Spatola Impressive In Clay Hill Summer Nationals Victory

ATWOOD, Tenn. – June 30, 2011 – Mike Spatola is quickly familiarizing himself with victory lane on the  DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour after winning Thursday night at Clay Hill Motorsports Park.

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Spatola, a weekly DIRTcar Late Model rookie this year, grabbed the lead from the outset of the 40-lap main event.  He turned back a furious onslaught from second-place starter Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., early and held off Hall-of-Famer Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., to earn the Hell Tour victory worth $5,000.  Moyer finished second just ahead of Shirley.  Current point leader Shannon Babb was fourth ahead of Moyer’s son, Billy Moyer Jr.  Babb extended his points lead over Lawrenceburg, Ind., driver Scott James, who finished seventh.

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The victory is the second for the Manhattan, Ill., standout on the 2011 Hell Tour. Spatola also claimed the opening night event at Kankakee County (Ill.) Speedway on June 16.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will return to action Friday, July 1 at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Statistical Report; Clay Hill Motorsports Park; Atwood, Tenn.; June 30, 2011

A-Main (40-Laps): 1. Mike Spatola ($5,000), 2. Billy Moyer, 3. Brian Shirley, 4. Shannon Babb, 5. Billy Moyer Jr., 6. Jack Sullivan, 7. Scott James, 8. Will Vaught, 9. Brandon Sheppard, 10. Ray Cook, 11. Terry English, 12. Ryan Unzicker, 13. Austin Dillon, 14. Dennis Erb Jr. 15. Donny Walden, 16. Jason Feger, 17. Dillan White, 18. Tanner English, 19. Jason McBride, 20. Dane Dacus, 21. T.J. Henderson, 22. Ronnie Cooper. Fast qualifiers (among 30 cars): Shirley, Spatola, Moyer, Feger,. Heat race winners: Shirley, Spatola, Moyer, Babb. C-Main winner: Henderson. Provisional starters: Unzicker, McBride, Cooper, Tanner English.

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.
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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