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July 9
Tri-State Speedway,
Haubstadt, IN
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals - $5,000
Information provided by: Kyle McFadden, series and track reports (last updated July 10, 9:27 am)
Thompson scores Hell Tour upset at Tri-State
  1. Dylan Thompson
  2. Shannon Babb
  3. Kye Blight
  4. Rusty Schlenk
  5. Bob Gardner
  6. Ashton Winger
  7. Jason Feger
  8. Clay Stuckey
  9. Skyller Lewis
  10. B.J. Robinson
  11. Blaze Burwell
  12. Thomas Hunziker
  13. Lee Williams
  14. Mick Quin
  15. Cliff Tooley
  16. Rodney Melvin
  17. Doug Tye
  18. Greg Williams
  19. Steven Reinacher
  20. Jason Suhre
  21. Robby Moore
  22. Jimmy Miller
  23. Steve Stultz
  24. Brandon Tibaldi
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Dylan Thompson celebrates his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals win.
What won the race: Scoring an upset victory when all-time winningest series driver Shannon Babb was caught up in lapped traffic between turns three and four on the final lap, Dylan Thompson of Paducah, Ky., scored his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory Sunday at Tri-State Speedway. Thompson earned $5,000 in taking the checkers 1.878 seconds ahead of Babb, who was in control when 14th-running Mick Quin’s car forced Babb high on the last lap, allowing Thompson to slip by to lead his only lap, the 40th.
Quotable: “I love a fast hooked-up racetrack. Wow. I don’t know, I really don’t have any words,” Thompson said. “I got in line and I thougth, man, I’m just going to follow the other guys and do what I could."
Key notes: Thompson, who lapped all but six competitors, is the tour's fourth first-time winner of 2023. ... He's the sixth first-time series winner at Haubstadt: Tyler Erb (2017), Scott Weber (2012), Rodney Melvin (2004), Shannon Babb (1999) and Donnie Moran (1997). ... Thompson did a celebratory dance atop his car in victory lane. ... The 34-year-old started racing in Limited Late Models at age 14 in 2004 and finished third in UMP Super Late Model rookie points in 2005. ... Terry English and Justin English, driver Tanner English's father and brother, help prepare Thompson's racing equipment. ... Thompson's best previous Summer Nationals finish was ninth last season in Haubstadt. ... Shannon Babb, who said after the race he believes a caution should've been thrown for the last-lap incident, led laps 1-17 and then 29-39 after regaining the lead from Rusty Schlenk, who ended up fourth. ... Schlenk led laps 18-28. ... Babb was gunning for his tour-leading seventh victory at Haubstadt. ... Jason Feger earned $10,000 for winning the Week 4 points title. ... Polesitter Skyller Lewis faded to finish ninth. ... The lone caution appeared when the first start was scrapped as Thomas Hunziker, Jimmy Miller and Robby Moore tangled in turn four. ... Tri-State hosted the series for the 24th time. ... Ted Brown's Quality Paint & Body sponsored the event.
On the move: Winner Dylan Thompson started eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Thompson’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Custom Race Engine and sponsored by Chase Motorsports Coach & Trailer Sales and Triple T Aviation.
Points chase: After Tri-State (overall): 1. Ashton Winger (1,219); 2. Jason Feger (1,202); 3. Bob Gardner (961); 4. Kye Blight (882); 5. Shannon Babb (659). After Tri-State (Week 4 final): 1. Jason Feger (327); 2. Ashton Winger (307); 3. Shannon Babb (270); 4. Kye Blight (253); 5. Bob Gardner (252).
Current weather: Clear, 72°F
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Rusty Schlenk
Time: 14.491 seconds
Polesitter: Skyller Lewis
Heat race winners: Skyller Lewis, Shannon Babb, Kye Blight
Next series race: July 12, Shadyhill Speedway (Medaryville, IN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

HAUBSTADT, Ind. (July 9) — Updates and results from the 20th round of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Tri-State Speedway, an event highlighted by a $5,000-to-win feature for Super Late Models (results unofficial):

Feature

Scoring an upset victory when all-time winningest series driver Shannon Babb was caught up in lapped traffic between turns three and four on the final lap, Dylan Thompson of Paducah, Ky., scored his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory Sunday at Tri-State Speedway. Thompson earned $5,000 in taking the checkers 1.878 seconds ahead of Babb, who was in control when Mick Quin’s car forced Babb high on the last lap, allowing Thompson to slip by to lead his only lap, the 40th.

