- July 1 - Paducah Int'l Raceway by Sam Holbrooks


Ray Cook at Paducah Int'l Raceway

Ray Cook cruises at Paducah Int'l Raceway. (Drew England)

DirtCar Summer Nationals: Cook Pockets $12K Paducah Payday on "Hell Tour"

Ray Cook at Paducah Int'l Raceway. (Rich Edwards Jr photo)
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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 $12,000.

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.

Will Vaught and Chris Wall at Paducah Int'l Raceway

After 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 England)  

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.

Scott James and Billy Moyer and Paducah Int'l Raceway Hell Tour

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 International Raceway
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 (prov.).
Fast qualifiers (40 entries): Shirley, Babb, Moyer, Unzicker. Heat winners: Wall, Cook, Moyer, Dillon. B-Main winner: Miller.

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