Babb Wins Oakshade, Championship

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Dominant Babb Earns Oakshade Victory; Celebrates Summer Nationals Championship

WAUSEON, Ohio. – July 16, 2011 – Shannon Babb ended his DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour in style, claiming the $10,000 ‘Hell Tour’ finale Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway.

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Babb, a champion in ‘05 and ‘06, started third and swept to the outside of polesitter Donnie Moran of Dresden, Ohio, on the ninth circuit to take the lead and held off an advancing Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., to claim his sixth straight and ninth overall Summer Nationals win.  Van Wormer charged from sixth place to finish second, his third consecutive runner up finish to Babb.  Former DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Dennis Erb Jr., of Carpentersville, Ill., climbed from his ninth-place starting spot to finish third.  Moran crossed the line fourth ahead of fellow buckeye Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio.

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Babb, who claimed his third ‘Hell Tour’ championship by 342 points over Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind., was a model of consistency throughout the month-long series.  Babb posted nine wins and 18 top five finishes, eight more than Van Wormer, and 12 more than James who posted six over the course of the month long tour.  Babb also collected 20 top ten finishes and 13 heat race wins, all best marks on the Summer Nationals.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; Oakshade Raceway; Wauseon, Ohio; July 16, 2011

A-Main (60-Laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($10,000), 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. Dennis Erb Jr., 4. Donnie Moran, 5. Jon Henry, 6. Matt Miller, 7. Rusty Schlenk 8. Ryan Unzicker, 9. Scott James, 10. Chris Ross, 11. Craig Vosbergen, 12. Rick Delong, 13. Brian Ruhlman, 14. Andrew Reaume, 15. Dusty Moore, 16. Jack Sullivan, 17. Dillan White, 18. Casey Noonan, 19. Tom Ordway, 20. Doug Drown, 21. Brandon Sheppard, 22. Alan Vochaska. Fast qualifiers (among 51 cars): Van Wormer, Miller, Babb, Erb, Noonan. Heat race winners: Henry, Babb, Miller, Schlenk, Moran. C-main winners: White, Steve Kester. B-main winner: Sullivan. Provisional starters: White, Ruhlman, Moore, Vosbergen.

2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” Schedule

Date

Track

Location

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

Shannon Babb(38)

July 16

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, Ohio

Shannon Babb(51)

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