Feature lineup

(40 laps)

Row 1: Skyller Lewis, Shannon Babb
Row 2: Kye Blight, Ashton Winger
Row 3: Rusty Schlenk, Bob Gardner
Row 4: Jason Suhre, Dylan Thompson
Row 5: Jason Feger, Greg Williams
Row 6: Rodney Melvin, Clay Stuckey
Row 7: Blaze Burwell, B.J. Robinson
Row 8: Jimmy Miller, Mick Quin
Row 9: Thomas Hunziker, Robby Moore
Row 10: Steven Reinacher, Doug Tye
Row 11: Lee Williams, Brandon Tibaldi
Row 12: Cliff Tooley, Steve Stultz

Heat race notes

Skyller Lewis took the lead from Ashton Winger on lap five and paced the final four circuits to win heat race one; Winger threw a last-lap, last-corner slider, but Lewis executed a perfect crossover move to secure the victory by 0.389 of a second. Shannon Babb led all eight laps to win heat two by 2.769 seconds over Rusty Schlenk. Kye Blight narrowly repelled Bob Gardner in the closing laps, leading green-to-checkered to win the third and final heat race by 0.191 of a second.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top five transfer)

First heat: Skyller Lewis, Ashton Winger, Jason Suhre, Greg Williams, Blaze Burwell, Mick Quin, Steven Reinacher, Brandon Tibaldi, Jeremy Anderson.

Second heat: Shannon Babb, Rusty Schlenk, Dylan Thompson, Rodney Melvin, B.J. Robinson, Thomas Hunziker, Doug Tye, Cliff Tooley.

Third heat: Kye Blight, Bob Gardner, Jason Feger, Clay Stuckey, Jimmy Miller, Robby Moore, Lee Williams, Steve Stultz.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time
Group A
Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 14.731
Greg Williams (17w), Haubstadt, Ind., 14.847
Skyller Lewis (22), Brownstown, Ind., 14.854
Blaze Burwell (44), Mount Vernon, Ill., 14.938
Steven Reinacher (7), Pocahontas, Ill., 15.085
Jeremy Anderson (89), Princeton, Ky., 15.122
Mick Quin (23nz), Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 15.128
Jordan Suhre (4), Alhambra, Ill., 15.237
Brandon Tibaldi (16), Almo, Ky., 18.464
Group B
Rusty Schlenk (91), McClure, Ohio, 14.491
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 14.573
Dylan Thompson (99), Paducah, Ky., 14.643
Rodney Melvin (27m), Benton, Ill., 15.015
Thomas Hunziker (38), Bend, Ore., 15.290
B.J. Robinson (1), Bossier City, La., 15.463
Doug Tye (4D), Troy, Ill., 15.765
Cliff Tooley (15T), Evansville, Ind., 16.362
Group C
Kye Blight (31aus), Katanning, W. Australia, 14.578
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 14.791
Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 14.834
Clay Stuckey (15), Shreveport, La., 15.190
Robby Moore (11), Poplar Bluff, Mo., 15.593
Jimmy Miller (18m), Highland, Ill., 15.658
Steve Stultz (78s), Peoria, Ariz., 15.893
Lee Williams (17), Haubstadt, Ind., 16.005

Sunday’s schedule

(All times local)

4:30 p.m. - Grandstands open
5:30 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m. - On-track activity begins
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/qualifying (3 laps)
- Late Model qualifying (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Late Model heat races (8 laps)
- Modified heat races (8 laps)
- Modified consolation (8 laps; if needed)
- Late Model consolation (10 laps; if needed)
Intermission/track prep
Feature races

- Late Models (40 laps)
- Modifieds (25 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Lewis, Babb
Row 2: Blight, Winger
Row 3: Schlenk, Gardner
Row 4: Suhre, Thompson
Row 5: Feger, G. Williams
Row 6: Melvin, Stuckey
Row 7: Burwell, Robinson
Row 8: Miller, Quin
Row 9: Hunziker, Moore
Row 10: Reinacher, Tye
Row 11: L. Williams, Tibaldi
Row 12: Tooley, Stultz

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