PEORIA, Ill. – July 6, 2011 – Shannon Babb has officially returned to form on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour after winning Wednesday night at Peoria Speedway.
Babb, of Moweaqua, Ill., started third and used lapped traffic to move under Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind., on lap 25 and led the remainder of the 40-lap feature event to claim his third win of the 2011 tour worth $5,000. James, the nearest competitor to Babb in the ‘Hell Tour’ point standings entering the night at 120 markers behind, held on to finish second. Matt Miller, of Waterville, Ohio, finished third ahead of pole sitter Wes Steidinger, of Fairbury, Ill. Pinconning, Mich., driver Jeep Van Wormer rounded out the top five, his third consecutive top-five finish in the previous four events.
With his victory, Babb extends his points lead to 125 markers over James and to 189 points over defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., who finished 10th.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action Thursday, July 7, at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; Peoria Speedway; Peoria, Ill.; July 6, 2011
A-Main (40-Laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. Scott James, 3. Matt Miller, 4. Wes Steidinger, 5. Jeep Van Wormer, 6. Steve Lance Jr., 7. Mike Mullvain, 8. Tim Lance, 9. Kevin Weaver, 10. Jason Feger, 11. Ryan Unzicker, 12. Dennis Erb Jr., 13. Brian Shirley, 14. Donny Walden, 15. Scott Schmitt, 16. Brandon Shepprad, 17. Mike Spatola, 18. Doug Drown, 19. Mike Provenzane, 20. Todd Bennett, 21. Rusty Schlenk, 22. Jack Sullivan. Fast qualifiers (among 38 cars): VanWormer, Babb, Drake, James. Heat race winners: Van Wormer, Babb, Steidinger, James. B-Main winner: Spatola. Provisional starters: Shirley, Unzicker, Erb, Bennett.
2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” Schedule
|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.||Michael Kloos (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.|
|July 8||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City, Ill.|
|July 9||Clarksville Speedway||Clarksville, Tenn.|
|July 10||Tri-State Speedway||Haubstadt, Ind.|
|July 12||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, Ind.|
|July 13||LaSalle Speedway||LaSalle, Ill.|
|July 14||Spoon River Speedway||Canton, Ill.|
|July 15||Attica Raceway Park||Attica, Ohio|
|July 16||Oakshade Raceway||Wauseon, Ohio|
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