Babb Claims DIRTcar Victory & $10,000 Prize

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Shannon Babb sped to the win Tuesday in Farley, Iowa.(Jim DenHamer photo)
Shannon Babb sped to the win Tuesday in Farley, Iowa.(Jim DenHamer photo)
Shannon Babb sped to the win Tuesday in Farley, Iowa.(Jim DenHamer photo)

FARLEY, Iowa – Shannon Babb captured the lead on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals all-time win list in dramatic fashion Tuesday night, snapping Rick Eckert’s two-race win streak and claiming his 84th career Summer Nationals victory at Farley Speedway.

Babb’s victory came at the expense and heartbreak of another series great, Billy Moyer, who started the 50-lap feature on the inside of row two behind pole-sitter Ryan Unzicker. Moyer seized the lead from Unzicker after the first lap, quickly separating himself from the rest of the field. Moyer dominated the race until lap 41, when bad luck struck.

Moyer spun while leading in turn two after blowing a right-rear tire, handing the lead over to second-place Babb, who rallied from the sixth starting position. Babb led the final nine laps, claiming the $10,000 checkered flag and the overall lead on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals all-time wins list.

Unzicker, Eckert, Bobby Pierce and Brandon Sheppard rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Unzicker, Moyer and Brian Shirley.