Shannon Babb, who only needed a 19th place finish Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway to secure his fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals title, finished in the third position and easily scored the $25,000 series title for the first time since 2011. Babb started the feature in the seventh position, just behind championship rivals Ryan Unzicker and Brian Shirley. Babb chased Unzicker through the field, eventually finding their way to the front, as Shirley was a non-factor and finished in the sixth position. Babb did what he needed to do in order to recapture the championship trophy. Babb glued himself to Unzicker’s back-bumper, and even challenged him for the second position in the final stages of the race. Babb settled for a third place finish - which was his series leading 17th top-five finish to go with four victories – as he captured his fourth career DIRTcar Summer Nationals title by 38-points over Ryan Unzicker. “It’s really hard to get these,” said Babb, who admitted to getting nervous before the race started. “Thirty nights of racing is a lot. You have a lot of ups and downs, but we got it done.” - Jim DenHamer Photo
For the third time in three appearances at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Matt Mevert dominated the Modified feature Saturday night to claim big prize money. The Steeleville, Ill., driver outran Nick Hoffman and added to the victories he scored on June 14 and June 28 in races that paid $3,000 to win. Saturday night’s win paid $4,000. Mevert started on the outside of the second row and moved to the front when Bryce Jewell, who started in front of Mevert on the outside of the front row, spun between Turns 1-2, triggering a chain-reaction crash that brought out an immediate yellow flag. When the race resumed, Mevert moved ahead and although Hoffman nipped at his heels, he was never seriously challenged. Mevert won by 0.281 seconds, with third-place Tyler Nicely more than 4 seconds behind. Forty-one cars were on hand for the race, with 30 cars taking the green flag for the 35-lap feature.
Three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Shannon Babb dominated Vermilion County Speedway Sunday night. Jason Feger started the 40-lap feature event from the pole position with point’s leader Babb starting to his outside. Feger would fail to lead the opening lap as Babb powered his way to the front of the field, leaving Feger to settle into second place. Babb’s closest competition in the championship standings, Ryan Unzicker, suffered from a flat right rear tire on lap four, causing the races only caution and bringing Feger back to the leader’s back bumper. The restart was Feger’s only shot at Babb for the lead, but the leader proved to be too strong and pulled away from second place, eventually building up a three second lead with 10 laps remaining. Babb never faced a serious challenge for the victory, as he dominated all 40 laps en route to claiming the $5,000 checkered flag. “The car was really comfortable tonight,” said Babb. “We never changed anything on the thing all night long. It was good all night. There’s probably one out of the whole year that that happens.” - Jim DenHamer Photo
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