Babb Blasts to Attica Raceway Park Summer Nationals Victory

Shannon Babb - Jim Denhamer Photo

Shannon Babb – Jim Denhamer Photo

Attica, Ohio – July 13, 2012 – Defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., won his fourth ‘Hell Tour’ main event Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Babb took home the $5,000 top prize for his efforts.

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Babb swapped the second position with defending DIRTcar Late Model National Champion Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., throughout the middle stages of the 40-lap main event.

“Every time we’ve been here to Attica, Ryan has been really good on the bottom,” Babb said. “He kind of showed me there was something down there.”

He then past Frank Heckenast Jr., of Frankfort, Ill., on a lap 37 restart to claim the win.

“I knew I had him because I rolled the top so good on the restart,” Babb said. “I had been having a little trouble up there because it was a little treacherous and you could jump it easy but on that last restart I hit it really good and it shot me down the backstretch.”

Unzicker moved past Heckenast on the last lap to finish second. Heckenast finished third after leading the feature for the initial 36 circuits. Current Hell Tour point leader Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., finished fourth and home state driver Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, rounded out the top five.

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Points leader Brian Shirley will try to wrap up his first Hell Tour championship Saturday night when DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour invades Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, for the $10,000-to-win Birthday Race.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Attica Raceway Park; Attica, Ohio; July 13, 2012 A-Main (40-laps): 1. Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. Ryan Unzicker, 3. Frank Heckenast Jr., 4. Brian Shirley, 5. Jon Henry, 6. Scott James, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Jason McBride, 9. Ryan Missler, 10. Jason Feger, 11. Rusty Schlenk, 12. Jeep Van Wormer, 13. Mike Spatola, 14. Ryan Markham, 15. Dona Marcoullier, 16. Andrew Reaume, 17. Jerry Lierly, 18. Justin Chance, 19. Matt Miller, 20. Jeff Babcock, 21. Mike Bores, 22. Nick Bartels. Fast qualifiers (among 54 cars): Babb, Heckenast, Feger, Unzicker, Sheppard. Heat race winners: Babb, Shirley, Henry, Heckenast, Unzicker. B-main winner: Schlenk. C-main winners: Bartels, Nate Potts. Provisional starters: Spatola, Miller, Bores, Bartels.

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

Eddie Carrier Jr. (32)

12-Jul

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

Don O’Neal (22)

13-Jul

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, OH

Shannon Babb (54)

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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