Babb dials up UMP Summernationals victory
BROWNSTOWN, IN (June 30, 1999) - Young Illinois hotshoe Shannon Babb was dominating in capturing the 40-lap UMP Summernationals event, Wednesday night, at Brownstown Speedway. The win was the second career win at Brownstown for the Decatur, Ill., speedster, as he also won the 1996 Hoosier Dirt Classic.
Babb, who was also the dash winner, took command of the main event at the start, trailed by Don O'Neal, Billy Drake, Billy Moyer and Roger Long. On lap 2, Kevin Weaver would jump from sixth to third with Long now fourth and Kevin Claycomb fifth. Weaver would continue to charge and took second from O'Neal on lap 6.
Meanwhile, with Babb already beginning to motor away, the man on the move was Mike Jewell, who had started 18th and cracked the top ten on lap 7 as Claycomb shot past Drake on the same lap.
The top five stabilized at this point as Babb began the lapping process while Moyer and Scott Smith battled for sixth. As laps continued to click off, Babb worked the hub around the 1/4-mile and performed flawlessly in lapped traffic.
Trailing Babb at the midpoint of the event was Weaver, O'Neal, Claycomb and Drake, with Moyer and Jewell battling for sixth. Moyer began to move his mount at this point as he passed Drake for fifth on lap 22 and began fighting Claycomb for fourth, grabbing the spot on lap 27.
Babb's assault on the field continued as, with 10 laps remaining, he had lapped up to the seventh place car. Babb's mount would continue to get faster as the young speedster would mount a charge of lapping the top five when the checkered flag fell on the 40-lap caution-free event. Trailing Babb at the finish were Weaver, O'Neal, Drake and Claycomb. Moyer slipped to sixth on the final lap, with Bob Pierce, James Huff, Dennis Erb Jr. and Scott Smith completing the top ten.
Babb's winning entry was a C.J. Rayburn Race Car powered by a Runion Racing Engine and sponsored by 10-10-220 Long Distance Service, Gulf Valve Service and Triple A Diesel.
The UMP modifieds were also in action and John DeMoss of Bloomington, Ind., scored his first win at Brownstown since 1997 by taking the 25-lap, $600-to-win open wheel main event. DeMoss led the entire way, surviving a lap 20 restart that saw him spin on the frontstretch. Track officials determined that DeMoss was spun by another car, thus DeMoss received his spot back at the point.
DeMoss' winning entry was an Ellis Race Car with sponsorship from Erwin's Drywall and Southern Indiana Drywall Supply. Todd Gilpin would finish a close second, with Randy Petro, Earl Plessinger and Scott Patman completing the top five. Heading up the second five was Brad Thrasher, followed by defending track champion Brad Cummings, Gary Burton, Adam Sasser and Lee Hobbs.
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Top Qualifer: Don O'Neal, 14.945 seconds
Dash: 1. Shannon Babb, 2. Don O'Neal, 3. Billy Moyer, 4. Billy Drake, 5. Roger Long, 6. Kevin Claycomb.
First Heat: 1. Kevin Weaver, 2. Steve Casebolt, Jim Curry, Jeff Semmons.
Second Heat: 1. Scott Smith, 2. Bob Pierce, 3. Johnny Wheeler, 4. Dennis Erb Jr.
Third Heat: 1. Donnie Barnhart, 2. Ted Loomis, 3. Marty O'Neal, 4. Mike Jewell.
Consy: 1. C.J. Rayburn, 2. James Huff, 3. Dick Phillips, 4. Mark Barber, 5. Kevin Briscoe.
Feature: 1. Shannon Babb, 2. Kevin Weaver, 3. Don O'Neal, 4. Billy Drake, 5. Kevin Claycomb, 6. Billy Moyer, 7. Bob Pierce, 8. James Huff, 9. Dennis Erb Jr., 10. Scott Smith, 11. Roger Long, 12. C.J. Rayburn, 13. Jim Curry, 14. Johnny Wheeler, 15. Steve Casebolt, 16. Ted Loomis, 17. Jeff Semmons, 18. Mike Jewell, 19. Marty O'Neal, 20. Donnie Barnhart.
Heat winner: John DeMoss, Randy Petro, Earl Plessinger and Todd Gilpin.
Consy winners: David McWilliams and Brent Londeree.
Feature: 1. John DeMoss, 2. Todd Gilpin, 3. Randy Petro, 4. Earl Plessinger, 5. Scott Patman, 6. Brad Thrasher, 7. Brad Cummings, 8. Gary Burton, 9. Adam Sasser, 10. Lee Hobbs, 11. David McWilliams, 12. Matt Tiller, 13. David Daughtery, 14. Brent Londeree, 15. Matt Boknecht, 16. Greg Lee, 17. Joe Godsey, 18. Keith Deppe, 19. Steve Trabue, 20. John Davis.