By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
PUTNAMVILLE — Moweaqua, Ill. native Shannon Babb is quickly picking
up steam in pursuit of his third career DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Babb started fourth and surpassed current DIRTcar Late Model
National points leader Ryan Unzicker on the 14th circuit at Lincoln
Park Speedway on Tuesday night and went on to score his second
consecutive feature victory on the tour.
Babb made his pass stick and was able to hold off Unzicker and Jason
Feger over the remaining 26 laps to pick up a second $5,000 payday
after winning at Lake Odessa, Mich. on Sunday evening at I-96
Speedway. Babb defeated Jeep VanWormer by holding him off the final
three laps two nights earlier. After a night off from the hectic
Hell Tour, Babb was back in the saddle at the Putnamville oval.
Group qualifying went to Babb, who topped overall qualifying with a
time of 13.187 to edge Feger in group one. The second group was led
by Frank Heckenast Jr. in 13.485 and Don O’Neal was quickest in the
third group, but his night ended prematurely when he rolled several
times during his second qualifying lap of the night.
Heckenast Jr. and Feger picked up heat race wins to set the feature
for the night.
In the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals event,
Mike Harrison is now 3-for-3 as he led nearly wire-to-wire to earn
the win in his Shaw Racecar No. 24, Rinders Farms, Aggressive
Graphics, John’s Towing, Kehrer Brothers sponsored machine.
Harrison, the defending DIRTcar UMP Modified National Champion
picked up a win in the second heat race and went on to win over Ryan
Thomas of Gosport, Ind. and Clint DeMoss of Bloomington, Ind.
The win is Harrison’s third in as many starts during the Summitt
Modified Nationals. John DeMoss placed fourth and closed to within
five points of Forest, Ill. driver, Jeff Curl, who leads the series
in points heading into last night’s race at Belle-Clair Speedway in
Illinois. Gabe Menser wrapped the top-five on Tuesday.
Heat races went to Clint DeMoss, Harrison, Thomas and Chris Brewer.
Craig Conyer claimed the win in the B-main.
In the open rules bomber class on Tuesday night, 28 cars were on
hand for the festivities, but no one could catch up to Lee Hobbs,
who won his second feature at LPS this season.
Hobbs earned a win in the second heat race as Jason Cox won the
first and Blake Cross was the third heat race victor.
Cox and Hobbs started on the front row ahead of Cross and John
Grenier Jr., but Cox night went sideways as he spun on the first lap
on a slick racing surface. He wasn’t alone as several cautions flew
before the first feature lap was completed.
Once the feature went fully green however, Hobbs secured the
advantage and built his lead ahead of Grenier, who led a two-way
dual between Joel Shores and Jordan Almanza with Cross in two.
Hobbs continued to build on his lead over the course of the feature
as Almanza and Grenier settled into a fight for the runner-up spot.
Harry Shephered moved into contention, dueling with Shores with
David Bumgardner chasing fifth position.
Hobbs would go on to take the checkered flag as Almanza took second
ahead of Daniel Foxworthy, Shores and Shepherd in the top-five.
Action resumes on Saturday with sprints, modifieds, super stocks and
bombers on tap along with the annual fireworks extravaganza. General
admission is $15, kids 10-and-under are free. Main gates open at
4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour
Lincoln Park Speedway
Late Model Feature (40 laps)
1. Shannon Babb, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Ryan Unzicker, 4. Scott James,
5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Frank Heckenast Jr., 7. Dennis Erb Jr., 8.
Brian Shirley, 9. Jack Sullivan, 10. Billy Moyer Jr., 11. Bobby
Pierce, 12. Greg Johnson, 13. Dillan White, 14. Donny Walden, 15.
Greg Kendall, 16. Kevin Weaver, 17. Joe Deckard, 18. Kent Robinson,
19. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 20. Jon Dome, 21. Bob Robinson
Heat winners: Frank Heckenast Jr., Jason Feger
Group Qualifying winners: Shannon Babb (13.187), Frank Heckenast Jr.
(13.485), Don O’Neal (13.657)
DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals
1. Mike Harrison, 2. Ryan Thomas, 3. Clint DeMoss, 4. John DeMoss,
5. Gabe Menser, 6. Chris Brewer, 7. Jeff Curl, 8. Carlos Bumgardner,
9. Michael Fox, 10. Brian Hayden, 11. McKay Wenger, 12. Schuyler
Nahre, 13. Paul Bumgardner, 14. Kenny Carmichael Sr., 15. Jacob
Hines, 16. Craig Conyer, 17. Bryce Jewell, 18. Kelby Simmons, 19.
C.J. Bryan, 20. Levi Kissinger
1. Lee Hobbs, 2. Jordan Almanza, 3. Daniel Foxworthy, 4. Joel
Shores, 5. Harry Shepherd, 6. David Bumgardner, 7. Josh Foxworthy,
8. Blake Cross, 9. JR Watkins, 10. Bob Farris, 11. Marlin Burns, 12.
Corey Gregory, 13. Jason Cox, 14. Kevin Kemp, 15. Josh Fagg, 16.
Michael Harris, 17. John Grenier Jr., 18. Greg Leitzman, 19. Frank
Cotton, 20. Kyle Laughlin
B-main winner: Josh Foxworthy
Heat winners: Jason Cox, Lee Hobbs, Blake Cross