Babb Keeps Chances Alive With Attica Romp


ATTICA, Ohio — Shannon Babb is making the 2012 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour championship come down to the last night of the 28-race event.

The Moweaqua, Ill., driver scored his second win in the last three days, taking the lead from race-long leader Frank Heckenast Jr. on a restart with just two laps to go Friday at Attica Raceway Park.

Babb, the 2005, 2006 and 2011 Sumer Nationals champion, rolled into Attica hot last year, taking the victory, his fifth in a row on route to winning nine features during the month of racing. This year, his Attica victory on Summit Racing Equipment/Central Ohio Farmers Night, was his fourth on the Hell Tour and takes his Summer Nationals career total to 75 victories.

Heckenast, Babb and Ryan Unzicker battled side-by-side nearly the last half of the 40-lap feature.

“Frank was probably going to win that one. But when that last caution flew, I drove under him and thought I had him but the caution came back out. On the next restart, he went down to block and I drove to the high side and it worked. That was fun racing with Frank and Ryan (Unzicker). We have been hot this last week, but Brian Shirley has been consistent and deserves to win the championship,” said Babb.

Attica was the 27th stop (only one cancelation) with one race to go, Saturday at Oakshade. The tour had 28 races over 32 days coving eight different states.

Not to be outdone, the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals made their 27th stop on the tour at Attica with Taylor Cook leading all 20 laps for his first tour victory.

In the Fremont Fence 305 Sprint feature, defending division track champion Nate Dussel grabbed the lead from Jason Keckler on lap 8, then got passed by John Ivy on a lap 19 restart, had to battle with Ivy and D.J. Foos before regaining the lead with five laps to go, and then held off Foos for his second victory of the season at Attica.