Week 4: DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, Indiana
Sunday, July 09, 2023
Race Recap  

Thompson Wins After Babb Tangles with Lapped Car in Final Corner at Tri-State

Speeding out of Turns 1-2 and down the backstretch with the lead, Shannon Babb was only a half-lap away from a record seventh DIRTcar Summer Nationals win Sunday at Tri-State Speedway. And then, disaster.

As Babb entered in on the high side of Turn 3, two lapped cars got into each other, sending the 23NZ of Mick Quin washing up the track, directly in front of a full-speed Babb coming to collect the checkered flag. Instead, Babb collected with Quin between Turns 3-4, roughly 50 yards from the finish line.

Right on Babb’s heels getting into Turn 3 was Dylan Thompson – the veteran racer from Paducah, KY – who entered the corner a full lane lower than Babb. As Babb collided with Quin on the top, Thompson sailed it through the middle groove, right underneath the wreck and took the lead out of Turn 4.

The flagman waved the checkered flag in the air as Thompson sped across the finish line to steal the win, completing the last-lap, last-corner pass in dramatic fashion and score his first career Hell Tour victory.

Josh James Artwork

“Coming out of Turn 2 on the last lap, coming down the backstretch, I watched it happen,” Thompson said. “I stood on that damn thing and turned it to the bottom. I looked over and thought, ‘Well, I see the lapped car, I do not see Shannon, and I see the checkered flag.’

“Then they said [over driver radio communication] ‘99 to scales and droop check,’ and I thought, ‘We literally just won.’ It’s still not sinking in, really.”

Babb’s perspective further detailed the situation and how fast it all went down in front of him.

“As soon as we entered Turn 3, I saw the two get together,” Babb said. “There’s just no way I can get down and avoid it. The big opening closed-up really quick. I got on the brakes really hard to keep from getting into [Quin] and had to come to a dead stop.”

Though Babb led most of the 40-lap main event, Thompson led the one and only lap that truly mattered. He said he didn’t expect to be there at the end when the green flag dropped but was glad it worked out how it did.

“I told my guys when we pulled on the track, I said, ‘I just want to finish.’ That was my goal,” Thompson said.

“We finished first.”

Babb (18) battling with Schlenk (91) for the lead. (Josh James Artwork)

Despite the big contact coming to the checkers, Babb was able to gather it back in and take home a runner-up finish. He took the lead from the outside pole in the opening laps and was soon met with heavy pressure from Rusty Schlenk, who took the lead from him on Lap 17 with a big slide job through Turns 1-2.

Babb stayed with it, however, and retook the lead with a slide job of his own on Lap 29.

“I had confidence I could pass [Schlenk] back; my car was really good,” Babb said. “I just started driving harder. I was only doing about three-quarters. Once he got by me, I just turned the week up and ran a little harder.”

Thompson had been stalking both of them from the third position throughout the battle and made the pass on Schlenk to get into position behind Babb on Lap 30. Coming to the white flag, Thompson was only a single car length back, and was there to capitalize on Babb’s misfortune to get the win in the end.

Further back in the field, Jason Feger had advanced to the seventh spot from ninth on the grid, finishing right behind Ashton Winger in the running order. Feger came into the night up 22 points on Winger in the hunt for the Week 4 points championship and retained the advantage at the checkered flag, earning him another $10,000 points fund check after capturing the Week 2 title earlier this season.

Feger and crew celebrating with their second points fund check of the season. (Josh James Artwork)

