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Shannon Babb - Jimmy Dearing photo

Babb Takes Peoria Checkers, Becomes First 2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Two-Time Winner

Shannon Babb - Jimmy Dearing photo
Shannon Babb – Jimmy Dearing photo

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PEORIA, Ill. – June 23, 2015 – Shannon Babb became the first repeat winner during this year’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour when he passed Bobby Pierce midway through Tuesday night’s feature at Peoria Speedway and led the final 20 laps to collect the $5,000 checkered flag.

Babb, of Moweaqua, Ill., also tied Billy Moyer Jr. with the most all-time wins in DIRTcar Summer Nationals history with 89 victories.

Pierce, who continues to lead the overall championship, Ryan Unzicker, Dennis Erb Jr. and Billy Moyer Jr. rounded out the top five.

Unzicker led the first two laps on Tuesday night before Pierce moved into the top spot. Babb, who started fourth, worked first past Unzicker then Pierce and never looked back.

“The moisture, it was soaking in around in the wall at the top of three and four, and one and two, but one and two falls off the banking on exit, but three and four was awesome,” said Babb, a four-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion. “I started fourth and I was in the right position to find that line, and I was able to my way around them guys.”

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour races into Belle-Clair Speedway on Wednesday night in Belleville, Ill. Pierce extended his championship lead over Moyer Jr. to 32 points. The victory helped Babb move into third in his quest for a fifth crown.

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Peoria (Ill.) Speedway; June 23, 2015

A-MAIN (40 LAPS) – 1. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL ($5,000); 2. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 3. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 4. (28E) Dennis Erb, Jr, Carpentersville, IL; 5. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 6. (58R) Ray Guss Jr, Milan, IL; 7. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 8. (B5) Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL; 9. (6K) Michael Kloos, Trenton, IL; 10. (12B) Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, IL; 11. (T2) Todd Bennett, Peoria, IL; 12. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 13. (42) McKay Wenger, Fairbury, IL; 14. (89) Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL; 15. (1M) Jim Moon, New Florence, MO; 16. (7T) Steve Thorsten, Milford, IL; 17. (10) Roger Rebholz, Sparland, IL; 18. (124) John Hahler, New Florence, MO; 19. (4G) Bob Gardner, East Peoria, IL; 20. (38C) John Gardner Jr, Germantown Hills, IL; 21. (75D) Billy Drake, Lincoln, IL; 22. (10S) Scott Schmitt, Tonica, IL.

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, Ray Guss Jr. and Ryan Unzicker.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Top 20

Pos. Car Driver Points
1 32 Bobby Pierce 505
2 21JR Billy Moyer Jr 473
3 18 Shannon Babb 429
4 25 Jason Feger 418
5 24 Ryan Unzicker 418
6 8C Timothy Culp 363
7 1M Jim Moon 315
8 21 Billy Moyer 304
9 124 John Hahler 237
10 89 Mike Spatola 199
11 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr 180
12 4G Bob Gardner 154
13 10S Scott Schmitt 152
14 6K Michael Kloos 148
15 28E Dennis Erb, Jr 144
16 B12 Kevin Weaver 140
17 98 Jason Rauen 128
18 7T Steve Thorsten 123
19 45 Kyle Hammer 117
20 58 AJ Diemel 116

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