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June 29
Terre Haute Action Track,
Terre Haute, IN
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series - $10,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated June 30, 10:58 am)
Moran outduels Babb for $10,000 at Terre Haute
  1. Devin Moran
  2. Shannon Babb
  3. Mike Marlar
  4. Brian Shirley
  5. Kent Robinson
  6. Chris Madden
  7. Rick Eckert
  8. Tyler Erb
  9. Chris Ferguson
  10. David Breazeale
  11. Jason Feger
  12. Chase Junghans
  13. Shane Clanton
  14. Gordy Gundaker
  15. Shelby Miles
  16. Morgan Bagley
  17. Brent Larson
  18. Paul Stubber
  19. Brandon Sheppard
  20. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  21. Dennis Erb Jr.
  22. Nick Hoffman
  23. Duke Mounce
  24. Rusty Schlenk
  25. Chuck Hummer
presented by
Jimmy Dearing
Devin Moran earned a $10,000 co-sanctioned victory at Terre Haute.
What won the race: Sliding ahead of race leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., on lap 25 of 30, third-starting Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, led the final circuits for a $10,000 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory at Terre Haute Action Track.
On the move: Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., charged from the 12th starting spot to finish third.
Winner's sponsors: Moran’s Tye Twarog Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Tommy Pope Construction, DMR Driving School, Keyser Mfg., Innovative Graphics, Accu-Force Shock & Dynos, Dow Cameron Oil and Gas, Lias Tire, Performance Bodies, Kendrick Excavating and Eddie’s Dow Cameron Oil & Gas.
Points chase: WoO after Terre Haute: 1. Chris Madden (2,698); 2. Mike Marlar (2,688); 3. Brandon Sheppard (2,618); 4. Shane Clanton (2,524); 5. Rick Eckert (2,492); 6. Devin Moran (2,486). SN after Terre Haute: 1. Shannon Babb (712); 2. Brian Shirley (642); 3. Billy Moyer (614); 4. Jason Feger (526); 5. Frank Heckenast Jr. (508); 6. Rusty Schlenk (495).
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 20.306 seconds
Polesitter: Shannon Babb
Heat race winners: Devin Moran, Shannon Babb, Chris Madden
Next series race: June 30, Federated Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (June 29) — Just when it appeared that Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., was set to tie the DIRTcar Summer Nationals all-time win record, Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, had other plans.

Gaining momentum from a late-race restart, Moran powered down the backstretch and slid ahead of Babb out of turn four to take the lead on lap 25 of 30. Leading the final circuits, Moran scored a $10,000 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series-Summer Nationals victory in Friday’s co-sanctioned event at Terre Haute Action Track.

“I thought it was going to be Lernerville all over again,” Moran said of the race’s final caution. “That happened to us last week too when we finally caught Chris (Madden) and the caution came out. But I wasn’t as good as him last weekend. We just had the car dialed in (tonight).

“Shannon (Babb) messed up coming off of (turn) two after that restart. I was side-by-side with him going into (turn) three and I knew that was my shot because the air was so important here. I just drove it all the way to the fence and hit the traction and tried to stay up there the rest of the race.”

Rolling off from the third starting spot, Moran shot ahead of outside pole sitter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., to take the second-place spot on the opening lap. Racing side-by-side with Babb, Moran gained the lead the third lap, only to fall back to second one circuit later.

While Babb set a blistering pace out front, Moran was able to maintain his position, closing the gap between himself and the race leader as the pair worked their way through late-race lapped traffic. Moran used the race’s final caution to his advantage, outdueling Babb for his third career World of Outlaws victory and first-ever Summer Nationals triumph.

“I was a little nervous because we went out there for the feature and it was actually more brown than what it was all night,” said Moran, who recorded his sixth top-five finish in his last seven WoO starts. “I didn’t know what was going to end up happening. I thought I might have been too tight. But the XR1 Rocket was pretty good.”

After leading early, Babb settled for a runner-up finish at the checkered flag. Charging from the 12th starting spot, Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., ran third, with Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., finishing fourth. Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., rounded out the top five.

“As long as we was running green-flag laps I felt like we was pretty decent,” Babb said. “I was tight down in (turns) one and two. On the restart I didn’t know … I figured if I went high into (turn) one that I was going to open the door and thought I’d get slid in one. I kind of took the momentum line through there but it killed my speed down the back straightaway and he was able to get a better run on me … I feel like we had a really good car tonight. Real happy with second.”

With his second-place finish, Babb secured his spot at the top of the Summer Nationals standings. But it was also a good points night for Marlar, who entered the weekend just 16 points behind Madden in the World of Outlaws standings and closed to within 10 markers of the lead.

“I started a little too far back and it was a short race,” Marlar said. “I had a good car, just had some bugs there qualifying and needed to get that figured out. It was a good racetrack. It’s hard to race on big racetracks like this a lot of times. Twelfth to third in a 30-lapper, pretty good track.”

Notes: The race was slowed by two cautions. … The first yellow flag waved on the second lap when Rusty Schlenk spun in turn four, collecting Chuck Hummer. … Fourth-running Brandon Sheppard drew a caution on lap 24 when he slowed off the pace. With steam coming from his Rocket Chassis house car, he did not return and fell 80 points behind Madden in the standings. … The Outlaws tour made its first-ever visit to Terre Haute; last year's planned Summer Nationals Challenge event was rained out.

