Young Bobby Pierce raced to a fifth place showing at Tri-State
Speedway, but no one could derail #18 Shannon Babb's train en route to his fourth "Hell Tour" win.
DirtCar Summer Nationals: Babb
Streaks to Fourth "Hell Tour" Win at Tri-State
HAUBSTADT, Ind. - July 10. Shannon Babb showed
why he's at the top of the DirtCar Summer Nationals by winning
Sunday at Tri-State Speedway. Babb had no easy task after starting seventh, but masterfully navigated traffic
using the high side of the quarter-mile oval to pass Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind. with four laps remaining to
score his fourth victory of the 'Hell Tour'.
James finished second ahead of Pinconning,
Mich., driver Jeep Van Wormer, who he had battled early on in the main event. Rodney Melvin of Benton, Ill., a
former DIRTcar Late Model National Champion, finished fourth. Young Bobby Pierce, son of Dirt Late Model Hall of
Fame driver Bob Pierce, finished fifth, his best finish on tour to date.
Second running Scott James races around the outside of
B-Feature winner Rodney Melvin at Tri-State. (Drew
Babb will extend his point lead to 173 markers
over James, and to 293 points over
defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., who finished 21st.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will return to action Tuesday,
July 12 at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway to make up the tour's opener that was postponed due to
While #81 Scott James and #55 Jeep Van Wormer duke it out up front, #18 Shannon Babb
emerges from his seventh place start before passing James with four to go and advancing to his fifth special
event win of the season at Tri-State Speedway. (Drew
Kloos Penalty Appeal
A penalty was issued to Michael Kloos related to the tires he
used to win the Hell Tour event June 29 at Belle Clair Speedway. Kloos has appealed the penalty.
July 10 Summer Nationals - Tri-State Speedway
1. Shannon Babb, 2. Scott James, 3. Jeep Van Wormer, 4. Rodney Melvin,
5. Bobby Pierce, 6. Ryan Unzicker, 7. Matt Miller, 8. Dillan White, 9. Kent Robinson, 10. Dennis Erb
Jr., 11. Randy Korte, 12. Mike Spatola (prov.), 13. Jack Sullivan, 14. Chad Zobrist, 15. Victor Lee
(prov.), 16. Donny Walden, 17. Brandon Sheppard (prov.), 18. Jason Riggs, 19. Chad Stapleton, 20. Jeff
Walston (prov.), 21. Jason Feger, 22. Michael Kloos.
Fast qualifiers (35 entries): James,
Sullivan, Van Wormer, Miller. Heat winners: James, Pierce, Van Wormer, Melvin. B-main winner:
Jim Denhamer photo