Hell Tour Photo Gallery: Brian Shirley Outruns Babb At La Salle

Brian Shirley, shown here with track promoter Tony Izzo Jr., wins at La Salle on Thursday night. Photos by Jim DenHamer.

Former series champion Brian Shirley showed he still has the right stuff in the Summer Nationals’ Hell Tour with a strong showing Thurday night at La Salle Speedway. The tour’s challenge week started with a rain out at the Charleston Speedway on Tuesday, then a scheduled day off on Wednesday. Shirley’s win on Thursday begins a hectic weekend of action.

#18 Dustin Johnson and #292 Josh Allen.

#96 Mike McKinney and #77 Ray Bollinger.

#36 Kenny Wallace and #77 Ray Bollinger.

#1 Phil Dixon and #16 Nick Lueth.

Next up is Terre Haute on Friday, Pevely, Missouri’s I-55 Raceway on Saturday, then Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois on Sunday before another well earned Monday off.

#94 Mike McKinney.

#61 Allen Weisser, #89 Mike Spatola, and #18 Chase Junghans.

#3 Brian Shirley and #18 Shannon Babb battle for the lead.

#28 Dennis Erb Jr. and #91 Tyler Erb.

Shirley’s win on Thursday came from the sixth spot on the starting grid. Working his way through the field quickly, he began to put pressure on leader Babb on lap 12. The leader was able to repel Shirley’s attacks until lap 21 when the Chatham, Illinois driver powered past series leader Babb for the lead. Shirley held the top spot for the rest of the 41 lapper and captured his 16th career Summer Nationals win, but the first since July of 2014.

#11 Gordy Gundaker and #96 Tanner English.

#32 Bobby Pierce, and #4 Bob Gardner, and #1 Brent Larson.

#24 Ryan Unzicker, #32 Chris Simpson, and #91 Tyler Erb.

#24 Ryan Unzicker and #25 Jason Feger.

Feature Finish: Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb JR, Shannon Babb, Ryan Unzicker, Tanner English, Chris Simpson, Jason Feger, Tyler ERb, Chase Junghans, Gordy Gundaker, Allen Weisser, Frank Heckenast JR, Kolby Vandenbergh, Mike Spatola, Bab Gardner, Bobby Pierce, Brent Larson, Rusty Schlenk, Billy Moyer, Mike Mataragas, Timothy Culp, Michael Kloos.

Shirley takes the checkered flag.

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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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