Ray Cook cruises at Paducah Int'l Raceway.
DirtCar Summer Nationals:
Cook Pockets $12K Paducah Payday on "Hell Tour"
|Ray Cook at Paducah Int'l Raceway. (Rich Edwards Jr
PADUCAH, Ky. - July 1. Ray Cook of Brasstwon, N.C., no doubt
enjoyed the spoils of the richest payday on the DIRT Car Summer Nationals tour after winning Friday night at Paducah International Raceway, an event that paid Cook
Cook capitalized on a front row starting spot earned by holding off
a furious onslaught from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C., early. After
building a comfortable lead, Cook then held off Summer Nationals point leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill.
to claim his second win ever on the month long tour.
stopping in at Paducah en route to his Lucas Oil Series date at Portsmouth, Oh., Louisiana's Chris Wall mixes it up with #1 Will Vaught before finishing seventh.
Vaught could only muster 13th at the finish. (Drew
Babb finished second just behind Cook after slipping past Dillon on a late
restart. Batesville, Ark., driver Billy Moyer would finish third one spot up from his fourth place starting spot.
Dillon, a grandson to NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, dropped to fourth while Pinconning, Mich.,
driver Jeep VanWormer finished fifth after a charge from his tenth place starting spot.
With Brian Shirley stalking him close behind, #21 Billy
Moyer crusies the top side of #81 Scott James at Paducah Int'l before advancing to third. (Drew England)
Babb extended his points lead after his second place run at Paducah. Second spot
in, Lawrenceburg, Ind., driver Scott James finished 11th, a spot ahead of
defending 'Hell Tour' champ Jason Feger.
July 1 - DirtCar Summer Nationals at Paducah
1. Ray Cook, 2.
Shannon Babb, 3. Billy Moyer, 4. Austin Dillon, 5. Jeep Van Wormer, 6. Brian Shirley, 7. Chris Wall, 8.
Randy Korte, 9. Jack Sullivan, 10. Dennis Erb Jr., 11. Scott James, 12. Jason Feger (prov.), 13. Will
Vaught, 14. Dan Schlieper, 15. Mike Spatola, 16. Tanner English, 17. Kevin Cole, 18. Brandon Sheppard
(prov.), 19. Matt Miller, 20. Jarryd Holshouser, 21. Tim Brown (prov.), 22. Ryan Unzicker
Fast qualifiers (40 entries): Shirley, Babb, Moyer, Unzicker. Heat winners: Wall,
Cook, Moyer, Dillon. B-Main winner: Miller.
Drew England photo