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

babb5000jul10Shannon Babb, from nearby Moweaqua, Ill., traded the lead back-and-forth with championship rival Ryan Unzicker for most of the race before Babb finally claimed the top spot just past halfway en route to capturing his fifth Herald & Review 100 at his hometown Macon Speedway. Babb, who started in the third position, easily made his way around second-place starter Brian Shirley, as he stayed close to the leader’s back bumper. Babb captured the lead from Bobby Pierce on lap five and was not seriously challenged for almost the next 30 laps. Babb held the lead until lap 34 when lapped traffic helped a hard-charging Unzicker, who started in the seventh position, squeeze past Babb and claim the top spot. Unzicker held the lead for the next 22 laps but could not hold off Babb, who found the high-line just past halfway in the event and charged back to the front to retake the lead. Babb pulled away from Unzicker and easily led the final 45 laps of the 100-lap feature event, claiming the $5,000 checkered flag. “We’ve grown up here and raced here a lot, so it means a lot to win this thing,” said Babb, who received a loud ovation upon winning in front of his hometown crowd. “You know, it’s tough running 100 laps here and staying out of trouble.” Jim DenHamer Photo

sheppard7500jul42013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard may of not had the fastest car Friday night, but he had the lead when the track began to take rubber and passing became difficult, helping him score the $7,500 checkered flag at Fayette County Speedway.

Sheppard would lead the field to the green flag with Wednesday night’s winner Jason Feger starting on his outside. Sheppard started the race by clearing Feger for the lead on the opening lap, but made the mistake of moving to the high-line on lap two, opening up the faster bottom line for Feger to overtake Sheppard for the lead. Feger dominated the next 10 circuits, as Sheppard finally switched his line back to the bottom. As the night went on, the track became more difficult to pass on as the rubber began to build up. Sheppard mounted a charge on lap 12 and reclaimed the lead from Feger, as they lined up nose-to-tail with points leader Shannon Babb and Billy Moyer on the single grove of racing, causing a traffic jam at the front of the field for the lead. All the leader had to do was make his way through slower traffic in order to coast to the victory. That was not so easy for Sheppard. With just three laps left, two lapped cars made contact in front of the leader, causing Sheppard to slow down and giving Feger a chance to make a go-for-broke pass for the lead. Feger dove into the corner trying to clear Sheppard and become the first three time winner of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season, but came up just short as Sheppard maintained the lead.

Sheppard lead the final two laps without any problems and secured his second win of the season, and ninth of his career, as he claimed the checkered flag at Fayette County Speedway. “We had an awesome car all night long but we were fortunate to get back to victory lane,” said a relieved Sheppard in victory lane. “I went to the top (groove) right off the bat, which was dumb, and Feger got by us for the lead. But we were lucky we had a decent tire package on that allowed us to really get in there and roll that bottom pretty good after my crew guy told me to go back down there, and we were lucky to pass Feger (for the lead) before the rubber came in.” Jim DenHamer Photo

sprague1500jul4Andy Sprague picked up his second Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour win of the season after making the pass on David Mielke in the late stage of the race and holding on to take home the checkered flag. Mielke and Larry Cade started on the front row of the 35-lap feature event. The green flag waved and Mielke fired off with the lead with everyone clamoring for each position behind him. Mielke would hold his spot throughout much of the event, however in the late stages he was caught by the hard charging Andy Sprague who started tenth and was able to power his way forward to go one on one with Mielke. With fewer than ten laps left he would steal the lead away and go on to cross the line first as the big winner after a thrilling race.

shaw1000jul4Brian Shaw dominated Friday night at Fayette County Speedway, leading all 25 laps, claiming his first $1,000 checkered flag of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season. Mike Harrison continued his hot streak by grabbing the pole position for the feature event. Harrison’s grip on the top spot would be short lived as Brian Shaw, who started to his outside, rocketed past him on the race’s opening lap. With most of the front runners using the high-line around the track, Harrison had trouble making his way back to Shaw to challenge for the lead. Harrison would eventually overtake Griffaw for second with less than 10 laps to go, but Shaw had already built an insurmountable lead. Shaw led every lap of the feature event, defeating Harrison by a straightaway, en route to capturing his first win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season at Fayette County Speedway.

seratt1000jul4Preston Seratt has wanted to win a USCS feature event “the right way” ever since he was awarded his first USCS Outlaw Modified Series victory by virtue of torrential rain a week ago at Poplar Bluff Speedway. Friday night, he did just that. Seratt led wire-to-wire after winning his heat race and starting on the pole position to score the victory in the 25-lap “Stars and Stripes Duel at the Diamond” at Diamond Park Speedway on Friday night ahead of Hooks, Texas driver Caleb Shown. The triumph was Seratt’s second career series victory, as well as his second of the 2014 season. “Boy, each one’s more special than the last one, but I’m so glad we finally got one under green here tonight,” a jubilant Seratt said in victory lane. “Sure didn’t have it easy, the 24M (Manuel Williams, II) was on us there for a while at the beginning, but he had his problems and we just drove our race. Super stoked to grab the win tonight.”

mevert3000jun28-carMatt Mevert of Steeleville, Illinois, repeated his June 14th victory at KLMS. Mevert, who led all the way to victory in June, started fourth in a field of 30 and trailed Nick Hoffman for the first 10 laps before making a challenge. The two drivers raced side-by-side for four laps, with Mevert edging in front on the 14th circuit and pulling away for a decisive win.

sheppard5000jun23Defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard found his way back to victory lane Monday night, capturing the checkered flag at Peoria Speedway for the first time in the 2014 season.

Sheppard started the 40-lap feature up front next to Sunday's winner Brian Shirley. Sheppard rocketed past the pole-sitter at the drop of the green flag, using the outside line to grab the lead and never let Shirley lead a lap. After securing the top spot, Sheppard pulled away from Shirley leading all 40 laps en route to capturing the $5,000 checkered flag.

"We've been waiting for things to fall into place," said Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill. "Finally they did. I'm pretty confident going into the rest of [the DIRTcar Summer Nationals season] now." Jeff Hall Photo