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Shannon Babb Goes Back-to-Back on DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ with Jacksonville Speedway Victory

Thursday July 4, 2013


Shannon Babb makes it two in a row at Jacksonville Speedway.
Photo by Jeff Hall

Shannon Babb scored his second victory in as many nights when he rolled to victory Wednesday night in the 17 th round of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” at Jacksonville Speedway.

With the six-week-long “Hell Tour” officially hitting its halfway point, Babb might be just hitting his stride. Babb started from the outside of row two, behind McKay Wenger and former DIRTcar national champion Rusty Schlenk, who was leading the majority of the 40-lap feature when his car failed him with nine laps to go. That gave Babb his golden opportunity to lead the remaining few laps and capture the $5,000 checkered flag. Points-leader Brandon Sheppard finished second.

“I finally feel like I got my act together,” said Babb, a three-time Summer Nationals champion from Moweaqua, Ill. “We’ve got a program that’s really working. The car’s really good. I’m really happy with it.”

Ryan Unzicker, Steve Sheppard Jr. and Bobby Pierce rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included McKay Wenger, Shannon Babb, Jason Jaggers and Rusty Schlenk.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Thursday night at LaSalle Speedway located in LaSalle, Illinois.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway: July 3, 2013

A-Main (40-laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Ryan Unzicker, 4. Steve Sheppard Jr, 5. Bobby Pierce, 6. Jason Jaggers, 7. Brian Shirley, 8. MCKay Wenger, 9. Frank Heckenast Jr, 10. Mark Burgtorf, 11. Dewayne Kiefer, 12. Tyler Reddick, 13. Terry English, 14. Tanner English, 15. Dustin Griffin, 16. Randy Korte, 17. Joseph Joiner, 18. Rusty Schlenk, 19. Matt Taylor, 20. Jason Perry, 21. Kevin Weaver, 22. Jason McBride.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points

1 B5 Brandon Sheppard 942
2 32 Bobby Pierce 843
3 18 Shannon Babb 839
4 24 Ryan Unzicker 825
5 81 Randy Korte 660
6 11 Tyler Reddick 646
7 20 Dustin Griffin 638
8 77 Jason McBride 626
9 B12 Kevin Weaver 591
10 48 Tim Lance 487

2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Schedule

Day Date Track Location Winner

Wed. June 12 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN Dennis Erb, Jr.
Thurs. June 13 Off
Fri. June 14 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Brian Birkhofer
Sat. June 15 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Cancelled (RAIN)
Sun. June 16 Wilmot Speedway Wilmot, WI Kevin Weaver
Mon. June 17 Off
Tues. June 18 Off
Wed. June 19 Spoon River Speedway Canton, IL Brandon Sheppard
Thurs. June 20 Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, IL Brandon Sheppard (2)
Fri. June 21 Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL Chris Simpson
Sat. June 22 Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, IL Ryan Unzicker
Sun. June 23 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI Shannon Babb
Mon. June 24 Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL Cancelled (RAIN)
Tues. June 25 Off
Wed. June 26 Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, TN Brandon Sheppard (3)
Thurs. June 27 Clayhill Motorsports Park Atwood, TN Brandon Sheppard (4)
Fri. June 28 Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY Billy Moyer
Sat. June 29 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Postponed/Rain
(Aug. 17)
Sun. June 30 Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, IL Bobby Pierce
Mon. July 1 Off
Tues. July 2 Quincy Raceways Quincy, IL Shannon Babb (2)
Wed. July 3 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, IL Shannon Babb (3)
Thurs. July 4 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, IL
Fri. July 5 Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, IL
Sat. July 6 Highland Speedway Highland, IL
Sun. July 7 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN
Mon. July 8 Off
Tues. July 9 Florence Speedway Union, KY
Wed. July 10 Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN
Thurs. July 11 Macon Speedway Macon, IL
Fri. July 12 Kankakee County Speedway Kankakee, IL
Sat. July 13 34 Raceway Burlington, IA
Sun. July 14 Vermilion County Speedway Danville, IL
Mon. July 15 Off
Tues. July 16 Off
Wed. July 17 Brushcreek Motorsports Park Peebles, OH
Thurs. July 18 Twin Cities Raceway Park North Vernon, IN
Fri. July 19 Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH
Sat. July 20 Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, OH

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