Babb Rolls at Florence, Tightens Championship Battle

Shannon Babb

Shannon Babb

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Union, Ky. – July 10, 2012 – Defending Summer Nationals Champion Shannon Babb found his groove Tuesday night winning the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour stop at Florence Speedway worth $5,000.

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Babb, who’s in the midst of an ever-changing points battle with current leader Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., led from the drop of the green flag and held off Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., to win the 40-lap main event. Casebolt settled for second ahead of Shirley who finished third after starting on the pole next to Babb. NASCAR Nationwide standout Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C., made his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals start of 2012 and finished fourth and Greg Johnson of Bedford, Ind., rounded out the top five

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With the victory Babb reduced Shirley’s point lead to 29 markers entering Wednesday night’s race at Brushcreek Motorsports Park in Peebles, Ohio, the first of four remaining events on the 2012 tour.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Florence Speedway; Union, Ky.; July 10, 2012 A-Main (40-laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. Steve Casebolt, 3. Brian Shirley, 4. Austin Dillon, 5. Greg Johnson, 6. Ryan Unzicker, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Justin Rattliff, 9. Josh Richards, 10. Cody Mahoney, 11. Brad Neat, 12. Dennis Erb Jr., 13. Joe Janowski, 14. Eddie Carrier Jr., 15. Mike Marlar, 16. Jason Feger, 17. Chad Smith, 18. Mike Spatola, 19. Jason McBride, 20. Jon Henry, 21. Jeff Babcock, 22. Jesse Lay. Fast qualifiers (among 44 cars): Sheppard, Dillon, Marlar, Shirley. Heat race winners: Casebolt, Dillon, Babb, Shirley. B-main winner: Carrier. C-main winner: Rod Conley. Provisional starters: Henry, Spatola, McBride, Lay.

2012 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date

Track

Location

Winner (Cars)

13-Jun

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, IN

Billy Moyer Jr. (49)

14-Jun

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

Shannon Babb(45)

15-Jun

Cedar Lake Speedway

Somerset, WI

Billy Moyer Jr. (37)

16-Jun

Cedar Lake Speedway

Somerset, WI

Billy Moyer Jr. (32)

17-Jun

Wilmot Raceway

Wilmot, WI

Ryan Unzicker (31)

19-Jun

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

Jon Henry (38)

20-Jun

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

Rodney Melvin (42)

21-Jun

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

Brian Shirley (41)

22-Jun

Tri City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

Billy Moyer (43)

23-Jun

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

Brian Shirley (41)

24-Jun

I-96 Speedway

Lake Odessa, MI

Shannon Babb (36)

26-Jun

Lincoln Park Speedway

Putnamville, IN

Jason Feger (21)

27-Jun

Belle Clair Speedway

Belleville, IL

Jason Feger (34)

28-Jun

Clay Hill Motorsports Park

Atwood, TN

Brandon Sheppard (28)

29-Jun

Paducah Int. Raceway

Paducah, KY

Brian Birkhofer (35)

30-Jun

Federated Auto Parts I-55

Pevely, MO

Billy Moyer (34)

1-Jul

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

Canceled (Heat)

2-Jul

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

Brian Shirley (41)

3-Jul

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL

Jason Feger (40)

4-Jul

Lasalle Speedway

Lasalle, IL

Brian Birkhofer (36)

5-Jul

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

Brian Shirley (38)

6-Jul

Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL

Brian Shirley (31)

7-Jul

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

Dennis Erb Jr. (32)

8-Jul

Tri State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

Scott Weber (28)

10-Jul

Florence Speedway

Union, KY

Shannon Babb (44)

11-Jul

Brushcreek Motorsports

Pebbles, OH

12-Jul

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

13-Jul

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, OH

14-Jul

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

 

 

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals (The Hell Tour) is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electonics (Official Communication), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine contingency sponsors: Beyea Headers, Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Chevy Performance Parts, Intercomp, JE Pistons, Klotz Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Quartermaster, Superflow Dyno’s, UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), Wix Filters, and Wrisco Aluminum.

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