UP NEXT

The Summer Nationals Late Models take Monday and Tuesday off before returning to action in the final week of the 38th annual Hell Tour on Wednesday, July 12 at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville, IN. Tickets will be on sale at the gate; streaming available at DIRTVision.com.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 99-Dylan Thompson[8]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[2]; 3. 31AUS-Kye Blight[3]; 4. 91-Rusty Schlenk[5]; 5. 4G-Bob Gardner[6]; 6. 12-Ashton Winger[4]; 7. 25-Jason Feger[9]; 8. 15-Clayton Stuckey[12]; 9. 22-Skyller Lewis[1]; 10. 1-BJ Robinson[14]; 11. 44-Blaze Burwell[13]; 12. 38-Thomas Hunziker[17]; 13. 17-Lee Williams[21]; 14. 23NZ-Mick Quin[16]; 15. 15T-Cliff Tooley[23]; 16. 27M-Rodney Melvin[11]; 17. 4D-Doug Tye[20]; 18. 17W-Greg Williams[10]; 19. 7-Steven Reinacher[19]; 20. 4-Jason Suhre[7]; 21. 11-Robby Moore[18]; 22. 18M-Jimmy Miller[15]; 23. 78S-Steve Stultz[24]; 24. 16-Brandon Tibaldi[22]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
18+799Dylan Thompson 400.0001Running75$5,000
22018Shannon Babb 40-1.87826Running70$2,500
33031AUSKye Blight 40-2.9840Running65$2,000
45+191Rusty Schlenk 40-4.59212Running60$1,600
56+14GBob Gardner 40-10.5600Running55$1,400
64-212Ashton Winger 40-11.3810Running50$1,200
79+225Jason Feger 40-14.6770Running48$1,000
812+415Clayton Stuckey 39-1 Laps0Running46$800
91-822Skyller Lewis 39-1 Laps1Running44$700
1014+41BJ Robinson 39-1 Laps0Running42$600
1113+244Blaze Burwell 38-2 Laps0Running40$500
1217+538Thomas Hunziker 38-2 Laps0Running39$500
1321+817Lee Williams 37-3 Laps0Running38$500
1416+223NZMick Quin 36-4 Laps0Running37$500
1523+815TCliff Tooley 34-6 Laps0DNF36$500
1611-527MRodney Melvin 25-15 Laps0DNF35$500
1720+34DDoug Tye 25-15 Laps0DNF34$500
1810-817WGreg Williams 21-19 Laps0DNF33$500
191907Steven Reinacher 21-19 Laps0DNF32$500
207-134Jason Suhre 18-22 Laps0DNF31$500
2118-311Robby Moore 8-32 Laps0DNF30$500
2215-718MJimmy Miller 7-33 Laps0DNF29$500
2324+178SSteve Stultz 6-34 Laps0DNF28$500
2422-216Brandon Tibaldi 4-36 Laps0DNF27$500
Hard Charger: Lee Williams
Heat 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1322Skyller Lewis 548.8980.000
2112Ashton Winger 549.287-0.389
384Jason Suhre 551.492-2.594
4217WGreg Williams 552.128-3.230
5444Blaze Burwell 552.528-3.630
6723NZMick Quin 553.627-4.729
757Steven Reinacher 554.073-5.175
8916Brandon Tibaldi 556.487-7.589
9689Jeremy Anderson 404.020144.878
Heat 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1218Shannon Babb 145.2150.000
2191Rusty Schlenk 147.984-2.769
3399Dylan Thompson 149.137-3.922
4427MRodney Melvin 151.835-6.620
561BJ Robinson 154.786-9.571
6538Thomas Hunziker 157.382-12.167
774DDoug Tye 158.369-13.154
8815TCliff Tooley 100.41144.804
Heat 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1131AUSKye Blight 179.6580.000
234GBob Gardner 179.849-0.191
3225Jason Feger 181.591-1.933
4415Clayton Stuckey 182.077-2.419
5618MJimmy Miller 186.915-7.257
6511Robby Moore 188.051-8.393
7817Lee Williams 188.992-9.334
8778SSteve Stultz 191.845-12.187
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
17+612Ashton Winger 00.0000Running0$0
24+217WGreg Williams 0-0.1160Running0$0
38+522Skyller Lewis 0-0.1230Running0$0
42-244Blaze Burwell 0-0.2070Running0$0
53-27Steven Reinacher 0-0.3540Running0$0
65-189Jeremy Anderson 0-0.3910Running0$0
71-623NZMick Quin 0-0.3970Running0$0
86-24Jason Suhre 0-0.5060Running0$0
99016Brandon Tibaldi 0-3.7330Running0$0
Hard Charger: Ashton Winger
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+391Rusty Schlenk 00.0000Running0$0
28+618Shannon Babb 0-0.0820Running0$0
37+499Dylan Thompson 0-0.1520Running0$0
45+127MRodney Melvin 0-0.5240Running0$0
52-338Thomas Hunziker 0-0.7990Running0$0
61-51BJ Robinson 0-0.9720Running0$0
73-44DDoug Tye 0-1.2740Running0$0
86-215TCliff Tooley 0-1.8710Running0$0
Hard Charger: Shannon Babb
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+331AUSKye Blight 00.0000Running0$0
25+325Jason Feger 0-0.2130Running0$0
36+34GBob Gardner 0-0.2560Running0$0
47+315Clayton Stuckey 0-0.6120Running0$0
58+311Robby Moore 0-1.0150Running0$0
62-418MJimmy Miller 0-1.0800Running0$0
71-678SSteve Stultz 0-1.3150Running0$0
83-517Lee Williams 0-1.4270Running0$0
Hard Charger: Kye Blight
Hot Laps 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
120+1931AUSKye Blight 00.0000Running0$0
216+1418Shannon Babb 0-0.1460Running0$0
312+991Rusty Schlenk 0-0.1860Running0$0
413+927MRodney Melvin 0-0.5160Running0$0
57+212Ashton Winger 0-0.5260Running0$0
610+438Thomas Hunziker 0-0.5350Running0$0
715+899Dylan Thompson 0-0.5370Running0$0
88022Skyller Lewis 0-0.5500Running0$0
922+134GBob Gardner 0-0.6430Running0$0
104-617WGreg Williams 0-0.6780Running0$0
1121+1025Jason Feger 0-0.8250Running0$0
125-789Jeremy Anderson 0-0.9940Running0$0
133-107Steven Reinacher 0-1.1680Running0$0
142-1244Blaze Burwell 0-1.2350Running0$0
151-1423NZMick Quin 0-1.2550Running0$0
169-71BJ Robinson 0-1.2700Running0$0
1717078SSteve Stultz 0-1.4020Running0$0
1823+515Clayton Stuckey 0-1.4670Running0$0
1918-118MJimmy Miller 0-1.6380Running0$0
2011-94DDoug Tye 0-1.6890Running0$0
2119-217Lee Williams 0-1.8540Running0$0
2224+211Robby Moore 0-1.8850Running0$0
236-174Jason Suhre 0-2.1010Running0$0
2414-1015TCliff Tooley 0-2.5930Running0$0
2525016Brandon Tibaldi 0-2.5930Running0$0
Hard Charger: Kye Blight
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Week 4: DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Sunday, July 09, 2023
Tri-State Speedway
9981 South US Highway 41
Haubstadt, Indiana 47639 

