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Shannon Babb and Tom Deery at Oakshade Raceway

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

Kellen Burns

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 Nationals win.

Matt Miller and Donnie Moran at Oakshade Raceway

Ohio racers Matt Miller and #99 Donnie Moran battle for position before Moran completed the event in fourth place. (Steve Datema)

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.

Craig Vosbergen and Chris Ross at Oakshade Raceway

Area drivers Craig Vosbergen and #18 Chris Ross mix it up at mid-pack at Oakshade. (Steve Datema)

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.

Shannon Babb - Donnie Moran at Oakshade Raceway

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 Raceway
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 Vochaska.
Fast Time (51 entries): Van Wormer, Miller, Babb, Erb, Noonan. Heat winners: Henry, Babb, Miller, Schlenk, Moran. B-main winner: Sullivan.

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