Shannon Babb at I-96 Speedway. (Randy Ellen)
Shannon Babb claimed a late lead and
led Jeep Van Wormer to the checkered flag to claim his first 2011 Summer Nationals win at I-96 Speedway on
DirtCar Summer Nationals:
Babb Blasts to I-96 Win
LAKE ODESSA, Mich. - June 26, 2011 - Shannon Babb was in the right
place at the right time Sunday night during the DirtCar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" at I-96 Speedway.
Babb, a two-time Summer Nationals champion, raced to the
lead on lap 37 when leader Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. bounced off the
stretch wall and out of the lead.
|Jeep Van Wormer holds a tenuous lead over #18 Shannon Babb
and #21 Billy Moyer in preliminary action for the Summer Nationals event at I-96 Speedway. Babb
later went on to lead Van Wormer to the checkers. (Randy Ellen)
At that point, Babb had only to
hold off Pinconning, Mich., driver Jeep VanWormer over the final three
circuits to claim the $5,000 winner's prize. The victory is the Moweaqua, Ill., natives first on the 2011
Hell Tour, and makes him the new Summer Nationals point leader after six events.
With Shannon Babb in front, Jeep Van Wormer slips
off-track while running second. (Below) With Billy Moyer moving in, Van Wormer recovers to maintain his
position. (Randy Ellen)
VanWormer, who climbed from a seventh place starting spot,
would chase Babb to the line where he settled for second. Defending
Summer Nationals Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., came home third
ahead of Pierce chassis stable mate Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill. Jack Sullivan of Greenbriar, Ark.,
rounded out the top five, his best finish thus
far in 2011 Summer Nationals competition.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals at I-96 Speedway
1. Shannon Babb, 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. Jason Feger, 4. Brandon
Sheppard, 5. Jack Sullivan, 6. Dennis Erb Jr., 7. Scott James (prov.), 8. Billy Moyer Jr., 9. Dillan
White, 10. Zack Olger, 11. Ryan Unzicker, 12. Curtis Roberts, 13. Brian Ruhlman, 14. Alan Vochaska, 15.
Dona Marcoullier, 16. Donny Walden 17. Brandon Thirlby, 18. Eric Spangler (prov.), 19. Brian Shirley,
20. Frank Heckenast Jr., 21. Tom Sprague Jr., 22. Rusty Schlenk (prov.).
Fast Time (46
entries): Olger (16.255) Heat winners: Olger, Shirley, Babb, White. B-Main winner: Ruhlman.
Jiim Denhamer photo