Event Description
Week #4 on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail caps with a visit to "The Class Track" – Tri-State Speedway.

This paperclip-shaped, black dirt, 1/4-mile oval, more commonly known for hosting Non-Wing Sprint Car events, welcomes the Hell Tour back for the 25th time in track history.

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Feature Laps Length
40

Event Hashtag
#HellTour

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Reserved Seating
Sections A, B, C in the Westside

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher; Seats in the reserved section have seat backs

Stadium Seating
Stadium chairs are allowed in GA only, stadium chairs are not permitted in reserved seating; No lawn chairs.

Handicapped Seating
East side stands

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows

Personal Coolers
Yes, we still allow coolers to be brought in, but the maximum size is 15 x 15 x 15 inches

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available for purchase at the track

Family Section
N/A

Parking Cost
$0.00

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
Free Camping - permitted overnight in designated area at track. No hookups. Please park in designated area for campers or you will be asked to move even if you have already set up. No open campfires. Please take your burnt charcoals with you or dispose of them in appropriate containers in the trash barrels. Do not dump the coals in the grass. Swimming or fishing in private lake is not permitted. As a courtesy to others, we ask you not to save spots or take up more space than is necessary for your motorhome/camper. Personal vehicles arriving later must park in the main parking area. Please be courteous of other campers and our neighbors. No loud music, dumping of trash or trespassing on the neighbors properties.

Track Info  

Tri-State Speedway
9981 South US Highway 41
Haubstadt, Indiana 47639 

Track Phone
(812) 768-5995

Ticket Phone
(812) 768-6025

Track Type
0.250; high banked

Sprint Car Track Record
11.110 seconds by Sammy Swindell on 10/8/04

Closest Airport
13 miles: Evansville, IN (EVV / KEVV) Evansville Regional Airport (Domestic)

Other Airport
Louisville, KY (SDF / KSDF) Louisville International Airport (international)

Track Map
Competitor Info