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Shannon Babb - Highland Summernationals

 Shannon Babb at Highland Speedway. (Drew England)

An Illinois threesome of Shannon Babb, #27 Rodney Melvin, and #25 Jason Feger pulled away from the pack and fought amongst themselves for top honors in the Summernationals event at Highland, Ill. before Babb finally prevailed. (Jim Denhamer)

DIRTCar Summernationals: Babb Prevails In Battle of the Illinois All Stars

Kellen Burns

HIGHLAND, Ill. - June 22. Shannon Babb found the high side to his liking on Tuesday Night in Round 7 of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Highland Speedway.

Paul Bailey nipped #28 Dennis Erb, Jr. to finish fourth in a strong showing at Highland.

(Jim Denhamer)

The Moweaqua, Ill., driver powered from his fifth place starting spot to battle with Benton, Ill., driver Rodney Melvin for the lead, and by lap 22, Babb would assume command. Babb, Melvin, and defending DIRTcar Late Model National Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., pulled away from the field and battled for the remainder of the 40-lap Summer Nationals feature. Babb would go on to hold off Feger on a lap 39 restart to win the $5,000 top prize.
In his best "Hell Tour" showing to date, #88 Wendell Wallace chased #28 Dennis Erb, Jr. to the finish line in sixth place at Highland. (Jim Denhamer)

Feger would settle for second as Melvin secured third. Local driver and group quick timer Paul Bailey of Pocahontas, Ill., would come to the checkers fourth as three-time and defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., would round out the top five.
Summernationals - Highland Speedway - June 22
1) Shannon Babb, 2) Jason Feger, 3) Rodney Melvin, 4) Paul Bailey, 5) Dennis Erb Jr., 6) Wendell Wallace, 7) Kevin Cole, 8) Ryan Unzicker, 9) Chad Zobrist, 10) Jack Sullivan, 11) Michael Kloos (prov.), 12) Jeep Van Wormer, 13) Mike Schulte, 14) Jay Sparks, 15) Mark Burgtorf, 16) Brandon Sheppard, 17) Mark Faust, 18) Billy Moyer Jr. (prov.), 19) Jason Jameson, 20) Billy Faust, 21) Frankie Martin (prov.).

Fast Time (43 entries): Cole (13.613 secs.) Heat winners: Melvin, Mark Faust, Feger, Sheppard. B-Mainwinner: Jameson.

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