Cook Rockets to Paducah International Raceway Hell Tour Triumph

PADUCAH, Ky. – July 1, 2011 – Ray Cook of Brasstwon, N.C., no doubt enjoyed the spoils of the richest payday on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour after winning Friday night at Paducah International Raceway, an event that paid Cook $12,000.

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Cook capitalized on a front row starting spot earned by holding off a furious onslaught from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C., early and after building a comfortable lead held off Summer Nationals point leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill. to claim his second win ever on the month long tour. Babb finished second just behind Cook after slipping past Dillon on a late restart. Batesville, Ark., driver Billy Moyer would finish third one spot up from his fourth place starting spot. Dillon, a grandson to NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, finished fourth while Pinconning, Mich., driver Jeep VanWormer finished fifth after a charge from his tenth place starting spot.

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Babb extended his points lead after his second place run at Paducah. Second spot in, Lawrenceburg, Ind., driver Scott James finished 11th, a spot ahead of defending ‘Hell Tour’ champ Jason Feger.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will return to action Friday, July 2 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; Paducah International Raceway; Paducah, Ky.; July 1, 2011

A-Main (40-Laps): 1. Ray Cook ($12,000), 2. Shannon Babb, 3. Billy Moyer, 4. Austin Dillon, 5. Jeep Van Wormer, 6. Brian Shirley, 7. Chris Wall, 8. Randy Korte, 9. Jack Sullivan, 10. Dennis Erb Jr., 11. Scott James, 12. Jason Feger, 13. Will Vaught, 14. Dan Schlieper, 15. Mike Spatola, 16. Tanner English, 17. Kevin Cole, 18. Brandon Sheppard, 19. Matt Miller, 20. Jarryd Holshouser, 21. Tim Brown, 22. Ryan Unzicker. Fast qualifiers: Shirley, Babb, Moyer, Unzicker. Heat race winners: Wall, Cook, Moyer, Dillon. B-Main winner: Miller. Provisional starters: Unzicker, Feger, Brown, Sheppard. C-Main winner: Brown.

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. 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.
July 3 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill.
July 4 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa
July 6 Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill.
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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