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.
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.
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
|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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