Shannon Babb with Tom Deery at Oakshade Raceway after his
Summer Nationals triumph. (Steve Datema)
DirtCar Summer Nationals:
Babb Celebrates New Title With Dominant Oakshade Run
WAUSEON, Oh. - July 16. Shannon Babb ended
his DirtCar Summer Nationals tour in style, claiming the $10,000 'Hell
Tour' finale Saturday 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 to claim his sixth straight and ninth overall Summer
Ohio racers Matt Miller and #99
Donnie Moran battle for position before Moran completed the event in fourth place. (Steve
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.
Area drivers Craig Vosbergen
and #18 Chris Ross mix it up at mid-pack at Oakshade. (Steve
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.
The last half of the DirtCar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour"
has been anything but for #18 Shannon Babb, who's made the last half of the mini-series his own personal
playground. At Oakshade Raceway last night, Babb races #99 Donnie Moran toward yet another victory for the
soon-to-be-crowned 2011 champion. (Steve Datema)
July 16 - DIRTcar Summer Nationals - Oakshade
1. Shannon Babb, 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 (prov.), 12. Rick Delong, 13. Brian
Ruhlman (prov.), 14. Andrew Reaume, 15. Dusty Moore (prov.), 16. Jack Sullivan, 17. Dillan White
(prov.), 18. Casey Noonan, 19. Tom Ordway, 20. Doug Drown, 21. Brandon Sheppard, 22. Alan
Fast Time (51 entries): Van Wormer, Miller, Babb, Erb, Noonan. Heat winners: Henry,
Babb, Miller, Schlenk, Moran. B-main winner: Sullivan.