Shannon Babb continued to build a head of steam on the Summer Nationals
tour with another win at Peoria Speedway Wednesday. (Mike Ruefer)
Scores Peoria Speedway Triumph, Boosts Point Lead
PEORIA, Ill. - July 6. Shannon Babb won his third UMP Summernationals race of 2011
and his third career Peoria Speedway Summernationals win Wednesday as the “Hell Tour” rolled through Central
Illinois on a hot, muggy summer evening.
Wes Steidinger jumped to the lead from his pole position and immediately dove to
the bottom of the race track as second generation driver Scott James of
Shannon Babb bttles #81 Scott James in traffic before taking over the lead and racing
to he Summer Nationals win at Peoria Speedway. (Drew
Lawrenceburg, Ind., began to drive the top of the track. James got a run off turn
two on lap four, and took the lead down the backstretch. Babb sat in third, but was pressured heavily by a
rim-riding Jeep Van Wormer until Van Wormer jumped the cushion on lap four.
A lap five caution for Jack Sullivan slowed the field, and on the restart Babb
began to pressure Steidinger for second. Babb kept poking his nose under Steidinger for the next five laps
until he finally got by Larry Reikert-owned car for second on lap 10.
Matt Miller and #55 Jeep Van Wormer race for position before Miller drove his #7
McCullough Motorsports car to third place. (Mike Ruefer)
James began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 15, and Babb began to close the gap.
Babb had closed onto James' back bumper by lap 22 and made the pass coming out of turn four on lap 24 as James
slid to the middle trying to get by the lapped car of Mike Provenzano. Babb encountered lapped traffic again on lap
33, but James could never make the pass and ended up in second, .488 seconds behind Babb at the checkered flag.
Jameswas followed by Matt Miller of Waterville, Oh., Steidinger, and Van Wormer.
“I had to work the middle there in traffic because the bottom was getting
blocked”, said Babb in victory lane. “It’s always easier to be second in those situations in traffic. I was just
waiting for my chance. Scott slipped up there a little in 3, and I jumped to the bottom and got by him. I want to
thank all of the fans for coming out and supporting us in this heat”
While #81 Scott James moved to second place at Peoria, Polesitter West Steidinger
slipped, but still drove a solid race to take fourth. (Mike Ruefer)
DirtCar Summer Nationals - Peoria Speedway
1. Shannon Babb, 2. Scott James, 3. Matt Miller, 4. Wes Steidinger, 5.
Jeep Van Wormer, 6. Steve Lance Jr., 7. Mike Mullvain, 8. Tim Lance, 9. Kevin Weaver, 10. Jason Feger,
11. Ryan Unzicker (prov.), 12. Dennis Erb Jr. (prov.), 13. Brian Shirley (prov.), 14. Donny Walden, 15.
Scott Schmitt, 16. Brandon Sheppard, 17. Mike Spatola, 18. Doug Drown, 19. Mike Provenzano, 20. Todd
Bennett (prov.), 21. Rusty Schlenk, 22. Jack Sullivan.
Fast Time (38 entries): Babb (12.712).
Heat winners: Van Wormer, Babb, Steidinger, James. B-Main winner: Spatola.
Darrell Unzel photo