- July 14 - Spoon River Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Shannon Babb, Morey and Brad Denny

Shannon Babb is joined by long-time speedway promoter Morey Denny (left) and son Brad at Spoon River Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)

DirtCar Summer Nationals: Babb Win Streak Continues at Spoon River

Kellen Burns

CANTON, Ill. - July 14. Shannon Babb obviously didn't think three consecutive DirtCar Summer Nationals wins was enough, capturing Thursday's event at Spoon River Speedway. Babb stalked Steve Lance, Jr. Lance over the events first five laps before moving under Lance for the lead.  Babb led the rest of the way to claim the $5,000 top prize, his fourth consecutive and seventh overall victory of the 2011 'Hell Tour'. 

Steve Lance Jr at Spoon River

Steve Lance, Jr. paces the first five laps at Spoon River. (Mike Ruefer)

Babb started the race on the pole, but Lance, of Peoria, Ill., jumped to the early lead using the preferred low groove of the Illinois oval. Babb then took command on lap six when Lance slipped out of his racing line. Pinconning, Mich., driver Jeep Van Wormer climbed from his fourth place starting spot

Dilland White and Evan Fink at Spoon River Speedway

The end of the line for #54 Dillan White and Evan Fink at Spoon River.(Mike Ruefer)

courtesy of a second heat race win, to finish second behind Babb.  Brandon Sheppard, a tour winner at Lincoln and Farmer City, finished third ahead of Lance, who settled for fourth.  Jack Sullivan of Greenbriar, Ark., finished fifth, his third consecutive fifth-place finish.

Babb, who is seeking his third 'Hell Tour' championship, extends his point lead heading into the final three events of the 2011 DIRTcar Summer Nationals to 285 points over Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and 352 points over Erb.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals return to action Friday, July 15 at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park.

Jeep Van Wormer and Brandon Sheppard at Spoon River Speedway

Fourth starting Jeep Van Wormer stalks Brandon Sheppard before moving up to the second spot at Spoon River Speedway. Sheppard trailed him in third at the finish. (Mike Ruefer)

Shannon Babb at Spoon River Speedway  
 Shannon Babb circles Spoon River Speedway Thursday before taking his familiar #18 to his fourth straight win on the tour and his seventh overall. (Mike Ruefer)
July 14 - DIRTcar Summer Nationals - Spoon River Speedway
(1) Shannon Babb, (2) Jeep Van Wormer, (3) Brandon Sheppard, (4) Steve Lance Jr., (5) Jack Sullivan, (6) Donny Walden, (7) Jim Moon, (8) Matt Miller, (9) Ryan Unzicker, (10) Dennis Erb Jr., (11) Rickey Frankel, (12) Kevin Weaver, (13) Mark Voigt, (14) Scott James, (15) Mike Spatola (prov.), (16) Dillan White (prov.), (17) Bobby Pierce, (18) Scott Schmitt, (19) Evan Fink (prov.), (20) Tim Lance, (21) Joe Harlan, (22) Eric Smith (prov.).
Fast qualifiers (38 entries): Frankel, Van Wormer, Sheppard, Moon. Heat winners: S. Lance, Van Wormer, Sheppard, Babb

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