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.
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.
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
Jack Sullivan and #81 Scott James battle their way to
third and fourth place at Farmer City. (Mike Ruefer)
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)
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
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
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.
qualifiers (40 entries): Feger, Friedman, Unzicker, Van Wormer. Heat winners: Sullivan, James, Babb,
Pierce. B-Main winner: Bull.
Drew England photo