raceway

Farmer City, Ill.

Brandon Sheppard(41)

July 9

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, Tenn.

Wendell Wallace(44)

July 10

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, Ind.

Shannon Babb (35)

July 12

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, Ind.

Shannon Babb(40)

July 13

LaSalle Speedway

LaSalle, Ill.

Shannon Babb(29)

July 14

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, Ill.

Shannon Babb(38)

July 15

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, Ohio

July 16

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, Ohio

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