- July 8 - Farmer City Raceway by Sam Holbrooks

Brandon Sheppard and Shannon Babb at Farmer City Raceway 
Brandon Sheppard and #18 Shannon Babb were engaged in a lead-swapping battle last night at Farmer City Speedway before Sheppard prevailed against the current DirtCar Summer Nationals points leader with a big $10,000 victory, the most lucrative so far in Sheppard's young career. (Mike Ruefer) 

DirtCar Summernationals: Sheppard Screams to Farmer City Triumph, Largest Career Payday

FARMER CITY, Ill. - July 8.  Brandon Sheppard is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the DirtCar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" after winning Friday night at Farmer City Raceway. Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., started fifth and dueled with current 'Hell Tour' point leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., over 40-laps to earn his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory worth $10,000. 

Brandon Sheppard VL at Farmer City Raceway Summer Nationals Hell Tour

The victory was Sheppard's largest payday of his young career, doubling what he earned almost a week earlier at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway where he won his first ever 'Hell Tour' event.  Babb finished second, his 11th top-10 finish on this year's tour, which is four more than any other driver during the Summer

Jack Sullivan and Scott James at Farmer City Raceway

Jack Sullivan and #81 Scott James battle their way to third and fourth place at Farmer City. (Mike Ruefer)

Dennis Erb, Dan Schlieper, Mike Spatola

Dennis Erb keeps a  close watch on a duel between two-time "Hell Tour" winner Mike Spatola (89) and Wisconsin veteran Dan Schlieper (9). Erb advanced to a top five in Farmer City Raceway Summer Nationals action. (Mike Ruefer)

Nationals.  Jack Sullivan of Greenbriar, Ark., finished third to rebound from misfortunes at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway.  Lawrenceburg, Ind., driver Scott James finished fourth ahead of three-time 'Hell Tour' Champion Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.

With his second place finish, Babb will extend his point lead to 135 markers over James, and to 213 points over defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., who finished eighth.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals will return to action Saturday, July 9 at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway.

July 8 - DIRTcar Summer Nationals - Farmer City Raceway
1. Brandon Sheppard, 2. Shannon Babb, 3. Jack Sullivan, 4. Scott James, 5. Dennis Erb Jr., 6. Mark Burgtorf, 7. Dan Schlieper, 8. Jason Feger (prov.), 9. Bobby Pierce, 10. Jeep Van Wormer, 11. Mike Spatola, 12. Ryan Unzicker (prov.), 13. Brian Shirley, 14. Donny Walden, 15. Eric Smith (prov.), 16. Kent Robinson (prov.), 17. Kevin Weaver, 18. Daren Friedman, 19. Jimmy Dehm, 20. Dillan White, 21. Matt Miller, 22. Scott Bull.
Fast qualifiers (40 entries): Feger, Friedman, Unzicker, Van Wormer. Heat winners: Sullivan, James, Babb, Pierce. B-Main winner: Bull.

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