Babb Unstoppable at Route 66

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Shannon Babb Unstoppable at The Dirt Oval at Route 66

 

JOLIET, IL (June 16) — Conjuring memories of his spectacular DIRTcar Summer Nationals streaks of years past, Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL., scored his third straight Hell Tour victory on Saturday night, dominating the 30-lap feature at the Dirt Oval at Route 66.

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Babb Strikes Again at Sycamore

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Babb Strikes Again with Late Lap Battle at Sycamore Speedway

 

contributions from DirtonDirt.com

 

MAPLE PARK, IL — June 15, 2018 — Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL outdueled Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR for the second consecutive night — this time in a down-to-the-wire thriller — to score a $10,000 victory in Friday's 55-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals Feature at Sycamore Speedway. Moyer grabbed the lead from Babb on lap two and set the pace until the final six circuits, when the two longtime rivals swapped the top spot five times before Babb made his decisive pass on lap 54. Babb would go on to see the checkered flag in front of a packed house at Sycamore Speedway.

 

“It’s all fun and games when its like this,” commented Babb after the night’s event. “I was going to be content with 2nd place. I thought that's where we were going to end up, and I was fine with that. It got to be 12 laps to go, and I could see we were approaching lap cars and knew something was going to change. I wasn’t sure what the outcome was going to be.”

 

Following Babb and Moyer to the checkered flag was tour regular Ryan Unzicker with his strongest finish in the first three nights of competition. Devin Gilpin of North Vernon, IN finished in the fourth position, making his way up from the 14th starting spot in the Jim Beeman-owned 1G.

 

Pole-sitter Brian Shirley rounded out the top five. Shirley now finds himself in the points lead, ahead of the dueling cars of Moyer and Babb.

 

Feature Finish: Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer, Ryan Unzicker, Devin Gilpin, Brian Shirley, Gordy Gundaker, Tony Jackson Jr., Nick Hoffman, Jason Feger, Chris Simpson, Bob Gardner, Rusty Schlenk, Timothy Culp, Charlie Olson, Austin Rettig, Brandon Thirlby, Billy Moyer Jr., Tony Peterson, Mike Spatola, Roger Markham, Frank Heckenast Jr., Billy Drake

 

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Tomorrow the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals visits The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (IL) for the 4th event of Northern Kick Off Week. See the complete schedule at the helltour.com/schedule. Follow @SummerNationals on Twitter or Facebook for updates during and between race seasons. The DIRTcar Late Models will be joined by the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds as the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals runs parallel to the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Information on the Modifieds can be found at modifiednationals.com.

Babb Outduels Moyer at Kankakee

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Babb Outduels Moyer for Win at Kankakee County Speedway

 

by Kevin Kovac, courtesy of DirtonDirt.com

 

KANKAKEE, IL — June 14 — Was Shannon Babb excited to battle Billy Moyer for victory in Thursday night’s 40-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature at Kankakee County Speedway? You bet he was.

 

“It does get me fired up,” Babb said when asked about engaging in high-stakes racing with Moyer, a Hall of Famer who served as a mentor to Babb earlier in his career. Babb, 44, of Moweaqua, IL, used his burning desire to outrun Moyer to his advantage in the Feature, which he won after swapping the lead four times with his 60-year-old rival from Batesville, AR during a titanic clash of Summer Nationals titans that lasted more than half the race.

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Drake Takes DIRTcar Summer Nationals Opener

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Billy Drake Wins Night 1 of 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Peoria Speedway

 

by Kevin Kovac, courtesy of DirtonDirt.com 

 

PEORIA, IL — June 13 — Billy Drake had a hard time believing that his victory in Wednesday night’s 40-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals opener at Peoria Speedway was his first on the Hell Tour in nearly 15 years. But it was indeed, throwing the 48-year-old driver from Bloomington, IL back to his days as a well-traveled, full-time racer who was one of the dirt Late Model division’s rising stars.

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The 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Begin

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The 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Northern Kick Off Week Begins

 

CONCORD, NC — June 16, 2018 — The 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals kick off today, Wednesday, June 16th, at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, IL. The event is the first of five races during the Northern Kick Off Week and will mark the first time Peoria Speedway has hosted the opening event of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals.

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