sheppard2000aug9Fourth starting Brandon Sheppard took the lead on lap 17 with an outside pass on Bobby Pierce and led the rest of the 30-lap distance winning by 1.404 sec at Fairbury's $2,000 American Late Model Series race on Saturday. Jeff Hall Photo

hawkins2000aug3At the halfway mark it was Hawkins who had made his way to the top spot with Cook continuing to apply heavy door to door pressure on the Fairmont, WV native. Once more the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour was like the “running of the bulls” utilizing every inch of caged in dirt to make their personal playground. Hawkins, Cook, and Michael remained side by side as the battle also ensued behind the top three between Burdette, Trimble, and Cline. Inside five to go heavy lap traffic tested Hawkins but the late model veteran took on every challenge including a final lap adventure amongst Cook, Michael, and lap car Conrad who held his line while the trio bared down on his rear deck lid. At the line it was Jacob Hawkins by .42 over Cook and .90 over Michael to win his first ever Renegade of Dirt Modified Tour main event. Hawkins piloting the famous #13 2Brothers Motorsports owned machine for just the second time this season parked it into victory lane in claiming the 10th Annual “Dickson Classic”. The win marks the first of 2014 for 2Brothers Motorsports and a career first for the Fairmont, WV youngster who also becomes the first non-tour regular to see the ‘lane’ this season.

“I want to thank 2Brothers Motorsports first and foremost” stated Hawkins. “They put me up in great equipment and let me come run with this awesome touring series” added Hawkins. “The track was perfect. I got a run a few times early but couldn't get around then once we made the move to the lead I knew we had to stay middle low to hold off Cook who was really fast down around the bottom all night. That was a lot of fun. Feels great to finally grab that first win (RoDT first time winner).

dunn1500aug2Clyde Dunn Jr. rolled to victory as the Texas Outlaw Modified Series raided Southern Oklahoma Speedway. Troy Taylor took the early lead until Dunn Jr. found his way around to take the point. Meanwhile, Cody Smith was charging from the rear of the field with his sights set on Dunn. A mid race caution set up the showdown as Smith was in a prime position to overtake the TOM series points leader. Running the high side, Smith would push a bit too much and wind up looping in turn 4. Dunn would roll to the win with Wesley Veal making his way to second as the top two in points would finish 1 and 2 to set up an exciting run to the series points championship. FritzFoto Photo

shaw1500jul26Trent Young would take the lead at the start of the event, with Brian Shaw, Tyler Nicely, Josh Harris, and Bryce Jewell giving chase. Nicely and Harris would settle into a good battle for the third spot, while Young and Shaw distanced themselves from the field. The action was slowed on lap 9 when David McWilliams and Billy Uptegraff would tangle in turn four. The restart would see Shaw motor by Young off of turn two and take the lead on lap 10, as Harris turned up the wick on his challenge of Nicely for third. The final caution of the event flew on lap 12 for a multi-car incident in turn three involving Victor Lee, Jessie Baize, Chad Boone, Corey Kellems, Tony Garber, and Matthew Hopper. Once action resume, Shaw would maintain his spot at the point, while Harris would finally win the battle for third. With ten laps remaining, Young and Harris would mount a charge on the leader, with Young looking to the inside of Shaw for the lead on lap 24, but not able to make the pass. Shaw would pull away a bit after that and take the win.

babb-summer-nationals-champShannon 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

mevert4000jul19For 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.

babb5000jul13Three-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