Preliminary notes and results:

Feature lineup

Row 1: Shannon Babb, Chris Madden
Row 2: Devin Moran, Brian Shirley
Row 3: Shane Clanton, Brandon Sheppard
Row 4: Kent Robinson, Rick Eckert
Row 5: David Breazeale, Chris Ferguson
Row 6: Frank Heckenast Jr., Mike Marlar
Row 7: Rusty Schlenk, Nick Hoffman
Row 8: Gordy Gundaker, Morgan Bagley
Row 9: Jason Feger, Chase Junghans
Row 10: Tyler Erb, Brent Larson
Row 11: Paul Stubber, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 12: Duke Mounce, Chuck Hummer
Row 13: Shelby Miles

Third heat

Polesitter Chris Madden charged to the lead when the green flag waved, with David Breazeale and Mike Marlar battling for third on the opening lap. Second-running Brandon Sheppard began closing the gap between himself and Madden on the fifth lap but was never able to seriously challenge for the lead. Madden won the heat race, with Sheppard finishing second. Breazeale rounded out the podium in third.

Finish: Chris Madden, Brandon Sheppard, David Breazeale, Mike Marlar, Gordy Gundaker, Chase Junghans, Paul Stubber, Chuck Hummer.

Second heat

With the front-row starters racing side-by-side on the first lap, Shannon Babb pulled ahead of Shane Clanton down the backstretch to take the lead on the second circuit. Babb maintained a solid lead at the halfway mark, going on to win the second heat. Clanton ran second, with Rick Eckert finishing third.

Finish: Shannon Babb, Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert, Frank Heckenast Jr., Nick Hoffman, Jason Feger, Brent Larson, Duke Mounce.

First heat

Polesitter Devin Moran shot to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag as Brian Shirley and Kent Robinson battled for second. With the top-two cars pulling away from the field at the halfway mark, Shirley charged around the high side, closing in on Moran. With Robinson running a solid third, Rusty Schlenk and Chris Ferguson battled side-by-side for fourth late-race. Pulling away in the final laps, Moran won the heat, with Shirley and Robinson rounding out the podium.

Finish: Devin Moran, Brian Shirley, Kent Robinson, Chris Ferguson, Rusty Schlenk, Morgan Bagley, Tyler Erb, Dennis Erb Jr., Shelby Miles.

Heat race lineups

(eight laps)
First heat
Row 1: Devin Moran, Brian Shirley
Row 2: Kent Robinson, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 3: Chris Ferguson, Rusty Schlenk
Row 4: Tyler Erb, Shelby Miles
Row 5: Morgan Bagley
Second heat
Row 1: Shane Clanton, Shannon Babb
Row 2: Frank Heckenast Jr., Brent Larson
Row 3: Rick Eckert, Jason Feger
Row 4: Nick Hoffman, Duke Mounce
Third heat
Row 1: Chris Madden, Brandon Sheppard
Row 2: David Breazeale, Mike Marlar
Row 3: Gordy Gundaker, Chase Junghans
Row 4: Paul Stubber, Chuck Hammer

Pre-race setup

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and DIRTcar Summer Nationals co-sanctioned doubleheader kicks off on Friday night at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. The 30-lap main event pays $10,000-to-win.

The Outlaws tour makes its first-ever visit to half-mile Terre Haute oval, while Summer Nationals competitors return for the first time since 2014. Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., picked up the Hell Tour victory at Terre Haute four years ago, but after suffering heavy damgage to his car in Thursday's Summer Nationals event at La Salle (Ill.) Speedway, the Hall of Famer is not on hand for Friday's show.

Fresh off of his Firecracker 100 victory at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., leads the WoO tour heading into the weekend. Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., tops the Summer Nationals points standings, while Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., was the winner of Thursday’s tour stop at La Salle.

Friday’s program will include hot laps, time trials, heat races and the 30-lap feature. All cars will start the main event and modifieds will also be in action. Terre Haute does not host Late Models on a regular basis.

Time trial results

Driver (car no.), hometown
Group 1
Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 20.487
Brian Shirley (3S), Chatham, Ill., 20.488
Kent Robinson (7R), Bloomington, Ind., 20.610
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 20.629
Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 20.772
Rusty Schlenk (CJ1), McClure, Ohio, 20.824
Tyler Erb (91), New Waverly, Texas, 20.889
Shelby Miles (76), Bloomington, Ind., 21.337
Morgan Bagley (14m), Longview, Texas, 21.354
Group 2
Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 20.494
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 20.502
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 20.557
Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 20.660
Rick Eckert (7E), York, Pa., 20.872
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 21.024
Nick Hoffman (2), Mooresville, N.C., 21.473
Duke Mounce (80), Mitchell, Ind., 23.978
Group 3
Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 20.306
Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 20.338
David Breazeale (54), Four Corners, Miss., 20.424
Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 20.958
Gordy Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 21.182
Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 21.208
Paul Stubber (31aus), Bunbury, Australia, 22.311
Chuck Hummer (25H), Lyons, Ohio, 23.609

Friday’s schedule

6:30 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
7 p.m.: Hot laps
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/time trials
- Late Model time trials (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Modified heats (6 laps)
- Late Model heats (8 laps)
Intermission/track prep
- Modified feature (20 laps)
- Late Model feature (30 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Babb, Madden
Row 2: Moran, Shirley
Row 3: Clanton, Sheppard
Row 4: Robinson, Eckert
Row 5: Breazeale, Ferguson
Row 6: Heckenast, Marlar
Row 7: Schlenk, Hoffman
Row 8: Gundaker, Bagley
Row 9: Feger, Junghans
Row 10: T. Erb, Larson
Row 11: Stubber, D. Erb
Row 12: Mounce, Hummer
Row 13: Miles

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