Shannon Babb wins at Tri-State Taking 4th Tour Win of 2018

Shannon Babb in victory lane. All photos by Jim DenHamer.

The Summer Nationals’ Hell Tour rolled into the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana, on June 24, after a week filled with racing in “Legends Week.”  Tuesday and Wednesday’s races at Belle-Clair Speedway and Jacksonville Speedway were rained out and Thursday’s Spoon River Speedway event was postponed to June 25. By the time the crews got to Tri-City Speedway on Friday, the stage was set for all-out war over the weekend.

Shannon Babb gets congratulations from track owner Tom Helfrich.

For the lead: #18 Shannon Babb passes #91 Tyler Erb.

Ryan Unzicker notched his first win of the 2018 Summer Nationals with Billy Moyer claiming his second win of the tour on Saturday at Fairbury Speedway in Canton, Illinois. The tour moved back to Tri-City Speedway on Sunday where Shannon Babb continued to stake his claim on the Series Championship by winning his fourth tour event in 2018.

#99 Frank Heckenast Jr., #18 Chase Junghans, and #11 Gordy Gundaker.

#18 Shannon Babb, #8 Timothy Culp, and #3 Brian Shirley

With rain looming, the track promoter Tom Helfrich skipped some of the heat races so that the feature event could start earlier, hopefully to beat the rain. The compressed schedule worked and the show was able to run the full distance. Babb started fifth in the feature and drove his way to the front on lap 13, passing Tyler Erb and holding off the field for the remaining 27 laps of the 40-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals event.

#25 Jason Feger, #8 Timothy Culp, #1 Rusty Schlenk, and #3 Brian Shirley.

#32 Bobby Pierce, #33 Tanner English, and #21 Billy Moyer.

Feature Finish: Shannon Babb, Tyler Erb, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, Rusty Schlenk, Timothy Culp, Jason Feger, Frank Heckenast Jr., Chase Junghans, Gordy Gundaker, Bob Gardner, Nick Hoffman, Paul Stubber, Brian Diveley, Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, Trent Young, Matt Santel, Daryn Klein, Jeremy Sneed, Rusty Griffaw, Chuck Hummer, Kent Robinson

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals travels back to Spoon River Speedway for a make-up of night 3 of Legends Week.

Shannon Babb.

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Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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